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Scrooged
(1988)
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Composed by:

Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Steven Scott-Smalley
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La-La Land Records
(November 29th, 2011)
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Limited release of 3,000 copies only, available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you seek the origination point for many of the holiday and suspense techniques explored with far greater notoriety by Danny Elfman in Batman Returns and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Avoid it... if you have long awaited an official release of this very short score and expect to hear more original music that compares favorably to the five minutes of outstanding, previously released highlights for full orchestra and choir.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,725
WRITTEN 12/23/11
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Scrooged: (Danny Elfman) The 1988 holiday blockbuster Scrooged was overhyped at the time because of the return of elusive and difficult actor Bill Murray to the big screen, though its sarcastic and ultimately redemptive modern adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale of 1843, "A Christmas Carol," remains well respected. While Murray's generally flippant demeanor may have seemed too comically nasty for the contemporary television executive filling in for Ebenezer Scrooge, the actor supplied a surprisingly convincing performance on top of his usual sarcastic jabs (ironically making him far less of a disgrace to Dickens' concept than Matthew McConaughey would be in 2009). Murray's character is the stereotype of an evil executive, firing employees on a whim, worried about his career above all else, and incapable of recognizing the true romance right in front of him. When visited by the required three ghosts, he eventually sees a better path, though not before director Richard Donner forces him through some truly gruesome experiences. Extremely disturbing imagery trumps the lighter comedy in Scrooged, though the film's highlight could very well be a combination of the two in an early scene depicting a deviously entertaining television commercial in which acid rain melts civilians, an airliner explodes upon takeoff, and a motorist is seemingly executed in a road rage incident, all in an effort to encourage travelers to stay home and watch television instead. When Donner was first looking for a composer for Scrooged, he reportedly had former collaborator John Williams in mind, though after some diligent convincing, he decided to give a chance to the rising Danny Elfman instead. Known best for ridiculous comedies, Elfman had not yet proven his capabilities in edgier topics. During his busy year of production in 1988, he was afforded two opportunities to re-package his newfound comedy sensibilities with an orchestra into the subversively supernatural realm. The duo of Beetlejuice and Scrooged presented the composer with highly unique topics perfect for such a transition, both exploring gothic territory that would well prepare Elfman for Batman the following year. The twisted holiday spirit of Scrooged especially foreshadowed popular techniques common to Elfman's early years that manifested themselves with greater notoriety in Batman Returns and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The horror elements in Scrooged, particularly when matched with the composer's "la-la" vocal mechanisms, equally previewed his direction with Nightbreed and The Frighteners.



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181 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.18 Stars
***** 41 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 45 3 Stars
** 37 2 Stars
* 23 1 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - December 28, 2011, at 1:43 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:28
• 1. Main Titles/Terrorist Attack (2:34)
• 2. Eliot Gets Fired/Loud and Clear/Frank's Run (1:22)
• 3. Montage: Frank's Award and Eliot on the Street (1:39)
• 4. Lew's Arrival (2:03)
• 5. The Hand Grab (1:51)
• 6. Lew's Reprise (0:51)
• 7. Claire's Theme I/Claire's Theme II* (1:15)
• 8. Set Collapse* (0:20)
• 9. A Horror in Chez Jay/Highball/Waiter Ablaze** (1:20)
• 10. Wild Cab Ride (1:33)
• 11. Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay/Cupid's Arrow/Change of Expression* (1:33)
• 12. Eliot Gives Blood/Christmas Present* (1:02)
• 13. Fairy (2:15)
• 14. Toast to Frank (0:32)
• 15. The Big Freeze (1:26)
• 16. Showtime at IBC (1:08)
• 17. Family Portrait/Ghost on Screen (0:49)
• 18. Eliot Stalks Frank (1:08)
• 19. Asylum/Luncheon/Crematorium/On Fire (3:48)
• 20. Hallelujah Chorus* - written by G.F. Handel/The Romp (2:18)
• 21. The Big Speech (1:21)

Bonus Tracks: (10:18)
• 22. Loud and Clear (Alternate) (0:30)
• 23. Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay (Alternate) (0:43)
• 24. Toast to Frank (Alternate) (0:34)
• 25. The Big Freeze (Alternate) (1:25)
• 26. The Big Freeze (Alternate Mix) (1:27)
• 27. Asylum (No Choir) (0:59)
• 28. Crematorium (More Percussion) (1:30)
• 29. The Big Speech (Alternate) (3:12)

Source Cues: (7:06)
• 30. Frank's Promo (0:51)
• 31. Frisbee the Dog (0:57)
• 32. Chez Jay String Quartet - written by W.A. Mozart (2:43)
• 33. Joy to the World - written by G.F. Handel/F. Watts (0:55)
• 34. Jingle Bells - written by James Pierpont (1:48)
* not used in film
** contains material not used in film

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