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26 Soundtrack CDs Reviewed!

Scores of recent features, compendiums of work from a single film composer, and some CDs more into the genre of B'day shows

Published on March 24, 2005

26 Soundtrack CDs Reviewed!
SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW – Music composed and
conducted by Edward Shearmur – orig. soundtrack – Sony Music Soundtrax
SK 92932:

If you have any interest in film history and sets you really must see
this fun film. It is the first in which nearly the entire environment
around the actors was created in CGI computer graphics – the performers
merely doing their thing against blue screen with a couple of props.
The visuals are a pean to art deco, the old Saturday movie serials, and
several specific artists’ styles. I mean, how often do you get
Zeppelins, rocketships, flying wings, giant robots and dinosaurs all in
the same movie, I ask you? The music also honors the fantasy-evoking
sounds of the same historical period. It may not be worthy of
standalone concert hall status, but it beautifully fills the bill in
the theater. Just glance at this list of cues and you’ll get a good
idea what I’m talking about. By the way, the DVD is worth getting just
for the many extras about how the film was made – and by a first-time
director who started out with a 6-minute demo done in his bedroom on
his Mac!

Cues: The World of Tomorrow, The Zeppelin Arrives, The Robot Army,
Calling Sky Captain, Back at the Base, The Flying Wings Attack, An
Aquatic Escape, Flight to Nepal, Treacherous Journey, Dynamite, Three
in a Bed, Finding Frankie, Manta Squadron, h-770-d, Flying Lizard,
Totenkopf’s Ark, Back to Earth, Over the Rainbow (with Jane Monheit)

 
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