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Dreamcatcher
(2003)
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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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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 1st, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are loyal to James Newton Howard's sense for tense, ambient suspense, yielding to dissonant orchestral crashes after every three minutes of quiet, electronic atmosphere.

Avoid it... if you are expecting to hear a competent presentation of the score's music on album, for a large sequential segment of the work is not represented on the product.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #433
WRITTEN 3/30/03, REVISED 3/4/09
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Dreamcatcher: (James Newton Howard) A story of courage and desperation, the Stephen King best-selling novel was translated onto the big screen in 2003 by acclaimed director Lawrence Kasdan. The premise of Dreamcatcher 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 involved 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 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 that most of these cinematic versions of his stories are plain awful. 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. Howard, whose score for The Sixth Sense raised eyebrows with its subtle effectiveness, won the hearts of many listeners with his more traditional horror score 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 foundation, allowing the loneliness and helplessness of the film's primary characters to embed itself 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 subtleties of solo instrumentation are the key to Dreamcatcher's success, and to that end, Howard achieves a level of paranoia and alienation in his music that enthusiasts of his other horror endeavors will be able to appreciate. Interestingly, given the Native American history of the dreamcatcher as a symbol, as well as the art for the film, there is no corresponding ethnicity to this score (the story is set in King's favorite location of Maine). In fact, the main detriment of Howard's approach to Dreamcatcher is the extremely generic tone of its character when compared to his other scores in the genre.



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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 2, 2007, at 8:18 a.m.
1 comment  (1571 views)
Howard's Dreamcatcher   Expand >>
JMG - December 21, 2004, at 11:24 a.m.
2 comments  (2892 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  (1649 views)
Where is the end credits theme? (not on CD)   Expand >>
Dave Kowalski - January 2, 2004, at 7:47 p.m.
2 comments  (3039 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  (1793 views)
Alternative review at scorereviews.com
Andy - June 10, 2003, at 7:23 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
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)

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