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 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Marek7   (Member)

So, is this soundtrack coming anytime soon? This is one of my MUST HAVES. I watched this a couple weeks ago. It had been a few years since I saw it last. I'm not sure how much the original soundtrack had but it felt like the entire film was underscored. Between the songs, it felt like there was always music in it. Are there a lot of cues Danny Elfman left out? I remember hearing years ago a special edition blu ray was coming (Beatty recorded a commentary about 7 years ago) but so far nothing. Beatty won a case with the copyright and ownership of Dick Tracy so I can't help think that is the problem with the delay.

It was sad they let the 20th anniversary slip on by with no fanfare at all. I would assume Intrada would be behind a special edition expanded soundtrack. Can anyone from Intrada weigh in on this? Have they tried or contacted Disney regarding this title? Any updates or info would be great.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   ryankeaveney   (Member)

I think there's about 85 minutes of music in the film, which is about double what's on the Warner/Sire album.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Marek7   (Member)

That sounds about right. The film clocks in at one hour and fifty minutes. The 'so called' director's cut is suppose to be an extra 20-30 minutes. Not sure if there is music in those extra scenes or not. It would be great to have all the Sondheim songs plus the score on one disc.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I'd buy this as well. I've always enjoyed this score and it's from one of my favorite time periods of Danny's career, late 80's early 90's.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

I believe the only celebration there's been recently was a screening with Warren Beatty. It might have been for the 20th.

Between the existing score disc and the Breathless album, I have a playlist that makes for a nice representation of the music. It would be nice for the Elfman score to be revisited though.

Strangely enough, "Back in Business" (from Breathless) is an entirely different song from the one heard in the film. An album cut of the film version is available in this box set:

http://www.amazon.com/Story-So-Far-Stephen-Sondheim/dp/B001EKH09E/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1347553390&sr=1-2

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   digitalfreaknyc   (Member)

I believe the only celebration there's been recently was a screening with Warren Beatty. It might have been for the 20th.

Between the existing score disc and the Breathless album, I have a playlist that makes for a nice representation of the music. It would be nice for the Elfman score to be revisited though.

Strangely enough, "Back in Business" (from Breathless) is an entirely different song from the one heard in the film. An album cut of the film version is available in this box set:

http://www.amazon.com/Story-So-Far-Stephen-Sondheim/dp/B001EKH09E/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1347553390&sr=1-2


And many of the tracks on that are not lossless. They're compressed masters. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

It was sad they let the 20th anniversary slip on by with no fanfare at all.

Well, it didn't meet expectations at the box office (it may have done just over $100 million domestically* but Touchstone really wanted it to be the next Batman... as Premiere put it at the time, "How do you spell 'pyrrhic'?") and it wasn't a very good movie either. So.... yeah.

*It didn't do nearly as well internationally, in part because unlike the Caped Crusader he's not that well known outside the US.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

This is a great score, BUT I think an expanded album would be incredibly tough to put together. Elfman has said that this was one of the crazier movies he's ever worked on, in that Warren Beatty had him rescore scenes endlessly, and then what wound up in the film was sometimes a composite of several cues which weren't necessarily even written for the scenes they appear in. Other cues that Elfman wrote were dropped in favor of songs.

I have no doubt that a record label could put more music from the picture out, but how to make it all comprehensive would be an immense challenge.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's a fine album the way it is (although it's getting increasingly hard to find, so a reissue wouldn't be too bad).

Pretty impressive that the film actually got THREE soundtrack releases at the time (or was it four, I can't remember?).

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

*It didn't do nearly as well internationally, in part because unlike the Caped Crusader he's not that well known outside the US.

Honestly, he's not that well known in the United States, either. He was, once, of course. But even by 1990, when the film was made, Dick Tracy's popularity as a character was decades past its prime.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

Maybe a release could clear up if the rumors of if Alan Silvestri ever recorded anything. I'm thinking his involvement never got past demos but some rumors report that he did a whole score that Beatty didn't like.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Marek7   (Member)

Well, not all of Sondheim's songs appear on either album.

