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Magic
(1978)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Nick Redman
Robert Townson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April, 2003)
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The 2003 Varèse Sarabande album is a "Limited Collector's Edition" of 3,000 copies and was available only through the label's site or online soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out and is now only available on the secondary market for elevated prices. Catalog number: VCL 0403 1018
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Buy it... if you are a devoted Jerry Goldsmith collector who never had the music previously available from Magic on the collectible 1993 SPFM Tribute album.

Avoid it... if your film music funds are limited and you desire far better Goldsmith entries elsewhere in the Varèse Sarabande Club series.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #924
WRITTEN 6/5/03, REVISED 11/26/08
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Magic: (Jerry Goldsmith) The 1978 psychological thriller Magic was the fourth directorial outing for the highly acclaimed Richard Attenborough, who, after fielding moderate success for this film, would turn his immediate attention to Ghandi. At the time, Magic was not known for its star power, but most of the consideration given to it today is due to the emergence of several actors and other crew members involved with the project. Its star, Anthony Hopkins, had already performed in several great roles for a decade, but had not yet achieved superstar status. The same applied to Attenborough. The film's strong supporting cast (which looks now like an awkward preview of the Grumpy Old Men supporting group) was limited to just a few characters, with a tightly woven and introverted script telling a tale that involves only five characters. Five, that is, if you include Fats, the dummy. The film's plot is a horrific tale of mental derangement on the part of the primary character, a magician and ventriloquist, who succumbs to the evil suggestions of his puppet and commits hideous crimes while haunted by the love for an old schoolboy crush. The body count swells to encompass most of the cast, and the film is ultimately a frustrating and disturbing endeavor in every possible way. When envisioning the score for the film, no task too tough was to exist for composer Jerry Goldsmith at the time. Goldsmith's music would be key in the development of the self-destructive relationship between Hopkins' character, Corky, and his suggestive dummy, taking specific harmonic ideas for the protagonist and constantly bombarding them with the striking instrumental tones that represent his sidekick.

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Average: 2.59 Stars
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A film composer with a heart
Stewar Sesuande - December 27, 2009, at 11:10 p.m.
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Soundtrack for Magic
David Walters - July 10, 2006, at 6:00 a.m.
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Southall - May 25, 2006, at 10:21 a.m.
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Chilling and unique
Fernando Giménez Moreno - July 16, 2003, at 5:46 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:54
• 1. Main Title* (2:02)
• 2. Corky's Retreat* (3:18)
• 3. Didn't Remember Me (1:50)
• 4. Memories* (2:52)
• 5. What Can't You Explain? (0:56)
• 6. Appassionata* (2:07)
• 7. Let's Take Off (0:53)
• 8. One Chance (1:09)
• 9. Stop the Postman (1:50)
• 10. The Lake* (2:47)
• 11. The Ruse (1:27)
• 12. Duke's Catch (1:36)
• 13. Blood (1:05)
• 14. Duke's End (1:04)
• 15. Two Birds with One Stone (0:45)
• 16. I'll Tell (2:40)
• 17. Fats Blows the Whistle (1:43)
• 18. The Wooden Heart (2:38)
• 19. Us Was You* (1:16)
• 20. End Titles* (2:06)

Bonus Source Cues:
• 21. Previous Act (2:39)
• 22. Next Act (2:39)
* released in single or combination cues on the 1993 SPFM Tribute CD

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The limited edition Varèse Sarabande album features the series' usual standard of excellent, in-depth analysis of the score and film.
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