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Volume 10

Number 4

Fall 2008

 


Publisher and Editor:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Jeffrey Dane

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


 

Main Titles

Latest News

Ratings and FMR Issues

Centennial Birthday Tributes

The Sammy Awards

Essential Film Scores

Film Focus

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month

Capsule Reviews

Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews

DVD and Book Reviews

For comments or questions, write to:

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Latest FMR News


Coming in 2009

The Best Film Music CDs of 2008,
and also
The 21st Annual Sammy Awards.

For the latest announcements,
see the home page
of

Film Music Review

 


Dimitri Tiomkin's WONDERFUL LIFE

Read about Dimitri Tiomkin's "wonderful" score at

Film Focus No. 6

 


50th Anniversary of a Hitchcock Classic

 

Read about this classic 1958 film and score at

Film Focus No. 5: Bernard Herrmann and VERTIGO

 

 



In Memory of Irving Gertz

(19 May 1915 - 14 November 2008)

 

Sadly, another accomplished film composer has left us.

This is a list of the films and TV series with music by Irving Gertz,
provided by
David Schecter of Monstrous Movie Music:

 

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY
THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE
BLONDE ICE
BULLDOG DRUMMOND STRIKES BACK
THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US
CULT OF THE COBRA
DESTINATION MURDER
THE DEVIL'S MASK
DRAGNET
EAST OF SUMATRA
EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH
THE FIRST TRAVELING SALESLADY
FLAMING STAR
FOUR GIRLS IN TOWN
FRANCIS JOINS THE WACS
THE GOLDEN BLADE
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE
THE INVADERS
LAND OF THE GIANTS
LAST OF THE REDMEN
THE LONE GUN
THE LONE WOLF IN MEXICO
THE MONOLITH MONSTERS

SMOKE SIGNAL
TO HELL AND BACK
TWO DOLLAR BETTOR
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
WILD HERTIAGE



Irving Gertz's IMDB link is located at:
http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0006098/

A short bio is at:
http://www.mmmrecordings.com/Composers/Gertz/gertz.html

 

 



Halloween Special

 

Music for Halloween:
A Devilish Dozen

 



10th Anniversary Special

for

FILM MUSIC REVIEW
(1998 - 2008)

Which film soundtracks did our writers choose as their favorites?

Read their lists at the

10th Anniversary Special

 


Film Music Books

 

The updated 3rd edition of
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The Cue Sheet

These issues of the quarterly journal of The Film Music Society, Marilee Bradford, Editor, have memorial tributes for highly respected composers:

Vol. 22, No. 4 (October 2007)

Article by Miklos Rozsa from 1946; a personal remembrance by his daughter Juliet Rozsa; a revealing conversation with Rudy Behlmer; a touching tribute by John Mauceri; and a loving poem by Rozsa's granddaughter, Arianna Battagliano. This is a wonderful tribute issue.

Vol. 23, No. 1/2 (January/April 2008)

"Leonard Rosen: An Appreciation" by Jon Burlingame; Reflections by thirteen of Rosenman's friends and colleagues; "Rosenman and the Fantastic" by Jeff Bond; "Serving Two Masters: Leonard Rosenman's Music for Films and Concert Hall" by Sabine M. Feisst; "An Interview with Leonard Rosenman" by David Schwartz; and "Leonard Rosenman Filmography."

Vol. 23, No. 3 (July 2008)

"Irving Szathmary: Get Smart's Forgotten Composer" by Jon Burlingame; "George Duning at 100" by Jon Burlingame; "A Eulogy for Earle Hagen" by Ernie Frankel; "Alexander Courage Memorial."' Reviews by Warren Sherk, Julie Kirgo and Jon Burlingame.

For more information, see

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George Duning Centennial

(25 Feb. 1908 - 22 Feb. 2000)

A very good summary of George Duning's film music career by Jon Burlingame is available in Vol. 23, No. 3 of THE CUE SHEET [see above]. According to Burlingame, Duning never received an Oscar but was nominated for: NO SAD SONGS FOR ME (1950), FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), PICNIC (1955), and musical adaptations for JOLSON SINGS AGAIN (1949) and THE EDDIE DUCHIN STORY (1956). He received Golden Globe nominations for ALL THE KING'S MEN (1949) and THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960). He composed a good score for the western film, 3:10 TO YUMA (1957), and also the title song (lyrics by Ned Washington). The song was sung on the soundtrack by Frankie Laine.

He also did extensive work on television, including THE NAKED CITY (theme, 1958), TIGHTROPE (1959), and THE MOST DEADLY GAME (1970).

