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CD Reviews: Madagascar and Murderball
Posted By: Luke Goljan , Jack Holstein 10/9/2005 - 9:00 PM
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CD Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Posted By: Luke Goljan 8/7/2005 - 9:00 PM

CD Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Luke Goljan



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ****

DANNY ELFMAN

Warner Bros. 72264

21 tracks - 54:07

Danny Elfman is one of a the precious few films composers working today who has an instantly recognizable style. You don't have to even see Elfman's name pop up on screen to know he wrote
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CD Reviews: Robots and Flight of the Phoenix
Posted By: Luke Goljan 6/26/2005 - 9:00 PM
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CD Reviews: Pranks and Final Cut
Posted By: David Coscina , Luke Goljan 5/17/2005 - 9:00 PM

CD Reviews: Pranks and Final Cut



Pranks *** 1/2

CHRISTOPHER YOUNG

Citadel Limited LEC 8000

17 tracks - 30:33

Citadel has resurrected fan favorite Chris Young's first foray into film scoring. And what a score it is! Considering that this little seen film deals with a crazed killer preying on college students, the score esch
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CD Reviews: A Very Long Engagement and The Grudge
Posted By: Luke Goljan 5/1/2005 - 9:00 PM

CD Reviews: A Very Long Engagement and The Grudge



A Very Long Engagement *** 1/2

ANGELO BADALAMENTI

Nonesuch 79880-2

13 tracks - 47:32

Angelo Badalamenti will forever be associated with director David Lynch. When the composer does score non-Lynch films, they are usually set in similarly dark, quirky or demented worlds, as in Comments: 0  (read on)
CD Reviews: The Punisher and Du Barry Was A Lady
Posted By: Luke Goljan , Mark Griffin 1/9/2005 - 9:00 PM

CD Reviews: The Punisher and Du Barry Was A Lady


The Punisher ****

CARLO SILIOTTO

La-La Land LLLCD 1020

30 tracks - 65:37

The most interesting thing about The Punisher is that it doesn't contain any standard action music at all. Siliotto mentions in his liner notes how happy he was that writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh supplied him with great c
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CD Reviews Dances with Wolves and Robocop
Posted By: Luke Goljan , Nick Joy 11/28/2004 - 9:00 PM

CD Reviews Dances with Wolves and Robocop



Dances with Wolves (Expanded) *****

JOHN BARRY

Epic Soundtrax EK 63555

24 tracks - 75:29

As with this year's expanded The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West re-releases, there's something strange about
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CD Reviews: Van Helsing The London Assignment and Terror Tract
Posted By: Luke Goljan , Nick Joy 11/7/2004 - 9:00 PM

CD Reviews: Van Helsing The London Assignment and Terror Tract



Van Helsing: The London Assignment **

JOHN VAN TONGEREN

Decca 0002757-02

16 tracks - 31:09

It's a strange world we live in. While the blockbuster scores to The Ring and 2 Fast 2 Furious
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CD Reviews: Ripley's Game and Love Object
Posted By: Luke Goljan , Cary Wong 9/5/2004 - 9:00 PM

CD Reviews: Ripley's Game and Love Object



Ripley's Game ***

ENNIO MORRICONE

Warner Chappell Music Italiana 256460072-2

13 tracks - 46:50

Liliana Cavani's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's third Tom Ripley novel, Ripley's Game will probably go down as 2004's lost movie. While it played everywhere else in 2003, even
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CD Reviews: Alias and Gothika
Posted By: Luke Goljan , Andrew Granade 6/6/2004 - 9:00 PM

CD Reviews: Alias and Gothika



Alias *** 1/2

MICHAEL GIACCHINO

Varèse Sarabande 302 066 521 2

26 tracks - 65:10

Television composers rarely have the luxury of developing themes over a large canvas, as film composers like Howard Shore and Don Davis have been able to do over the past few years. Music written for television is often even more rus
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