The Dish, one of those films you can stick on and watch and chuckle to most of the way through. Set in 1969 during the lunar landing, it features 3 Aussies, the local mayor and a NASA 'hotshot'. This unlikely mix are thrown together when the local radio dish is chosen as the southern hemisphere's receiving dish for the mission telemetry and audio/visuals. The music fits in perfectly with the visuals and listening to the soundtrack evokes images from the film. As a standalone cd, however, the music is excellent but the vignettes from the film don't stand too well and there are too many, not in the same manner as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. If you have seen the film, you'll find yourself chuckling along to them, but after a while they do get on ones nerves. Highlights are Good Morning Starshine and Classical Gas and these two tracks alone almost make the cd a worthwhile purchase.
As other reviewers have said, there are contemporary songs included here but they are sensibly grouped together before the actual film music. I am not a fan of padding out soundtrack recordings ith pop/similar songs but there mucgh worse examples than this around. The film itself is a delightfully gentle, and I suspect uniquely Australian take on part of their part in the Apollo Moonshot program, concentrating as it does on the upgrading of the Parkes receiver to having prime responsibility for receiving the Apollo 11 visual transmissions. The score is largely derivative, owing something to James Horner's Apollo 13 so anyone enjoying that score, as I do,should find something worthwhile here. The Parkes Dish of the title is given pseudo-iconic status by the very Apollo 13-like long yearning trumpet call,and crops up in different guises through the score, and the final, warm, quietly victorious song of a job well done, really the Sam Neill character's theme again parallels the end of Apollo 13, but altogether more restrained, and moving, for that.
This is one of those soundtracks where you will find that you love some tracks and destest some others. At least a few tracks of the 60s music can be appreciated by all - even by those who weren't alive to appreciate it at the time! The score (which comprises approximately half of the CD), is impressive at times, and repetitive at others. Choi does succeed in capturing the grandure of the Parkes dish, however, there are too many similar-sounding themes to really distinguish the different orchestral pieces.
If you buy this expecting to hear a good (let alone complete) selection of the period songs that gave this film its ambience, you won't find them. I bought this as a gift, and wished I hadn't. (You could argue I should have read the CD track list first; I did, but I didn't know who sang the songs anyway and couldn't find a film track list anywhere on the Web). A great disappointment.