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 Posted:   Dec 22, 2007 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Scorebuff   (Member)

It's been awhile since i've seen the film and listened to the score. I actually found the film to be rather entertaining, despite how absurd the idea was. James Newton Howard's music was very effective in the film. I bought the score as soon as it was released and remember being disappointed that many cues were missing. However, with the union re-use fees etc, I was happy that I got anything at all. As I listen to the score now, it really does have some fun moments and creepy atmospheric pieces.

Anyone else have the score or like it at least? Do you think the music on the album was actually a good summary - not too long, not too short? I'd be curious to see what others might think.

 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2007 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

cant remember the album overall, but one of the best cues is missing: the thunderous attack to the alien mothership.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2007 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

cant remember the album overall, but one of the best cues is missing: the thunderous attack to the alien mothership.

don't remember the film either. I think I have to search to see if I still own the CD....

pause...

yup..still do.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2007 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   Scorebuff   (Member)

Spielboy,

I do remember in an issue of Music From The Movies, they mentioned in the review that the biggest mistake of the score release was the absence of the attack on the ship cue.

I should pop in the dvd, I can't remember what it sounded like. Must have been pretty massive.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2007 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

The highlight of the movie for me was when the print broke down. Honestly, it's a mess; a terrible, terrible film. The score CD wasn't very interesting either; it's currently in another room waiting to go out of print so I can pick up a few pennies for it off eBay.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2007 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Never liked the score but the film was not as bad as I expected. There was a piece I liked in the film (probably another rip off of a previous action JNH score) that was not included on the album whose absence made me not to buy the CD.

the score on CD **
the score in the film ***
the film ***

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2007 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

I love this movie! And the fact that my wife even loved it tells me I'm not alone in the wilderness. The setup of the four characters and the first hour buildup is exceedingly well done. Kasdan's direction is tight and involving, the winter photography is marvelous, and the acting is great. (Without giving anything away, it's nice that the film makers were able to use Damien Lewis' natural English accent for effect in the film, although some bonehead critics jumped all over this ploy.)

I have a feeling most people bail on it after "the bathroom scene." (There's probably a great psychological dissertation to be written on this by somebody--and not on anal retention!)

The Morgan Freeman character is the one element that is a bit over the top. Nevertheless, I bought into it because the film followed MY prime directive--if you care about the characters, you'll follow them anywhere.

Howards score was extremely effective, and, yes, I too regret the omission of some great cues on the CD, notably the helicopter attack, and that great percussive end title piece.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2007 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Scorebuff   (Member)

I love this movie! And the fact that my wife even loved it tells me I'm not alone in the wilderness. The setup of the four characters and the first hour buildup is exceedingly well done. Kasdan's direction is tight and involving, the winter photography is marvelous, and the acting is great. (Without giving anything away, it's nice that the film makers were able to use Damien Lewis' natural English accent for effect in the film, although some bonehead critics jumped all over this ploy.)

I have a feeling most people bail on it after "the bathroom scene." (There's probably a great psychological dissertation to be written on this by somebody--and not on anal retention!)

The Morgan Freeman character is the one element that is a bit over the top. Nevertheless, I bought into it because the film followed MY prime directive--if you care about the characters, you'll follow them anywhere.

Howards score was extremely effective, and, yes, I too regret the omission of some great cues on the CD, notably the helicopter attack, and that great percussive end title piece.


Good to know i'm not alone. I later read the book and realized the alien origins in humans *ahem* are exactly what King had in mind.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2007 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Jesse Hopkins   (Member)

I liked this movie. I didn't see why it got so many bad reviews, it was certainly entertaining enough.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2007 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

I can't remember what exactly was missing, but I've loved the score from the start. I like those thriller scores of Howard's.

I have not read the book yet, but the movie in itself was pretty good until-- well, I do not remember the details exactly, but, firstly, the childhood memories thing is not exactly new with King; more importantly, the revelation at the end (not to spoil anything) was too deus ex machina to my taste.
I liked the way "memory library" in the brain / consciousness.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 24, 2007 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

As a fan of all things Stephen King I've always considered this particular adaptation to be a grand looking, interesting and fascinating mess.

It's like a cotton ball of ideas that keeps rolling for over an hour but then decides it's out of ribbon and ties up.

To me the monsters looked great, almost like alien tasmanian devils. I didn't mind this being a monster movie while it was being marketed as a psychological thriller. I thought the monsters were well done aside from the ending which doesn't make sense.

The idea that someone's mind is portrayed as a library with books for thoughs was intriguing and I wished more of the movie focused on this!

The things I didn't like about the movie was the chemistry between the friends and the flashbacks which didn't work. The military scenes were underplayed and felt too contrived and ambitious to be experienced as a realistic approach to solving this invasion.

Dreamcatcher has good visuals and great ideas but ultimately doesn't really know what to do with them!

I've never been a huge fan of the score, as the album as represented is fairly forgettable, it seems as if James Newton Howard wasn't even trying very hard on this one.

I don't know what the big deal is with the attack on the mothership cue. Yes, it sounds big and action packed, but compare this piece to some of his action work for "Outbreak" or "Fugitive" and what you have here is a very stereotypical action cue like I've heard many before.

The only way I'm ever gonna like this movie is if they release a longer cut where everything does make sense smile

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2016 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I just saw the movie for the first time. Honestly, I hoped it was better, but I kind of liked it.

Score has some nice moments here and there, but mostly horror stuff.

The end credits has an interesting techno-like theme. Is that one on the album?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2016 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   sturges47   (Member)

No, the end title is not on the CD.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2016 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)



One of the great unintentionally-hilarious movies of all time. big grin Score was fine, but I got rid of the CD years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2018 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

As jfallon pointed out in the Stephen King box-set there has been a lack of discussion on Dreamcatcher. Indeed that thread seems to be focusing more on the problems with the box-set. For those of you who have purchased the box-set and own the original Varese CD has your view on the score changed for the better or for the worse?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2018 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Thanks Dave... let’s hear it!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2018 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

Thanks Dave... let’s hear it!

I listened to the Deluxe Version and I have to say that my opinion of the score remains the same. It is one of JNH weakest efforts for a film in this genre. Signs is a far better and more musically developed work.

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2018 - 2:22 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I think the Deluxe edition dramatically and thrillingly expands on the original release of this fantastic score. One of my absolute favorites from the composer, simply wonderful. Along with The Interpreter and A Perfect Murder, it's absolutely one of JNH's most underrated and exciting, truly able to be appreciated (by some and not enough) when heard in its complete context.

A travesty it was not released individually, but I'm not trying to go there again (I just feel so strongly about it that it's worth mentioning).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2018 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   EasternFinn   (Member)

I too enjoyed the score massively. I haven’t heard the original album so for me it was a whole new discovery. It’s awesome to hear so many different styles within one score. There are soothing, mysterious textures (the highlight of the score for me), straight-up horror music and Howard’s trademark propulsive action cues. The first disc flows better than the second, though the latter includes all the action highlights. The film didn’t deserve a score this refined and it’s the best one on this release followed closely by The Stand.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2018 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

The film was a middling, uneven mess, yet Howard's score is the only bright spot.

 
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