Why no Audiophile version of Mark Knopfler's "Local Hero" soundtrack?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by William Kucharski, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. William Kucharski

    William Kucharski Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    It's pretty much universally beloved, and all of Dire Straits and Mark's other albums seem to have been pressed in an audiophile version somewhere along the line.

    The only things I'm aware of are a Japanese SHM-CD from 2012 and a couple of European HDCDs from 1997. :shake:
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  2. 4_everyman

    4_everyman The Sexual Intellectual

    Good question. Local Hero and Cal are on the short list of my favorite soundtracks. An audiophile treatment of both would be welcomed.
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  3. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    It's also a movie that should get better treatment, too. It's hard to find any good NTSC format releases. Sigh. Got kinda lost in the shuffle, over the years...
  4. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Marysville, WA
    Wonderful little movie.
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  5. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident

    Yes, and I'd love Audio Fidelity to release on SACD 'Screenplaying'. It's a wonderful compilation from his film soundtracks

  6. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Forum Resident

    Halifax, NS Canada
    I'd say it's because those involved in the music business in regard to this relase have determined there is not an acceptable "return on investment" for such a release. It's all about the money not the audio ...............
  7. William Kucharski

    William Kucharski Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Yes, I've been begging Criterion, Kino Lorber or even Warner Brothers through their Warner Archive burn-on-demand series to release it on Blu-ray; no luck yet. (Yet Gregory's Girl is available on a region-free UK Blu-ray…)
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  8. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    I'd like to see some of his soundtracks re-recorded from scratch. Local Hero and Cal sound find, but The Princess Bride is awash in cheesy synths strings and such a great and beloved movie deserves a real orchestral recording.
  9. William Kucharski

    William Kucharski Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    That's very, very dangerous; most everyone that loves that soundtrack would be horrifically offended were a single note to change in sound.
  10. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    I love the movie, think the score has great potential, and needs a good symphony orchestra to play it.
  11. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    I have a Gregory's Girl DVD from 20 years ago. Must get that Blue-Ray; it's a favourite of ours!
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  12. markp

    markp I am always thinking about Jazz.

    I remember watching Local Hero a bunch of times in the 80's. My siblings loved it too. I have not seen it in about 30 years...need to check if its available on streaming.
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  13. soundboy

    soundboy Forum Resident

    Was released on K2HD CD.
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  14. mahanusafa02

    mahanusafa02 Forum Resident

    Which came first, this or Reel Music?

    Aaaaah, I did it again...
  15. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident

    Yeah I know

    I don't know about how it sounds. Any reviews?
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  16. soundboy

    soundboy Forum Resident

    I don't know. I have the "Local Hero" soundtrack on CD but like those who posted on this thread, an AF reissue would be great!
  17. ChrisEfterklang

    ChrisEfterklang Forum Resident

    the Netherlands
    The early cd edition of Local Hero sounds really fine:

    Mark Knopfler - Local Hero
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  18. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Listening right now my LP Local hero OST.
    It's wonderful, blissful, dreamy
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2018
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  19. pdenny

    pdenny 17-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Winner

    For those who haven't heard it (miss you, Gerry):

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  20. Crawlin From The Wreckage

    Crawlin From The Wreckage Custom Titled

    Does anyone know if the US Warner Bros. CD mastering is the same as the European Vertigo?
  21. marcb

    marcb Senior Member

    DC area
    Why is an “audiophile version” needed? The original vinyl and CD were mastered by Bob Ludwig IIRC...he’s not sufficiently “audiophile”?
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  22. ricks

    ricks Custom Title:

    North America
    Not in many years but back in the 1980's he sure was and the original Local Hero CD, mine is a WG Vertigo, sounds very nice.

    I've only the WG Vertigo. Let me know if you'd like thee EAC peak values
  23. marcb

    marcb Senior Member

    DC area
    Ludwig still does good work when the handcuffs are off.

    I have lots of “audiophile”reissues myself, but I guess my point was it’s amazing how “audiophile” labels have managed to convince a substantial portion of fidelity loving enthusiasts the grass is greener on the other side - to the point of wondering why no such “version” exists - even when the grass is green as green can be on this side.
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  24. Evan L

    Evan L Beatologist

    The UK Vertigo CD sounds good to me. One of my first CDs. I love the film.
  25. AnalogueAndy

    AnalogueAndy Forum Resident

    Haven’t heard the soundtrack in years so had to pull it off the shelf. Happy to realize I have a Vertigo “Made in W. Germany” copy bought back in the early days of CDs. Think I’ll be enjoying this later tonight with a nice Guinness . . .
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