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Raiders of the Lost Ark Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 30 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dcc Compact Classics
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000001AE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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1. The Raiders March
2. Main Title: South America
3. In The Idol's Temple
4. Flight From Peru
5. Journey To Nepal
6. The Medallion
7. To Cairo
8. The Basket Game
9. The Map Room: Dawn
10. Reunion And The Dig Begins
11. The Well Of The Souls
12. Airplane Fight
13. Desert Chase
14. Marion's Theme
15. The German Sub/To The Nazi Hideout
16. Ark Trek
17. The Miracle Of The Ark
18. The Warehouse
19. End Credits

Product Description

In the '80s and '90s, John Williams has come to occupy roughly the same towering place in filmdom occupied by Henry Mancini for much of the '60s and '70s. Williams (who played piano on some early Mancini scores) carved out that distinction with exciting, full-blooded scores like George Lucas's Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones cycle, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster tributes to the cheesy film serials of his youth. The first in that series, Raiders wears its retro-symphonic sensibilities like a badge of honor and indeed, DGG's expanded deluxe release plays like a more economic Mahler opus. A true film music classic, even if its sensibilities are 40 years misplaced. --Jerry McCulley

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Format: Audio CD
"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" has always been one of my favorite action/adventure movies along with "Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". I like those movies because I am a fan of Indiana Jones and because Harrison Ford is one one of my favorite actors. And since I liked the music from the movie so much, I decided to get the soundtrack to add to my Indiana Jones collection.
The music is excellent! One moment it can be soft and haunting or it could be loud and exciting. "The Raiders March" is a great one and of course, everyone is familiar with the song. It's also a good example of loud and exciting. An example of a dark and haunting track is the next one "Main Title: South America 1936". That song is also great and it is played at the very beginning of the movie. The whole album is amazing and I will never forget the musioc.
This CD also has a booklet that has a lot of information about how the movie was done. It includes notes from Steven Spielberg and John Williams, it tells a little bit about the story. There are also sketches and photographs from the movie. So, if you are thinking of buying this soundtrack then I would also suggest that you take some time to look through the notes.
If your a fan of Indiana Jones, John Williams, or you enjoyed the movie than this CD might be worthwile.
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Who hasn't heard "The Raiders March"? When you're looking for adventurous music, you turn to John Williams and the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK soundtrack. Williams has contributed some of the best scores of all time, including STAR WARS, and RAIDERS definitely belongs on the list. From start to finish, you can feel the adventure, the action, and mentally re-live the finest moments of the masterpiece film. By all means purchase this grand musical triumph of the cinema - long live Indy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29f6840) out of 5 stars Has it All - And Then Some! March 24 2002
By B.P. - Published on
Format: LP Record
Yet another masterpiece by Williams. This soundtrack gives the best demonstration of his capability to harmonize music and film. With previosly unreleased material the listener gets a complete spectrum of the motion picture score. From the dynamic pulsing beats of the Desert Chase, the atmospheric tones of the Idol's Temple to the memorable theme in The Raiders March. Once you've heard it you wont ever forget it and I find myself whistling it now and then.
The twenty-four page booklet that comes with the CD is so fat that it doesn't fit into the case very well. It's FULL of extras that include behind the scene clips, story-board sketches and comments from Williams and Spielberg. But the real gem is the music critiques by Lukas Kendall. He goes through each track explaining the music piece and the movie scene it accompanies. This is quite amusing and any one who is a fan of the movie or of John Williams will take pleasure in reading it. All in all it has a seamless way of giving the score its due credit. I couldn't say it any better myself and suggest that you get it and read it on your own.
This soundtrack is great and I highly recommend it for those who throughly enjoy the work of Williams and/or the Indiana Jones films. The booklet's insight reflect the passion that made the film the classic that it is. Making the soundtrack that much more priceless.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29f6894) out of 5 stars 74 minutes of pure entertainment! May 24 2000
By Art Vandelay - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to the popular belief that "if it's not in the final cut, it was left out for good reason," this 74 minute CD demonstrates just how high of quality music can acheive.
John Williams is widely known for his successful film scores, and this is one of his best. From the memorable tunes of the Raiders March and the mystery evoked in the Ark Theme, to the fast-paced Desert Chase and the tranquility of Marion's Theme, this CD has it all. Re-released (by demand?), 30 minutes were added to what was already a success, and the addition was *not* a waste.
While track 2 (South America, 1936) was relatively mediocre compared to the others (and it was an unreleased track), the remainder of the unreleased material fully compensated for this. I especially enjoyed the Basket Game, with an unforgettable little tune, and the additional length of The Desert Chase, which I would say is my favorite of the entire soundtrack. I prefer fast-paced music, and this is filled accordingly. However, it's not without variation, as you'll find in Marion's Theme, The German Sub/Nazi Hideout (unreleased), and several others. The bottom line is : this score unquestionably contributed to John Williams' success, as it is an incredibly addictive soundtrack.
I highly recommend this to any fan of instrumental music, John Williams' soundtracks, or just the Indiana Jones series (depending on your taste in music). If you're wondering if it's worth the price, consider this : 74 minutes is nearly twice the length of the average soundtrack, and nearly twice the quality, which thereby warrants at least a doubled price. It also comes with a 20 page booklet with a fair amount of information.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29f6ccc) out of 5 stars "Raiders" Defines The Meaning Of The Words Film Score Oct. 26 2004
By the-gr8shag - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of John Williams' all time best film scores is, arguably one of the best in film history.

