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 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:12 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

It's heeeeere smile

Kritzerland is proud our new CD release – a 5-CD set, including the world premiere release of The Gunfighter, new masterings, and a hugely expanded presentation of Prince of Foxes:

HENRY KING AT FOX

Composed and Conducted by Alfred Newman

Henry King was one of Fox’s busiest directors, a mainstay at the studio, who made a whole slew of terrific films during his long tenure there. He began directing in 1915 and continued for decades thereafter. He introduced Ronald Colman to American audiences, discovered Gary Cooper, Jean Peters, and Tyrone Power, and gave Fox some of its most prestigious pictures, not to mention biggest hits. He was nominated for an Academy Award five times, but never won. He did have the honor of winning the very first Golden Globe award for directing, and in 1956 he received a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

He worked in just about every genre and excelled at all of them. Just take a gander at even a tiny portion of his films and marvel at the breadth of his work: In Old Chicago, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Jesse James, Stanley and Livingstone, A Yank in the R.A.F., The Black Swan, The Song of Bernadette, Wilson, A Bell for Adano, Captain from Castile, Prince of Foxes, Twelve O’Clock High, The Gunfighter, David and Bathsheba, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Carousel, The Sun Also Rises and on and on and on. As King said in a 1978 interview, “I’ve had more fun directing pictures than most people have playing games.” King was one of the thirty-six founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and his films received seven Best Picture Oscar nominations. By all accounts he loved the actors he worked with, and eight of them were nominated for Oscars for their performances in his films.

For this Henry King at Fox set, we’ve chosen five films, all of which were scored by the brilliant Alfred Newman, the long-time head of the Fox music department, composer of some of the greatest film scores ever written, and the winner of nine Academy Awards.

THE BLACK SWAN

Based on the 1932 novel by the great Rafael Sabatini, Henry King’s film of The Black Swan was a Technicolor swashbuckler with enough swash and Technicolor for several films. Alfred Newman really delivered the goods, composing a score filled with great melodies, great action music, not to mention passion and romance, a robust full-on buckle and swash Technicolor delight that perfectly captured everything in Henry King’s wildly entertaining film. Newman’s classic score was nominated for an Oscar.

For this release, The Black Swan was completely remastered from hi-resolution mono sources

CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE

Captain from Castile, based on the book by Samuel Shellabarger, was a huge production, budgeted at the then-astonishing figure of $4,000,000, filming in Technicolor on location in Mexico, with a starry cast led by dashing Tyrone Power. Alfred Newman’s score was and is one of his greatest achievements and received high praise from everyone. Newman’s orchestrator, Edward B. Powell said, “It was a picture that allowed him full range as a composer. It had everything: love, death, pomp, circumstance, action, scenery, and The Church.” Newman certainly delivered all of that and more. The score was nominated for an Oscar.

For this release, Captain from Castile (on two-CDs) was remastered using Ray Faiola’s initial mixes for the Screen Archives release, with some additional rebalancing and restoration applied to update the presentation.

PRINCE OF FOXES

Prince of Foxes was also adapted from a novel by Samuel Shellabarger, which became a best-seller in 1947. Set in the year 1500, Prince of Foxes was shot on location in Italy, with interiors done at Cinecitta Studios. The film starred Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, and Wanda Hendrix. What is really astounding is that Alfred Newman’s brilliant score did not receive a nomination – in fact, there were only three best dramatic or comedy score nominations that year. It’s certainly one of his greatest scores, in a career filled with nothing but great scores. Listening to those glorious themes, one simply has to marvel at the diversity of the score, the beauty of it.

Prince of Foxes was released previously on CD, but it was not complete and was missing some of its best music – that was all due to what was available and what could be done technically at the time. For this release, there is over twenty minutes of additional music, and in much better sound. It was completely restored, remixed, and remastered from new high-resolution transfers.

THE GUNFIGHTER

The Gunfighter was director Henry King’s second film with Gregory Peck (they would make a total of six films together). In addition to Peck, the western also featured Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker, and Karl Malden. Alfred Newman provided the score and given its three-minute duration, it’s more than a little surprising the number of film music fans who have begged for its release over the years. This is the score’s world premiere release and its brief duration packs a surprising punch. It was in “push/pull” format from 1/4” tape made in the 1980s from the original 35mm optical tracks.

LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, adapted from the 1952 novel A Many-Splendored Thing by Han Suyin (a pseudonym for Dr. Elisabeth Comber), was and is a hugely entertaining film, which starred Jennifer Jones and William Holden. Audiences really responded to the love story between a widowed Eurasian doctor (Jones) and an American correspondent (Holden). Of course, a major asset of the film was Alfred Newman’s stunning score and Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster’s great title song, which because a hit. Newman’s arrangement and weaving in and out of the Sammy Fain tune is perfection, his own themes co-mingling with the tune of the song in endlessly wonderful ways. It’s a textbook example of using a title song’s tune in the underscoring of a film, and both song and score won Oscars.

Kritzerland released Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing in improved sound back in 2012 and it sold out quickly – it’s been one of our most requested titles for reissue.

