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Sir Hilary Bray

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  1. It is yes. I've not watched the remake nor likely to. Any film with Shane Rimmer and Buck Rogers' Pamela Hensley isn't entirely bad.
  2. Watched a few in the past month, recent forays include- Rollerball, Air Force One, Bridge of Spies, the '58 Dunkirk and culminating with Das Boot. The lattermost on Blu-ray. Far cry from when I had a VHS of it and the opening shot of the submarine approaching the camera was so murky (like my old Red October VHS) you were nonethewiser really if there was a sub there.
  3. a few Goldsmith's -Escape from Planet of the Apes, First Blood, Air Force One, The Blue Max and The Swarm. Horner- 48 Hours, Star Trek's II and III and Cocoon.
  4. Selected Goldsmith tracks -Generals Suite, Winter March/German Advance, All Glory is Fleeting and Bound for Bastogne from Patton, tracks from First Blood, The Waltons theme and Police Story which I can't get enough of. Yesterday, Elmer Bernstein's Ghostbusters, The Bridge at Remagen and Heavy Metal.
  5. Red Heat. Silly stupid film but it's fun in a way and I like the score (Russian Streets was one of the first Horner tracks I ever heard thanks to the 2CD Titanic: Best of Horner thing I got for Christmas aeons ago). Also, only just twigged it's got the guy who looks vaguely like a Russian Connery in Hunt for Red October. Sven-Ole Thorsen...and he's Danish. It's like 30C here so I apologise...
  6. As mentioned elsewhere re-read Boys from Brazil, the film and went to the score. Something about that waltzy main theme but also the music for the first reveal of Mengele. Proper 'bad guy' music. But, again in light of finding the book, John Barry's Dances With Wolves. A beautiful score, I found Dunbar's theme quite moving this time round but the favoured track remains The Buffalo Hunt (Film Version) -the way it gradually builds, soars even and that sound when you see Dunbar racing in to the hunt -has an old Western feel from the 50s. You want to see the frontier? Yes sir, before it's gone.
  7. Voted Lincoln, it was either that or Episode VII.
  8. Well, one of the last films I watched prior to Pool of London was The Boys from Brazil. I recently brought a secondhand copy of the book, I've not read it in years but have seen the film a few times and so revisited it. I guess it's largely a weird, hokey film. Cloning Hitler, having the said little Hitler's turn into said Fuhrer by killing the fathers when the boys' are a certain age and so forth. But personally, it's driven by the performances of Peck (tad hammy I suppose but something quite enjoyable about it) and Olivier. And then there's the score. Still, I read that Peck's Mengele got voted villain of the year or was nominated for it. Something weird about that in itself.
  9. end of last week watched The Poseidon Adventure. Tend to do so at some point every year and it's almost a guilty pleasure watch (forget the sequel. Waste of time). But on this viewing I marvelled more at Williams' score -chiefly Raising the Christmas Tree and when the survivors first sight the red wheel. The former makes something almost comical as raising a huge Christmas decoration immensely epic. Like climbing Everest. (I reread the book and easy to see why changes were made, they were more survivors in the book -32 and a few other things). Anyway, tradition is that once I watch Poseidon, onto Towering Inferno, or vice versa. Footnote is that this was probably the first Gene Hackman film I watched and though it's probably down his all time favourites, still a role I enjoy him in. Even if there's touches of ham along the way: "Why God? Why this woman!?"
  10. revisited Enemy at the Gates. I think it was the first Horner disc I ever brought (from the old Tower Records, Piccadilly Circus) and for a while it was all the rage in my listening cycle. That being said, this time I had re-listened after Perfect Storm and the two sort of crossed-over in my mind as well as the earlier listen of Titanic this week. However, one part that still works for me is about 6.42 in "Betrayal" that sound when Tania catches sight of Sacha hanging -the music full of angst and horror before segueing into the Russian counterattack against the Germans (I've not seen the movie for a while so probably thinking of a different scene). River Crossing to Stalingrad starts well, resonating with that image of the globe and the seemingly unstoppable tide of the German blitzkrieg. Another highlight the Tractor Factory.