His best work was done on the TV series THE BIG VALLEY in 1965.

Here are a few CDs with Dunning scores available on Amazon.com

The Devil at 4 O'Clock/The Victors

THE DEVIL AT 4 O'CLOCK (FSM CD)

 

Picnic: Music From The Soundtrack Of The Columbia Picture

PICNIC (MCA CD)

 

Toys in the Attic

TOYS IN THE ATTIC (FSM CD)

 

World of Suzie Wong

THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (RCA CD)

 

 

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Ratings and FMR Issues

FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative (Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 = Very Good

*** = Good

**1/2 = Okay

** = Barely Passable

* = Poor

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during a month for outstanding overall production of a soundtrack or compilation.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month and may not be chosen every month.

2008 (Volume 10)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

2007 (Volume 9)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

2006 (Volume 8)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

1999 - 2005

(Volumes 1 - 7, No longer available)

 

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Centennial Birthday Tributes

""I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable...I suppose I'm larger than life." -- Bette Davis

She is one of the most admired Hollywood actresses from the past,
known for her distinctive acting, her demanding work ethic,
and those beautiful Bette Davis Eyes.

She was also fortunate to have some of the
best composers working in Hollywood for her films.

Read her biography and reviews of recommended soundtracks
from her classic films at

"They're Either Too Young or Too Old"

A Centennial Birthday Tribute to Bette Davis

 

“Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.”
-- James Stewart

As with Bette Davis, James "Jimmy" Stewart was fortunate to have some of the best composers working in Hollywood for his films. And like Ms. Davis, he also sang occasionally in his films.

Read all about it at

"Easy to Love"

A Centennial Birthday Tribute to James Stewart


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The Sammy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 20th Annual Sammy Awards (or Sammys)

for film music CDs have been announced.

 

Here are the categories:

  • Best New Film Score
  • Best New Film Song
  • Best New Song/Score Compilation
  • Best Overlooked New Score
  • Best Vintage Film Score
  • Best Vintage Compilation
  • Preservation Award: Best Restored Film Score
  • Preservation Award: Best Restored Compilation
  • Preservation Award: Best Album Producer
  • Lifetime Achievement for Past Film Composer or Songwriter 

 

To read the choices for 2007, go to the

20th Annual Sammy Awards

 

See also

19th Annual Sammy Awards

18th Annual Sammy Awards

The Sammy Awards (1988 - 2006)

 

 

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Essential Film Scores

 

Read the list from the 1930s to 1990s at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

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Film Focus


 

The series devoted to a composer and one major film score

 

No. 1: Hugo Friedhofer and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

 

 

 

No. 2: Miklós Rózsa and
PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 3: Max Steiner and
KING KONG

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 4: Elmer Bernstein and
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 5: Bernard Herrmann and VERTIGO

 

 

 

 

No. 6: Dimitri Tiomkin and
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Best of the Month for 2008

 


Best of the Month for January

 

LAND OF THE PHARAOHS -- music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

Best of the Month for February

 

KINGS ROW and THE SEA WOLF --
music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

 

 

 

Best of the Month for March

SOME CAME RUNNING -- music by Elmer Bernstein

 

 

No Best of the Month for April or May

 

 

Best of the Month for June


CROSS CREEK -- music by Leonard Rosenman

 

 

 

Best of the Month for July

SHE -- music by Max Steiner

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for August

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST -- music by John Williams

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for September

EL CID (3 CD Box Set) -- music by Miklos Rozsa

 

 

 

Best of the Month for October

THE KENTUCKIAN and
WILLIAMSBURG: THE STORY OF A PATRIOT --
music by Bernard Herrmann

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for November

HIGH NOON -- music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

No Best of the Month for December

 


CD Reviews


Capsule Reviews

Though Film Music Review no longer provides complete reviews for
new soundtracks and compilations, occasionally some of the latest ones will be listed here :

Here are some capsule reviews of recent releases:

THE ESSENTIAL HARRY POTTER FILM MUSIC COLLECTION
2 CDs
Disc One, 16 Tracks (Playing Time = 59:52)
Disc Two, 15 tracks (Playing Time = 53:27)

 

Music by John Williams, Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper.
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Fitzpatrick and Nic Raine. "Double Trouble" performed by The Mid Herts Youth, conducted by Peter Twitchin. Produced by James Fitzpatrick.

