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 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

A friend tipped me off that 'Centennial' is due to be released on dvd at the end of July. Apparantly it is around 24 or 25 hours in length(!). I have never seen it, but will definately give it a go as a rental when it comes out (this for me is a LOT of commitment). The score was written by a favorite of mine, JOHN ADDISON. Even though I've not heard a note of this score, my best guess would be that it is a sweeping and inspired piece of work. Any chance of this being possibly being released as a cd?

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Bent Erik   (Member)

I discussed Centennial with the lady of the house just an hour ago. We're revisiting North and South on DVD (we're halfway through Book II), and we were talking about other favorite TV shows of the past that we should check out. She had no recollections of watching Centennial, but I have fond memories of the series. My parents rented it on VHS over a period of a year or so (1983-1985ish, I'd guess), and I also remember watching a few episodes in school(!). Great news that it's finally coming to DVD. I cannot say that I remember any of the music, though, but the main titles sure sound great:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2hDoZ4yUy0

Now playing:
The Cottage (Laura Rossi)

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

A friend tipped me off that 'Centennial' is due to be released on dvd at the end of July. Apparantly it is around 24 or 25 hours in length(!). I have never seen it, but will definately give it a go as a rental when it comes out (this for me is a LOT of commitment). The score was written by a favorite of mine, JOHN ADDISON. Even though I've not heard a note of this score, my best guess would be that it is a sweeping and inspired piece of work. Any chance of this being possibly being released as a cd?



I watched the series back then: recommended.
The cast and the story are great.
Conrad shines as Pasquinel.

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


"CENTENNIAL" is one of the best mini-series ever made Dave.
Everything about it is first class, and i'm sure you will enjoy many visits to it on DVD.

I've had mine ordered since it was first announced. I did tape it on video when it was first shown here, and i've watched it 2 or 3 times since.

Looking forward to a quality DVD release though.

The score is excellent, and John Addison's main theme is available on the recent Chandos Cd - "The Film Music of John Addison".

http://www.amazon.com/Film-Music-John-Addison/dp/B000OY6HWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1214340681&sr=8-1

Do buy both......i'm sure you'll love 'em!

Oh!.....and DO read James Michener's book too. It's a great read.

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

One of my favorite mini-series. Nice work from many actors in this show. Robert Conrad, Richard Chamberlain, Alex Karras and Anthony Zerbe to name a few. A cd of the score would be nice.

Gary

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2008 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

I remember watching this as a kid on a Sunday night in the UK, back when a US import was a glamorous thing to show on terrestrial TV (hey-we had 3 channels back then!).

I subsequently read the doorstop-sized book!

A great series-I will treat myself to the DVD.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2008 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Anyone here actually watched the new DVDs of Centennial?

I ordered the set for my brother as a Christmas present. Of course,
hubby and I decided to view it before mailing if off. I do remember
being glued to the series many decades ago when dinosaurs still
walked the earth.

There are six disks; each disk is about three hours long. Each disk
contains two episodes, lasting about 90 minutes each.

Funny how time and the decades of transformations in movies change one's tastes.
At first we had a hard time getting into the series and were bored. Seemed like
scenes and speeches just dragged on and on. Wonder if I am becoming
a victim of the quick cut/quick edit generation? Yikes. Hope not. By the second
episode we finally settled into the series and looked forward to a viewing
each night over the week. I did like a lot of the music, but it is repetitive which
is okay as themes are used as reminders. Later in the series I grew weary of the
constant flashbacks. Sometimes we'd view a 10 minute flashback that we'd just
viewed last night. Still, we really admired the great scenes, landscapes and the
development and evolution of many characters. It must have been a very expensive
series for its time due to the variety of stars and locations. I think my favorite character
was the William Atherton/Jim Lloyd character and several others.

I really disliked the last episode. It was very politically correct and VERY
preachy. We both felt like we were listening to a 90 minute sermon. Still,
it was nice to see David Janssen.

