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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: The Time Machine
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

George Pal's SF classic, The Time Machine, needs no introduction. Russ Garcia, who is primarily known in the halls of jazz and for his space age exotica classic Fantastica, penned the lovely score to TTM. Mr. Garcia re-scored his classic score for an earlier GNP Crescendo re-recording. Although I was pleased to have this re-recording, I was always disappointed in the re-scoring as it left out the electronic, i.e. tape effects, that were integral to his original scoring. I'm sure this was done out of necessity from not having those tape elements available.

In any case, FSM's release of the original score, with all the electronic elements included, has restored this classic in all its glory. Hearing the orignal recording reminds me why I loved the score in the first place. The tape effects are so integral to the uniqueness of parts of the score and were major elements in creating the atmosphere of time travel and a future earth in the film. For me the score is whole again and is itself a time machine that takes me back to when I saw this film as a small boy. Thank you FSM for this precious gift of time!

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

Ditto

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I've had this for a while, a fine score, but it doesn't do much for me. I'll continue giving it a try every six months.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

I have it and think is pretty good. However not among my favorites.
The movie however is one can endlessly watch.Superb work.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Ditto

"Ditto?! You provincial putz!"



 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Ditto

"Ditto?! You provincial putz!"



LMAO!

Great score and one of my personal FSM favorite releases. I played it last on New Years day, seemed rather appropos. In fact, I think I'll play it now.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

In one of my upcoming Scoreside Chat blogs I plan on reprinting an e-mail I got through my dad, a friend of Russell Garcia's son, his comments as a kid about his dad and the Time Machine.

Keep those rings spinning!

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Hey why did this post twice? Doh!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

One of my favorite all-time favorite film scores!

Probably because I originally saw the film as a sneak preview, accompanying, of all things, LET'S MAKE LOVE, which I saw only that one time and have no intention of ever seeing again...

TIME MACHINE captured my 11-yr.-old spirit and sent it soaring, not only for its concepts, which were entirely novel to me, but for its handsome hero, Rod Taylor, for whom I have harbored, in varying degrees, a crush ever since.

Have since discovered a few other Garcia albums, most notably a vocal set he orchestrated, with a female vocalist doing the songs(!) from both TIME MACHINE and ATLANTIS THE LOST CONTINENT.

ATLANTIS is another of my favorite scores from that time, though the movie, in retrospect, has seemed progressively more execrable.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)


ATLANTIS is another of my favorite scores from that time, though the movie, in retrospect, has seemed progressively more execrable.


A friend sent me the ATLANTIS DVD about the time I bought the soundtrack, so I was really excited to be able to pop that one into the DVD player for a first viewing. Yow! Almost (but not quite) destroyed my appreciation of Garcia's fine score! The film's a dog, but the soundtrack (FSM Vol. 8, No. 2) is a definite hit, with the interesting (if not exactly primo) Rozsa score for THE POWER as a bonus. I really like Garcia's music for both ATLANTIS and THE TIME MACHINE, and wish he had done more work in the film biz.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)


ATLANTIS is another of my favorite scores from that time, though the movie, in retrospect, has seemed progressively more execrable.


A friend sent me the ATLANTIS DVD about the time I bought the soundtrack, so I was really excited to be able to pop that one into the DVD player for a first viewing. Yow! Almost (but not quite) destroyed my appreciation of Garcia's fine score! The film's a dog, but the soundtrack (FSM Vol. 8, No. 2) is a definite hit, with the interesting (if not exactly primo) Rozsa score for THE POWER as a bonus. I really like Garcia's music for both ATLANTIS and THE TIME MACHINE, and wish he had done more work in the film biz.


ATLANTIS fascinated me as a grade schooler, what with the men to beast thingy, and Death-ray Crystal THAT GOES NUTS at the conclusion, but it's one of Pal's weakest films. Better than DOC SAVAGE, though.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

ATLANTIS fascinated me as a grade schooler, what with the men to beast thingy, and Death-ray Crystal THAT GOES NUTS at the conclusion, but it's one of Pal's weakest films. Better than DOC SAVAGE, though.

Yep for me it was the crystal death ray device that I loved and always remembered as a kid. I thought it was just the coolest movie. Now having seen it again as an adult, I just think it's sort of ok in a cheesy way. Marginal fantasy with Sci-Fi elements and Sword and Sandal trappings.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

OK. This is getting ridiculous. This is the 4th double posting I've gotten today. I'm rebooting...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I love the impressionistic parts, they remind me of Debussy's Nocturnes and Images, but the music hall numbers totally break the mood. I have the LP. Never got around to picking up the CD.

That said, I like Russ Garcia's "Fantastica" a lot more, but since that's not from a film, I'm sure some people may never want to hear it. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2009 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

In one of my upcoming Filmside Chat blogs I plan on reprinting an e-mail I got through my dad, a friend of Russell Garcia's son, his comments as a kid about his dad and the Time Machine.

Keep those rings spinning!


Look forward to hearing more about that.

A favourite score and film of mine.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2009 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Dadid L   (Member)

... a definite hit, with the interesting (if not exactly primo) Rozsa score for THE POWER as a bonus.

Eh, I would like to see more music of this quality as a bonus... for me it's the "real thing" in that CD... smile I very much like its furious carrousel/gipsy music, not the best Rozsa but a very special one. Of course, Atlantis is not bad at all, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2009 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

A large part of the reason I love this movie so much is because of the dramatic and charming music. Some of the more impactive, "shock-value" elements remind me of portions of Goldsmith's score to Deep Rising, particularly when George enters his lab and walks around the time machine, giving us our first glimpse.

Not sure how well the music would work without the quaint visuals of his humble abode or fighting off the glowy-eyed ghouls, but the music is perfect in the film. So overdone, especially the opening titles, that you can't help but become totally enthralled and captivated with whatever emerges onscreen.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2009 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

Ditto

"Ditto?! You provincial putz!"


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2009 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   antipodean   (Member)

This score was a "sleeper hit" for me: the first time I heard it, it was nice but not earth-shattering - but yet there was something interesting enough to make me return to it, and then again, and again... and now it is (along with Mr Garcia's "Atlantis") very firmly in my repertoire.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2009 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Great review here:http://www.avforums.com/movies/Time-After-Time-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack-Review-USA-CD-Reviewed-Apr-2009.html

 
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