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 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I'm gonna give this flick the benefit of the doubt and reserve my opinion until I've actually seen it.
The trailers actually look pretty sweet and I really enjoyed his last Die Hard score.


Ditto from me. I really liked his score from DH5 if you will, particularly the thundering opening credits, one of his best on that track. Concerning the movie, I loved the book and was initially dismayed when I heard they veered off from most of it, but the reviews have been mostly solid and there were a lot of post production problems and reshoots, which is usually not a good sign at all. But I will reserve opinion as well until I see it tomorrow morning.

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Beltrami is really winning me over this year.

Can´t understand why I was so hesitant towards his work so far - maybe because I was not the biggest fan of many films he scored?

If there´s a big Beltrami fan around here (I´m sure they are legion), could anyone point me to their favorite scores (or must-listens)?

SOUL SURFER is already on my top ten list.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   maximus_rh   (Member)

I'd write a full reply about the best Beltrami scores, but I'd only be put to shame by DeputyRiley when he comes along and delivers his usual epic Beltrami essay full of his trademark infectious enthusiasm! Soul Surfer is an excellent place to start though (if not exactly representative of his body of work), I think it's probably his best score.

My favourites aside from that would probably be:

1. 3:10 to Yuma
2. In the Electric Mist
3. Knowing
4. the Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
5. I, Robot
6. Hellboy
7. Blade II
8. Scream (and sequels)
9. The Omen

If you get into his style there are also some less popular but very interesting scores: Flight of the Phoenix, My Soul to Take, Max Payne (co-composed by Buck Sanders), The Thing. Actually looking at his imdb page they're almost all very interesting!

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

If there´s a big Beltrami fan around here (I´m sure they are legion), could anyone point me to their favorite scores (or must-listens)?

SOUL SURFER is already on my top ten list.


One of the biggest mysteries to me is actually why Beltrami fans are not legion. I like to think of myself as a one-man Beltrami legion. big grin

Here's one thing to do: visit Beltrami's official site: http://www.marcobeltrami.com/ -- tons of samples under the "Credits" section. Also, check out Lokutus' page (http://www.marco-beltrami.com/) under audio samples -- go DIRECTLY to the INVISIBLE audio samples and listen to "Bedside" -- my pick for best thing Beltrami has ever written in his entire career.

I highly recommend the following. I will skip suggestions like The Invisible (one of my favorite Beltrami scores) because it is completely unavailable, and will keep the list to available releases (either CD or iTunes).

In no particular order:

Underworld: Evolution
In the Electric Mist
A Good Day to Die Hard
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Mimic
3:10 to Yuma
Trouble with the Curve
The Minus Man
Knowing
I Robot
I am Dina
Hellboy
Scream (still in print as Deluxe edition!)

You already mentioned Soul Surfer which is one of his best without doubt.

Be sure to pencil in Wolverine when it is released July 30 on CD...and particularly keep an eye out for Snowpiercer if it is ever released (cross fingers)!

Happy listening! If you ever have any questions about Beltrami's work or need more recommendations broken down by genres or styles, don't hesitate to ask, I'm happy to recommend. There are also a number of threads discussing people's favorite Beltrami scores...here is one of the best of that kind:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=69488&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Interview with Beltrami about WWZ:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2013/06/interview-wamg-talks-to-world-war-z-composer-marco-beltrami/

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Wow! A huge thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Jon Lewis   (Member)

Deputy, surely you omit Flight of the Phoenix by mistake! Definitely in the top 3 of the dozen or so Beltramis I know.

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 7:56 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Deputy, surely you omit Flight of the Phoenix by mistake! Definitely in the top 3 of the dozen or so Beltramis I know.

It certainly is interesting, but just doesn't grab me like others. "Heat Dream" is pretty spectacular though, as is the bizarre and wonderfully quirky orchestrated opening cue.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   lonzoe1   (Member)

Very good interview. I also like what he said about Goldsmith.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 11:03 PM   
 By:   capital75757   (Member)

Here is an interview that was released earlier in the month with Beltrami talking extensively about World War Z.

His description of his musical process for this film is very interesting.

Here is the link:

http://www.themoviebit.com/2013/06/marco-beltrami-interview-about-world.html

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Loved the movie! Despite a troubled production, this is a very entertaining summer popcorn flick. The audience was going nuts. I will definitely see it again. Just grabbed the iTunes score and listening on the walk home - keeping an eye out for Zombies!

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

I have added links to all interviews published so far to my website.
if you know about any others, please, let me know...

http://www.marco-beltrami.com

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 3:44 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

and one more update... if you haven't heard the score yet, the samples are now online.

http://www.marco-beltrami.com

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

They sound terrific! Can´t wait to listen to the whole score.

Gee, I´m on a Beltrami high, discovering his fantastic work which seems to offer all those things that I have missed in scores during the last decade.

Should have payed more attention to his work, instead of being turned off by most movies he worked on.

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Should have payed more attention to his work, instead of being turned off by most movies he worked on.

Never too late! You joined the Beltrami party while the fire is at its hottest! Help spread the word about his musical genius. I strongly feel that a ton of other listerners and members here at FSM would absolutely love and respect his talent if they gave him more of chance; you are proof of that!

I've been trying to spread the Beltrami Gospel for years because I honestly think that if people really sat and listened to his music judged on its own merits and not necessarily on the films they accompany (although often they too are wonderful) they would be blown away and hooked.

I decline to comment on the rampant arguments on this forum concerning the state of film music but I strongly declare that what a lot of people are "missing" or "frustratedly seeking" from modern film music (originality, creativity, themes, strong orchestra) can be found in Beltrami's music in motherfrickin spades! smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Another interview from Hollywood Reporter:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/marco-beltramis-world-war-z-score-573435

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Should have payed more attention to his work, instead of being turned off by most movies he worked on.

Never too late! You joined the Beltrami party while the fire is at its hottest! Help spread the word about his musical genius. I strongly feel that a ton of other listerners and members here at FSM would absolutely love and respect his talent if they gave him more of chance; you are proof of that!

I've been trying to spread the Beltrami Gospel for years because I honestly think that if people really sat and listened to his music judged on its own merits and not necessarily on the films they accompany (although often they too are wonderful) they would be blown away and hooked.

I decline to comment on the rampant arguments on this forum concerning the state of film music but I strongly declare that what a lot of people are "missing" or "frustratedly seeking" from modern film music (originality, creativity, themes, strong orchestra) can be found in Beltrami's music in motherfrickin spades! smile


Well put! I am a Beltrami convert now.

I´m almost tempted to suggest he would have given us a great MOS score.

Then again, I´d rather not ;-)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   AndyDursin   (Member)

Loved the movie! Despite a troubled production, this is a very entertaining summer popcorn flick. The audience was going nuts. I will definitely see it again. Just grabbed the iTunes score and listening on the walk home - keeping an eye out for Zombies!

Totally agree. This looked like the one summer movie to avoid -- but I was thoroughly entertained and even my wife liked it. I think the hardcore gore crowd will be the ones that hate it...but I was surprised on every level. Even the score worked!

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Seems like the movie is a huge hit at the B.O. - If THE WOLVERINE also hits big Beltrami might be up for a much bigger paycheck (and desevedly so). He definitely joined the ranks of my favorites.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Now I'm very, very curious to know what the original third act was before they did the re-shoot.

I wonder if the bluray will include deleted scenes...?

I would also love to hear Beltrami's first, more experimental pass at the music.

 
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