Friday, July 07, 2006

The Soundtrack, Too?

A few weeks ago, I got a little huffy about the recent Pride & Prejudice movie, but I commented that the soundtrack was gorgeous and I was going to snag it.

And snag it I did, only to discover that the choppy pacing that plagued the movie also visits the soundtrack.

It's only 41 minutes long. Yup, that's right. And because it's got some fancy schmancy pianist and orchestra creds, it also costs a bit more than the average CD. Most of the tracks are 1.5 minutes long or a bit longer. You get brief moments of rapture and joy in delightful piano and orchestral pieces, and then they abruptly end. Or they're done long before you want them to be. "Liz on Top of the World" is an excellent example. It's such a gorgeous piece of music, and it's a startling 1:42 in length.

As if the super short tracks weren't bad enough, there's also the issue of the tracks being out of the order in which they appeared in the movie. Good-bye continuity and mood and theme and...sigh.

To top it all off, they didn't include a shot of the fab proposal scene in the CD insert. I didn't expect it, but it was such a great scene and they both looked wonderful and would it have been too much to ask to have had just one quick snapshot in and among all the other pictures they stuck into the insert?

Sigh. This movie was such a disappointment on so many levels.

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