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Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for August, 2008:





8/31/08Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you're a collector of Alfred Hitchcock's films and are interested in a superior collection of re-recorded themes and suites from the scores for those films.
Avoid it... if you are primarily interested in the Bernard Herrmann cues that dominate the second CD in this set, for they are available alone on a concurrent set from the same label.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/30/08Hitchcock, 100 Years: A Bernard Herrmann Film Score Tribute: (Bernard Herrmann) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you are a true collector of the Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock collaboration, for Milan Record's presentation here is more educational than enjoyable.
Avoid it... if hearing the deep, raspy voice of Herrmann making commentary every third track could ruin the flow of the sparse, Elmer Bernstein-conducted selections.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


8/29/08Alfred Hitchcock Presents... Signatures in Suspense: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are a devoted fan of Alfred Hitchcock's films and seek one of the most balanced presentations of original recordings and more recent performances representing the music from his works.
Avoid it... if you are deterred by archival sound quality for several of the earlier entries, in which case you should investigate the Silva Screen label's superior compilations of Hitchcock-related re-recordings from the same year.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/28/08Citizen Kane: The Essential Bernard Herrmann Collection: (Bernard Herrmann) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek a very well-rounded and, for the most part, superbly performed collection of re-recordings representing the career of Bernard Herrmann.
Avoid it... if the composer's work has never at the least intrigued you, for this compilation is about the best re-introduction to his work that you can find.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


8/26/08Bernard Herrmann at Fox: Volume 2: (Bernard Herrmann) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek the majority of three original recordings by Bernard Herrmann in his earliest years composing for 20th Century Fox.
Avoid it... if you already own the three scores represented on prior album releases, some of which superior in original presentation or re-recorded sound quality.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


8/25/08Bernard Herrmann at Fox: Volume 1: (Bernard Herrmann) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek a handful of Bernard Herrmann's later and lesser known scores for 20th Century Fox on a well-balanced compilation.
Avoid it... if you prefer the flashy, unconventional, and powerful side of Herrmann's output, replaced in these scores by his more harmonic, conversational style of underscore.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/24/08Bond: Back in Action: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek freshly re-recorded suites of orchestral underscore from each of the first seven James Bond scores.
Avoid it... if your interest in the music from the Bond franchise is rooted primarily in the title songs and their themes, available from the same label on another product.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


8/22/08The Back to the Future Trilogy: (Alan Silvestri) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you only have casual interest in Alan Silvestri's fantastic music for the trilogy and seek robust re-recordings of highlights from the first two entries.
Avoid it... if you're enough of a fan of the scores that John Debney's significantly slower tempos in conducting them will overshadow the benefit of the monumentally fuller sound of the recording.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/20/08Splash: (Lee Holdridge) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are familiar with the often gorgeous romance themes produced by Lee Holdridge throughout the years and seek the first and perhaps most famous entry in that collection.
Avoid it... if the fluffy atmosphere and pop elements in the score's conversational and action cues render Splash too dated to compensate for the more universal love theme.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/19/08Patton: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Expanded Review
Buy it... on the 1999 Film Score Monthly album if you seek the best source for the original film version of the Patton recordings, as well as a superior work by Frank DeVol for The Flight of the Phoenix.
Avoid it... in Patton's original recordings if you prefer the outstandingly vibrant re-recording conducted by Jerry Goldsmith in 1997.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


8/17/08Monte Walsh : (John Barry) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek proof that John Barry was more intent at times on forcing his own style onto a new genre rather than truly adapting for it.
Avoid it... if the reason you are curious about Monte Walsh's score is because you are a Western collector, for Barry's output is far closer to his works in the drama and action genres.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


8/15/08The Missouri Breaks: (John Williams) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you are trying to complete a John Williams film score collection and are fully prepared for perhaps his most eccentric and dysfunctional genre-bending effort.
Avoid it... if the idea of 70's pop rhythms and instrumentation in conjunction with comical Western honky-tonk elements seem like a recipe for disaster to you.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


8/14/08Island of the Sharks: (Alan Williams) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you enjoy the expansiveness of John Barry's dramatic 1980's string writing and the rhythmic flair of Jerry Goldsmith's 1990's jungle rhythms.
Avoid it... if you easily become annoyed by scores that make no attempt to conceal the origins of their influences, no matter how adept their adaptation of those styles.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/11/08The X-Files: I Want to Believe: (Mark Snow) - All New Review
Buy it... if you're such a devoted fan of the franchise that even a faint whisper of what once made the episodic Mark Snow scores so attractive will suffice for nostalgic purposes.
Avoid it... if you were hoping that Snow would, outside of the last moments of the score, neatly wrap the music for the franchise into a coherent and impressive package.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


8/10/08Inspector Gadget: (John Debney) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you already suspect that you'd have a high tolerance for that catchy "Go, Gadget, Go!" attitude, so perfectly captured and adapted by John Debney into one of his typically hyperactive parody scores.
Avoid it... if the phrase "Go go Debney score!" confuses more than it entertains.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


8/9/08My Favorite Martian: (John Debney/Danny Elfman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek probably the most engaging and creative orchestral and synthetic combination to come from John Debney's wacky comedy writing of the late 1990's and early 2000's.
Avoid it... if you despise the early children's and comedy styles of Danny Elfman, whose influence figures heavily in Debney's work here.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/8/08The Comancheros: (Elmer Bernstein) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek a predictably vibrant and bold Elmer Bernstein Western score, complete with the usual brassy themes and optimistic string interludes.
Avoid it... if the cheery atmosphere of many of Bernstein's themes for the genre detracts from the sincerity of the arguably more interesting accompanying underscore.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/7/08The Cable Guy/Fantasy Island: (John Ottman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you never had a chance to obtain either of the two scores represented on their previous, individual promotional releases.
Avoid it... if you already have the devilishly superior music to The Cable Guy and are interested in this compilation promo only for "Fantasy Island."
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/6/08Brokedown Palace: (David Newman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek one of David Newman's most accomplished ventures into dramatic genres, with uniquely intriguing instrumental combinations that cross cultures with surprising ease.
Avoid it... if hearing David Newman write essentially a quintessential Thomas Newman score runs counter to the flightiness that you expect and love from David's work.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


8/5/08Breakout: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you're a Jerry Goldsmith completist and would seek even a mundane action score for a mediocre Charles Bronson film.
Avoid it... if you expect the Latin influence in the Breakout score to rival most (if any) of Goldsmith's other crossover efforts.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


8/3/08Big Trouble in Little China: (John Carpenter/Alan Howarth) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you have a taste for synthesized rock scores of the 80's and revel in their shameless cheesiness.
Avoid it... if you have no love at all for any other musical work of John Carpenter, for this score resembles the best and worst of his style.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


8/1/08The Beyondness of Things: (John Barry) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek an extremely predictable self-tribute to the reflective style of John Barry's late film scores.
Avoid it... if you've never been able to appreciate the repeating structures and consistently geriatric pacing of Barry's softer, romantic writing.
Rating:****   Read the entire review







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