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Best Film Classics 100 Box set

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Ever since the movies began, filmmakers have used classical music to great effect. This low-priced boxed set contains 100 of the great classical masterpieces and cinematic themes featured in some of the most memorable movies of all-time. Includes timeless orchestral works, piano pieces and opera excerpts by Mozart, Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Strauss and more, alongside newer classics from our great film composers like John Williams and Ennio Morricone.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000GPIPR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on February 8, 2008
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As I type the words to this review, I am listening to Nessun dorma (Puccini, Turandof) over and over again from the CD collection I am now writing about. Good music is supposed to inspire, and this one inspires.

This six CD collection is from Best Film 100: The Great Blockbusters, The Classic Movies, Favorite Movies, The Piano at the Cinema, Opera at the Cinema (my favorite), and Baroque Goes to the Cinema.

The ironic part about listening to music from the movies is that it mainly goes unnoticed by people who would never claim to be classical or opera lovers in the first place. I'm sure that Mozart's, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" fits perfectly in the movie "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," a movie I seem to continually miss, and it is also featured in "There's Something About Mary" a movie I continually wish I had missed.

Only a few are not from classical writers, but possess melodies that fit a particular mood or time of day e.g. the themes from "Schindler's List," "You Only Live Twice," or "Saving Private Ryan[`s,]" "Hymn to the Fallen" are equally moving.

And that is why I recommend that you start moving to get "Best Film 100" music about the mov-ies.

After all, "Life is Beautiful," Barcarolle: Offenbach, Les Contes d'Hoffmann.

P.S. Since this site let's you play it, try CD 5: Nos. 9, 17, and 18. Whoof!
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As mentioned this is a great collection for anyone who wants to introduce themselves to the classical genre. I purchased this collection for the sheer amount of Mozart available, but I would say there is one flaw.

It mentions the Film Name on the track, instead of the Original name of the compositions. Although I can understand this is the connection between the CD and customer, however I would have also liked the real composition names, so next time I'm drunk on wine with friends I can drop the M-Bomb (Mozart).

Despite that I'm still giving it 5 stars, as the product more than makes up for it!
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This is a tremedous amount of music for the price. There are about 90 selections from about 90 movies are include. Most of the music is classical and Mozart is the most frequent composer on the 6 CDs with no less than 24 selections. The first CD is devoted to the great blockbusters and contemporary composers are well represented. James Horner's theme from Titanic, John Barry's theme from You Only Live Twice, and Howard Shore's theme from the Lord of the Rings are stupendous. A delightful surprise is JOhn William's Fawkes the Phoenix from one of the Harry Potter films. It resonated with the great Vaughn Williams. The case holding all 6 CDs is a bit awkward. In the second CD Morricone,the contemporary Italian composer, is represented with Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission, a hauntingly beautiful composition. Also included is the odd Jazz Suite No. 2 by Shostakovich which Stanley Kubrick selected as the theme song for Eyes Wide Shut. It is a manic dark waltz that is hard to get out of your head. A standout in the third CD is Pergolesi's Stabat Mater from The Talented Mr. Ripley. The fourth CD is devoted to piano selections and for once Mozart is well represented but does not dominate for Chopin offers 6 gems including the subtle Prelude No. 15 in D Flat from the movie Face/Off. The fifth CD is devoted to opera where a sublime Le nozze di Figaro - Canzonetta sull'aria by Mozart takes the Prize. This selection is from both Babette's Feast and The Shawshank Redemption. Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel dominate the 6th CD. All in all, this is a very good selection of music by outstanding orchestras, pianists, and composers and you can not argue with the price.
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There are 6 CDs in the set - some of them have very, very good excerpts of music from movies
but many of them are surprisingly unfamiliar (movie-wise) and the music
that is selected for these latter CDs in the set is often uninteresting and not identifiable with any particular movie.
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Much fun, but with poor digital remastering with "overblown" sound, ie, mainly way too much reverb. Unfortunately this has been typical of EMI's "100" series, as well as many other companies.

--Steve Bauman
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It has basically everything that you would want in a film collection. My favorite is the first CD that features the great blockbusters. Please be aware that the majority of the music is comprised of "classical" music. This is often misleading because usually one expects to listen to the "theme music" of each movie, but that is not the case.
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Before purchasing, my anticipation was that this cross-section of primarily classical selections would reflect some serious forethought as to what would effectively enhance each film project, and that this selection process in itself would result in a better than average compilation - and it has far exceeded my expectations. While the specifically commissioned original pieces are in the minority, all are worthwhile inclusions. And only the studio recordings originally released with each film are presented, not some slap-dash flim-flammery by third-rate orchestras. Word has it this collection was offered as the top-tier incentive during the fund-raising drive of a local classical music station, and it soon becomes very obvious as to why. The best of the best, this is a superior collection in this genre, truly a gem, and of very high overall quality, in both selection of music and in performance.
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