Yeah, I was a wee bit disappointed, but it wasn't the series fault. Tastes
change. Still, many places were a wonderful ride.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2008 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

Anyone here actually watched the new DVDs of Centennial?

I ordered the set for my brother as a Christmas present. Of course,
hubby and I decided to view it before mailing if off. I do remember
being glued to the series many decades ago when dinosaurs still
walked the earth.

There are six disks; each disk is about three hours long. Each disk
contains two episodes, lasting about 90 minutes each.

Funny how time and the decades of transformations in movies change one's tastes.
At first we had a hard time getting into the series and were bored. Seemed like
scenes and speeches just dragged on and on. Wonder if I am becoming
a victim of the quick cut/quick edit generation? Yikes. Hope not. By the second
episode we finally settled into the series and looked forward to a viewing
each night over the week. I did like a lot of the music, but it is repetitive which
is okay as themes are used as reminders. Later in the series I grew weary of the
constant flashbacks. Sometimes we'd view a 10 minute flashback that we'd just
viewed last night. Still, we really admired the great scenes, landscapes and the
development and evolution of many characters. It must have been a very expensive
series for its time due to the variety of stars and locations. I think my favorite character
was the William Atherton/Jim Lloyd character and several others.

I really disliked the last episode. It was very politically correct and VERY
preachy. We both felt like we were listening to a 90 minute sermon. Still,
it was nice to see Richard Janssen.

Yeah, I was a wee bit disappointed, but it wasn't the series fault. Tastes
change. Still, many places were a wonderful ride.[endquote


HI JOAN. I watched this MASSIVELY LONG, but very entertaining saga FOR THE FIRST TIME a few months ago on dvd myself. You are correct about that final episode, quite jarring in comparison with the preceeding ones. Yet...just at final fade-out, it leaves you with 'hope'; in spite of it's preachiness. And I don't particularly remember much of John Addison's score except for the opening theme which is spectacular. For THIS first time viewer of something made decades ago...I was very entertained and enthralled while the story played out!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2008 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm glad you enjoyed it, MT. The opening theme is solid as are a few themes in the series.

I'm surprised more people haven't viewed this series yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2008 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I'm glad you enjoyed it, MT. The opening theme is solid as are a few themes in the series.

I'm surprised more people haven't viewed this series yet.


I just ordered a copy for my parents for Christmas, and I'll probably order one for myself. Deep Discount has it for $29.99

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2008 - 3:59 AM   
 By:   Sir T.   (Member)

I did like a lot of the music, but it is repetitive which is okay as themes are used as reminders

I haven't seen the series for decades, but I think musical tracking must be blamed for the feeling of repetitiveness.
Memory might serve me wrong, but my feeling is John Addison did not score each indidivual episode, and most of the musical duties must have been handed over to musical editors.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2008 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   GreatGonzo   (Member)

Later in the series I grew weary of the constant flashbacks. Sometimes we'd view a 10 minute flashback that we'd just
viewed last night.


Looks like another TV show that could have benefitted from being edited for DVD. I mean, do we really need all those "Last time on ..." bits and similar ways of repeating information? Do people really watch their TV show box sets at a rate of one episode per week?

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2008 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I bought this DVD set because I had fond memories of the show when it was broadcast and had not seen it since.
It really is one of the best mini-series ever done. IMHO, I think only "Lonesome Dove" and its sequels (except the Jon Voight abomination "Return to Lonesome Dove") and "Shogun" are better.
You do have to give the show a certain latitude because of time in which it was produced, but photographically and acting-wise it is magnificent. Yes, the flashbacks get tiresome, especially in the later episodes. You have to remember this mini-series was broadcast over a period of something like 3 months...with a break of a week or more between episodes sometimes. If memory serves, it stretched between Sep or Oct and into Jan. Viewers of the original broadcast probably appreciated the flashbacks and it certainly helped those who joined the story in progress. It just becomes glaring when you sit down to watch it over a much shorter time period.
The fast-forward button on the DVD player is very handy for the flashbacks, especially in the last (admittedly preachy) episode.
Addison's score is wonderful (it does seem like there is some tracking). I bought the Chandos CD mainly just for the wonderful (too-short) suite of "Centennial". It only consists of the pastoral theme (often used as an end-title)followed by the epic opening theme.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2008 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Good points, Shadowplay. I can see the need for flashbacks if watching this over time; however, I did use the fast forward button because we watched it over a week.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2008 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

