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2.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been The Soundtrack Compilation From Hell, 9 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Film Themes: The Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
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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