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1251

Rating: ***1/2 (Very Good)

This 2 disc set offers soundtracks from the first five Harry Potter films: the first three by John Williams are on Disc One; the fourth by Patrick Doyle and the fifth by Nicholas Hooper on Disc Two. As one might expect, the John Williams scores are the superior ones, with Patrick Doyle doing nicely for GOBLET OF FIRE, and Nicholas Hooper the weakest for THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. The playing by the busy City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra is first class, under two different conductors. Special kudo to The Mid Herts Youth for their fine rendition of "Double Trouble" from THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. The succinct CD notes are by the late David Wishart, one of the most respected annotators of releases on Silva Screen and other labels. This is a very fine compilation of themes from the first five Harry Potter films, with excellent sound and a nice simple art design. Recommended.

-- Roger Hall, October 2008

THE FILM MUSIC OF THOMAS NEWMAN

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by James Fitzpatrick, Ken Alwyn, and Nic Raine. Also London Music Works.
Produced by James Fitzpatrick and Rick Clark.
14 Tracks (Playing Time = 51:59)

 

 

Silva Screen CD 1262

Rating: ***1/2 (Very Good)

This compilation contains themes and excerpts from twelve films with music by Thomas Newman:

THE GOOD GERMAN (2006) -- 2 tracks = 5:49
ROAD TO PERDITION (2002) -- Main theme, 3:52
AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) -- 2 tracks = 6:08
THE HORSE WHISPERER (1998) -- End title, 3:37
THE GREEN MILE (1999) -- Main theme, 4:00
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (2004) --
The Letter That Never Came, 4:00
LITTLE WOMAN (1994) -- Main theme, 4:10
CINDERELLA MAN (2005) -- Main theme, 5:31
FINDING NEMO (2003) -- Finding Nemo/ Nemo Egg, 2:34
MEET JOE BLACK (1998) -- Whisper of a Thrill, 6:16
SIX FEET UNDER (2001) -- Theme, 2:11
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) -- End titles, 3:51

Thomas Newman is one of the most respected and trusted Hollywood composers working today. This compilation gives an ample sampling why this is true. Starting off with two tracks from the somewhat overblown score for THE GOOD GERMAN, the rest of the tracks have more interesting sounds to offer. That includes such tracks as the melancholy theme for ROAD TO PERDITION and the moving one from LEMONY SNICKET. There are several tracks (AMERICAN BEAUTY and SIX FEET UNDER) featuring a very good group known as London Music Works. The CD notes by Michael Beek has two pages about Newman and the remaining pages describing each of the films represented. Arrangements are by Matt Hohensee (5 tracks), Dan Head (2 tracks), Dominic Nunns (2 tracks), Evan Jolly (1 track), Rick Clark (1 track), Adam Klemens (1 track), Adam Saunders (1 track), and one track (LITTLE WOMAN) by Thomas Newman. This is a very good CD compilation of Thomas Newman's better known film scores between 1994 and 2006, well performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, under three different conductors. Recommended.

-- Roger Hall, September 2008

 

 

MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Nic Raine and James Fitzpatrick.
Produced by James Fitzpatrick and Rick Clark.
15 Tracks (Playing Time = 60:33)

 

Silva Screen CD 1261

Rating: ***1/2 (Very Good)

This compilation contains themes and excerpts from eleven films directed by Tim Burton:


SWEENEY TODD (2007) - 4 tracks = 9:38
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) - Christmas Eve = 4:28
THE CORPSE BRIDE (2005) - The Piano Duet/ Victor's Piano Solo = 3:05
SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999) - End Credits = 3:11
BATMAN (1989) - 12:55
BATMAN RETURNS ( 1992) - End Credits = 4:49
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) - Main Title/Ice Dance = 5:04
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005) - Finale = 3:36
BEETLEJUICE (1987) - Main Title = 2:04
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985) - Breakfast Machine = 2:18
ED WOOD (1994) - Main Title = 15:10
MARS ATTACKS (1996) - Introduction & Main Titles = 4:03

This is a an ample sampling of the quirky films of Tim Burton, who I've never quite liked very much except for EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and ED WOOD. Burton receives most of his musical assistance from his alter ego, Danny Elfman. There is one score by Stephen Sondheim (SWEENEY TODD) and one by Howard Shore (ED WOOD). The performances here are all quite good but the ugly CD booklet detracts from its appeal, yet the notes by Michael Beek are succinct and helpful. Impressive performances by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

-- Roger Hall, September 2008

 

REEL CHILL Vol. 2

 

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Fitzpatrick, Nic Raine, Paul Bateman and Mario Klemens. Also unidentified orchestra conducted by Alex Heffes, and The London Ensemble, London Music Works.

