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 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Since the original thread got..."busted", shall we say, let's return to an appreciation of this fine thriller.

Anyone who bothers to spin this on home video will discover a prescient tale that presages some of the paranoia of our current time. It's not among DePalma's greatest achievements, yet some sequences are spectacular and the overall tone of the picture is fun and sardonic.

The score helps balance the line the narrative treads between camp and homicidal intent. And it provides a nice core of humanity for the relationship between Jack and Sally.

John Lithgow's Burke could serve as a stand-in for all the stunted personalities that surround us who imagine themselves as "highly placed political operatives". This was based, no doubt, on the kind of frustrated folk like Lee Harvey Oswald or James O'Keefe who think of themselves as "citizen avengers", for whom subterfuge or murder is a legitimate means of twisting the political winds in their favor.

To the doubters: Check it out! You'll love the owl perched above the bridge!

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I actually love, much like the "Calisthenics" cue from Carrie, the source music for the slasher movie. Not sure about how they sequenced it here, but whatever. Still cheesy and great.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

The criterion bluray looks outstanding.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

I actually love, much like the "Calisthenics" cue from Carrie, the source music for the slasher movie.

I have "Calesthenics" as my ringtone at the moment and it annoys THE CRAP out of my girlfriend.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

The criterion bluray looks outstanding.

hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggh WANT WANT WANT

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

The criterion bluray looks outstanding.

Yes, the Blu Ray IS excellent, a fabulous image and it sounds wonderful, too. Fell in love with this movie after seeing it opening weekend, and the score was long a grail of mine, so the original Prometheus release was a treat.

For those who never picked up that album, please do get this one. Donnagio pulls out all the stops and the last 15 or so minutes are breathtaking!



 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   The Juggler   (Member)

I actually do consider this one of De Palma's greatest achievements, along with CARLITO'S WAY. This is also my favorite Pino-De Palma collaboration. The "Jack Rescues Sally" cue had such an impact on me in the theater. And then the love theme and the downbeat ending… The only flaw with the film is Nancy Allen's performance, which I think brings the film down to a nine instead of a ten.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I actually do consider this one of De Palma's greatest achievements, along with CARLITO'S WAY. This is also my favorite Pino-De Palma collaboration. The "Jack Rescues Sally" cue had such an impact on me in the theater. And then the love theme and the downbeat ending… The only flaw with the film is Nancy Allen's performance, which I think brings the film down to a nine instead of a ten.

Agree. The "cheap" sound of the orchestra in "Jack Rescues Sally" should bother me, but strangely it doesn't.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

As I said on the other thread, I missed the previous release of the score so will definitely be picking up the Intrada release. Nice one. Thanks Intrada.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   Ryan Clark   (Member)

Strange that Intrada would choose to reissue this. The previous CD was wonderful and prices remained very reasonable so I figured there must not have been too much demand for this score, as great as it is. I wonder if the sound has been improved any by the newer technology. I'll still pick it up next week when I get paid, even if it's the same. I just love this score so much and Pino Donaggio is my favorite. I will always support him. I've interviewed him with the help of a translator, and he is incredibly kind and generous. He's a genius as far as I'm concerned.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

The twelve-year-old Prometheus album WAS out of print, even if the secondary market value hadn't gotten outrageously high. Intrada has done a new master from the original album tapes, and the program has been newly sequenced in film order (save for using the main theme to bookend the album). Plus you get new artwork and liner notes. All in all, seems like a reasonable decision to me! smile

 
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