Blake Edwards’ Revenge of the Pink Panther Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Henry Mancini (1978, Soundtrack Music) – 9/10 music review

Cast / crew
Composer: Henry Mancini

Blake Edwards’ Revenge of the Pink Panther Revenge of the Pink Panther Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1978)

Henry Mancini’s original soundtrack to the 1978 action comedy movie Blake Edwards’ Revenge of the Pink Panther. The song Thank Heavens for Little Girls performed by Inspector Clouseau is not in the movie.

9/10

While Henry Mancini will never be remembered for this album, he should be. It is a constantly witty, thoroughly delightful and unusual score. Mancini’s mastery of melody shines through, we get the liveliest (and, I think, best) rendition of the Pink Panther theme, Hong Kong Fireworks might be the best comedy music ever written and we even get the bonus of Inspector Clouseau performing Thank Heavens for Little Girls.

The Rock: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1996, Music) – 10/10 music review

Cast / crew
Composer: Hans Zimmer

Rock, The Rock, The: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1996)

10/10

Thrilling and memorable, this is as bombastically brilliant as action movie soundtracks get. From this point on, all action movie soundtracks endeavoured to sound like this. It’s entertaining and stirring even without the pretty pictures of Michael Bay’s movie. That said, it’s not perfect and, in some ways, not even good. The same music is used for heroes and villains and there are no peaks and troughs that help tell the tale of the movie. If you are a bit of a musical snob, you might be rather offended when it still makes you feel like a hero despite these, arguably, fundamental flaws.

Superman: The Music (1978-1988) "Blue Box" (2008, Music) – 10/10 review

Superman: The Music (1978-1988) "Blue Box" (2008)

Film Score Monthly’s second box set (FSMBOX02 available worldwide exclusively through Screen Archives Entertainment) sees complete movie scores for the Christopher Reeve films joined by the songs from Superman’s III and IV and the score composed for the 1988 animated television series presented in a tidy blue box with a comprehensive hardcover book of history and annotation.

10/10

While it’s worth the money and 10/10 just for the best ever version of the best ever movie score (Superman: The Movie, by the way) this box set delights with the previously unavailable Superman IV score by John Williams and Alexander Courage which is surprisingly and genuinely very good indeed.

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