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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Quintet - Tom Pierson



Something rather novel, this time - my first DVD rip!

QUINTET is the much maligned post apocalyptic science-fiction joint from Robert Altman. Released in 1979, it's understandable that it would get lost in the shuffle, being the 'year of ALIEN', also released by the same studio. Not having the usual trappings of sci-fi, and more in the line of Tarkovsky SF film like SOLARIS and STALKER (and being a good 15 years before appreciation of those films would be trendy in the USA), this was a commercial disaster at the time, and is still considered to be Altman's worst film.

I wouldn't go that far, but if you don't have any appreciation for foreign films with heavy psychological themes and a severe lack of physical action, you're not going to be a fan of this film - there are, however, some interesting things in it, despite a miscast Paul Newman... it's very strong visually, and good sound design.

Another asset is the score by Tom Pierson - if you're a fan of Leonard Rosenman or of Goldsmith's PLANET OF THE APES, you'll appreciate Pierson's work on QUINTET. People who like contemporary classical may also find this of interest.

There's about an hour of score here, ripped from the DVD. This is my first rip, so keep that in mind. There are some sound effects heard on some tracks.

This really deserves a legitimate release at some point - it could happen at some point, with all the limited editions being done... at best, it's an obscure score, but maybe it'll garner some fans.

Check it out.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Joshua said...

i saw this movie when i was a teenager in the 80s and loved it for the score more than anything else. it's a sad, flawed film with one of the most amazing soundtracks of all time. thank you for posting this!

10:05 AM  
Blogger Brian Lucas said...

thanks. funny that a lot of people hate the soundtrack. i think it's great. thanks for making it available.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if anyone is still monitoring this page, but I just wanted to say THANKS!! Until they release this music officially, I really appreciate your doing this. I have literally been waiting some 20 years for this.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Pornotrond said...

FBI warning... these are fucked up times. I've been looking all over for this rip of yours, to no avail. A reup would be very much appreciated. What a great soundtrack!

4:33 AM  

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