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I love loud and action packed scores...

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I love loud and action packed scores...   Monday, May 24, 2004 (9:46 a.m.) 

That is what brought me into film music collecting...so Van Helsing is like a dream come true. I'm not too keen on "background music" scores that rarely make a highlight appearance, and given the subject matter of Van Helsing, I would think that a movie about the Wolfman, Dracula, Vampires and the like would consists of loud brass and feverish strings compared to a harp and cello.

There can be no mistake that Silvestri's score is great, and the good news is he wasn't replaced by synthesizers like he was in Pirates of the Caribbean (that is STILL p-ing me off). This a Silvestri tour-de-force and an amazing achievement.

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Re: I love loud and action packed scores...   Monday, May 24, 2004 (1:01 p.m.) 

> That is what brought me into film music collecting...so Van Helsing is
> like a dream come true. I'm not too keen on "background music"
> scores that rarely make a highlight appearance, and given the subject
> matter of Van Helsing, I would think that a movie about the Wolfman,
> Dracula, Vampires and the like would consists of loud brass and feverish
> strings compared to a harp and cello.

I am so with you on this. I love a boistrous score, like Van Helsing, The Mummy Returns, Cutthroat Island, The Musketeer and Timeline. These get my pulse going and are a LOT of fun, especially while driving.

I like a nice sensitve, interesting score as well, but nothing gets my mortor running like a loud, orchestral action score

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Re: I love loud and action packed scores...   Tuesday, May 25, 2004 (10:20 p.m.) 

> I am so with you on this. I love a boistrous score, like Van Helsing, The
> Mummy Returns, Cutthroat Island, The Musketeer and Timeline. These get my
> pulse going and are a LOT of fun, especially while driving.

> I like a nice sensitve, interesting score as well, but nothing gets my
> mortor running like a loud, orchestral action score

Agreed. Action scores are what sucked me into film score collecting. They fire my imagination, awaken my fantasies and improve my mood 10 fold. I love a good sweet sounding quiet score, one with lots of themes, but action scores are the bread and butter. Christian somestimes says "avoid it if..." and then talks about loud action and deep brass. Granted, some people may not like that, but anyone who buys this album expecting anything other than brass and loud action is simply stupid. That would me buying the soundtrack to "Sweet November" expecting a grand theme and a massive 100 piece orchesrta and crescendos. It just doesn't happen. Imagine LOTR without the loud brass, feverish strings and massive thematic material?


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