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 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

“WE ARE NOT LITTLE MEN”

Kritzerland is very proud to present a new limited edition CD soundtrack release:

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Music Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre

John Huston’s 1975 film of Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King was a project he’d been longing to do for twenty years. And watching the film you can see why – it’s a brilliant, ripping adventure yarn about larger-than-life men doing larger-than-life things. It’s one of those films where everything just came together in perfect symmetry. It was a project Huston was born to direct, he had two extraordinary stars in Sean Connery and Michael Caine, a great cameraman in Oswald Morris, perfect costume design by the legendary Edith Head, and the brilliant production design of the great Alexander Trauner. And certainly right up there with all those extraordinary artists was the composer Maurice Jarre, who provided the film with a wonderful score, one of his best, despite the score’s brevity.

Maurice Jarre and Huston had already done The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and The Mackintosh Man together. Jarre had, by that time, become legendary for his Academy Award-winning scores for two David Lean masterpieces, Lawrence Of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago as well as his classic scores for The Collector, Eyes Without A Face, Sundays and Cybele, Ryan’s Daughter and A Passage To India (also for David Lean), Grand Prix, The Professionals, Resurrection, Shogun, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Fatal Attraction, Dead Poet’s Society, Witness, and Ghost, among many others. In The Man Who Would Be King Jarre delivered exactly the score Huston wanted – understated yet filled with majesty and wonderful orchestral textures. The score is played by the National Philharmonic, along with several of the then-greatest Indian musicians. It is robust, exotic, moving and one of Jarre’s finest achievements in a career filled with fine achievements.

The Man Who Would Be King was originally released on a Capitol LP. Its first CD release was on Bay Cites back in the early 1990s. That release went out of print in 1993 and immediately became a pricey collector’s item. Since Kritzerland had its genesis in Bay Cities, it is particularly gratifying to be able to bring back The Man Who Would Be King to CD on Kritzerland. The CD has been completely and lovingly remastered, fixing several problems inherent in the original release.

This release is limited to 1000 copies only. The price is $19.98 plus shipping.

CD will ship by the second week of April – however, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

By the way, Bruce, I'm not sure if you ever noticed this - but when I click elsewhere on the Kritzerland site and THEN go back to the home page, it redirects to a completely outdated home page (home.htm).

Here's the main page everyone else sees: http://www.kritzerland.com/

Here's the main page all the other pages on the site link to: http://www.kritzerland.com/home.htm


Not sure if you'd consider that an error, but just FYI. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

By the way, Bruce, I'm not sure if you ever noticed this - but when I click elsewhere on the Kritzerland site and THEN go back to the home page, it redirects to a completely outdated home page (home.htm).

Here's the main page everyone else sees: http://www.kritzerland.com/

Here's the main page all the other pages on the site link to: http://www.kritzerland.com/home.htm


Not sure if you'd consider that an error, but just FYI. wink


Nope, it's done on purpose, to show other titles.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   fommes   (Member)

Superb release, but I really don't see the need to limit this to 1000 copies. It will sell out very quickly, and then people will want it again for another ten years. That's not very long-term thinking, and not really 'healthy' on more than one level...

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

Superb release, but I really don't see the need to limit this to 1000 copies. It will sell out very quickly, and then people will want it again for another ten years. That's not very long-term thinking, and not really 'healthy' on more than one level...

Are you sure this will be a quick sell-out? I can't get one just yet...

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

Amazing. Just after Cross of Iron.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Illustrator   (Member)

I hope this means the movie is coming to blu-ray.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Superb release, but I really don't see the need to limit this to 1000 copies. It will sell out very quickly, and then people will want it again for another ten years. That's not very long-term thinking, and not really 'healthy' on more than one level...

Are you sure this will be a quick sell-out? I can't get one just yet...


I think so.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   couvee   (Member)

I think it will sell fast too. I have the original Capitol LP, the Bay Cities CD and still I ordered this Kritzerland title. It's one of my favorite scores and if it only sounds marginally better it's justified to buy it (for me). I thought 'Taras Bulba' sounded terrific. It's difficult to judge from the mp3 soundclips but comparing them to my Bay Cities CD I think I can hear this new mastering is a bit more clear. What exactly were the problems in the original release that were fixed? I couldn't find anything about that in the liner notes.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

I think it could be sold out already.

Damn. Another 10 years to wait.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Nick Haysom   (Member)

Its first CD release was on Bay Cites back in the early 1990s. That release went out of print in 1993 and immediately became a pricey collector’s item.

Hmm... Bruce you don't think history is about to repeat itself do you? I mean, what was the print run on the Bay Cities...?

The CD has been completely and lovingly remastered, fixing several problems inherent in the original release

That's clever. Strictly speaking, something which is "inherent" can't be fixed... Not that I'm being picky or anything. smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Bless you, Bruce. A fantastic score by Jarre.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

It is moving fast. If anyone has a problem ordering today just drop me an e-mail if you want me to hold a copy.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Superb release, but I really don't see the need to limit this to 1000 copies. It will sell out very quickly, and then people will want it again for another ten years. That's not very long-term thinking, and not really 'healthy' on more than one level...

I agree completely. It's a shame the score will only really see the light of day for a few days before it becomes impossible to purchase for a decent price. This limited edition mania is really tiring.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   The Man-Eating Cow   (Member)

It is moving fast. If anyone has a problem ordering today just drop me an e-mail if you want me to hold a copy.

Give me your e-mail address, and I will do so. (It's not in your profile.)

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

It is moving fast. If anyone has a problem ordering today just drop me an e-mail if you want me to hold a copy.

Give me your e-mail address, and I will do so. (It's not in your profile.)


Or go here:

http://www.kritzerland.com/contact.htm

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

As a man of my word, I have placed my order- now, on to THE MOLLY MAGUIRES.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

As a man of my word, I have placed my order- now, on to THE MOLLY MAGUIRES.

That IS another great one. One that has even more room for SQ improvement, I might add.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2010 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Another classic release Bruce, many thanks.

 
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