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 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a new limited edition release – the first complete release of

THE BUCCANEER

Composed by Elmer Bernstein

DeMille had had his greatest success by remaking The Ten Commandments for Paramount in 1956, and so he decided that his next film for the studio where he’d toiled for so many years would be a remake of his 1938 film of The Buccaneer, this time in Technicolor and VistaVision. But by 1958, having prepared the film, DeMille’s health was failing, so he asked Anthony Quinn to direct (Quinn was his son-in-law at the time) and longtime friend and associate Henry Wilcoxon to produce. A great cast was assembled, including Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer and Claire Bloom. Charlton Heston appeared as Andrew Jackson. Critics were cool to the film and it didn’t light up the box office, but it managed to snag one Oscar nomination (for Best Costumes). But looking back at it today, the film is very entertaining, looks incredible and has an absolutely stunning score by Elmer Bernstein.

Bernstein had, of course, done the score for DeMille’s The Ten Commandments so he was a natural for The Buccaneer. He delivered a beauty of a score, filled with big and bold music and classic Bernstein themes. The “Main Title” begins with a wonderful Bernstein fanfare leading into a glorious and heroic theme, more fanfares, and then an exquisitely beautiful theme followed by more fanfares – it’s everything you’d want in a main title from a time when composers really knew how to set the tone of the film in its first minutes. The rest of his marvelous score is loaded with drama, romance and intrigue, all in the unique and colorful Bernstein style.

The Buccaneer was originally released on LP by Columbia Records and that LP program has had several CD releases over the years, all out of print. This is the first release of the complete score, taken from the three-track session scoring masters and the original 15 IPS three-track album master, all freshly transferred and sounding wonderful in full-bodied stereo. In addition to the complete dramatic score, we also present all of Bernstein’s source music cues, a couple of alternates, and some Bernstein piano demos.

The Buccaneer is limited to 1000 copies only and is priced at $19.98, plus shipping.

CDs will ship by the first week of February, but we’ve been averaging three to four weeks early in terms of shipping ahead of the official ship date. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Ordered! With 2 titles from Sale-section (Trial & Dead of Winter)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

This will be gone soon.

I would not hesitate to grab it.

Will definitely be gone by Christmas.

I got mine pronto!

Another stupendous release Bruce! Bravo and thanks for everything!

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   filmsonwax   (Member)

NICE!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

Was the fanfare or theme for this film used in ANIMAL HOUSE?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

Mr. Kimmel, please reserve me a copy, OK?

I am going to order it with Alien Nation after January 13.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Was the fanfare or theme for this film used in ANIMAL HOUSE?

I think it's quite similar and yet different.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zija9HdNYF0

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

Splendide !

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Pre-ordered at SAE with A PASSAGE TO INDIA
This was just the motivation I needed!!

Thank you, Bruce!
Way to go on having the "last word" this holiday season...

Knock on wood!!

Later in 2014:
OLD MAN AND THE SEA - Tiomkin?

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

What a wonderful surprise, the sound quality is impressive.

What a way to start the New Year.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

OUTSTANDING NEWS!!!

This looks like a marvelous release! I always say that you can't go wrong with a good swashbuckler, and Elmer is Elmer. I'm looking forward to the expanded presentation, and it's Kritzerland, so I know it'll sound great. This one is right up my alley.

Ordered, along with the John Wayne set!


I noticed that there is a holiday sale at Kritzerland: http://www.kritzerland.com/specialSale2013.htm

If you don't have them, I can recommend just about all of the titles listed there, but of particular note are Richard Einhorn's Dead of Winter, Dana Kaproff's When a Stranger Calls, but, most importantly, Elmer Bernstein's Drango, which is essential Bernstein. If you're ordering The Buccaneer, pick up at least one of those as well. Trust me.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

That is wonderful sound on the samples. Arragh matey!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

Samples sound great. And there was I thinking I was done ordering this year.........

Happy Christmas and thanks for the wonderful releases this year.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

A most welcome release, Bruce. I keep all my Kritzerland releases in a separate section of my collection, and it just keeps growing and growing.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

oops - dp

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

The previous CD releases of this score, like the original Columbia LP, were harsh sounding and (to my ear) suffered from excessive reverb. As a result, while I somewhat liked the music itself, it is one Bernstein soundtrack to which I have seldom listened. Based on the sample tracks, Bruce and company have vastly improved the sound quality, not to mention expanding the program with the original tracks. It might have taken me as much as 30 seconds after hearing the samples to complete my purchase at the Kritzerland website. I strongly suspect that (as with so many of Kritzerland's previous "classic era" releases) I am about to discover a wonderful "new" score to love. Nice Christmas present!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

A most welcome release, Bruce. I keep all my Kritzerland releases in a separate section of my collection, and it just keeps growing and growing.

I do that with several labels.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Sounds delightful. What is the length of the complete score, before all the bonus tracks?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

A most welcome release, Bruce. I keep all my Kritzerland releases in a separate section of my collection, and it just keeps growing and growing.

I do that with several labels.


Don't have room to do that with the actual CDs but I do have separate playlists on iTunes for each label. Great browsing though each labels titles on Grid View. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Sounds delightful. What is the length of the complete score, before all the bonus tracks?

The complete score including the Bernstein source cues is approximately fifty-eight minutes - something like that.

 
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