Really enjoying this more and more with repeated listening that the sound FX are no distraction at all. Glad this could be made available at long last in this format!
There's one error in theCD liner notes which says that in the film all of Harold Gould's scenes as Dr. Osterer were cut. In fact, Gould does appear in the opening sequence when John Anderson as the security chief arrives at the base, and Gould who is just leaving, tells Anderson he needs to talk to him and Anderson says he'll go to his house tomorrow.
What the C.D. inlay notes failed to mention was one of the keyboards used in the score was a Hammond Solovox modified with an Echoplex by electronic music pioneer Paul Beaver. Goldsmith mentions this in an interview in the February 1985 issue of KEYBOARD magazine. I should know. I gave a copy of the two part interview to The Margaret Herrick Library.
This is definitely one of my favorite early Goldsmith scores. The main title is amazing and so is the rest of the score as it makes for a very cohesive listen. I still need to get the FSM archival edition, I've only had the isolated laserdisc track so far (which also has fx and is in mono).
By the way, I own a R2 dvd of this (english audio) with a cover that almost makes it seem like a Tom Clancy movie
The upcoming blu ray coming out rekindled my interest in this one. I had not listened for so long because of the "archival" quality. Oh, what a fool I was! This is such top-flight avant-garde Jerry G., and it sounds fantastic. I'm much more patient with the sound effects tracks, so much so that I don't skip em any more. But the overall audio quality is just excellent. Just a first rate release, even all these years later.
It's a shame whenever the word "archival" is used people think the worst. Whenever a track from this score plays on iTunes shuffle my ears perk up instantly. The clarity on most of the tracks is incredible and people should not avoid this release for fear it has second rate sound quality...quite the opposite.
And yes, the Bluray is a steal on Amazon right now...preordered mine already!
A review of the Blu-ray is already up at DVDBeaver.com -- and it looks good. Now we need HOUR OF THE GUN, yet another great Jerry Goldsmith score.
HOUR OF THE GUN is already out on BD in Australia. I imported it. It's mostly a great looking disc but there is a hell of a lot of "dirt" on the frame during first 30 minutes or so. Perhaps it'll be cleaned further for a US release, perhaps not. It's mostly very nice indeed and a lot better than the DVD.
Can't wait for THE SATAN BUG! Bye bye laserdisc....
Love the film, one of my favourites, and thus love the soundtrack. The score is like a future sample book presenting what Goldsmith would be making in the coming decades. "Bottle catcher" and "The killers at home" with their five note loops always remind me of the Rambo soundtrack (I heard "Rambo" before having been treated with "the Satan bug" so that's why a score reminds me of it's predecessor).
As said, the music is good but it's the looks of the film that made fall in love with the bug.