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 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Haven't seen this film in ages but gave this score a spin today
and forgot how good it was. Anyone know if there is any good unreleased
music? Kamen seemed like he had a good time with this one... It
comes across in the music. Would be great if this got the intrada or lala treatment.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Deadwalker   (Member)

I'm up for a complete score with the songs from the movie included.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

A good movie, I don't know why it tanked so badly. The DVD doesn't look so hot, it needs a good HD remaster for a Blu-ray release. I wouldn't be surprised to see an expanded release this year (& it is this year now in the UK). I have a feeling that 2012 will be a better year for Kaman releases than 2011.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

I sure hope so... Die Hard this year was such a tease when
I think about the other Kamen treasures that await expansions.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With A Vengenace expansions will probably be happening, especially with the fifth Die Hard scheduled for Valentine's Day 2013.

A Kamen reissue I'd like to see happen is Hudson Hawk. Kamen and Buckethead is good and all but the film was a miss for me (the actor playing Danny was awful and many of the jokes were too weird for their own good). Meanwhile, Hudson Hawk did the action movie send-up earlier and better.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I have a KEYBOARD interview with Kamen and it was one of the times where he wasn't quite as jolly and fun-loving as he usually was. It was a very stressful recording session with a lot of executives making last minute requests and changes. In spite of it all, yes, it's a terrific score. One of Kamen's finest IMO.

Glad to have the original score CD although I really like the Queensryche song that Kamen also orchestrated. It's very cool.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2011 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   AJ   (Member)

A good movie, I don't know why it tanked so badly. The DVD doesn't look so hot, it needs a good HD remaster for a Blu-ray release.

"Last Action Hero" was released on BD two years ago.§ion=bluraymovies


 Posted:   Jan 1, 2012 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   Porkenstein   (Member)

La-La Land said "it's on their radar", so I hope for the best!

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2012 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I have the Kamen album as well as the various artists and this is an instance where both ROCK!!!; AC/DC, Megadeth, Cypress Hill, Alice in Chains, ... some killer tracks on there. The score by Kamen is equally menacing and I love the guitar licks on it.

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2012 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   Luc Van der Eeken   (Member)

Horrible, horrible movie. And IMO even Kamen's score couldn't save this one. I'd rather have a complete Die Hard 2 and 3.

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2012 - 4:16 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Horrible, horrible movie.

Yes! I do quite enjoy it but, looking at it objectedly, it's pretty dire.

Empire Magazine recently ran an (excellent!) article about it. It sounds like the whole production was a nightmare. Re-writes of re-writes. Sackings. Whole scenes thrown at the film unedited, because there was no time to cut properly in post production. John McTiernan is on record saying it was the work experience of his professional life.

And then Columbia went overboard on the publicity. The worse the movie started to look, the more money they threw at advertising.

And then... it came just one week before Jurassic Park. Dead in the water.

It's a wonder Kamen's score is so good. I'm guessing he had about 6 days to do it!!!

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2012 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   Simon Underwood   (Member)

I don't mind the movie. It's a good idea, there's some nice action and good moments, and Charles Dance does wonders with his scenes - particularly his piece to camera - but it just never becomes all that it could. I watched it a couple of months ago, and the biggest problem to me was Austin O'Brien - seemingly playing his already could-be-annoying-as-written part as annoyingly as possible. Probably not his fault, but he's the key to the film, and the key in this case is a floppy haired prat who won't shut up.

But a complete soundtrack would be nice...

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

2 and a half years later, still hoping for this one!

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

I didn't mind the movie. To this day I think the original soundtrack with all the rock songs is still the thing that everyone remembers. When I was a teenager, this soundtrack was a heavy metal dream. Huge hits that still holds up. Honestly I never listened to Kamen's score but I place another vote for a new expanded one with all the good rock songs from Megadeth, AC/DC, Alice In Chains, etc.

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

Iced that guy!

Coned a phrase!

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2014 - 11:58 PM   
 By:   MutualRevolver   (Member)

Coincidentally, I've been thinking about this score for the past week (I'm on a Michael Kamen bender), and found myself wishing for a complete/expanded reissue of the original score.

So many little gems that are not on the CD, and make me laugh when I think about the scenes where they correspond. For example, the "Lethal Weapon" sax riff when the cop says, "2 days till retirement"; the music when Jack and Danny meet Benedict for the first time; the music when Benedict invades Jack's house; the "Die Hard" strings after Danny insists that Jack make sure the dead guy is really dead, etc.

Not the mention the various ways Kamen interpolated the "Real World" guitar theme throughout the score (or is that theme shared with Benedict?).

Although not high on my list of priorities (unlike Brazil), a reissue would be most welcome smile

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2014 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

What remains strange to me about either release was that the "Jack and The Ripper" track left off the low-key guitar part when Jack walks up to the police scout just before giving him a couple of acres. Yeah, it's only 10 seconds, but an odd exclusion nonetheless.

As for the film, I thought it was a sly sendoff of macho action tropes, though the second half of the film was better than the first. It seemed like two wholly different movies were being made without much connective tissue other than the macguffinated magic ticket. Seeing Jack rag on Ahnuld was a highlight.

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2014 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Watching the somewhat dodgy looking blu now &....I was entertained in '93 & I'm entertained now. In the M.Bay action era, this is pretty subtle stuff. Everyone seems to be having fun on the show & Kamen ' s score is terrific (and 1 hour in, only missing small cues on cd, but an expansion would nicely flesh out the listening experience). I never thought I'd mourn the now almost subdued Joel Silver action era for the nearly incomprehensible headaches we get now...
I'd forgotten about all the character & actor/actress cameos, too funny smile
Didn't mean to make this another good ol days get off my lawn thing, just think this flick is worth another look....

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2014 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

AND. ...Gandalf himself with a nice scene as Death???? Totally forgot that bit....

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2014 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

AND. ...Gandalf himself with a nice scene as Death???? Totally forgot that bit....

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