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 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a limited edition soundtrack CD release – three complete great film scores in one two-CD set, for the price of one CD:

BLACK WIDOW, THE STAR CHAMBER and THE DRIVER

Music Composed and Conducted by Michael Small

The Driver. The Star Chamber. Black Widow. Three very different films from one studio, Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by three very different filmmakers, connected by one very gifted composer – Michael Small.

Michael Small began his film music journey in 1969. However, Small’s breakthrough film happened two years later when Alan Pakula hired him to score his first film as a director, Klute. The marriage of director and composer on Klute was absolute perfection and Small’s score was unique, original, and immediately put him in demand. From there, he went on to write incredible scores for some classic 1970s films, including Pakula’s Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing and The Parallax View, The Stepford Wives, Night Moves, The Drowning Pool, Marathon Man, and Audrey Rose, with each score unique, original, and filled with the Michael Small sound, which was unlike any other composer working back then. In the midst of all that wonderful work, he wrote three of his finest scores, and those are the three scores represented in this two-CD set: The Driver (1978), The Star Chamber (1983), and Black Widow (1987), for directors Walter Hill, Peter Hyams, and Bob Rafelson. They are a perfect neo-noir musical trilogy.

Black Widow is a terrific thriller starring Theresa Russell and Debra Winger. The acting is superb, the photography of Conrad Hall is amazing, as always, and the production design of Gene Callahan is stunning. Michael Small’s score is as entrancing, captivating, alluring, and dangerous as the Black Widow of the title. It has all the hallmarks of a classic Michael Small score and is one of his best.

The Star Chamber, directed by Peter Hyams and featuring a stellar cast, including Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, and Sharon Gless, became kind of a cult film thanks to cable TV and home video and is generally well thought of today. Once again, Michael Small provides a terrific score, beginning with its classic Small main title, majestic-yet-ominous, strings, woodwinds and piano doing an uneasy dance against a steady rhythmic pulse, a perfect beginning for the music and drama to follow.

Walter Hill’s The Driver is a quintessential 1970s movie – it looks, smells, feels and sounds like the 1970s. If anyone is unsure of this, the fact that Quentin Tarantino has referenced it in two films and thinks it’s one of the coolest movies ever made cements its reputation and is probably one of the key reasons the film has just been remade. The cast couldn’t be better – Ryan O’Neal as the The Driver, Bruce Dern as The Detective determined to catch “the cowboy who’s never been caught,” and beautiful Isabelle Adjani as The Player. And Michael Small as The Composer.

Small’s score for The Driver is, like the film, lean, cool, stylish and, yes, unique. Small uses electronics sparingly amidst the strings, reeds, and brass, and plays off The Detective’s line about The Driver being “the cowboy who’s never been caught,” with the use of a twangy country-western guitar that occasionally insinuates itself into the music.

All three scores were previously released by Intrada – Black Widow as a standalone and The Star Chamber and The Driver together on one CD. For this release, all three have been remastered by Mike Matessino, carefully removing numerous small dropouts and ticks and pops, most especially on The Driver. Black Widow and The Star Chamber are in stereo, while The Driver is in mono. With The Star Chamber and The Driver about to make their debut on Blu-ray, we thought the timing was perfect to make these three large Small scores available again in a two-CD value-for-money set. If you have never heard this music, you owe it to yourselves to grab this – there has never really been anyone quite like Michael Small.

BLACK WIDOW/THE STAR CHAMBER/THE DRIVER is limited to 1000 copies only. The price is $19.98, plus shipping.

CD will ship the first week of July, but preorders placed at Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks early (we’ve been averaging four weeks). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I already have all 3 scores, but this is BARGAIN OF THE YEAR if you don't own these scores!
My favourite is Star Chamber, which sounds like a sequel score to Parallax View.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I already have all 3 scores, but this is BARGAIN OF THE YEAR if you don't own these scores!
My favourite is Star Chamber, which sounds like a sequel score to Parallax View.


I agree! Also, just an FYI, in a very rare occurrence for us, we'll be shipping these on Thursday or Friday.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Woah this is a great idea for a release. I have Star Chamber/Driver but missed out on Black Widow.

Excellent work, sir !

