1969 Hawaii Five-O soundtrack to be re-released

On the message boards of Film Score Monthly, which produces soundtracks of movies and television shows, news popped up that the original 1969 Hawaii Five-O soundtrack album will be re-released digitially and on CD.

In the thread, WHICH YOU CAN READ BY CLICKING HERE, FSM’s Lukas Kendall confirms that FSM plans to produce a CD. That’s in response to a post by the webmaster of The Hawaii Five-O Home Page who shared that he got an e-mail saying the Capitol Records album will be released on Aug. 24 on digital sites including Amazon and iTunes.

The 1969 album features music composed and conducted by Morton Stevens, mostly from the pilot plus a few tracks from first-season episodes. One of our editors has the album, purchased for $12 at a collectors show in the 1990s. The version of the famous Five-O theme by Stevens was the 90-second original used in the pilot. Here it is on YouTube, uploaded by CBS, which aired the original show from 1968 to 1980 and is bringing out a revival in September:

007 homages in Angelina Solie’s Salt

The big movie opening this weekend is the U.S. is Salt with Angelina Jolie. We haven’t seen it yet, but those who have are noting various James Bond homages.

A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times (whose review you can read by CLICKING HERE) provides this comment:

Not that “Salt” matters much. Despite an overlay of geopolitics, the movie is as loud and empty as James Newton Howard’s score, which I don’t mean entirely in a bad way. The music does what it needs to do to amplify and inflect the action, while also paying subtle sonic homage to the brassy Bond-style soundtracks of the past.

Meanwhile, one Times readers posting comments to Scott’s review notes an early scene (Salt being tortured in North Korea) is similar to Pierce Brosnan’s 007 farewell Die Another Day. Another reader posted a comment that compared Salt and Bond in some detail.

And in the comments section of yesterday’s post on this weblog, Mark Henderson provides his own list of Salt-007 homages.

It should also be notes that Bond film veterans worked on the film. John Anderson’s review in The Wall Street Journal noted the work of one such crew member while not mentioning his work on 007 films:

Watching Ms. Jolie do her own acrobatics, under the direction of her longtime stunt coordinator Simon Crane, is a kick, especially in an era when our knowledge of special effects have so diluted the vicarious thrills of high-wire moviemaking.

Crane has done similar duties on Bond films and shows up in some of the documentaries on 007 film DVDs. You can read Anderson’s review by CLICKING HERE.

Salt was photographed by Robert Elswit, who performed the same duties on Tomorrow Never Dies and one of the editors is Stuart Baird, who edited 2006’s Casino Royale.