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Picture Bride
(1995)
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Rejected Score Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Final Score Composed and Conducted by:
Mark Adler
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Virgin Records
(May 5th, 1995)

Varèse Sarabande
(August 1st, 1995)
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Both albums are regular U.S. releases.
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Buy it... on Varèse Sarabande's obscure release only if you are an avid collector of Cliff Eidelman's works, for the adequately attractive but ultimately average score is slightly overrated.

Avoid it... on the album mentioned above if you seek Mark Adler's ethnically rich replacement score that was actually used in the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,305
WRITTEN 6/12/01, REVISED 7/28/08
Eidelman
Eidelman
Picture Bride: (Cliff Eidelman/Mark Adler) Writer/director Kayo Hatta labored for five years researching the period in Hawaiian history during which immigrant workers from East Asian countries called upon women from their homelands to join them on the islands. The historically accurate depictions of Picture Bride tell of the hardships that women faced when they traveled to the island to marry men of whom they had only seen a picture. Many became understandably disillusioned, and only through their friendships with each other could they emotionally survive. From 1907 and 1924, more than 20,000 picture brides made that fateful trip, producing a significant portion of the population of the islands today. The film, despite some problems with the fictional narrative used to convey the larger story (which likely would have been just as well served in the form of a documentary), was critically praised and led to awards consideration, but the project was one of dissatisfaction for fans of composer Cliff Eidelman. One of the biggest disappointments in the career of Eidelman was the rejection of his recorded music for Picture Bride, replaced in the final version of the edit by a similar score by Mark Adler (who remains best known in the film score genre with 1988's The Unbearable Lightness of Being). The Adler score for the film was commercially released on album at the same time as Eidelman's unused effort, and perhaps the most interesting aspect of the two works is that both of them would have worked just as well in the context of the story.



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153 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.04 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 33 4 Stars
*** 37 3 Stars
** 28 2 Stars
* 27 1 Stars
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Wasn't this 4 stars before? NM* *NM*
Kevin Smith - August 4, 2008, at 3:09 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Adler Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:55
• 1. Haiku (1:27)
• 2. Picture Bride (1:54)
• 3. Carriage Ride (1:20)
• 4. A New Home (1:24)
• 5. Field Work (2:01)
• 6. The Bath (1:39)
• 7. Older Than My Father (0:47)
• 8. Kana and Riyo (2:18)
• 9. Riyo's Resolve (2:03)
• 10. Miss Peiper (2:07)
• 11. Kana and the Wind (0:50)
• 12. Riyo's Disappointment (0:54)
• 13. Yayoi's Farewell (1:34)
• 14. Matsuji's Valentino (3:47)
• 15. The Fire (4:28)
• 16. Banana Leaves (1:00)
• 17. Cane Fields (1:20)
• 18. Riyo Runs (1:42)
• 19. Riyo's Vision and Return (2:50)
• 10. Riyo and Matsuji (1:45)
• 21. Ceremony (2:08)
• 22. Only the Wind (0:37)
Eidelman Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:27

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The insert of the Varèse Sarabande album includes notes about Eidelman, the score, and the artwork of the album.
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