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John Williams' "Home Alone" score... Holiday classic?

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Strilo, Dec 12, 2005.

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  1. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    You know people keep saying that and I have never gotten around to buying it...
     
  2. MrUnderhiII

    MrUnderhiII Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Its probably the most underated John Williams score! I agree with all of you. Its not christmas unless theres home alone!
     
  3. Well_Of_Souls

    Well_Of_Souls Jedi Master star 5

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    I prefer the Home Alone 2 Deluxe Edition over the original Home Alone album if only because the sound quality is better and there's so much more material (despite a lot of it being rehashed from part 1).
     
  4. Zarm_Rkeeg

    Zarm_Rkeeg Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Isn't it funny that if you take a slasher film and remove the blood, it becomes a holiday classic?

    I mean, where else can a running lawn-mower falling on someone's head be considered family entertainment?!?

    Haven't heard the soundtrack in a while, but what I do recall was fairly good.
     
  5. DarthBoba

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    It wasn't a lawnmower, it was an iron. :p
     
  6. Strilo

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    I should put the second album on my Christmas List.
     
  7. Cerrabore

    Cerrabore Jedi Padawan star 4

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    But it feels really disjointed, with the blend of new and old, and just (as two-CD sets often do) lacks the drive of the original album. The finale section is really sloppy compared to the original - three million statements of the main theme interspersed with the new tunes and various filler music. The sound quality is better? Yes, unless you're listening to "Star of Bethlehem," which despite being an interesting new/combined arrangement is ruined by excessive gain. I will say that "Somewhere in My Memory" sounds even better than the original, thanks to subtly livened orchestrations.
     
  8. Miana Kenobi

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    This is one of those that I really need to pick up. :( I only have the main title, and I do agree that it's wonderful. A classic, though.. not too sure.
     
  9. Strilo

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    I think Miana that if you had the whole score, you might see more why we consider it a classic.
     
  10. Miana Kenobi

    Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    LOL, indeed. ;)
     
  11. Darth_Maestro

    Darth_Maestro Jedi Master star 4

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    Only in America kid.[face_flag]
     
  12. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Well, Germans are that twisted too... :)
     
  13. DarthBoba

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    I'm wishing I owned this movie now. I want a screenshot of the iron landing on Daniel Stern's face. First-person pov. :p
     
  14. MomMaster

    MomMaster Jedi Youngling star 2

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    I just bought a John Williams piano book with Home Alone piece in it. I never knew he wrote the score for HA! (I'm behind the times)
    After reading the reviews from this thread, I think I may pick up this soundtrack!
     
  15. Trentman359

    Trentman359 Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Im going to download it from iTunes tonight since I have had no luck finding the actual cd anywhere. I remember it being great, Ill post my comments when I finish listening to it.
     
  16. SithLordVengeance

    SithLordVengeance Jedi Youngling

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    If it's the Home Alone 2 Deluxe Edition you're talking about you can still buy it from Varese directly on their website. www.varesesarabande.com
     
  17. Trentman359

    Trentman359 Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Star of Bethelhem is simply beautiful, it has such a Christmas feel to it. I could not imagine listening to it any other time of the year.
     
  18. Well_Of_Souls

    Well_Of_Souls Jedi Master star 5

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    Been listening to both Home Alone scores over the last few days... my Christmas spirit has significantly increased as a result.
     
  19. Indiana_Fett

    Indiana_Fett Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I've been listening to the Collector's Edition of Home Alone 2. I love the Mickey-Mousing Williams does in this.
     
  20. dolphin

    dolphin Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Home Alone is one of JW's underrated works.
     
  21. Rasberryjammed

    Rasberryjammed Jedi Youngling

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    of course! it's definitely the best!~
     
  22. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Disgraceful that it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar. A great score, and the film that introduced me to the greatest Christmas song ever - O Holy Night.

    Aside from "Holiday Flight", my personal favourite moment is the horns playing "Star of Bethlehem" when Kevin is escaping across the ice. Sublime.
     
  23. Miana Kenobi

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    I finally picked this up. I LOVE it.
     
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