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1. The Phantom of the Opera (2004
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3. The Phantom of the Opera (2004
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1. The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Movie Soundtrack) (Special Extended Edition Package)
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For better or worse, Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Gaston Leroux's gothic horror/romance novel has done for stage musicals what Spielberg's Jaws did for fish stories, with worldwide sales of its original cast album approaching 25 million. While director Joel Schumacher's film turns on his typically ambitious visual verve, its new film soundtrack recording has been paradoxically focused in scope, yet beefed up dynamically via the brawny presence of a hundred piece orchestra and The London Boys Choir. This single disc version showcases all of Phantom's key songs (a deluxe, double-disc edition is also available), with Gerard Butler imparting a welcome, youthful sensuality to his Phantom, making a fine foil for Emily Rossum's ever-conflicted Christine. Original show orchestrator David Cullen has fashioned compelling new contemporary arrangements to frame Webber's songs -- which now conclude with the lilting, upbeat new ballad he wrote for the film, "Learn to Be Lonely," sung by Minnie Driver's Carlotta.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

2. Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
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One of the most common complaints about musicals is that the books are flimsy pretexts from which to hang numbers. Wicked runs into the opposite problem: it has a great plot but too often the songs just get in the way. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel of the same name, Wicked tells us what happened between Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, before Dorothy showed up in Oz. And the show is lucky to boast a pair of ace leading women in the main roles. As Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth delivers a sensational star turn, displaying a crystal-pure voice and sharp comic timing; Idina Menzel lends her powerful pipes to the tricky role of Elphaba. Unfortunately, you wish they had better material to work with. Stephen Schwartz's pop score is often dragged down by overly synthetic orchestrations and sentimental lyrics (think Chicken Soup for the Witch). Still, at its best Wicked is a seductive slice of popular entertainment that could well give a younger audience a lasting taste for musical theater. --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Although I've been a huge admirer of both Kristin Chenowith and idina Menzel for a few years now, I was not sure what to expect upon first hearing this soundtrack. Actually, I ended up seeing the show on broadway, and buying the CD the day after because i couldn't get enough of this music! Stephen Schwartz has made a brilliant creation, and couldn't have gotten better voices to sing it. The vocal harmonies are beautiful throughout. Defying Gravity, the real showstopper (much thanks to Ms. Menzel's UNBELIEVABLE voice), gave me almost as big of a chill when hearing it on the soundtrack as it did in live performance. Ms. Chenowith's lovely voice carries songs as well, and the song Popular is cute and funny, while showing off her vocal talent. Aside from Defying Gravity, my favorite songs are I'm Not That Girl (sung by Ms. Menzel), and the love ballad As Long as You're Mine. It's a fun, entertaining musical more full of emotion than I had expected it would be. Between Norman Leo Butz, and the two leading women, I can hardly put into words the feeling that their voices produce- you have to hear it to know! This is definitely one of the best new broadway shows to come about since RENT, and I hope it has a long, successful run.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deliciously wicked and most definately wonderful
Being of fan of the original novel and ecstatic that a musical was made from the book, I bought the CD the day it was available. It is pure and simple magic. Idina Menzel, who's voice blew me away on the OBC of Rent, proves her power and stands right up there with the superb Kristen Chenowith. I've been playing the CD non-stop since Decemeber, and with great fortune and luck, I was able to see the actual Broadway show this past weekend...front row lottery tickets. The power and majesty of this show cannot be conveyed on this CD, but it comes very close. Seeing all these perfomers dance, sing, and act the songs I fell in love with cannot be described. You'll have to see it for yourself. There's not a bad song in the show or on the CD...these songs, standing alone on the CD out of context from the show, are enough to move anyone. From Idina's perfect 'The Wizard and I' to 'No Good Deed,' from Kristen's comic songs to ballads, from their duets together (no two voices have ever matched better), and from Norbert Leo Butz's 'Dancing through Life' to 'As Long as Your Mine,' this CD is a definate to buy and share!

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
If you haven't seen the play... you must go NOW!!! Idina Menzel who plays Elphaba (Wicked Witch) is amazing and awesome to watch... I've seen the play twice and hope to see it again!! If there were such thing as 6 stars... This musical absolutly deserves it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sublime...
Miss Kristin Chenoweth... If there is a greater star on the rise on the great white way I dare you to name her. I spend my days puttering around in my care listening to Ariella Vaccarino's must-have CD series "Voice Lessons to Go" in preparation for the moment I put the real deal on here and try my best to match the vocal styling of Ms. Chenoweth... and fail (but maybe with these vocal CDs I've been listening to... who knows). Anyway, the woman is a queen of the stage at the moment and this recording is a vocal photograph of a true star in the midst of her prime. I highly recommend buying it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wicked Rocks!
You wouldn't expect a teenager to love broadway music, but Wicked has me hooked!I can't get enough of "The Wizard and I" and "Defying Gravity".Other great tunes on the cd are "Popular", "As long as you're mine","I'm not that girl", and "Popular". The vocalists are fabulous, the tunes are catchy, and its a fun cd to listen to! If you want to hear a GREAT CD, listen to Wicked! ... Read more

3. The Phantom of the Opera (2004 Movie Soundtrack)
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For better or worse, Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Gaston Leroux's gothic horror/romance novel has done for stage musicals what Spielberg's Jaws did for fish stories, with worldwide sales of its original cast album approaching 25 million. While director Joel Schumacher's film turns on his typically ambitious visual verve, its new film soundtrack recording has been paradoxically focused in scope, yet beefed up dynamically via the brawny presence of a hundred piece orchestra and The London Boys Choir. This single disc version showcases all of Phantom's key songs (a deluxe, double-disc edition is also available), with Gerard Butler imparting a welcome, youthful sensuality to his Phantom, making a fine foil for Emily Rossum's ever-conflicted Christine. Original show orchestrator David Cullen has fashioned compelling new contemporary arrangements to frame Webber's songs -- which now conclude with the lilting, upbeat new ballad he wrote for the film, "Learn to Be Lonely," sung by Minnie Driver's Carlotta.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

4. The Chorus (Les Choristes)
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Already a box office sensation with a million-selling soundtrack in its native France, writer/director Christopher Barratier's tale of a post-war music teacher's lasting impact on his young charges rode its formulaic Hollywood roots all the way to Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Foreign Language Film, as well as an Oscar nod for Best Song ("Look To Your Path [Vois Sur Ton Chemin]," a collaboration between the director and film composer Bruno Coulais). Taking his inspiration from the boy's chorus at the center of the film's drama, Coulais has concocted a masterful, classically rooted score that showcases the crystalline, youthful harmonies of Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir. The composer bridges the baroque and modern eras in a collection of mostly Latin choruses and chants, a skillful, often haunting fusion that also netted Coulais' compelling score BAFTA and Cesar Awards in Britain and his native France, respectively. -- Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars il est incroyable!
I love Cinema Paradiso, so I followed Perrin to this movie. I havent seen a french film in a long time, and this one was great. The story was nice, but if you really look at the whole, its the musical compositions which really stood out and made this a hit. The lyrics paint a beautiful picture and make me want to figure skate even if I dont know how. Heck, I think it would make a football team want to figure skate! Every highschool chorus should learn one of these songs and sing it, they are just so darn purdy!

