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 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 3:21 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I've been listening to this score a lot lately. Exotic, otherworldly, and just lots of fun. Kind of a lighthearted celebration of old adventure movie conventions (and cliches). Blake really hit the right nerve of this absurd, garish movie (and he works-in bits of Queen's goofy material and actually makes it interesting).

Blake is one composer I wish would work more in films. A beautiful sense of melody and harmony (and he even orchestrates his own music!). No offence to Patrick Doyle, but how I wish Blake had scored Henry V (which he very nearly did).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I've been listening to this score a lot lately. Exotic, otherworldly, and just lots of fun. Kind of a lighthearted celebration of old adventure movie conventions (and cliches). Blake really hit the right nerve of this absurd, garish movie (and he works-in bits of Queen's goofy material and actually makes it interesting).
Paul


what's even more amazing is that he about 10 days to do the whole score in....

He is a great talent and someone I'd hire in a New York Minute to score a film if I had the chance.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

It's a very enjoyable listen (the Amityville 3-D tracks are good, too). And I enjoy the movie a lot, too; it is quite cartoony, indeed, but so much fun, in a simple, light-hearted way.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.asp?threadID=11028&forumID=1

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Perhaps wish for HARRY POTTER V to be scored by Blake, if Doyle is unavailable.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

I heard that a well known pop music producer (still active today) was originally scoring the movie, but left the project near the end and Blake was brought in at the Twenty Forth hour.

Anyone know who the original composer was? Composers who worked with Dino (and could fit that pop bill) around that time included Brian Eno (Dune), Randy Newman (Ragtime) and Vangelis (The Bounty).

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Great Score!!

sd smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

Perhaps wish for HARRY POTTER V to be scored by Blake, if Doyle is unavailable.

Oh man...that would be awesome!

David Heyman, are you reading?wink


Paul

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   crazyunclerolo   (Member)

Howard Blake is absolutely first-rate. I've never heard a Blake score I didn't like, and his concert works are also exceptional. I'm sure he keeps very busy, but I would love to hear more from him. He's one of those underused film composers, of the calibre of John Scott, David Shire, Fredric Talgorn, Lee Holdridge and Basil Poledouris, who should be scoring major feature films regularly.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2005 - 11:36 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

Oh, and I just discovered Howard Blake has a website.

On a whim I typed...

http://www.howardblake.com/

Just to see if he had a website, and there is was!

Its not terribly exhaustive, but it has his bio and a list of his works (including film scores...few of which are available as recordingsfrown )

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2005 - 12:08 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

I've been listening to this score a lot lately. Exotic, otherworldly, and just lots of fun. Kind of a lighthearted celebration of old adventure movie conventions (and cliches). Blake really hit the right nerve of this absurd, garish movie (and he works-in bits of Queen's goofy material and actually makes it interesting).

Blake is one composer I wish would work more in films. A beautiful sense of melody and harmony (and he even orchestrates his own music!). No offence to Patrick Doyle, but how I wish Blake had scored Henry V (which he very nearly did).


Paul


Queen has done great stuff in their genre, but i admit that their Flash Gordon work is really, REALLY bad.
Perhaps the song survives, but overall it shows they simply wouldn't be good for film scores.

Alex

P.S: I don't have the score album you're all talking about.
Really, is it THAT great???!!

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2005 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)



Queen has done great stuff in their genre, but i admit that their Flash Gordon work is really, REALLY bad.
Perhaps the song survives, but overall it shows they simply wouldn't be good for film scores.

Alex




P.S: I don't have the score album you're all talking about.
Really, is it THAT great???!!



I have both the Queen and the Blake.
They are great companions to each other.
I still love that dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun duh Flash ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhah.

sd smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2005 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.asp?threadID=11028&forumID=1

What?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2005 - 10:59 PM   
 By:   Oblicno   (Member)

I only have The Queen score and not the Blake one. I don't think it's bad at all. I love it. The Battle Theme and Hawkmen diving all over the place - quality.

I even don't mind the dialogue and fx from the film on the disc.

i know, take me out and shoot me now.

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2005 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

I only have The Queen score and not the Blake one. I don't think it's bad at all. I love it. The Battle Theme and Hawkmen diving all over the place - quality.



Send me an email.
sd smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2005 - 11:06 PM   
 By:   Oblicno   (Member)

Your bidding is done.

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2005 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

I was unaware the score CD existed! Great!

The music when Flash's rocket heads towards Mongo near the beginning is stunning.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2009 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

This is such a fun score. Interesting to hear that Blake was brought in at the 11th hour, because his material was really well integrated with Queen's stuff. For example, "The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)" on the Queen release makes great use of the "Bell and Coffin" Cue from Blake's score. If this was truly a last minute composition, they worked it in seamlessly.

It's also fun to compare Blake's theme for Aura to "Walking in the Air" from the Snowman. They are definitely cut from the same cloth.

I love Blake's style and wish he were used more.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2009 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

I've been listening to this score a lot lately. Exotic, otherworldly, and just lots of fun. Kind of a lighthearted celebration of old adventure movie conventions (and cliches). Blake really hit the right nerve of this absurd, garish movie (and he works-in bits of Queen's goofy material and actually makes it interesting).

Blake is one composer I wish would work more in films. A beautiful sense of melody and harmony (and he even orchestrates his own music!). No offence to Patrick Doyle, but how I wish Blake had scored Henry V (which he very nearly did).


Paul


Queen has done great stuff in their genre, but i admit that their Flash Gordon work is really, REALLY bad.


The very Tangerine Dreamy ESCAPE FROM THE SWAMP cue (not used in the movie) is on par with Blake's score material.

Brian May's rock arrangement of HERE COMES THE BRIDE is also very pleasing! smile


I wish they'd release the QUEEN album without those annoying sfx and dialogue.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2009 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Neil S. Bulk   (Member)

Here's a very rough mix I did putting the Blake score back into the movie. I also used the Queen album to restore Prince Thun's original voice, so there is a moment where he is speaking and no dialogue is heard. This isn't meant to be definitive, just a curiosity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vMV-rn6c3I&fmt=18

Neil

 
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