Islands in the Stream
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Original score from Franklin J. Schaffner filming of Ernest Hemingway story, starring George C. Scott. Meticulous 1986 re-recording of introverted work displays Jerry Goldsmith at his most personal. Gentle waves; from woodwinds establish sea atmosphere, elegiac solo French horn speaks for lonely Hudson character played by Scott. Two ideas meld in haunting musical portrait of solitary man at peace with the sea. In balance are exciting shark attack music Is Ten Too Oldand incredibly descriptive, complete Marlinfishing sequence. Latter is highlighted by vivid flourishes from woodwinds, fanfares in brass, swirling ideas in strings. The sea comes alive! For unique and moving close, Goldsmith returns to lonely Hudson theme on French horn, then fades with three gentle harp strokes. Sublime! Director Schaffner attended recording sessions with composer, shared production chores on our album. Interesting footnote: Goldsmith often regarded score as his own personal favorite. Same contents as previous Intrada release but now re-packaged as part of our acclaimed Excalibur Collection of digital re-recordings. Jerry Goldsmith conducts Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra.
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I only wish to crikey it was the Schaffner film; it's one of the few credible movie adaptations of Ernest Hemingway, in my view. A limited edition laserdisc of the Schaffner film was released a number of years ago by Paramount Home Video, but given Paramount's sad-sack release record on DVD - and the fact that the Schaffner film never was that big a seller on laserdisc - my guess is we'll have to wait a while yet.
The laserdisc version was pressed in a gorgeous 2:35.1 aspect ratio, by the way, as the original movie was filmed in scope, by longtime Schaffner collaborator Fred Koenekamp (Koenekamp also shot Patton for Schaffner, which also starred George C. Scott, as I'm sure you know). The VHS version of the movie was pan-and-scanned (and compressed during the opening titles!) to fit the regular dimensions of a TV screen, and it looked ridiculous. If Paramount ever gets around to doing the DVD version - and I have my doubts - hopefully it will be in its original theatrical aspect ratio.
Hope this helps everyone. I'm not a surfing aficionado per se, but I'm sure the surfing movie will look swell (sorry) on DVD.