PS- 3 hours after I wrote this and Im freakin cryin here, this
darn waltz called "cerf-volant" lifts you and your dancing
partner higher and higher, after waltzing on the sea?!
*sniff* Its like the scene with Uma Thurman and John
Neville in Baron Munchausen. And "Vois sur ton chemin" has
such strength as in a march!
"Caresse sur l'ocean" has the prettiest lyrics
of them all I believe! I havent felt this certain emotion
from a soundtrack since "The Secret Garden" starring Kate
Maberly and that scene in "Green Card" where Gerard
Depardieu is playing the poem piano song. Not as sad as that
but have the same potency to me. *sniff* go away bye.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music to go with the beauty of La France
I happened to casually mention to a dear French friend on a recent trip to France (March) that I had heard something about a movie called Les Choristes and did she know anything about it.My friend, who usually is not overly enthusiastic about movie music or even movies unless they are excellent, jumped up from the dinner table (another unusual action for a Frenchwoman) and ran to get her CD.She put it on and could not stop gushing (in French) about the movie, the music and Jean-Baptiste Maunier, the soloist and main protagonist in the film.After listening to the music, I had her take me the next day to a Supermarche and bought it (the European version has 5 additional tracks on the CD).Several days later, when I left to drive from her town (two hours south of Paris) back down to the southwestern part of France (Toulouse), I listened to the CD the whole way.It was glorious, the combination of the lovely, uplifting music and the gorgeous, green French countryside.Of course, I am a Francophile anyway, but I think we Americans often think we are the only ones who can compose great music and make great films!We often do not give sufficient credit to other countries for their beautiful, funny and moving films and music.

Like another reviewer, I listen to this CD all the time; it's the best traveling music I've ever heard!I have the added advantage that I understand the words.After listening to the music myriad times and trying to figure out how the story will unfold, I'm anxiously awaiting my copy of the DVD which has just shipped from, yes, in answer to another reviewer who was confused by the conversation during track 21, the teacher is auditioning the boys, finding out what parts (soprano, alto and bass) they are best suited for.Evidently, because the boys sing individually in that part, they thought it would be a good addition to the CD.The songs do, indeed, have very uplifting words.I only have them in French, but I'm happy to hear that they translate them for those of you who do not speak the language.

I will add, however, that I think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a mistake by having Beyonce sing this song at the Oscars.As my French friend said, "If they'd let Jean-Baptiste Maunier sing it, it would have won the Oscar!"(She doesn't understand that the voting takes place before the actual Oscar presentations!)Perhaps just the American boys' choir would have been a better choice.

I highly recommend this music to anyone who loves easy-to-listen-to, uplifting, mood-lifting music.It's a delight.And I quite agree with the other reviewers that the boys' choir voices are perfect in combination with the music.They already had a "More with Les Choristes" CD out in France!Unfortunately, I didn't have room for it, so hopefully will be able to get it eventually.Happy listening!

5-0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
My review is short -- the music is sweet. It is beautiful, wonderful music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting
Like a previous reviewer, I heard a story on NPR about this movie and soundtrack.I was instantly taken with the beauty of the excerpt they played, and as soon as I got home I ordered the soundtrack.I have listened to it at my computer, in my car, and at work every day since I received it.Far from being put off by the repetition of a few musical themes, I find that the repetition helped me to become familiar with the music more quickly, and has given me more enjoyment.

I know that "Vois Sur Ton Chemin" is the most well-known track on this CD, but I love "Caresse sur l'Ocean".Sometimes a piece of music is so beautiful it hurts, and I find this melody, and the hauntingly pure soprano voice of Jean-Baptiste Maunier,lingering in my head all the time.If you like choral music, buy this CD.You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
I really love this soundtrack. Every song has great feeling in them. My choir has even begun singing La Nuit. The tunes do get a bit repetitive, and it gets annoying sometimes, but it is still catchy and beautiful music. I wish they had added the performance song from the Oscars ("vois sur ton chemin", performed by Beyonce Knowles and the American Boychoir, which I'm in ^^)... ... Read more

5. Shall We Dance?
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This remake of the 1996 Japanese film that set unlikely box office records in its native country turns more on a sexy, cinematic dance revivalism than the charms of stars Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. While its soundtrack never veers far from that noble task, it gratifyingly jolts its familiar rumbas and tango rhythms with a few modern musical kicks all its own. Pussycat Dolls' crisp, sensuous take of the standard "Sway" may subtly juice tradition, but Gotan Project's "Santa Maria" gives those familiar Latin rhythms a downright savory electronica makeover. Producer/arranger John Altman underscores tradition via his versions of chestnuts both lively ("Happy Feet") and ethno-apropos ("Espana Cani," "Perfidia," "Andalucia") and even a suitably schmaltzy cover of Mancini's signature "Moon River." Altman's sturdy musical background helps focus songs as diverse as Peter Gabriel's bittersweet "The Book of Love" and Gizelle O'Cole/Pilar Montenegro's vibrant, modern Latin-inflected title song, Jamie Cullum's club-beat-meets-lounge take on "I Could Have Danced All Night" and Miya's slinky, hip-hop seasoned remake of Bowie's "Let's Dance."--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

6. Napoleon Dynamite
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In a promising filmmaking debut, young BYU grad Jared Hess informs this indie tale of an aggressively nerdy backwater teen's foibles with the bittersweet dimensions of the director's own small-town upbringing, making it the dry comic hit of Sundance. Its soundtrack picks up on that earnest awkwardness via dollops of 80's new wave, both underexposed (Yaz' "Only You"; Alphaville's "Forever Young") and otherwise (Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy," a faithful cover of "Time After Time" by Sparklemotion), as well as moodier contemporary cuts by Rogue Wave (a live take on "Every Moment"), Figurine in full synth-pop revivalist mode and the nuvo-soul of Jamiroquai and Money Mark. Interspersed with a generous sampling of dialog snippets, John Swihart's shrewd, intimate underscore runs the gamut from "The A-Team Theme" to geek-friendly exotica and nervous cocktail jazz, stitching the score's disparate parts into a memorably quirky whole.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

