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Sir Hilary Bray

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  1. in light of recent news returned to Blue Thunder. Fun movie -I first saw this when I was seven or eight and looking at it have to thank Dad for that but liked it all that time. From that time a fan of Roy Scheider (I read someplace he did this film in order to be unavailable for Jaws 3) and even now, the loss of Daniel Stern's Lymangood ("JAFO") has some impact. The music and him getting ran down. Indeed, I'd say the music makes the film -settles it firmly in the eighties on one hand but just adds to it immensely.
  2. part of Perfect Storm ("Coming Home from the Sea") which seemed to segue into end of Apollo 13's "Dark Side of the Moon".
  3. only just seen this, sad to hear. A huge fan of his Blue Thunder since I saw the movie as a kid. Sanity Check, Adios JAFO and River Chase/Hide & Seek top tracks. Seemed a largely unheard off score by and large, at least I never saw much written about it but it's so welded to the movie. 8.29 to about the 9 minute mark: "Come on you tub of s--!" RIP.
  4. Caught up and it's brilliant throughout. Does a good job of underlining Williams' score as well as his contribution to Jaws overall. Blown to Bits has long been a favourite and from 3.05 to the destruction of the shark still ratchets up the tension. Good choice to highlight Brody's "smile you sonofa...!" Look forward to more examples of JW's various scores.
  5. Working my way through the thread, like to say what a good job's been done Disco Stu on these vids. In Man Against Beast Beast replayed that part where the shark first passes a couple of times. Excellent.
  6. What with revisiting Benchley's book, opted to listen to the 1975 release of Jaws' soundtrack (what forms the second disc of the Intrada release) as I read the book and then also Michael Small's score for the fourth, er, film. Forgive my descriptive as I tend to get muddled on the themes but from the off, I'll say that listening to this original release I had the same thought virtually ad infinitum, that this is one of the best film scores going (in any form, the original release through to the recent expanded Intrada) and quite honestly, top 3 now on my Williams list. I've always liked the Orca theme (though when I first heard it, before I even came across this forum, used to think of it either as Brody's theme or a 'sea shanty', too many trips to Portsmouth as a kid methinks) and whenever I hear it, just elevates the score. But then you have the action music, that on this particular release comes early in "Sea Attack Number One" -immediately conjures to mind the trio of Quint, Hooper and Brody lurching into action to get after the shark. The first version of the score I ever got hands on was the anniversary edition by Decca and thus to me, the last say twenty minutes or few tracks is relentless, a mesh of the shark/Jaws theme, Orca but just action in the score which is why the final track is one of my favourites generally. In my mind, Williams' way of saying you've just been pulled over the coals chasing this shark, fighting the shark, losing Quint and now -like Brody and Hooper, you finally make it to land and you're done. Dare I say it's pleasant. But then the expanded of course has delights like Father & Son, Montage (which brings to mind Hooper's sarcastic "You're all gonna die" as he watches the hunters leave to find the shark), Into the Estuary etc. Every track a hit, every hit a smash. As for Jaws 4, to me, the score is so far removed from the film. Easy to forget it's attached to that film. Yes, it's nowhere near Williams' two scores for the 'franchise' but Small does something to the theme that feels or sounds rather, quite fierce and savage especially with "Shocked Shark" towards the end but the end theme which I didn't twig until listening to it on headphones, weaves Williams' end title (from the first film) into the background whilst still doing the shark theme. Though I do miss the days when I only had watched the first film and never touched the sequels. Both made the book fun to read, in a way...!
  7. Isle of Dogs. liked it, ideally the whole film should've been Jeff Goldblum. It's classic Anderson though and the animation, like Mr Fox, is top notch.
  8. Huge Anderson fan here. Went to see Mr Fox with two friends, audience mostly kids with their parents. I had been sceptical of Anderson and animation but it's a spectacularly neat film. I have high hopes for Isle of Dogs. -- sadly my last film was nowhere near Anderson. Being the new F1 season, Rush boy, to go back in time to the 70s and see Hunt in his prime. Yes, one hit wonder I suppose with the championship but the man had a certain legend.
  9. a few John Barry's but foremost, though not quite a score -The Beyondness of Things I read someplace ages ago this was to have been the Horse Whisperer score but was rejected by Redford. I similarly read it became some sort of love letter by Barry -either way, it's quite beautiful in places. A Childhood Memory, Kissably Close, Give me a Smile and the title track are classic Barry -yes, at times the album sounds like an extension to Dances With Wolves but it's almost impossible to find a bad Barry in my book (or at least my Dad's. Yes, some of it's 'samey' but so be it!) On a total aside, was listening a fair bit to my Sinatra 'Ol Blue Eyes is Back' album and thanks to 'Dream Away Child' am seeking out Man Who Loved Cat Dancing. I have the title track someplace. I see the song was written by John [and Paul] Williams. I half hope there's a story someplace of Sinatra and Williams working together.
