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So here's a thing that a lot of people don't know, but really should. X-Men, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellan and the gang wasn't the first X-Men film. In fact, there was another X-men related movie released a few years before that, namely a low-budget FOX TV movie adaptation of GENERATION X, the spin-off title featuring characters like Jubilee, Skin, Banshee and Emma Frost.
The 70s were a troubling time for many. There were a vast amount of drugs everywhere, trousers were massive, shoes were built up - like some sort of orthopaedic dystopia - and music was sexy. While many disco musicians were happy with their Bee Gees and Donna Summer, others decided there was money to be made with disco interpretations of film soundtrack classics.Today I present for you a top eleven of the best disco versions of film soundtracks:
Whatever you say about Silva Screen, you can never say that they're not one for opportunity. With the vast back catalogue of re-recordings that they have access to, or the talent given to them via the Ciy of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, they're very good at quickly releasing albums in tandem with major projects and have done so again with Music From The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, given that Peter Jackson's adaptation is still doing the cinematic rounds.
This week, Retro is throwing on some magic armour, taking up an enchanted sword and heading into the world of Legend, Ridley Scott's 1985 fantasy adventure.
Legend stars Tom Cruise in an impossibly short tunic as Jack, a boy of the forest who finds himself drawn into a battle with the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) to save the Princess Lili (Mia Sara) and the world's last unicorns. Working with the mischievous Honeythorn Gump (David Bennent), the fairy Oona (Annabelle Lanyon) and two dwarves, Brown Tom (Billy Barty) and Screwball (Cork Hubbert), Jack sets out to rescue Lili and the unicorns from being destroyed by Darkness. Influenced by many classical fairytales, Legend was one of a few fantasies that appeared in the '80s that have gone on to have quite the cult following. I revisited the longer Director's Cut (with Jerry Goldsmith's score as opposed to the Tangerine Dream version), as the theatrical cut isn't quite as good.
And we're back, coming at you with the best goodies from the film music world, including the usual new releases, a focus on an upcoming cult classic, and a playlist that brings new meaning to the term 'string section'. Read on...
What would we do without compilations? Compilations get looked down on an awful lot, but in many ways they're the lifeblood of the film scoring world, the gateway drug. It's not always easy to get a grasp of a particular composer with one or two scores, but a compilation lets you examine their style across the spectrum, and even allows you to listen to - and enjoy - music you wouldn't normally. Silva Screen's Film Music 2012 is one such compilation, and it absolutely features a track that I probably wouldn't have looked at otherwise.
Steve Jablonsky. To some he's Hans Zimmer's villainous sidekick, someone score fans love to hate due to his music for films like Transformers. However, for better or for worse his music is undeniably an example of mainstream Hollywood scoring. His latest score is for action flick Gangster Squad, bread and butter for a composer like Jablonsky. But is it The Godfather or Bugsy Malone?