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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

This is another entry in my Complete Score Breakdown Series, focusing on the complete scores to films that have had abbreviated previous releases or have gone unreleased.

Today we are looking at Darkman (1990) by Danny Elfman.

I am a huge fan of the early superhero/comic book scores by Danny Elfman – scores such as Batman, Batman Returns, Dick Tracy, etc. I also really dig Darkman and think it’s one of his most fun scores. I definitely like a lot of Elfman’s stuff throughout his entire career, but there’s just something special about his early days, and Darkman is a great entry.

The CD itself runs 40 minutes, and after watching the film I learned the complete film score in fact runs a surprisingly lengthy 70 minutes, resulting in nearly 30 minutes of unreleased score. This is some great stuff, too! I really do like the CD – although the tracks “Carnival from Hell” and “Love Theme” don’t do anything for me – but after hearing the complete film score I strongly feel that a lot of the best material was left off the album, unfortunately.

Some of the most thrilling, bracingly dynamic action/adventure material written for the film won’t be on the CD; these cues will be the 4-minute “Westlake’s End”, where Durant and his goons destroy Westlake’s lab and the scientist himself, as well as the entire chase sequence towards the end of the film between Durant’s men and Darkman, which runs over 8 minutes if you combined all cues. That action material is frickin’ solid. How...how...how could that entire 8-minute mélange of action music be completely unreleased from the CD? A battle royale between Darkman and bad guys in the warehouse, on the rooftops, dangling from a helicopter...yeesh. Just vintage, pure adrenaline Elfman action music that was a glorious treat to discover and I would pay the price for an expansion for this unreleased material alone.

Elsewhere in the film, the opening pre-credits sequence has some great, fun stuff as Durant’s men takes out their competition – some really devilish and playful dark suspense stuff. The nearly 5-minute’s worth of unreleased material for the Chinatown meet has some great stuff too (right before the “Double Durant” scene).

There are lots of other very good cues in the film, some a little too short to really be enjoyed, but plenty of others that would make an expansion a very worthwhile endeavor, and as Darkman hails from one of my favorite Elfman eras, I seriously hope this one gets the Deluxe treatment one day…

CURRENT CD RELEASE RUNTIME: 40min 05sec
COMPLETE SCORE RUNTIME (AS HEARD IN FILM): 70min 00sec

UNRELEASED SCORE RUNTIME: 29min 55sec

Complete Score Cue Titles and Cue Times (unreleased cues named by me for the sake of identification):

+ – previously unreleased (or includes previously unreleased material)

1. Logos (0:22) +
2. Big Meet (2:05) +
3. Bum Leg (0:28) +
4. Points Taken (0:59) +
5. Main Title (1:36)
6. Nose Job (1:13) +
7. Date Night (0:22) +
8. Love Theme (0:52)
9. Mr. Strack (0:15) +
10. Julie’s Dilemma (1:33) +
11. All About the Dark (0:53) +
12. Westlake’s End (4:02) +
13. Julie Transforms (1:05)
14. Rage (0:22) – (from the CD track “Rage / Peppy Science”)
15. Woe, The Darkman…Woe (5:45)
16. Rebuilding / Failure (3:12)
17. Easing the Symptoms (1:01)
18. Manhole (0:45) +
19. Creating Pauley (3:15)
20. The Plot Unfolds (6:13) – (edited from CD track)
21. Spying on Durant (1:42) +
22. Chinatown (0:56) +
23. Short Cigar (2:05) +
24. Double Durant (1:44)
25. Carnival from Hell (3:15)
26. Julie Discovers Darkman (1:57)
27. True Colors (0:27) +
28. City Planning (0:26) +
29. Rooftops (2:24) +
30. Freakshow (0:10) +
31. Smiley? (0:42) +
32. Face to Face to Face (0:47) +
33. Holograms and Helicopters (1:19) +
34. Hanging (2:14) +
35. Burn in Hell (0:33) +
36. Hostage (1:04) +
37. High Steel (5:40) + – (extended film version)
38. Finale / End Credits (5:00) – (extended from CD track to include “Peppy Science” from second half of CD track “Rage / Peppy Science”)

Current CD Release Track Titles and Track Times:

1. Main Titles (1:39)
2. Woe, The Darkman…Woe (6:10)
3. Rebuilding / Failure (3:16)
4. Love Theme (0:56)
5. Julie Transforms (1:11)
6. Rage / Peppy Science (1:37)
7. Creating Pauley (3:19)
8. Double Durant (1:50)
9. The Plot Unfolds (7:01)
10. Carnival from Hell (3:17)
11. Julie Discovers Darkman (1:59)
12. High Steel (4:19) – (edited from film version)
13. Finale / End Credits (3:40)

Thanks for reading, see you next time!

