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 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


INTRADA Announces:



SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Composed and Conducted by GEORGES DELERUE
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 337

For Something Wicked This Way Comes, composer Georges Delerue was overtly excited by the opportunity to write one of his first large-scale, Hollywood fantasy scores for a huge orchestra -- a score that could handle Gothic and avant-garde elements along with his trademark lyricism. In the course of two weeks, he wrote over 50 minutes of music—brash, exotic and at times demented, but grounded by a sweet melody for childhood innocence. Director Jack Clayton was delighted: “It seems more than a miracle that you should have been able to compose such a magnificent score in so short a time,” he wrote in a letter to Delerue.

Delerue’s score deftly complements the suggestive shadows and quiet evil—as well as the sadness and sweetness of the father/son relationship at its heart. The film’s moralistic themes, mysterious carnival attractions and intimate humanity inspired him to fill his score with gut-rattling calliope material, Gallic lyricism, a sparkling music-box tune, a heightened funeral march, solemn drama and classic Hollywood suspense. By most accounts, however, Clayton’s understated, slightly claustrophobic film simply wasn’t scary, or big, or fantastical enough, resulting in the film's editing, special effects, and music given a serious overhaul. For Delerue, scoring the picture was quite a journey, one that ultimately led to the most disappointing moment in his career—the score went completely unused.

This presentation is sourced from the recently discovered complete 2? 24-track scoring session masters, stored in the Disney vaults -- unlabeled. This amazing find allowed Intrada to newly mixed into digital stereo, including every sequence Delerue wrote for the film. This included several cues recorded prior to major postproduction changes that were, themselves, dropped from the then-existing cut of the film.

Something Wicked is a nostalgia-soaked morality tale about regret, growing old, and unwise wishes suddenly granted. At the emotional core of the story is Mr. Halloway: too old to play sports with his young son and incapable of saving him from nearly drowning earlier in his life. His regrets, along with those of fellow his townspeople, draws the evil carnival owned by Mr. Dark, who is prepared to grant any and all wishes -- at a price. Halloway's son and best friend, with his own deep desire, uncover the evil of the carnival.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 337
Retail Price: $19.99
SHIPPING NOW
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.9969/.f









Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 337
Date: 1983
Time: 73:50
Tracks: 33

Important, complete release of magnificent, yet never-used soundtrack from 1983 Walt Disney production based on classic Ray Bradbury novel. Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Pam Grier star, Jack Clayton directs, Bradbury himself scripts. Years ago, Intrada premiered dynamic, early James Horner soundtrack eventually used in film. Now, near-legendary unused score by Georges Delere gets a complete release unto its own. Delerue opens with rich, chordal motif for low brass that is simultaneously regal, unsettling. As score progresses, motif reveals itself to be variant of primary theme for Mr. Dark (Pryce) and his frightening carnival. Delerue uses theme throughout score, often in masterful disguises that include everything from eerie choral intonations to subtle woodwind treatment. Harmonically-rich, dramatic idea even gets demented, minor-key statement, recorded on large pipe organ for calliope sequence.

Other ideas abound: winding, sinewy melody for strings, cor Anglais during "The First Witch", glistening water effects from bowed vibraphone for "Mirrors", haunting music box melodies, much more. Especially moving is heartfelt, memorably sad theme for strings, introduced during early bedtime scene ("Halloway's Bedroom"), then fully realized during moving father/son sequence "You'll Live Forever". Minor-key theme offers Delerue writing in his finest melodic mode. Special spotlight goes to climactic "Dark Dies" cue, providing composer opportunity to write arguably his most powerful film music ever. When fireworks are over and midget person retrieves body of Dark, Delerue returns to his opening chordal motif for low brass in stroke of pure musical genius. Composer himself considered music to be amongst his all-time finest, written for massive orchestra with chorus in tow.

Entire score presented in stereo, newly mixed and mastered from 2" 24-track session masters vaulted by Disney in pristine condition. Beautiful "flipper" cover design by Joe Sikoryak provides two gorgeous, early Bob Peak artwork campaigns intended for American posters but not used. Informative booklet notes by Tim Greiving provide insight into difficulties in readying film production for release into theaters. Georges Delerue conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!

