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I still think this was the best version [Sep. 17th, 2010|09:55 pm]
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I stumbled on all this while looking for something totally unrelated (doing a book outline, oddly): a montage from the old BBC 'Chronicles of Narnia'. The music is infinitely better than the Disney version. Not sure how it would stand up now, but it had the genuine sense of magic that the new ones sadly lack.




That Geoffrey Burgon could write a tune... (thought I think this not the original). Ah, the days when ITV (well Granada) could do drama --and kick the BBC's ass.

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[User Picture]From: maetang
2010-09-17 11:52 pm (UTC)

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Lovely. For some reason (perhaps the children's book angle), the Narnia music reminded me of the opening song for The Box of Delights. Also very magical.
[User Picture]From: ianmcdonald
2010-09-18 09:53 am (UTC)

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Good to know that's on Youtube --The Box of Delights also had that sense of genuine magic... I tracked the music down (it took a weer while) some years and it's Victor Hely-Hutchinson's Carol Symphony and that second movementis quite the most Christmassy thing you've ever heard.
[User Picture]From: maetang
2010-09-18 01:22 pm (UTC)

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Oh, thank you for that! I didn't know where the music came from. I'm delighted to see that there's an entire symphony!

I know what I shall be listening to this Christmas. :^)
[User Picture]From: bookzombie
2010-09-18 05:57 pm (UTC)

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I bought the Carol Symphony from iTunes after rewatching 'The Box of Delights' last Christmas. A lovely piece of music.
[User Picture]From: ianmcdonald
2010-09-19 01:03 pm (UTC)

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I do think The Box of Delights is well due a BBC remake --with slightly slicker graphics. And I resolutely believe that His Dark materials would have been much better as a BBC/co-pro Sunday afternoon serial --they'd have the SFX to do it right, without overdoing it --and much more true to the eerie magic of the series than the clumpy movie version (which I did quite enjoy, however)
[User Picture]From: bookzombie
2010-09-20 07:35 pm (UTC)

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I like the idea, but it wouldn't be the same without Patrick Troughton and Robert Stephens' wonderfully OTT performance! Mind you, they might be able to find some child actors who can, you know, act...
Actually, the worst thing about BoD can't be fixed (unless they change it drastically from the original book) and that's the 'it was all a dream' ending. It felt like such a betrayal.

I didn't find the movie of His Dark Materials unwatchable, but it did feel like a 'greatest hits' collection and lost much of the narrative logic.