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Wide Awake
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Edmund Choi

Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek

Vocals Performed by:
The American Boychoir
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Super Tracks Music Group (Promo)
(April, 1998)
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Promotional release by the composer, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you're game for what sounds like a late-1990's John Debney interpretation of John Williams' famous children's score for Home Alone.

Avoid it... if the grace and charm of a full orchestral ensemble and boy's choir are not an attraction unless they hit you repeatedly over the head with obvious thematic statements.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,449
WRITTEN 10/10/99, REVISED 4/1/08
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Wide Awake: (Edmund Choi) While the early films of M. Night Shyamalan may not be popular titles, rest assured that they deal with the writer and director's consistent interest in cultures and religions. After five years, Shyamalan followed his debut, Praying with Anger, with Wide Awake, a family drama that deals with themes also common to his films: children and the afterlife. After a young boy's grandfather dies, he embarks on a search for God through his Catholic school, ultimately learning about life and death and his relationship with the remainder of his family. The film's warmth gained it critical praise, though Shyamalan was still a year away from breaking very suddenly through into the mainstream. It's difficult, in retrospect, to remember that before Shyamalan's lengthy and successful collaboration with composer James Newton Howard came several projects on which Shyamalan worked with Edmund Choi for the scores. The two met in college and Choi scored a short film for his fellow student in 1991. Two years later, Choi provided the music for Praying with Anger and, when Shyamalan sold the script for Wide Awake to Miramax in 1996, Choi was the first member brought on board the production team. Choi's career has always promised more than it delivered, teasing the mainstream without experiencing much success in it. His work for Wide Awake involves a 90-member orchestra and the American Boychoir, which in some ways may seem like overkill for a budget family film of this size. Inevitably, though, a beautifully rendered orchestral score can extend the heart of any feature film, and Choi's score here expectedly overachieves. The few Choi scores that have managed to find their way onto albums for film score collectors have tended to betray their inspiration, with perhaps his most famous temp track imitation coming a few years later for The Dish. The score for Wide Awake is influenced strongly by both John Debney and John Williams, and, in an interesting twist, sounds as though it were a Debney interpretation of Williams' famous children's score for Home Alone.



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Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
*** 29 3 Stars
** 31 2 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:12
• 1. Opening Title (2:40)
• 2. The Rose Ceremony* (1:44)
• 3. Biological Reactions (1:29)
• 4. Grampa and Me** (1:49)
• 5. Football (1:14)
• 6. Kyrie* (0:36)
• 7. Gloria* (1:05)
• 8. Toy Store** (1:27)
• 9. The Wootan Fleet** (0:56)
• 10. Grampa's Sick (1:40)
• 11. Recess (1:10)
• 12. Good-Bye Freddie (1:59)
• 13. The Bucket Chase (1:55)
• 14. The Snow** (2:25)
• 15. Brickman*/** (2:11)
• 16. School Days** (1:38)
• 17. Gym Class (0:59)
• 18. Stealing the Math Test (2:10)
• 19. The Race (1:46)
• 20. Freddie's Dismissal (0:48)
• 21. The Mission** (1:30)
• 22. Dave's House (1:28)
• 23. Don't Give Up (0:56)
• 24. The Last Day of School (1:17)
• 25. Wide Awake (1:10)
• 26. Hosanna*/** (1:16)
• 27. A Little Like Me* (2:42)
* Performed by The American Boychoir
** Cue not used in the film

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The insert includes extensive credits and a note from director M. Night Shyamalan.
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