7. The Motorcycle Diaries
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Argentine filmmaker Walter Salles (Central Station, Behind the Sun chronicles the epic, 8000 mile motorcycle journey of two friends---one of whom is Ernesto "Che" Guevara---in his compelling story of personal, geographic, and political discovery. Composer Gustavo Santaollala, one of the leading figures in Argentine rock and pop (and the producer behind 2003 Latin Grammy Record and Album of the Year winnerJuanes) infuses Salles' unusual road movie with a multi-faceted score that draws not only on his country's rich national musical heritage, but on the same restless musical instincts Santaollala brought to his equally haunting music for 21 Grams. As on that score, his primary instrument is again the guitar, though the seductive electric fretwork of the previous film takes a backseat to acoustic stylings that range from indigenous folk-rooted charm to nervous, electronic-backed soundscapes. Further underscoring the score's expansive, post-modern sensibilities are Maria Esther Zapata'ssaucy take on the tango-novelty "Chipi Chipi," the composer's own retro-energetic "Que Rico El Mambo" and the evocative contemporary ballad, "Al Otro Lado Del Rio," by Jorge Drexler. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

8. Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones
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Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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There's never been anything quite like the symphonic film music series that John Williams has forged for George Lucas's sprawling Star Wars saga. By the time the sixth chapter rolls around, Williams will have created a body of work that spans fully 30 years of his career, a virtual Ring Cycle of sci-fi/fantasy soundtrack music. While Attack of the Clones again achieves the high standards of its predecessors, it also succeeds by both forging some rewarding new musical themes at the same time it begins to bring the galactic fable full circle. The budding relationship between now-teenaged Anakin Skywalker and Amidala/Padme is informed by "Across the Stars--Love Theme from Attack of the Clones," a grand romantic motif that's infused with a subtle melancholy that hints at the tragedy that must ultimately befall the young lovers. The composer's mastery of idiom and color serve him especially well in the action cues, infusing "Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant" and "Jango's Escape" with bracing doses of 20th-century modernism and its inherent rhythmic fury performed, as always, by the London Symphony Orchestra. Williams also incorporates the "Force" and "Jedi" themes of the first SW trilogy sparingly, before "Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale" completes the musical/thematic tapestry by interweaving The Empire Strikes Back's menacing "Imperial March" with both the new "Love Theme" and the Phantom Menace's dramatic choral showcase "Duel of the Fates." This sweeping denouement should rightfully take its place among the saga's most compelling musical sequences. Purists may grouse at the obviously abridged music here, but given history a complete/ultimate edition of the score can't be far behind. This soundtrack is issued with one of four different, collectible covers. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Without giving away too much...
What do Schindler's List, The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, and Jurassic Park have in common? The musical scores for those films have all been composed and conducted by John Williams, the muscial mastermind of Attack Of The Clones. With 170 musical works to his credit, including video games, Williams also wrote all of the music for the entire Star Wars saga to date, and is expected to compose the music for Episode 3 as well. Although I don't want to give a track-by-track analysis like a the previous review, these are my favorite tracks and each gives a reason why this is an excellent CD...

Track 2-Across The Stars: One of the best Star Wars songs written, this is the theme to the love between Anakin and Padme. It starts off with an innocent kind of tone that symbolizes the loving beginnings of their relationship. And the brass instruments complement the powerful implications that the relationship will have for the galaxy.

Track 3-Zam The Assassin/The Chase Through Coruscant: Although it's the longest track, this is my favorite. As it tracks the speeder chase through Coruscant early in the film, the music's intensity reflects the danger of the high-flying chase hundreds of stories above Coruscant's streets. It gives the claustrophobic feeling of Coruscant's streets as well as Anakin's determination to catch Zam the assassin.

Track 8-The Meadow Picnic: This song starts off nicely with a bit of a royalty tone to it, which is well-suited to Padme's high stature in the movie. I love it because of the second half, which was written for Obi-wan's mission after the mysterious Jango Fett. The flutes provide an excellent touch of mystery to the movie's shadowy clone army.

Track 11-The Tusken Camp/The Homestead: The first half is pretty quiet and uninteresting. The second half is incredibly power as Anakin's rage becomes uncontrollable, even by him.

Track 12-Love Pledge/The Arena: Beginning with a surreal version of Across The Stars that shows how Anakin and Padme love each other even to the point of death. The xylophones add a touch of primitiveness to the insectlike Geonosians as Obi-wan, Anakin, and Padme fight for their lives before being saved by the clone army from Kamino.

Track 13-Confrontation With Dooku/Finale: As the Dark Side begins to choke galactic politics, this song begins with a surreal tone that signifies the evil of the Sith. As the movie shifts to the Jedi Temple, it continues to tell of the menacing threat to the Republic that the Jedi must now contend with before moving on to the departure of the clone army from Coruscant as the Clone Wars begin. And, of course, the finale begins in the classical Star Wars way.

Track 14-The Droid Factory: Although not on every single CD, this is a bonus track found in some copies. It begins with an creeping and primal theme for the Geonosians as Anakin and Padme battle their way through the dangerous droid factory on Geonisis in search of Obi-wan. An excellent song with great use of clarinets and xylophones, as well as an exciting ending wrought with trumpets, bass drums, and horns.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gave me goose bumps!
The sound track for "Attack of the Clones" is a definite must have for the Star Wars fan. While drawing on familiar elements from his work on the original trilogy Williams is able to compose some exceptional new material for his latest work.

The best track on the CD is the one entitled "Zam The Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant". This selection combines the expected classical elements with an urban techno feel. The love theme entitled "Across the Stars" is somewhat reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. It is upbeat and melancholy at the same time.

My only criticism's are that the love theme is repeated too liberally amongst the other tracks of the CD. In addition, although the more dramatic tracks are good none matches the power of "The Duel of Fates" from the Episode I soundtrack (elements of which are incorporated into one of the tracks).

In the final analysis this is a fine addition to the body of work John Williams has composed for the Star Wars saga. It gave me goose bumps at times. Which to me is a hallmark of good classical music. Further, the track titles did not convey any spoiler information. One of the track titles for the Episode I soundtrack was "Qui-Gon's Noble End" which betrayed the climax of the film.

A solid effort all around.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
In my opinion John Williams is one of the best composers of our time...if not THE best. Each and every score he produces is wonderful and creates the perfect atmosphere for each scene in the movies. I especially love "across the stars" and it is my absoloute favourite classical song. It is so hauntingly beautiful and I think that John Williams has captured the meaning of Anikan and Padme's forbiden love perfectly! This soundtrack is a must have for any fan of movie music!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
WHY THE HISSING? 1 star for the poor quality of the magnificent soundtrack "Across The Stars".

"Across The Stars" track is an excellent 5-star song but the sound quality sucks. How can a John Williams' Star Wars score in 2003 be so poorly mastered? The hissing is very very loud; it harms the delicacy of the beautiful romantic theme. I couldn't believe it. No, I'm not an audiophile; the flaw on this CD is obvious.

