DVD Music Column (MFTM – Print Edition, 2001-2006)

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Please note: each link will open up a BIG jpeg scan of the original article. The list below is is reverse-chronological order, beginning with MFTM’s last print issue in 2006.

  • Issue 50/51 , pages 107-108— “The Perfect Format ” — using a handful of DVD releases, the template for the perfect filmmusic concert disc is examined, exploiting the immense potemtial to capture and deliver live film music to the masses. [Read Parts 1 – 2 ]
  • Issue 48/49 , pages 43-44 — Profile of Image Entertainment’s boxed set, The Films of Charles & Ray Eames, focusing on the scores by Elmer Bernstein, plus the stellar documentary, Shostakovich Against Stalin: The War Symphonies. [Read Parts 1 – 2 ]
  • Issue 47, pages 77-78 — “And Now For Something A Little Bit Different” — examination of three unique experimental films that employ dynamic original music scores: Bodysong (featuring music by Jonny Greenwood), Decasia (featuring an experimental score by Michael Gordon), and The Mystery of Picasso(boosted by a lively, episodic score by Georges Auric). [Read Parts 1 – 2 ]
  • Issue 45/46, pages 117-188 — “Returning to The Twilight Zone” — detailed examinations of Volumes 1 and 2 of the original Twilight Zone series, with comments from Image Entertainment regarding the inclusion of isolated score tracks. [Read Parts 1 – 2 ]
  • Issue 44, page 66 —“The Plight of the Mega-Trilogies” —pros & cons of elaborate boxed sets, focusing on the original Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes 4-6), the Matrix Trilogy, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. [ReadHERE ]
  • Issue 43, pages 64-66 —“The Restoration of William Walton’s Battle of Britain” — detailed, chronological history of Sir William Walton’s rejected score, ultimately released on CD by Ryko and Varese Sarabande, and restored on DVD in MGM UK’s Region 2 two-disc Special Edition. 2004 Interviews with original Battle of Britain editor Timothy Gee, original recording engineer Eric Tomlinson, and album producer / music supervisor James Fitzpatrick. [Read Parts 1 – 2 – 3 ]
  • Issue 42, pages 100 & 102 —“The Lord of the RIngs”  the first two films spread out over four massive DVD releases. [Read Parts 1 – 2 ]
  • Issue 41, pages 100-102 —“The Alien Quadrilogy” — detailed commentary on composer interviews in Twentieth Century-Fox’ massive set. [Read Parts 1– 2 ]
  • Issue 37, pages 29-32 —“The Composers Speak Part 3″ — reviews of 14 DVDs with composer commentaries / isolated scores, released in 2003, spanning The First Nudie Musical, The Lady In White,Frailty, Queen of the Damned, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Way of the Gun, Urban Legends 2: The Final Cut, The 6th Day, Starship Troopers, Death and the Compass, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Titus, Planet of the Apes (2002), and The Duellists. [Read Parts 1– 2 – 3 ]
  • Issue 35/36, pages 75-77 — “The Composers Speak Part 2″ — reviews of 12 DVDs with composer commentaries / isolated scores, released between 2001-2003, including The Fog, Doctor Zhivago,Lawrence of Arabia, The Message / Mohammad: Messenger of God, Shaft (1971), Resident Evil, Blade 2, Moulin Rouge, , E.T., Koyaanisqatsi, Powaaqatsi, Spider-Man, The Last Waltz, The Others, A Beautiful Mind, Hannibal, Crimson Rivers, Ghosts of Mars, The Cat ‘O Nine Tails, Suspiria, Opera, and Solar Max . [Read Parts 1– 2 – 3 ]
  • Issue 34, pages 64-5 —reviews of LegendRebeccaNotorious, Traffic, The Image / The Punishment of Anne, The Women, The Harvey Girls, Re-Animator, and The Usual Suspects. [Read Parts 1– 2 ]
  • Issue 33, page 69 —reviews of First Men In The Moon, Barabbas, The Bad And The Beautiful, Little Women (1933), and The Saragossa Manuscript. [Read HERE ]
  • Issue 31/32, pages 98-101, “The Composers Speak Part 1″  reviews of 20 DVDs with composer commentaries / isolated scores, released between 1999-2001, including Ravenous, Boiler Room, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, The Corruptor, The Matrix, Joan of Arc (1927), Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,Edward Scissorhands, The Family Man, Hollow Man, Blade, Fly Away Home, Frequency, Pleasantville,Rush Hour, Se7en, Tenebre, Phenomena, Final Destination, and City of Angels. [Read Parts 1– 2 – 3 – 4 ]
  • Issue 29, pages 68-69, “The Omen Quartet on DVD.” [Read Parts 1– 2 ]
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