With apologies if this is mentioned in another thread -- but the UK Arrow Blu-Ray edition of Corman's "Pit and the Pendulum" has an isolated score/effects track. This was great news to me at least -- I preordered a while ago (along with "Theater of Blood" which was delayed due to some mastering errors) and am eagerly awaiting delivery of both in a few weeks. Baxter's score is a favorite of mine. I'll learn to live with the sound effects -- too bad that the music-only elements have been lost.
Has anyone heard the isolated track on the blu-ray? -- just curious about quality, etc.
Arrow says they're pleased with the track, but reviews I've read have only stated that it's a bonus feature and not commented on the quality. I've rarely if ever seen any critical comment about bonus soundtrack music in video reviews, unless it's a pop music score. Btw, you might want to change your thread title to "isolated music/effects" so as not to give folks the wrong impression.
I have the Arrow Blu-ray, which is excellent with masses of extras. PIT AND THE PENDULUM is my favourite of the Roger Corman Poe films. I remember it well because it was the very first X certificate film I saw at the age of 16 (the minimum age for admission in those days). I didn't buy it for the isolated score and I haven't listened to all of it but from what I've heard it's not a very satisfying listen because apart from the intrusive sound effects, the music goes up and down in volume according to whether dialogue is being spoken.
from what I've heard it's not a very satisfying listen because apart from the intrusive sound effects, the music goes up and down in volume according to whether dialogue is being spoken.
Too bad they didnt work on the volume levels, but it was the same with the mp3 online version. Worse, however, is the Arrow seems to have more effects than the mp3, and even some damage. Maybe they used a different source, or maybe the source was 2-channel stereo and Arrow combined it to make the mono track.