Monday, January 14, 2019

Let's Kick the Tires and Light the Fire, Big Daddy! It's an ID4 Update...

My CD copy of David Arnold's complete music score for 1996's INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Earlier today, my CD copy of David Arnold's complete music score for the first Independence Day movie came in the mail! Thank you, Amazon. I bought the original ID4 score a few weeks after the film was theatrically released in July of 1996...but that album only contained 14 tracks, and were mostly alternate versions of the music that actually played in the movie. The complete music score (which cost $99 due to the fact that only 5,000 copies were made; I got lucky ordering it since this album was released back in 2010) has two discs that have a total of 29 tracks that appeared in Independence Day, plus 13 additional tracks that were composed by Arnold but re-written due to edits to the film itself. Nice.

My favorite tracks from the complete album are...

Disc 1:
- 1969: We Came In Peace
- Mysto Bridge/Satellite Collision/Destroyers Disengage/Russell Casse - Pilot
- The Darkest Day
- Evacuation
- Firestorm
- Base Attack
- Slimey Wakes Up
- The President's Speech

Disc 2:
- Just In Case/Attacker Fires Up
- The Launch Tunnel/Mutha Ship/Virus Uploaded
- Hide/Russell's Packin' (The Day We Fight Back)
- He Did It
- Jolly Roger
- Victory
- End Credits

I imported the songs to my laptop computer and converted them to MP3s so I can listen to 'em over and over and over while I'm bloggin'... Carry on!

A fleet of F/A-18 Hornets and other combat aircraft are ready to attack an alien destroyer in INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Alien attackers strike back after their destroyer is bombarded by missiles from their human enemies in INDEPENDENCE DAY.

A trio of F/A-18s use their machine guns to strafe any alien attacker in their path in INDEPENDENCE DAY.

An alien destroyer is engulfed in flames after their human enemies emerge victorious at the end of INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Saturday, January 5, 2019


Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and his soulmate Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.

I finally saw Bohemian Rhapsody earlier today, and needless to say...Rami Malek not getting a Best Actor Oscar nomination (on January 22) for his role as Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury will be as much an outrage as The Dark Knight not getting a nomination in that 5th Best Picture slot 10 years ago this month. And the portrayal of the 1985 Live Aid concert at the end of the movie is enough to warrant a Best Picture nod for Bohemian Rhapsody itself. Or at least Best Film Editing. That is all.

Freddie Mercury performs in 1985's Live Aid concert at the end of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.