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The Wolfman
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Mark McKenzie
Michael Byron

Additional Music by:
Edward Shearmur
Thomas Lindgren
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 23rd, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are curious to hear an effective merging of Danny Elfman's Sleepy Hollow and Wojciech Kilar's Bram Stoker's Dracula, the latter a dominating influence on the Eastern European structures and oppressive atmosphere of this score.

Avoid it... if there's only so much morbidly dramatic atmosphere of a tumultuous, primordial nature that you can handle from Elfman without the true existence of any of the composer's usual, tempering romantic interludes of relieving beauty.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,036
WRITTEN 3/4/10
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The Wolfman: (Danny Elfman/Various) If the proverbial panic button were to literally exist in Hollywood, Universal Pictures surely would have broken it in the two years they spent pounding it while attempting to assemble a remake of the 1941 horror classic The Wolf Man. That film was one close to the hearts of many in the production, though a finely-tuned revision of the concept in the CGI age caused so many disagreements over "creative differences" that the release date of the remake was pushed from November, 2008 to February, 2010. Directors, composer, and marketers all came and went, along with other varieties of crew members, in Universal's attempt to salvage a perpetually troubled production. The plot basically follows the disintegration of the wealthy Talbot family of England as each member either becomes a werewolf or is killed by one, leading to a monumental and tragic clash at the end that predictably leaves most of the principles of the story dead. The sour plot was accentuated by a bleak cinematic landscape, with dark blues and gray dominant. One of the reasons for the delay of The Wolfman was indecision about the form of the beast itself, necessitating re-shoots the year following the initial photography. Ultimately, the endless tinkering with the film, including the shaving of some of its length, caused difficulty with a soundtrack that had been recorded for its first incarnation. Tackled in the midst of a stunning 2008 for Danny Elfman was The Wolfman, a project close to his heart as well. Not only was he a fan of the original film (and thankful that few would remember the music in it and therefore cry foul due to his remake score's direction), but the subject matter was naturally suited to the composer's stylistic sensibilities. He had always been immensely respectful of the Wojciech Kilar score for the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola (and Anthony Hopkins, coincidentally) epic monster film Bram Stoker's Dracula, once humorously claiming that he wished he had received that assignment until being blown away by a Kilar score that he considered totally out of his league. He made no secret of the influence that the music from Bram Stoker's Dracula had on his work for The Wolfman, particularly in its Eastern European atmosphere and the structures and performance emphasis in the string solos of the primary theme. Despite succeeding at adapting these traits from Kilar's music into his own work, the problems were just beginning for Elfman's score however.



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Danny Elfman's music is a tool of the Antichrist
Andreane - May 31, 2017, at 5:44 p.m.
1 comment  (234 views)
Review
FilmMusicSite.com - July 4, 2013, at 3:07 a.m.
1 comment  (441 views)
Wolf Suite Pt 1 & 2
Peter Reilich - May 15, 2012, at 3:49 a.m.
1 comment  (713 views)
first 2 min of track 17 are among Elfman's best material *NM*
ariel - November 17, 2011, at 8:06 a.m.
1 comment  (711 views)
Just brilliant
Antony - March 11, 2010, at 8:40 a.m.
1 comment  (1557 views)
completely agree with you!
KK - March 6, 2010, at 9:55 a.m.
1 comment  (1651 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:05
• 1. Wolf Suite Pt 1 (4:12)
• 2. Wolf Suite Pt 2 (5:55)
• 3. Prologue (2:57)
• 4. Dear Mr. Talbot (1:45)
• 5. Bad Moon Rising (0:59)
• 6. Gypsy Massacre (2:24)
• 7. Wake Up, Lawrence (5:17)
• 8. The Funeral (4:13)
• 9. The Healing Montage (2:50)
• 10. First Transformation (3:30)
• 11. You Must Go (3:46)
• 12. The Antique Shop (3:32)
• 13. Country Carnage (2:31)
• 14. Be Strong (2:31)
• 15. The Madhouse (5:32)
• 16. Reflection/2nd Transformation (4:12)
• 17. The Traveling Montage (4:27)
• 18. The Finale (4:11)
• 19. Wolf Wild #2 (1:27)

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