I haven't actually bought this CD yet, only borrowed it from the library, but I can't believe that I nearly missed it, on the shelves or off of them. This double CD has a total of 34 excellent, mostly classic, film scores, producing a giant quilt of the best themes of all time, including Star Wars, Gladiator, Final Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, The Piano... it just goes on and on.
The constant worry when buying individual soundtracks/scores is how much actual score and score variation you will find on each CD. Solving those problems in a wondrous flourish, this collection provides you with the best of nearly every soundtrack that I have bought and many, many more. The contrasts between all of the tracks is amazing and, in a way, fascinating; especially to somebody who is used to hearing one theme running through a single CD's hours worth of score. It is an extraordinary tribute to many of the masters of modern-day film composers.
Anybody who likes scores will adore this, as will anybody who likes a majority of the films on here. Both an excellent starter pack for new fans of film score, and a compliment to any seasoned collector's CD rack. I know that I will be buying it as soon as possible; I've been waiting for something like this to be released for a long time!