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 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a new limited edition soundtrack:

THE BERLIN AFFAIR
Music Composed by Pino Donaggio

In 1974, director Liliana Cavani made the extremely controversial film The Night Porter, which divided critics and audiences all over the world. A decade later, she was back with The Berlin Affair (based on the novel The Buddhist Cross by Junichiro Tanazaki), which, while not as controversial as The Night Porter, still explored hotbed topics of sexuality and homosexuality, race, jealousy, torment, deception, betrayal, all set in 1938 Berlin and involving a Nazi official, his wife, the daughter of the Japanese Ambassador, an art teacher, all of whose lives intertwine in ultimately destructive ways. The cast was excellent, with German actress Gudrun Landgrebe elegant and beautiful as Louise, Kevin McNally as her husband, and alluring Mio Takaki as the object of many people’s desires. The film was beautifully photographed by Dante Spinotti, who would go on to photograph Manhunter, Crimes Of The Heart, The Last Of The Mohicans, LA Confidential, and many others. Capturing the seething passions, eroticism, intrigue, and atmosphere, Pino Donaggio’s score is as much a leading player in the film as any of its characters.

Donaggio had been scoring films for over a decade, starting with Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973), and continuing with his work for Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill, Body Double, Blow Out and others) as well as cult classics like Tourist Trap, The Howling, Piranha, Tex, Hercules, as well as providing quite a few scores for Cannon Films, of which The Berlin Affair was one. The score for The Berlin Affair is Donaggio at the top of his game. With its sinuous, swirling, hypnotic melodies capturing all the underlying complexities of the characters and the story, the music is like a symphonic fever dream in the film, and a wonderful and completely satisfying listening experience away from the film. In fact, the music is mixed quite low in the film, and many cues are truncated, so it’s especially lovely to hear them complete and in gorgeous sound. The themes are some of the most beautiful Donaggio has ever written.

The Berlin Affair was issued on LP, but this is its world premiere CD release. The LP presented forty-two minutes of music, including a title song (inspired by but not used in the film), and several source/pastiche cues. We present all those, plus all the cues not used on the album, and they are many. The CD was mastered from the original Italian two-track mixed score tapes housed in the MGM vaults – they were in pristine condition and the recording is absolutely stunning. The CD runs just about an hour and contains about eighteen minutes of never before released score cues.

This release is limited to 1000 copies only. The price of the CD is $19.98, plus shipping. Additionally, we are offering a special deal with the purchase of this release. Go to the item page and click on the link to find out about it.

CD will ship the first week of July – however, never fear, 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:   May 20, 2011 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   RED SHIRT BASIL (or looks like...)   (Member)

AWESOME!

This one is so ordered !! (I just hope it will last till monday and the Varese announcement batch :/)

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   Jerry Horne   (Member)

Donaggio? Kritzerland? Recorded around the same time as Body Double? Limited to 1000 copies?

ORDERED.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   JackDVD78@gmail.com   (Member)

Ordered, nice to have a release listed on a Friday also. Esp Payday!

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

What an ambush, Mr Kimmel~~~

Listening to the samples now.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   prince caspian   (Member)

AT LAST ! THE COMPLETE SCORE !
I was listening to my old lp again and I'm still in love with this music full of subtlety and sensuality. An instant buy for me !
Thanks again Bruce and Pino for this wonderful release !

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   KubrickFan   (Member)

Well, that was one of the easiest things to order I've yet to encounter smile. In fact, even though I'm not familiar with the score to The Berlin Affair, I've only listened to the Main Title, since I didn't want to spoil the rest. The Dead of Winter CD sounded very good too, and I ordered Ordeal by Innocence and The Counterfeit Traitor too. They all seemed excellent, based on the small samples I listened to. I also have to give a compliment that the shipping costs for four CDs to Europe is only ten dollars.
It seems that I've become a huge Dinaggio fan because of Kritzerland smile. Could be worse, I suppose.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

What an ambush, Mr Kimmel~~~

Listening to the samples now.


