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 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Burk Whittenburg   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:



HOCUS POCUS
Music Composed and Conducted by JOHN DEBNEY
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 254


The 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus has become in the intervening years the quintessential Halloween film. The film opens with a young girl abducted by the town’s notorious sororal coven. The girl’s older brother, Thackery, is too late to stop the witches from absorbing her youthful life force. The angry townspeople corner and hang the Sandersons, but not before the witches turn Thackery into a black cat, cursed with immortality. 300 years later the town is still obsessed with Halloween and the Sandersons, but newcomer Max (Omri Katz)is unimpressed. On Halloween night he and his sister Dani (Thora Birch) link up with his new crush, Allison (Vinessa Shaw), and unwittingly unleash the Sandersons into the 20th century.

Composer James Horner was originally hired to score Hocus Pocus, writing “Garden of Magic” before production, since Sarah Jessica Parker needed to sing it on camera, but Horner couldn’t stay on to write the whole score. The sessions at Todd-AO studios were already booked, and composer John Debney had a mere two weeks to write the entire score before taking the podium. He conducted a 92-piece orchestra and a female choir during the first week of June 1993. The result is a colorful romp that soundtrack collectors have been seeking for 20 years. For the witches, Debney knew it had to be a triplet feeling..."I guess because I was influenced by Witches of Eastwick. I wanted it to be in a minor key, and I knew it would be fun to be a little Elfmanesque. ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ is in there too..." He also wrote a budding love theme for Max and Allison and a brother/sister theme.

For this release, Intrada was given access to the original 48-track digital scoring session elements vaulted at the Disney studios.

01. Main Title 1:29 Hear This Track
02. Garden Of Magic/Thackery Follows Emily 2:25
03. Witches' Lair 5:41
04. To The Stake 0:25
05. Death To The Witches 1:10
06. Meeting Allison 2:02 Hear This Track
07. Max Loses Shoes 0:35
08. Hallowe'en 1:10
09. Max And Dani 1:20
10. Divertimento #17 In D, K. 334 (Mozart) 3:42
11. To The Witches' House We Go 2:23
12. The Black Candle 2:22
13. Witches On A Rampage 4:24 Hear This Track
14. Graveyard Attack 3:54 Hear This Track
15. The Calming Circle 3:00
16. The Master 0:15
17. Fingers 1:08
18. Springing The Trap 4:37
19. Winnie's Lament 3:05
20. Witches Flight 3:15 Hear This Track
21. Sarah's Theme 2:08 Hear This Track
22. Max Fools The Witches 2:57
23. Winnie Catches Up 0:47
24. Billy Speaks 1:30
25. Witches Capture Dani 4:52 Hear This Track
26. Witches Demise/Resurrection 4:50 Hear This Track
27. End Credits 3:10 Hear This Track

The Extras
28. Witches' Lair Pt. 3 (Original Version) 0:29
29. Witches Take Dani (Alternate) 1:33
30. Winnie Catches Up (Alternate) 0:37
31. String Tremolo 0:19
32. End Credits (Alternate) 1:50

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 254
Retail Price: $19.99
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.8274/.f [available at 4 pacific]

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 9:37 PM   
 By:   hurlburt.lazar227   (Member)

Hmmmed & hawed for a time, then ordered this - don't remember the music now, but remember loving the score when watching the film & looking for the album/cd. Only took a few decades...

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

CONDUCTOR
John Debney
Donald R. Davis
Marc Shaiman

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 3:21 AM   
 By:   Frank V   (Member)

From the Intrada message board:

Aside from not having the I Put A Spell You song, I would have liked to have seen an instrumental version of Come Little Children/Garden of Magic/Sarah's Theme. I think there are a few other alternates also left off, but still this is a great presentation great to finally have!

