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 Posted:   Dec 23, 2020 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"The Duke":

A very short-lived 1979 series. The following is the pilot (no other episodes are up at this time).

If you are a fan of the scoring from "The Rockford Files" and "Magnum, pi", this will be right up your alley.

Music by: Mike Post and Pete Carpenter

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     Posted:   Jan 7, 2021 - 12:41 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    I'm not going to cover it, but I thought for those who are curious: An obscure 1966 pilot scored by John Williams:

     Posted:   Jan 7, 2021 - 2:20 PM   
     By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

    I'm not going to cover it, but I thought for those who are curious: An obscure 1966 pilot scored by John Williams:

    Whoa, never heard of this one! Thanks!

     Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 11:10 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Inside O.U.T.:

    A failed 1971 pilot.

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     Posted:   Nov 20, 2023 - 8:15 AM   
     By:   Sartoris   (Member)


    From Sam Raimi comes "M.A.N.T.I.S." (1994).
    Starring Carl Lumbly (perfect for the role, really).

    The pilot spawned a short-lived series.

    "Music by": Joseph LoDuca (NEW link as of January 29, 2022; times below may line necessarily line up perfectly)

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  • 1:15:42 in. Including an obvious borrowing from "North By Northwest".+
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    That's the majority of the score.
    This is the only effort by LoDuca for the series. No score by any composer has been released (also, I don't know of any promos [or otherwise] that contain any score).

    * = At least Batman knows how to close the door to his vehicle when he gets out to fight crime.

    + = LOL, what??? Police helicopters that open fire without provocation, and carry heat-seeking missiles? I was able to buy a guy in a suit that can make him walk again, but this...

    Obvious "Predator" influence in the action music and theme, with 1990's Elfman vibes.

    Terrance Blanchard was originally hired to score the pilot and even mentioned it briefly in an old interview. I don't know if he recorded anything.

    Shirley Walker also had a score rejected, but I don't know if it was for the pilot film or an episode of the series.

    The premise is good and I think it's still a sound idea that could easily be updated and made to work. however, it needs some fine -tuning and removal of the "social justice" shit side track is tried to make (thankfully brief). And there's just something I like about the M.A.N.T.I.S. suit with a business suite at the same time.

    Carl Lumbly would later go on to voice the Martian Manhunter in the Timm-verse "Justice League". Looking at his IMDb page, I see he's now playing the father of Martian Manhunter, in the current "Supergirl" series.

    This M.A.N.T.I.S Joseph LoDuca effort would fit perfectly a CD project for Dragon's Domain.
    Totally their style of B-stuff good amercican film or TV scoring.

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