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 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   moviescore   (Member)

MovieScore Media presents

THE ESCAPIST



Music Composed and Conducted by
BENJAMIN WALLFISCH

Sound clips and more info:
http://www.moviescoremedia.com/escapist.html

CD distributed by Screen Archives Entertainment (pre-order):
http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=12242

Download album in 320kbit mp3 format here:
http://www.payloadz.com/go?id=640173

Download album on iTunes here:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=311906863&s=143444

NOMINATED FOR THE 2009 IVOR NOVELLO AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

NOMINATED FOR THE 2008 'DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR' WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARD

"An urgent, discordant score whose naturalistic taps and groans reduce the need for visible brutality." - New York Times

"I've got to give a special shout out to Benjamin Wallfisch, who's work on the score in this incredible. The music in this is half of what made it so awesome. Bravo Benjamin Wallfisch for composing one of my favorite scores of 2008." - FirstShowing.net

"A high-adrenaline soundtrack fittingly melodramatic score." - In Review Online

"Fantastic incidental music..." - DVD Fever


In our second collaboration with composer Benjamin Wallfisch (the first one was Dear Wendy), we present the strikingly original, highly emotional and unusual score he wrote for Rupert Wyatt's acclaimed thriller The Escapist. Our online release of the score co-incides with the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)'s nomination of the score for the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Film Score and follows the US theatrical release of the film (the CD will be released in a couple of weeks, on May 5).

The UK production won honours both at the British Independent Film Awards and the Scottish BAFTA Awards and 29-year old Benjamin Wallfisch's score was nominated for the World Soundtrack Award for 'Discovery of the Year,' (just as his previous score, Dear Wendy, was in 2005).

It is a score that has been singled out by many film reviewers as one of the film s most strikingly effective elements. Building and developing his score around an aggressive main theme in 7/8 meter, Wallfisch juxtaposes elements of heartbreaking beauty with adrenaline-pumping orchestral music and hard-hitting electronica. The amalgamation of these diverse elements results in a truly unique listening experience both in the film context and on its own!

MMS09010 THE ESCAPIST - Original Motion Picture Score
Music Composed and Conducted by BENJAMIN WALLFISCH
Release date (online): April 21, 2009.
Release date (CD): May 5, 2009.

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 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 2:53 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Samples sounds fantastic. Will be ordering soon! smile


If only this could have been combined with Dear Wendy.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 2:56 AM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

Does anyone have this? I'm thinking of adding it to my next SAE order, but would prefer to read the opinions of others first.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   moviescore   (Member)

I know you are looking for opinions from fellow board members, but I thought I could point you to a couple of reviews of the album:

http://www.reviewgraveyard.com/00_revs/r2009/music/09-05-05_escapist.html

http://screensounds.blogspot.com/2009/05/cd-review-escapist-escapist-music-by.html

http://www.ifmagazine.com/feature.asp?article=3398

Cheers,

mc

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

Thanks, mc. I'm going to order the CD immediately.smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   DavidOC   (Member)

It starts brilliantly with a fantastic opening cue, followed by a couple more of interest before it quickly goes downhill with electronics entering the mix and turning into what was a major disappointment for me. The short cues hurt it too.

Obviously budget was an issue but I really wish he'd kept this to an ensemble of live instruments.

It's almost worth buying for the first cue but not quite.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2009 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   moviescore   (Member)

Obviously budget was an issue but I really wish he'd kept this to an ensemble of live instruments.

This had nothing to do with budget, it was a very carefully thought-out approach and the stylistic choices Ben made here were to serve the movie and nothing else. While I'm an orchestral music fan first and foremost, I have to say that when you hear so many loop-based, generic, pre-fabricated rhythm programming in movie scores today, what's in The Escapist is actually highly original. It feels organic!

But then again, of course I'm biased...

mc

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2017 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   SoundtrackBeat   (Member)

My soundtrack review for THE ESCAPIST by Benjamin Wallfisch:

https://soundtrackbeat.com/2017/03/28/soundtrack-review-the-escapist-benjamin-wallfisch/

 
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