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 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


INTRADA Announces:



DESERT FURY
Composed and Conducted by MIKLOS ROZSA
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 329

For the 1947 film Desert Fury, Paramount invested heavily in the music, budgeting nearly $44,000 for the composition and recording of the score. Miklós Rózsa, a recent Academy Award-winner already well established as the go-to composer for film noir, was brought on board. In typical Rózsa fashion from the mid-to-late forties, he used relatively brief, malleable motifs unlike the sort of long-lined, closed-form melodies that would glorify his 1950s historical/epic scores for MGM. This gives the music remarkable fluidity, allowing him to constantly manipulate his material, with a principal theme characterized by crisp dotted rhythms and an agitated, yearning quality in the melodic line.

As with Intrada’s release of The Lost Weekend, selected cues from the original optical music tracks for Desert Fury were transferred to 35mm magnetic film long ago— but only recently discovered and digitized. Two cues were never preserved (the complete, original “Bridle Trail” and “Fritzie’s Designs”). Of what remains, most survived in fairly good condition, although a few cues were too damaged to be transferred to digital. As a result, approximately 10 minutes of what Rózsa recorded for the film is gone forever, but—in compensation—nearly eight minutes of previously unheard alternates comprise the “Extras” section of this disc.

At the center of the plot in Desert Fury is Paula Haller (Lizabeth Scott), a 19-yearold college dropout who has returned to her Nevada home town. Her mother, Fritzie (Mary Astor), runs the local gambling establishment. When gambler Eddie Bendix (John Hodiak) arrives in town, Paula is smitten. But Eddie and Fritzie are ex-lovers and Eddie is suspected of having killed his wife. Fritzie warns her daughter to stay away from him. Deputy Sheriff Tom Hanson (Burt Lancaster) has unrequited love for Paula, and although Fritzie offers him money if he will propose to Paula, distracting her from Eddie, he refuses to play along...

Intrada Special Collection Vol. 329
Retail Price: $19.99
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For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.9738/.f


Miklos Rozsa
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 329
Date: 1947
Time: 56:03
Tracks: 17
Price: $19.99

Rozsa fans take delight! Rare 1947 soundtrack finally surfaces and is worth the wait! Desert Fury was one of Burt Lancaster's first three pictures (all scored by Rozsa!) but remains the most obscure. Hal Wallis produces, Lewis Allen directs, Robert Rossen scripts, Burt Lancaster stars with Lizabeth Scott, John Hodiak, Mary Astor and then-newcomer Wendell Corey. Filmed outdoors on gorgeous Arizona locations in Technicolor but centering on "noir" complications of a small-town love triangle, Rozsa imbues his masterful score with both dark-edged overtones of drama and soaring ideas for locale. At center is Rozsa's signature, angular thematic "noir" style but he affords several splendid, emotionally rich elements in beautiful balance.

As with our release of Rozsa's The Lost Weekend, this CD was made possible courtesy Paramount Pictures release of 35mm transfers of the optical music tracks made many years ago but only recently discovered. Almost all of the score survived in excellent condition, save approximately ten minutes of material lost to the ages. In balance, however, some eight minutes of never-before-heard alternates did survive those seven decades! A total of 56 minutes of powerhouse Rozsa now available for the first time ever!

Part of Paramount Picture's ongoing Historical CDs preservation efforts. Artwork courtesy Universal Pictures. Informative liner notes from Frank K. DeWald, colorful graphic design by Joe Sikoryak. Eugene Zador orchestrates, Miklos Rozsa conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!


