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The Last Starfighter: Original Soundtrack [EXTRA TRACKS] [IMPORT] [SOUNDTRACK]
The Last Starfighter: Original Soundtrack [EXTRA TRACKS] [IMPORT] [SOUNDTRACK]
Offered by betterworldbooks
Price: £28.45

4.0 out of 5 stars From the composer originally hired to do the "Krull" score, 14 April 2006
There are several themes which really stick in your mind from a good space opera. Star Wars, Star Trek, Bersteins "SpaceHunter", and Craig Safan's main title to "The Last Starfighter". Such a powerful theme it is, that it is almost impossible to move away from with any degree of conviction, so the composer adapts and reweaves, but ultimately, the album gets a little 'samey'. However, whether accompanying Alex in his Gunstar, or 'swimming' through his dreams of adventure, it stands by him relentlessly, from 'bombastic' military brass to 'sweeping and moving' strings. It remains one of my favourite scores of all time, but as an album is limited by the scope of the score and a short run time (nicely bolstered by the extra tracks on this release), in comparison to something like SilverScreens' release of the "Krull" score...which apparently Craig Safan was part of the way through before abandoning it to James Horner.

RoboCop 3 (Original Score)
RoboCop 3 (Original Score)
Price: £9.62

3.0 out of 5 stars Watered down version of the first Robocop score, 14 April 2006
If you liked the first Poledouris score to Robocop, then you will like this one...BUT...there isn't a whole lot new to it...infact there isn't a lot to it at all. At just shy of 29 minutes, it's the shortest length score I own. I remember feeling a little cheated when I bought it, knowing the 'power' of the Robocop story, and the talent of the composer; Starship troopers is everything this score should have been.

The Robocop 3 score lacks any of the coldness or desparation found in the score to the first Robocop movie, and this may be due in part to the brief given to the composer in light of the movies' radical, albeit unsuccessful image overhaul. New to the themes are Otomo's heavily syn'd motif, and a reworked overture less "grounded" than the original which might suggest that the hero gets a rocket pack in this movie...and infact he does...

Clive Barker's Night Breed
Clive Barker's Night Breed

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one for Elfman fans, 1 April 2006
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the movie...but this was not the case with the Soundtrack. Danny Elfman delivers a sweeping score which explores many strong recurrent themes in the movie; the melancholy of Boone (the main character)as he deals with his inner demons, and the hidden world of the cursed Nightbreed; the horror, of Decker's abominable alter ego, and societies treatment of the Nightbreed; the tribal community of nightmarish freaks who have chosen to seek refuge in Midian.
At times Danny Elfman wonders close to very familiar circus themes he employs in many of his movie scores, but manages to avoid the temptation, instead opting for light quirkiness rather than full on Big-Top farce.
In summary, the album has enough material to justify the cost, enough variation to keep soundtrack fans happy, and enough originality to justify buying it. It is not his best by far (The Hulk score is amazing), but still one of the long term favourites in my collection...not so sure about the bonus track, which is a 'prop track' in the film, featuring a country and western song about 'peeling away skin'...however, I appreciated the joke.

The Iron Giant (Special Edition) [1999] [DVD]
The Iron Giant (Special Edition) [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Bird
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Price: £3.94

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Brad Bird and Warner Bros, 1 April 2006
In this age of hi-tech super CG wizardy, we run a high risk of missing the point of the whole project. The Iron Giant does not fall prey to this. Inspired by the Ted Hughes story (read to me when I was a child, and still prominent in my memory!), there are some major deviations(no dragon, instead symbolically represented by a Nuclear missile)...but this is an animation...not a book, and the fullness of the screenplay and character development justifies the changes made. This is a beautiful story, well directed, voice-cast and animated. It looks fantastic, maintaining the cell-painted 2d look with the 3d CG elements, and chooses to play to the story rather than 'sell out' to the cliche gags or special effects (DreamWorks, take note...although I do love your stuff too!!!!!).

Time Bandits [DVD]
Time Bandits [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig Warnock
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Price: £6.88

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't they make films like this anymore?, 13 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Time Bandits [DVD] (DVD)
One of the most fondly remembered films from my childhood, Time Bandits paints a tale of epic adventure across time and space...with a Gilliam twist. Our hero, a young lad called Kevin encounters a rag tag team of dwarves lead by (the late )David Rappaport, who has managed to steal a map from the Supreme being who has designed the universe. Naturally they are exploiting the 'shortcomings' in the designs to their own ends and ultimately to a magnificent treasure, and naturally, the Supreme being is in hot pursuit for the return of his map.
As they 'weave' through the holes in the universe, they travel to distant times and other worlds, and encounter a host of celebrity cameos, adopting various roles; Ian Holm as Napolean, Sean Connery as a Greek King and the hilariously camp John Cleese as a Pantomime Robin Hood, leading a band of monstrous 'not so merry men', to name but a few of the stars in this fantastically surreal masterpiece, with a 'tongue firmly in cheek' perspective on the nature of reality.
Robin Hood: And you're a robber too. How long have you been a robber?
Wally: Four foot one.
Robin Hood: Good lord! Jolly good. Four foot one? Well that-that-that is-is- a long time, isn't it

The Punisher [DVD] [2004] [2005]
The Punisher [DVD] [2004] [2005]
Dvd ~ Thomas Jane
Price: £2.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie Media and Comic Books, 27 Aug. 2005
The Punisher is not a bad movie. I had the distinct impression from the film that it tried to be faithful to the original comic, and having read the reviews of others, I see that this was indeed the case...but here perhaps lies the problem; someone somewhere is to blame for the lack of pace in the movie (certainly not the actors, as Tom Jane is great, Travolta's 'underplayed' baddy works fine, and there is a host of cameos who all play their parts well).
I think it comes down to either the final edit or the screenplay, but throughout The Punisher, we seem to revisit various scenes (his fortified room, the Saints' stronghold, etc...), with no particular plot progression or reason, to the effect that it seems the Punisher was filmed as a disjointed series of mini stories. An example of this is in his fortified room, where we see him 'kit-up' several times in the movie...and that's sort of it really...almost as if it were an extended version of the Schumacher Batman movie openings, but sliced up and interspersed throughout the film.
Hey, don't get me wrong, I love a good cheesey Hero flick (i'll admit to having the Phantom on DVD), but I also love a film that has been well crafted. The Crow was a film that was driven by the characters sorrow and stylistic cinematography, X-Men, by the wealth of characters, Special FX and a tight plot, Blade, by the action and intensity of Snipes and excellent support from Kristofferson, even Daredevil had a certain pace to it...but unfortunately The Punisher movie follows it's own path and seems to get a little lost, at times straying to violence (tame, as it is in comparison to a truly violent hero movie like RoboCop), and other times to dry humour (but not to the comedic levels of Spiderman). So to sum up, if you love super hero movies you'll like it, if you like action movies you'll yawn, and if you like tongue-in-cheek movies you'll groan (not in a good way either).

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