  11. Meteor, Laurence Rosenthal On Her Majesty's Secret Service, John Barry Live and Let Die, George Martin and The Final Option/Who Dares Wins, Roy Budd lattermost makes you want to run around shooting bad guys a la Lewis Collins style
  12. If you guys Stateside are having problems with orders arriving, I guess in Britain we'll get it sometime next year?
  13. Been reading a book on Robert F. Kennedy and what with other stuff, sought out selected tracks from Williams' JFK. Something about the theme that just stirs time after time. I find it's one of those scores that to me can become quite separate from the movie it has been done for. Motorcade for example -that gradual build and frantic use of the theme conjuring images of the actual motorcade and the shots ringing out as opposed to Costner's narration/delivery. Or Arlington -hopes lost, dashed. Worthy mention to the JFK Suite that's on YouTube, in Japan I think, conducted by JW himself.
  14. I know what you mean -usually Ron Goodwin's war scores (Battle of Britain, Force 10, Where Eagles Dare) blend in my mend sometimes.
  15. My famous folk are low end of the scale I suppose with one or two exceptions- Walter Koenig, Gene Wilder, George Lazenby, Eric Sykes, Ian McDiarmid (from afar sadly, in Waterstones the other week in London) -indeed, seen a few in passing but never said anything to -Richard E. Grant, Leslie Phillips and a bunch from the Beeb as my campus was on top of Broadcasting House virtually.
  16. Star Trek VI (expanded): Clif Eidelman 2001: Alex North Rogue One: Giacchino LA Confidential: Goldsmith ET: Williams now that I've seen the film, hope to get the Solo OST soon.
  17. watching it today, this shot from the Longest Day came to mind for the thread -a favourite scene from the film 49scs to 2m19
  18. and the theme, some say, bears a relation to Imperial Attack from Star Wars. I love Ice Cold though, Johnny Mills is on fine form, there's Quayle and Andrews who are always good for a quid and then of course, as the late Sir Donald Sinden remarked on a docu, Sylvia Syms in a nurses uniform. The book's worth a read, if just to see where it all came from. All of it filmed in Libya bar the odd studio set -something you couldn't do today I'd bet.
  19. Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek First Contact (expanded)- that theme never fails to stir. Also love the music that accompanies the escape pods being jettisoned. A return to Nelson Riddle's Batman '66 The Movie score -I had to buy a new copy and it seemed only fair to go back through it. Back to the time when Batman did his stuff to Nelson Riddle's score. Imagine Michael Keaton's Batman doing that. After having the theme in my head after not listening in ages- Star Trek Generations (expanded). It's okay but I cherry picked tracks for the re-listen- including that for the evacuation of the ENT-D and crash. I wish Goldsmith had done the score with respect to McCarthy- what with the mix of original Trek (Kirk Scotty and Chekov) and TNG it might've been a rollicking score. Battlestar Galactica The Living Legend & The War of the Gods, Stu Phillips ...some believe that even now, there are brothers of Man, fighting to survive...somewhere beyond the heavens...
  20. in light of the news, plucked Superman off the shelf. The Trip to Earth of late reminds me of Yoda's Theme (or should that be the other way round, one coming after the other) but as mentioned elsewhere, I remain firmly in love with "The Flying Sequence". My favourite scene when I saw the film as a child and a lovely theme. My work to convert my John Barry supporting father (who previously said he thought all JW's works was the same all over) is halfway there. Loaning him my Saving Private Ryan disc he's become quite enthused by Hymn to the Fallen, loved my Jaws discs and hopefully, by now, the Summon the Heroes disc I loaned. Looking back, my first introduction to Superman's music, albeit it slightly different, was my Dad's old MECO cassette with 'can you read my mind?' and Close Encounters with "goodbye...goodbye..." at the end of that track. Anyway. The Flying Sequence makes me doff a cap to someone who on the quiet is responsible for most of the greatest themes in movie history and still coming up with distinctive love themes to boot.
  21. sought out my Superman disc and after a couple of tracks listened to Flying Sequence and reminded of a short moment that for whatever reason always tickles. Could only find it on YouTube with the vocal for the love theme but... about 2.43 to 2.49. How it sort of dips and (to my mind) strengthens before pushing into the theme. Can't explain it but today sent a shiver down the spine but the theme generally always does that.
  22. Jaws: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition my first introduction to the score long before I got hold of the Intrada one. I almost went for the McNeely copy first. One day I'm sure.
  23. Another part of childhood gone, watching Superman with my family and beguiled by the flying sequence and her portrayal of Lois in that first film. It's partly my Dad's MECO cassette but I thought tonight of Can you Read My Mind? But well...here's to Ms Kidder.
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