I did like a lot of the music, but it is repetitive which is okay as themes are used as reminders

I haven't seen the series for decades, but I think musical tracking must be blamed for the feeling of repetitiveness.



I have to disagree. It's definitely repetition in the actual composition, IMO. I have to say the same of all Addision's score work. The man's music goes straight through me, like he's beating you over the head with the same few, tiring notes, over and over. CENTENNIAL title sequence feels forty minutes long, as does BRIDGE TOO FAR's first two minutes,with the same tone killing, droney, pensioners' concert band notes played over and over with no variation. It's like that "Stanley Rodgers" sketch from Smith and Jones, as though it's all composed on a banjo.

I know Addison has his fans. However, I'd just like to note that his equally inappropriate light and Concert bandish music for those Ustinov Poirot TV movies is just as grating.

Really, I find it puzzling that so many here will beat up (the IMO incomparably more talented) Legrand or Rosenman for scoring in an unconventional or inappopriate style, yet Addison seems to get a free ride for imposing his bland, concert band lightness over everything he seems to have scored.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2013 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Let me resurrect this thread, which, when we left the subject, the DVDs of "Centennial" had just been released, amid a lot of excitement. Well, I rented them through Netflix and was VERY disappointed -- it seemed like a pretty shoddy job, which made me glad I hadn't spent the money to buy them. But I received a notice that they're about to release it again very soon (Oct 8th) and perhaps they've done a better job ... or maybe they've put it on Blu-ray. Stay tuned.

I originally got into a discussion elsewhere about "Centennial" because of John Addison's music, which I loved when the long series was first shown and during some of its repeats. But when I watched those many DVDs, I found myself very disappointed by the music and no longer so sure that it was a holy grail for me. While the acting remained top drawer, I'm afraid my memory of the music was better than what I heard on those DVDs. So let's hope they've improved the audio too.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2013 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Unfortuantely, we may not (stress "may") get a proper complete "Centennial". Roger posted at Intrada back in August this year on why they are not doing "Junior Bonner":

I took another run at it. The problem is it's a short score and the only available elements were 1/4" mono stored at BYU. And BYU raised their transfer rates 10 fold, making the deal financially out of reach. We had the same issue with FUNERAL HOME -- really high costs, but in that case due to the Canadian Musician's Union. But that was a decent length score coming from 24-track stereo elements so we were able to charge a premium price (and thank you all, still, for supporting that release even with the high price tag). And that will be the last score recorded in Canada we do.

I did a quick search and sadly it appears BYU (www.byu.edu) has bunch of Fielding and Addison.


By the way, I once read Legrand was going to score it but that changed during production.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 10:33 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

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 Posted:   Dec 10, 2013 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)


I love Legrand's music, but am so grateful that Addison is the one who did it. Magnificent music. His main theme, and the very evocative theme for the land and the passage of time, have stayed with me since the show's first airing in a very profound way. I live in the area where the miniseries was shot, and often I'm hiking in the mountains here, taking in some amazing vista, and there's Addison's theme, going through my mind, underscoring it all sublimely!

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I just wanted to come back to report that I received the re-done boxed set on DVD a few months ago and looked at a couple early episodes and it looked better than what I had rented from Netflix when it was first out. Seems much better to me. But as much as I've long wanted the Addison score, my memory of it seems to be better than what I'm now hearing. But still wouldn't mind having at least the main theme!

 
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