Oh, some think the ambush came earlier this week smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

Holy Cow Batman, those samples are amazing...

Will keep a close eye on this thread for stock levels as I really would like to hold off till Monday to see what Varese release but there is no way I'm going to miss out on this one.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

What an ambush, Mr Kimmel~~~

Listening to the samples now.


Oh, some think the ambush came earlier this week smile


Your tactic has been successful on me again. Ordered!!!!!!!!!
My 8th Kritzerland release in 2011.

A Dry White Season
Gorky Park
The Counterfeit Traitor
Pirates
Black Sunday
Until September
Mulholland Falls

and The Berlin Affair!!!!

By the way, I still haven't got my Until September.
I would like to know whether Mulholland Falls is ready to be shipped?

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   RED SHIRT BASIL (or looks like...)   (Member)

? I don't see the title listed on the Kritzerland site ? does anyone has a link please?

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

? I don't see the title listed on the Kritzerland site ? does anyone has a link please?

http://www.kritzerland.com/

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

What an ambush, Mr Kimmel~~~

Listening to the samples now.


Oh, some think the ambush came earlier this week smile


Your tactic has been successful on me again. Ordered!!!!!!!!!
My 8th Kritzerland release in 2011.

A Dry White Season
Gorky Park
The Counterfeit Traitor
Pirates
Black Sunday
Until September
Mulholland Falls

and The Berlin Affair!!!!

By the way, I still haven't got my Until September.


I would like to know whether Mulholland Falls is ready to be shipped?


Are you overseas? If so, it's only been a week. Mulholland falls ships Tuesday, a few weeks early, as always.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Loved the samples!

Ordered!

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

What an ambush, Mr Kimmel~~~

Listening to the samples now.


Oh, some think the ambush came earlier this week smile


Your tactic has been successful on me again. Ordered!!!!!!!!!
My 8th Kritzerland release in 2011.

A Dry White Season
Gorky Park
The Counterfeit Traitor
Pirates
Black Sunday
Until September
Mulholland Falls

and The Berlin Affair!!!!

By the way, I still haven't got my Until September.

Are you overseas? If so, it's only been a week. Mulholland falls ships Tuesday, a few weeks early, as always.
I would like to know whether Mulholland Falls is ready to be shipped?


Yes. I am.
William from Hong Kong, remember me?

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Sounds lovely! I love the sound of a purely orchestral Donaggio and the Japanese feel of some of these tracks. I'm debating whether I should order this now with Killing Me Softly or wait to see if I want to combine it with a varese club release next week as well. I'll keep an eye on this thread over the weekend to see if it hits low quantities.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Sounds lovely! I love the sound of a purely orchestral Donaggio and the Japanese feel of some of these tracks. I'm debating whether I should order this now with Killing Me Softly or wait to see if I want to combine it with a varese club release next week as well. I'll keep an eye on this thread over the weekend to see if it hits low quantities.

You would better off buying the Varese club releases through Varese since they sell at a premium everywhere else.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)


You would better off buying the Varese club releases through Varese since they sell at a premium everywhere else.


Ah of course! Been so long since they released clubs that I forgot about that. Will order The Berlin Affair with Killing Me Softly later today!

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)


You would better off buying the Varese club releases through Varese since they sell at a premium everywhere else.


Everytime I've ever ordered from Varese I have been hit by customs charges, and that's only ever happened to me twice in a decade of ordering from SAE... So paying more at SAE works out as paying less overall for me...

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2011 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)


You would better off buying the Varese club releases through Varese since they sell at a premium everywhere else.


Everytime I've ever ordered from Varese I have been hit by customs charges, and that's only ever happened to me twice in a decade of ordering from SAE... So paying more at SAE works out as paying less overall for me...


Same here - Always a trip to the local depot with a wad of cash. Never happens with other labels.

 
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