2 CDs (Disc One = 66:07/ Disc Two = 56:14)

Silva Screen Records CD 1274

Rating: ***/12 (Very Good)

I have not heard the first volume, with the silly title of: REEL CHILL:The Cinematic Chillout Album. It features many pieces by classical composers like Barber and Handel. I can't compare it with this new one, but I believe this is the better of the two because it has more music by film composers.There are many fine themes on this two disc set, including those from Oscar-winning film scores, like SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, ATONEMENT (Elegy for Dunkirk) -- also winner of a Sammy Award for Best New Film Score, and THE LAST EMPEROR. But there are also some overlooked gems here too. They include: the beautiful theme from JANE EYRE (John Williams), the Main Theme from John Barry's ENIGMA, and "The Final Letter" from DEAR FRANKIE by Alex Heffes, who also conducts the orchestra in his lovely theme, and the piano soloist (Christopher Ross) is also quite good. Other welcome themes are: Michael Kamen's Main Theme from the television series, BAND OF BROTHERS and Hans Zimmer's "The Village" from THE THIN RED LINE on Disc One; Jerry Goldsmith's memorable jazz Main Theme from CHINATOWN, Thomas Newman's spare theme from ROAD TO PERDITION, and "Dawn/ Georgiana" from Dario Marianelli's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. There are also a few mediocre tracks, like the meandering opening track on Disc One from Chris Mansell's THE FOUNTAIN, Mark Isham's pounding and ponderous theme from CRASH (London Musical Works listed, but the vocalist is not), and Nicola Piovani's unmemorable theme from the vastly overpraised LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL on Disc Two. The art design by Damien Doherty is very strange. Is it supposed to be drops of running water? If so, what's the point of it? Even with these mild criticisms, this is a very good listen, especially for those who don't have all these film scores. The City of Prague Philharmonic performs better than ever and the recorded sound is exceptional, as usual with Silva. More than half of the tracks were recorded in 2007 and 2008. An outstanding release. Recommended.

-- Roger Hall, November 2008

 

SEX AND THE CINEMA

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,
conducted by Paul Bateman, Nic Raine, and James Fitzpatrick. 16 Tracks (Playing Time = 61:49)

 

Silva Screen Records CD 1263

Rating: ** (Barely Passable)

If the above Tim Burton compilation can be considered as appealing mostly to the male listener, then this SEX AND THE CINEMA compilation should appeal mostly to the female audience. Each of the sixteen tracks are devoted to a different film:

THE PIANO (1993) - 3:45
EMMANUELLE (1974) - 2:51
BILITIS (1977) - 3:45
EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) - 3:52
BODY HEAT (1981) - 4:33
LOLITA (1962) - 4:34
AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) - 2:54
THE HUNGER (1983) - 3:50
BETTY BLUE (1986) - 5:37
FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (1993) - 4:32
BASIC INSTINCT (1992) - 3:01
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) - 5:10
LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972) - 3:34
FATAL ATTRACTION (1987) - 5:01
INDECENT PROPOSAL (1993) - 4:42
SEX AND THE CITY (1998-2004) - 0:41

There are some very good themes, like John Barry's BODY HEAT and Jerry Goldsmith's BASIC INSTINCT, and some pretty bad ones too, such as: Pierre Bachelt's EMMANUELLE (sung in a sexy whisper by Keith Ferreira) and Francis Lai's BILITIS. There are also a few themes by classical composers: Dimitri Shostakovich's delightful Waltz No. 2 from his Jazz Suite No. 2 used in EYES WIDE SHUT, and the popular Leo Delibes "Lakme (The Flower Duet) in THE HUNGER. There are also a few welcome surprises, like the Robert Harris "Love Theme" from LOLITA and Lee Tzung Sheng's "Begone Love" from FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE. The SEX AND THE CITY TV theme is wasted as a final track. The uncredited CD notes are very skimpy and too general. And that putrid pink cover art doesn't look sexy to me. It reminds me of Pepto Bismol for an upset stomach!

-- Roger Hall, September 2008

 

 



SOMETHING THE LORD MADE

Music Composed by Christopher Young.
14 Tracks (Playing Time = 40:57)

Produced by Flavio Motallo and Christopher Young. Orchestra conducted by Bruce Babcock. Orchestrations by Christopher Young, Bruce Babcock, Pete Anthony, Jim Honeyman, Gernot Wolfgang, Bill Liston, Frank Bennett.

BSX Records BSXCD 8837

Rating: **** (Highest Recommendation)

 

 

 

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

Music Composed by Kevin Kiner. Original themes by John Williams. CD Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Mark Evans. 32 Tracks (Playing Time = 67:39)

 

Music performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Kiner and Nic Raine.

