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  • Favorite Millennium Seasons
    All!
  • Favorite Millennium Episodes
    Midnight of the Century
  • Favorite Millenium Characters
    Frank Black
  • Favorite Millennium Writers
    Glen Morgan & James Wong
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    Dwight Little

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  1. SadEyes

    HDTV Frank

    An old topic, I know, but I recently read a very interesting article (it's in german, sorry) about why so many tv shows of the 90's aren't released on Blu-ray or at least in an HD format. As you might know, most of the tv shows from the 90's were shot on film, not on video. The original film negatives could be transfered to HD, that's possible and has happened already, for example THE X-FILES being released on Blu-ray, since the film negative has an HD resolution. But here is the thing: Even popular shows like all the STAR TREK shows from the 90's were shot on film, but were transfered to video afterwards, because it was easier to deal with in post-production. Of course nobody thought about HDTV in the 90's, yet alone UHD. The video format has just an SD resolution, no HD possible. So in order to release a show like STAR TREK VOYAGER on Blu-ray you would have to hunt down the original film negatives, if they still exist that is, restore them, clean them up and do it again for every single episode. The next issue are the special effects. By the mid-90's most special effects were done with CGI. These effects were of course only produced and rendered in the 4:3 SD format, since this was the tv standard back then. When Paramount produced the Blu-ray set for STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION they re-created every special effect shown in the episodes, simply to get it to the HD format. A lot of effort and a lot of money were put in this project, but the sales were disappointing. Robert Meyer Burnett also said that an HD remaster of STAR TREK VOYAGER would mean four years of work, with costs around 20 million dollars. So this won't happen anytime soon, especially after the disappointing sales of THE NEXT GENERATION. The article also mentions BABYLON 5. The show was also shot on film in the 16:9 format, but the effects were also just produced for the 4:3 SD format. When they released the show in the 16:9 format, they couldn't re-create the effects, because the original effect datas got lost over the years. So they simply zoomed into the picture every time there was an effect shot, which resulted in blurred images. Which leads us back to MillenniuM. The show was also shot on film, even in the 16:9 format, including season one. You can see some scenes from the first season in the 16:9 format in seasons 2 and 3. The reason why it isn't out on Blu-ray yet might simply be that no one at 20th Century Fox thinks that it's worth the effort to go back to all the original film negatives, restore them, re-create all the effect shots and setting up all the used fonts again. They did it with THE X-FILES, as you can clearly see that all the headlines and fonts in the credits look slightly different from the old versions. And the effects look smoother than they did in the old material. They put the effort into THE X-FILES, because it is still a popular show. But I'm not even sure that the sales of the Blu-ray set did perform that well either. So unfortunately there is a big chance that we will never see MillenniuM in HD.
  2. SadEyes

    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: "The Surgeon/Alpine Page/Dude Looks Like A Lady" from "MillenniuM", episode "Lamentation" (1996). This episode, written by Chris Carter, marks a milestone within MillenniuM's story arc. We don't only see the death of one of the main side characters, but also the first appearance of the demonic Lucy Butler, played by Sarah Jane Redmond, who would haunt Frank Black through every season of the show. And on top of that, the so-called "Gehenna Demon" makes a stunning appearance. It was also a standout episode musically. Mark wrote a signature motif for the psychotic Dr. Fabricant, which then turned out the be more Lucy Butlers musical mark ("The Surgeon"). And Mark also incorporated some classical music into his score. "Alpine Page" includes a melody from Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture", which also appeared in the X-Files episode "Post-Modern Prometheus". The tracks were released on the second volume of MillenniuM music from La-La Land Records. The set is limited to 2.000 copies. Enjoy!
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    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: "Main Title/The Pits/Cliffside Chase/Maggie Leaves" from "Jake Speed" (1986). It's time for some cheesy 80's action. During the mid-80's, Mark began composing more electronic scores, after he bought a synclavier (which Mark still uses). In 1986, "Jake Speed" came along and with him Mark's electronic 80's score. The score was released back then by Varese Sarabande Records on Vinyl and got a CD release just a few years ago on Buysoundtrax Records, limited to 1000 copies. Enjoy the ride back to the 80's!
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    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: "Trickster/The Wound" from the tv show "Harsh Realm" (1999).  After "MillenniuM" Chris Carter started his third tv show, while "The X-Files" were still on air. "Harsh Realm" sadly missed to create an audience, that would keep the show running. It was cancelled before the first season was over. In the seventh season of "The X-Files", episode "Sein und Zeit", the father of the little girl Amber Lynn LaPierre is actually watching "Harsh Realm" on tv early in the episode.  Mark looked for a slightly different approach to the Virtual Reality plot of the show and came up with more industrial soundscapes for the show. But this doesn't mean he skipped his melodic talent. These two tracks are the perfect example. Mark combines an etheral choir sound with his spheric tunes, performing a haunting variation of the main theme he composed. Music from "Harsh Realm" was released by La-La Land Records, paired with music from "The Lone Gunmen". The CD was limited to 2.000 copies and is sold out.  Enjoy!
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    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: "Burn Baby Burn/I'm Ready" from the tv show "Smallville" (2001/2011). These two tracks show Mark's different abilities of scoring the show. You have beautiful piano work, harsh action music and soft heroic moments. An album was released digitally, followed by a 2-CD set from La-La Land Records, containing more music than the digital release. The album also contains music by Louis Febre from the later seasons. The 2-CD set is limited to 3.000 copies and is almost sold out. Enjoy!
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    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: "Our Love/Notions/Midnight Rendez-Vous" from "You ain't seen nothing yet (Vous n´avez encore rien vu, 2012). This french movie marked the third collaboration between Mark and director Alain Resnais. The movie is much like a stage play, but nevertheless very magical and touching. Whilst Mark's score for "Private Fears in Public Places", the first Snow-Resnais-Collaboration, was very much butchered in the final movie, it was way better in "Wild Grass" and "You ain't seen nothing yet". Snow's music is as magical and tragic, as the movie is and together they create some very touching moments. Fans will recognize the violin sound from "MillenniuM" at once, although it was replaced in the movie with a real violin player, at least at the end of the movie. The score got a digital release and a very limited release as a 2-CD-Set (together with "Wild Grass") in France. Enjoy!
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    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: "Capsules/A Mother Never Forgets/Mulder’s Memories" from "The X-Files: The Event Series", episode "Founder's Mutation" (2016). As the X-Files returned in 2016 so did Mark Snow. His music for the new episodes is familiar, but with enough new elements to keep it interesting. The score is more minimalistic overall, but nevertheless Mark wrote some wonderful themes. "Founder's Mutation" is the second episode of the event series. It evolves around a scientist who is experimenting on children with genetic anomalities to cure them. Scully and Mulder have visions of their son William, who is genetically different too. At the end of the episode Mulder fantasizes about his son William being grown up to schoolboy-age. He plays with him, builds a rocket and launches it and witnesses his abduction, just like he did with his sister. Back in reality Mulder looks at a photo of William. The music by Mark for this scene, "Mulder's Memories", is surely one of the most beautiful tracks of the event series. The tracks were taken from the 2CD set, released by La-La Land Records. The set is limited to 3.000 copies. Enjoy!
  8. And they have 20% off of your entire order, because they just launched their new website. If you want to own the soundtracks, the time is now! And, you could have looked into this thread here. I post some tracks of Mark's music every week, from all of his released scores, with infos, where to get them:
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    Snow Files of the Week

