CS score! Comments on Dracula 2000 and The Thin Red Line 4-CD Set
Welcome back, lovers of soundtracks! This week’s CS Score! we will see the release of Dracula 2000, by Varèse Sarabande, by Marco Beltrami, and we will dive further into Hans Zimmer’s masterpiece, The Thin Red Line.
Before we get to Dracula, we want to release a clip of the upcoming Ramy Seasons One and Two (Original Composition Soundtrack Album), with songs by composers Dan Romer (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Skin) and Mike Tuccillo (Out of Omaha) comedy-drama series was digitally released by Lakeshore Records on July 3 and can be purchased by clicking on the link below!
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Dracula 2000 by Marco Beltrami
Boy, who doesn’t like to discover a new soundtrack? Dracula 2000 hit theaters without much fanfare and raised $ 47.1 million in the United States, against a budget of $ 54 million. This despite a stellar cast that included Gerald Butler, Christopher Plummer, Omar Epps, Sean Patrick Thomas and Jennifer Esposito. Not to mention the involvement of horror master Wes Craven. Critics tore the photo to pieces, with only 17% attributing a positive review to Rotten Tomatoes.
Because of this, Marco Beltrami’s emotional soundtrack was largely unknown for almost two decades, until Varèse Sarabande released it as part of his 12-disc set Little Box of Horrors. And now, the label has found it appropriate to provide the long-lost title as an independent album available on July 24.
While Beltrami doesn’t break new ground with his work, he offers an exuberant sense of classic Gothic fun. Listen to the opening track, “Lifeboat”, which begins with a dark and menacing underline, accompanied by Mamak Khadem’s wailing vocals and evolves into the thrilling and thrilling main theme filled with drums, powerful horns and a gothic chorus. The entire soundtrack evokes some of Shirley Walker’s best work (ie Memoirs of an invisible man and even Batman: the animated series) with its powerful and dramatic rhythms of blowing and directing.
The next tracks consist of a typical horror environment – chorus, dark piano chords, synthesizer – before the track “Mission: Impossible” explodes with a series of electronic beats more in line with the score of Beltrami’s Terminator 3.
Revealingly, Dracula 2000 doesn’t really come alive until its sixth track, entitled “The Movable Feast / Come to Daddy”, which starts with electronic pulses before breaking into the kind of Gothic crescendo that would make Danny Elfman proud.
Other tracks like “Mary and Priest” rely on Khadem’s vocals (reminiscent of Lisa Gerrard’s work with Hans Zimmer on Gladiator) and occasionally combine the vocalist with a lush violin or menacing chorus for a stimulating effect. The album’s best track, “At Home with the Creeps / Old Man in C / Goodnight Moon”, is a delightfully scary stretch that slowly transforms into an exuberant finish, full of wild percussions, choral and some very exciting orchestra.
“Tickle Me Elmo / Mary, Mary Quite Contrary / Mary & Drac Left Hangin ‘” is a long piece that winds through the first half and eventually brings the entire soundtrack together with exciting choral action music. This new release also includes two additional versions of “The Sun Also Rises”, also known as the main theme, and “Canned Heat”.
Again, while not innovative, Beltrami’s work on Dracula 2000 looks better than it has any right to, especially considering the vulgar film it accompanied. It certainly evokes memories of better scores and seems to lend itself to the vocal influences of the time, but Dracula 2000 remains an exciting, even underestimated, Gothic work.
The thin red line by Hans Zimmer
The thin red line remains one of the best scores of the past two decades. Filled with powerful and comprehensive themes and featuring one of the best tracks of our time in “Journey to the Line”, Zimmer’s work for Terrence Malick’s masterpiece is more than surprising.
La-La Land Records launched a 4 CD package from The Thin Red Line in 2019 and we finally got our hands on the collection for a brief review. You can check out our unboxing photos in our latest edition of CS Score. For this entry, we will deepen the set.
The film’s soundtrack is featured on the first two CDs, which contain approximately two hours of music, including John Powell’s “Concerto for Beam (Extended Version)”. Highlights of the first pair of discs include the tracks “Witt with Melanesians”, which features one of the main themes of the film; one that draws inspiration from the Melanesian track “God Yu Takem Laef Blong Mi.” “March Inland” features a quieter, though no less powerful, version of “Journey to the Line”, which serves as the main motif during most memory strings.
Another more sinister theme, heard mainly during the sequences of Lieutenant Colonel Nick Nolte, receives its first statement in the second half of track 3, “Witt in Brig / Tall and Quintard”, and appears repeatedly among the most lyrical tracks. Zimmer also employs a darker theme of death on tracks like “Keck’s Death”; and most dramatically in “Welsh helps Tella”. More introspective music appears during “Bell’s Patrol”.
The first CD is based on “Attack in the Bivouac (Long Version)”, also known as “Journey to the Line”, as it is better known, which remains one of Zimmer’s most impressive (and, ironically, considering the scene in that is used, inspirational) compositions. This song appeared in several trailers and managed to lend power and grace to box office hits like Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor.
Disc 2 is certainly quieter than Disc 1, as the film slows down to offer more reflection on the characters. Most of the music is a little redundant and doesn’t offer a lot of new material, but it still offers a lot of tracks for you to enjoy. “Airfield – Bell Flashback” is a silent, somber and moving suggestion, composed of ascending and descending strings; while “Witt Killed” remains one of my favorite tracks of all time for Zimmer, not only because of the context of the scene in which he appears in the film, but also because of his impressive emotional core. Truly masterful things.
Several alternative suggestions complete Disc 2, while Disc 3 provides the film’s original soundtrack released in 1999. Several pieces not heard in the final film appear on this album, so it is essential in terms of bringing together all the songs worked by Zimmer and company , although it seems a little cheap to force people to shell out $ 60 for a soundtrack they already own. In fact, Zimmer is said to have written four hours of soundtrack for The Thin Red Line. Why not include music that we don’t hear?
Another disappointment in this collection is in the fourth and last album, which is composed of songs from the Melanesian choir, of which only one was heard in the current film. While the music is interesting, it certainly won’t affect fans who want more of Zimmer’s work.
Essentially, you are paying $ 60 for two CDs and a note booklet with notes on the score and the film. If you don’t have the original soundtrack, adding this set is just a bonus. However, it is difficult not to be disappointed with this set, considering the material that La-La Land had to work with. However, the first two CDs are absolutely essential for all film collectors.