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A History of Violence
(2005)
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New Line Records
(October 11th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek an orchestrally strong and downright positive entry in the David Cronenberg/Howard Shore collaboration.

Avoid it... if your interest in Shore extends only as far as your discovery of his talents during his Lord of the Rings triumphs.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,143
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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A History of Violence: (Howard Shore) The collaboration between director David Cronenberg and composer Howard Shore has now spanned four decades and has surprisingly outlasted Shore's pairing with Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson, whose role in the firing of Shore from King Kong in late 2005 is murky at best. Cronenberg, meanwhile, continues along a familiar path with nearly every film he directs. Often dark, pervasively glum character stories, Cronenberg's works are profound but unpleasant, and while A History of Violence falls under the same general category, it makes some steps in new directions. There is still brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, foul language, drug use, and Ed Harris' creepy, deformed face. Being a film about dual personalities, it's no surprise that one of the primary lifestyles of the film's primary character (Viggo Mortensen) is that of a former criminal in the big city. The odd aspect of this film is that his new, reformed life is an escape to rural Indiana, where he is the guy everyone likes behind the counter of his own crossroads diner. Seeing Cronenberg take a visit to the colorful and peaceful backroads of Americana is definitely a change, but it's necessary to create that backdrop from which the diner owner will swim or sink when his past literally walks into town.



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Average: 3.14 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:14
• 1. Motel (3:11)
• 2. Tom (1:31)
• 3. Cheerleader (1:58)
• 4. Diner (1:50)
• 5. Hero (2:42)
• 6. Run (2:25)
• 7. Violence (3:12)
• 8. Porch (4:17)
• 9. Alone (1:36)
• 10. The Staircase (2:44)
• 11. The Road (3:06)
• 12. Nice Gate (3:15)
• 13. The Return (4:39)
• 14. Ending (3:48)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about the score by Shore and Cronenberg. And there's a creepy, disembodied head picture of Shore tucked in a corner.
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