Sony Classical CD 88697-35616-2.

Rating: ** (Barely Passable)

If the Tim Burton compilation can be considered as appealing mainly to men and the SEX AND THE CINEMA to women, then this animated STAR WARS film probably will appeal mostly to young fan boys who are not very critical. There is really not much originality here. The memorable STAR WARS Main Title by John Williams is hardly played at all -- the first track lasts only a little over a minute. In fact most of the tracks are rather short lasting about three minutes or less. There are lots of heavy brass and drums which have become a cliche in action films these days. Much of this score features a lot of orchestral huffing and puffing and an uneven mix of styles, a little electronics here and a Big Band sound there. Nothing is brought together into a cohesive whole. But the CD sound quality is very good. Of course there is a large wall poster included on the CD insert flyer, instead of anything about the film or the score. But Kiner's score is such a weak echo of the milestone score John Williams had created for the STAR WARS films, there isn't much to discuss. It looks like a lot of money was spent on the production of this soundtrack CD. Too bad it doesn't have enough exceptional music to warrant such expense.

-- Roger Hall, September 2008

 

 

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Full Reviews

 

 

Vol. 1-50 Years of the Music of Laurie Johnson

 

THE AVENGERS: 50 Years of Music of Laurie Johnson

 

 

 

 

New!

THE BIONIC WOMAN:
THE RETURN OF BIGFOOT PART 2 -- music by Joe Harnell

 

 

 

 

 

BLAZING SADDLES -- music by John Morris

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BLOB -- music by Ralph Carmichael

 

 

 

 

  Special Merit 

THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL -- music by Jerry Goldsmith

 

 

 

 

Cinderella Liberty

 

CINDERELLA LIBERTY -- music by John Williams

 

 

 

 

The Film Music of Phillip Lambro

 

 

THE FILM MUSIC OF PHILIP LAMBRO

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOUR MUSKETEERS --
music by Lalo Schifrin

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE INTRUDER and other music by Herman Stein

 

 

 

 

New!

THE MIKLOS ROZSA COLLECTION:
COLLECTION FOR GUITAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND -- music by Bernard Herrmann

 

 

 

 

 

THE NIGHT DIGGER -- music by Bernard Herrmann

 

 

 

 

100 GREATEST TV THEMES, Volume 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New!

ONE MAN JURY -- music by Morton Stevens

 

 

 

 

 

THE THEREMIN:
PROFESSOR THEREMIN'S AMAZING
ETHER WAVE MARVEL

 

 

 

 

Vol. 2-50 Years of the Music of Laurie Johnson

 



THE PROFESSIONALS: 50 Years of Music of Laurie Johnson

 

 

 

THE SIX STAR WARS FILMS: New Recordings of the Classic Scores -- music by John Williams

 

 

 

 

SUDDEN IMPACT -- music by Lalo Shifrin

 

 

 

 

 

A TIME TO DIE -- music by Ennio Morricone

 

 

 

 

 


DVD Reviews 2007-2008


THE FORD AT FOX COLLECTION:
THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD


DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
FRONTIER MARSHAL
BECOMING JOHN FORD

Capsule review: This set is a bit disappointing, especially the awkwardly filmed and edited documentary. Commentary by Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman on DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK is very good. Film transfers are clean and sharp, but with great scores by David Buttolph and Alfred Newman, these classic films deserve to have isolated music tracks. Rating: ***1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
2 Disc Deluxe Edition --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

Rating: ****

 

 

 

 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW
(Guests: Dimitri Tiomkin & Dr. Samuel Hoffmann)

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS and
THE RIVER -- music by Virgil Thomson

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

 

 

Recommended Special Edition DVDs
with Isolated score tracks:

 

FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966)
music by Leonard Rosenman
commentary by Jeff Bond
Isolated score track with commentary by
Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame,
Nick Redman

Rating:
****

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
music by Bernard Herrmann
Isolated score track and commentary by
John Morgan, Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg
[Included in FOX WESTERN CLASSICS box set]

Rating: ****

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JANE EYRE (1944)
music by Bernard Herrmann
commentary by Julie Kirgo, Nick Redman,
Steven Smith
Isolated score & F/X track

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

 

 

VON RYAN'S EXPRESS (1965)
music by Jerry Goldsmith
Isolated score track with commentary by
Jon Burlingame, Len Dobbs, Nick Redman
Disc Two: The Music of VON RYAN'S EXPRESS
Featurette

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 


Book Review


 

 

The Soundtracks of Woody Allen:
A Complete Guide to the Songs and Music in Every Film, 1969-2005
by Adam Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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