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11/12/18 The Incredible Hulk (TV)   (Joe Harnell)
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Buy it... only if you still have a soft spot for the lonely piano theme that usually accompanied David Banner on his quest for a cure to his maddening problem, its melody prevailing as the lasting identity of the concept.
Avoid it... if you expect that solitary theme for the scientist, as well as the pretty theme for his love interests, to be capable of carrying the otherwise badly dated action cues and disco music from the series.
11/3/18 The Predator   (Henry Jackman)
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Buy it... if you seek a competent extension of Alan Silvestri's original Predator themes and sensibilities in a broadly expanded fantasy and action mode that offers a few notable highlights.
Avoid it... if you demand a truly cohesive evolution of vintage and fresh ideas in this, a basically satisfying but still somewhat perfunctory merging of styles that doesn't always make complete sense as arranged.
10/27/18 The Mole (TV)   (David Michael Frank)
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Buy it... if you are a fan of the concept whatsoever and are prepared to pay higher prices for either of the two impressive albums featuring David Michael Frank's accomplished library cues for the show's American run.
Avoid it... if the stylish exploration of almost every musical genre known to man is too disjointed on its two long album presentations to function as a coherent listening experience.
10/14/18 Small Soldiers   (Jerry Goldsmith)
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Buy it... if you have an affinity for the parody style of Jerry Goldsmith's The 'Burbs and don't mind hearing the composer's prior work and numerous outside sources pulled together for a robust, militaristic barrage of comedy.
Avoid it... if you expect the 2018 expansion of the original album to yield uniquely satisfying music, for this work's extensive redundancies are exposed in the longer Varese Sarabande presentation.
9/30/18 Romancing the Stone   (Alan Silvestri)
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Buy it... if and only if you maintain a complete collection of Alan Silvestri's works and want to hear the dated, light rock style that guided his career before his consistent orchestral success.
Avoid it... if campy, contemporary pop and comedic jazz reminiscent of the worst of 1980's romance don't float your boat, no matter the composer.
9/18/18 Close Encounters of the Third Kind   (John Williams)
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Buy it... on the 1998 Arista or 2017 La-La Land albums with reservations, because such expansive presentations of the intellectually fascinating score fully reveal the challenging atonal ambience that John Williams wrote for the first half of the film.
Avoid it... on any of the albums for this score before 1998, for the sound quality of these products is significantly inferior and they might contain a horrendous disco version of the main theme that is best left forgotten.
8/31/18 Alien Nation   (Jerry Goldsmith/Curt Sobel)
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Buy it... if you either demand every incarnation of Jerry Goldsmith's classic theme from The Russia House or were among the minority to appreciate the composer's equally synthetic futuristic detective score for Runaway.
Avoid it... if you seek otherwise interesting and distinctive music from Goldsmith or replacement Curt Sobel in either of their badly dated, underachieving scores for this forgettable film.
8/19/18 The Missouri Breaks   (John Williams)
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Buy it... only if you are trying to complete a John Williams film score collection and are fully prepared for perhaps his most eccentric and dysfunctional genre-bending effort.
Avoid it... if the idea of 1970's pop rhythms and instrumentation in conjunction with comical Western honky-tonk elements seems like a recipe for disaster to you; this score has always struggled to appeal because of its bizarre personality.
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