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Benjamin/ Lucas: Film Music (Chandos: CHAN 10713)
Benjamin/ Lucas: Film Music (Chandos: CHAN 10713)
Price: 13.12

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cold in Alex, 3 April 2013
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This welcome compilation of music from Arthur Benjamin and Leighton Lucas has really only one stand out component- the soundtrack rendition of Ice Cold in Alex. Whilst the Dambusters and Yangtze Incident are all good stuff, the one that soundtrack enthusiasts have been waiting for is Alex. The rest is really for completists.

Sadly (and on first listening) this is a disappointing arrangement. The Ice Cold in Alex March in particular is too stylised and needs to be played con molto brio. This arrangement lacks the cheeky but glorious tempo of the film and has to be viewed as failing to match the original (where is Geoff Love when you need him?). Nevertheless all credit to Rumon Gamba for attempting it in the first place and giving us something to listen to. Now will someone do it properly???


The Red Shoes - Music from Powell and Pressburger Films
The Red Shoes - Music from Powell and Pressburger Films
Price: 11.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Because there is no alternative...., 30 May 2012
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If you are a fan of the late and great Powell and Pressburger (as you should be) then you probably have to buy this CD. Not because the sound transcription is particularly great- and not because the collection is particularly inspired. No- I am afraid it is worth getting simply because there is no other soundtrack music from the films out there. What we have is bits from each film and quite a lot of talkie. What we really need is separate soundtracks for each of the major productions- but in particular the "Life and Death of Col Blimp" which has recently been re-mastered and re-released to popular acclaim. Where is Allan Gray's tragic and exquisite love theme from Blimp (which manages only a short cue in the Prelude on this CD)? The Grenadiers? The Mendelssohn? So worth buying- but then expect to be wanting of more and left feeling somewhat dissatisfied.


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Expanded) [Soundtrack]
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Expanded) [Soundtrack]
Offered by screen_archives_entertainment
Price: 18.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A Quantum Leap, 10 Jan 2011
As with the "Lord of the Rings" soundtracks, the "expanded" version of the Search for Spock music renders all else redundant. Get rid of the old edited stuff. This is it. The bits we have been missing are there (such as the destruction of the Enterprise and of the Genesis Planet). Just great that they have produced this for ST II and ST III- which are still the best films in the series (before the silliness of ST IV and the general decline thereafter). Indeed the leap in the impact of the soundtrack from the original edited version to this is even greater than with ST II (even if Wrath of Khan is the best film of the lot). Buy!


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Complete Score)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Complete Score)
Offered by rimmedav
Price: 29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of the best Star Trek film there is, 10 Jan 2011
Out with the old and in with the new! As with the "Lord of the Rings" soundtracks, the "expanded" version of the Wrath of Khan music renders all else redundant. Get rid of the old edited stuff. This is it. Just great that they have produced this for ST II and ST III- which are still the best films in the series (before the silliness of ST IV and the general decline thereafter). I have an old full soundtrack version which I taped from the film. Thank goodness I can now dispose of this. Buy!


Black Love [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Black Love [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Carl Washington

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you think it is, 14 Aug 2007
This is NOT the 1973 softcore film of the same name, but is a 2005 black American soap opera set in Los Angeles produced by Dale Stelly. This low budget effort has everyone keeping their clothes on, bad acting and largely takes place in a hair salon or on a sofa. You can even see the mike in a couple of scenes. The men are overweight and the women attractive but implausible. Unless you are desperate, I would give this a big miss.


Star Trek V-The Final Frontier: MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Star Trek V-The Final Frontier: MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Offered by trec002
Price: 7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the 5th movie, 2 May 2006
Star Trek V is regarded by all true Star Trek fans as an under-rated part of the Star Trek film series. Whilst not as good as II (the best) or III, it is superior to the childlike eco ramblings of the fourth movie, even if the latter had some wonderfully comic moments. What is not in doubt is that the Jerry Goldsmith score for Star Trek V is an absolute triumph. It lacks the bold thrust of "Wrath of Khan", but its maturity provides its melodic depth. It was only when I listened to it on this CD that I realised what a masterpiece it is. Buy it!


