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8/2/18 Titanic   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you somehow missed the engrossing phenomenon when it debuted in 1997 and you have an open mind about what is commonly considered (and ridiculed) as the most famous and romantic film score of the digital era.
Avoid it... if even the price of $0.01 for the first Titanic album on the used-CD market cannot entice you to explore the James Horner new-age triumph that resulted in the best-selling film score album in history.
7/15/18 Ed Wood   (Howard Shore)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are familiar with the film and seek an outstanding companion piece to the Ed Wood experience, in which case Howard Shore's music (along with dialogue from the film) will be equally entertaining.
Avoid it... if you're investigating the score blindly, because even enthusiasts of B-rate 1950's sci-fi and horror schlock may find this throwback score too challenging in its often grating authenticity for casual enjoyment.
7/9/18 The Blue Planet (TV)   (George Fenton)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek the impressive symphonic score that inspired George Fenton's glorious music for the subsequent nature productions Deep Blue and Planet Earth.
Avoid it... if the lighter, acoustic side of The Blue Planet, far more prevalent here than in those subsequent works, fragments the listening experience too badly to justify the purchase of material that was improved upon for Deep Blue anyway.
7/1/18 Beauty and the Beast (1991)   (Alan Menken/Howard Ashman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the definitive 2018 expanded set if you want only the best that the animated musical genre has to offer, for Beauty and the Beast is arguably the top such film of all time.
Avoid it... on the 1991 or 2001 albums if you seek a decently mastered or satisfyingly complete presentation of Alan Menken's melodically rich score for the film.
6/23/18 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on especially the 2017 2-CD set if you seek one of the most popular scores in the history of Hollywood, not to mention a triumph that stands among the best of John Williams' masterful works.
Avoid it... if not even the most magical symphonic composition from the height of Williams' career is of any interest to your unusually sour tastes.
6/18/18 RoboCop   (Basil Poledouris)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the later expanded and remastered pressings even if you're content with the earliest albums, for Basil Poledouris' consistently rough but robust action writing is presented in far better light on the newer products.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear the composer's best merging of synthesizers and orchestra in this vintage of Poledouris' exploration of the blend, his concurrent Cherry 2000 far more accomplished in this area.
6/11/18 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow   (Edward Shearmur)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can immerse yourself in shamelessly high-flying, noir-inspired, patriotic, and massively orchestral adventure scores no matter their predictably relentless level of bombast and optimistic demeanor.
Avoid it... if the genre's music becomes tedious and repetitive for you when it is clearly derived from other superhero scores, especially ones as obvious as those plundered by Edward Shearmur for this rowdy romp.
6/4/18 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciate James Horner's ability to capture the sense of innocence and curiosity in natural settings with lovely rhythmic progressions for piano, synthetic choir, and other elements of minimal volume.
Avoid it... if you are deterred by the fact that this score makes use of only Horner's previously established techniques and instrumentation, no matter their rearrangement into an effectively impactful package.
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