    So to speak, yes. Snow Files of the Week: "Big Yellow House/Exterminated" from "MillenniuM", episode "Pilot" (1996). When The X-Files went into its fourth season, Chris Carter's second show "MillenniuM" premiered. The first episode of "MillenniuM" gained the highest number of viewers FOX ever had for a pilot, the episode was even shown in selected theatres. The home of the Black family, the big yellow house, is a place of safety for Frank Black. Here he can provide his family with a normal life and keep them away from the dark world outside, at least he thinks he can. If you watch the show closely you will notice, that all the scenes, that play in or around the yellow house, have a certain golden glow, while the scenes in the real world have washed out colours. Mark uses the main theme from "MillenniuM" to create a haunting variation for the introduction of the yellow house. His soft and moody string pads, combined with the solo violin, create a place of peace, but also underlines the darkness waiting outside. The tracks are taken from the first volume of music from "MillenniuM", released by La-La Land Records. It was released in 2008 and sold out shortly after. In 2015, the volume was re-issued, limited to 1.000 copies. Enjoy!
  10. SadEyes

    Snow Files of the Week

    I have the LP. But I found the whole LP program several years ago as mp3, ripped from the LP. So this is where this comes from.
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    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: "Good Morning L.A./Jason's Theme" from the motion picture "Skateboard" (1978). This is a very early piece of music by Mark, back in the days, when he wasn't composing dark and moody electronic music yet. The music is very groovy and relaxed, perfect for a summer day on the beach. An album was released with the movie, which contains some tracks by Mark and 70's style Skateboard songs. It is only available on vinyl and audio cassette, maybe someday we will see a CD release too. Enjoy!
  12. SadEyes

    Happy Birthday Sadeyes

    Thank you all so very much for your wishes. Turning 40 this year seems to be special...but I don't feel different.
  13. SadEyes

    Snow Files of the Week

    Thank you! Snow Files of the Week: "Ending", from the IMAX feature "UFO - The Truth Is Here" (2001). Mark's music for this IMAX movie assembles the mood and sounds of his early X-Files music. Dark, ambient drones and mystical soundscapes guide the listener into the world of the unknown. The CD was only available at IMAX theatres in Sweden, where the movie was playing and is now a very hard to find collector's item. Enjoy!
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    Snow Files of the Week

    Snow Files of the Week: Suite from "The X-Files", episode "Detour" (1997). In this season five episode, Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious disappearance and murder of three men in the Apalachicola National Forest in Florida. Attacked by a human-like creature that seems to blend in with the surrounding forest the agents get lost in the woods and try to survive the night. Mark Snow provides an eerie piano theme for the setting and his trademark dark soundscapes. The music is taken from the third 4CD box set with X-Files music, released by La-La Land Records. The set is limited to 3.000 copies. Enjoy!
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