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 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

Seeing the announcement for Casper and noting that it was the 25th anniversary made me realize what else is joining the 25 year mark:

Crimson Tide
Braveheart
Apollo 13
Batman Forever
Waterworld
Goldeneye
Toy Story
Mr. Holland's Opus
First Knight
Jumanji
Sabrina
Cutthroat Island (eerrrrgh)

Just for example.

I mean, I remember spending a LOT of money on CDs back then. I'm realizing why.

It's also the summer that I bought my first copy of FSM! Hulk smash! (Anyone remembering that stretch might know what I'm talking about.)

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Poledouris' Under Siege 2 also came out that year.

First Knight and Waterworld are my favorite 1995 soundtracks. Both now in complete form from LLL.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

Nixon by JW

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Stop making us all feel old ya bastard!
1995 was CLEARLY only 10 years ago!! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   leomichel   (Member)

Pocahontas, at the same time a flawed and great film and, stylistically, the apex of the Disney 90s Renaissance. The artists who worked on it rarely had occasions to do better or even as good after that.

Alan Menken's score is one of his best as are the songs.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

Usual Suspects, Seven, and Heat.
For me the last truly memorable year for movies.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   leomichel   (Member)

It was also the year when Rhino Records made a deal with Turner Entertainment and began releasing remastered MGM soundtracks.

The first was Meet Me in Saint Louis and Ziegfeld Follies came second. Both were great though the booklets did not have yet the layout that was to be followed for the rest of the collection. Dozens of cds were released up to 2002 (I think). It was a great run which, sadly, will never come back

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   BrendonKelly   (Member)

Such a great year for films and film music.

Legends of the Fall arrived in the UK in April that year so that will always be a 1995 film and score for me. It kicked off a great year for films and scores and kept on giving.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I seem to recall 1995 as a good John Barry year:


Moviola 2
Cry the Beloved Country
Across the Sea of Time
The Scarlet Letter

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I still recall the FSM magazine in-depth multi-review issue of the scores for summer movies that year. LK's rather scornful takes on the music of Braveheart, Batman Forever, etc. (I think he was more into offbeat stuff such as Seven), consensus summary of reader's reviews, and then the regular columnists' write-ups! That was a great summer for melodic movie music - Joel McNeely's "Hollywood '95" Varese CD sums it up nicely.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Balto (another Horner).

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

I still recall the FSM magazine in-depth multi-review issue of the scores for summer movies that year. LK's rather scornful takes on the music of Braveheart, Batman Forever, etc. (I think he was more into offbeat stuff such as Seven), consensus summary of reader's reviews, and then the regular columnists' write-ups! That was a great summer for melodic movie music - Joel McNeely's "Hollywood '95" Varese CD sums it up nicely.

Braveheart (or was it Legends of the Fall?): Score that feels most like drowning. That has stuck with me for a quarter century.

Man, those Hollywood discs were great. I still listen to them regularly. I'm glad that Casper fans are getting an expansion, but I got rid of my disc when I found that everything I wanted from it was on the McNeely disc. (Hey, I want an expanded Goldeneye and I KNOW that isn't a popular opinion.)

Is Crimson Tide the moment that Zimmer became a superstar or is it just when I started paying attention?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

A superb year for film music. A lot of my alltime favourites are located in this year; most have been mentioned already - with the notable exception of BEYOND RANGOON, IMO Zimmer's best score.

In 1995, I was still in high school, and exploring -- nay, DEVOURING -- film music and soundtracks as if there was no tomorrow.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 3:46 AM   
 By:   Peter Atterberg   (Member)

Braveheart, Toy Story, GoldenEye, Crimson Tide, and Jumanji all in the same year. That is powerful.

Yes waiter, thank you sir, I'll have a GoldenEye and Crimson Tide expansion/remaster please. Also, may I have a side order of Jumanji with that? And a diet coke please. Thank you.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Peter Atterberg   (Member)


Man, those Hollywood discs were great. I still listen to them regularly. I'm glad that Casper fans are getting an expansion, but I got rid of my disc when I found that everything I wanted from it was on the McNeely disc. (Hey, I want an expanded Goldeneye and I KNOW that isn't a popular opinion.)

