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 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

and first of all, its my thread NO!! James Horner Bashers Please smile

does anyone else think this is the Best score ?? I just love it smile

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

The best score. . .

. . .of the year?
. . .of Horner's?
. . .ever?
. . .that it was possible to write for this films?

Anyway -- eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive!

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 5:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Moonie, I just saw the movie in sparkling 3D. It's absolutely gorgeous and riveting. Horner's score works brilliantly.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

and first of all, its my thread NO!! James Horner Bashers Please smile

does anyone else think this is the Best score ?? I just love it smile

Yep it's gorgeous, I've been listening to it since Monday, it just gets better and better with each listen. It's a fabulous score, can't wait to see the film.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

I saw the film tonight, and spent the whole time with my jaw on the floor. An utterly stupendous achievement. The score complimented the film very well, and deserves the positive recognition being afforded it.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Am enjoying the CD very much and will see the movie Monday. People can say what they will about Horner - and they will - and some of it may be true - but damn the man KNOWS how to score , how to make music work in a film.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

Listening to the score for the first time right now - was amazed at the 20 minute mark that I hadn't heard one 'Horner-ism', really. Clearly a lot of work went into this. Then at track #7 - 'Path to Heaven' that blaring 'reference' to 'Glory'. Brief but clear - oh well - Herrmann referenced himself a thousand times. So far the subsequent tracks don't refer to it and Horner gets back into doing newish stuff for the film. Except for the the 'other' reference in the 'Gathering of the Navi Clans'. I thought this was the 'other' thread about Horner - just noticed that it's a new one - with the 'please don't bash Horner' plea. I'm NOT a Horner basher - I love his stuff - but that doesn't mean I have to turn my brain off. I REALLY love Horner when he DOESN'T refer to his own work blatantly....
Half hour later - so in a nearly 78 minute cd - there are approximately 30 seconds or so where Horner direclty repeats himself. Not bad. Still love him. One writer here (I believe) refererred to his stuff as 'comfort food' - that's so true. Something about his stuff - just makes me feel all is right with the world. Plus - for me - he's the last link to the old guard (when Williams has such little output.) I mean - I was buying Horner CD's when I could still get 'new' stuff by E. Bernstein, J.Goldsmith, M. Jarre, etc.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   Alexander Zambra   (Member)

I really like it.
As usual what Moonie likes I do as well.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Definitelly one of the top 5 scores of this year for me. Still waiting for a few that will be released during January but he will probably stay in my top 5 no matter what. Can´t wait to see the film tomorrow smile

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

DMD has to wait til Christmas as I put it on my list, but made SPECIFIC instructions to my folks and spouse that this is one gift, that I DEMAND to open on Christmas, whether I get nothing else, I better get this under the tree or they'll be hell to pay.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   BrendonKelly   (Member)

A brilliant score. My favourite new score release this year!! Beautiful themes and stunning orchestrations! Absolutely love it! It has not left the CD player yet or my MP3 player - it just keeps on going round and round = and with each listen there is something new to discover. will love! Trust me!

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2009 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Moonie, I just saw the movie in sparkling 3D. It's absolutely gorgeous and riveting. Horner's score works brilliantly.

You may have just made my mind up to see this, thanks.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2009 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   Maestro   (Member)

I posted this in the other Avatar thread.

Well, I've seen the film... and... I throughly enjoyed it along with Horner's score.

Now don't get me wrong, the score is far from being a modern classic, but I enjoyed it none the less and I would say overall it's a strong score and worked tremendously in the actual picture.

What amuses me the most though? And I find this happening constantly when I watch any given film for the first time...

Listening to the album afterwards, my favourite music from "War" is nowhere to be found.

It could have been a different cue entirely that was used in the final battle sequence (we all know Cameron's track record), but none the less, it isn't there which is a shame.

I'm inclined to believe that it's from War however, because that music isn't heard at any other point in the picture, and I've already started to spot the edits made for the album track. like the crossfade at the 8:00 mark. I'll be able to paint a better picture once I've seen the film a few more times.

Aw, the joy of frustratingly irritating editing! wink

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2009 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

The Battle has like three or four parts: the military opening is in the beginning of the cue, there there is this big action sequence, which is in the middle of the cue and in the film it starts shortly after the human army is going through the forest and the music just explodes at that moment (thinking about it now, there could be one more large action sequence between the forest scene and the 3:35 mark). But there is also this big air battle that follows and the final confrontation followed by the slow sad ending. It´s like one half of the battle music is missing as the album cue is edited from "highlights" of whole war sequence.

It also seems that some cues on the CDs are different versions than those that were used in the film. For example boy solo voice I have been looking very much forward to (beginning of Becoming one of the Na´vi) is not included in the film. Fortunatelly the ending of Gathering Na´vi clans for battle ending is in the film and what a terrific sequence that is! I want to see that again now!!! smile

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2009 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I am enjoying the CD more, now that I've experienced the film. I'd played it twice beforehand, and found track 3 long and boring. After seeing the film, it's now a favourite cue.
Of the CD, I would happily trade the tracks Quidditch (or something) and Shutting down the Lab for the lovely music when the copter first flies to the floating mountains and some extra battle cues from the end. I'd trade the song for extra score time too (they should have just made the song download only). Then it would be a perfect CD. But it's pretty cool as it is.

 Posted:   Jan 31, 2010 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

The score is growing with each listening. I didn´t think much of it, the first time I heard it, I must admit, but now as I am listening to it more constantly, I really like it. And it worked really good in the movie. My favorite cue is "The Destrucion of Hometree". Great score, not the big thing we all have been waiting for, but still a very good work by one of my all time favorite composers.

 Posted:   Jan 31, 2010 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

I haven't listened to the entire soundtrack album yet, but War is a damn great track. The movie is a definite must-see. The score, despite the references to his previous works, is among the best achievements by Horner.

 Posted:   Jan 31, 2010 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I've seen it 3 times. Once by myself, then I the second with Brian, then the third, Brian wanted to see it again so I suggested we see it in IMAX 3-D, so we did. WOW, all I can say is WOW. It was incredible to see it on that massive screen.

It's a fun film and the score works great in the picture as ALL of Horner's scores do. Say what you want on his scoring, but one thing, the majority can agree on, his scores always work in the picture.

 Posted:   Apr 11, 2010 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   RED SHIRT BASIL (or looks like...)   (Member) will release on april 20 a "Deluxe" edition of the Avatar soundtrack including 6 new tracks (download only) :

extracts available : the bad new is that it sounds like some crap synth demos frown

 Posted:   Apr 11, 2010 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I like the score. There's a lot of great music missing from the commercial release. One can appreciate the score with repeat listens and associating it with scenes from the film.

That said its far from Horners best and considering the amount of time he had to write the score I think it falls short of expectations.

Not Horner bashing, I have the score and if an expanded comes out I will be getting that as well. I know its an oxymoron to say this, but its not a very original score from Horner.

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