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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.
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