Forrest Gump: Music, Artists, & Times
A 3-disc CD-Rom from Upstream Multimedia, Paramount Pictures, and GTE Entertainment.
Produced and directed by L.A. Johnson, with Ned Hall, Tim Broderick, Phil Denslow, Mike Diehl, and Valerie Wiggins.
(Use this link to get an updated Windows installer - the original does not work on higher-than-32mb-ram PCs)
This award-winning CD-Rom features interviews and performances by musicicans and songwriters whose music was heard in the feature film "Forrest Gump." There is a clip of the film where each track appeared. The artists and songs included are (in order of appearance): Alan Silvestri/Film Score, Elvis Presley/Hound Dog, Duane Eddy/Rebel Rouser, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry/But I Do, The Rooftop Singers/Walk Right In, Joan Baez/Blowing In The Wind, The Four Tops/I Can't Help Myself, The Beach Boys/Sloop John B., The Mamas and The Papas/California Dreamin', Buffalo Springfield/For What It's Worth, The Doors/Break On Through, Jefferson Airplane/Volunteers, Pete Seeger/Where Have All The Flowers Gone, The Youngbloods/Get Together, Scott McKenzie/San Francisco, The Byrds/Turn! Turn! Turn!, The 5th Dimension/Aquarius-Let The Sunshine In, B.J. Thomas/Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Jackson Browne/Running On Empty, Lynyrd Skynyrd/Sweet Home Alabama, Gladys Knight and The Pips/I've Got To Use My Imagination, Bob Seeger & The Silver Bullet Band/Against the Wind, plus writers and filmmakers Winston Groom, Eric Roth, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Steve Tish, Wendy Finerman, Joel Sill.
CD-Rom Today's Top 10 Discs of All Time:
"Forrest Gump: Artists, Music, and Times (sic) - GTE Entertainment
No, it's not the interactive version of the movie. No, you don't navigate a little animated Tom Hanks through a box of chocolates. Instead it's a wonderful collection of music, news clips, and interviews that captures the essence of the periods in American history that the film depicted. The simple and engaging interface makes it easy to explore the more than 30 hours of interviews and 22 songes (each recorded in more vibrant than usual 16-bit resolution)."
PC MAGAZINE's The Top 100 CD-ROMs:
"Forrest Gump: Music, Artists and Times
GTE Entertainment; 800-483-8362, 619-431-8801.
Even if you're one of the few people who never saw the movie, or one of the fewer still who hated it, you'll still find a lot to like about Forrest Gump the CD-ROM (Windows 3.1/95 and Mac). Fans of the movie will spend hours with the full film script and the video interviews with Gump's writers, director, and composer contained in this three-CD-ROM set. The most attractive part of the set, however, is what amounts to an interactive version of the movie's soundtrack. -- Jake Kirchner
NEW MEDIA's Inivision Awards:
Technical and Creative Excellence
Best Audio/Soundtrack - Bronze
Best Video - Silver
Some exerpts of reviews:
All too often, a popular film spawns a brood of cheap commercial tie-ins. Forrest Gump: Music, Artists and Times easily could have become that. What GTE Entertainment, documentary filmmaker Larry Johnson (Woodstock), and musician Roger McGuinn (the Byrds) have produced instead is a compelling examination of the music that frames the film. ...Every song in Forrest Gump is a classic; this CD-ROM is destined to be a classic, too."-- Stanley Young, CD-ROM Today
"Music from the eight-track era gains historic resonance on the new interactive CD-ROM "Forrest Gump: the Music, Artists and Times." Buyers of the disc will be spared a "get Forrest Gump to Woodstock" game or anything similar. Instead, they will enjoy an intelligent timeline of the music that flavored last year's Oscar champion."-- CNN Showbiz
"Forrest Gump: Music, Artists and Times is one of the most compelling titles for the over-Twenty-Something crowd since Myst sent thousands of adults into hibernation during last year's holiday season."-- Chris Shipley, Computer Life
"This Gump CD-ROM doesn't content itself merely with focusing on the original score (by Alan Silvestri); rather, it singles out 21 of the 32 songs scattered throughout the film for atmosphere--from Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" to Jefferson Airplane's "Volunteers" to Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty"--and gives them the royal multimedia treatment, expanding on their significance with video clips, hypertext links, and historical trivia."-- Bob Strauss, Entertainment Weekly
"Spotlighting dozens of songwriters, musicians, and other key figures involved with the movie, the CD-ROM weaves together new and archival video clips of key pop-culture figures whose music accompanied the blockbuster film. The CD is as much an exploration of American pop music as it is a behind-the-scenes look at the third-largest-grossing film in history. This is a disc for everyone."-- Don Menn, Multimedia World
"It's ironic that 1995's best multimedia music title piggybacks on a movie, but Forrest Gump: Music, Artists, and Times stands head and shoulders above other music offerings. An easy-to-master interface leads to superb interview and performance footage of the movie's soundtrack artists. Anyone with an interest in the '60s and '70s won't want to miss this relatively inexpensive three-disc set."-- PC Entertainment