Sadly, Williams didn't win the Oscar for best score at the Oscars in 1982 (it went to "Chariots of Fire". What the *u*k?!) & this is a perfect example of how the Academy screws over noteworthy performers (another fine example is, Spielberg's, "The Color Purple").

This expanded release to "Raiders of The Lost Ark" is a classic example of blending action (the truck chase), & romance (Marion's Theme) with the overall theme of the film itself (the "Raiders" march).

If you've watched the film a million times you will instantly recognize a lot of this music. The score practically encompasses & embraces the screen time of the film itself, running at over roughly 75 to 80 minutes of music, from a movie that runs at 1 hr. & 50 min. With the average film score running at anywhere between 40 - 45 min., for a film screentime of 1 hr. & 40 min., the score to "Raiders" is practically a supporting character to the film.

The CD is set so that the score to "Raiders" starts at the films beginning and goes chronilogically through to the film's end.

This score has been on moratorium for some time, but, it's definitely worth every penny.

John Williams' score to "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" is a treasure that even Dr. Jones couldn't pass up.

Neither should you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29f90b4) out of 5 stars One Of John Williams's Most Sadly Underrated Scores Dec 27 2000
By Robert Pollock - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Even though many people have never included Raiders Of The Lost Ark as one of John Williams's best scores, it is in fact a great classic that is in the same league as Star Wars, Superman, and Jurassic Park. The Raiders theme has been heard everywhere and sounds like a mockery of the campy-sounding action movies of the past, and the secondary theme for Indy sounds mysterious and truly suspensful. What makes this score so great, though, is because it sounds like a mix between Star Wars A New Hope, and Return Of The Jedi. It sounds heroic and bright like New Hope but dark like Return Of The Jedi. Marion's theme sounds like and almost starts off like Princess Leia's. The Ark and Nazi themes are my favorites. The Ark theme sounds mysterious and vague until its powers are released on The Miracle Of The Ark, where it sounds powerful and out of this world. The Nazi's theme sounds truly menacing and rivals even the Imperial theme of Empire Strikes Back. I recommend this to any fan of John Williams or action-lovers. It is a true classic in film scoring.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29f9198) out of 5 stars The Map Room: Dawn - William's FINEST moment!!! Feb. 22 2006
By Steve Forsyth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The sequence in which Indy uses the medallion to find the ark is one of the most hair-raising, chill inducing, powerful, moving, fantastically awesome pieces of classical music in AND OUT of the cinema!!

The rest of the soundtrack is, of course, fantastic as well. But no single piece of music (save perhaps for the Stokowski orchestration of Debussy's SUNKEN CATHEDRAL) gets me as much as this one track from the Raiders soundtrack - it's worth any price! Sadly, you cannot hear the climatic moment in this Amazon clip - but trust me, it'll knock you down! The ark theme - three simple notes repeated - yet SO fantastic . . . Williams is pure genius!!

I think Williams has become so much the voice of both Spielberg and Lucas at the movies that, once he retires or dies, these two directors may as well throw in the towell as well!