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [Complete Recordings] [3CD + DVD]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [Complete Recordings] [3CD + DVD]

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One soundtrack to rule them all, 12 Dec 2005
Howard Shore's soundtrack for the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a masterpiece. Although it eschews the traditional "boom and bluster" approach of the likes of John Williams' scores, this works in its favour in the long run. It is its subtlety and clever use of leitmotif which gives the music such longevity and force. No wonder it wins most filmtrack competitions when put to the popular vote.
The new CD thankfully allows us to put away the edited versions of the soundtrack with which we have had to be content for the last 4 years. Now in grand operatic style we have the full musical accompaniment to the world of Middle Earth. It is akin to dumping a greatest hits selection in favour of the full work- and does it make a difference!
Wagnerian in scope, yet attentive in its detail, it is a fourth dimension to Peter Jackson's outstanding interpretation of JRR Tolkien's epic of Western literature. One of the great works of contemporary musical composition, it will be listened to for as long as Tolkien is read.


The Battle Of Britain (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
The Battle Of Britain (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 10.57

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the Many owe the Few, 26 July 2004
Top drawer war film (indeed THE top notch war flick), in which our chaps give Jerry what-for over the coast of Blighty. Stiff upper lip rules OK as they scramble their Spits into the blue autumn sky, exchange tally-ho's over the intercom, bag a couple of Messerschmitts- and then head home for tea and buns.
OK, I'm biased. My grandfather fought in the battle. However it reminds us what really matters is not Holywood celeb tittle-tattle, but real life and death struggles for our world. As usual the Brits do it with class and dignity. Yes, the impression in the film that all foreigners are clearly bloody (except the Yanks, Canadians, and Anzacs) is perhaps a little dated. However it is a tribute to the heroism of a remarkable generation at a truly momentous point in history.


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Five Disc Collector's Box Set) [DVD]
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Five Disc Collector's Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood

68 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The road goes ever on ....., 24 July 2004
As with both the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers, the Extended Edition of the theatrical version is wholly superior to its shorter companion. This is the one to buy- the one which you will watch for years to come (and the one I venture to suggest will be hereafter shown in cinemas).
The theatrical version was stupendous; the EE is better. With extended scenes involving the defenestration of Saruman, the Churchillian defiance of fate at the Ithilien crossroads, the confrontation of the Witch King and Gandalf at the gates of Minas Tirith, and much more, this is more than four hours of cinematic magic.
OK, many of us preferred the heroic intensity and dialogue of Two Towers- but comparing the three films is otiose. This is a trilogy of epic proportions, an assertion of the values and force of the West, and a marvellous tale of freiendship and integrity to boot. Buy it or find some other way to have a life....!


Where Eagles Dare  [1968] [DVD]
Where Eagles Dare [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 4.42

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Boys Own Stuff!, 23 July 2004
Epic war pic where Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood manage to unmask most of the German spy network in England, slip Jerry the wrong plans for the second front, kill the leading members of the Abwehr in Southern Bavaria, and destroy half of the local Wehrmacht- all in a little over two hours. Terrific score by Ron Goodwin, great action sequences and a commanding performance by Burton give this the "must see" imprimateur. Meanwhile it's obvious why the Nazis lost the war- since they rate one worse than Imperial Stormtroopers in the "can't hit the broadside of a barn" shooting stakes. Our plucky Allied troops more or less shoot themselves out of anywhere and anything....
However the radio call-sign "Broadsword calling Danny Boy" is now part of British folklore; the cable-car sequence is unmatched in spectacle; and the whole film makes you cheer up and feel better about the world. For once the Brits are portrayed as cooly proficient rather than public school chumps. What with the Yanks playing second fiddle, it's almost like the good old days ....


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