Re: "Elk Chase" music & Legends

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Posted by Kathy S on January 23, 1999 at 09:36:54:

In Reply to: Re: posted by MMMMarcia on January 22, 1999 at 09:27:34:

: Hi, Champ & Kathy,

: Legends of the Fall came out in 1994, and boy, they REALLY made use of the Mohicans theme in the trailer. Drove me batty for awhile. I've noticed similar things since. I don't understand why they do this with new releases. Don't they have the film's music put together by the time they release the trailers? It happens again and again, so there must be a reason. Is it just a weird marketing ploy to capture our attention with music we might already be familiar with? What's the deal?

: MMMMarcia

Hi Marcia,

I wondered why I was hearing some of my favorite musical scores being used in ads for films that were forthcoming. I definitely remember hearing Crimson Tide's theme being used to promote something. I love that music almost as much as LOTM's theme. I have since learned that this is not that unusual, because the musical part of the film is ongoing and finished near the end of the process. Now, I can buy this explanation for the sneak previews we get on video rentals and in the theaters weeks and months prior to the release of a movie. But I don't get why this would be done as a film is actually being released.They certainly would have all of the musical score available for use in ads by that time. Maybe the score for "The Thin Red Line" is similar enough to The Elk Hunt to trick me. It was just a few bars of music.

I never realized the music I was hearing in the trailer for Legends of the Fall was from LOTM, having discovered LOTM so late in my life ( boo, hoo,!!!! Still bugs me to have lost all that time). But I can see why The Elk Hunt would be a favorite one to borrow, because of it is so compelling. It is an amazing backdrop for lively visual images.


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