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Ed Wood
(1994)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Hollywood Records
(October 18th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are familiar with the film and seek an outstanding companion piece to the Ed Wood experience, in which case Howard Shore's music (along with dialogue from the film) will be equally entertaining.

Avoid it... if you're investigating the score blindly, because even enthusiasts of B-rate 1950's sci-fi and horror schlock may find this throwback score too challenging in its often grating authenticity for casual enjoyment.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,641
WRITTEN 7/20/10
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Ed Wood: (Howard Shore) It's fitting that a somewhat fictionalized biopic of the life of cult filmmaker Ed Wood would run into its own kind of production misery. The director has long been popular in the industry (and especially its aspiring younger generations) because of his bizarre persona, his unwillingness to let studios squash his dreams, the truly awful quality of his films, and, of course, the angora sweaters. The troubled production of the 1994 story of Ed Wood experienced scheduling delays and studio conflicts over the fact that director Tim Burton, who had to step in late in the process to lead the project, insisted that the film be shot in black and white. While Touchstone swept in to take the film from Columbia, the box office performance of Ed Wood didn't merit the risk. Despite positive reviews that led to several Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, including wins of both by Martin Landau in an outstanding performance as Bela Lugosi, audiences found no interest in rehashing the bittersweet tale of the transvestite filmmaker. Another oddity of Ed Wood was the temporary departure of composer Danny Elfman from his otherwise enduring collaboration with Burton. The two had gotten into a petty argument at the conclusion of The Nightmare Before Christmas not long before and took a few years before they would meet and easily patch things up. The lone entry during the interim for Burton was Ed Wood, for which he turned to accomplished suspense and horror composer Howard Shore. While Shore was still many years away from true mainstream recognition for his work on The Lord of the Rings, he had already demonstrated a versatility and intelligence in his often morbid music that matched the style of Burton and this assignment quite snugly. In fact, Shore succeeded well enough in addressing the 1950's era of kitsch mambo, jazzy funk, and orchestral cheesiness that many casual listeners may not notice a significant difference between Shore's approach and Elfman's typical quirky mannerisms. Elfman collectors did get to hear the composer let rip with the stereotypical 1950's theremin in Mars Attacks!, but not in the really authentically nostalgic manner with which Shore did for Ed Wood. Several source pieces were employed by Burton for the soundtrack of this film, though Shore's enthusiastic tribute score still managed to stand out in this environment. It remains as much a cult hit within a small crowd of lingering vintage exotica listeners as the film itself.



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Average: 3.18 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:58
• 1. Main Title (5:04)
• 2. Backlot (1:06)
• 3. Mr. Lugosi/Hypno Theme (1:56)
• 4. Beware (0:56)
• 5. Glen or Glenda (1:18)
• 6. Eddie, Help Me (1:56)
• 7. Elmogambo (3:20)
• 8. Bride of the Monster (1:17)
• 9. I Have No Home (1:20)
• 10. Kuba Mambo (source music) (1:53)
• 11. Nautch Dance (source music) (1:27)
• 12. Angora (1:23)
• 13. Sanitarium (3:42)
• 14. Ed & Kathy (1:28)
• 15. Elysium (2:16)
• 16. "Grave Robbers" Begins (1:16)
• 17. Lurk Him (1:04)
• 18. Ed Takes Control (4:06)
• 19. Eddie Takes a Bow (1:00)
• 20. This is the One (1:58)
• 21. Ed Wood (Video) (3:22)

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