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 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:



99 44/100% DEAD
Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI

INTRADA Special Collection Volume 133

For Intrada's latest release from the 20th Century Fox archives comes Henry Mancini's 99 44/100% Dead, a crazy satire that needed a spirited score to go with it. Mancini leaps into the fray with a potent, muscular “Main Title,” with its driving, buzzing guitar and dark brass. It sets the tone for everything else to come. In full satiric mode, comes “Hangin’ Out” -- a cheery little ditty, complete with player piano and virtuoso whistling—and a sign that the composer’s skills as a change-up artist are going to be on full display. It’s followed by the film’s theme song, “Easy Baby,” a soulful number with lyrics by the esteemed team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Mancini’s serious side is evident in a pair of full-fledged suspense cues: “New Shoes” and “The Kid and the Pro,” both eerie synth compositions, their telegraphic opening notes taken up by weirdly fuzzy keyboards, spare and spooky. And there's a whole lot more. In the case of 99 44/100% Dead, Mancini over and over, for scene after scene, set the tone—and along the way, moment by moment, crafted music that, for pure pleasure, can proudly stand on its own.

The film takes place in a strange, vaguely futuristic world, in which hoods do their dirty deeds decked out in dapper suit-and-tie ensembles; gang leaders with names like Uncle Frank (Edmond O’Brien) and Big Eddie (Bradford Dillman) commandeer soldiers who tote their weapons in instrument cases; women are either schoolteachers by day/exotic dancers by night or full-time hookers; and weirdly, wildly opposing hit-men square off: a strong, silent, faintly intellectual type (Richard Harris) versus a big brute (Chuck Connors) whose mechanical hand features a zany array of snap-on attachments.This is the surreal universe of 99 44/100% Dead, with a score that musically captures all of this insansity.

This release is limited to 1200 units.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 133
Retail Price: $19.99
AVAILABLE 5/24/2010
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.6608/.f

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   pooter   (Member)

That is the weirdest title for a film ever. How do you pronounce it?

Music sounds great though.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

O R D E R E D

Thanks Intrada!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

My application for the procurement of a copy has been submitted!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I can't believe there was a Mancini main title I have not heard. Now that I have this is ordered.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

That is the weirdest title for a film ever. How do you pronounce it?

I've never heard the title spoken aloud, but I'm going with Ninety-Nine and Forty-Four Hundredths of a Percent Dead.

EDIT: Wait, that's not right, is it? Ah damn, I don't know. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

That is the weirdest title for a film ever. How do you pronounce it?


"Ninety-nine and forty-four one-hundredths percent dead."

There used to be a TV commercial for Ivory Soap that declared it to be "99 & 44/100s percent pure."

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Jerry Horne   (Member)

Ordered! Thank you!

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2010 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Ah, Mancini!

Ordered, of course.

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2010 - 12:46 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Always great to have a brand spanking new Mancini.

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2010 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Doctor Plesman   (Member)

Always great to have a brand spanking new Mancini.

And with such a beautiful cover too! Looks like a Robert McGinnis artwork. Thanks, Intrada!

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2010 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Back then, the film, released as "Ninty Nine And Forty Four One Hundreths Percent Dead", bombed so badly the first week that Fox panicked and hurriedly prepared a new campaign renaming the film THE HOOD. (It didn't help.)

That main title remains a unique creation in the Mancini canon.

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2010 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

All this Mancini is

1) making me happy, and

2) making me think that JACQUELINE SUSANN'S ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH is in the chute!

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2010 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

That main title remains a unique creation in the Mancini canon.

It has that insistent PETER GUNN-like ostinato combined with an exotic/mysterious quality in the melody line that is very much reminiscent of his theme for ARABESQUE.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2010 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   David-R.   (Member)

Using the shopping-cart method, it looks like there are 216 copies left.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2010 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)



This new practice of trying to determine what's left in stock worries me. It's liable to stir up the speculators.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2010 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Mark Ford   (Member)

Back then, the film, released as "Ninty Nine And Forty Four One Hundreths Percent Dead", bombed so badly the first week that Fox panicked and hurriedly prepared a new campaign renaming the film THE HOOD. (It didn't help.)

I don't suppose renaming it to 36/100% ALIVE (Thirty Six One Hundreths Percent Alive) to capture a more positive spin on the title would have worked either.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2010 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   babbelballetje   (Member)

I've never heard of this one and I thought I knew a lot of Mancini score. It's so nice to listen to something absolutely "new" from one of my favourite composers soon. This is such a great time for soundtracks

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2010 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   mistermike   (Member)

I've never heard of this one and I thought I knew a lot of Mancini score.
Main title was available on some Mancini compilation called "Hangin' Out" (RCA Records CPL1-0672).

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2010 - 4:09 AM   
 By:   babbelballetje   (Member)

I've never heard of this one and I thought I knew a lot of Mancini score.
Main title was available on some Mancini compilation called "Hangin' Out" (RCA Records CPL1-0672).



I have that lp somewhere....sometimes you don't even know what you have yourself

 
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