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Dolores Claiborne
(1995)
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1995 Varèse
2020 Varèse
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Richard Stone

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone

Co-Produced by:
Curt Sobel
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(March 28th, 1995)

Varèse Sarabande
(Deluxe Edition)
(January 17th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release. The 2020 Varèse "Deluxe Edition" is limited to 2,500 copies and available initially for $25 through soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2020 album was also made available digitally for $11.
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Buy it... if feelings of disillusionment in your film scores never yield boredom for you, for this music is effectively troubling in its morbidly deliberate meandering and unappealing instrumental demeanor.

Avoid it... if you need more than just a drab sibling to Danny Elfman's engaging melodrama for Sommersby to justify a listening experience that offers little relief from its solemn contemplation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,555
WRITTEN 3/15/10, REVISED 4/11/21
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Dolores Claiborne: (Danny Elfman) Based upon Stephen King's best-selling novel of 1992, Dolores Claiborne is a straight forward domestic abuse drama that features practically none of the author's usual supernatural elements. The 1995 adaptation stars Kathy Bates as a maid to a wealthy New England family, a quietly desperate woman beaten physically and emotionally by her excessively drinking, molesting husband. In flashback format, she is revealed to have been encouraged by the woman of the upscale home to kill her husband via a convenient accident, which she eventually managed to accomplish during an eclipse. When she is blamed for the later death of her employer as well, she is forced to elude prosecution from Christopher Plummer's detective and come to terms with her estranged daughter. It's a movie about sexual abuse, vengeful feminism, and repressed memories, with the violent portions of the tale pitching the story towards the horror genre. Although satisfyingly bittersweet in its conclusion, Dolores Claiborne is by no means an easy viewing experience, the convincing performances by Bates, Plummer, and David Straithairn (as the husband) serving as the main attraction. The coastal Maine scenery (with Canada standing in), as well as the interior design of the film, is made to de-emphasize vitality, intentionally sapping much of the beauty inherent to the area in an attempt to accentuate the disgust and distrust between the principle players. Also contributing to bleak atmosphere and psychological terror of Dolores Claiborne is Danny Elfman's somewhat uncharacteristically drab orchestral score, the muted and troubled demeanor of his contribution matching the lack of identity and dulled color palette of the tale and its scenery. It's a work of extreme introspection that is met with either indifference or admiration by the composer's collectors, the music functioning better as an emphasis of the dichotomy between present and past on screen than as an appreciable standalone listening experience.


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Average: 3.17 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:11
• 1. Main Titles (2:46)
• 2. Vera's World (3:42)
• 3. Flashback (1:54)
• 4. Getting Even (1:48)
• 5. Ferry Ride (0:55)
• 6. Sad Room (0:53)
• 7. Eclipse (7:16)
• 8. Finale (5:35)
• 9. End Credits (5:16)
2020 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 89:56

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The insert of the 1995 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2020 product contains extensive details about both.
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