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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Normally I have a lot to say in my reviews, but not this time. The main problem with this collection is that all the most memorable film scores are just on one disc, with the second used mostly to play out stuff from the last ten years that, really, musically isn't very memorable and only includes three pieces anyone will recognize just because, like the movies they come from, they're based on old TV shows - The Addams Family, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible.

And that brings up another problem. With all due respect to the late Jerry Goldsmith, who has provided some truly great classic movie scores, was it REALLY necessary to include TWO versions of the SAME Star Trek march in this collection? This seems evocative of the milk-it-for-all-its-worth attitude Paramount has had lately toward its now-tarnished crown-jewel franchise. Where's James Horner's theme music from Star Trek II and III? If they're gonna put Star Trek on here twice, they should have provided a little diversity. It wouldn't have taken much, I'm sure.

I'm sure that Paramount's had other films with far more memorable music (even Harold Faltermeyer's Top Gun Anthem could have helped on Disc 2). This just seems like a lazy attempt at something that really could have been great.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are some really great songs on this 2 CD set. However, those really great songs seem to be lightly interspersed amongst a large number of forgettable songs whose main purpose seems to be to remind you of those movies you enjoy(ed) so much.
It seems a little odd to me that out of 90 years of film making the most memorable scores have been largely released within the last few years. I was pleased to find themes from the Godfather, Indiana Jones and Witness. I was perplexed with the inclusion of songs from Rugrats, both Mission Impossible movies (one would have been more than enough) and Tomb Raider (memorable???).
This is my own personal bias, but I do prefer movie soundtracks that evoke a feeling of excitement. With this collection I just couldn't get excited. I kept finding myself being let down by songs that didn't in some way complement the preceeding song.
There are certainly some great tracks here, but overall I was disappointed. My advise would be to look elsewhere.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This is a great album concept, but I really wish Paramount had re-recorded these scores as they deserve to be heard. The tracks range from 1944 to the present, and the older recordings sound just like the cleaned-up older recordings that they are.
I would also personally have enjoyed more "secondary" music themes (otherwise it becomes like reading book summaries that always only quote the opening paragraph), and I could easily have done without the "pop" tunes (like Baby Elephant Walk and the Rugrats theme). In fact, it would have been very nice to listen to an album comprised of tracks chosen for their strong musical value rather than apparently for their box office and/or hit song popularity. But, to be fair, that may be precisely what draws some people to this CD set.
Film score music constitutes the single most significant body of classical music of our time. I hope some of these tracks will entice listeners to buy entire soundtracks and listen to some of these works as a whole.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
These are good renditions by the great John Williams. However, these are not the original scores from the movies. I kept noticing differences in tempo, orchestration, and singing voices. It's still good, just not the original renditions that made them popular.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
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Several of the pieces were either digital midi versions or not orchestral pieces. Quite disappointed despite the title being "memorable".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
The double-CD offers a generous look back to remarkable scores composed for that studio. LOST WEEKEND and DOUBLE INDEM-NITY are both re-recordings which probably sound much better than the original recordings might have. The only disappointment is a cover version of Nino Rota's love theme from ROMEO AND JULIET. I think this exquisit music deserves a better presentation. But all in all the album is a strong rival to LION'S ROAR (MGM Soundtrack compilation on Rhino) and the triple CD from Varese Sara-bande with film music for 20th Century Fox.
Highly recommended to those who do not dig into complete scores but rather listen to main or love themes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This might be my favorite, or at least one of top five, soundtracks. Bought 2 copies in case it would no longer be available. This has the ORIGINAL themes to many movies--check the song-list. My favorites, "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" and a good dozen others are hard--if not impossible--to find. Many movies I only want the main theme and not the entire soundtrack. This is an excellent collection. If you love soundtracks or movie themes, this is an excellent addition to your collection. You won't be disappointed, I promise.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This one was a pleasant surprise! I thought- how could any CD that had "Baby Elephant Walk" be all that good? This one is. Lots of great scores- classics and a few hidden treasures. After hearing the beautiful title score for "Children of a Lesser God", I had to buy the entire soundtrack - very soothing. There are a few that may seem too overplayed ("Love Story", "Raiders of the Lost Ark",), but most are a welcome addition to any compilation. Try NOT loving "Building the Barn" from "Witness" or the "Hymn to the Fallen" from "Saving Private Ryan". Hours of great listening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I'm on the highway a lot and enjoy listening to music without words. Composer John Williams is one of my favorite composers who has written many Movie Themes and this one is up there with other famous themes he's written that I especially enjoy.
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on July 10, 2014
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This collection could have been reduced to a single CD, but the price was right. There is no indication in the notes or track listings of who actually performed the recordings. Although the definitive version, being obvious that it is the Henry Mancini recording of "The Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet", it is NOT the soundtrack version, so it doesn't fit here. I guess because this is a Sony collection, they substituted the version that they controlled over having to pay Universal for the soundtrack version.. The price is good here and this is a worthy collection to add to yours.
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