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Of course I ordered this!
Missed original CDs - I wasn't in this game in that time...
Read description 2 days ago - it was really intrigue, so Bruce you already got my money! )))

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   morrifan   (Member)

perfect timing, following Bruce Dern's award in Cannes yesterday

(or, in an alternate universe, "perfect timing, following Michael Douglas's award in Cannes yesterday")

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

perfect timing, following Bruce Dern's award in Cannes yesterday

(or, in an alternate universe, "perfect timing, following Michael Douglas's award in Cannes yesterday")


Yes, I love serendipity - plus the Blu-rays of Star Chamber and The Driver are almost with us.

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Burk Whittenburg   (Member)

Nice trio of releases at an affordable price - this will be ordered.

Thanks Kritzerland!

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

AWESOME BRUCE thanks for another great release! I'm going for the Special Offer as well which gives you a 2 score CD featuring George Dunning's DEAR BRIGITTE and Hank Mancini's MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION for 10 bucks.

How can you beat 5 Awesome Scores for the price of One and a 1/2?

I LOVE KRITZERLAND and now I can even pay by Paypal!

Thanks for being Awesome Bruce!

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   The Juggler   (Member)

I have all three of these already, but agree with Bruce that Michael Small was a composer like no other. I think he's one of the most underrated of his generation. Just a powerhouse talent on every level. Now will someone please find the tapes to NIGHT MOVES already!

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

I belong to those who will pass on this triple-feature but BLACK WIDOW is worth the price of the CD alone IMHO!...

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I belong to those who will pass on this triple-feature but BLACK WIDOW is worth the price of the CD alone IMHO!...

Black Widow is one of the best scores of the entire 80s. Where is 80s Soundtrack Whore, I wonder.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

I have both the previous Intrada CD's but for those who don't I heartily recommend this new release! Good to see these scores back in print.

One of my favorite Michael Small scores is Audrey Rose, also lovingly produced by Kritzerland. A brilliant score and what a great main theme!

Now I wonder if we will ever see Love and Pain the and Whole Damn Thing on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   humster   (Member)

Wow! Thank you for putting these back in print. I only have Black Widow, so this release is a no brainer for me. And after your sterling work on the wonderful Audrey Rose, it's great to see Michael Small getting his due. Can I renew my annual request for his score to Alan J Pakula's Dream Lover?!

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Wow! Thank you for putting these back in print. I only have Black Widow, so this release is a no brainer for me. And after your sterling work on the wonderful Audrey Rose, it's great to see Michael Small getting his due. Can I renew my annual request for his score to Alan J Pakula's Dream Lover?!

I would do just about any Small score. I will also say that Matessino really did help some of this sound a bit better, especially The Driver.

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   1980's Soundtrack Whore   (Member)

I belong to those who will pass on this triple-feature but BLACK WIDOW is worth the price of the CD alone IMHO!...

Black Widow is one of the best scores of the entire 80s. Where is 80s Soundtrack Whore, I wonder.


Right here and fully supporting this release! I don't own any of the titles but always wanted The Driver and The Star Chamber. I enjoyed the Black Widow samples so looking forward to that one as well. And 3 for the price of 1 is a GREAT deal! Thanks Bruce!

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 4:49 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I belong to those who will pass on this triple-feature but BLACK WIDOW is worth the price of the CD alone IMHO!...

Black Widow is one of the best scores of the entire 80s. Where is 80s Soundtrack Whore, I wonder.


Right here and fully supporting this release! I don't own any of the titles but always wanted The Driver and The Star Chamber. I enjoyed the Black Widow samples so looking forward to that one as well. And 3 for the price of 1 is a GREAT deal! Thanks Bruce!


Glad we finally "got" you smile I can't stop listening to Black Widow - over and over again. She has me in her spell. The film is well worth seeing - back when it came out it didn't seem that great - watching it today you realize JUST how great it is compared to today's movies.

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Got these, but I'll be steering my friends to this super triplet!

Kudos Bruce!

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

I decided to order it, despite having the previous releases. For the relatively low price the possibility of some sound improvements makes it worthwhile... I think.

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2013 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I decided to order it, despite having the previous releases. For the relatively low price the possibility of some sound improvements makes it worthwhile... I think.

I hear the improvements mostly in The Driver - but they're subtle. I also like having all three scores in one handy-dandy package.

 
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