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The Dish
(2000)
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Composed and Conducted by:
Edmund Choi

Produced by:
Jane Kennedy
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 24th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if, simply put, you were an enthusiast of James Horner's style of representing the spirit of space flight in Apollo 13.

Avoid it... if hearing another composer cough up an obvious temp-track variation on Horner's work is an irony you'd prefer to mock from a safe distance.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,427
WRITTEN 6/16/03, REVISED 2/9/09
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The Dish: (Edmund Choi) Few people know that Australia played a pivotal role in the broadcasting of live images during astronaut Neil Armstrong's historic step onto the moon in 1969. The film The Dish is the story of the Australian satellite complex, located on a sheep paddock, which served as the backup transmitter for the live images from the moon to reach the rest of the world. When the primary NASA satellite in America malfunctioned during the mission, the Australians served a silent, heroic part in the adventure by ensuring that the iconic imagery from space could be seen. A character drama with a decent cast, the film is a lightweight tale that received primarily positive reviews from critics in 2000 but failed to win the hearts of audiences. Director Rob Sitch was familiar with the music of composer Edmund Choi, who had been director M. Night Shyamalan's first collaborator on two projects and had worked to re-score a Sitch film a year before. With Choi's career still in its fledgling stages, his music for Wide Awake had been heard on an album circulated around the film score community at about the same time. For The Dish, Choi would be given the task of writing a friendly, patriotic score for the hometown Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a local choir. He indeed accomplished this feat, but at a cost. Every once in a while, there are productions that rely so heavily on their temp tracked music (usually at the hands of the director) that it cripples their finished products. This is a picture-perfect example of this phenomenon. The temp track influences in Choi's work for The Dish are so pronounced that the score translates into something of an oddity. Choi's finished score, albeit pleasant and undemanding, is a mirror image of those temped scores: James Horner's Apollo 13 and, to a lesser extent, Bill Conti's The Right Stuff. While Conti's work was a well-known staple of 1980's cinema, Apollo 13 remained NASA's musical calling card throughout the 1990's and into the 2000's. The combination of nobility and yearning in Horner's Oscar-nominated 1995 score has proven to perfectly encapsulate the spirit of space flight, and it's obvious that Sitch (or someone else on the production team) agreed.



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Jennifer Poole - February 1, 2008, at 1:02 p.m.
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Total Time: 55:33
Songs:
• 1. The Real Thing - performed by Russell Morris (6:18)
• 2. Get Together - performed by The Youngbloods (4:37)
• 3. Classical Gas - performed by Mason Williams (2:57)
• 4. The Loved One - performed by The Loved Ones (2:51)
• 5. Good Morning Starshine - performed by Oliver (3:39)
• 6. The Wings of an Eagle - performed by Russell Morris (3:55)
• 7. A Taste of Honey - performed by The Peter Sullivan Band (2:29)
• 8. Lorsque Vous N'Aurez Rien Faire from Cherubim - performed by Dawn Upshaw (2:59)

Original Score:
• 9. Main Title - The Dish (2:21)
• 10. The Prime Minister Calls (0:31)
• 11. The Sheep Paddock (0:49)
• 12. Our Vital Contribution (0:55)
• 13. Parkes (0:50)
• 14. Bob's Theme (0:57)
• 15. Glenn and Janine (0:34)
• 16. The World Waits (1:15)
• 17. The Ambassador Arrives (0:45)
• 18. Blackout (0:53)
• 19. Bullshitting NASA (0:32)
• 20. A Commitment to NASA (0:32)
• 21. Scanning for Apollo 11 (1:05)
• 22. A Brief Listen (0:32)
• 23. I Know Where Apollo 11 is (0:43)
• 24. The Wind (0:37)
• 25. Moving the Dish (2:06)
• 26. The Day the World Stood Still - performed by The Australian Boys Choir and Tina Arena (4:33)
• 27. The Pictures Came from Parkes (1:57)
• 28. Happy Birthday Cliff (2:20)

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