01. Prelude (revised)/The First Meeting (3:02)
02. A Mother’s Advice (revised) (3:20)
03. A Strange Likeness (1:05)
04. Bronco Broken (2:39)
05. Bridle Trail (insert) (1:57)
06. Tom’s Proposal/Paula’s Flight/Paula Returns in Love (8:24)
07. Everybody’s Manners Stink (1:48)
08. A Domestic Paula? (3:15)
09. Fireside Chat (with inserts) (3:19)
10. Eddie’s Decision (0:58)
11. Paula’s Lock Up Montage (4:11)
12. Paradise Lost (1:49)
13. On to Vegas (0:40)
14. Johnny’s Story/The Chase/Blazing Wreck/Cast of Characters (11:05)
Total Score Time: 48:08

The Extras
15. Prelude (original version) (1:01)
16. A Mother’s Advice(original version) (3:20)
17. Fireside Chat (original version) (3:21)
Total Extras Time: 7:48



 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Wonderful!

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Excellent! I've no familiarity with the film or score, but hey, it's Rosza, so it's worthy of celebrating. Can't wait to hear it.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Again, all I get from the clips is a "Missing Plug-In" message.
Doesn't happen with any other sites with my iMac, but always with Intrada's clips.
I'm using a new iMac presently and it happens with both the old one and the new.

Excellent release though, so the clips are irrelevant in this instance as it's an automatic buy. But that's not the point.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Samples sound great. In a few days it will be mine.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 10:36 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Excellent! I've no familiarity with the film or score, but hey, it's Rosza, so it's worthy of celebrating. Can't wait to hear it.

You don't need familiarity with this Rozsa, all his scores are the same, you know what you're gonna get.

This sting of Rozsa's gives me hope, that one day, FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO might surface. Is that Paramount also?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 10:50 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Part of Paramount Picture's ongoing Historical CDs preservation efforts. Artwork courtesy Universal Pictures.

I wonder what exactly that means - are they going to make soundtracks more accessible to the labels? Soundtracks from all eras? And did Paramount do the clean-up on the tracks?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 11:36 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Again, all I get from the clips is a "Missing Plug-In" message.
Doesn't happen with any other sites with my iMac, but always with Intrada's clips.
I'm using a new iMac presently and it happens with both the old one and the new.

Excellent release though, so the clips are irrelevant in this instance as it's an automatic buy. But that's not the point.


Perhaps Updating your software from time to time might help avoid these issues..

You seem to be the only one who has these issues on this board as rule....

I wonder why?

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   The Thing   (Member)

Again, all I get from the clips is a "Missing Plug-In" message.
Doesn't happen with any other sites with my iMac, but always with Intrada's clips.
I'm using a new iMac presently and it happens with both the old one and the new.


I think Mr Thaxton was making an incorrect assumption with his curt reply.

Intrada provide their samples using a playlist link, rather than directly to the mp3 sound file, so it is not necessarily that your software is out of date, but that you might need to re-configure or install something that your iMac might not come with by default in its basic installation.

I have asked this question previously.
Although not related to your iMac, maybe the replies in this thread will help you understand the issue:
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=108901&forumID=1&archive=0

Sorry I can't offer a better solution... I didn't take the issue any further as it works ok in at least one browser I use (Internet Explorer), so I made do leaving it as is. Perhaps try Googling something like "iMac m3u playlists" etc and see if you can find a solution.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 1:38 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Again, all I get from the clips is a "Missing Plug-In" message.
Doesn't happen with any other sites with my iMac, but always with Intrada's clips.
I'm using a new iMac presently and it happens with both the old one and the new.


I think Mr Thaxton was making an incorrect assumption with his curt reply.

Intrada provide their samples using a playlist link, rather than directly to the mp3 sound file, so it is not necessarily that your software is out of date, but that you might need to re-configure or install something that your iMac might not come with by default in its basic installation.

I have asked this question previously.
Although not related to your iMac, maybe the replies in this thread will help you understand the issue:
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=108901&forumID=1&archive=0

Sorry I can't offer a better solution... I didn't take the issue any further as it works ok in at least one browser I use (Internet Explorer), so I made do leaving it as is. Perhaps try Googling something like "iMac m3u playlists" etc and see if you can find a solution.




Thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Part of Paramount Picture's ongoing Historical CDs preservation efforts. Artwork courtesy Universal Pictures.

I wonder what exactly that means - are they going to make soundtracks more accessible to the labels? Soundtracks from all eras? And did Paramount do the clean-up on the tracks?


Just have a look here:
http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/special/paramount_archive.html

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   finder4545   (Member)

Part of Paramount Picture's ongoing Historical CDs preservation efforts. Artwork courtesy Universal Pictures.

I wonder what exactly that means - are they going to make soundtracks more accessible to the labels? Soundtracks from all eras? And did Paramount do the clean-up on the tracks?


From that, I understand that it is an "Intrada's effort" to preserve on CD the Paramount's works licensed step by step. There is no doubt that Paramount opened the door, making accessibile their materials. The main question is: "WHAT SECRETS BEYOND THE DOOR"?
I don't think Paramount cared to do the cleaning up, spending money and risking to waste the integrity of the originals, against the philosophy of preserving the sources.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 2:37 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Part of Paramount Picture's ongoing Historical CDs preservation efforts. Artwork courtesy Universal Pictures.

I wonder what exactly that means - are they going to make soundtracks more accessible to the labels? Soundtracks from all eras?



You haven't been paying attention, Last Child.

In the last 4-5 years, at least the following titles from the Paramount vaults---coming from the decades of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s....have been released. Many are already OOP.

Mr. Kritzerland smile has been the most prolific (with other titles in the works, I'm sure), and other very select titles have been released on Intrada, LaLaLand, and Counterpoint.

Composers represented include Amfitheatrof, Bernstein, Bregman, Buttolph, Duning, Friedhofer, Hollander, Murray, Newman, Previn, Raksin, Rozsa, Salter, Stevens, Tiomkin, Van Cleave, Waxman, Young,

THE ACCUSED (Kritzerland)
THE AFFAIRS OF SUSAN (Kritzerland)
ALL IN A NIGHT'S WORK (Kritzerland)
APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER (Kritzerland)
THE ATOMIC CITY (Kritzerland)
BOTANY BAY (Kritzerland)
BRIDE OF VENGEANCE (Intrada)
THE BRIDE WORE BOOTS (Kritzerland)
THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI (Intrada)
CAPTAIN CAREY, USA (Intrada)
CAREER (Kritzerland)
CONQUEST OF SPACE (Intrada)
THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR (Kritzerland)
THE DELICATE DELINQUENT (Kritzerland)
DISPUTED PASSAGE (Kritzerland)
DONOVAN'S REEF (Kritzerland)
ELEPHANT WALK (Kritzerland)
THE FAR HORIZONS (Kritzerland)
FEAR STRIKES OUT (Kritzerland)
THE GEISHA BOY (Kritzerland)
A GIRL NAMED TAMIKO (Kritzerland)
THE GREAT McGINTY (Kritzerland)
GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL (La La Land)
HOT SPELL (Kritzerland)
HUD (Kritzerland)
I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (Kritzerland)
LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (Counterpoint)
THE LONELY MAN (Kritzerland)
THE LOST WEEKEND (Intrada)
LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER (Kritzerland)
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (Kritzerland)
THE MATCHMAKER (Kritzerland)
MY GEISHA (Kritzerland)
THE NAKED JUNGLE (Intrada)
NO MAN OF HER OWN (Intrada)
ONE EYED JACKS (Kritzerland)
A PLACE IN THE SUN (Kritzerland)
THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY (Kritzerland)
THE RAT RACE (Kritzerland)
REMEMBER THE NIGHT (Kritzerland)
SABRINA (Kritzerland)
SECRET OF THE INCAS (Kritzerland)
SEPTEMBER AFFAIR (Kritzerland)
SHANE (La La Land)
STALAG 17 (Kritzerland)
THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (Kritzerland)
STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND (Kritzerland)
SUMMER AND SMOKE (Kritzerland)
THUNDER IN THE EAST (Intrada)
THE TIN STAR (Kritzerland)
TO CATCH A THIEF (Intrada)
TOO LATE BLUES (Kritzerland)
VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET (Kritzerland)
WAR OF THE WORLDS (Intrada)
WE'RE NO ANGELS (Kritzerland)
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (Intrada)
WHO'S GOT THE ACTION (Kritzerland)
WILD HARVEST (Intrada)
WILD IS THE WIND (La La Land)
THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (Kritzerland)

....and likely a few others I've missed.


