Always on the hunt for the unusual, I have recently found a great movie soundtrack for an underrated Disney classic. The Black Hole was released in 1979 with a Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 18th. It premiered in the United States on December 21st.
The original soundtrack album I am featuring here was released in 1979 as well to further promote the movie.
Some mild swearing (a first for a Disney film) and scenes of human death earned The Black Hole a PG (Parental Guidance suggested) rating. It was a first for a Disney production. Later Disney founded Touchstone Pictures for all of its future ‘adult themed’ entertainment.
This soundtrack album contains a 12-page full-color Souvenir Photo Album. Let’s have a look:
Each page spread has numbered photos that correspond to a quote or descriptive text.
The pages follow the movie in sequence so that you can follow along with the plot as you listen to the record.
Most of the pivotal scenes from the movie are represented.
And… The Black Hole!
The back cover of the album sleeve gives a glimpse of what is contained in the souvenir photo album, as well as a list of credits from the movie:
The album itself is produced by Walt Disney Productions on the Disneyland Records label. Percy Rodrigues provides the narration:
The movie earned nearly $36 million at the North American box office but received mixed reviews from critics. And an astrophysicist deemed The Black Hole to be the least scientifically accurate movie of all time.
But I loved it for what it was, a nice bit of Disney fantasy. Comic book adaptions, a Little Golden Book, a read-along record book, and a line of Mego Corporation action figures all help to keep the movie alive with fans!
For more adventure in The Black Hole, check out this great button.