Film Music Review
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16th Anniversary Special


Pictures of film composers in concerts or recording sessions
(from the top):

Elmer Bernstein
Jerry Goldsmith
Miklos Rozsa
John Williams
Max Steiner

All five composers are represented on the lists below by FMR critics.


Film Music Review began as an online webzine with Volume 1, Number 1 on 8 July 1998.

In that first issue there were 6 scores and 4 compilations reviewed, with the highest ratings going to Max Steiner's KING KONG (Marco Polo re-recording) and John Williams CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Arista expanded CD). Unfortunately, due to a computer malfunction, all these early reviews were lost.

These are some of the comments received after the first few issues in 1998:

  • "Clearly you have a long view of this art form - and that is good!" -- Bob Bowd
  • "I was very impressed when viewing your site...I appreciate your taste in film music" -- Matthew Gear
  • "Enjoyed your web site - nice job and very informative"--
    Randall D. Larson
    , Editor, Soundtrack Magazine
  • "I want to congratulate you on your new site - for me it's one of the best review sites on the net (or in print) simply because it gets to the 'meat' of the story without all the fluff and nasty personal grudge stuff that seems to be standard at some other sites" -- Mark Northam, Publisher, Film Music Magazine
  • "Excellent site - straightforward, no nonsense and to the point. Every film music buff should visit it." -- David Wishart, the late prolific CD producer and writer

Now one of the longest-running e-zines of its kind, Film Music Review has grown to an impressive size with many Book, CD, and DVD reviews.

Volumes 1- 7 of Film Music Review are no longer available online but the CD reviews are included as files in a book on a multi-media DVD with music examples and a video program. It is titled,

A Guide to Film Music
Songs and Scores (5th edition)

See the

17th Anniversary of FMR





If you enjoy music from older films, this DVD is highly recommended. It includes music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, David Raksin, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Franz Waxman.


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