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Volume 9

Number 4 (July - August 2007)


Editor and Publisher:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb

This month it is a pleasure to welcome another writer to Film Music Review.

He is film journalist Steve Vertlieb.

You can read his writings about his friend, the late great composer, Miklos Rozsa, at these links:

Remembrances of Rozsa

A Tribute to Miklos Rozsa in Washington, DC

 


Contents

 

FMR 9th Anniversary

Ratings and Bi-Monthly Issues

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month

Reviews (CDs, DVDs, Books)

Centennial Tributes to Gene Autry and John Wayne

Film Composer Tributes

The Sammy Awards

 


If you have any comments or questions about this web magazine, send them to:

Film Music Review

 


FMR 9th Anniversary


8 July 2007 marks the 9th anniversary of Film Music Review.

To celebrate, Roger Hall and Steven Kennedy have selected their 9 favorite film scores for the

9th Anniversary Special

What are the essential scores from the 1930s to 1990s? See them listed here at...

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century -- Selected by Roger Hall

See also...

Remembrances of Rozsa by Steve Vertlieb

 

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Ratings and Bi-Monthly Issues


Here is the FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative - Highest Recommendation

***1/2 = Outstanding - Recommended

*** = Good - Okay

**1/2 = Fair - Nothing Special

** = Mediocre - Barely Passable

* = Poor - Save Your Money

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.

For past reviews from 2007:

Volume 9/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 9/Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 9/Number 3 (May - June)

 

For past reviews from 2006:

Volume 8/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 8/ Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 8/ Number 3 (May - June)

Volume 8/ Number 4 (July - August)

Volume 8/ Number 5 (September - October)

Volume 8/Number 6 (November - December)

 

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Editor's Choice (January - August 2007)


Best of the Month for January

 

 

Elmer Bernstein's Film Music Collection

12 CD Box Set with music by Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, Alfred Newman, Alex North, Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

Best of the Month for February

Around the World in 80 Days (Expanded Edition)

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Victor Young)

 

 

Best of the Month for March

 

RAINTREE COUNTY (John Green)

 

 

Best of the Month for April

 

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Miklos Rozsa)

 

 

No Best of the Month for May

 

Best of the Month for June

 

THE BIG COUNTRY (Jerome Moross)

 

 

Best of the Month for July

 

THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN (Elmer Bernstein) &
THE TRAIN (Maurice Jarre)

 

Best of the Month for August

 

THE SEA HAWK & DECEPTION
(Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

 

 

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Reviews (July - August)


CDs:

Special Merit

 

Amazing Stories - Anthology Three (2 CDs)

 

 

 

BECOMING JANE -- score by Adrian Johnston

 

 

 

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER --
score by John Ottman

 

 

 

Film Music of Hans Zimmer

 

 

 

 

Special Merit

Miklos Rozsa: A Centenary Celebration

 

 

 

 

VITUS -- score by Mario Beretta

 

 

 

DVDs:

 

 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW (Guest: Dimitri Tiomkin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Book Review:

 

 

 

 

Hitchcock's Music by Jack Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Centennial Tributes


 

 

 

Gene Autry (1907-1998)

 

 

 

 

John Wayne (1907-1979)

 

 

 

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Film Composer Tributes


 


100th Birthday Tribute to Miklos Rozsa and Web Poll

A Tribute to Miklos Rozsa in Washington, DC

 



 

 

 

 

John Williams -- 75th birthday and Listener's Poll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ennio Morricone -- Honorary Oscar

 

 

 

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The Sammy Awards


 

 

 

 

 

 

To read all the 19th Annual Sammy Awards for 2006

click here

See also:

18th Annual Sammy Awards (2005)

The Sammy Awards (1988-2004)

 

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Best Film Music of 2006

Best Film Music of 2005


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