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 Posted:   Jan 2, 2011 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Curiously, the score works much better on this CD than I had thought. I had had the good-sounding boot for a while, but there was something about the arrangement of the material that didn't work very well. I'm not sure what they've done here, but it makes the score - which I've never been that keen on - come alive much more. So great work there. Sound quality is top notch too.

The only thing I have an issue with is the liner notes, which is written in a manner that I don't like. Then again, that's my beef with Mike Matessino's writings in general, we have a certain "disagreement" there in how to approach writing such things. It's something about including all kinds of names and connections that really only have remote relevance for FAMILY PLOT, at best. Makes it a frustrating, incoherent and "scattered" reading experience. As in "John Williams was approached by Hitchcock to write the score. Hitchcock had previously worked with Bernard Herrmann, and Herrmann's wife had an aunt in Connecticut who used to sell cigarettes. Cigarettes aren't good for you." etc. smile Plus the whole track-by-track analysis that merely describes the music and the going-ons in the scene on a superficial level. Rarely, if ever, an effort to interpret exactly WHAT it tries to do and say in the scene, which is what I find more interesting.

 Posted:   Jan 3, 2011 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I agree. This CD comes to life, in this recording, in a way the decent sounding boot never did.
It's great hearing all the other scores by Williams that were borne of this one, including E.T and CE3K. My favourite track (in the film and score) has always been The Mystery Woman and it's never sounded better than here.
I must admit to editing out a few redundant (to my ears) tracks, which include Blanche's Arrival/Note, Blanche Gets The Needle and Breaking Into The House. Oh, and the Stonecutter track.

 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

OMG, I cannot stop playing the third cue (The Mystery Woman). The whole score is great, but this is the cue I've dreamed of hearing for years. I'm a happy fella.

 Posted:   Jun 11, 2011 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

just rewatched this...

its no great shakes but its far superior to TOPAZ.
the main problem with the film is the investigation by Bruce Dern to find the missing heir is..
well , tedious. That's right , the Master of Suspense generates little suspense for much of the plot.
The two storyline do not mesh well either. A story that centered solely on the kidnappers had potential for a more entertaining film.

One thing is for sure; John Williams score really keeps the film afloat - it is the best thing in the film and a unique effort from this great composer.

checkit out!

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2011 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

just rewatched this...
the Master of Suspense generates little suspense for much of the plot.

maybe Hitch was suffering from MacGuffiniezers.

Another Williams holy grail (for some of us) that would be great to have is the complete original score for "Eiger Sanction."

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2011 - 8:34 PM   
 By:   jeane allard   (Member)

Family Plot has become my favorite Williams score, it's really grown on me!

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

Family Plot has become my favorite Williams score, it's really grown on me!

I have never seen the film and generally I'm not much of a Williams fan but I've been playing Family Plot constantly over the past weeks. It's brilliant!

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

"The First Séance" track is among my most favorite film music cues of all time.
I recorded it onto cassette years ago, and was thrilled to finally hear this beautiful piece of music so clearly.

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

In all honesty it might be my favorite Williams score too. It's brilliantly written and honestly just so much FUN! And the action music has a sort of Goldsmithian vibe much like his score to Black Sunday. I think Jane Eyre might win just in terms of pure beauty and certainly there's lots of awesome stuff in his scores to more famous films (Star Wars, E.T., etc.) but honestly, his one collaboration with Hitchcock was utterly perfect and I love it to death (film's very underrated too and a lot of fun...scene in the car had me laughing out loud the first time I saw it, despite the dated filming method).


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