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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Frantic
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2012 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I do have one unpleasant question about the FSM album though, and I hate to ask it:

Does anyone else have a booklet where the text of page 5 and the text of page 13 are switched?

It's not that the pages are inserted incorrectly in my booklet, the text from an early page in the booklet is literally in the place of text at the end and vice versa, but the page numbers are still correct. Very strange.

I hope there will be a new pressing of the booklet if it's an error with all of them, as it made the liner notes exceptionally difficult to read.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2012 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


ARGH - yes, it's a printing error. We are reprinting and will dispense the corrected booklets with new orders and on request, sigh... email SAE.

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2012 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

ARGH - yes, it's a printing error. We are reprinting and will dispense the corrected booklets with new orders and on request, sigh... email SAE.

Lukas


Thanks for the quick response! So glad to see how much you guys care about your customerssmile And I love the album.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2012 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   RR Aitken   (Member)

Lukas - I just opened the cd case and I am playing Frantic right now. I have wanted this score for a long time and the sound is delightful. Another great soundtrack disc is making me happy. Thank you for all of the FSM releases and I wish you a happy new year. - Randy

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2012 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

ARGH - yes, it's a printing error. We are reprinting and will dispense the corrected booklets with new orders and on request, sigh... email SAE.

Lukas


Thanks for the quick response! So glad to see how much you guys care about your customerssmile And I love the album.


Dang. I didn't see your message about this until after I got my copy. I'll have to e-mail SAE about it with my next order which won't be for awhile. I just spend over $300 on FSM titles there.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Mink   (Member)

This CD is pure joy. To finally have the "Airport" chase cue is a true blast. For me THE release of 2011!

Thank you so much Lukas!!


FYI the alternate take of "In the Garage" is actually different from the album version since the action part of the second half really is the film version mix as it does contain the screeching synths that were omitted from the album version.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I'm so glad the Simply Red song was left on, even though it's not Morricone, since it was written for the film. I love that this disc gives us the whole commercial album, followed by all the film tracks that could be found.

In my fantasy world, it would also include the Grace Jones song, since it's so iconic and such a vital portion of the film's soundscape. I'll just do what I did with my copy of the old album and burn a CDR containing "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" at the end. I totally understand, getting rights to a pop song not on the old album would have been prohibitively expensive, so I'm not complaining at all.

Amazing album!!!!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   digitalfreaknyc   (Member)


FYI the alternate take of "In the Garage" is actually different from the album version since the action part of the second half really is the film version mix as it does contain the screeching synths that were omitted from the album version.


I'm confused. So the album version isn't the album version?

 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2012 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


FYI the alternate take of "In the Garage" is actually different from the album version since the action part of the second half really is the film version mix as it does contain the screeching synths that were omitted from the album version.


I'm confused. So the album version isn't the album version?


The album version is the album version.

The alternate version is, I now understand, not the film version for the part with Edda Dell'Orso (who is not heard in the film), but the mix of the car-chase part does represent the mix in the film.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2012 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

'Frantic' arrived this morning. Liking what I've heard so far, starting from Track 2 (sorry, can't stand Mick Hucknall).
Very happy with these recent Morricone releases, 'Days of Heaven', 'Fat Man' and now this one.

Now, to figure out these booklet notes.....

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2012 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Justrewatched this and it confirmedmy original opinion - a very mediocre thriller.
Ennio's music is mixed way down and there is much less in the film than on the album.

A very enjoyable score best heard in the album presentation
bruce

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2012 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Just rewatched this and it confirmed my original opinion - a very mediocre thriller.
Ennio's music is mixed way down and there is much less in the film than on the album.

A very enjoyable score best heard in the album presentation
bruce

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2012 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   Sal. Berger   (Member)

Well it's not a mediocre thriller, it's rather a mediocre plot, but the film isn't about that, it's rather intimate. It's trying to take this standard Hollywood thriller plot and present it from another, more realistic, subjective perspective. The plot doesn't matter so much, we don't even get to know what all the terrorist fuzz is about in the end, the film is about the effect of being in a foreign city, and going through all this completely crazy stuff. Hence the title, "Frantic". It's meta. Maybe Harrison Ford was even casted as a typical Hollywood face, but not sure about that... Morricone heavily made the city flair aspect come across.
Later, Haneke's "Funny Games" went even further with a similar concept. Took a standard Hollywood plot, but made it almost unbearable for the viewer.

I'm still waiting for my mail, but I'm in Germany.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2012 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (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


Cool story!

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2012 - 8:27 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Fans of the groovy side of Frantic should check out this Morricone score from 1983:



It was released on CD in 2002 by GDM, but it's no longer in print. Happy hunting!

http://www.discogs.com/Ennio-Morricone-Professione-Poliziotto-Original-Soundtrack/release/2888329

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2012 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Spot on Josh! That was precisely the score that came to mind while listening to the Frantic samples. You may want to give L'Alpagueur by Michel Colombier a listen:





http://www.amazon.fr/Lh%C3%A9ritier-LAlpagueur-Michel-Colombier/dp/B000099O1F/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1326602506&sr=1-1

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2012 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Holy crap, Kevin, that's the kind of music I live and breathe for! I'll be picking that up for sure.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2012 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Holy crap, Kevin, that's the type of music I live and breathe for! I'll be picking that up for sure.

You shan't regret my friend. smile

This is one more reason why our 'hobby' isn't lame. I've been interested in film scores for more than a quarter of a century and I'm still discovering great and wonderful music. I wouldn't have enough of two lifetimes before I got bored. Keep em' coming!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2012 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

ARGH - yes, it's a printing error. We are reprinting and will dispense the corrected booklets with new orders and on request, sigh... email SAE.

Lukas


Are the reprinted booklets available at SAE?

I'm thinking of placing an order and wanted to include a request in my next order.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2012 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

James, I ordered/received this about a month ago, and a corrected booklet came
safely with it, so you should be clear to ordersmile

It's a great score, and fascinating to compare the album vs. the film tracks.

Another home run from FSM, what else can I say?

 
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