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  1. Yes, I would agree with this, and I have enjoyed his work over the past years. Always fresh and fun. He might be a bit too fun for Indy’s tone and for Mangold’s for that matter. And this could all end up in reboot land, at which point Ford is out, and we could end up with a very different type of movie than the previous ones.
  2. Variety and other sources are reporting the Steven Spielberg will not direct Indy 5. James Mangold (Logan, 3:10 to Yuma and other films) is in final talks to take over the franchise. https://variety.com/2020/film/news/steven-spielberg-indiana-jones-5-james-mangold-harrison-ford-1203515698/ So, if this happens, what do we think that John Williams would stay with the project? Or do we think Marco Beltrami or someone else will take over?
  3. If it's like the TV Academy, you can opt out of receiving physical media and rely only on digital. That's what I do. (I'm in the sound editors branch, so I don't get scores though and never have.) Back when I became a member in 1992, we used to get stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. DVD's took about a decade after the format was released to displace that. Past few years have almost all been streaming, including, recently, an Apple TV ability to watch the shows.
  4. I enjoyed the interview (the full one with the music). Am I right, did they basically play the entire TROS album? Seems like it. Many insightful comments from the Maestro. I enjoyed his speaking a bit about Don "Donald" Williams, his brother which led into the Herrmann story (that I too did not know). At the beginning of the interview, he seemed confused between years and oscar noms, but I have guess as to why. At first I thought, oh no, he sounds forgetful! But he was really on top of his game in the interview, so I thought about it again. He may have been thinking that Jim was talking about 42 years of Star Wars movies, and the amazing achievement of working on a series spanning that. So, 52 being heard as 42. But then I pondered this: JW's 52 Oscar nominations are for the past 52 years. He was first nominated in 1968, 52 years ago, for the 1967 adaptation of Valley of the Dolls. So, he may have been thinking about that time period. Just let that sink in - John Williams has averaged 1 Oscar nomination a year for over half-a-century! Overall, he seemed genuine in his views on music, the JJ changes (which he keeps bringing up, so I think he *IS* in some ways is annoyed about them) and of course on Vienna. I was not aware that he had never even conducted on the continent before, though it makes sense were I to think it through. I do agree with Jim Svejda that JW should be asked to do the New Years Day concert (which is always aired on TV and released on CD!). Here's my John Williams conducting gig requests for Europe: 1. Make up concert at Royal Albert Hall with the LSO 2. Vienna New Years Day 3. Waldbühne summer concert with the Berlin Philharmonic. (The Hollywood Bowl of the Berlin Phil) 4. Conducting at the The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam 5. Sharing a night with Andris Nelsons at the Leipzig orchestra
  5. I definitely support Apple Lossless as the format. It is worth the disk space and future proofs your collection if you need to change formats in the future. If you use Apple Music (the subscription service) or iTunes Match to create a cloud library from your collection, copies you download on other devices will likely be a matched AAC lossy file for any albums that are available in Apple Music. So, if you digitize a The Rise of Skywalker CD, it will likely match. But if you rip a La-La Land set, it will likely not match and the file online will be your lossless one. (Since speciality albums are almost never for sale digitally.)
  6. I think Gustavo should ask JW to conduct one song or track from West Side Story. That just seems pleasant to me given Bernstein and Williams were friends, Williams played on various West Side Story albums early in his career, Williams is a mentor of sorts to Dudamel, Dudamel conducted on Star Wars, and for good measure, Williams led the wonderful "Bernstein by Boston" album with the Boston Pops in the 80s. In fact, as I recall, that album was my first real introduction to the music of Bernstein. But I guess I have slid off topic from Vienna! I have so enjoyed everyone's memories, images and thoughts about the concerts. From what I have heard, truly it was magical. Thank you for sharing. And if DG wants to release a load of versions and variants, I will happily buy them all - standard CD, deluxe CD, Blu-ray, LP, mini-LP, digital HD, CD/DVD combo, Coffee table book with CD - whatever!!!! Bring them out as soon as possible! (Please!)
