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The Wicker Man
(2006)
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Composed. Conducted, and Produced by:
Angelo Badalamenti

Programmed by:
Phil Marshall
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Silva Screen Records
(September 12th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate harmonically romantic symphonic themes performed over tense and brooding constructs.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to be anything remotely like the score for the 1973 original, including a prominent role for the ritualistic, pagan storyline.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,174
WRITTEN 9/23/06
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The Wicker Man: (Angelo Badalamenti) What exactly was director Neil LaBute thinking when he conjured the idea of remaking this cult 1973 film? A comedy, perhaps? There really are films that are so bad that they unintentionally become funny, and if you're already familiar with the horrific surprise ending of the original story, then everything about the 2006 version of The Wicker Man could be considered amusing. Anthony Shaffer's 1973 screenplay presented genuinely interesting questions about the differences between Christianity and paganism, and in the exploration of these ideas, presented a gripping horror plot without any of the gore that often accompanied the genre's entries at the time. Aided by Christopher Lee's dominant role as a villain, and a recent restoration of the film, the 1973 film has remained a compelling cult attraction. The 2006 film keeps essentially the same basic story, including some identical dialogue, but throws in a prologue and changes some of the plot elements leading up to the terrifying sacrifice at the end. Lost in LaBute's remake is the deep religious investigation of the original, blurring the religious lines in favor of more conventional suspense. The colony at Summer's Isle is now a renegade feminist faction, the missing girl is now the cop's daughter, and a badly miscast Nicolas Cage is now the subject of their attentions. Also violently different from the original is the music in the 2006 remake. The 1973 score by Paul Giovanni was mostly a small-scale folk piece, with Celtic songs written for recorders, acoustic guitar, lyres, and solo strings. Restored on album a few years ago, it was as bizarre to enjoy apart from the film as some of the story's own ritualistic scenes were to watch. Now, in tradition with LaBute's random rotations between composers on his projects, veteran Angelo Badalamenti was hired as an initially surprising, but ultimately understandable choice for the remake. On the surface, the assignment of Badalamenti makes sense, because The Wicker Man combines elements of religion and suspense that Badalamenti has frequently written for separately in the past. The interesting aspect of this score, however, is Badalamenti and LaBute's surprising alteration to the musical voice of the story.



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Total Time: 44:07
• 1. Overture for the Wicker Man (4:35)
• 2. Cycling into a Nightmare (3:06)
• 3. Flight to Summer's Isle (1:37)
• 4. Secret Meeting Note (4:00)
• 5. The Barn (3:24)
• 6. The Rose and the Daydream (3:15)
• 7. Image of Rowan (2:31)
• 8. Sister Summer's Isle (2:53)
• 9. Kiss of Bees (2:43)
• 10. Flashback Memories (1:58)
• 11. Trapped in Water (3:45)
• 12. Endless Pursuit (3:04)
• 13. The Confrontation (2:12)
• 14. The Burning (5:04)

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