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 Posted:   Aug 4, 2009 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

-The Joker's waltz from the original Batman - terrifically entertaining but perfect showing of how crazy the Joker is.

-Spock's theme from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - short, friendship like but calculating.

-The main theme from Alien - very balletic as the full theme is played.

-The string theme from Dark City - although it's Stravinskized, the theme is still very touching (especially performed in the End Credits on the unmentionable copy).

-The main theme from Free Willy - to some it is a bit too sweet, but I think it's marvelous in its representation of the sea.

-God's motif from The Prince of Egypt - stunning and religious.

-The Ark theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark - perfectly mysterious.

The soaring theme from Dinosaur - very upbeat.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2009 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

One of my favorites is Basil Poledouris' theme for Under Siege 2. I love how he uses it throughout much of the score, either sort of on its own or interwoven with other passages.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 1:24 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

-The Joker's waltz from the original Batman - terrifically entertaining but perfect showing of how crazy the Joker is.

-Spock's theme from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - short, friendship like but calculating.

-The main theme from Alien - very balletic as the full theme is played.

-The string theme from Dark City - although it's Stravinskized, the theme is still very touching (especially performed in the End Credits on the unmentionable copy).

-The main theme from Free Willy - to some it is a bit too sweet, but I think it's marvelous in its representation of the sea.

-God's motif from The Prince of Egypt - stunning and religious.

-The Ark theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark - perfectly mysterious.

The soaring theme from Dinosaur - very upbeat.





The Ark theme from Raiders underrated? I don't really think anything from this score can be called underrated...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   juhana   (Member)

I'm not sure whether this one counts as underrated, but I rarely hear it mentioned. When the score of the film Spartacus is discussed, the love theme gets so much attention that the other great theme from the film is completely forgotten; the freedom theme (that's what I call it anyway). It's heard in the following scenes for example:

- The second half of the main title
- Spartacus making the decision to march to Rome
- The scene where the two armies march
- The "I'm Spartacus!" scene
- When Spartacus says (referring to Antoninus) that one day he will return, but with millions. (Unfortunately I cannot remember the exact quote)
- The final scene

It's really a shame that this score hasn't been released in it's complete form. And am I the only one who notices a certain similarity between this film's love theme and the imperial march from the Star Wars films? Not that it really matters.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

-The Joker's waltz from the original Batman - terrifically entertaining but perfect showing of how crazy the Joker is..

You know, that theme is probably the first time a film piece really reminded me of somthing else. In this case, the waltz music from the original Super Mario Bros.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntlQpNRfst4

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Every theme Carter Burwell has ever written. He just isn't appreciated enough (not even around here!).

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

-The Joker's waltz from the original Batman - terrifically entertaining but perfect showing of how crazy the Joker is.

-Spock's theme from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - short, friendship like but calculating.

-The main theme from Alien - very balletic as the full theme is played.

-The string theme from Dark City - although it's Stravinskized, the theme is still very touching (especially performed in the End Credits on the unmentionable copy).

-The main theme from Free Willy - to some it is a bit too sweet, but I think it's marvelous in its representation of the sea.

-God's motif from The Prince of Egypt - stunning and religious.

-The Ark theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark - perfectly mysterious.

The soaring theme from Dinosaur - very upbeat.


Excellent choices!

In particular is the God motif, aka "Burning Bush" from The Prince of Egypt. It is one of Zimmers most beautiful and haunting themes he's ever done.

For me, one of Jerry Goldsmiths most beautiful yet brief and under utilized theme is the love theme from "The Ghost and the Darkness". He only used it twice in the film and thankfully they both make it onto the cd. But it's one that for me deserves its own full track. A gorgeous melody it is.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   Peter Farb   (Member)

The tunes of JASON X by HARRY MANFREDINI

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Every theme Carter Burwell has ever written. He just isn't appreciated enough (not even around here!).

While most of his work does absolutely nothing for me, the one melody of his that I have enjoyed and was perfect for the film was from 'Fargo".

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Rnelson   (Member)

I really dig Goldsmith's Lancelot theme from First Knight. So much potential yet it plays an almost incidental role in the film and it doesn't even appear at all in the official OST. But that theme could have been the core of a whole other score and been great.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   vwing   (Member)

The first thing that popped into my mind was Burwell's Fargo, and even though it's been said already, I'll say it again. A theme that perfectly encapsulates the movie: quirky, mournful, and somehow heroic. It's very much like a modern western theme, and is a perfect complement to a pretty perfect movie.

For all the fanfare that Williams' Imperial March gets, his Emperors' Theme is kind of ignored. I think it's a fantastic theme that elevates every scene it's in, from the eerie low male vocal backings and climaxing with the full-on orchestral performance at the end. One of the most powerful statements of villainy in Williams' career, and better, I think, than the similar treatment he gave to the Imperial March in the previous film.

Also, Horner's Achilles' Theme. Say what you want about the unfairness of Yared being dumped or of Horner's replacement score, but this theme is absolutely fantastic.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

George Martin's SAN MONIQUE from Live and Let Die.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

The climbing theme from 'The Mountain' cue of Star Trek V.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2009 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Smeaton's Iceman.
Haunting beyond belief.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2009 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Shogun   (Member)


For me, one of Jerry Goldsmiths most beautiful yet brief and under utilized theme is the love theme from "The Ghost and the Darkness". He only used it twice in the film and thankfully they both make it onto the cd. But it's one that for me deserves its own full track. A gorgeous melody it is.


Is that the theme that plays in "Catch a Train"? If so, what is the name of other track, where I can find that theme too?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2009 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   simplyjosh   (Member)

-The main theme from Free Willy - to some it is a bit too sweet, but I think it's marvelous in its representation of the sea.

-God's motif from The Prince of Egypt - stunning and religious.

The soaring theme from Dinosaur - very upbeat.


Y'know, I heard Free Willy for the first time the other day. I think the entire score is just dandy, but the main theme is sublime! Over the past few days, I've begun discovering the music of Mr. Poledouris, and I must say, I'm impressed. The man was quite gifted! I've now heard Les Miserables (****1/2), Free Willy (****), Hot Shots: Part Deux (****), and Lassie (***1/2). Yeah, I know, I've only just scratched the surface, but don't worry; I think I'm becoming a Poledouris addict. wink

Anyway, staying on topic...I agree with you that the "God motif" from The Prince of Egypt is stunning; and Dinosaur--well, there are very few themes that I can conjur up in my mind within seconds, and the one you've mentioned is among them. Memorable, for sure.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2009 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)


-The string theme from Dark City - although it's Stravinskized, the theme is still very touching (especially performed in the End Credits on the unmentionable copy).



I'm not sure what you mean by "Stravinskized".

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2009 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)


-The string theme from Dark City - although it's Stravinskized, the theme is still very touching (especially performed in the End Credits on the unmentionable copy).



I'm not sure what you mean by "Stravinskized".


The main theme is from "Rites of Spring".

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2009 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)

One of my favorites is Basil Poledouris' theme for Under Siege 2. I love how he uses it throughout much of the score, either sort of on its own or interwoven with other passages.

You really nailed it with thisone.
One of my alltime favourites too...

Nobody beats Casey Ryback in the kitchen...

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2009 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

The Dahlia theme from The Black Dahlia (especially played in the cue 'The Dahlia'), so innocent like a child but so twisted.

 
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