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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Testament
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

Holy crap! It's a Horner hailstorm from FSM!

Being a completist, I will buy this. It also means I can junk a certain leg of the b00t from the land of Ceausescu.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I can't believe this score was performed by 10 players!!
I know it's small and low-key, but it always sounded quite full and expansive.
I also imagined the Bike cues to be by a large(ish) orchestra.
The music is unbelievably sad and tragic and just breaks your heart, especially while watching the film.
I remember seeing it at the Merseyside Film Institute during the 80's (the only place that would screen such a film in Liverpool) and the final 10 minutes were accompanied by the sound of snuffles and blown noses from behind me!
I've always wondered about a short extra cue on the boot that was never used in the film.
I wonder if the notes here will reveal anything (or even if it's included here?).

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Holy crap! It's a Horner hailstorm from FSM!

Being a completist, I will buy this. It also means I can junk a certain leg of the b00t from the land of Ceausescu.


You're not the only one. LOL

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Sorry, I simply can't listen to the high-pitched notes on some of the samples (like Track 9, and the main title). What is that sound? Synth I assume.


I'm guessing it's a flute, I don't mind the high register.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Neil S. Bulk   (Member)

I've always wondered about a short extra cue on the boot that was never used in the film.
I wonder if the notes here will reveal anything (or even if it's included here?).


Give the track 9 sample a listen.

Neil

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Oh, cool.
I don't usually play samples, esp to CD's I know I'm gonna get.
Thanks for the heads-up Neil.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   CCW1970   (Member)

Wow! This sounds wonderful. Hope there are some left next week.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

WHAT?????????????????????????????????
James Horner'S TESTAMENT???????????????????????

I don't need to listen to any clip.
Simply ORDERED !

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   FilmMusicFan   (Member)

This is a great score but too short!!! frown

$ 20 + shipping for just 30 min. of music is way too much!

It would have been better if you would have combined this score with something else ...

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 4:07 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Testament's poster is as minimalist as its score.



According to the IMDB, the film was originally shot as a made-for-TV movie. Paramount executives were so impressed with it that they released it in theaters as a feature. The cast sued the producers for higher pay, claiming they were paid television salaries and not feature film salaries. The case was settled out of court.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

This is a great score but too short!!! frown

$ 20 + shipping for just 30 min. of music is way too much!

It would have been better if you would have combined this score with something else ...



Lukas's judgment on not combining this with another, I think is right on. If you see the film and then listen to the score, it really does need to be on it's own and deserve to be. It's not how long the disc is, but the quality of the music, least for me!!

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

so if it was 50 min long you would but it? I dont get it...

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)



Lukas's judgment on not combining this with another, I think is right on. If you see the film and then listen to the score, it really does need to be on it's own and deserve to be. It's not how long the disc is, but the quality of the music, least for me!!


I don't quite understand that mentality. How does it 'deserve' to be on its own? What's stopping people who want to from pressing the stop button (or, perhaps, putting it in the later part of the CD)?

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)



Lukas's judgment on not combining this with another, I think is right on. If you see the film and then listen to the score, it really does need to be on it's own and deserve to be. It's not how long the disc is, but the quality of the music, least for me!!


I don't quite understand that mentality. How does it 'deserve' to be on its own? What's stopping people who want to from pressing the stop button (or, perhaps, putting it in the later part of the CD)?



I remember SEVERAL years ago, going into Sam Goody in the local mall and paying $19.95 or $18.95 for a new Varese CD that clocks in at 28/29/30 minutes. I didn't care as I really wanted the music. Having more on the CD would have been great, but at that time, I didn't know the other part that stopped them from releasing more music, too costly.

Lukas was right in having this as a single stand alone release. You could also put the CD on REPEAT, listen to it twice, then you have a nice 62 minute album! he he heee Stop buttons are for wussies. LOL!

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I don't think this score "deserves" to be on its own, nor do I think it's too short. It is a CD offered to me for sale that I can buy or not buy, with the length explicitly disclosed. It's really as simple as that.

I don't pretend to know the financial or legal issues involved. While the manufacture and shipping of a 75 minute CD costs the same as the manufacture and shipping of a 30 minute CD, the costs involved in producing those two CDs is very different. I don't blame FSM for trying to make a profit, or more of a profit. They told me what this CD is. I have all the power after that.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I would think this 4th FSM Horner Release will get him in the next FSM Composer Card set?

Hoping so. He deserves a card!

Great release and thanks to Lukas and FSM/SAE Teams for your continued excellence!


Bring on IN COUNTRY somebody!

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Lukas's judgment on not combining this with another, I think is right on. If you see the film and then listen to the score, it really does need to be on it's own and deserve to be.



Are we saying that, to appreciate this score fully, we should sit in silence for 40 minutes after listening to it? Or maybe for 20 minutes before and 20 minutes after?

I don't mind short CDs and have plenty of them. But frankly, saying it's because this score sounds better without another one on the CD is quite ridiculous.

Then again, on second thoughts, Intrada's excellent release of Two Flags West would probably have been just as good (or better) without the addition of the relatively feeble North To Alaska tracks.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Put it on repeat that way ya get 62 minutes!!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

How long was Varese's ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES? I think about the same?


Actually a tad shorter at 29:02

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

This is a great score but too short!!! frown

$ 20 + shipping for just 30 min. of music is way too much!

It would have been better if you would have combined this score with something else ...



Lukas's judgment on not combining this with another, I think is right on. If you see the film and then listen to the score, it really does need to be on it's own and deserve to be. It's not how long the disc is, but the quality of the music, least for me!!


Well, then the price should be a little lower (like in the $16.95 range). I'm sorry, but FSM is usually the best label around in packing as much music onto a CD as possible (often by two or more composers), so seeing a 1995-era Varese running time on one of their discs is kind of disconcerting.

 
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