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Darkman
(1990)
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1990 MCA
2020 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
MCA Records
(August 17th, 1990)

La-La Land Records
(January 28th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 MCA album was a regular U.S. release, but it fell out of print by the 2000's and sold regularly for more than $20. The 2020 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you just can't get enough tortured tragedy out of Danny Elfman's music for Batman and wouldn't mind a re-hash of its suspense motifs and action mode in a lesser-quality rendition.

Avoid it... if you appreciate Elfman's early action brooding but seek an interesting variation on that style, for Darkman really struggles to establish its own identity in this period of the composer's career.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #579
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 7/19/20
Elfman
Elfman
Darkman: (Danny Elfman) Long before composer Danny Elfman would team with director Sam Raimi for the highly successful first two Spider-Man films, there came the very early Raimi film Darkman, the start of the director/producer's fascination with comic book heroes. After the massive success of Batman in 1989, for both the fate of comic book characters on the big screen and for Elfman in that genre, a significant number of other adaptations began to flow into theatres throughout the 1990's. Interestingly, Darkman was one of the few not to be based on a historical character. Instead of visualizing an existing character, Raimi and a host of writers concocted the story of Dr. Peyton Westlake, a talented scientist experimenting with synthetic skin who is left for dead and badly mangled after hitmen destroy his lab. In the process, Westlake's nerves are altered by doctors and he achieves both superhuman strength and uncontrollable rage. Obsessed with the destruction of his enemies, as well as the lost love of his girlfriend, the Darkman goes about his revenge while using his synthetic skin to assume multiple characters, including his former self. A nightmare of a picture, Darkman is as much a product of its Gothic surroundings as Batman was, and it's no surprise whatsoever that Elfman was anxious to score the picture. At that period in Elfman's career, the composer couldn't get enough of morbidly tragic characters, and his music for those identities was usually as consistent in its symphonic depth as it was in its success. While Darkman is not as well-known as Batman and Edward Scissorhands, its themes contain many of the same basic structures that Elfman fans have come to love from the morbidly tragic scores from that period of Elfman's work. Unfortunately, Darkman also suffers from the effect of using the table scraps from those other scores. The composer was still attempting to broaden his technical proficiency at writing lengthy cues, and his music from these years sometimes struggled to approach similar topics from different directions. In the case of Darkman, the score is reminiscent of Batman Returns in that the underlying composition deserved a far more vibrant performance and recording. A 2020 remastered and expanded presentation doesn't appreciably solve this nagging issue on album.



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297 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.93 Stars
***** 44 5 Stars
**** 65 4 Stars
*** 70 3 Stars
** 64 2 Stars
* 54 1 Stars
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Darkman Formula
Bruno Costa - December 16, 2010, at 11:44 a.m.
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Review is insane
Ryan - April 12, 2006, at 11:35 a.m.
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Not impressed
Julio Gomez - March 10, 2006, at 6:42 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 MCA Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:13
• 1. Main Titles (1:37)
• 2. Woe, The Darkman, Woe (6:09)
• 3. Rebuilding/Failure (3:16)
• 4. Love Theme (0:56)
• 5. Julie Transforms (1:11)
• 6. Rage/Peppy Science (1:37)
• 7. Cheating Pauley (3:19)
• 8. Double Durante (1:50)
• 9. The Plot Unfolds/Dancing Freak (7:01)
• 10. Carnival From Hell (3:16)
• 11. Julie Discovers Darkman (1:59)
• 12. High Steel (4:19)
• 13. Finale (End Credits) (3:39)
2020 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 116:00

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1990 MCA album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2020 La-La Land set contains lengthy commentary about both.
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