This 5-CD box set is also Kritzerland’s tribute to the late Nick Redman, who was responsible for restoring and getting released an amazing number of Fox scores that would have otherwise languished and been lost forever. The twenty-four-page full-color booklet contains liner notes and tributes from Julie Kirgo, Jon Burlingame, Mike Matessino, producer Bruce Kimmel, and David Newman.

HENRY KING AT FOX is limited to 1000 copies only and priced at $59.98, plus shipping. This is a PRE-ORDER – CDs will ship by the second week of October, but never fear, we’ve actually been averaging three to five weeks early in terms of shipping ahead of the official ship date. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com. Also note that your PayPal receipt is the only receipt you get – we don’t send out confirmations beyond that.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

The image hosting site I was using is kaput. Have to find another. Trying this.

guess not. Someone please upload the cover.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

hmm... I guess this is especially for those few that don't already have THE BLACK SWAN, five other versions of CAPTAIN FROM CASTILLE and two versions of LOVE IS MANY SPLENDORED THING...

Not sure I am that eager to spend 60 + massive shipping costs to get the CD 4 that only holds some new material frown

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:23 AM   
 By:   ROBERT Z   (Member)

WOW ! great box !

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:23 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

hmm... I guess this is especially for those few that don't already have THE BLACK SWAN, five other versions of CAPTAIN FROM CASTILLE and two versions of LOVE IS MANY SPLENDORED THING...

Not sure I am that eager to spend 60 + massive shipping costs to get the CD 4 that only holds some new material frown


Well, we knew there'd be one - just didn't expect it to be first. Every one of these scores sounds better, I only know of one other complete release of Captain from Castile, and Prince of Foxes is majorly expanded.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:24 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

WOW ! great box !

THANK YOU!

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 12:52 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Hot DANG!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

thanks for posting the photo!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Wow, cool release!

The King/Newman relationship isn't often mentioned when people talk about great director/composer relationships, but it really should be -- even if composers in the Golden Age rarely worked as closely with the directors as they did later on. That's why I mentioned this in a recent magazine I edited about these types of relationships. The scores and films in question are well-known to most of us score fans, but deserve more widespread recognition.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)

The audio samples are glorious! Can't wait to get this one.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 2:14 AM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

A very impressive set to be sure, though I'm not entirely sure I want to spend $60 to buy Captain from Castile again (I've yet to buy Black Swan and missed out on Love is a Many-Splendored Thing the first two times). However, the addition Prince of Foxes music is tempting. Can you give us some insight into what sources were used for the unreleased music (like perhaps a situation similar to what happened with David and Bathsheba)?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 2:27 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

A very impressive set to be sure, though I'm not entirely sure I want to spend $60 to buy Captain from Castile again (I've yet to buy Black Swan and missed out on Love is a Many-Splendored Thing the first two times). However, the addition Prince of Foxes music is tempting. Can you give us some insight into what sources were used for the unreleased music (like perhaps a situation similar to what happened with David and Bathsheba)?

Prince of Foxes is completely redone - couldn't have ever been done the first time around - completely restored, remixed, and remastered from NEW hi-def sources - it sounds glorious and the twenty-plus new minutes are spectacular. Also, it's funny that no one has mentioned The Gunfighter - I cannot tell you how many times on this very board people were saying it was their Holy Grail - well, here it is folks. The Black Swan is also a great upgrade, and Captain from Castile has had some TLC done on it - they all sound great.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 2:29 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

WOW ! WOW ! WOW ! THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE ! I WILL ENJOY EVERY SINGLE SECOND LISTENING TO THIS BOX-SET. Thank you Bruce so very very much for including THE GUNFIGHTER. No other label would be expected to include such a short but magnificent piece of music. How do I say sorry for printing irritating remarks in the past ? Please forgive me. Kritzerland has just made itself the best soundtrack label of the year. I wish you the best with this release. Everyone, please support this effort from Bruce and as a tribute to all that his association with Nick Redman has given us through the years.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

How come the score to THE GUNFIGHTER only ran three minutes long?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

PFK, it's here . Now to get back to sleep. It's 2:30 something AM on the west coast.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

How come the score to THE GUNFIGHTER only ran three minutes long?

I only remember there being Main Titles in the film, Kev. So maybe Main and End Titles would add up to three minutes? Still seems quite LONG if it's only those two pieces. I haven't seen the film in decades, but I always considered it as being completely unscored, except for those titles.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 4:08 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

The special quality of THE GUNFIGHTER was the story. It was an adult western without Technicolor and beautiful vistas to look at which would have made it more accessible for more music.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 4:09 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

How come the score to THE GUNFIGHTER only ran three minutes long?

Because there is no music in the film save for the incredible main title and end title music. We also include the trailer music, which is great. This has been on this board one of the most requested of all Fox scores - pretty funny when you think about it. There was no way we were not including it.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2019 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

How come the score to THE GUNFIGHTER only ran three minutes long?

Because there is no music in the film save for the incredible main title and end title music. We also include the trailer music, which is great. This has been on this board one of the most requested of all Fox scores - pretty funny when you think about it. There was no way we were not including it.


Bless you !

 
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