MORE

SOONER OR LATER

BACK IN BUSINESS

WHAT CAN YOU LOSE?

the one song that people never hear about that is in the film is LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT. There is a lot of material there,so it is worth putting out. I also recognize that it is a huge challenge. I'm just curious if anyone at Intrada or any label has pursued or considered a expanded release of this score.If so, I'd love to hear what information they may have .

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

And many of the tracks on that are not lossless. They're compressed masters. frown

Oh jeez, you're right. Back in Business is compressed but Live Alone and Like It isn't.

Weird.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I prefer the film version of Sooner or Later with that lively horn line.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

the one song that people never hear about that is in the film is LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT.




"Live Alone and Like It"

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=87298&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2012 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   sajrocks   (Member)

Strangely enough, "Back in Business" (from Breathless) is an entirely different song from the one heard in the film. An album cut of the film version is available in this box set: http://www.amazon.com/Story-So-Far-Stephen-Sondheim/dp/B001EKH09E/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1347553390&sr=1-2

Elfman's composition for that scene works quite nicely to film...

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/fsmonline/story.cfm?maID=2076
http://fsmo-media.filmscoremonthly.com/fsmonline/video/V14N8/Crime%20Spree_RESTORED.mov

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2012 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   foxmorty   (Member)

probably my least favorite of the elfman comic book films but i'd still be all over an expansion. for as much as some of the score runs together "crime spree" is a blowout of a track. if there's anything more along that mode that's out there it would be most most welcome!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2012 - 9:39 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Well, not all of Sondheim's songs appear on either album.

MORE

SOONER OR LATER

BACK IN BUSINESS

WHAT CAN YOU LOSE?

the one song that people never hear about that is in the film is LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT. There is a lot of material there,so it is worth putting out. I also recognize that it is a huge challenge. I'm just curious if anyone at Intrada or any label has pursued or considered a expanded release of this score.If so, I'd love to hear what information they may have .



I love the Sondheim songs, and he did win the Oscar for "Sooner or Later," though my favorite is "What Can You Lose?"

If anyone ever put out an expanded soundtrack, with all the Sondheim songs, as well as the Elfman, the result would do crossover business with the theatre crowd, particularly all the Sondheim fanatics, of whom there are many...

Myself included.

Though not as zealous as in the past....

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2012 - 3:58 AM   
 By:   digitalfreaknyc   (Member)

Well, not all of Sondheim's songs appear on either album.

MORE

SOONER OR LATER

BACK IN BUSINESS

WHAT CAN YOU LOSE?

the one song that people never hear about that is in the film is LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT. There is a lot of material there,so it is worth putting out. I also recognize that it is a huge challenge. I'm just curious if anyone at Intrada or any label has pursued or considered a expanded release of this score.If so, I'd love to hear what information they may have .



I love the Sondheim songs, and he did win the Oscar for "Sooner or Later," though my favorite is "What Can You Lose?"

If anyone ever put out an expanded soundtrack, with all the Sondheim songs, as well as the Elfman, the result would do crossover business with the theatre crowd, particularly all the Sondheim fanatics, of whom there are many...

Myself included.

Though not as zealous as in the past....


If they include the Sondheim songs, it's going to need to be unlimited. Madonna fans would go nuts if they included any of the demo's or film versions.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2012 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Marek7   (Member)


"If anyone ever put out an expanded soundtrack, with all the Sondheim songs, as well as the Elfman, the result would do crossover business with the theatre crowd, particularly all the Sondheim fanatics, of whom there are many."

Yes it would. I know many Sondheim fans and they drool every time I mention an expanded DICK TRACY CD. This is why I am surprised Disney or Intrada are not seriously looking into this. IMO, the timing is perfect.

 
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