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10/21/20 Stargate   (David Arnold)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're ready for a triumphant return to the romantic, epic scores of Hollywood's Golden Age, a breakthrough effort from an upstart David Arnold that laid the foundation for his future success.
Avoid it... if you demand consistent quality from all corners of this score, its second half remaining a step behind the similarly rendered score for Independence Day and Arnold's other subsequent orchestral work.
10/14/20 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle   (Henry Jackman/Various)
All New Review
Buy it... if formulaic, workmanlike adventure/fantasy music for orchestra and choir suffices for the occasion, this entry taking more than a little inspiration from Alan Silvestri.
Avoid it... if you demand catchy themes and convincing depth to the fantasy element, for Henry Jackman and his team offer significant narrative development but little memorable appeal.
10/8/20 Jack the Bear   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you already have James Horner scores like Unlawful Entry and Once Around on your shelves, because Jack the Bear resides comfortably as a subdued cross between the two.
Avoid it... if you expect all your softly dramatic scores from Horner to pull at the heart strings, because the low volume and lack of spirit in this score fail to accomplish that task.
10/1/20 Saving Private Ryan   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are a true John Williams collector, for Saving Private Ryan is among the maestro's less engaging and repetitive stand-alone listening experiences.
Avoid it... if you expect more than faint hints of the dramatic weight of the music for Schindler's List or the dynamic, resonating appeal of Williams' other famous scores for Steven Spielberg's films.
9/24/20 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King   (Howard Shore)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2007 or 2018 complete sets if you seek one of the best scores of the digital age of film music in a DVD-quality presentation that will, if you are properly equipped, stun both you and the people living down the street.
Avoid it... on the 2007 or 2018 complete sets if you do not use a surround sound system for your regular listening enjoyment and would prefer, in terms of content, the 72-minute 2003 album of highlights from the score.
9/19/20 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers   (Howard Shore)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2006 or 2018 complete sets if you seek one of the best scores of the digital age of film music in a DVD-quality presentation that will, if you are properly equipped, stun both you and the people living down the street.
Avoid it... on the 2006 or 2018 complete sets if you do not use a surround sound system for your regular listening enjoyment and would prefer, in terms of content, the 73-minute 2002 album of highlights from the score.
9/14/20 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring   (Howard Shore)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2005 or 2018 complete sets if you seek one of the best scores of the digital age of film music in a DVD-quality presentation that will, if you are properly equipped, stun both you and the people living down the street.
Avoid it... on the 2005 or 2018 complete sets if you do not use a surround sound system for your regular listening enjoyment and would prefer, in terms of content, the 70-minute 2001 album of highlights from the score.
9/7/20 The Thin Red Line   (Hans Zimmer/Various)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciated the restrained and brooding atmosphere of the music as you heard it in the film, for The Thin Red Line is not a score to effectively approach without context.
Avoid it... if you expect any of the score's meandering themes to combine with the Melanesian songs featured in the film to form a clear and compelling narrative beyond the work's blunted demeanor.
8/30/20 U.S. Marshals   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only on the 2020 expanded presentation to appreciate the highlights of Jerry Goldsmith's consistently driven action and suspense rhythms for piano, snare, and electronics.
Avoid it... if you have little patience for the composer's predictable and pedestrian tendencies in this genre during the 1990's, this work highly derivative in motif and lacking distinctive personality.
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