Mega Movies – Themes from 16 blockbuster movies + Mega sound effects – Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel – Telarc

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Mega Movies – Themes from 16 blockbuster movies + Mega sound effects – Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel – Telarc Multichannel SACD-60535, 73:44 ****:

The latest in the long series of highly successful CDs by Kunzel and his Cincinnatians focuses on big time ambitious Hollywood epics, including a few that we likely haven’t heard before apart from the seeing the actual film. [List at end of review]  Of course there’s inevitably a couple themes from Star Wars – in this case the most recent release, The Phantom Menace. Alan Silvestri’s music for Contact was most interesting – I’d forgotten all about that sci-fi movie with Jodi Foster. The main theme for the historical film Elizabeth is old-time Hollywood orchestral writing at its best. For the music from the King Kong-inspired Mighty Joe Young, a very pro-sounding high school chorus was brought in for some spectacular chorus-and-orchestra effects.

Speaking of effects, recording engineer Michael Bishop had a lot of fun doing the half dozen sound effects for this SACD.  Some of those on previous similar albums were just done in stereo originally and mixed to surround for the surround option. But this time he recorded all of them in six discrete channels. For the stereo mix the Pro-Spatializer was used to give a surround impression on the sound effects.  Although this processing can create some surround feeling with plain stereo, if you have either ProLogic II or Circle Surround it is suggested you run the stereo thru that. The effects include a copter flyby for The Rock, the race between the pods in The Phantom Menace, thousands of bees for the X-Files, and hitting an iceberg for Titanic.  The longest effect is a simulated stroll thru New York City with Godzilla – if you turn it up far enough, and have well-matched speakers all around you’ll hear some sounds that will bring a good laugh or two. Unlike most classical SACDs, this one makes full use of all six channels, including the LFE!

Tracklist: Music from: The Mummy, The Mask of Zorro, Air Force One, The Rock, Contact, Mighty Joe Young, Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, LA Confidential, The Prince of Egypt, The X-Files, A Bug’s Life, Elizabeth, Godzilla, Shakespeare in Love, Titanic, Armageddon.

– John Sunier

 

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