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 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

As it was confirmed Poltergeist II is being released by Kritzerland I thought it deserves its own thread instead of discussion on the Miracle Worker (another fantastic score) thread.

And yes, it's the complete (at long last!) Poltergeist II. We've gone back to the original three-track mixes so we didn't have to deal with the previous CDs various EQs, none of which were to my liking and the last of which is mastered so hot as to defy credulity. The four missing short cues are there. No alternates, but we are including bonus tracks of two cues that appear without choir in the film (they were scored to have the choir and appear that way in the main program - but we have the instrumental-only versions in the bonus section) along with some other odds and ends that are fun. Very excited about this one and yes, it's more than 1000 and less than 2000 - given it's prior release history I wasn't comfortable with 2000, whereas I was with 1500, which I think will move just fine. At 2000 I'd have to read the endless litany of "I'm fine with the Varese" - you know what I mean. smile

I really love this score and more than the 4 short unreleased cues I really happy that the film version (whithout chorus) of Wild Braces and Vomit Creature will be included as a bonus (I prefer them whithout the chorus).

This will be for sure a wonderfull release specially with the reported improvement in the sound department. Several of the tracks on previous releases suffered from the loud mastering, specially Reaching Out that has clear distortion on some loud passages.

An anticipated: Thank You Kritzerland!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

James Nelson and I have spent a LOT of time on the phone talking about this release and its sound - the original mixes are so clean-sounding and detailed with wonderful dynamic range and all that's lost with that extra-hot mastering - plus they added so much washy reverb to the choir (it needed some but boy did they go to extremes) that it actually created a slap-back effect and then also caused the orchestra to have that extra verb washed over it. When I heard the first test track of our new release my ears were extremely happy smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

This is good news, as that "slapback" is probably why I never really warmed to the score.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

There are no words except ...

Thank you Bruce!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

I really never thought I'd ever buy another (my 3rd) rendition of the score but after reading this thread I'm excited to be buying my 4th! On a side note the original Intrada PII was my first cd purchase back in '87. Wow time flies.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   samlowry   (Member)

When should we be expecting this important release?

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I think Bruce said it was going to be announced Monday.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

This is good news, as that "slapback" is probably why I never really warmed to the score.

Is it possible I'll buy this score again?

Never liked the original Intrada.

Never liked the second Intrada.

Never liked the Varèse.

Vowed I would never buy this again.

Why am I weakening?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Schiffy my sentiments exactly!

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Just tell me when!

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Bruce SUPER SUPER cool!

Can't wait man! Many thanks

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

As I said in the other thread, this score has never gotten its due - no, it's not the same as the original Poltergeist and that's a good thing because the film isn't the same as the original Poltergeist. Goldsmith's new music for II is just fantastic, but, as I said, the previous releases were what they were and the last of them, the long Varese, was just fatiguing to listen to and I truly believe that's why people never went back to it. It's not something you're conscious of when listening, but believe me that kind of thing plays with your unconscious.

Obviously no one can promise that if you're not fond of the score that you'll suddenly be fonder, but I'm hoping that will be the case - certainly it is for me. What's fascinating about the film itself, which I watched again before writing the liner notes, is that had Julian Beck not passed away in the middle of filming and things been hastily rewritten, changed and shortened (the film only runs eighty-three minutes without its end credits), this could have been just as good as the first film. Alas. But I have to say that what there is of Beck is one of the creepiest performances ever, and without aid of make-up or effects - just perfect casting.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   Beanis   (Member)

Owning all the previous versions of Poltergeist II in no way prevents me from picking up this newly updated release. Although there are many unreleased holy grails out there that I would like, having a complete AND remastered version of one of my favorite scores elates me to no end. "God is in his holy temple" indeed!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

I am psyched! YAY! I know La La Land Records has passed on this title and Intrada had no plans to re-issue it on their label. I always lamented the missing cues. Now it's remastered for our enjoyment too! Bring it on!

-Rick O.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I've never bought a Kritzerland CD before so I'm glad they're releasing a title I'm interested in. The film belongs in the "Best Score to a Crappy Film" thread, however. I'll keep my eyes peeled for the announcement.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

The history of POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE soundtracks ...

1986: 30-minute vinyl from Intrada Records and Varese Sarabande

The Power / Late Call / The Smoke / The Worm / Reaching Out

1993: 55-minute Limited Edition from Intrada Reords

The Power / Where Are You? / The Gift / Late Call / They're Back / The Butterflies / Dental Problems
The Plan / The Smoke / The Worm and Vomit Creature / Back to Cuesta Verde / Reaching Out /
Carol Ann's Theme

2003: 60-Minute Deluxe Edition from Varese Sarabande

The Power / Things / The Mall / Late Call / They're Back / Butterflies / The Visitor / Wild Braces /
Leave Us Alone / The Smoke / Back to Cuesta Verde / Reaching Out / Carol Ann's Theme

2013: Kritzerland!

The unreleased tracks will probably be something like this:

The Past (after The Mall aka Where Are You) / The Dream (after The Gift) / Take Care (after They're Back) / The Bottle (after The Smoke)

With the extras, I am guessing the CD will be close to 80 mins.

-Rick O.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

For fans of "The Omen", this is a chance to enjoy a Really twisted choral version of the old warhorse Protestant hymn "God Is In His Holy Temple".

For fans of "Twilight Zone: The Movie", there are some moments that offer similar great passages.

Thanks, Kritzerland!

We can sing along with the villain of this film,

"God is in his holy temple,
Earthly thoughts be silent now,
While in reverence we assemble,
And before the Presence (of Jerry Goldsmith) bow".

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

The history of POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE soundtracks ...

1986: 30-minute vinyl from Intrada Records and Varese Sarabande

The Power / Late Call / The Smoke / The Worm / Reaching Out

1993: 55-minute Limited Edition from Intrada Reords

The Power / Where Are You? / The Gift / Late Call / They're Back / The Butterflies / Dental Problems
The Plan / The Smoke / The Worm and Vomit Creature / Back to Cuesta Verde / Reaching Out /
Carol Ann's Theme

2003: 60-Minute Deluxe Edition from Varese Sarabande

The Power / Things / The Mall / Late Call / They're Back / Butterflies / The Visitor / Wild Braces /
Leave Us Alone / The Smoke / Back to Cuesta Verde / Reaching Out / Carol Ann's Theme

2013: Kritzerland!

The unreleased tracks will probably be something like this:

The Past (after The Mall aka Where Are You) / The Dream (after The Gift) / Take Care (after They're Back) / The Bottle (after The Smoke)

With the extras, I am guessing the CD will be close to 80 mins.

-Rick O.


Your additional cue titles are all correct as they appear on the cue sheets except for what you call The Bottle - that's called The Drink. There are a few titles that will be different on our release - we've stuck strictly to the titles as the appear on the cue sheets - for example, there is no cue titled "They're Back" -

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   xG-MONEYx   (Member)

When exactly is this beautiful music dropping?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

When exactly is this beautiful music dropping?

Announcing Monday morning.

 
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