01. Main Title (2:24)
02. Halloway’s Coffin (1:04)
03. Halloway’s Bedroom (0:59)
04. Nite Time Carnival (4:18)
05. Calliope (Mr. Dark Theme) (2:34)
06. Crosetti (1:21)
07. Mirrors (2:44)
08. Respect It (1:56)
09. Come On (Alternate) (3:19)
10. Meeting Robert (1:10)
11. Young Miss Foley (1:12)
12. Music Box (Ending 3) And Cooger (0:43)
13. Stop It (1:47)
14. You’ll Live Forever (3:09)
15. Bleeding Hand (0:30)
16. Funeral March – Version 2 (Mr. Dark Theme) (2:00)
17. The Library (Revised) (2:44)
18. The First Witch (2:48)
19. 2nd Dust Witch (0:44)
20. Hall Of Mirrors (4:42)
21. Dark Dies (4:43)
22. End Credits (3:45)
Total Score Time: 50:54

The Extras – Score Alternates
23. Come On (Original) (1:09)
24. Music Box (Ending 1) (0:31)
25. Music Box (Ending 2) (0:34)
26. Funeral March – Version 1 (Mr. Dark Theme) (2:24)
27. The Library (Original) (1:47)
28. End Credits – Alternate (With Harmonica Intro) (3:44)
Time: 10:16

The Extras – Source Music

29. Band – First Parade (2:42)
30. Band – 2nd Parade (1:18)
31. Calliope – Frenzied Tonal Music (2:27)
32. Calliope – Low Pedal Notes (1:22)
33. Calliope Collage (Includes Mr. Dark Theme) (4:33)
Time: 12:30


Samples & Direct Order:

http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.9969/.f


Additional Order Links:

http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/30580/

http://www.moviemusic.com/soundtrack/M10192/something-wicked-this-way-comes/

http://www.musicbox-records.com/en/cd-soundtracks/2662-something-wicked-this-way-comes-unused.html

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

AAAAHHHH!!!! big grin

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

By the pricking of my thumb, something monitary out of my wallet their way comes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

WOW. Just starting the sound samples. Stunning. Prepare to be blown away. If you're accustomed to the earlier "collector" copy, it's like going from a crappy vhs pan&scan to HD widescreen.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

WOW. Just starting the sound samples. Stunning. Prepare to be blown away. If you're accustomed to the earlier "collector" copy, it's like going from a crappy vhs pan&scan to HD widescreen.

Oh I know what you are talking about...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Something wonderful this way comes !
Many thanks Intrada.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Frank Vincent   (Member)

The samples sound amazing. Can't wait to get it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   dyptique   (Member)

Look at that wicked awesome cover. I'm ready to purchase this just for its cover alone!

Question. How come this score was replaced? I think it's superb.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I think the time-honored answer is "They just didn't know what else to do." The test screenings weren't going as well as hoped, and that late in the post-production process, there are few inexpensive solutions from which to choose. Cheap, easy (hoped-for) fix? Toss the score.

As a result certain privileged films receive not one great score but two. Only movie score fans ever get to know this, though.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

As mentioned in the other thread, the director's original version of the film was extensively re-shot and reedited, after a poor test screening. The result was that original score could no longer be used in the new film, so a new score was commissioned.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   dyptique   (Member)

As mentioned in the other thread, the director's original version of the film was extensively re-shot and reedited, after a poor test screening. The result was that original score could no longer be used in the new film, so a new score was commissioned.

Interesting. Wikipedia says was replaced (see quote below) for being too dark.

For the original score, Clayton picked Georges Delerue who had scored his films The Pumpkin Eater and Our Mother's House, but his score (considered "too dark" by Disney) was later removed and replaced.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

What a haunting score this is! Sampling this for the first time, Iam already mesmerized. This would be my first Delerue film score purchase. Thanks for resurrecting this Intrada.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I think the time-honored answer is "They just didn't know what else to do." The test screenings weren't going as well as hoped, and that late in the post-production process, there are few inexpensive solutions from which to choose. Cheap, easy (hoped-for) fix? Toss the score.

As a result certain privileged films receive not one great score but two. Only movie score fans ever get to know this, though.


Disney also added a lot of flashy animated effects in post. Thinking kids wanted to see flashy things after Star Wars.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

Amer, this will be my second Delerue. My first was French Revolution. It is still one of my favorites.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   Chris Avis   (Member)

Sound clips are astonishing... the sound quality is amazing. I briefly owned the French release of this with Regarding Henry and was always put off by the crap sound quality and the horrible, horrible jarring edit in one of the tracks. This is a phenomenal release!

Chris.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

I found the music samples dark and brooding more Herrmannesq than Delerue and not very interesting. Am I missing something here??

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 9:08 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Amer, this will be my second Delerue. My first was French Revolution. It is still one of my favorites.

Dbrooks: I guess this will start as the new composer discovery for me. I have been meaning to explore his works for quite sometime.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It's far from typical Delerue, it's true. But don't you like both Delerue and Herrmann?

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2015 - 9:12 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

It's far from typical Delerue, it's true. But don't you like both Delerue and Herrmann?

Yavar


Yes, love both, but this score threw me off.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2015 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I have nostalgia and fondness of Horner's score which to me breathes that movie, but am nonetheless intrigued by the music Delerue has written. The samples sound amazing, the tone is much darker and ominous. It's so great to have this score out there in full force, I hope someday the original cut of the movie sees the light of day as well.

 
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