It's really disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Brilliance from John Williams
The soundtrack for Star Wars Episode II is as good as anything as Williams has ever produced and more than lives us to his startling legacy in scoring soundtracks. Accross the Stars, the love theme in Episode II, is as good as any theme Williams has composed in the Star Wars series and the soundtrack combines the many classics that Williams has scored the series (including Impercial March, Duel of Fates and Yoda's theme). A must buy for any Star Wars fan or any fan of classical music. ... Read more

9. Finding Neverland
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As did the Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland-rooted Dreamchild before it, Finding Neverlandexplores the all-too-human roots of an English children' s literature classic, in this case author James Mathew Barrie's (Johnny Depp) enduring fable, Peter Pan. Polish stage composer cum film scorer Jan A. P. Kaczmarek takes the film's fantasy-leavened, yet ultimately bittersweet tale of Barrie, his losing battle with adulthood and the magic world of prose it inspired and invests it with an exuberant score that positively pulses with youthful abandon. Dominated by joyous writing for strings, winds and children's chorus and punctuated by the effervescent solo piano flourishes of Leszek Mozdzer (and a few other inviting ethnic conceits), the composer's music not only playfully vamps the tale's Edwardian era, but does it with an ear towards optimistic, youthful energy that's irresistible. Mozdzer also contributes several masterful solo piano interpretations of Kaczmarek's themes that, while not strictly a part of the film's score, contribute greatly to making this album a compelling whole unto itself. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

10. Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic
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Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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Aussie exclusive box-set featuring a collection of Disney's best-loved songs. 60 years of musical magic from 'Snow White' to the 'Lion King', from Mary Poppins' to 'Toy Story'. Five standard jewel cases housed together in a slipcase. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Disney lovers young and old
I highly recommend this set of Disney Music. What a great assortment of songs from All the Disney Classics. You get a lot of music for your money.

We have one CD playing at least once throughout the day and I always have one in the car. Its one of those CDs' that you can keep playing and not get sick of it. My whole family enjoys them and I am so happy that we made this purchase. If you are a fan of Disney's Movies and Music then go and get this set, you won't regret it!

4-0 out of 5 stars A nice stroll down memory lane
This is a very thorough collection of songs from various Disney movies over the years. Most of the songs are familiar favorites that even those who are not rabid Disney fans (like myself) will be able to sing along with. My only complaint, and the reason this collection merited 4 stars instead of five is for a collection titled "Classic Disney" it seems to lean much more heavily on the newer movies such as Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Hunchback etc. instead of what I consider to be "classic" Disney and the live action Disney movies with the exception of the Parent Trap and meager spinkling of a few others are totally excluded. A nice touch is the addition of songs from some of the attractions at the Disney themeparks. There is so much Disney music out there that it would be impossible to include eveything, but this collection is a great jumping off place. Additionally, this boxed set is much cheaper than purchasing the CDs individually. I purchased Volume 1 of this set a few years ago for almost half of what I paid for the entire boxed set. Its a must have for all Disneyaholics!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Best!
This is the greatest collection of Disney music ever made! I don't have children, but am a child at heart, and have always appreciated Disney music. I've found that this is the best set of Disney music available, you'll be killing millions of birds with one stone if you're searching to collect Disney music. This has it all!

3-0 out of 5 stars variable sound quality & volume
If you want a comprehensive, economical collection of wonderful Disney songs, then this is the set for you. Although I am a Disney music fan, I was disappointed in this collection. First, I was surprised that other reviewers did not mention that the sound quality and volume vary. This problem is annoying to me while listening. Second, the collection contains a number of songs that make good background music for Disney movies but are boring to listen to on their own. Third, the songs seem to occur in a random order. I would have preferred that songs from the same movie be grouped together. Personally, I would have preferred a complete set of "greatest hits."

4-0 out of 5 stars Essential
I have a Disney music collection worth hundreds of dollars, and this is one of my most prized pieces. It is a closed colletion that is no longer available from Disney and is far better and more conprehensive that the current collection that they are releasing. Get it while you still can. ... Read more

11. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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This final chapter of Peter Jackson's sprawling adaptation of Tolkien's "Ring" trilogy closes out one of the most accomplished cycles in cinema--and film music--history. As he's done for the saga's first two installments, composer Howard Shore has honed a mature, brooding orchestral masterpiece that's long on subtle shadings of mood and nuance, while eschewing the hollow bombast that's characterized all too many mainstream action and adventure films for three decades. If anything, he's pared this chapter of his music for Middle Earth even closer to the bone, the trilogy's familiar themes repeated with a sparing hand that only heightens their dramatic power. Like Herrmann before him, Shore has a preternatural understanding of orchestral timbres and their almost mystical connections with human emotions, and he's used it here to close out this remarkable trilogy with Wagnerian dramatic sweep, yet one with a distinctly modern, understated melodic sense that is Shore's alone. James Galway and Renee Fleming make key instrumental and vocal contributions, respectively, while Annie Lennox's soulful "Into the West" makes the expected, if unobtrusive, bow to the theatrical pop song conventions.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Conclusion
I had high expectations for this soundtrack, and at first I was rather disappointed in what I heard. Most of the songs seemed almost the same, soft and wandering.

However, I soon discarded that and came to my senses. To fully enjoy the music of Return of the King one must listen to the entire disc together. This helped me get the feel of what seemed to be missing.

Overall, while I enjoyed the soundtrack, I believe the first two sounded much more wholesome, more rich with a varied sound to it.

There were less loud, rousing pieces to this edition, the only real ones being "Minas Tirith" and "The Pelennor Fields".

The real highlight of the CD was the final track "Into the West", sung by Annie Lennox. It makes up for all the shortcomings I think lay in this album and almost sinlge-handedly proves the CD's worth. It is an incredible song incorporating text from the novel and manages to sound both sad and joyful at the same time. If Howard Shore and Annie Lennox are not awarded at the Academy Awards this year for their efforts, then there is no justice left in this world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music Have Never Sounded This Good; Beautiful pieces!
This soundtrack is simply amazing. From start to finish, I was enthralled by the beautiful sounds of Middle-Earth that Howard Shore has created.

A Storm Is Coming is a combination of several past sounds with new music incorporated into one beautiful introduction. Hope And Memory is one of my favourites; in fact its my ultimate favourite! This part was when Gandalf and Peregrin Took ride to Minas Tirith. A touching piece. Minas Tirith theme is another awesome track with loud and bold sounds of the horn. With the voice of Ben del Mestro adds more color and beauty to the city of Minas Tirith.

The Steward Of Gondor is a wonderful piece with the voice of Billy Boyd (when Gondor's army march to the city of Osgilliath to retake it under the order of Lord Denethor). It sounds so sad in the end.

Another of my favorites is Twilight And Shadow. I must confess that ALL compositions by Howard for the Elf kind is always soothing and filled with so much emotions. This song is so sad when Arwen is leaving to the West and sees the vision of her son with Aragorn. Her determination to be with the latter is so strong that she went back to Rivendell. The music suits the scene so well.