  10. watched The Black Hole having gotten it on DVD this weekend. A dark, foreboding Disney film. Well, dark anyway. It has a fine John Barry score that elevates it above and beyond. Max Schell is on fine form. and The Flight of the Phoenix shared with the book of being seen as frankly unremarkable but personally, a film I always like to watch. It's the cast more than anything (with only Hardy Kruger remaining now) -Stewart, Attenborough, Bannen, Finch, Kennedy, Borgnine etc but also the main title sequence, that stopstart freezeframing of the cast almost in sync with DeVol's music.
  11. been trying to get my John Barry-loving Dad into more Williams' scores but I got ET and Schindler's List returned without a word -unlike Hanover Street which I did a copy for (amongst others). -- recently listened to a few scores including: The Italian Job- Quincy Jones (should I ever drive through Italy, this might well be the score). Getta bloomin' move on, Arthur! The Bridge at Remagen and The Great Escape- Elmer Bernstein. ("Blythe" is one of my favourite Bernstein tracks) Rush- Hans Zimmer ("I'm James Hunt, and this is what I do") Starsky & Hutch- Theodore Shapiro and a re-listen of the second disc of Empire Strikes Back. I've mentioned it on the other thread, but a new favourite of the short musical moment is "Leia's Theme" in "Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace")
  12. Horseback Address and Battle are probably amongst the better tracks on the Golden Age OST but I recall Sharky on another forum once describing it like computer game music and this time round, I was inclined to agree sadly.
  13. Episode VII Rey's Theme The Starkiller The Abduction Han and Leia Ways of the Force (I prefer in a way the film version with the Burning Homestead part) Episode VIII The Supremacy The Sacred Jedi Texts The Spark The Last Jedi Peace and Purpose
  14. After a few Lewis Gilbert films, to a perennial favourite. The Bridge at Remagen not the best war movie ever made it made me a fan of George Segal, has enough action and whatnot to keep things bubbling along and furthermore, one of my favourite Bernstein scores (the theme alone). Serves as a belated tribute viewing to the late Bradford Dillman.
  15. It was during that detour he took on his way into exile on Dagoboah.
  16. Double whammy of Jaws, though score-wise it's close.
  17. TSWLM at least gives Shane Rimmer something to do. As was the norm, Gilbert got his brother-in-law Sidney Tafler into the film (the Liparus' captain). Did like to use the same actors if he could -the actor who takes responsibility for HMS Ranger (after the CO is killed during the gunfight on the tanker), crops up as the doomed 747 co-pilot in Moonraker and Educating Rita.
  18. Ha I know. Just the fact that JW used it all the same seems cool even now.
  19. E.T. (20th anniversary edition) always tickled by the use of Yoda's Theme in "The Magic of Halloween". As with Close Encounters, to me, has that sense of wonder about the cosmos/aliens etc and helping to make [aliens] seem real. One day I'll get around to the recent release of the score.
  20. Being a Kenneth More fan he did a few with him on the quiet -Crichton, Sink the Bismarck, Greengage Summer and Reach for the Sky. Huge fan of his non-Bond work (being a Bond fan I don't mind them) but you had films like Rita, Carve Her Name With Pride and of course Alfie (plus the aforementioned More war films). Great loss and another from that era never to be again.
  21. Raiders of the Lost Ark Temple of Doom- Parade of the Slave children has been a longtime favourite since I rented out my first John Williams CD (a best of compilation thing) and is also a favourite scene in the film (that reveal of Indy silhouetted) The Last Crusade -on this first listen in ages, The Belly of the Steel Beast jumped out at me more than other tracks. Something about its sound that I can't quite elaborate on but we'll try a little -reminded me of his latest Star Wars scores (having listened to TFA/TLJ a few times before this re-listen of TLC) Star Wars links imagined or real, around 1.12 to 1.15, the little fanfares You see, Henry? (What?) The pen is mightier than the sword! Listened also to Lincoln. Quite enjoy it still, tracks like the Southern Delegation and The People's House. Though it's the non-Williams Battle Cry of Freedom that I still find quite affecting.
  22. Doctor Zhivago- Jarre (the inclusion of swing/rock & roll/jazz versions of Lara's Theme tickles. If somewhat bizarre) Deep Impact- Horner. Had part of Godspeed and Goodbye in my head last week and so the final two tracks in particular resonate. Personally the last track I always find quite moving -well, accompanying that scene when the astronauts are saying their goodbyes to their families. Raiders of the Lost Ark- "Bad dates!"
  23. That image above intrigues me for the Thunderbirds CD's. Miss having more than HMV to go looking at CD's. Though I've found a few Goldsmith's in charity shops in recent years.
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