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Orphan
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pablo Heisenberg

Co-Orchestrated and Piano Solos by:
Ruben Panini

Additional Music by:
Kristopher Gee
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 21st, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are comfortable with John Ottman's habit of providing morbidly dramatic and appealing themes unrelated to the otherwise generic, atmospheric suspense scores in which they exist.

Avoid it... if you require either the rip-snorting orchestral bombast that some of Ottman's horror scores contain or a transcendence beyond the basic suspense formula that the composer has used many times before.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,488
WRITTEN 8/11/09
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Orphan: (John Ottman) When Warner Brothers launched its advertisement campaign for Orphan early in the summer of 2009, little did they expect to receive such an overwhelmingly organized response from a plethora of adoption advocacy groups in a national grassroots campaign. Protests of the film came from more than fifty organizations, aligning themselves around one Christian-based alliance that set up a website specifically to denounce the picture. The problem with their response was two-fold; first, of course, such protests only serve to drive more attention to the film. Secondly, the much touted twist at the end of the story has very little to with the controversy involving adoption and everything to do with pedophilia. Without question, Orphan and its dirty little secret are truly sick, reclassifying this film away from the standard horror/thriller variety and giving it a distinctly perverted edge. In its advertised form, Orphan tells of a gifted young girl adopted by a loving family that, before too long, is suffering from her psychotic actions. The background on this girl is much more complicated than anyone knows, and despite the mother of the family realizing that something is very wrong with the girl, nobody believes her. The pedophilic aspect of Orphan easily the most disturbing aspect of the story, but luckily composer John Ottman doesn't tackle this assignment with enough deep thought to address (or foreshadow) that twist. Ottman had collaborated with director Jaume Collet-Serra in his cinematic debut for House of Wax, an awful horror flick of 2005 that also happened to be Ottman's last foray into a genre that constituted most of his early career. Over the course of the 2000's, Ottman has been steering away from the kind of substandard horror and suspense assignments that defined his early production, though Orphan is a clear throwback to the composer's previous methodology in the genre. As per formula, the composer provides the film with a largely atmospheric score that blends smaller orchestral tones with synthetic ambience, supplementing a largely non-descript collection of creepy environmental material with a lovely theme or two to highlight the work. Listeners comfortable with Ottman's production of this variety will find Orphan to be a predictable but satisfying listening experience, undemanding in its development but rewarding its harmonic moments.



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Great track with deja vu
Guy - August 17, 2009, at 8:00 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:50
• 1. Glory of Love - performed by Isabelle Fuhrman (0:24)
• 2. Orphan (2:04)
• 3. Suite for Jessica and Max (5:27)
• 4. Opening/Labor of Love (2:35)
• 5. Not Your Average 9-Year-Old (3:59)
• 6. Silent Story/Max's Theme (3:34)
• 7. Saint Marianas (1:32)
• 8. Destroying the Evidence (3:09)
• 9. Painting a Story/Esther Comes Home (2:51)
• 10. Something Nice (5:36)
• 11. Wet the Bed/Black Light (2:43)
• 12. Snooping (1:48)
• 13. Finishing the Job (3:08)
• 14. Finding Max (3:44)
• 15. The Cold Shoulder (3:07)
• 16. The Glory of Love - performed by Orphanesta, featuring Krystle Warren (2:49)
• 17. Orphan's Revenge (John Ottman vs Mark "Dog" Sayfritz) (3:38)
• 18. The Glory of Love - performed by Jimmy Durante (2:48)

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