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 Posted:   Jun 27, 2013 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The ending is a cop out, it seem to be offering some great potential and then fails to deliver. Not just the action fans were disappointed but many of the average viewers who just was waiting for the 1970's air force to wipe out the Japanese fleet. Because this did not occurred many people shrug their heads and say , it was ok, but it should have been made for TV.


I saw the film again last week, for the first time in widescreen and stereo. Beats the pan-and-scan TV version I had seen earlier. I'm a sucker for time travel films, and this one is better than most. Maybe I haven't seen enough of these films, but I haven't seen one yet where the screenwriter could figure out how to have the heroes actually change history (at least on some important event) and still have the story be credible. Just like every episode of TV's "The Time Tunnel" did, there always is a copout at the end. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN has a nice ending scene that brings the story around full circle. It doesn't tie up all the loose ends, but it made me leave the film happy.

I'm a big fan of Scott's score, and I'd wager that he purposely played down the sci-fi elements and played up the military ones in order to make the story seem more plausible. Given the rather blase reactions of the main protagonists (and particularly the ship's crew) to the incredible thing that has just happened to them, a more forceful sci-fi score would really be in sharp relief to their laid-back acceptance of things.



Here's a suite from the score:

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Given the rather blase reactions of the main protagonists (and particularly the ship's crew) to the incredible thing that has just happened to them

The ship's crew were played by.............. the ship's crew, non trained actors, and it shows. Then again, the crew in the story was held in the dark so they didn't so much react blasé as they did unaware. Most of them were locked up in this metal container that is the Nimitz for the entire duration, and very ill informed. No wonder they reacted like it was just a case of the captain having tanked diesel instead of regular octane.

The main characters don't react blasé either. Ron ONeal blows his top, Farentino is constantly waiting for history to come crashing down on them, Kirk Douglas does not and cannot show his cards so he plays it poker face and Martin Sheen can't get enough of it. He's the only one enjoying the ride in the ghost house and he's determined to ride the ride for every second he has.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

It's not a great film (Directed by Don Taylor), nor is it one of John Scott's more distinguished efforts. It boasts a memorable theme, which is being repeated (almost) ad nauseam, and little else of note.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

It's not a great film (Directed by Don Taylor), nor is it one of John Scott's more distinguished efforts. It boasts a memorable theme, which is being repeated (almost) ad nauseam, and little else of note.

And you dare to use the alias "Only good music" ?!



D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

A good, solid score. Especially fascinating (and refreshingly original) and stirring music for the time warp sequences and a beautiful love theme, which gets some lovely variations (how I love Scott´s woodwind and shimmering strings!), until it blossoms at the end.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

It's not a great film (Directed by Don Taylor), nor is it one of John Scott's more distinguished efforts. It boasts a memorable theme, which is being repeated (almost) ad nauseam, and little else of note.

And you dare to use the alias "Only good music" ?!


And you dare to use the alias "Disco Stu" .... ?

Ok, well that's fine.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Was that cartoon related to current events?

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

Definitely a good score!

"Splash The Zero's" is a fun energetic cue.

I also really like the movie too.

BTW I have this version of the CD....is it legit?

http://www.amazon.com/Countdown-Original-Soundtrack-Recording-Scott-Original-soundtrack/dp/B0009RGO5E/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1372470532&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Final+Countdown

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Definitely a good score!

"Splash The Zero's" is a fun energetic cue.

I also really like the movie too.

BTW I have this version of the CD....is it legit?

http://www.amazon.com/Countdown-Original-Soundtrack-Recording-Scott-Original-soundtrack/dp/B0009RGO5E/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1372470532&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Final+Countdown


It's legit.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Definitely a good score!

"Splash The Zero's" is a fun energetic cue.

I also really like the movie too.

BTW I have this version of the CD....is it legit?

http://www.amazon.com/Countdown-Original-Soundtrack-Recording-Scott-Original-soundtrack/dp/B0009RGO5E/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1372470532&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Final+Countdown



Yes I believe it is.

The score was released through JOS Records, John Scott's label. It's on my list of CDs to get.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

Oh okay cool thanks for the information. smile

 
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