The rest of the pieces are beautiful as well and I can't describe all cos it'll be super long. All I can say is that this soundtrack is a classic and will be one of those songs that will be familiar to you 10 years down the road.
Kudos to Howard Shore. Amazing work of perfection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Into the West and into Greatness
In a time when most studios bank on a combination of bubble gum pop, hip hop and rap to sell soundtracks for a film, we are gifted with true greatness. Howard Shore looked at each film as a separate entity that required a continuous bridge as a theme, and different voices to carry each movie to the next. You had Enya (May it Be) for Fellowship of the Ring. For the Two Towers it was Sheila Chandra (Breath of Life), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Evenstar), Ben Del Maestro (Forth Eorlingas, and with Elizabeth Fraser on Isengard Unleashed) and Emiliana Torrini (Gollum's Song.)

On the final soundtrack, we get a host of voices to treasure. We have the sublime in Renee Fleming (Twilight and Shadow, The End of All Things) and Ben del Maestro (Minas Tirith). We also have the flute of James Galway (The Black Gate Opens, The Grey Havens.) But what is most endearing is the voice of Billy Boyd (The Steward of Gondor)and Viggo Mortensen (The Return of the King) singing laments to mark their historical journeys.

Peter Jackson has created a gut wrenching, emotional trilogy. Howard Shore has blessed us with music that grabs your heart and soul and never lets go. I highly recommend all three magnificant sound tracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Howard Shore has proved himself as a musical genius in The Lord of the Rings soundtracks. As the Amazon reviewer said, he mystically ties emotion and music into one beautifully. Every single track has something special here. I have never before heard music that could be so haunting, so inspiring, so beautiful, and so deeply emotional as this. If you are a LOTR fan, or just a fan of soundtracks, this is a must-buy. You will not be dissappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars excelent and epic...
This score was beautifully, and masterfully crafted. I love the "Into the West" Theme that occurs so often... The song Grey Havens nearly brought me to tears the first time I heard it and continues to be one of the most beatiful pieces of music I have ever heard written for an orchestra. Every time I hear it, I get chills. This score takes you places as only excelent music can do. Howard Shore is a gifted and brilliant composer and director... This score and its two companion scores (LOTR 1 and 2) are incredibly moving and well-crafted! ... Read more

12. Ocean's 12
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Steven Soderbergh's antic sequel to his remake of the Rat Pack's shaggycasino caper may well be one of the most playfully goofy action flicksto come out of contemporary Hollywood. But while the director confoundsthe expected sequelitis at every turn, he wisely lets Irish club DJcum film composer David Holmes reprise the same winning formulathat made his collaborations on the previous film and Soderbergh's underrated jewelOut of Sight suchhipster delights. While Holmes' original music is rooted in70's-inspired acid-jazz , he punctuates its innate club cool with aneclectic, equally hip selection of source music. The film'sforeign locales inspire choices like Ornella Vanoni's seductiveopener "L' Appuntamento" andPiero Umiliani's shadowy " Crepuscolo SulMare," while elsewhere Holmes indulges his own savory tastes foreverything from Gallic neo-psychedelia (Roland Vincent's "L.S.D.Partie") to adventurous jazz (Grusin's "Ascension to Virginity") androck-exotica mash-ups (John Schroeder's intoxicating "ExplosiveCorrosive Joseph").--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The other Night Fox song...
I'm curious as to which song is the one from the scene where we first meet the Night Fox (when he's strolling through casinos and hotels and what-have-you with supermodels). It's fun and catchy; and as I'm without the CD myself, I'm at a loss. Thanks kindly.

4-0 out of 5 stars hey replying to Andrew...
i found the song and wud luv to hear ur version too...god the nightfox laser just amzing song...i want to go crazy with it...the rest of the soundtrack was great too just wish they had included the nightfox laser song too...oh well...

use this host site: send us the link plz!

3-0 out of 5 stars Laserdance would have made it better
Many, many thanks to D. Krcelic for posting the link for the nightfox laserdance. I came to buy this soundtrack just for that song and I had to sample all the songs to find out it wasn't even on the album. I was kind of disappointed at first, but overjoyed when I found I could just download the song I wanted for free. Anyway, here's the link Krcelic posted just in case you can't find his post:

On a side note, the track on that site didn't really seem complete so I edited it to make it sound more like a full song and more like the version from the movie; so my version now has the intro like the movie version and it's about 1 minute longer with a fade out at the end (instead of just an abrupt stop). I would share it with you guys, but unfortunately I have no place to host it. If anyone knows of any free file hosting sites you can post here and let me know.

4-0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking?
The track played during the laser dance done by the nightfox is awesome, what were they thinking to not include that track on the CD for this film's soundtrack?@@%#@

I have gone to the links mentioned in other reviews, but none seem to have the full length track or at CD quality.

The CD overall though is still great.Thoroughly enjoyable.I would give it 5 stars if it included the laser dance track ('the a la menthe' by Nikkfurie)

5-0 out of 5 stars Rito a Los Angeles
I think i found the song. But I am not sure it's the full length version.

all you have to do is right click save target as on mp3 1 to get the song.

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13. Gladiator:Music from the Motion Picture
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Most modern Hollywood films have musical "temp tracks" laid in as they're edited, usually classical standards or music from other soundtracks that helps shape the dramatic and emotional intentions of works in progress. Sometimes these temp tracks become the score (as in "2001"), but more often they serve as a template for the film's eventual scorer. That said, we'll boldly climb out on a limb and opine that director Ridley Scott was listening to a whole lot of Holst's The Planets as he was cobbling together his modern gladiator epic. Credit Hans Zimmer for taking "Mars, the Bringer of War" and hammering its familiar harmonic and rhythmic Sturm und Drang into something serviceably fresh; cohort Lisa Gerrard generally handles the more ethereal, atmospheric passages. As epic in scope as its thematic inspiration (and with enough occasional nods to "authenticity" to make it work), this is nonetheless a work of often surprising nuances, and one that recasts the traditional heroic orchestral score in deliciously dark and ominous tones. Warning: repeated listening may inspire the invasion of neighboring countries. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How could you not love this soundtrack?
I'm actually listening to the Gladiator soundtrack as I write this review. From beginning to end, this work satisfies completely. You don't need to watch the movie to be able to enjoy the soundtrack, and that speaks volumes to the talent of Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, who have managed to create a work that not only compliments the scenes of the Oscar winning movie, but stands on its own legs. (It's actually one of the very few times in recent history that I happened to agree with the philistines at the Academy)

The two longest cues at roughly 10 and 10 1/2 minutes, #3 "The Battle" and #13 "Barbarian Horde" are chest thumping triumphs that are monumentally powerful. They combine a mix of strings and horns that reminds me of "Mars, bringer of War" from Holst's "The Planets", but, mixed with the subtle background of the synthesizer, creates an entirely different effect that is just amazing. 8 1/2 minutes into "The Battle", Hans segues into the melodic strings accompanied by Lisa's beautiful voice, which sets up for #4 "Earth" and #5 "Sorrow" which are probably my favorite cues on the whole soundtrack. Combined, they're only a mere 4 1/2 minutes long, yet they manage to (softly) speak more to me than many pieces have done in an entire hour. So beautifully set within the goings on of the movie, they set the mood perfectly when Maximus arrives home.

