WHEN:8:00pm EST on February 2nd, 2013

WHERE: Number 1

FORMAT: DVD on Tobor, I am using headphones to better listen to the audio.

COMPANY: None.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Relaxed, I am drinking a Coke imported from Mexico, because it was in a glass bottle.

REACTIONS OF NOTE:

  • Ghostbusters has some great sound clips.

THOUGHTS:

The headphones did not really do anything for me. I think sound technology improved vastly between Ghostbusters (1984) and The Truman Show (1998). Lets be honest, a hell of a lot changes in fourteen years. The sound designers for Truman could add more little touches in the background. They had fancy computers to work with, after all. Don’t forget that Ghostbusters was released two years after Tron was denied any Oscar recognition because “computers were cheating” if you use them to enhance your visual effects.

Cheating, cheating computers.

Thinking about it, Ghostbusters has some big sounds in it. The sound of the beams coming from the proton packs, the traps, and the sounds of Ernie Hudson do not need birds chirping in the background to support them. They stand on their own, and are big dominating sounds. Also, the majority of the movie takes place inside a building of some sort. Street noise would be blocked to some extent, and if you had birds in your building, you would be that bird lady from Home Alone 2.

Susan Boyle has seen better days.

What Ghostbusters lacks in ambiance, it makes up for with the music. Elmer Bernstein nailed the mood of the movie. His music is haunting yet whimsical, at least I think so. Maybe I am becoming more tuned into the background instrumental music in movies. I did enjoy Philip Glass last year, and I did think that he matched Truman well. Just because I don’t like Truman does not mean I can not point out where it actually does work well. I think that my favorite piece of music in all of Ghostbusters would have to be “Arrival at the Library- Librarian Interrogation.” It just has this happy tuba that plomps along. Plomp, plomp, plomp plomp plomp. It is just so damn happy. Take a listen.

Plomp, plomp, plomp.

It is nice to have a movie that seems to have the music made for it, as it is happening. Nowadays, it seems like most movies have minimal background music unless it is something from the pop music genre shoehorned in to fit. High Fidelity (while one of my favorite movies of all time) is very guilty of this. I know it bathes itself in pop music, and that that is part of the message of the movie. That fact might slightly disqualify it but Sucker Punch, Magic Mike (though it might not count again since most of the music is used for stripping), Casino, Goodfellas, The Departed, and even Titanic (that stupid Celene Dion song can burn in hell) all chose already made music to place in… themselves. It is just matching the emotions of the music to whatever is going on in the movie. This is not a bad thing, but I would like to make The Suit Analogy. If you buy a suit off the rack, it might fit well, but it will never fit as well as something that you had custom-made. The custom-made suit will hug your body, accentuating your features. The suit from the rack is still a suit, and might fit you well. It was just not made specifically for you, and it shows.

Now, I am not saying that Ghostbusters is a better movie or has better music (well, it is miles above Titanic). What I am saying is that the music for it seems to be more a part of it, rather than a well-fit piece of the puzzle. From what I remember, The NeverEnding Story is very similar in musical feel. This is all just my opinion, mind you. Every age of movies has its own feel and characteristics. Movie making, and musical choice, has changed a numerous amount of times. You are welcome to have your own opinion and disagree with mine. Though, that just makes you wrong, but you are welcome to be wrong.