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July/August 2018
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.
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