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 Posted:   Sep 12, 2003 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   JJH   (Member)

Well, next week sees Robert Altman's Images come to DVD.

I've never seen it, but I've heard (about) the music.

Is there any word of a proper score release sometime down the road?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2003 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Bullitt   (Member)

I just saw this DVD and wanted to share that there is a great interview with Robert Altman on the making of the film. He talks extensively about the John Williams score and its influence of percussion by Stomu Yamshta. He mentions that he even has the score (sheet music) framed.

Having never seen the film, I was quite impressed with it. I was expecting it to be a second cousin to the 70's Feminist films like Diary of a Mad Housewife and Up the Sandbox but it is much more challenging than those films. It's hallucinatory and dreamlike and almost has a horror feel to it. The cinematographer, Vilmos Zsgmond did an amazing job as did Williams who's score captures the world of mental illness effectively.

Hey this is a MGM/UA release. Any chance for a legitimate release of the score from our friends at FSM?

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2003 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Noooooooo master tapes on this one, not even for the album. Or if there are, I don't know where they went. It was a weird indie production distributed by Columbia and now owned by some British outfit and nobody seems to know anything vis a vis music.

lk

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2003 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

Oh, it's a real shame that the master tapes went lost... I always dreamed for a legitimate release by FSM... frown

IMAGES is one of Williams' most challenging scores. Really wild and disturbing. But there are also some lovely, melodic and heartbreaking pasages, like "Blood Moon". I always loved this piece, I think it's one of Williams' best compositions.

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2003 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

I saw The Long Goodbye last week, with Williams other collaboration with Altman. This is a great score too, entirely made up of variations on the title song Williams wrote with Johnny Mercer. It's very witty and clever, the most amusing moment being when the song pops up as the door bell sound at the home of the Sterling Hayden character. It would be a very worthwhile score for someone to release. The DVD is also released by MGM/UA.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2003 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Has a legitimate CD release of a film score ever used an LP as its sound source?

What are the legal and sound-technology issues involved?

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2003 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

Varese used an LP as the source for Copland's SOMETHING WILD because it was all that was left; somehow the tapes had been lost or destroyed.
THE PROFESSIONALS and THE CHAIRMAN/RANSOM used LPs as their sources by Silva because it was thought that the tapes were lost. I read somewhere recently that the master tapes for THE PROFESSIONALS have been found.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2003 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Siegerson, If your vinyl source is well pressed and mastered (and the academy promo for IMAGES certainly was) then an excellent end product can be achieved with todays digital technology.

On the other hand, there are albums out there that probably sound like crap in their master generation--many of the Mainstream releases from scores mastered overseas are pretty hopeless. No amount of painstaking processing and "waveform redraws" seems to yield up a decent version of Arnold's HEROES OF TELEMARK and Barry's THE WRONG BOX. Lots of the late 50's UA releases, like TUNES OF GLORY, also are fairly problematic, while Bernstein's GOD'S LITTLE ACRE is a remarkably fidelic mono for 1958, although afflicted with some minor hum that is easily filtered out.

 
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