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 Posted:   Oct 27, 2016 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Not yet on any US retailer store (Intrada, SAE, Movie music store, etc). Is this because in the US the title will be released by another company?

Amazon.com have it listed for 9th December by Backlot Music.


Do you have a link? I don't see it listed at Amazon UK or Amazon US.

Wonderful movie. Gorgeous score.


That explains why I don't see it on Spotify yet. Been waiting for a while.

 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2016 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I don't see it listed at Amazon UK or Amazon US.

That explains why I don't see it on Spotify yet. Been waiting for a while.


So far, Quartet is the only place I've found it, but it's €12 shipping to my location in the U.S., on top of €17 retail, so I'm hoping Intrada or SAE come through. I highly recommend Quartet if you're in Europe, I know they're a terrific outlet:

http://www.quartetrecords.com/a-monster-calls.html

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2016 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Yeah I see that. I don't buy any Velazquez scores without hearing them first because a lot of his recent scores haven't been to my liking. If a US release is coming in December that gives me plenty of time to decide if I like it once it shows up on Spotify.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2016 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Anyone else think this score has been mastered VERY hot!!
It's SO LOUD!!!
It must be hitting the RED even in the quiet piano passages.
There now seems to be an extreme war going on, with some score releases having the 'sound life' sucked out of them and others hurting your ears with their maximum loudness!!
This CD also has those slight track/edit problems that have plagued previous Velazquez releases.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2016 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I don't see it listed at Amazon UK or Amazon US....

So far, Quartet is the only place I've found it...


Replying to my own reply, for any Stateside listeners who are interested, Screen Archives has this CD for pre-order, eta December 9 (ditto Amazon, but I'd rather give SAE my business):

http://www4.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/32295/A-MONSTER-CALLS/

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2016 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

For some reason hasn't clicked with me. There are some interesting orchestrations at times that remind me of his countryman Navarrete's PAN'S LABYRINTH in spirit, but what's missing for me is a truly great theme like we got in THE ORPHANAGE or the consistently high quality of something like CRIMSON PEAK.

The end title especially feels like a total wasted opportunity to me: A bland and Rachel Portman-esque 'lite' theme that comes and goes without notice, and is orchestrated in a boring and very conservative and unimaginative way for piano and strings without much contrapuntal creativity or elevated drama. It's like a generic Made-for-TV "sad theme" that any composer could write. But then, I know what this composer is capable of writing, so the expectation was high.

The literary source material here is SO evocative, and I have no doubt the movie will be very good - perhaps even great - so for my money, Velazquez's work doesn't live up to the promise of both his full capabilities as a tunesmith and what the story should have sparked in him. For my money, it falls short.

Ah well. Velazquez is still one of the most promising composers working today in the Western canon. Not every work can be blistering genius!

 
 Posted:   Dec 24, 2016 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Spectacular score.

If you can listen to the end title without being moved... no, impossible.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2016 - 2:04 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

This score does not get enough attention at all.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2016 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Randy Watson   (Member)

This score does not get enough attention at all.

Discovered this score yesterday. What a wonderful score, easily one of this year's best! A great mix of horror and drama.

After hearing this one, I hope Velázquez reunites with his Mama director on the upcoming It remake/re-adaptation

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 2:22 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

While this is a lovingly made film with it's heart in the right place, the relentlessly dour, dark and depressing mood makes me wonder who this film will really appeal to on a larger scale.
Way too slow, grim and, at times, scary for (most) kids, who I imagine would prefer some Lego Batman or Pixar hi-jinks, while the giant talking tree and fairytales aspect might deter a lot of adults.
Personally speaking, this is the second film in a row where I've failed to connect with the actress Felicity Jones. There's just some Keira Knightley thing about her that instantly winds me up the minute I see/hear her!
A brave attempt at something a bit more real for kids, but I can't see this catching on with the general public (as it has with the critics) the way something like E.T (of which it resembles in many ways) did.
The music is very nice in places, but not as good as THE ORPHANAGE or THE IMPOSSIBLE imo.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Personally speaking, this is the second film in a row where I've failed to connect with the actress Felicity Jones. There's just some Keira Knightley thing about her that instantly winds me up the minute I see/hear her!

Kev... Kev... :-) :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Uh-ho..it's the KK police!!
Gotta run!!! smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2017 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Found a copy of this at Barnes & Noble today for only $11.99 (minus my member discount)...I can't remember the last time I was able to pick up a soundtrack album for a movie that was still in theaters only a few days after I saw it. eek I'll give it a listen tonight...it was beautiful and evocative in the (excellent) movie.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2017 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Can´t stop listening to this hauntingly beautiful score.

Should have been an awards contender, definitely.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2017 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   thestat   (Member)

This is yet another fantastic score from Velazquez. The brassy monster stuff is fine, but it is the final theme that is heart breaking. Very seriously shocked that the film nor the score got no academy love. The whole film is painful to watch and very tough stuff for children. I think this may have been a part of its general rejection. But it still does not explain the general lack of embracement for a fantastic piece of film making and scoring.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2017 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Film came and went in a week here in central Florida, before I had the chance to see it. Because of the good reviews, I ended up getting the score on spec. I still want to see if I can catch the picture at one of the second-run places around here. Want to see it before I hear the music. (Although, at this rate, it may be out on video before that will happen....)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2017 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Film came and went in a week here in central Florida, before I had the chance to see it. Because of the good reviews, I ended up getting the score on spec. I still want to see if I can catch the picture at one of the second-run places around here. Want to see it before I hear the music. (Although, at this rate, it may be out on video before that will happen....)



It hits DVD/Blu Ray at the end of March. Yeah, it never had a chance at the box office, which is a shame. it is a beautiful movie. It only played in my area for a week, but luckily we caught it before it disappeared.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2017 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   EasternFinn   (Member)

I saw this film last week at a local small scale movie gala. It’s a beautiful and emotional tale for sure but won’t attract larger audiences because of the devastating subject matter. I did find the psychological aspects of the story interesting due to my occupation.

The score worked well in the context and it was wonderfully understated and respectful, not overstating the emotion. The film also knew which moments to leave unscored. I have to listen to the score on its own to see how it stands out outside the picture. For now I feel that it needed a bit more punch or stronger themes but it’s a beautiful piece of music nevertheless.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2018 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Played this again today.
The first half of the disc is a bit hit and miss with me.
It really starts to connect with me emotionally from track 9 onwards (Home Alone/Dad Arrives).
The main theme is a real grower. Pure unashamed Delerue-like tragedy and wistfulness.
I actually prefer the Montage track WITH the dialogue excerpts (track 20, added as a bonus). Seems to pack even more of an emotional punch.
The film version of the Keane song is quite nice too.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2019 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

$5.12CAD

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Fernando-Velazquez-A-Monster-Calls-Special-Edition-Original-Soundtrack-New/302220397723?hash=item465dbd4c9b:g:8aEAAOSwpP9Y5Tz-

 
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