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 Post subject: INTRADA Announces Georges Delerue's SOMETHING WICKED
PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:00 pm 
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INTRADA Announces:

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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
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For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.9969/.f


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Stunning release. Picked it up at Creature Features.


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Great work! My Delerue collection now feels complete. One of the easiest buys, but I think Maleficio will pass on this.


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Absolutely wonderful!!! The wait is over! :D


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


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Fantastic release and with this I've finally placed my first order direct with Intrada :)

Loved this score since hearing the 10min suite on the London Sessions and have been wanting a full release. The previous French release was nice but sounded bad and you could tell it came from poor sources.

Then when Horner's score was released and it was mentioned that Delerues score existed in the same wonderful quality it seemed that a proper release was finally possible. Now it's here and the samples sound amazing.

I usually shop elsewhere for the majority of my soundtrack releases due to their customs "friendly" shipping to the UK.
But they usually take a week to receive their stock so I thought I would try out Intrada directly for this release. Been meaning to for a while due to their loyalty programme.

Oh, and fabulous covers as well.


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OneBuckFilms wrote:
Stunning release. Picked it up at Creature Features.


If you actually viewed the Creature Features screening of the Delerue-scored version, what did you think of the movie itself? And was it presented through some format of video projection, or on actual 35mm film?


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I actually picked up the CD on Saturday prior to the CD signing then.

I had real life preventing me from viewing the film Sunday.


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Thanks anyway, OneBuckFilms.

Can any forum member who did attend that screening answer my questions above?


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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Georges Delerue's SOMETHING WICKED
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I'm quoting from FSM member Tom Servo:

"they did screen some scenes from the early workprint version that included Delerue's score. I don't think it's legally possible to record and share this event, because technically that workprint shouldn't be viewed by the general public."


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Steven Lloyd wrote:
OneBuckFilms wrote:
Stunning release. Picked it up at Creature Features.


If you actually viewed the Creature Features screening of the Delerue-scored version, what did you think of the movie itself? And was it presented through some format of video projection, or on actual 35mm film?


I believe the presentation was made via a 3/4" video dub (U-Matic) of the work print, subsequently transferred to DVD and played over a newly-purchased large screen TV monitor. Taylor and his associates presented about 20 minutes of sample clips showing how Delerue approached scoring certain sequences of the movie as compared to what emerged in the final cut.
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Love the Artwork too! Score for score I can't imagine a better release year than 2015 but please keep up the amazing work.


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johnsmith wrote:
Score for score I can't imagine a better release year than 2015 but please keep up the amazing work.

Absolutely. I'm probably more selective than some, yet I ended up buying 21 (so far) of Intrada's albums released this year. A phenomenal year that couldn't have been capped off much better than with this album.


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Douglass Fake wrote:
Steven Lloyd wrote:
OneBuckFilms wrote:
Stunning release. Picked it up at Creature Features.


If you actually viewed the Creature Features screening of the Delerue-scored version, what did you think of the movie itself? And was it presented through some format of video projection, or on actual 35mm film?


I believe the presentation was made via a 3/4" video dub (U-Matic) of the work print, subsequently transferred to DVD and played over a newly-purchased large screen TV monitor. Taylor and his associates presented about 20 minutes of sample clips showing how Delerue approached scoring certain sequences of the movie as compared to what emerged in the final cut.
--Doug


I thank you very much for this reply, Doug, about what I missed. (And of course, for your even more extensive report on the event in a separate thread.) For these 32 years I always believed that the Disney studio would have retained for posterity Jack Clayton's original version of SOMETHING WICKED -- as far as it got before revisions were imposed. But I also didn't expect that that cut ever made it beyond the workprint stage, or that this recent event could have accommodated such a workprint requiring sound on separate, interlocked 35mm magnetic film. So a transfer from a U-Matic source (the convenient video format of the day from 1983) makes sense -- even as my memory of U-Matic quality also helps me feel a little less sorry about having missed out on it. But unless a future homevideo edition includes some of that sample material -- unlikely -- I'll never get to experience the comparisons for myself.

After decades of pining, however (from Maleficio and from me), we get Intrada's apparently superb release of this fabulous music. When I discovered about 12 years ago that a friend had an uber-hissy audiocassette of cues from the rejected Delerue score, I was gripped only three seconds into the Main Title ... and instantly wondered why the composer hadn't preserved that incredible material within his suite of the score for the Varese Sarabande "London Sessions" series. Delerue's SOMETHING WICKED contains not just an atmosphere but a level of creative power that invoked what I had felt upon reading Ray Bradbury's novel in my childhood, decades earlier. The film as released had left me disappointed; but the unused original score made me appreciate how much different -- and to me, far better -- the director's initial version would have turned out.

The heavy storms in our Pacific Northwest have kept another good friend of mine from getting on the Internet much for a while. But he reached me by phone a couple of days ago and mentioned his disappointment over thinking that Intrada apparently wasn't going to cap off 2015 with some new release by our mutual favorite composer, Jerry Goldsmith. I told him, "For once, they've got something even better: Delerue's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES."

My copy has already shipped, while I expect Brian has already ordered his by now!


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That's a (dark) dream come true, as I was hoping so much for such a release.

Thank you so much, Doug & Roger for delivering this score in its best form ever -- and complete! :D :D :D

Ordered, few hours after your annoucement... I'll post again once I got it.

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