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on 20 August 2010
I bought this CD thinking that it would contain, if not the originals, then at something vaguely resembling the originals. I hated all the synthesisers and would definitley NOT recommend it unless you want to listen to electronic lift "muzak"
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on 20 July 2014
Not the real thing but reasonable
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on 9 June 2013
The concept of having a 4-CD box set of music from the movies, ranging from the iconic music of 2001 (basically Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra for those that know their classical music), to such recent franchises as the Lord of the Rings, this may sound like a good idea for the budding film and music buff in your life. However, you come to the small print that states that the tracks are 'interpretations and not the original recordings'. If the immediate notion of 'Oh no!' and 'No!' does not come into your head, then you are probably one of the few people that tolerate what basically sounds like demos from a digital music student's project, or that stuff you keep hearing in cinemas and hotel lobbies, and probably don't mind such music in your everyday life. For the rest of us, prepare to tolerate about 4 hours of music from the movies, as you will never want to hear it.
In its defence, some of the pieces are done well, such as Hard Boiled, Schindler's List, Amistad... and that's probably all the pieces that don't sound like pieces that you can download of the web as a MIDI file, or sound, for those that are meant to sound like woodwind pieces, like primary school recorder players. There are tracks that sound like video games of yesteryear. Their take on the Sleepy Hollow theme sounds like it should have been used on a level of Doom, whilst The Sinking piece, which is meant to come from Titanic, sounds like vintage music from a classic Sonic the Hedgehog game.
Without a few tracks that sound at least tolerable, and probably okay for humorous reasons, this could have been the soundtrack compilation from Hell, with butchered attempt of theme tune after butchered attempt of some song. For those that have seen all of the films- and if you have, then you should be congratulate for having a broad taste in films- then this must sound like a form of torture to endure hearing every one in such a primitive state. For those that haven't seen all the films- because not everyone will want to watch Hard Boiled ,probably followed by Toy Story!- then at least this will encourage you to actually go and watch some of the films on here that are missing in your musical knowledge of all things film.
Film Themes the Ultimate Collection is not a godsend to anyone that has ever enjoyed a theme tune, or a song, from their favourite films. Instead Demon Music Group have made about 4 hours worth out of some of the memorable music from the movies sound like the blandest music ever to have graced a hotel lobby or cinema foyer. For those that are unfortunate to have this in their collection, then at least you can have a giggle with your mates about how weak some of their interpretations of their favourite film songs are- or give it away to someone that actually likes this kind of music.
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on 20 November 2012
The selection is brilliant - if they were the real songs and not some awful version that sounds like one guy and his keyboard. Poor effort, very disappointing.
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on 21 November 2009
If you are looking for a cd with sounds that you can sit and listen to then avoid at all costs! A good buy if you want elevator music, but I am sure it isn't what you are looking for as you do not own a building that needs elevator music but if for some reason you do then fair enough go ahead but I would certainly suggest not buying it if you dislike the sythesised covers of soundtracks which is what this is.
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on 1 January 2008
These pieces are done on an electronic keyboard or organ but are still good arrangements although some songs are done better than others as they can be a little drab. I think it's very interesting to hear different versions of a song and how it is interpreted. This CD is probably more of a "background music" CD but is still reasonably good and reasonably priced. Don't be put off by it not being the original versions of the songs!
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on 16 August 2007
This CD is good if you want backround "supermarket" music, and the guy on his keyboard who made this has done a good job, but the reworked pieces just don't do justice to the great pieces he covers.
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