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Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
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Intrada Records
(October 12th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print.
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Buy it... before any other Mark McKenzie album if you seek not only his career score but also an outstanding comedy that conveys its parody elements in surprisingly intelligent fashion.

Avoid it... if you expect the entire score to exude the same melodramatic beauty as the famous overture piece.
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WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 9/14/08
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Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: (Mark McKenzie) This really isn't what Robert Louis Stevenson had in mind when he wrote "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" so long ago, but if you look at as a perfect vehicle for actress Sean Young's reportedly neurotic personality, then there is perhaps some redemption in the idea. Otherwise, there really was no excuse for Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde to exist (unless, perhaps, it had been made strictly in the realm of hardcore pornography); some films are so awful that they don't even merit a glimpse on cable television while suffering from insomnia in the middle of the night. In this case, Tim Daly is the scientist and Sean Young is his alter ego who spends the film proving to the world, as she has done most of her adult life, that she would have made a splendid Catwoman. A shoddy script that isn't funny doesn't help, though. And yet, who could have predicted that this silly comedy from 1995 would prove to be one of orchestrator-turned-composer Mark McKenzie's crowning achievements? If you ever happen to watch the film (by mistake or otherwise), it's almost shocking to hear such a great orchestral score in such a flimsy and ridiculous context. To that end, it's possibly one of those cases when a film is better known because of its score than on its own merits. McKenzie's themes for Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde were first discovered by many in the general public when they were used two years in a row at the Academy Awards; the grand "Overture" accompanied the obituary tribute in 1997 and the organ version of the main theme in "Old Movie Music" was used the following year. McKenzie, upon hearing his score in person at the first ceremony, was said to be quite understandably joyous. And rightfully so. McKenzie, of course, is well known for his use of strong melodies in his scores. But none of his themes of the 1990's or 2000's is as well known or loved by fans as those from Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde. The "Overture" alone is work of magic, encompassing themes that are later manipulated masterfully as the bizarre Jekyll and Hyde transformations begin to take place. Three major themes exist in this score, and while the title theme gets the most publicity, the other two are equally interesting, even if their repetition and development is less than desired.

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Total Time: 40:13
• 1. Overture (6:08)
• 2. Old Movie Music (2:20)
• 3. Off to Work (2:20)
• 4. Great Grandfather's Books (2:37)
• 5. Something Electrical (2:18)
• 6. A Little Surprise (1:47)
• 7. Breakfast Transformation (2:35)
• 8. Charades (2:20)
• 9. Irresistible Helen (1:41)
• 10. Helen Deflates (2:02)
• 11. The Unstable Gene (2:12)
• 12. Taking Back my Chromosomes (1:57)
• 13. Narrow Escapes (2:19)
• 14. Footsy* (1:55)
• 15. Final Transformation (2:46)
• 16. Acid Love Potion (2:45)
* contains excerpt from the opera "Carmen"

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The insert contains notes written by both the director and composer. The following is an excerpt from the note by Mark McKenzie:

    "Since David Price and I started our careers together with the horror film Son of Darkness: To Die For II it was a particularly great pleasure for me to work with David again and compose the score to Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde. I especially appreciated David's tremendous, comedic sensibilities, and his ceaseless championing of music. In this score one of our goals was to give Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde a sense of fun no matter how devious Dr. Jekyll's dark feminine side (Helen) becomes.

    Because Dr. Jekyll goes through many transformations and finds himself in many different situations, this film needed a fun main theme that could be manipulated in a wide variety of ways. The "Overture" for example has four variations of the main "Dr. Jekyll / Helen" theme. This theme is first heard at about 2:20 minutes into the track played by a solo violin. Immediately after that, the theme is heard in a bold horn statement, followed by a romantic orchestral statement, and again followed by a lush string statement. Throughout the film you will hear this theme twisted and manipulated in a variety of ways. Enough with the technical talk, I hope you have fun with, and enjoy the score nearly as much as I enjoyed composing it."
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