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 Post subject: INTRADA Announces DOUBLE INDEMNITY: FILM NOIR AT PARAMOUNT
PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:00 pm 
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INTRADA Announces:

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DOUBLE INDEMNITY: FILM NOIR AT PARAMOUNT
Music by MIKLóS RóZSA, HUGO FRIEDHOFER, FRANZ WAXMAN, GAIL KUBIK, LEITH STEVENS, HEINZ ROEMHELD, and VICTOR YOUNG
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 335

Following the releases of the vintage Paramount scores The Lost Weekend and Desert Fury, Intrada's next entry is a 2-CD set featuring seven different composers writing for film noir classics. The headliner is Miklós Rózsa's Oscar-winning score to Double Indemnity, in near complete form. Rózsa composed three principal motifs for the film. A restless “conspiracy” theme dominates his score, but it is the powerful murder theme that opens the film and the composer returns to this theme repeatedly with an almost tragic quality. The third principal theme is a love theme.

But that's not all! This album also contains the surviving elements of several other Noir scores:

Hugo Friedhofer's Ace in the Hole
Franz Waxman's Sorry, Wrong Number
Gail Kubik's The Desperate Hours
Leith Stevens' The Scarlet Hours
Heinz Roemheld's Union Station
Victor Young's I Walk Alone


Friedhofer’s Ace in the Hole deftly matches the unusual mixture of tones Billy Wilder achieved in his unusually bleak dissection of modern journalism. For Sorry, Wrong Number, Waxman set the film’s anxious tone with a dramatic main title cue which incorporated phone sound effects. In The Desperate Hours, Gail Kubik took an unusual and daring approach, writing and recording a score he described as “pointillistic … a series of sounds which were completely unpredictable: you didn’t know when the next sound was coming or where it was coming from.”

For The Scarlet Hour, Leith Stevens supplied suitably dramatic and agitated original cues for key scenes, but the main musical focus of the film is the original song “Never Let Me Go,” written by the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Although the main titles of Union Station don’t list a composer, Heinz Roemheld scored the picture, yet little of his music ended up in the final film. Finally, the nearly 30 minutes of Victor Young's I Walk Alone features a vivid and varied score including bluesy music and exciting chase music.

Most of the music in this album was sourced from 35mm magnetic film stored in the Paramount vaults. Desperate Hours is three-track stereo. The Scarlet Hour is in “quasi stereo” because there were “directional angles” for certain cues, while all the other film tracks are mono.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 335
Retail Price: $24.99
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For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.9968/.f


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Not a single reply? This must be a damn awful release...

Many thanks for this outstanding treasure chest from Paramount's vault! It's really hard to believe that this release is possible - given the limited amount of material that has survived in the Paramount vaults.

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Jaws and Back to the Future on one end, releases like this on the other. Intrada, you're just terrific. The stereo samples on The Desperate Hours sound amazing. Thank you.

Is there any chance you guys could post album art for the other films in this collection?


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I agree, on sets like these as well as the four-score sci-fi collection from a couple years back, it would be amazing if Intrada could provide digital cover art for us for each individual film online. However, I think they might have rights issues to deal with in that case, and it might cost them some money. But if that's not a factor and Joe S. doesn't mind doing the extra art, I'd love to have 'em!

This is simply an amazing collection. I mean, think about it. Intrada could easily given us almost 40 minutes of Double Indemnity on its own for $20 and it would have been well worth it. Instead for $10 more we got six more scores!

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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces DOUBLE INDEMNITY: FILM NOIR AT PARAMOU
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I might as well do something with this graphic design BFA. :D

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ScottDS wrote:
I might as well do something with this graphic design BFA. :D

A well-earned BFA. Great match to Joe's covers.


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ScottDS wrote:
I might as well do something with this graphic design BFA. :D

A well-earned BFA. Great match to Joe's covers.


Thanks! I actually just left my full-time job and am currently freelancing so I can use all the encouragement I can get. :)

All in all, this looks like a great set.


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Whoa, thanks Scott!


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This is a wonderful 2 CD set containing scores I thought I would never have.

Many thanks to Doug, Roger and the entire Intrada gang! :)


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Because I am only 38 minutes away from Intrada's office, I have already had the good fortune of purchasing and listening to this marvelous 2-CD set. One of the best purchases I have made this year. Miklos Rozsa's DOUBLE INDEMNITY is a classic that is well known. I was wondering how Victor Young would handle film noir. I WALK ALONE is a wonderful film noir score handled in a very romantic style typical of Victor Young. In short, nothing on this set disappoints. Way to go Intrada !


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This is great.

The Desperate Hours is a favorite film of mine that I haven't seen in years. I remember the music at the beginning as the escapees cruise through the neighborhood looking fore a suitable house to hole up in. I've read the novel and the play. On Broadway the Humphrey Bogart character is played by a young Paul Newman who was originally to be in the film.

Ace In The Hole, another personal favorite. Horray for Leo!

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MONTE JACOBSON wrote:
Because I am only 38 minutes away from Intrada's office, I have already had the good fortune of purchasing and listening to this marvelous 2-CD set. One of the best purchases I have made this year. Miklos Rozsa's DOUBLE INDEMNITY is a classic that is well known. I was wondering how Victor Young would handle film noir. I WALK ALONE is a wonderful film noir score handled in a very romantic style typical of Victor Young. In short, nothing on this set disappoints. Way to go Intrada !




Let's see, Monte drove to the Intrada office. Double Indemnity is 38 minutes long ...... did Monte time the 38 minute drive home by playing Double Indemnity? :)


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Yavar Moradi wrote:
This is simply an amazing collection. I mean, think about it. Intrada could easily given us almost 40 minutes of Double Indemnity on its own for $20 and it would have been well worth it. Instead for $10 more we got six more scores!


I must amend my post and Roger must amend his announcement, because if you actually follow the link to the product page you'll see this great collection is only $24.99, not $29.99! So I should have said, "instead for $5 more we got six more scores!" Incredible, really.

I wonder exactly how this set came about. In the last Rozsa release it was not Double Indemnity but Friedhofer's Ace in the Hole which was advertised as upcoming in the booklet. I'm guessing at that point more of that score was thought to survive and it was planned that it would get its own release (otherwise why not advertise Double Indemnity?) At some point it was probably realized that less survived of Ace in the Hole than originally thought, and it could have been paired with the discovered Double Indemnity as a great Billy Wilder two-fer (since Ace in the Hole, while a great film, isn't exactly a noir, that would explain its inclusion on this set). But Lukas, wonderful as he is, probably thought, "Hey, we've uncovered all of these other more obscure Paramount scores...why don't we find a way to get more of this music out there?" And included five more scores for only $5 more!

Well, that's how it played out in my imagination anyway. I hope people are buying the heck out of this, and I look forward to more Golden Age Paramount scores getting rescued. I particularly wonder if there's any more Rozsa left. (Probably not The Man in Half Moon Street since Intrada made a point of freshly recording a generous suite from it not long ago.)

Yavar


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Very Nice Covers, ScottDS! They're going in my iTunes!

(I agree that it would be fun to do covers for every title like this---but I'm usually busy working on the next 10 releases! So thanks for filling the gap so expertly.)

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