Film Music Review
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Volume 8

Number 3 (May - June 2006)

Editor and Publisher: Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writer: Steven A. Kennedy

This e-zine has mainly reviews of older film scores and songs but will also feature new soundtracks and compilations.

The old FMR site with Volumes 1-7 will remain online (click on link in the left column) for those who wish to read over 500 reviews of past soundtracks and compilations and also...

  • From the Editor
  • Top Ten Film Scores (1930s - 1970s)
  • Book Reviews and Magazine Articles
  • Film Composer Tributes
  • Film Music Essays
  • Film Music News   

Since this is a new volume in a new web format, this is the revised FMR rating system:

**** (Superlative - Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 (Outstanding - Recommended)

*** (Good - Okay)

**1/2 (Fair - Nothing Special)

** (Mediocre - Barely Passable)

* (Poor - Save Your Money)

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during the month for outstanding soundtracks or compilations.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their overall excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month.

There are only a few copies remaining of the Limited Edition book: A Guide to Film Music. To order, click on the link in the right column.

Important Notice:

Effective 1 July 2006, in keeping with the American Music Preservation efforts to highlight older film scores, FMR will only provide CD Reviews of American film music from at least ten years ago.

FMR will celebrate its 8th anniversary on the Web on 8 July 2006.

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Film Music Review

CD Reviews for May - June

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month for May:

THE DA VINCI CODE - music by Hans Zimmer - ****

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month for June:

TRUE GRIT and other film scores by Elmer Bernstein - ****

These two CDs have received Special Merit:

May: MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF MARLON BRANDO (Compilation - 2 CDs) - ****

June: THE WRONG MAN - music by Bernard Herrmann - ****


Other reviews:

ABOMINABLE - music by Lalo Shifrin - ***1/2

ALL THE RIVERS RUN - music by Bruce Rowland - ***1/2

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Season Two - music by Bear McCreary - ***1/2


THE BIG EMPTY - music by Brian Tyler - **1/2

BREAKHEART PASS - music by Jerry Goldsmith - ***

CHECKMATE - music by Johnny Williams - ***

CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF and other film music by Benjamin Frankel - ****

THE DA VINCI PROJECT - music by Jan Kisjes - *

DOLEMITE/ THE HUMAN TORNADO - music by Athur Wright - ***

THE ESSENTIAL HOLLYWOOD (compilation) - **1/2

PEACEFUL WARRIOR (compilation) - *

A SCANNER DARKLY - music by Graham Reynolds - **1/2

THE SHAGGY DOG - music by Alan Menken - ***

STAY ALIVE - music by John Frizzell - ***

SUPERMAN RETURNS - music by John Ottman - ***1/2

WU-JI (THE PROMISE) - music by Klaus Badelt - ***1/2

For other news and reviews, click on these links:

Volume 8/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 8/ Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 8/ Number 4 (July - August)

18th Annual Sammy Awards







To read the list of choices, go here:

Sammy Awards

Mozart at the Movies


To read about Mozart music featured in various films, click on this link:

Vol. 8, No. 1

Vol. 8, No. 2


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