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Wolf
(1994)
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Sony Classical
(June 14th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Grammy Award.




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Buy it... only if you are familiar with Ennio Morricone's score in the film, including the fatally annoying synthetic effects that interrupt its best cues.

Avoid it... if you expect a clear and structured horror score that devolves intelligently along with its title character.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #872
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 4/9/06
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Wolf: (Ennio Morricone) With a $70 million budget that would reunite director Mike Nichols with actor Jack Nicholson and cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, Wolf explored the intriguing idea of inserting a classic monster movie fable into the world of corporate politics. After being bitten by a werewolf, a senior editor of a publishing company (good old Jack, of course) exacts his revenge against the rich investor that fires him from his post and the yuppie rat-like replacement who taunts him. Pairing up with the daughter of the investor who will befriend any enemy of her father, Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer present a "beauty and the beast" scenario of convenient romance despite the looming suspense of Nicholson's transformation. The film succeeded in its first half, when animal instincts provide the title character with an uncanny ability to stir up trouble in the human world, though the film devolved considerably when lackluster make-up jobs on Nicholson were demanded, and somewhat flimsy special effect shots of the wolf leaping from buildings entangled the film in B-rate horror trouble. Maestro John Williams was originally reported to score Wolf, though after his astounding success in 1993, Williams would make the concert rounds and refrain from scoring a film in 1994. That left Wolf with the odd assignment of Italian Ennio Morricone, and you have to wonder how much of an influence the darkly classical score for Dracula a few years earlier by fellow European Wojciech Kilar had on the hiring of another European in a situation where any number of American composers might have sufficed. Morricone's abilities in straight drama, romance, and action are well-respected, though his horror work has never really turned many heads. Undoubtedly, Wolf would allow him to follow some of the familiar romantic and/or melodic lines that we have come to expect from Morricone, though the end result is a tumultuous score that never establishes a clear direction or style outside of its own disjointed sounds.



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180 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.07 Stars
***** 34 5 Stars
**** 43 4 Stars
*** 40 3 Stars
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* 35 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 64:18
• 1. Wolf and Love (3:32)
• 2. The Barn (1:59)
• 3. The Dream and the Deer (9:15)
• 4. The Moon (5:28)
• 5. Laura Goes to Join Wolf (2:20)
• 6. Laura and Wolf Unite (1:24)
• 7. First Transition (1:28)
• 8. The Howl and the City (3:21)
• 9. Animals and Encounters (4:37)
• 10. Laura Transformed (3:36)
• 11. Wolf (2:48)
• 12. Second Transition (1:17)
• 13. Will's Final Goodbye (1:31)
• 14. Chase (5:43)
• 15. Confirmed Doubts (3:41)
• 16. The Talisman (3:27)
• 17. Third Transition (0:57)
• 18. A Shock for Laura (2:43)
• 19. Laura and Will (2:26)
• 20. Laura (2:36)

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