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  1. Powder, J-Gold.

    Lovely and lyrical. The director was a crook, but he wrote a good note in the booklet about Jerry.

    Everywhere, not many composers can write something as devastatingly emotional and powerful as that. One of my favorite cues by the man.

    Despite all the despicable things the director did in real life, the movie's a bit of a gem, one that I like to revisit. The last scene has me in tears every time.

  2. I watched the movie again recently. Its balls to the walls action sequences are the stuff of legend, and for that it remains big fun. But man, does the score annoy me... Why did it have to be another onslaught of noise for 90 % of the film? I honestly was hoping that George Miller had more sense than that. And the 10% where it calms down isn't exactly my cup of tea either. I don't even remember those gentler moments.

    At least Mad Max 3 had a nice theme, and some genuinely well scores scenes. I'm not a big fan of Maurice Jarre in general, but he gave the film some musical character. The new one is just loud for the sake of sounding ridiculously overblown and causing headaches.

  3. I forgot about the end title suite. What a gorgeous summary of the entire score. For some reason, when listening to that track (and also 'A Father's Final Return'), I was hit by the sudden realisation that he'sno longer here, even though I already knew that.

    I've listened to several Horners since his accident... and to me he remains alive through his wonderful music. It was like that with Jerry too and it will be like that with Johnny. But I'll be absolutely devastated the day the inevitable happens (and the days after), I won't deny that.

  4. Spot-on review. Snoke's theme is pretty impressive, and Finn's theme is probably the best thematic idea in recent years, but other than that, there's too much meandering music to make it a satisfying listening experience. The fact that the end credits appear in the middle of the album sure doesn't help the listening experience.

    Yeah, what's up with that, some strange decisions here ! And don't get me started on Jar Jar's theme appearing in track 5... This does not bode well. :angry:

  5. Batman Forever complete score

    An utterly unnecessary complete chronological score and Goldenthal knew it. The OST is fine, but then there was the whole thing and my willingness to listen to it...so here we are! The orchestration is a dead ringer for Interview with the Vampire. The Batman theme is eerily similar to that descending Vampire theme. In my opinion, the musical representation of the character here is just as good as Elfman's or whoever's, but it seems like Goldenthal's scores are almost forgotten nowadays. He frequently goes over the top (especially with those wailing horns), to the point where it's just fucking obnoxious. But it's a good score, especially when you edit it down. You know, like the OST.

    I love this one... I actually prefer the complete score. Just the right amount of gothic excellence and batshit-crazy shenanigans.

    The way LLL organized that made me appreciate the OST more as well. Because I wasn't that big a fan of it 15-20 years ago.

    But with age comes wisdom and appreciation. :D

  6. But man, my excitement took a dive when I learned I had to pay a sizeable amount due to import taxes (U.S. to Europe).

    It was the first time SAE printed the full amount (about 100 dollars) on the box, in the past they have ALWAYS put a very small amount on the slip, so it wouldn't be intercepted by customs.

    They've been listing $5 per CD for the last few years for me. Which usually amounts to something around $50, i.e. above the limit, yet the last time I was actually taxed was at the time of the Spartacus set.

    I've received confirmation they are only obliged to put the full amount of the order whenever they need to ship it registered, with additional security, so they can put in a claim when it becomes lost and get refunded.

    But then the customs tax office may intercept it and 'fine' what they think the recipient should pay.

    Otherwise with normal overseas shipping, they just put what they want on the box, as little as possible, but when the package becomes lost, it's impossible for them to put in a claim.

    Luckily I've never had an order missing in the 15 years I've been buying from them. So I've learned another lesson today: just go for the cheap shipping option. :)

  7. Yeah it would really suck if somehow SAE were obliged to do that now, because until now they were making the customs office losing a lot on funds coming in. But to be honest, it shouldn't matter where I buy my products, in this case music CD's that aren't sold anywhere else than the U.S., so I have literally no choice to order them overseas. To punish me for that lack of choice with this import tax bullshit is just not right. Bunch of thieving bastards...

    Or do they want me to pirate my music, that would be easy thing to do... No it's us, paying for the music, that get screwed over.

  8. My latest batch ordered from SAE has finally arrived (BTTF II & III, Chain Reaction, Stargate SG-1) :D

    But man, my excitement took a dive when I learned I had to pay a sizeable amount due to import taxes (U.S. to Europe).

    It was the first time SAE printed the full amount (about 100 dollars) on the box, in the past they have ALWAYS put a very small amount on the slip, so it wouldn't be intercepted by customs.

    I've sent an e-mail to ask if this is just a one time thing (because I paid an additional 20 bucks for secure shipping).

    I hope it won't be the norm from now on.

    Man this one order of 4 releases (including one cheap) has taken a big chunk out of my wallet. :angry:

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