The next cue, #6 "To Zucchabar" is ethereal and strange, and speaks of distant and foreign lands. Other pieces, notably #9 "The might of Rome, and 10 "Strength and honor" are incredible. There's not a wasted note in this soundtrack. The last three compositions, #15 "Elysium", #16 "Honor him", and #17 "Now we are free" all work together to complete the exhausting emotional rollercoaster ride that is "Gladiator". Obviously, I cannot say enough about this piece of work. I loved it as much as I loved the movie. Both are among my favorites of all time.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the few bright spots in current film music
Each year, the number of quality orchestral soundtracks diminishes, and the soundtrack to Gladiator is so far the only excellent work in this genre I've heard this year. Lisa Gerrard receives co-credit with Zimmer, but her material on the album is only a fraction of the whole. Still, her work provides a memorable, spiritual depth to this fascinating musical journey, and it contrasts perfectly with Zimmer's music, which switches between robust glory, ethnic flavored themes, and violent pounding action rhythms. (I agree with the Amazon reviewer, "Mars the Bringer of War" must have been the temp music for the battle scenes.)

The album makes for a unified experience, especially with most of tracks blending into the following track. The two ten minute action tracks (Battle; Barbarian Horde) are exhilirating and incredibly suspenseful as they build up to their frenzy. The last three tracks provide a moving coda where Gerrard and Zimmer weave in and out of each other to send our hero to his final reward.

A worthwhile dramatic listening experience, even if you haven't seen the film (and you should).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
I think that this is one of only a handful of soundtracks that should appeal to just about everybody whether or not they liked the movie. I didn't particularly care for the film myself, but I love the soundtrack. This score is reminiscent of other Zimmer works like the Rock and Crimson Tide in parts, but possesses a powerful emotional underpinning. I would recommend this soundtrack highly, along with Badelt's Pirates of the Caribbean which is also excellent although perhaps less reflective and more action oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seamlessly Entrancing
Of all my favorite classical soundtracks from the movies - Zimmer's & Garrard's Gladiator disk is hands-down my all-time favorite. More epic in scope that William's Jurassic Park and more hypnotic than Mansell's Requiem for a Dream. For me this is the epitome of modern movie/classical music that I can sink into while allowing my mind to fantasize.

I learned of this disk while visiting a handful of high quality/elite audio stores a few years back, many of which by default used this soundtrack as a showcase to demonstrate the range, depth, clarity and overall quality of their high-end sound systems & speakers.

As an audio connoisseur of the classical genera I was blown away by the quality and dynamics of this compilation. Yet, even on the mediocre system I have, the dynamics, range of emotion & character this album exhibits are sublime - this IS a model showcase soundtrack. It's kind of like an educational amusement park ride in the Roman Era in my eyes - full of adrenaline, hype, tragedy, love and entertainment and war - yet amazingly, not cheesy in the slightest.

I learned of this album well before seeing the movie, and in fact - after seeing Gladiator the movie, I was disappointed that it did not deliver what my imagination could while listening and focusing on this soundtrack.

From dramatic orchestral movements to soft and emotional sounds of drama and tension and beyond, the music of this album tells a complex story which does not require pictures to illustrate. Let your imagination be the canvas and paint while listening to this story.

The vast range of emotions and sounds are nothing short of miraculous given how well this album seamlessly blends together such a wide variety of distinct emotions and even hype that are tied together within each musical aspect or 'feel' of this epic.

Music can tell a story, this is true - we agree on this I'm sure. This entire album is a fluent story with an abundance of emotions, which have the possibility to become very entrancing when listened to in full.

This is not an album where you listen to a track here and there (if you do this and judge this CD on a track or two you are seriously short-changing this work - don't make that mistake). Listen to this work of art all the way through then you can understand what makes it so full of life and so unique.

Listen all the way through; this is one soundtrack I can say without doubt - it is far better than the movie. But you'll never know it unless you listen to just the soundtrack by itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Motion Picture Soundtrack
This is definately one of the best scores to any movie I have ever heard. It absolutely never gets old or tiring. Hans Zimmer is a real master at this, and I love this album. Go buy it, you won't regret it. ... Read more

14. Unleashed
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1-0 out of 5 stars not worth it
massive attack are very goodthis cd is worthless do not waist your money like I did

3-0 out of 5 stars Massive Attack Still Have Their Edge
I don't want to start arguments about 100th Window but this album is much better.It has a more electronic feel that's closer to 100th Window, however it has the much needed edge that 100th Window was missing.This album is totally instrumental but most of the tracks are enjoyable nonetheless.I would recommend using this more as background music because it gets very slow at times to fit the movie.The production is still very good and the tracks show the creativity and darkness that made Massive Attack so popular.

I rated the Danny the Dog soundtrack (same movie) higher because they had the good sense not to include two very crappy bonus tracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars same as "danny the dog"
you can't go wrong w/ Massive Attack.:)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great album
I agree with nearly all the other reviewers here - this is a FANTASTIC album.

However, I would like to clear something up: This IS the same as the "Danny the Dog" soundtrack. In fact, they are the same movie, too. It was release in the UK as "Danny the Dog", but will be released stateside under the "Unleashed" moniker. In the localization process, they found that the name "Danny the Dog" wasn't "tough" enough.

So, if you already own the Danny the Dog soundtrack, pass this up. But if you have neither, buy this. I've you love Massive Attack, this will not disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Same tracks as DannytheDog, w/ 2 extra tracks
This is an AWESOME soundtrack. Not that I ever expect less from Massive Attack, however, I bought the Danny the Dog soundtrack first, and now this one came out. Wonder why they released 2, I guess it was too obscure NOT to have a picture of Jet Li on the cover, and to have a different title. But hey, I understood! There are two extra songs on the Unleashed CD, however, they are not Massive Attack songs, so no loss. Just depends what cover you would rather have. I think the Danny one is pretty rad though. ... Read more

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The films of director Zhang Yimou have a panoramic sweep to them that deftly creates a fantastical vision of ancient Chinese culture for the screen. Yimou's eye for color and sense of drama demands a score that conveys the emotion, tradition and action of his movies. Here Shigeru Umebayashi tells each part of the story with a mix of traditional flute, drums, string instruments and, to a lesser degree, orchestra and moody-sounding synthesizers. The lilting melody of "Lovers" is particularly effective, simmering with a passion that leaves no doubt about the tone of the scene; it comes back to dramatic effect at other times in the film as well--the soundtrack closes with a soaring version of it by soprano Kathleen Battle. Similar to but not as heavy as Tan Dun's occasionally overbearing work on Yimou’s film Hero, Umebayashi leans toward the subtle for this love story, and the film is better for it. – Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

16. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Music from the Motion Picture)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Should've won an Oscar.
The use of classical music in the "Master" soundtrack is inspired.

