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 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a new limited edition soundtrack CD release and the world-premiere of the complete score to:

THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG

Music Composed by George Duning

The World of Suzie Wong began life as a novel by British author Richard Mason. The book, published first in England and then in the United States, proved very popular. It led to a stage adaptation by Paul Osborn, which opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater on October 14, 1958, and ran for over a year. Because of the success of both novel and play, Paramount brought The World of Suzie Wong to the screen in 1960, starring William Holden and Nancy Kwan. The film version was beautifully directed by Richard Quine, its story set against stunningly photographed locations (Geoffrey Unsworth was the cameraman) and played out against the gorgeous musical score of George Duning.

Duning and director Richard Quine had already worked together several times – beginning with Quine’s first film, The Sunny Side of the Street, and continuing with My Sister Eileen, Full of Life, Operation Mad Ball, Bell, Book and Candle, It Happened to Jane and Strangers When We Meet. Duning had an innate musical sense of what made Quine’s films tick, and their collaboration together produced some unique and wonderful film scores, of which Suzie Wong is a classic example. It is filled with Duning’s incredible gift for melody, starting with his stunning main theme and working its way through some of the best dramatic scoring Duning ever did, right up there with Picnic. James Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn also wrote a song for the film called “Suzie Wong (The Cloud Song),” and Duning uses that as a secondary theme throughout the score. There is some source music, mostly heard coming from the bar in the Namkok Hotel – a lot of those cues are Duning originals, but he sprinkles in some classic standards, too. The score has a lot of variety and perfectly blends the picturesque visuals with the human drama, capturing every emotion and every scene perfectly. In a career filled with classic scores, Suzie Wong is one of Duning’s finest achievements.

The World of Suzie Wong had a soundtrack release on RCA Records back in 1960. Side A of the album basically had the main title and then a lot of the Duning source music, while Side B had some of the score cues – the album ran around thirty-five minutes. For this release, we have Duning’s entire score, which we’ve put in film order because it plays so beautifully that way. We’ve kept all the Duning source music cues in the film sequence because they’re really part of the fabric of his score. In the bonus section, we’ve put the source music cues that aren’t by Duning, along with the LP version of the main title and a few other alternates and odds and ends, all totaling seventy-eight minutes of film music heaven. For the transfers, we went from the original three-track album masters as well as the original scoring masters, all in glorious stereo sound.

The World of Suzie Wong is limited to 1000 copies only. The price is $19.98, plus shipping.

CD will ship the second week of June, but preorders placed at Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks early (we’ve been averaging four weeks). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

NOTE: The first orders placed at Kritzerland will receive Suzie Wong's CD booklet signed by the film's star - MISS NANCY KWAN! We don't know exactly how many she'll sign but we will reserve them in strict order as the orders come in.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Spiegelson   (Member)

Ordered, great music and great cover !

Many thanks Bruce for this masterpiece.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Another Duning! Thank goodness for Kritzerland.

Hope we are privileged to know the stock situation on this one, so I can bundle it.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

Another Duning! Thank goodness for Kritzerland.

My feelings exactly. Thanks for making this one available. I LOVE Duning's music.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Jerry Horne   (Member)

Ordered and appreciated!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

Ordered!!!

As a soundtrack collector from Hong Kong, I am glad to see Kritzerland releases the soundtrack of a movie filmed in Hong Kong again (the previous one is Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing).

Although I got a copy of Spanish RCA version 3 years ago, I am going to grab one because of Nancy Kwan's autograph and the complete score presentation.

Thank you very much, Mr. Kimmel!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Ordered!!!

As a soundtrack collector from Hong Kong, I am glad to see Kritzerland releases the soundtrack of a movie filmed in Hong Kong again (the previous one is Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing).

Although I got a copy of Spanish RCA version 3 years ago, I am going to grab one because of Nancy Kwan's autograph and the complete score presentation.

Thank you very much, Mr. Kimmel!


For those who have the RCA Spain and are hesitating - the sound on the RCA Spain is horrifying - shrill and ugly and hugely distorted. This is an interesting thing about the actual recording, which was done in London. It was recorded too hot - guess no one caught it as they were doing it, but the entire session had distortion right on the session masters. You can hear it on the original LP, you can hear it in the film itself, and it's a 1000 times worse on the RCA Spain because it's from a sub-master many generations away. We had all the original tapes to work with - the session masters, the three-track album masters, etc. We sent them to Chris Malone who worked some rather unbelievable audio restoration magic and I don't know what exactly that entailed I can only tell you the result is pretty astonishing - and all done without sacrificing one iota of clarity or high end. He deserves huge kudos. Lukas was very involved in this one - he loves this score, and he was hugely pleased with what he heard from Chris, and then as mastered by James Nelson.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

Ordered!!!

