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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2019 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

A twelve-part 1998 HBO miniseries.

Inspired to do this after the insane flailing around on the guessing of the 500th La La Land Records release, which turned out to be a damn dirty Apes ridden boxset. ;-)



"Can We Do This?"
By: Michael Kamen
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x40x8eu

Highlights:
  • 0:00 in.*
  • 4:55 in.*
  • 8:10 in.*
  • 25:00 in.
  • 28:20 in.*
  • About 41:40 in.
  • 45:24 in.
  • 46:54 in.
  • 48:21 in.*
  • 55:52 in.

    That's nearly the entire score.

    * = Score bumps (the non-cancerous equivalent of "goose bumps").



    "Apollo One"
    By: Mark Mancina
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x40yevb

    Highlights:
  • 0:48 in.
  • 5:06 in.
  • 7:26 in.
  • 17:40 in.
  • 40:25 in.
  • 46:43 in.
  • 54:26 in.



    "We Have Cleared the Tower"
    By: Mark Isham
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x40yevd

    Highlights:
  • 5:53 in.
  • 7:18 in.
  • 22:20 in.
  • 56:13 in.



    "1968"
    By: Michael Kamen
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x447gbl

    Highlights:
  • 6:28 in. Continues passed the loud sound effects.
  • 9:56 in.
  • 20:15 in.
  • About 22:20 in. Joining a cue already in progress.
  • 35:31 in.
  • 39:14 in.
  • 41:19 in. To the end of the episode.



    "Spider"
    By: Mason Daring
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x447gmx

    Highlights:
  • 14:25 in.+
  • 16:15 in.+
  • 23:40 in.
  • 27:41 in. Low-budget synth homage of "The Great Escape"; certainly not expected. "The Simpsons" did it with an orchestra. I guess an orchestra was too much to ask for, for this on HBfreaskin'O.
  • 3043 in. Also containing "The Great Escape", this time with orchestra; mainly doing the sweet airplane flying variation.
  • 35:04 in. To the end of the episode; three long cues with brief lulls in between them.

    + = Certainly not what I was expecting to hear from Daring, having heard some of his documentary scoring.

    48:10 in: That's still fantastic special effects even today.

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     Posted:   Jul 16, 2019 - 6:10 PM   
     By:   other tallguy   (Member)

    I should be watching this show this week. It's been a really long time.

    Spider is a favorite both episode and score.

    Shepard's Mercury launch is very early yet it's a highlight of the series. Amazing and the score really moves it along.

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 3:09 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Yeah, "Spider" is a lot of fun.




    CONTINUING




    "Mare Tranquilitatis"
    By: James Newton Howard
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x447m96

    This is Howard's only effort for the miniseries.

    Highlights:
  • 2:19 in.
  • 10:19 in.
  • 31:21 in. Goes on for like seventeen minutes. Re-use fees charge more, as I recall, for longer tracks, so this would have to be broken up, which would be hard and not make it worth releasing. (we had one cue recently on a limited edition release, that had to break a cue up into two because of this shit)



    "That's All There Is"
    By: Mason Daring
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4amust

    Highlights:
  • 3:41 in.
  • 21:30 in.
  • 14:19 in.
  • 25:42 in.
  • 27:54 in.
  • 35:28 in.

    AKA: The one where a Canadian went to space.



    "We Interrupt This Program"
    By: Brad Fiedel
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4amuvc

    This is Fiedel's only effort for the miniseries.

    Highlights:
  • 14:41 in.
  • 21:02 in.
  • 29:55 in.
  • 42:40 in.

    Special mention to the acting of the late actor Lane Smith.

    "It's the paper boy. Good work, morons."



    "For Miles and Miles"
    By: Mark Isham & Jeff Beal
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4amuwy

    Highlights:
  • 3:46 in.
  • 12:11 in.
  • 16:11 in.
  • 21:26 in.
  • About 28:30 in.

    Sorry, but I wish Kamen had scored this, or at least the long finale tracked with existing Kamen stuff; the inferior and cheap synth stuff just ruined what was a quality production.

