Soundtrack Reviews

The Star ran a piece on Bono and The Edge collaborating on a musical version of Spider-Man.

Spidey doesn’t sing, and neither does Peter Parker. Must the webbed wonder boogie to U2?

Musicals based on movies have supplanted the creation of original musicals which subsequently became movies, and there’s an essay to be written on this change, unique to the last 10 years, although one could perhaps distill the basic theories down to corporations wanting to spin a popular commodity in a new market, which helps re-sell the DVD, the original soundtrack album, and related merchandise.

Doesn’t sound very creative, does it?

I’ll have a list of the latest and imminent soundtrack releases shortly, but I’ve uploaded new soundtrack reviews:

Silva Screen reissued Roy Budd’s sublime Get Carter score, and alongside a review of that 1971 classic is Tyler Bates superb score for the 2000 remake.

Also uploaded are four notable scores by Ennio Morricone.

Silva Screen releases Baaria, which should give fans of director Giuseppe Tornatore something to chew on until the movie emerges from oblivion in North America; Italy’s Cometa reissues Tre nel mille with bonus cuts in this limited (500 copies) CD; DigitMovies of Italy has released the full score plus alternates to The Prisoner / Il prigioniero; and Italy’s Beat Records also releases an expanded disc of End of the Game / aka Der Richter und sein Henker / aka Il giudice e il suo boia / aka Assassino sul ponte, a 1975 krimi /detective thriller with a wild cast.

To deepen the score’s review and uniqueness, I’ve added a film review of the German release version, which does do the rounds on German TV and enjoyed a brief Region 2 DVD release, but has once again disappeared from view.

Donald Sutherland plays a cadaver. It should be seen just for those precious, goofy minutes, because he’s that good.


Mark R. Hasan, Editor


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