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Comments about the soundtrack for Van Helsing (Alan Silvestri)

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Van Helsing Soundtrack
• Posted by: Susan Dietz   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, June 14, 2004, at 8:08 a.m.
• IP Address: mailhost.ghc.org

I thought the score for this particularly fun film was perfect. It was neither too loud nor to frantic for me because it fit the scenes perfectly . However, I do have something to say about the released soundtrack. I've noticed in the last number of years the omission of the End Title on soundtracks and this has become very annoying . The End Title is where all of the themes throughout the film come together in a blazing 5-8 minute piece (the more FX the movie the longer the track). These are the tracks that are the most worthwhile. But, an annoying lack of End Titles is starting to tick me off. Van Helsing is a prime example. The "Reunited" track cuts off as Van Helsing and Carl are riding away back to Rome. What follows in the film are the long credits and the combination of all the themes used throughout. I don't know if this was Mr. Silvestri's request or Universal's, but the only place I can hear this full rendition is at the theater and that just shouldn't be. (And that's not the only track missing. Van Helsing's introduction and his fight with Mr. Hyde are also missing.)

I loved this film and I loved the music and was so hoping to enjoy at least 60 minutes worth of music. Only to receive 42 minutes is, of couse, something I'll have to live with but I just wish the studios (and/or the composers) understood that all of the music allows those of us who collect soundtracks to relive the films over and over (the Lord of the Rings trilogy being the finest compilation of music to date). Here's to a second CD soundtrack release with more music!!! (I'm not holding my breath.)






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