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 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I always enjoyed over 90% of the scores from disaster films over the years. True, it's a sub-genre where the quantity of films are a lot less then most genres and sub genres. But looking at the ones made on and off the past 8 decades or so, very few I didn't like. Any opinions on this subject?

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 10:31 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

John Williams' score to THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE is probably the gold standard for "disaster" film scores. From the opening brass-and-string shudders that simulate the approaching tidal wave, through the crash that mirrors the wave hitting the ship, and the adventure theme that, with its succession of five-note rising figures signifying the trek upward and outward from the doomed ship, no score has captured in a classier, more stately way the best that genre of film had to offer.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 11:04 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

I recommend this one.

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2013 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Anything with "no stars" at Southall's site, movie-wave.net



Ba-zing.

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2013 - 6:47 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

PART-ONE-HURRICANE-37-ALFRED NEWMAN-Very nice score with a lovely main theme----------------------THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL-59- MIKLOS ROZSA-Striking and very effective score.---------------------------------------CRACK IN THE WORLD-65- JOHNNY DOUGLAS-Stirring action cues and a very pretty love theme.AIRPORT-70-ALFRED NEWMAN- His swan score works both with his action themes and the beautiful main theme. More to come.

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2013 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

AIRPORT-75-JOHN CACAVAS-Exciting hyper main theme is the highlight of this score, sends you soaring into the sky- AIRPORT 77-JOHN CACAVAS- Another good one from John, with solid suspense cues and nice main theme- AIRPORT 79 CONCORDE- LALO SCHRIFIN- Fine score which includes a top notch thrilling main theme and a very pretty love theme.THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE-72-JOHN WILLIAMS- Good score with a fantastic rising and uplifting end credit theme, EARTHQUAKE-74-JOHN WILLIAMS- Another good score from John which includes a very catchy love theme. more to come

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2013 - 11:41 PM   
 By:   itstownerman   (Member)

I recommend this one.




I do not recommend this one. Collect all the Originals.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

THE TOWERING INFERNO-74-JOHN WILLIAM'S masterpiece, has everything that is needed in a film score, vibrant themes, pretty themes, melodic and memorable and a classic end credit overture.-THE HINDENBURG-75- DAVID SHIRE- Beautiful nice flowing score, spiritual when needed, shocking when needed.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I recommend this one.



Ditto! This is a wonderful compilation. I love it. I find most disaster film scores lacking. They usually have a few interesting cues and the rest are underscore. So a compilation like this fits my needs perfectly.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

ok the score now is 2 to 1, in favor of this cd[ha-ha], anyone else would like to offer an opinion?

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

THE TOWERING INFERNO-74-JOHN WILLIAM'S masterpiece, has everything that is needed in a film score, vibrant themes, pretty themes, melodic and memorable and a classic end credit overture.-THE HINDENBURG-75- DAVID SHIRE- Beautiful nice flowing score, spiritual when needed, shocking when needed.

Yes, "The Towering Inferno" may the best disaster film score of all time. When I am looking for a full Williams fanfare blast for the highest inspiration, I don't turn to "Star Wars" or "Superman" first, but to the amazing Main Title thrills of "The Towering Inferno"!

There are at least several other great disaster film scores that make for great listening adventures:
"Titanic" - James Horner
"The Hindenburg" - David Shire
"Airport" - Alfred Newman
"Earthquake" - John Williams
"The Poseidon Adventure" - John Williams
"Rollercoaster" - Lalo Schifrin
"The Swarm" - Jerry Goldsmith
"Sodom and Gomorrah" - Miklos Rozsa

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

VIRUS-80- TED MACERO-Good score with a haunting end theme song.-KRAKATORA,EAST OF JAVA-71-DEVOL-Good score with solid action cues laced with melodic themes along the way.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

THE HURRICANE-79- NINO ROTA- Pleasant score [Nino's last] which includes some nice melodic themes along the way. Seems to be ignored or ridiculed over the years. I like it.RAISE THE TITANIC-80-JOHN BARRY-Another pretty majestic score from J.B. THE MEDUSA TOUCH-78-MICHAEL J LEWIS- Fantastic exciting score, for sure during climax, lifts you a few feet off the ground.

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

@ DanTheMan - wouldn't THE MEDUSA TOUCH belong to Pretty Music in Horror and SciFi?

THE CASSANDRA CROSSING 77 - Jerry Goldsmith - lovely and tuneful theme for infection riddled disaster flick.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO ADVISE AND CONSENT- Well it's a tough call, yes you could say THE MEDUSA TOUCH is indeed , SCIFI HORROR, but it also plays out for sure near the end as a disaster film as well. For instance if you notice on the cd compilation on this thread, they list THE SWARM, that is surely HORROR SCIFI, but many feel it is a disaster film. Many times disaster and scifi overlap, at times so does horror as well. Also may I say MICHAEL J LEWIS score for MEDUSA was not really pretty music, but incredibly energetic and effective as hell. I would define , pretty and beautiful as music which is highly melodic and usually slower pace.But may I say what I always say TO EACH IT'S OWN, ONE CAN CALL IT, ANYWAY THEY WANT. Some critic once called THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN- A HORROR, SCIFI, COMEDY, ACTION, ADVENTURE, DRAMA.

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TITANIC-96-JAMES HORNER- Solid score with a very pleasant love theme.WHEN TIME RAN OUT-79-LALO SCHIFRIN-Has it's moments and has a nice main theme played out in fine style during end credits.

 
 Posted:   May 28, 2013 - 8:10 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - 1961 - Paul Sawtell and Bert Schefter - Pleasant opening title song for Van Allen Belt inferno.

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2013 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

DEEP IMPACT- JAMES HORNER- Beautiful score, from MR Horner, exciting as well.-THE SWARM- 78- JERRY GOLDSMITH- A winning score for one of the dullest films ever made, It makes you wonder how a film about bees on the rampage could be so boring but the director somehow achieve this .

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2013 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

ARMAGEDDON-TREVOR RABIN-Good score with a very nice main theme-THE CASSENDRA CROSSING-77-JERRY GOLDSMITH-[As mention before by another] Memorable main theme and good suspense cues.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2013 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

When Worlds Collide
Deep Impact
Independence Day
Earthquake
Towering Inferno
Dante's Peak

For a compilation album highly recommend towering inferno and other disasters. Joe McNeely and royal Scottish national orchestra


https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/towering-inferno-other-disaster/id76314766

 
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