Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, October 20, 2022, or: Another ‘Closely Watched Packages’ Update


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Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Thursday, October 20, 2022, and we here in Lithia are enjoying the cooler weather brought down from up North by the first strong cold front of the season. Since Lithia is, like the rest of the Tampa Bay area, in the subtropical zone of North America, fall is not as noticeable or clearly defined as it is in, say, New England or even in Georgia. So even though the temperature did start to drop slightly before Tuesday, it still felt like late spring or early summer here until yesterday.

Musical Raptors…Er, RAPTURES

(C) 1993, 2022 Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Geffen Music, Universal Music Group, & La-La Land Records

Yesterday afternoon I received an email from La-La Land Records informing me that my order of Jurassic Park: Limited Edition (2-CD Set) is “awaiting shipment” out in California. Like other John Williams soundtracks that I’ve bought from La-La Land Records, this is an expanded edition of the score for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.

I have the original 1993 soundtrack album on compact disc: it’s been part of my music collection for 29 years, and it’s still in good condition. I like it; it has some of my favorite musical themes and action cues by Maestro Williams. However – and I can’t stress this enough – like most commercially-released “original motion picture soundtrack” albums, it’s a curated selection of musical material from Williams’ score, but it’s neither the complete score nor does it have versions of some cues as they are heard in the final film.

I don’t know. Maybe I became spoiled by the 1997 Special Edition reissues of the original Star Wars film scores a quarter century ago, but I try to get some of these expanded edition albums from either La-La Land Records or Intrada whenever I can (which is not often). They’re more expensive than your run-of-the-mill soundtrack, and they’re not usually available on Amazon unless some greedy reseller buys a lot of these limited-edition albums – La-La Land only made 5,000 units of the Jurassic Park album, for example – and resells them at highly inflated prices as a third-party “store” on Amazon. (I saw this happen with one soundtrack that I really wanted to get in 2018 but could not because it was “sold out” on La-La Land and it was offered on Amazon for $200!

Williams’ score for Jurassic Park is not on my Top Five of favorite scores by the dean of contemporary film composers, but it is iconic, and it is on my Top 10 list, so when I saw that there was an extended, remastered edition available during the 20th Anniversary sale on La-La Land Records’ website, I ordered it without giving the matter a second thought. There was a 20th Anniversary sale discount, which was nice, plus…heck….it has the entire score for Jurassic Park on one CD and the 1993 soundtrack on the other.

Here, straight from La-La Land Records’ product page, is what this 2-CD set offers musically:

TRACK LISTING:

(C) 1993, 2022 Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Geffen Music, Universal Music Group, & La-La Land Records

SCORE PRESENTATION

1 Opening Titles :37

2 Incident at Isla Nublar (Film Version) 2:23

3 The Encased Mosquito 1:16

4 Entrance of Mr. Hammond 1:09

5 Journey to the Island (Film Version) 8:54

6 Hatching Baby Raptor (Film Version) 2:04

7 You Bred Raptors? :40

8 The History Lesson (Film Version) 1:33

9 Jurassic Park Gate 2:05

10 Goat Bait 2:26

11 The Saboteur :47

12 Ailing Triceratops 2:37

13 The Coming Storm (Film Version) 1:26

14 Dennis Steals the Embryo (Film Version) 5:04

15 Race to the Dock 1:18

16 The Falling Car and the T-Rex Chase 4:59

17 A Tree for My Bed 2:13

18 Remembering Petticoat Lane 2:49

19 My Friend, the Brachiosaurus (Film Version) 1:51

20 Life Finds a Way 1:27

21 System Ready :50

22 To the Maintenance Shed 4:13

23 High Wire Stunts 4:10

24 Hungry Raptor 2:10

25 The Raptor Attack 2:50

26 T-Rex Rescue and Finale 7:43

27 Welcome to Jurassic Park

(Film Version) 7:58

Total Time Disc 1: 77:44

CD 2

1993 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

1 Opening Titles :36

2 Theme from Jurassic Park 3:27

3 Incident at Isla Nublar 5:22

4 Journey to the Island 8:55

5 The Raptor Attack 2:50

6 Hatching Baby Raptor 3:22

7 Welcome to Jurassic Park 7:57

8 My Friend, the Brachiosaurus 4:18

9 Dennis Steals the Embryo 5:03

10 A Tree for My Bed 2:13

11 High Wire Stunts 4:10

12 Remembering Petticoat Lane 2:49

13 Jurassic Park Gate 2:05

14 Eye to Eye 6:35

15 T-Rex Rescue and Finale 7:43

16 End Credits 3:27

BONUS

17 Stalling Around 2:41

Total Time Disc 2: 73:35

As a John Williams aficionado, I would have preferred to get the larger four-CD set with the composer’s two scores for Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but, you know, budgetary constraints….

About Last Night

(C) 1974 StudioCanal

My Wednesday night was okay, all things considered. I didn’t try to rewatch Emmanuelle, even though I thought about it. As much as I like erotica and Sylvia Kristel, I wasn’t in the mood to watch the 1974 movie – even though I must admit that Kristel’s scenes with co-star Marika Green are hot without being hardcore graphic – and decided to watch “Yearning to Breathe Free” (1938-1942), the second part of Ken Burns’ The U.S. and the Holocaust instead.

Alas, I was tired from not sleeping well the night before last, and again I started watching the documentary after 10 PM, so of course, I fell asleep well before the episode reached the 15-minute mark. The last thing I recall seeing with any clarity was Hitler’s infamous January 1939 speech in which he telegraphed to the world what would happen to the Jews of Europe if they were to instigate another war on the continent. (Hitler was planning to invade Poland, Germany’s neighbor to the east, but since he didn’t want to be seen as the aggressor, he wanted it to look as though the Jews had provoked the conflict. Talk about gaslighting!)

(C) 2022 Florentine Films & PBS.

I did sleep better last night, but I really need to change my TV-watching schedule. I still must watch When Worlds Collide, The Mist, The War of the Worlds (on 4K), the rest of The U.S. and the Holocaust, and Emmanuelle, not to mention Jurassic World: Dominion and the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. I am not as young as I used to be, and unless I have insomnia, I can’t watch start to watch a movie between 10 and 11 PM and expect to stay awake all the way through it. And yet, I still do it.

When will I ever learn?

Well, I need to go take a shower and change into street clothes, so I’ll take my leave of you here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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