Is Crimson Tide the moment that Zimmer became a superstar or is it just when I started paying attention?


So first off, an expanded GoldenEye is a popular opinion in my book! Anyone who has seen me post here has seen me go off endlessly about that John Altman version of the Tank Chase. I love the entire score to be honest. I wish it were remastered tomorrow. I'd buy it instantly.

As for Crimson Tide, I don't know if it's what made him a superstar but it is what first got me hooked onto his work. I am a big fan of him and his team's 90s action scores. Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow, The Rock, The Peacemaker, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   Omni   (Member)


Man, those Hollywood discs were great. I still listen to them regularly. I'm glad that Casper fans are getting an expansion, but I got rid of my disc when I found that everything I wanted from it was on the McNeely disc. (Hey, I want an expanded Goldeneye and I KNOW that isn't a popular opinion.)

Is Crimson Tide the moment that Zimmer became a superstar or is it just when I started paying attention?


So first off, an expanded GoldenEye is a popular opinion in my book! Anyone who has seen me post here has seen me go off endlessly about that John Altman version of the Tank Chase. I love the entire score to be honest. I wish it were remastered tomorrow. I'd buy it instantly.

As for Crimson Tide, I don't know if it's what made him a superstar but it is what first got me hooked onto his work. I am a big fan of him and his team's 90s action scores. Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow, The Rock, The Peacemaker, etc.


I thought Hans Zimmer became popular since he won the oscar for best score to The Lion King in 1994? Which I liked also as well as CT and his other 90's scores. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

1995 was a terrific time. Personally, it was one of the happiest single years of my life, and the icing on the cake was all the great scores.

We were riding high on all those CD reissues (many of them in expanded form) as well premiere releases of older titles which we'd long been told "would never be released".

I was busy writing for FSM -- which at that point was still being published out of Lukas' dorm room!

Yeah, 1995 had its share of lead balloons (like First Knight and Rob Roy) but many composers were in a period of enormous creativity -- like Horner (Braveheart remains on of his finest), and there was Kamen's Mr. Holland's Opus (one of his best) and Don Juan DeMarco. John Williams was shedding his "big brassy score" reputation (with Nixon and Sabrina), and Elmer Bernstein had five films with his name on them released in 1995.

Who'd have though that ten years later, Barry and Jarre would be retired, Goldsmith, Bernstein -- and even Kamen -- would be gone, and "The Borg" (i.e. Zimmer & Media Ventures) would be assimilating the film scoring business.


As for my personal favorites for 1995:

Sabrina (Williams)
Richard III (Jones)
Devil in a Blue Dress (Bernstein)
The Scarlet Letter (Barry)
Braveheart (Horner)
A Walk in the Clouds (Jarre)
Mr. Holland's Opus (Kamen)

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Crimson Tide and First Knight are standouts for me. Crimson Tide blew me away and still is such a great score to this day. First Knight was another horribly overlooked score by the Academy. Goldsmith's action cue to "Night Battle" is among his greatest as is Arthur's Farewell. One of Goldsmith's greatest scores.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

Goldsmith had kind of a trilogy: First Knight, First Contact, Air Force One.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

A lot of great headliner scores that year (Outbreak is a favorite, as well as Casper, Batman Forever, Dolores Claiborne, Cutthroat Island, The Usual Suspects and the one-two Silvestri punch of Quick and the Dead and Judge Dredd), but there's also the bottom of the bill stuff that entertains me:

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Chris Young's genre trilogy (Tales from the Hood, Species and Virtuosity), Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Far from Home: the Adventures of Yellow Dog, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mortal Kombat, Nick of Time, Operation Dumbo Drop, The Thief and the Cobbler and Under Siege 2

 
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