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Comments about the soundtrack for Varèse Sarabande: 25th Anniversary

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Well done...and happy Anniversary
• Posted by: Bill Harnsberger   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at 5:49 p.m.
• IP Address: ptd-24-198-27-68.maine.rr.com

This is a terrific stroll through 25 years of filmmusic, much of which may never have seen the light of day without the efforts of the mighty warriors at Varese Sarabande.

The collection has something to please...and irritate...everybody. I'd never heard, for example, the music from "Man From Snowy River." Wow, very nice. I'd forgotten how joyously kooky the music from "Raising Arizona" is. Those are now two soundtracks on my wish list. There are others.

Then there's crapola like John Powell's music from "The Bourney Identity," and Bob Cobert's forgettable "Winds of War" Theme. And I wish they'd used the main title from "Halloween II," instead of "Halloween"---the sequel version was much improved over the original.

But why quibble? With 4 CDs packed with themes, you can make a mighty fine mix tape. Or two. And at only 15 bucks, holy crap WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!

I've been buying---and savoring---Varese Sarabande releases now for 22 years. My life is better for it. So happy anniversary to you magnificent bastards and your logo that looks like someone just detonated an M-80 inside a set of bagpipes. And here's to many more.






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