It may have seemed inevitable after the well-known popularity of projects like Verve: Remixed or the underground success of releases like the Hanzo Steel mash-ups that plundered the Kill Bill soundtrack, but the folks at Six Degrees records have recently released a disc guaranteed to inspire the mind and shake the rump of any film fan. Cinematic: Classic Film Music Remixed takes classic pieces of movie music and hands them off to some of the remix field's best-known practitioners. If you don't know these pieces of music, the remixes are fine, moving stuff; if you do, though, hearing them re-cut but respected makes for an even richer treat. King Britt turns Quincy Jones's title theme from They Call Me Mr. Tibbs and gives it even more swagger and soul; David Shire's classic theme for The Taking of Pelham One Two Three gets turned into a fully modern piece of dance music with all the bluster and bass left intact. There are graceful moments, as well -- the theme from Fellini's Roma is turned into an airy chill-out chamber piece by Bent, while the theme from Carrie, remixed by Gaudi, takes on spooky power as stutter-beats and table drums make the original even more ominous and threatening.

Other classic pieces of film music remixed on the disc include a litany of classics -- everything from the title theme for Inherit the Wind to the love theme from Ben Hur. (For one example, check out the free download of Shawn Lee's remix of the theme from The Birdman of Alcatraz.) Respectful but not excessively reverential, Cinematic isn't just tasteful background music for a Museum of the Moving Image after-party; it's a great chance to hear classic themes with fresh ears. The CD hit stores a few weeks ago and I've been listening to it pretty much non-stop; if you're looking for an unexpected gift for the film buff in your life -- or something to enjoy for yourself -- Cinematic: Classic Film Music Remixed is like hearing familiar classics for the first time. You should be able to find the disc in your local high-end record shop; barring that, you can find Six Degrees Records right here.