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#6: THE UNTOUCHABLES (Ennio Morricone) (2005 Oct 20)

In the pantheon of film composers, few are more respected than Ennio Morricone. Over a career that spans (thus far) 45 years, Morricone has composed about 540 movie scores, which puts him ahead of the great, prolific Max Steiner. It's a nearly ...

#5: SUPERMAN (John Williams) (2005 Oct 21)

Can you read my mind? Do you know what it that you do to me? I don't know who you are - just a friend from another star.Most people who heard those lyrics on the radio during 1979 associated them solely with the pop hit by Maureen McGovern. In ...

#4: STAR WARS - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (John Williams) (2005 Oct 23)

John Williams has scored all six of the Star Wars movies, and each of the soundtracks had its strengths and weaknesses. In my opinion, not only is The Empire Strikes Back the most mature and complete of Williams' Star Wars efforts, but it's among ...

#3: PATTON (Jerry Goldsmith) (2005 Oct 25)

It should come as no surprise that Patton has placed high on this list, although many will doubtless have expected the score to mirror the movie and take the #1 position. One thing I have wondered is whether I would have appreciated the film as much...

#2: KING KONG (John Barry) (2005 Oct 27)

I am one of the few people who will admit to liking the 1976 version of King Kong. There are three reasons for this. It was the first movie I saw in an indoor movie theater and, as such, it left an imprint on the impressionable mind of a nine-year ...

#1: GETTYSBURG (Randy Edelman) (2005 Oct 30)

Not what you expected? Gettysburg has been a favorite of mine since I picked up the soundtrack shortly after seeing the movie in 1993. Over the years, it has grown on me. I took several plane trips during the mid-1990s with it as my only CD ...

#10: CONAN THE BARBARIAN (Basil Poledouris) (2005 Oct 05)

Although Basil Poledouris has composed more than 80 film scores, none is more impressive than 1982's Conan the Barbarian. For those who like epic, militaristic soundtracks, this makes for compulsive listening. It's the score that elevated the ...

#1 with a Bullet (2008 Aug 06)

What does it mean to be #1? If that position is to be determined based on pure box office gross (unadjusted by inflation), it's Titanic. Based on tickets sold, it's Gone with the Wind. Based on critics' polls, it's Citizen Kane. And based on ...

"Special" Features (2007 Dec 20)

When DVDs first arrived in the late 1990s, there were three big selling points: superior audio and video (at least compared to VHS and laserdisc), more compact packaging, and special features. It's the third advantage of DVD that I want to discuss ...

"Special" Features (2005 May 03)

Is there anyone who buys DVDs for the Special Features? I have often wondered that. Obviously, if there's a choice between a super-duper Special Deluxe Collector's Edition at $19.95 and a plain-vanilla version at $19.95, it's a no-brainer. I may ...

Big Implications of a Little Screen (2018 Apr 14)

Big screens, small screens - what home theater has become in 2018.