  7. Thanks to everyone sharing their thoughts and details about the performances. I'm reading a bunch of the comments to my wife (we are babysitting our new grandson in North Carolina this weekend), and she is as impressed as I am. We cannot believe how good he looks in the photos and how both humbled and proud he must feel. What a gift. So hope we get this on blu-ray soon!
  8. The first time Finn looks over at Chewie being loaded on the transport, there is a second one in frame. That is the only time you see both. Every shot after just shows the one with Chewie, and then only one takes off from behind the rocks, and Rey destroys that one. So, technically, it's all above board, but of course it's shot and edited to be tricky and make us think (for about 2 mins) that Chewie is dead. I think what is wrong with this that the movie does not play it either as dramatic irony (we know from the beginning that Chewie is safe) or tragic for long enough (as in Marion in Raiders). Why does the audience actually need to know Chewie is ok? Couldn't we just find out when Rey sees the star destroyer above Kajimi and tells Finn/Poe and us at the same time? Then we can see Chewie going into interrogation and hear what happened. And if we want to pile on, who the heck remembered Zorrii was on Kajimi when Poe learns it was destroyed? Why not have him say something so we can get some grief from him? Then when she (and Babu) show up at the final battle, it's another relief for the audience too?
  9. Perhaps a miss for JW, but if the filmmakers knew this is where that was going from Episode 7 to 9, I think Williams would have done something or set something up. It's at least a shared miss with Lucasfilm's handling of the directors and story development. There is also a small possibility that JW did not want to make the same accident from Ep 4 when he scored the music as if Luke & Leia would be a couple, and not brother and sister.
  10. I liked TRoS, even more on the 2nd viewing. And I can say so while agreeing with many of the criticisms leveled at it. The most important thing for me was if it was fun to watch, and did I like the JW score. To the first, I am unashamed to say I did like it and will see it a third time this weekend (finally in Imax with laser protection). It has flaws, and I am ambivalent on Rey's ending. I can see the issues with bringing back the emperor. But the movie is fun and I like the characters. I very much doubt though that this is near what George wanted or would have done. It is unlikely in any case because as pointed out, they did not use his treatments. Bob Iger recounts this in his memoir that came out recently too. (and how George was upset.) As to my other question, I love the score. My issue is how to reconcile all of the edits with my love of the score. And since I cannot yet listen to the score as in the film, I guess my focus is on the tracks we have (OST+FYC) and enjoying those. Back to TLJ - I did think that TLJ was a really well directed movie. Rian Johnson has interesting visual ideas, and great pacing in his editing (even if he left in sequences that are too long - they are well edited, but too long - Canto for example). Case in point of that is my strong recommendation to see Knives Out. I've seen it twice too, and even knowing the plot, the 2nd viewing was extremely enjoyable. Like or dislike TLJ, Johnson is a very good filmmaker. (And I liked that score too.)
  11. Would we possible consider the Kylo Red Hesistant theme (11 on Frank's list) to be Kylo Ren vs Ben Solo? I was thinking about if the development is really Kylo returning to be Ben Solo. Or something like that.
  12. Well, those aliens were added late in production (and shot in LA) to show the variety of the galaxy. So, they do have a point in the storytelling. We just need a 6 or 9 book Oma Tres expanded universe set of novels featuring his adventures, a comic book run of at least 50 issues, and 4 or 5 action figures (Oma Tres, Oma Tres (removable eye thing), Young Oma Tres, Oma Tres (Bluetooth), etc). Then I will be super happy! I hope he did have fun! It was fun to see him.
  13. So, assuming I get it - the question is about the most valuable released JW album. Eiger is a good one. Maybe the Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble? Hard to find on CD from Japan. US LP is more available though. Checkmate/Rhythm in Motion is out of print. I don't see any copies on eBay at the moment, and Amazon shows one for $70 or so - more than Eiger.
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