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 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Enjoyable score.

Someone write this down. A score with no synths (right?) gets the seal of approval from First Breath.


Actually there is a fair amount of synths in there. As well as bird sounds! smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Enjoyable score.

Someone write this down. A score with no synths (right?) gets the seal of approval from First Breath.


Well, you clearly haven't followed my posts through the years. I enjoy a synth-free score from time to time. Forrest Gump and Schindler's List for instance.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I have indeed missed out. We've got 1993 and 1994 covered now!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Okay, it's just how I remember it.
I love the tracks Green To Green, Dano, Catechize, Berol Black Beauty and The Dark Half, but find the other cues ponderous and boring, not unlike some other Chris Young thriller/horror scores I have.
He just gets a bit too heavy for me at times and I bail out on the soundtrack during listening.
I did notice parts of this score reminded me of Goldsmith's Magic at times, another thriller about split personalities. I wonder if Young was consciously channeling this, or maybe it was HIS Dark Half wink
I remember the film being okay, but haven't seen it for years. Secret Window shares similar ideas from the same author.

Francis, I admire your devotion to this film and it's score.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   Ratatouille   (Member)

A great score !

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   Ratatouille   (Member)

A great score !

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

It is, it is.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

On a slightly more historical note, this must be one of the originators of the soft piano tune cliché of modern horror/thriller scoring. Although more credit must probably go to "Jennifer 8" and the succession of scores that the composer himself called his Jennifers 9, 10 and 11 - "Judicial Consent", "Copycat" and "Unforgettable".

Actually "Presumed Innocent" could probably be counted as the actual grandfather of this approach. I remember to have read it was the temp track here. Williams didn't contrast the piano tune with atonal stuff though.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2014 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Received Shout Factory's blu-ray of "The Dark Half" this week and it features Christopher Young in the Making of featurette as well as interviews with cast and crew, deleted scenes, special effects footage etc. In the audio commentary in regards to the score, it is also brought up that due to no budget being left, they had to temp the finale with earlier parts from the score. I really wish Young was paid to finish his score properly!

Here's to hoping an expanded release is not that far away! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2014 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

This one was actually my very first Chris Young soundtrack. And the thing is I never liked it, it is one of few scores by Young that does nothing for me at all.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2014 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

Received Shout Factory's blu-ray of "The Dark Half" this week

I'm gonna be all over that and MONKEY SHINES come payday.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2014 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Received Shout Factory's blu-ray of "The Dark Half" this week

I'm gonna be all over that and MONKEY SHINES come payday.


The extras on these editions are a godsend, I love that the interviewer on the audio commentary for Dark Half even asked Romero about using Elvis' Are you Lonesome Tonight for the dream sequences. I still need to get Monkey Shines as well, love how outspoken (and rebellious) Romero is on the studio system, method acting and Hollywood in the extras.

 
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