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 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

Saw "Pompeii" this weekend and really enjoyed the Clinton Shorter score.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Haven't seen it yet, though I plan to.

Love sword&sandal pictures, which is what this seems to be, though on a more bloated scale.

I assume it pays no attention the the famous Bulwer-Lytton source?

Special effects in the previews look like fun.

(Although, there were certainly no tidal waves, nor buildings falling into the sea, at the time...)

But, hey, who cares! It's a movie!

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Hank V   (Member)


But, hey, who cares! It's a movie!


I care for one. The complete ignorance of historical facts annoys me. El Cid, Spartacus and a host of others. Were they not interesting enough as real life characters?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I sort of gave up on historical accuracy years ago.

Found that if I want that, I need to go to the History Channel.

I have to remember: movies are made by producers who want to make money from them; consequently, they rearrange history for a tighter story, with often bigger effects.

Even the Romans kept changing the games they put on, in order to entertain the crowd.

We are really no different. If anything, we're even bloodier. Have you seen the gore they filled that cable series SPARTACUS with? And that had NOTHING to do with history...

Even the best ancient-set films rarely present anything like the reality of what happened.

This new POMPEII sounds like it just wants to entertain.

Though, if you want greater accuracy, as well as drama, read the Robert Harris novel POMPEII, which is really quite good, and which was planned as a movie around 2007, to be directed by Roman Polanski, but which seems to have gone nowhere. I'd love to see a film of it.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

I liked the fact that there appeared to be little pretense. This is a simple kitschy blood and thunder disaster movie and the Big Show takes over the proceedings as soon as possible and takes them all out in fine form. Look forward to hearing the Clinton Shorter score on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I wold strongly suspect it's a case of TEMP TRACK LOVE.

They liked it and licensed it.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 10:40 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Haven't seen it yet, though I plan to.

Love sword&sandal pictures, which is what this seems to be, though on a more bloated scale.

I assume it pays no attention the the famous Bulwer-Lytton source?

Special effects in the previews look like fun.

(Although, there were certainly no tidal waves, nor buildings falling into the sea, at the time...)

But, hey, who cares! It's a movie!


John,
I saw it Friday in 3-D - see it in 3-D - the special effects are really , really amazing.

So there were no tidal waves at Pompeii? It sure made for some exciting moments in this.

The leads are blah, the story is blah, Keifer has fun but what's with his mod haircut?

It is the last 30 minutes or so that make it worth a trip to the movies.

Spoiler alert : I liked the ending - havent seen a disaster film do that since EARTHQUAKE!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2014 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I enjoyed POMPEII more than I thought I would. There hasn't been a volcano movie like this since KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA. Add a little GLADIATOR and you have a decent timewaster. Even the score has a couple of good themes.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 4:27 AM   
 By:   foobsz   (Member)

Anyone noticed the exact similarities in the eight note theme between Clinton Shorter's 'Pompeii' and James Newton Howard's 'Snow White and the Huntsman'?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

I enjoyed POMPEII more than I thought I would. There hasn't been a volcano movie like this since KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA. Add a little GLADIATOR and you have a decent timewaster. Even the score has a couple of good themes.



I think that an adaption of the Bulwer- Lytton novel should have been done -- the 30s version w Preston Foster, the 60s Steve Reeves version , and the 80s mini series with Olivia Hussey all did - all with quite different storylines. I thought this film tried to riff on GLADIATOR and was not too successful. But the cinematography, special effects and art direction all raise this to a different level - a classic of its kind.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

Just lovin' the CD of this score! Lots of fun, especially for anyone who loves disaster movies.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

I liked the fact that there appeared to be little pretense. This is a simple kitschy blood and thunder disaster movie and the Big Show takes over the proceedings as soon as possible and takes them all out in fine form. Look forward to hearing the Clinton Shorter score on CD.

The CD album is a Lot of fun!



I sure look forward to future Clinton Shorter projects
and hopefully more Clinton Shorter CD album releases.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

I sort of gave up on historical accuracy years ago.

Found that if I want that, I need to go to the History Channel.



Historical accuracy on the History Channel?

God help you then.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

I am reliably informed the signpost to the brothel is in the shape of a rather large pointing dick.

Those romans were literally and notoriously blunt about coming to the point.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Anyone who thinks they are going to get historical accuracy in a movie is a fool. Anyone who thinks they are going to get historical accuracy on the history channel is a snob and a fool.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

However you may get hysterical accuracy.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

Hopefully the home video release of "Pompeii" this month will bring renewed interest in this Blast of a flick and the delightful Clinton Shorter disaster film score which (Thanks to Milan) has a CD album release!

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Hopefully the home video release of "Pompeii" this month will bring renewed interest in this Blast of a flick and the delightful Clinton Shorter disaster film score which (Thanks to Milan) has a CD album release!

It may. This wasn't one I was going to pay theater prices for, and Shorter's not a blind buy for me, so I'll wait for the rental to decide whether to further explore the music.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I wasn't a fan of the score by itself though I am looking forward to checking out the film soon on DVD.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   ryankeaveney   (Member)

This score really impresses in the really shitty-ass film.

 
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