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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An extremely worthwhile and entertaining compilation for all "film-score-buffs" to sink their teeth into---this release "WAR", is the first installment of eight releases from Silva Treasury
featuring "Great Movie Themes In Dolby Surround"---is this one ever a sure-fire WINNER?---it most certainly is!
Silva has the knack to record and share "hard-to-find" scores with it fans---let's take a quick look at the film, year and composers ~ "SINK THE BISMARCK"(1960-Clifton Parker)..."THE GUNS OF NAVARONE"(1962-Dimitri Tiomkin)..."THE LONGEST DAY"(1962-Paul Anka/Maurice Jarre)..."633 SQUADRON"(1964-Ron Goodwin)..."BATTLE OF THE BULGE"(1965-Benjamin Frankel)..."IN HARMS WAY"(1965-Jerry Goldsmith)..."Is Paris Burning?"(1965-Maurice Jarre)..."THE NIGHT
OF THE GENERALS"(1967-Maurice Jarre)..."THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN" (1968-Elmer Bernstein)..."WHERE EAGLES DARE"(1969-Ron Goodwin) ..."PATTON"(1969-Jerry Goldsmith)"MACARTHUR"(1977-Jerry Goldsmith )..."THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY"(1976-John Williams)..."DAS BOOT(THE
BOAT)"(1981-Klaus Doldinger)..."CASUALTIES OF WAR"(1989-Ennio
Morricone)...there they all are, some available elsewhere and many never before seen the light of day...many of the performances here are better than the original...significant arrangements with outstanding orchestration, full orchestra with a Big Concert Sound quality.
Silva Screen takes listening pleasure to another level with THE CITY OF PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, under the baton of Paul Bateman and Derek Wadsworth, Mark Ayres performance on "DAS BOOT", rhythm flows mixing well with surround sound---must make mention of the various MAIN TITLES...PRELUDES...SUITES...MARCHES, are nothing less than magnificent with percussion abounding, strings sweeping, brass accentuates the counter-melodies within epic proportions...all this Great Movie Themes extravaganza in DOLBY SURROUND, gotta love it!
Total Time: 54:21 on 14 Tracks ~ Silva Screen Records STD-5008 ~ (1997)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 1999
This cd contains a good mixture of re-recorded themes. While I have not listed to this on a surround system, the orchestra still sounds great throughout the 54 minute recording. My favorite selection on this CD is Rod Goodwin's 633 Squadron.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2000
Great soundtrack. I haven't tried it on surround sound yet, but it sounds great on my car's CD player. The tracts from "Where Eagle's Dare," "The Battle of the Bulge," and "633 Squadron" are just superb---but the whole CD is really well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2004
This is a good collection of music from war movies. "Where Eagles Dare" and "Battle OF Miday" are fantastic. This CD sounds great.
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on April 21, 2000
I bought this CD for one theme only, "Where Eagles Dare". It is one of the most stirring, spine tingling recordings I have heard. I play it in the mornings to get me started and it wakes up every nerve cell. The recording quality and muscianship are excellent. And, the bass intensity and dynamic range are mind-blowing. You could blow your speakers if not careful. All the selections are good. I recommend this CD.
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on March 31, 2013
I thought the product was exactly what I needed at the time that I purchased it and the purchase process was smooth and efficient.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
I originally bought this CD to get Jarre's version of the theme from Is Paris Burning, a hauntingly beautiful piece that I love and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the others. Taken by themselves, without accompanying movies, they're quite extraordinary works of art. Jarre himself was a great composer and it's a shame he's no longer with us.
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