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The Manchurian Candidate
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1962 Score Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
David Amram

2004 Score Composed and Produced by:

2004 Score Conducted by:
Theodore Sperling
Michael Kosarin
Lucas Richmond
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 14th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you admire and respect the original cinematic version of The Manchurian Candidate and wish to finally hear David Amram's score along with Rachel Portman's serviceable remake effort.

Avoid it... if you are planning on purchasing the album simply for the Portman minority, for her 2004 contribution is not as varied, diverse, or dynamic as Amram's 1962 original.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #466
WRITTEN 9/17/04, REVISED 10/7/11
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The Manchurian Candidate: (David Amram/Rachel Portman) John Frankenheimer's original telling of The Manchurian Candidate, based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel and adapted in George Axelrod's 1962 screenplay, remains a Hollywood classic and a historically fascinating glimpse into the imaginative fears of America in the height of cold war anti-Communism. It raised possibilities terrifying to the average American in the 1960's but all too real in current times: a group of American soldiers, captured by an enemy of war during distant battle, is brainwashed and one of them is falsely decorated by the illegitimate memories of his comrades and goes on to eventually become a vice-presidential candidate in a national election. That candidate, once in office, will become president after a planned assassination, and the faceless enemy that brainwashed him would activate a controlling device that would make him their drone. For Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, the enemy was the Red Chinese government, but in 2004, the villains in the Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep remake by Jonathan Demme are monolithic corporations, arguably more believable bad guys for post-cold war audiences despite the fact that Chinese enemies might have been just as relevant. While the basic elements in the two films are identical, Demme reworked the equation to better suit the modern political landscape, tightening the focus on the attempted coup and leaving behind some of the more snazzy and humorous elements thrown into the first film to accentuate its horror. Critics were entertained by the remake, though learned fans of the Frankenheimer version rightfully commented that the technology and drugs used for the brainwashing in the new version are far less intellectually stimulating than the straight psychological brainwashing (and, more specifically, the famous rotating scene of the ladies' club at a horticultural lecture) in the original film. Demme's hardened approach to the concept would have a distinct effect on Rachel Portman's score for the remake, too.



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Average: 3.15 Stars
***** 94 5 Stars
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unreleased cues (2004)
FunnyML - November 10, 2009, at 8:45 a.m.
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corporations more believable?
Dinasore - December 16, 2004, at 4:29 p.m.
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Hlao-roo - September 19, 2004, at 9:46 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:08
David Amram's 1962 Score:
• 1. Theme from the Manchurian Candiate (Jazz Version) (5:35)
• 2. Queen of Diamonds (4:12)
• 3. John Birch Lurch (1:51)
• 4. Slightly Manchurian Blues (4:22)
• 5. Summer Affair/Wiggin' Out in Central Park (3:02)
• 6. A Night in the Garden (2:30)
• 7. Theme from the Manchurian Candiate (Main Title) (1:43)
• 8. Mesopotamian Mambo (7:07)

Rachel Portman's 2004 Score:
• 9. Fortunate Son (Instrumental) - performed by Wyclef Jean (1:27)
• 10. Black Helicopters, Secret Laboratories, Mind Drugs... (3:15)
• 11. Sergeant Raymond Shaw (0:55)
• 12. Deep Implant Modification Behavior (6:39)
• 13. "What if This is All a Dream?" (4:29)
• 14. "I am the Enemy, Major Marco" (3:45)
• 15. The Assassin Always Dies (2:29)
• 16. "There Are Always Casualties of War" (3:26)
• 17. Fortunate Son - performed by Wyclef Jean (4:13)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from David Amram about both films and scores, as well as a list of performers.
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