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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Frantic
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Anthony Marose   (Member)

By the way, nice work, Joe, on keeping with the whole image for the art (which includes the entirey of Ford's right arm).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

Although I have the original CD I definetely will get the FSM releaase. Fantastic film and a great score.

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   digitalfreaknyc   (Member)

So FRANTIC is FSM#244, right ?

I answer to myself:

All mighty Henry Jones, yes, FRANTIC is FSM CD #244.

You can see this on FSM's FB page: "FSM CD #244 now available! Frantic by Ennio Morricone."


Wow. And they said 245 is the huge title. I am already thrilled with Frantic. It would be ironic if I couldn't care less about what comes next smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   Henry Jones   (Member)

So FRANTIC is FSM#244, right ?

I answer to myself:

All mighty Henry Jones, yes, FRANTIC is FSM CD #244.

You can see this on FSM's FB page: "FSM CD #244 now available! Frantic by Ennio Morricone."


Wow. And they said 245 is the huge title. I am already thrilled with Frantic. It would be ironic if I couldn't care less about what comes next smile


Yes ! Exactly what I thought when I saw FRANTIC: if it's the way Lukas ends 2011, I can't wait to se what will open 2012!!!

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

SAE's email from today marks this release as "Limited to 1,500" which I cannot find confirmed anywhere else so far. Is this really limited to that number or was that just a typo?

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Sounds like Morricone must have been fascinated by Jerry's bouncing-ball synth sounds from Hoosiers a couple of years earlier.

To my ears it sounds like he used a double-necked electric bass (or a 6 string electric bass).
This might be one ennio's last "rock' scores before he went 'soft' and started composing "beautiful" music.
Also of interest, is his use of blues scales - unusual for him - and jazzy elements. The latter seem to prefigure his work on WOLF.

CHECK IT OUT!
bruce

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)


now i have three scores from Polanski films - and none of them be CHINA - TOWN


You never know Mr. Marshall - what if Chinatown is one of the final FSM cd releases? Man, everybody will be celebrating if that happens!


Lukas has already stated that no other Goldsmith's are in the chute. smile


well, a used copy of CHINATOWN showed up at Amoeba recently.........
just sayin'
bruce

ps it was $50 so i passed on it

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

A great score from the Maestro. I've seen the film twice but not really familiar with the film versions. The original LP/CD was great and I listen to it from time to time.
The main thing missing seems to be the Grace Jones' song that is more proeminent in the movie than the Simply Red track (but it is easy to find the Grace Jones track at the iTunes).

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   Sal. Berger   (Member)

Wow! Great! Happen to love that score! I actually played it yesterday and thought: That's one of the scores that would deserve deluxe treatment. Haha!
I'm not a Morricone fan per se. I also like U-Turn very much, it's insanely sympathetic, and Mission to Mars, back in 2000, immediately came across as something written by masterhand. But for example, I didn't get Untouchables. big grin

Frantic release makes me happy! The main title is such a gem and the album versions of that piece always frustrated me with an alternate ending. I ordered it right away. What a score. The bold bass pickings, the french tone, the weird (in a positive way!) staccato theme. I think it's really original or rather "modern" to state the opening harmonics in that kind of overstated straightforward pose. This one subverts my listening conventions. And it sets you right into 1989's Paris. Beauty! Must be fun to have it remastered.
Also a very good film by Polanski. Like a small movie, accidentally stumbling into the plot of a big one. One of the three blurays I bought, to see it in HD.
Does someone know the name of the song the taxi driver listens to in the radio at the beginning?

(This one and Batman Forever within a few days is insane. I'm so lucky with this batch! smile )

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

SAE's email from today marks this release as "Limited to 1,500" which I cannot find confirmed anywhere else so far. Is this really limited to that number or was that just a typo?

This list at FSM site has it as unlimited:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/list.cfm?sortby=r&sortdir=1

So a typo, I think............

But to be on the safe side, I've just ordered smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Are you talking about the US release of the Miles Davis soundtrack?

that is a differnent "Frantic" - Ascenseur de un Elavator"

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

that is a differnent "Frantic" - Ascenseur de un Elavator"

Ascenseur pour l'├ęchafaud...
anyway I've just learned the existence of an other FRANTIC.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)



The movie poster...




...and the front cover of the original recording.

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Just got back from a holiday at my son's to find FSM had released Frantic.

Great news, loved the original album, this looks like a fabulous release.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   kcm1986   (Member)

LOVE the music to Frantic, especially the main title. I just find it a little unusual for FSM to issue this title. Seems like it would have been an Expanded Archival Edition at LLL. Anyway, it doesn't matter, I'll still take it!!!! BIG SMILES.

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Sal. Berger   (Member)

But a pity that the original masters weren't available. Were they destroyed? I hope there aren't too many cuts and fade outs in the expansion, which is gained from film dub masters.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

Dream comes true!!!!!!

Thank you FSM!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

Been on my list for years. Thanks Lukas. Great reissue

I really love the way Morricone's score gets under tha drama. Perhaps the closest
he ever came to sounding like John Barry (a very good thing in this case).

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 11:05 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Many thanks Lukas! This was one of my first Morricone exposures. It'll be great to finally have the End Title with that dreamlike accordian (?) riff.

Terrific stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2012 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Just finished listening to this amazing album.

The film is one of my favorites of all time. It's a treat I never imagined possible to hear a remastered version of the album, followed by almost all of the score as heard in the film. An amazing post-Christmas gift from FSM!!!!!!!

To give an idea of how much I love the film, when the Blu-Ray was released in 2010, featuring the film in widescreen for the first time without unwatchable PAL-speedup, I discovered Warners had mistakenly included the "French" theatrical audio track, which is 90% English, but has French peppered throughout, including, bizarrely, numerous instances of Harrison Ford speaking in french, in his own voice, even though his character is not meant to speak the language.

This track had been created by Polanski for the French theatrical release and was never intended for use in the US. However, as the first 5 mins or so of this track are identical to the "English" track, nobody noticed they picked the wrong one.

I called Warner Home Video numerous times, speaking to people who swore they'd help, then gradually made it clear they had no idea what I was talking about.

Finally, in desperation, I simply called Roman Polanski's office in Paris. Luckily his assistant spoke English, and didn't think I was a crank. She had worked with him since FRANTIC and understood the issue I was describing with the "French" audio track.

She had me explain the whole issue in a detailed letter to Mr. Polanski, who wrote back politely thanking me - a huge thrill.

Warners never responded to me, but a month or so after I heard from Mr. Polanski, corrected Blu-rays of the film mysteriously appeared on store shelves, a fact I was alerted to by a Blu-ray board friend.

smile

 
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