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Dreamcatcher
(2003)
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2003 Varèse
2017 Varèse
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Jeff Atmajian

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(April 1st, 2003)

Varèse Sarabande
(November 10th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2003 album was a regular U.S. release. The 2017 set of 1,500 copies, "The Stephen King Collection," contains scores for four King-related productions and was initially available at soundtrack specialty outlets for $90.
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Buy it... if you are loyal to James Newton Howard's sense for tense, ambient suspense in a heavily electronic realm, unnerving textures yielding to dissonant orchestral crashes after every few minutes of stewing, synthetic atmosphere.

Avoid it... on the original 2003 album if you are expecting to hear a satisfyingly representative presentation of the score's music, for several highlights were not available on album until Varèse Sarabande's extensive, 2-CD expansion of the score in 2017.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #424
WRITTEN 3/30/03, REVISED 1/23/18
Howard
Howard
Dreamcatcher: (James Newton Howard) A story of courage and desperation, the Stephen King best-selling novel "Dreamcatcher" was translated onto the big screen in 2003 by acclaimed screenwriter and director Lawrence Kasdan. The premise of concept is one supernatural power and the inner strength of the human soul, with the usual amount of gratuitous King gore thrown in for cheap thrills. Unfortunately, the film also involves a few very tired concepts involving an alien takeover of humanity, with the nasty visitors gestating in humans and in some cases controlling them. Being a suspense film set in a remote location, with little chance for help and an evil military to boot, the mood of Dreamcatcher for its protagonists isn't one of much jubilation. The overall adaptation is among the worst of a King novel ever to exist, which is saying something given Kasdan's prowess and the fact that most of these cinematic versions of King's stories are plain awful to begin with. The involvement of James Newton Howard on the project would allow the versatile composer to expand upon his increasingly popular ventures into the areas of horror and suspense at the time, and it marked his fifth film with the director. Howard, whose score for The Sixth Sense raised eyebrows with its subtle effectiveness, won the hearts of many listeners with his more traditional horror music for Signs in 2002. For Dreamcatcher, Howard would be able to employ the same basic orchestral and electronic ideas from those previous scores but strip them down to their exposed foundation, allowing the loneliness and helplessness of the film's primary characters to embed themselves into the stark music for the production. The ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony performing for Dreamcatcher is of decent size, though power and depth are not the goals of Howard's work here. The composer has remarked that this assignment ranks amongst his most electronic and ambient for the genre, functioning intentionally as an element of sound design in many sequences during the film.



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Catching the dreamscore
Solomon Cage - May 4, 2018, at 7:03 p.m.
1 comment  (68 views)
Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 2, 2007, at 8:18 a.m.
1 comment  (1626 views)
Howard's Dreamcatcher   Expand >>
JMG - December 21, 2004, at 11:24 a.m.
2 comments  (3050 views)
Newest: January 4, 2005, at 3:35 a.m. by
Tomek
Varese Sarabande album is incomplete and unacceptable
Julio Gomez - October 9, 2004, at 2:37 p.m.
1 comment  (1737 views)
Where is the end credits theme? (not on CD)   Expand >>
Dave Kowalski - January 2, 2004, at 7:47 p.m.
2 comments  (3169 views)
Newest: August 12, 2005, at 11:59 a.m. by
JMG
The score, movie, burst from the rear
Hand Jabba - September 8, 2003, at 11:58 a.m.
1 comment  (1872 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2003 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:41
• 1. Main Title (2:46)
• 2. Finding Rick (1:48)
• 3. Animal Exodus (3:45)
• 4. Becky Bleeds (1:15)
• 5. The Weasel (5:43)
• 6. The Debate (4:11)
• 7. Henry Returns to the Cabin (4:22)
• 8. What are You Up To? (2:09)
• 9. Henry Meets Owen (2:51)
• 10. 1-800-Henry (2:08)
• 11. Curtis and Owen Battle (2:55)
• 12. Duddits Warns Henry (3:27)
• 13. Pete and Trish (2:14)
2017 Varèse Set Tracks   ▼Total Time: 95:59

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 2003 album includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2017 set contains additional notation about both.
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