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8/15/19 Apollo 13   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the comprehensive, 2019 Intrada album if you own only a handful of James Horner's scores and are in search of the composer at his very best, Apollo 13 exhibiting an exemplary sense of historical patriotism and tension.
Avoid it... if the understated respect that Horner conveys in his rather short score for this film doesn't appeal to your need for more lavishly melodramatic efforts from other works during that fruitful period of his career.
7/23/19 An American Tail   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek the melodically rich children's score that launched James Horner's fruitful production in the genre and gained him his first widespread awards consideration.
Avoid it... if you are consistently bothered by Horner's references to Eastern European classical music and other sources of inspiration, despite the fact that they are effectively appropriate in this context.
6/30/19 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you, like most film music collectors, marvel at the ingenuity with which John Williams explores each of his mind-bogglingly complex ideas for individual concepts within his fantasy scores.
Avoid it... if you are a strong believer in the thematic continuity of any franchise, for the maestro largely tackled this score as though it were a series of self-contained vignettes with surprisingly little regard for his previous identities.
6/11/19 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets   (John Williams/William Ross)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... without reservation on the 2018 La-La Land Records set, for the expanded presentation of the work illuminates thematic development and connectivity to its predecessor that greatly elevates the status of this score.
Avoid it... if you still believe that John Williams' music for the thematically superior but generally comparable Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone failed to generate enough magical spirit to represent the concepts in the stories.
5/27/19 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you desire just one of the Harry Potter scores for your collection, because this original entry by John Williams is a strong foundation for the franchise and features its best performances of the famous recurring themes.
Avoid it... if you might be bothered by the fact that Williams doesn't stray too far from his comfort zone for this score, exposing several stylistic similarities to his previous works.
5/11/19 Unlawful Entry   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are the most ambitious collector of James Horner's work and wish to hear a starkly palatable main theme featuring progressions of tragedy that foreshadowed John Ottman's later suspense methods.
Avoid it... if Horner's sparse, mostly synthetic suspense music of the 1980's and associated generic, low-key thriller techniques don't hold your interest, for both aspects of that style are at work in this bland, hapless effort.
4/18/19 Schindler's List   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're not afraid of being fundamentally moved by an overwhelmingly emotional, artistic masterpiece, the most subtly potent triumph in the storied career of John Williams.
Avoid it... only if the oppressive weight of the subject matter bothers you too greatly to be able to appreciate its undeniably powerful musical accompaniment.
4/4/19 Die Another Day   (David Arnold)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you applauded David Arnold's gradual shift of the music in the James Bond franchise towards a harder, scrappier attitude of abrasive techno and electronica style.
Avoid it... if you value any part of the heritage in the songs and scores of the franchise, for Madonna and Arnold's ultra-modern reconceptualization of its music remains a nightmare for many devoted Bond collectors.
3/24/19 The World is Not Enough   (David Arnold)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the expanded 2018 La-La Land album if you desire some of David Arnold's more symphonically potent cues missing from the original 1999 product, the longer presentation not as dominated by the score's harsher technological passages.
Avoid it... if you expect Arnold to offer the same impressively balanced blend of symphonic force and electronica rhythms that made the Tomorrow Never Dies score a classic in the James Bond franchise.
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