This shows you really should WAIT until you get the disc. There is an instrumental version of Sarah's theme, scored beautifully for solo piano plus orchestra. It plays early on the album. Parker sang merely a distant snippet for this sequence and a fuller version later in the picture. So we included her full length version, of course, and placed the special orchestral version earlier on the disc. And, sorry, but there are NO other alternates. We included everything Debney scored and everything that appeared on the 48-track session masters, including the alternates.
--Doug

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

CONDUCTOR
John Debney
Donald R. Davis
Marc Shaiman


I can only presume that Shaiman is credited for his arrangement of "I Put a Spell on You".

70 minutes? Haven't seen the film in a while, but wow. I've always loved that cue after the main credits where Binx follows Emily to the witches' cabin.

Definitely want to get this.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

The 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus has become in the intervening years the quintessential Halloween film.

Really?

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

The 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus has become in the intervening years the quintessential Halloween film.

Really?


Perhaps "the quintessential Halloween comedy" rings a bit more true-ish?

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   1980's Soundtrack Whore   (Member)

Or replace "the" with "a"

Anyways this one has been a long time coming. Placed my order so should be here in time for the weekend. Thanks Intrada

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

Aren't we all used to a little hyperbole about the movie in soundtrack descriptions? No need to be pedantic about it smile

In any case, I'm going to gladly buy this. It's one of Debney's best works, I loved the movie as a kid, and it even appeals to my James Horner bottlecap instincts. Plus the samples sound dynamite, considering I haven't seen the movie in 20 years.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

A lot of this music reminds me of that Dante / Goldsmith style score in sound and light whimsical feeling. Good stuff! Love the Horner song.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

The 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus has become in the intervening years the quintessential Halloween film.

Really?


Perhaps "the quintessential Halloween comedy" rings a bit more true-ish?


"-ish" being the operative word.

I'm not trying to be unfair (or pedantic) about it, but I don't understand the seemingly collective push to paint this as a perennial classic. It's a perfectly pleasant movie, but that's all. Maybe I'm in the minority.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I'm witchoo, Mike!

EDIT: Whoa, I didn't even see what I did there until after I posted it! #accidentalgenius

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

I saw this movie on its release, and don't remember much about it. But I always remembered how much I liked the music in it, so I'm really excited about this release!

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

I'm witchoo, Mike!

EDIT: Whoa, I didn't even see what I did there until after I posted it! #accidentalgenius


Well, since you spelled it out like that

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   Anthony Marose   (Member)

Excellent release! Beautiful score and great themes. I'm glad to see it get a release.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   Jim Bailey   (Member)

I forgot how much I enjoyed this score.
Listening to the samples brings back many fond memories from that early 90's era.
Revisiting the entire score will be fun. Thanks for this special release Intrada

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2013 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Frank V   (Member)

According to Roger Feigelson on the Intrada message board the choir was mixed down a bit on the request of John Debney.

Debney had a very specific idea in how he wanted the chorus to be mixed in. We provided a mix with it at a higher level, but his vision was to have it as a color of the orchestra, not a soloist, so it was mixed down a bit.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2013 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   jwb   (Member)

According to Roger Feigelson on the Intrada message board the choir was mixed down a bit on the request of John Debney.

Debney had a very specific idea in how he wanted the chorus to be mixed in. We provided a mix with it at a higher level, but his vision was to have it as a color of the orchestra, not a soloist, so it was mixed down a bit.


Comparison tracks:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/w30ssj (First Part Intrada/Second Part Promo)

Not sure what made Debney change his mind from his own promo. Will take some getting used too.

I like the added choral during the tambourine section on the Intrada, but frankly, the opening choral on the Intrada sounds somewhat artificially weird, even the brass is reduced at the rising section.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

What kind of hocus pocus allowed the composer to get away with using the Batman theme throughout this score?
Anyone who has already got Batman and Witches of Eastwick in their collections has little need to buy this.
I'm surprised the words "composed by" are applied to Debney for this score. "Arranged by" would be more accurate wouldn't it?
And the levels of the orchestra during the song are a total botch. Listen to the drastic drop off at around 0'44".

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   GoodMusician86   (Member)

That mix of the song is messed up because it's film rip and they looped her singing verse because the 2nd verse of her vocalizing is replete with sfx.

 
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