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Bora Bora soundtrack, U.S. version

Bora Bora soundtrack

I’ve been listening to this soundtrack a lot lately.

“Bora Bora” is a spicy 1968 Italian film. American International Pictures picked it up, trimmed 7 minutes, dubbed it to English, and substituted a new soundtrack by their resident composer, Les Baxter.

Les Baxter is one of the progenitors of the Exotica/Tiki music of the 50s and early 60s, He composed one of its enduring standards, “Quiet Village”. a hit for Martin Denny. (More in the Tulsa Tiki section of Tulsa TV Memories).

Frank Morrow fan letter at KAKC, 1952

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At right is a 1952 fan letter to Frank Morrow at KAKC in Tulsa, requesting “Quiet Village”. (Frank checked in with us a few days ago in the GroupBlog.)

Both the original and replacement scores are included on the album. I personally prefer the Baxter version. It’s lusher, moodier, and more unified-sounding.

You can get it for free at download-soundtracks.com (discussed in previous post, Movie, TV soundtracks on MP3).

Here is the download link at uploaded.net. When you click Free Download, ignore any offer of a “Java Plug-in”, and uncheck any “download manager” option presented. Exit the popup windows (you should get two).

Having enjoyed the soundtrack so much, I wanted to see the movie.

You might have seen “Bora Bora” circa 1971 at one of Tulsa’s drive-ins, such as the Capri or Riverside. I’m willing to bet it played here.

The New York Times wasn’t kind to it in that year: “Dull Double Bill“. The other movie on that bill was “Kama Sutra”, which, amazingly, I do remember seeing at the Admiral Twin Drive-In. I can testify that the Times was correct. Very boring and droning, just like its source material. The book read as though it were written by an obsessive but passionless taxonomist; every configuration had to be given a name, and the naming and classification itself had the most importance to the writer.

On the other hand, I did enjoy “Bora Bora” some 42 years later. Of course there is the soundtrack, and the photogenic landscape and people. The story might not be epic, but it does keep the show moving. The male protagonist comes off as a manipulative jerk. The female lead, Haydée Politoff, also starred in a film made around the same time by renowned French director Eric Rohmer, “La Collectionneuse” (The Collector). I’ve really liked his movies, so I will look for it.

“Bora Bora” has that weird 60s-70s time warp feel, but the nudity doesn’t seem especially gratuitous for the era. Maybe that’s what was in the trimmed 7 minutes.

The movie poster shouted, “Twice Banned in Europe!” Did the first ban fail due to popular demand or lack of interest?

Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Rated “R”.

“Bora Bora” on Hulu (browser only, not available on Hulu Plus Roku channel)

Zabriskie Point, 282 feet below sea level.

Zabriskie Point, 282′ below sea level.

Last night, I was listening to the soundtrack of “Zabriskie Point”, a 1970 film about counterculture in the U.S. It features Pink Floyd and Jerry Garcia.

This morning in the den, I was reading about the two untrained lead actors of the movie and their own story, which is probably more interesting than the plot. I didn’t see this R-rated film at the theater in 1970, even though I was of age, barely  (“R: Restricted – persons under 16 not admitted unless accompanied by parent or adult guardian.”)

Here’s how I got to watch it today, all without leaving the couch:

First, I checked to see if it was available on Netflix. It was on DVD, but not streaming.

Next, I looked on YouTube, It was there, but in a dubbed French version, or English in 12 separate parts.

I then found a torrent of it in .avi format, 672×288 resolution. Windows Media Player claimed to acquire a codec to play it, but it played sound only. That was OK, I wanted to see it on a big screen anyway.

I put the file in the public folder of the laptop I was using, then brought up the free TightVNC Viewer. It let me take over the desktop of a more powerful Windows 7 PC in our office. Acting as that computer, I copied the .avi file over to it from the laptop.

I already had the free Handbrake conversion utility installed there. The process of converting .avi to .mp4 format took only a few minutes. MP4 streams well to a Roku box.

Then I put the file in the proper naming and filing convention for Plex: /Movies/Zabriskie Point (1970)/Zabriskie Point (1970).mp4.

I brought up the Plex channel on the Roku in the den, and there was the movie, with poster art. When you click to play, the Plex channel software on the Roku talks to the free Plex Media Server software running on the computer, via our wifi.

I’m now watching it, not having stirred my haunches, except for coffee (I’ll get some exercise later today). So far, so good. It looks and sounds great.