Voyager Company released the first of its annotated Criterion Collection
line with Citizen Kane and King Kong in 1984, and they've followed up with
such classics as Close Encounters of The Third Kind, The Magnificent Ambersons, Alien,
Raging Bull and The Player.
More than 8,500 titles are now
available on laser disc, including many of the world's greatest movies in annotated form.
As a typical example, you can view the Kirk Douglas masterpiece Spartacus, with
commentary by Douglas, novelist Howard Fast, producer Edward Lewis, production designer
Saul Bass and film restorer Bob Harris, a video interview with actor Peter Ustinov,
screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's scene-by-scene analysis, Saul Bass's storyboards and titles,
deleted scenes analysis, additional music by Alex North, newsreel footage of the film's
premiere, archival interviews and additional memorabilia.
What better way to study movie
making than seminars by the world's greatest producers, especially if you can immediately
experiment yourself with videotape, film or editing equipment?
Or how about music? Great interactive CD-ROMs are becoming teachers "for
a whole new generation of aspiring singers, songwriters, conductors, composers and
On Dorling Kindersley's Musical Instruments CD-ROM, you can hear the
tones and timbre of about 200 instruments, from the Australian didgeridoos to the
Japanese shakuhachi flutes. You'll find around 1,500 sound samples, more than 500
high-quality photos and extensive text. And you can explore the instruments in four
Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide To The
Orchestra has long been a classic on both audiotape and videotape. The CD-ROM version
offers "musical notation of every melody, lets you know which instruments are playing
at all times, and includes 50 audio examples. And you get to play conductor, too."5
To study jazz, pop, rock, western of any other music,
you can easily find an interactive CD-ROM that enables you not only to learn and
appreciate, but to play along as well.
To explore the baroque, classical and romantic music
recommended for enhancing learning ability, try Alan Rich's three-part So I've Heard
series. Bach and Before takes you from ancient Greece and Egypt to the baroque
glories of Bach and Handel, with 50 musical examples and dozens of detailed notes - which
you can display on screen or not. The Classical Ideal guides you through Haydn,
Mozart and the mainly 18th
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