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The Vanishing
(1993)
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1997 Bootleg
2007 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage

2007 Album Produced by:
Nick Redman
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Bootleg
(1997)

Varèse Sarabande
(2007)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1997 bootleg existed on the on the 'Pony Express' label (PECD 4002). Soundtrack specialty outlets carried that album in 1998 for $30 to $40 a piece. The 2007 Varèse Sarabande Club release was limited to 3,000 copies, but was still available for purchase from the same outlets a year after its debut.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Jerry Goldsmith's particular use of electronics and percussion in the mid-1990's, or if you have an affinity for his hauntingly jazzy theme from The Russia House.

Avoid it... on the 2007 Varèse Sarabande Club product if you seek the best presentation and sound mix available for the score, which unfortunately still resides on a widely circulated 1997 bootleg.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #611
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 9/23/08
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The Vanishing: (Jerry Goldsmith) This production is one of those rare cases in which an American remake of a European idea was directed by the same person who headed the original version of the tale. Director George Sluizer's film of abduction and obsession was a far more powerfully unsettled and gloomy experience in its original Dutch format by the same title. To the disgust of critics, the American version was appended with a positive, dreamy ending, ruining the point of the film's horrific message. It did feature a strong cast, and an early cameo by a young Sandra Bullock as the abducted makes the setup particularly unsettling. The disintegration of Kiefer Sutherland's character, the partner of the long-missing woman, fuels the horror of the story, with the man's obsession with the highway rest-stop abduction leading him finally to a grim confrontation with the psychopathic mastermind (Jeff Bridges) behind the plot. One of the lesser known efforts by Jerry Goldsmith in the 1990's, The Vanishing is a late entry in the string of highly personal horror/thriller scores that he composed early in the decade. Goldsmith was very familiar at the time with scoring films about personal destruction, and his work for The Vanishing follows similar stylistic techniques heard in Basic Instinct and Malice. The resulting music is largely the highlight of the production. The moderately orchestral score for The Vanishing maintains a subdued level of dread for the majority of its running time, progressively turning up the heat to accompany the mental anguish on screen. When the primary character re-lives the abduction in his mind, Goldsmith employs a metallic, percussive rhythm, electronically rendered for much of its volume, that begins at a slow tempo and leads the orchestra at a continuously faster pace as the realization of the abduction sinks in. That harsh rhythm further dominates the score through subsequent usage, although Goldsmith seemingly preferred to keep a more sophisticated and tight hold on his suspenseful material by intertwining it with familiar styles from his other scores.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:20
• 1. Barney (4:49)
• 2. Diane and Jack (2:14)
• 3. The Last of Diane (1:38)
• 4. Vanished (2:37)
• 5. A New Love (1:42)
• 6. Obsession (4:42)
• 7. A New Life (3:44)
• 8. Barney's Story (3:19)
• 9. Diane's Fate (2:41)
• 10. Jack's Choice (4:17)
• 11. Night Chase (4:37)
• 12. Grave Trouble/Resolution (9:00)
• 13. No Coffee (3:11)
2007 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:02

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The bootleg's insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The 1997 Varèse album includes extensive notation about both the score and film, though the information about the score neglects key aspects of the work. A few words from Goldsmith during the recording session can be heard at the very end of that album.
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