Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
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Jerry Goldsmith 8 Disc Box Set... on DVD!!!



My 8 disc Jerry Goldsmith Tribute set has been fit onto a single DVD. Yes, that's over ten hours worth of music on one disc. As with the others, they have a subtitle track listing the title and credits and track listings that are navigatable menu screens. There are five submenus for the five main albums, and double disc sets are kept separate in the submenus.

I used the above photograph for the menu screens and abstract tinted minimalist backgrounds for the images as the program material is played. This meant I could set the bit rate very low for the images in the actual program material, so they wouldn't take so much disc space. In order to get the above image to fit the screen properly, I made the disc anamorphically enhanced for 16:9. This meant that I had to make sure that the menus were legible in the lower resolution 4:3 letterbox ratio that most people will be playing their DVDs on (not that I expect anybody else to ever play this disc, but hey, I want full compatibility).



The audio is stereophonic, but the is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1. In order to apply surround effects, one would have to use the stereo L/R RCA outputs of their DVD player (which is what most people use anyway), but if played in Dolby Digital, only the front left and right speakers are used. I used the Dolby 5.1 option because I couldn't fit all this music onto the DVD in uncompressed linear PCM, but I wasn't exactly thrilled at the prospect of encoding it at the meager 192 kb/s Dolby 2.0. In experimenting with previous compilations, I found that the Dolby 5.1 option, which encodes at 448 kb/s, sounds much better.

For the menu screens, I was able to sqeeze in a few tracks that I felt I missed on the set itself. For the main menu, "The Snake" from Rambo is heard, which has the very recognizable "Rambo" fanfare at the beginning of it, and for the credits page, I used "The Big Jump" from Total Recall. For "They're Here" I used "The Landing" from Alien; for "Valhalla" I used "The Fire Serpent" from The Thirteenth Warrior, for "It Is All True" I used "Nicaragua" from Under Fire (with that funky Rebel March), for "The Monument" I used "Hot Water" from Outland and for "Red Alert" I used the end title from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

I was pretty pleased with how this one came out.
Tags: audio, film music, jerry goldsmith, mix workshop
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