Deputy Riley

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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Great score this!
I only played the old MCA CD last week! (Intrada territory I guess).
Not seen the film in ages.
Didn't Shirley Walker 'ghost' some cues for this one?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Shock-Wave   (Member)

Good one DeputyRiley. Thanks so much.

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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Good one DeputyRiley. Thanks so much.

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You got it, buddy.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Pedestrian Wolf   (Member)

Great score this!
I only played the old MCA CD last week! (Intrada territory I guess).
Not seen the film in ages.
Didn't Shirley Walker 'ghost' some cues for this one?


Walker didn't ghost anything, but John Sheffer did write that helicopter cue (for which he got credit). Honestly, it's a fun piece of music but it always felt a little cornball compared to the rest of the score, and I wasn't surprised when I learned Elfman had farmed it out. Darkman is an absolute gem, but while I'm sure I'd be interested in an expansion, I think all the best material is on the album. Some of the missing action music is fun, but I go to that score for its rich, '30's style gothic tragedy (ie, everything that sounds like "Woe, the Darkman ... Woe!"). Amazed that Deputy Riley doesn't like the "Love Theme" cue though, as that melody is all over the score!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Thanks Wolf, I remembered something vague about one cue or other.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   ddddeeee   (Member)

Walker did write a cue for Nightbreed though.

I'm surprised this hasn't been expanded yet. Big composer, big director, cult movie...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   lonzoe1   (Member)

Would love a C&C score of Elfman's Darkman, Dick Tracy, and Nightbreed someday. Since I don't own any of the OOP original soundtracks to those.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Shock-Wave   (Member)

Would love a C&C score of Elfman's Darkman, Dick Tracy, and Nightbreed someday. Since I don't own any of the OOP original soundtracks to those.

I like Nightbreed too. I think there's about less than 10 minutes of unreleased music from the film.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

....Darkman is an absolute gem, but while I'm sure I'd be interested in an expansion, I think all the best material is on the album. Some of the missing action music is fun, but I go to that score for its rich, '30's style gothic tragedy (ie, everything that sounds like "Woe, the Darkman ... Woe!").....

I remember being a little disappointed with this release at the time because of the missing music, but over time I've come to the same conclusion - the album plays exceptionally well focusing on the "gothic tragedy" - nice term. Not saying I wouldn't pick up an expansion, because I definitely would. But as long as I've got Rage/Peppy Science I'm good.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2015 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   ryankeaveney   (Member)

I love the sound quality of the album. It has that great analog tape sound from the early 90s — the brass in the main title is bright and biting, but it also has a bit of a rough edge with all the tape noise and orchestra noises. "High Steel" is one of Elfman's best cues ever.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2016 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   MikeyKW   (Member)

Thought I'd share the original cue numbers and titles. Hopefully we'll see a complete release sooner rather than later.

1M1 Opening - The Docks
1M2 Muscling Eddie Black
1M3 Meet Durant
1M4 Main Titles
1M5 Facial Recognition
1M6 The Answers Out There
2M1 Love Theme
2M2 Marriage Proposal
2M3 Strack's Dream
2M4 Photosensitive Cells
2M5 Durants Thugs
2M6 Lab Mayhem
3M1 Julie Transforms
3M2 Payton Wakes
3M3 Weepy Darkman
4M1 Rebuilding
4M2 Failure
4M3 City of the Future Ball
4M4 Dancing - Rick Retires
4M5-5M1 Creating Paulie
5M2 Descent Into Madness
5M3 Reunion
6M1 Durant Arrested
6M2 Chinatown
6M4 Double Durant
6M5A Carnival from Hell
6M5B Carnival Rage
7M1 Julie Learns the Truth
7M2 Bellasarious Memorandum
7M3 The Big Picture
7M4 Julie Followed (Unused)
7M5 War At the Warehouse
8M1 Darkman Gets Some
8M2 Face Off
8M3 Warehouse Explodes
8M4A Helicopter Chase Pt1
8M4B Helicopter Chase Pt2
8M5 Durant's Last Flight
9M1 Site Rendezvous
9M2 On the Edge
9M3 Final Confrontation
9M4 Finale - End Titles
3M2alt Payton Wakes
4M4ins Dancing - Rick Retires
6M4alt Double Durant
8M5pu Durant's Last Flight
9M3pu Final Confrontation

TRT 76:15

 
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