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     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 3:13 PM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    (we had one cue recently on a limited edition release, that had to break a cue up into two because of this shit)

    Yeah, I think it was the ET finale.

    Yavar

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 3:34 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    All the flailing nerdgasms just a mere day ago, and barely any comments in a thread devoted exclusively to the scores.

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 4:14 PM   
     By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

    Hey, I'm busy rewatching the series on the new Blu-ray. I'll be back when I'm done sobbing over the fantastic scores in each instalment that we won't get to hear (at least for now).

    I' .

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 4:23 PM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    How is the Blu-ray? I assume it sounds great of course, but is the aspect ratio change problematic still?

    Yavar

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 4:34 PM   
     By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

    How is the Blu-ray? I assume it sounds great of course, but is the aspect ratio change problematic still?

    Yavar


    It looks pretty good, it looks like they went to the negative and opened it up a little although they lost some top/bottom of the frame. Since they redid the effects those shots are built for the wide-screen format and don't suffer from any cropping. It's not a cheap and cheerful rescale and much improved over the last DVD.

    Although purists will always miss the original 4.3 format.

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 4:37 PM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Would have been nice if the Blu-rays could have included both aspect ratio options. But glad to hear that they recreated the special effects! That must've cost a pretty penny, a la Star Trek TNG...

    Yavar

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 4:44 PM   
     By:   acathla   (Member)

    After all the mentions of this I feel like watching this mini series! I have actually not even heard about it! lol!
    Kinda afraid if I watch it and then I fall in love with the score which wasnt released. Hate that! hah!

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 4:59 PM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    It's a superb miniseries with very strong scoring from big name feature composers (apart from Mason Daring, who's no slouch either). If you care about the history of spaceflight at all, this show makes it come alive for you!

    Yavar

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:03 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    acathla, this miniseries is worth owning -- go buy it! Highly recommended.

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:05 PM   
     By:   acathla   (Member)

    maybe I should give it a try this summer wink
    Has any score at all been released from this earlier? (except the Opening and End themes)?
    Its just sooo frustrating to start watching something, fall in love with the score and realise its not available!
    Its also kinda frustrating that score has so much power over me!! hah! big grin

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:06 PM   
     By:   acathla   (Member)

    acathla, this miniseries is worth owning -- go buy it! Highly recommended.

    I see it "free" on HBO streaming razz but maybe its not the new HD version?

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Oh, well, I didn't know HBO did that. Well, after seeing it, you'll want to own it. :-)



    And even tough I didn't say it, the end credits music one of my personal favorite cues ever:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNLnLQcAJJs

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:11 PM   
     By:   acathla   (Member)

    Oh that sounds good!

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:13 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Let us know if you get nerd bumps when watching the pilot. ;-)

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    I see it "free" on HBO streaming razz but maybe its not the new HD version?

    If it's there, it's the new HD version and it was just recently put up. A month ago and a year ago, HBO didn't have this important series of theirs up on their site for streaming, at all. So this is a nice development, as I've still been paying for HBO NOW even though Game of Thrones ended. smile

    Gonna sit down and give these a watch. And no, nothing beyond Michael Kamen's main and end titles has ever been released from this show. That's why folks were so excited that LLL might be releasing it.

    Yavar

    P.S. Justin -- you didn't note any other goose bump-inducing score moments, after Kamen's first score. Did you forget about continuing to note those, or do you just not like any of the follow up scores remotely as well as the first episode's score?

     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 5:27 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    I just haven't found anything else that gave me the nerd bumps like his score for the first episode. I expect, hopefully, for that to be rectified for when he returns for the final episode.

    I'll have further comments on the music when I am done (probably tomorrow; maybe I'll string it out to Friday).

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 17, 2019 - 11:44 PM   
     By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

    Mason Darlings score for the Spider episode always breaks my heart. It's one of those rare pieces that plays in my head and calms me down. I've only ever heard it within the episode, but it's so good it's in my head- that part near the end when the lander is ready and the guys that built it are looking at her. Score nirvana.

     
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