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Naïve Old Fart

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  1. You're quite right: Richard Burton is MUCH better. All together, now:- "No-one would have believed, in the last years of the 19th. Century, that Human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of Space..."
  2. He might not conduct himself. He didn't when I saw him last time. If he didn't conduct last time, then, technically, did you "see" him? Also, how does a composer conduct himself?
  3. I guess that it depends on the type of score. "Chinatown". and "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (replacement scores, as I understand it) were both written in under 7 days. Some scores take up to 12 weeks. As J.W. composed music for "CE3K" before shooting even started, does this mean that he took 2 1/2 years to complete the score?
  4. What's wrong with wanting an expanded "The Accidental Tourist"? It's a good score.
  5. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back the Goerge Lucas money-hoovering service.
  6. If the scores were isolated on the Blu-Ray discs, how would they be encoded? Would they be the original film mixes (which means that eps. IV-VI would be in Pro-Logic), or would they be given an re-mix, a-la Shawn Murphy and the ROTS dvd-a? Would the music be encoded into DTS? Will the Blu-Rays be in 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1?
  7. No. Agreed. ...and soon you'll be listening to it again for the first time, for the last time.
  8. What he said. I'm no expert on Goldsmith, but this score is fantastic. Definitely up there among my favorites. Agreed. I love the Theme From "A Summer Place" patiche on the end titles of "Matinee".
  9. Good point. It isn't documented, but it "sounds" exactly the same on the film, as it does on the c.d. Added to that, there is no evidence to suggest that it is not the same recording. It was also recorded, and released, in 1980. We, as fans, also know that it was his only film work, that year (excepting "TESB", of course, and it does sound as if it came from those sessions). All evidence points to the suggestion that the c.d. version IS the film version. P.s., the c.d. is also missing "The Eleventh Commandment".
  10. "Batman And Robin".........................just kidding...............sorry. "Batman And Robin".........................just kidding...............sorry.
  11. What "sentimental value" does it have? I am not trying to be nasty, or anything; I am genuinely interested.
  12. Yes...and no. The strings are far more forward in the Blue Box, and they really are front-and-centre, when they make their appearence at the beginning of "The Planet Krypton". The Blue Box, however, is well over 30 years old, and while the remastering does a bang-up job of revealing more infomation, it also hilights the limitations of the original recording. This is a thing common to "older" recordings. Likewise, depending on what sort of hi-fi you have, you are more likely to be dissapointed by the newer remasters of favourite older scores, if your hi-fi is able to transfer more infomation. More is not necessarily better. By all means, however, buy The Blue Box, simply for a truly magnificent score, lovingly reconstructed, and beautifully played.
  13. Not really, I thought the film would have ended perfectly when Cruise was imprisoned. In fact I thought it was over and was getting ready to get up. I know there are some here who share my views about when the film should have ended. Unfortunately, Spielberg is not an elipitical film maker (like, say, Kubrick). He needs "closure", and that usually means some sort of "happy" ending. Probably the closest he has ever got to a "non-ending", is either "The Color Purple", or "EOTS".
  14. Agreed, and it's good to see both Michael Gough, and Pat Hingle in anything, otherwise AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!!!! (does anyone know of a "vomiting" emoticon?)
  15. I'm hoping for an outside chance that it would be "2010". "Blue Thunder" would be brilliant (and so would "Wargames", for that matter). Ditto "Link". Any chance that one of the releases could be "Jagged Edge", in which case....BRING IT ON!!!!!
  16. I know! I tried re-scoring "Everybody Runs!", with "The Bicycle". Bloody awful!
  17. Fair enough. I love his work with The Doors, but what, when it comes to film scoring, does B.B. have that John Neal, or Shawn Murphy, or Eric Tomlinson, or Ted Keep, or Sonny Burke not have?
  18. This is a very interesting question, and one which, I hope will turn into a long-running thread. In fact, I was going to create a thread around the various recording studios that have been home to film scores, so I guess that they could combine. The easy response to this, would be to say that whatever sounds clearest, is the best one. This, however, is oversimplifying by way too much. Recording studios, and recording techniques have changed considerably over the years, and we are all running to catch up. For the 60s stuff, "Heidi" has a wonderful "open" quality, and a dymanism that is hard to beat, even on more recent releases. IMO, it's right up there with the marvellous "Days Of Future Passed". One needs to fast-forward to "Star Wars" to find a recording comparable to "Heidi". Sure, "Jaws" has its fans, but it really is as dull as dish water, as far as sound is concerned (having said that, however, "Earthquake" sounds fresh, and not at all unlike "TTI", which was recorded just a month, or two, later, and, to my ears, sounds like "Jaws". Perhaps, as it was a "jazz" flavoured score, it had more of an effort put into it, to make it sound good). "Star Wars" certainly had a lot of(for the time)money spent on it, and it shows. It still sounds great, but a little too "dry" for my taste. Not so "CE3K". This really is a very (for the time) bright recording, and the virtual anthesis of "SW". "ROTLA" still sounds fresh as a daisy (sorry for the mixed metaphor), while the stuff recorded in the USA in the early 80s is very bright (especially "TOD") even with, what I assume, is 24/96 remastering. To me, much of J.W.s recent stuff (especially the stuff recorded at Abbey Road) has a "wet" quality, which may be due to the fact that Abbey Road has B. and W. monitors. Anyway, all this cannot possibly put into a few sentences the history of recorded motion picture scores, but I hope it will "kick-start" what I hope will be an interested thread.
  19. Personally, I preffered "Shooting Dogs", which had one very big advantage over "Hotel Rwanda": John Hurt.
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