As a soundtrack collector from Hong Kong, I am glad to see Kritzerland releases the soundtrack of a movie filmed in Hong Kong again (the previous one is Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing).

Although I got a copy of Spanish RCA version 3 years ago, I am going to grab one because of Nancy Kwan's autograph and the complete score presentation.

Thank you very much, Mr. Kimmel!


For those who have the RCA Spain and are hesitating - the sound on the RCA Spain is horrifying - shrill and ugly and hugely distorted. This is an interesting thing about the actual recording, which was done in London. It was recorded too hot - guess no one caught it as they were doing it, but the entire session had distortion right on the session masters. You can hear it on the original LP, you can hear it in the film itself, and it's a 1000 times worse on the RCA Spain because it's from a sub-master many generations away. We had all the original tapes to work with - the session masters, the three-track album masters, etc. We sent them to Chris Malone who worked some rather unbelievable audio restoration magic and I don't know what exactly that entailed I can only tell you the result is pretty astonishing - and all done without sacrificing one iota of clarity or high end. He deserves huge kudos. Lukas was very involved in this one - he loves this score, and he was hugely pleased with what he heard from Chris, and then as mastered by James Nelson.


Really looking forward to this one!

The artwork is wonderful!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

And I'm sure you know Bruce, your e-mail about this headlined: Two New Kritzerland Limited Edition CDs!

I am assuming that was an error.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

And I'm sure you know Bruce, your e-mail about this headlined: Two New Kritzerland Limited Edition CDs!

I am assuming that was an error.

James


Yes I'm still figuring out the ins and outs of the new Constant Contact forms. That was held over from the previous email and I didn't notice

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

Another Kritzerland to add to my collection! Hope I get an autographed copy........

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

And I'm sure you know Bruce, your e-mail about this headlined: Two New Kritzerland Limited Edition CDs!

I am assuming that was an error.

James


Yes I'm still figuring out the ins and outs of the new Constant Contact forms. That was held over from the previous email and I didn't notice


Thank you for clearing that up! I was going slightly nuts (not a far stretch from the status quo, I might add) trying to discover what the second release was!

I own the Spanish RCA release of WONG and never listen to it, but past experience has taught me that (as in the case of MY GEISHA, DAVID AND BATHSHEBA and others), listening to a Kritzerland souped-up release of an old score is to hear it really for the first time, and to discover the diamond in that lump of coal you dismissed years ago as a clunker. So I had no choice but to order it!

With the premier release of Mancini's DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES presumably coming out tomorrow, this is going to be an expensive week!

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Ordered. Thanks for another excellent release Bruce.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Great to see more Duning released and this is an especially good one. Still waiting on definitive versions of 3:10 to Yuma and Picnic (on CD...I guess the Twilight Time Blu-ray does have the complete score?)

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Bruce, one serious question.
I tried to order 'World...' with Newman's "David" & "Counterfeit Traitor" combo - 3 CDs, international shipping - in order summary I see $22.75 for shipping (not $17 as I see on site) - . But when I login in to my paypal account, I get summary for $76 at all!
I want to pay now, so can you verify this?
Or I'm wrong in my calculations?

upd

Well, I already pay for this, can't wait. And of course it will be great, if I can be among those, who will get autographed copies big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

With the premier release of Mancini's DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES presumably coming out tomorrow, this is going to be an expensive week!

Days Of Wine And Roses is coming out tomorrow? What label? I didn't know.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

I want to order a copy but Pay Pal is giving me an error.

Is anyone else having this problem as well?

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

[startquoteWith the premier release of Mancini's DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES presumably coming out tomorrow, this is going to be an expensive week!

Days Of Wine And Roses is coming out tomorrow? What label? I didn't know.

Actually it will be announced this evening by Intrada along with a David Newman action score.
Cds will ship tomorrow

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Amazing!

Just yesterday I pulled out of my old Soundtrack LP Collection and thought this would make a great CD. Really, just yesterday! So cool. A Cosmic Connection? Thanks Bruce!

Always thought it was weird too that George Duning is not credited on the front cover.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I want to order a copy but Pay Pal is giving me an error.

Is anyone else having this problem as well?


The whole site is giving me an error right now. I can't get the samples to load.

 
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