Yo-Yo Ma's playing of the first of J.S Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suites seems perfect for the scenes on the Galapagos Islands. The snippets of Mozart's Violin Concerto # 3 and Boccherini's sublime "Musica Notturna" are well chosen as the music played by the captain and the doctor.

Those eager to hear more by Baroque composer Luigi Boccherini, whose swoon-worthy piece, "Passacalle," closes the movie, will find what seems to be the original recording of it on the CD "Respighi: Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma," by the Berlin Philharmonic, directed by Herbert Von Karajan. The last five tracks are Boccherini's "La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid" op.30 No.6, including "Passacalle." That's the danceable, contemporary-sounding number at the end of the movie, the one in which Paul Bettany and Russell Crowe pick up their instruments and strum them like guitars, and Bettany (or his counterpart in the Berlin Philharmonic)launches into a passage high on the top string.

For those who wish to hear more of Mozart's violin concertos, several great recordings are available, one by Arthur Grumiaux with the London Symphony Orchestra. Listen to the third movement for the passage used so effectively in one of the captain-doctor jam sessions.

This sound track CD is excellent. I have been listening to it a lot since I received it from Amazon. Please see my review of the DVD movie, which contains more comments about the music on this CD.
Here are some excerpts from my DVD review:
...The overall musical presentations of this film are very impressive, and the CD of the musical score is far from a disappointment. The skillfully repetitious use of percussion instruments throughout the film successfully recreates the sound of a thumping on the ship's hull: a sound that chills the heart of every sailor and alerts him to danger. The blood, the bravery, the glories of battle, as well as the continued yearning to acquire knowledge and explore the unknown, are punctuated by the music of Mozart, Corelli, Bach, and Boccherini, each of whom is the product of a refined, highly developed European culture, represented here by one French and one British warship on the untamed, empty sea...

...The original score's musical reverberations suggest a beating against the hull, rather than the sound of cannons shooting-there is no sharp "crack" as might be expected with the sound of gunfire. This simplicity of deep aboriginal-like drumming is a counterpoint to the sweet complexity of the classical compositions punctuating the story...If, indeed, all art aspires to the condition of music, then the miraculous melodies in this film represents the culmination of two thousand, and more, years of unequaled European cultural achievements. Listen to it! Experience it!

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful music stands alone
I have been listening to this CD regularly since January and have yet to be bored with it. It has a wonderful variety of the powerful, serious and playful. And it gives more complete versions of the music in the film.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
I really enjoy all the pieces on this CD. When the music is not being played in the movie it still sounds good. The Mozart piece is the best.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ok but not at all great
When I watched the movie I don't even recall remembering much of the music. Maybe I wasn't paying attention or maybe it wasn't so good that my ears even wanted to pick it up. When I watched the movie a second time I payed more attetion to the score and the result was. The score wasn't all that good. An OK but nothing more. ... Read more

17. The Last Of The Mohicans: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Soundtrack from the Greatest Movie Ever!
This OST consists of 16 incredibly beautiful and deeply moving music that complemented scenes from the movie perfectly. Trevor Jones composed the first 9 tracks of the album, while Randy Edelman wrote Tracks 10 - 15 (Track 16 is a short song by the group Clannad). Both Jones and Edelman did a brilliant job on the album, although Jones's "Main Title" and another track, "Promentory" remain the most memorable numbers (and my favourites). I also like Jones's "The Kiss" and "The Glade Part II".

A couple of Edelman's compositions which I find truly beautiful and outstanding are "The Courier" and "Cora".

I play this soundtrack every morning before leaving for work and first thing upon returning home. The music soothes the soul and makes me think (and dream) of the movie a lot, especially of the handsome and heroic Uncas, who's my favourite character in the movie. In my mind and heart, "Promentory" will always be Uncas's song (it recalls vividly to the mind the poignant scene towards the end of the movie of Uncas climbing the cliffs determinedly and fearlessly in order to rescue his love, Alice).

How I adore the movie and its music! They will remain my favourites FOREVER.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent...except for a few things.
I completely agree with the person who said that they did not appreciate that "Promentory" was cut. I also wish that the end credits from the movie would've been included on the CD. What a gorgeous piece of music. That would've made it so complete. The endings on some of the tracks seem abrupt, like they had to tie it up really quick in order for it to fit on the soundtrack. That kind of bugged me a little. The Last of the Mohicans is my favorite movie of all time (I cannot count how many times I've seen it). It moved me (and continues to move me) emotionally, and it really takes a lot for me to listen to the soundtrack without getting depressed. Pathetic, I know, but I can't help it. I give it four stars because no doubt, the music is beautiful (my favorites being Cora, The Courier, and I Will Find You), but for the omissions, I had to take away a star.

4-0 out of 5 stars Music is Great; Recording Isn't
I purchased this cd after reading the reviews of this release (original 1992) and the 2000 recording. Most of the commentators seem to have missed an important issue. While the original release is exactly that -- the soundtrack of the movie -- and that music is gorgeous -- the recording of that music is not what anyone with a good stereo system will enjoy. The sound, perhaps ok for theater, and maybe acceptable in Dobly 5.1 -- though I haven't really tried it that way -- sounds monophonic on a decent stero system. There is no real sense of space, very little left and right information, very little depth. The orchestra sounds as if it is playing in a cave and the listener is standing some distance from the cave mouth.

This problem is fairly easily rectified if you have a good audio massage program. CDex will rip the tracks to wave files (.wav) and remix the right and left channels for better separation (J-stereo). Then you can transfer the newly mixed files to a cd-rom for playback in any dvd/cd player. It sounds MUCH better this way -- much more like live music.