The mining of the Paramount music archive has been a wonderful development over the past few years, and I, for one, am thrilled. Quite a number of the now-released titles were on my Holy Grails lists and considering that these elements are now 50-60-70 years old, they sound incredibly good!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   couvee   (Member)

I have the same plug-in issue with the Intrada samples. I have a Mac with the latest software and Safari browser.

However the samples of Desert Fury I could play. But when there was just one more to play I tried to listen to a sample again that I heard without problems the first time and now I got the plug-in message. Then I tried the last sample and I also got the message. Then I clicked the sample again and it worked.

It's a bit frustrating that it's so inconsistent. With other Intrada samples from previous releases in general I could here the first sample and maybe another one, but the others not, no matter how often I clicked on them. And yes, samples on the SAE site work fine for these Intrada releases but there are less samples.

It's probably the way Intrada streams these samples. Before you had to download them into iTunes before you could hear them. Also not very user friendly. I wish they had samples that are more accessible. I sometimes skipped a release because I couldn't hear the samples.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Part of Paramount Picture's ongoing Historical CDs preservation efforts. Artwork courtesy Universal Pictures.

I wonder what exactly that means - are they going to make soundtracks more accessible to the labels? Soundtracks from all eras?


Answer One
From that, I understand that it is an "Intrada's effort" to preserve on CD the Paramount's works licensed step by step. There is no doubt that Paramount opened the door, making accessibile their materials.

Answer Two
In the last 4-5 years, at least the following titles from the Paramount vaults---coming from the decades of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s....have been released. Many are already OOP.
Mr. Kritzerland smile has been the most prolific (with other titles in the works, I'm sure), and other very select titles have been released on Intrada, LaLaLand, and Counterpoint.


I was aware that some releases were from Paramount movies, but I dont think I've seen the phrase "Paramount Pictures Historical CDs preservations efforts" before. It sounds like they have a special division devoted to it, which is why I asked if they also provided the material in its final form (which is not unheard of). Maybe I'm taking it too literally, but "Historical CDs" is capitalized.
The first answer implies the phrase is describing Intrada's efforts to preserve Paramount music. The 2nd answer doesnt quite address what I meant. Any other explanations, or am I reading too much into it?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Intrada says selected cues from the original optical music tracks were transferred to 35mm magnetic film long ago,but only " recently discovered and digitized". I wonder if this means there is still the possibility of many Franz Waxman scores we thought were lost; especially THE FURIES and COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA. Whatever the answer, I hope Kritzerland will continue to give us scores from the Paramount vault. The more labels involved the better for us.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Perhaps try Googling something like "iMac m3u playlists" etc and see if you can find a solution.

Yes, somewhere in the settings of each browser there should be an option of what to do with 'm3u's. I have chosen 'use vlc player' which is my default audio/video player and the sound files on Intrada's website play immediatedly.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Screen test for Burt ... but not for the role he ended up playing ...

http://fan.tcm.com/video/burt-lancaster-screen-test

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

is it me or does Lizabeth Scott look like Bogart in drag? Not because of the particular photo, but in general?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Great to see DESERT FURY now on CD! I ask all of you who understand and appreciate great film music to buy and support CDs such as this.

Rozsa gave all his film scores 100% effort and ALL belong on CDs!

GREAT art design by Joe Sikoryak, as always!

Thanks Intrada! Try to issue more Paramount Golden Age! smile

 
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