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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
(1994)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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Epic Soundtrax
(November 1st, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are an enthusiast of Patrick Doyle's knack for authentic romantic expression but have wondered how his inherent lyricism would translate into a massively gothic horror environment.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for scores that go "over the top," making no attempt to dilute monumentally harmonic and propulsive tragedy with an abundance of nuance or lengthy interludes of rest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,540
WRITTEN 7/22/10
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: (Patrick Doyle) There have been dozens of cinematic adaptations of Mary Shelley's famed novel about Victor Frankenstein and his tortured creature, but until Kenneth Branagh's version in 1994, none had made a really concerted effort to faithfully tackle the original story's issues of family dysfunction and abandonment. Through the years, movies about Frankenstein's creation have ranged from the popular realm of cheap horror to ridiculous parody, and Branagh sought to do justice to the concept by following, with just a few narrative alterations, the actual plot of the novel. This shouldn't come as a surprise, because the gothic tragedy that the tale represents isn't far from a simple extension of the melodramatic nature of the actor/director's interest in William Shakespeare. As in the novel, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein moves swiftly through Europe and the arctic, with death befalling nearly all the major characters and the boundaries of hard science cast aside in favor of a convenient analysis of severe familial challenges. Featuring a compelling supporting cast and soundly praised art direction and makeup (the latter nominated for an Oscar), the film suffered from Branagh's own, strangely fanciful performance as Victor and a morbid gruesomeness that was simply too depressing for some audiences to handle. Its disastrous showing at the American box office was offset by worldwide interest that eventually transformed Mary Shelley's Frankenstein into a surprisingly robust fiscal success. As expected, the young cinematic collaboration between Branagh and friend Patrick Doyle extended to this project. The composer, while known most widely for his association with the Bard in that decade, was exploring a period from 1991 to 1994 that would yield his most ambitious horror music, a sound that he did not delve into with such resolve for the remainder of the 1990's or the 2000's. The trio of Dead Again, Needful Things, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein arguably represent Doyle's most darkly dramatic career material. While the middle entry is a somewhat cheap, cliched regurgitation of genre music with an underpowered orchestra, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a mature extension of the romanticism of Dead Again, and it has long stood as the composer's most powerful expression of symphonic mayhem and dread. Like the abomination, everything about Doyle's score is massive, and a wet mix of an extremely dynamic orchestral performance will at times blow you out of your seat.



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Average: 3.51 Stars
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One of those unforgettable experiences
Jouko Yli-Kiikka - December 14, 2010, at 2:50 p.m.
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Doyle did write more music in the line of this score
PeterK - October 19, 2010, at 5:50 p.m.
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The Creation is one of my favorite Doyle compositions   Expand >>
Richard Kleiner - October 18, 2010, at 9:22 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 69:40
• 1. To Think of a Story (3:28)
• 2. What's Out There? (2:52)
• 3. There's an Answer (4:37)
• 4. I Won't if You Won't (1:58)
• 5. A Perilous Direction (3:20)
• 6. A Risk Worth Taking (3:18)
• 7. Victor Begins (0:54)
• 8. Even If You Die (2:16)
• 9. The Creation (2:00)
• 10. Evil Stitched to Evil (4:43)
• 11. The Escape (1:47)
• 12. The Reunion (0:45)
• 13. The Journal (1:04)
• 14. Friendless (2:09)
• 15. William! (2:44)
• 16. Death of Justine/Sea of Ice (3:54)
• 17. Yes I Speak (5:37)
• 18. God Forgive Me (0:57)
• 19. Please Wait (3:21)
• 20. The Honeymoon (1:16)
• 21. The Wedding Night (2:05)
• 22. Elizabeth (4:11)
• 23. She's Beautiful (3:36)
• 24. He Was My Father (6:10)

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