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 Post subject: INTRADA Announces Michael Kamen's ROBIN HOOD
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:01 pm 
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INTRADA Announces:

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ROBIN HOOD - PRINCE OF THIEVES
Composed and Conducted by MICHAEL KAMEN
INTRADA Special Collection 395

Intrada kicks off the 2018 soundtrack year with a 2-CD expanded edition of Michael Kamen's adventurous score for the Morgan Creek production of Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves. The original album featured 50 minutes of score (plus two vocals, not available for this release), whereas the film contains nearly two hours. Combined with alternates, this release showcases an additional 85 minutes of music not previously released. The theme became such a signature sound that Morgan Creek used it for their logo attached to their movies from that point on. Joined by horns, Robin is given a heroic theme during the opening credits, drawing in the audience to the deeds and misdeeds to come from this new vision of Robin Hood. The orchestration is traditional—featuring brass in action scenes, strings in scenes of intense emotion, and pastoral woodwinds to evoke the beauty of Sherwood Forest. It roars, it whispers. It sings, it dances. It excites, it calms. Sometimes it even frightens. With a strong heroic theme, a "stalking bass line" for needed menace, and a simple, yet delicate and romantic love theme, Kamen had composed a film score worthy of the mighty thief prince.

The film opens in Jerusalem, during a crusade led by King Richard I. Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) is a prisoner, escaping to return to England—but his homecoming is hardly joyous. The sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) has brutally murdered Lord Locksley, destroyed his estate and despoiled the countryside, hoping to amass enough wealth to bribe English barons to betray their lawful king. The events that follow mostly adhere to the established story and feature the usual ensemble: sheriff’s henchman Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott), Little John (Nick Brimble) and Friar Tuck (Michael McShane). But there are several new twists. Robin is accompanied back to England by a new character, Azeem (Morgan Freeman), a moor whose life he has saved, and who has vowed to return the favor. Maid Marian (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) is a feisty, independent female who initially disdains Robin and manages to be an empowered woman until the very end, when she becomes a traditional damsel-in-distress.

INTRADA Special Collection 395
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For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
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Thank you. Ordered. :D


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With these expansions, I often compare samples with the original albums. In some cases, such as this, the detail is improved to the point of being able to hear chair creaks, page flips and other forms of player preparation not noticeable before. It's interesting that it is the case here, because the elements used are two-channel digital mixes that I imagine were also used for the prior release. I guess Intrada has a special sauce.


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Thank you to all involved with this release.

One of my 90’s holy grails.


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Terrific. Thank you Intrada.


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Thank you so much guys! I haven't seen so many "holy grail" comments in quite a while. I'm sure you knew it was like that for many of us. :D


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Based on the speculation in the pre-release thread, was this the 2 hour WB score with a massive sound Doug was referring to?


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Um... just waiting for the Loyalty point system to work and place my order.

Doug/Roger - the front artwork cover seems pretty straight forward same as before (albeit font has changed) Just curious..No alternate covers this time?


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T. Newman Fan wrote:
With these expansions, I often compare samples with the original albums. In some cases, such as this, the detail is improved to the point of being able to hear chair creaks, page flips and other forms of player preparation not noticeable before. It's interesting that it is the case here, because the elements used are two-channel digital mixes that I imagine were also used for the prior release. I guess Intrada has a special sauce.


Thank you for the compliment here. I don't know for sure if this has anything to do with the additional clarity - I'm thinking it does - but the 1991 album was mastered with "Q Sound" technology which had some sort of 3D algorithm to "enhance" the audio. I'm not a fan of this kind of audio processing albeit that's strictly my opinion and I recognize others may like all manner of extra processing to do magic tricks with their recordings. In this case, I believe we managed to work with the digital session mixes PRIOR to the additional Q Sound processing. But I speak of a subject in which I have limited knowledge of... so I'm making little more than an assumption that the added "3D sound" in the 1991 album may have manipulated the pure two-channel stereo details. But that could just be hopeful thinking on my part, too. :)
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2017 ended with Damnation Alley & now Intrada open 2018 with Prince of Thieves.

Thank you once again for all the hard work you guys & gals do to make this possible.

Happy New Year team Intrada

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Wonderful to see a new Michael Kamen soundtrack release. Fantastic follow up to Damnation Alley. Incredible period of great film music being made available at the moment.

Thank you Intrada team as always!

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Nick wrote:
Based on the speculation in the pre-release thread, was this the 2 hour WB score with a massive sound Doug was referring to?


I know why you're asking - you were hoping it was The Perfect Storm in the same thread last year. Doug's post does match the clues for Robin Hood perfectly so I suspect you're going to have to wait longer for The Perfect Storm.

Got to hand it to jaser1975 in that thread, he was the first one to reply to Doug's post, and asked straight out if it was Prince Of Thieves!

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litefoot wrote:
Nick wrote:
Based on the speculation in the pre-release thread, was this the 2 hour WB score with a massive sound Doug was referring to?


I know why you're asking - you were hoping it was The Perfect Storm in the same thread last year. Doug's post does match the clues for Robin Hood perfectly so I suspect you're going to have to wait longer for The Perfect Storm.

Got to hand it to jaser1975 in that thread, he was the first one to reply to Doug's post, and asked straight out if it was Prince Of Thieves!


And I sure am glad that Robin Hood got the priority. Not a slight against Perfect Storm, which I think is an amazing work. It is entirely because original Horner albums are arranged beautifully, whereas Kamen albums almost always have lots of content glaringly missing and/or have configurations that drive me absolutely nuts.


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I cannot properly express my gratitude to the Intrada team for this. An absolute masterwork by this incredible composer, this is also among the most precious, nostalgic scores for me. My cousins and I have hoped and waited for this expansion for 20 years. You guys are amazing. Keep up the great work, and thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


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Robin Hood was one of the most oft requested titles since the early 2000s so I'd be interested to know if there's a story behind its release. Did it take a while to sort out the licensing, or was it simply in a queue behind many other Intrada projects scheduled for release that took precedence?

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