But if all this sounds like too much work AND you care about realistically reproduced music, you may be better off purchasing the 2000 release. While I haven't auditioned it except for the online sound bites, it's likely to be the better recording. If you can't tell left from rght channel audio or you like monophonic sound, then by all means, buy the 1992 release.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite soundtrack
For years I have been collecting soundtracks and I have to say that this one tops them all. I never get tired of listening to it! The music is just wonderful! The best I've ever heard! I bought the soundtrack before seeing the movie and as I was listening to the music I would actually picture images that I thought the music was describing in the movie. I finally saw "The Last of the Mohicans" and amazingly, some of the images I pictured were almost the same in the movie. It was very odd. Anyway... if you do not have this soundtrack I highly recommend you buying it. Even if you haven't seen the movie. You won't regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Music is Incredible
I must confess I am a avid collector of soundtracks. Many times I buy the soundtrack before seeing the movie. I saw this movie about 10 times before buying the soundtrack. I like the music and when playing the CD I relax and close my eyes. The music pulls you in and the feeling is unique. Buy the CD and when you play it the first time turn up the volumn slightly higher than you normally do. The music is unique and timeless. ... Read more

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Loosely based on the popular Disney theme park audio-animatronic ride, one might expect a modicum of good-natured "Yo-ho-ho-ing"--or maybe a little rousing Korngold/Errol Flynn/Captain Blood orchestral romanticism--here. Instead composer Klaus Badelt initially entices us with some sparing Celtic folk charm, then unleashes a furious broadside of symphonic and choral thunder to rival his ominous score for K-19. The composer's fellow German mentor is an obvious influence throughout (the album is credited with a wink as "Score overproduced by Hans 'Long John' Zimmer") but Badelt brings his own muscular instincts to bear throughout. Perhaps shrewdly realizing that genre cliches are nothing if not for reinventing, Badelt delivers his rhythmically nervous Eurocentric sensibilities--sort of Holst duels Shostakovich on the Spanish Main--with the subtlety of a scorching cannonball. It's seasoned with a little romantic respite in the final act, if a bit gingerly, and could no doubt profit by some of Korngold's sparkling melodic verve. But it's a loud, unabashed Summer Blockbuster score at heart; alert the neighbors. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars On the strengths of the theme alone...
...which is almost all I have to go by because I keep going back to the same track, this album warrants a 5-star review. It's been a while since I've been this anxious to own a movie score and, now that I have it, I just want to keep running errands at work so I can put my headphones on and crank it up.
Klaus Bedalt's magnificent score - which varies very well with a spooky beginning, melodic love theme, and rousing action pieces (especially the outstanding theme played in full force on the final track) - is turning me into a fan of his very quickly.
The only drawback is that I was hoping for a very long end credits suite, but it cuts off after just two minutes and change. It kinda reminded me of the Face/Off soundtrack where there the boat chase music, the strongest piece in the whole score, was missing from the album.
But even though it is a complaint that knocks my review from 5 stars to 4, the "Pirates" album is truly a worthy buy and I will be keeping an eye on Klaus for a long time to come.
And Hans, what can I say except, you've given us yet another musical poet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great music but time and organization lack!!
I am one of those kind of people that sees a movie and walks out of the theatre wanting the soundtrack as soon as possible. I was easily dissapointed because no store had it and said they only received three the first day it came out. what the heck was Disney thinking when they released this thing. I ran into at least 3 people also dissapointed that the stores did not have it(Best Buy,Cicuit City,Target,and even Walmart) So I finally decided to just order it online here at Amazon. Got it within a week and was very happy until I started listening to it. Where is all of the music? Yes most of the main songs are their but are all mixed up in this catastrophe of orginization. For example,song #1 "Fog Bound" starts out with a violin that wasn't even in the movie. On top of that #11"Skull and Crossbones" features the final battle between Jack and Barbossa but is followed by "Underwater March" when the cursed crew marches underwater and in that same song for three minutes is slow,soft music. Does anyone remember a slow scene in the final twenty minutes of the heated battle in the end? I sure don't and I saw the movie twice. The soundtrack is also way,way,way too short.At only 43 minutes long you feel like half the movie is left out (which is true)On the positive side, the music is great which is why I gave it four stars. My personal favorite tracks are #4 "Will and Elizabeth"(half the battle in the armory between Will and Jack)Note when I say "half" I really mean only half the battle music is in there.I also enjoyed #5"Swords Crossed" and #15"He's a Pirate".
So to sum things up the music is great except very dissapointed in Disney for a terrible organization job on some great pieces of music

5-0 out of 5 stars Supurb soundscape unlike any other!
NOTE: For some reason out of my control it appears this review was posted twice... please understand.

Many a time we see soundtracks that sound alike. This lack of diversity leads to a monotony of soundtrack after soundtrack which in my opinion is very boring.

On the contrary, Klaus Badelt nailed the score very well... most refreshing piece of soundtrack I've heard in a very long time. It's very mysterious, yet magical in its own right. Beautifully composed and comprised of many different themes heard throughout the film. The use of more tribal and colonial period-oriented orchestra instead of a standard hollywood symphony or orchestra results in a more organic and natural score, complimenting the film's theme, time period, and overall mood.

This soundtrack is rich enough to make you feel as though you are in the film without having to watch the film... very difficult to pull off in my opinion. I listen to it time and time again any still find it very refreshing.

Very awesome! I highly recommend this as a noteworthy piece of music!

Expect more brilliance from Klaus Badelt in Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 and 3!

5-0 out of 5 stars Supurb soundscape unlike any other!
And older version of this appeared to get posted as well as the new, editied version. This originally said the same thing as my review above.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer Derivative of Himself
Clearly Hans Zimmer was heavily influenced by the Planet compositions of Gustav Holst, but his Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack was also heavily influenced by another composition. One of his own. And I do not mean Gladiator. While you can tell that Gladiator is a Zimmer project, it doesn't that closely resemble POTC. At least not as much as Crimson Tide. If Zimmer was self-derivative it was of his score for the 1995 submarine movie. In fact, you don't have to listen too closely to a side by side comparison of the two to hear HUGE similarities. The entire main theme of the score for POTC and Tide are almost identitical. I am sure I am not the only one to notice this. I do not mean to take anything away from his most recent creation, but Zimmer (or his seeming nom du plume, Badelt) is getting quite repetitious. ... Read more

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Winner of five Oscars (including two for Richard and Robert Sherman's memorable slate of songs), Disney's 1964 adaptation of British author P.L. Travers' belovedchildren's tales melded live action, animation and music more successfully than any film before or since. Containing the most complete version of the ShermanBrothers' score and a wealth of previously unavailable behind-the-scenes treasures, this double-disc, 40th anniversary soundtrack edition becomes the ultimatemusical tribute to the beloved family masterpiece. The Sherman's memorable songs are showcased here in a more comprehensive musical context than ever before;indeed, a number of the expanded or previously unreleased pieces of the Irwin Kostal-arranged underscore now included were truncated in editing the film itself. Thegenerous bonus disc contains the set's greatest historical treasure: a 40+ minute pre-production story meeting between the Shermans, gag writer Don DaGradi andauthor Travers herself. Also included is a lengthy 1964 audio documentary featuring the Shermans and stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, an audio montage of the songwriting team reminiscing and playing their original demos for the project and an illustrated 40-page companion booklet containing a history of the project as well as complete song lyrics.-- Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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