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Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box [Box set, Soundtrack]

Tim Burton , Danny Elfman Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0049ZQZAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box,' a very special box set that features expansions of the 13 original scores that Elfman has composed for Burton's iconic films. This is a newly-produced library of 16 CDs each packaged with artwork by Burton, adding up to more than 19 hours of music, including 7 hours of previously-unreleased Masters, demos, work tapes and other rarities.
-Among the 19 hours of music are seven hours of previously unreleased music including such rarities as additional masters, cut songs, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign-language songs.
-'Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton': A meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book, entitled with gold foil stamping, and featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. The book also includes rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew behind the scenes of this classic music from the early days of Elfman's band Oingo Boingo to the recent blockbuster film 'Alice in Wonderland.' Interviewed are such collaborators and peers as Guillermo Del Toro, Phillip Glass, Paul Haggis, James Newton Howard, Tom Jones, Michael Keaton, Ang Lee, Errol Morris, Thomas Newman, Catherine O'Hara, Jon Peters, Paul Reubens, David Rockwell, Scott Rudin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Twyla Tharp, Gus Van Sant, and Richard Zanuck. This comprehensive 10x10 keepsake book is written by acclaimed film-music journalist Jeff Bond and designed by Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor.
-An hour-long exclusive, newly filmed DVD featuring an extended conversation between Burton and Elfman as they reflect on their quarter-century of collaboration.
-As a collectible created exclusively for this treasure box of music and inspired by the art of Tim Burton, a distinctive Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive has been designed. A pull of the key unlocks a USB drive loaded with MP3s of the entire contents of this Music Box. From 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' through 'Alice In Wonderland,' it's all here, including bonus tracks, demos, work tapes, and other rarities.
-Newly created liner notes by Elfman discuss each expanded score and the bonus material.

A collection of music as unique as Elfman's for the films of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, 'The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box' is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed previously unseen art by Burton and crafted a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing 'The Music Box Suite,' arranged and performed by Elfman specifically for this historic collection.
And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Tim Burton and Danny Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.

Disc 1: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Disc 2: Beetlejuice
Disc 3: Batman - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 4: Edward Scissorhands - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 5: Tim Burton's The Night Before Christmas - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 6: Mars Attacks! - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 7: Sleepy Hollow - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 8: Planet Of The Apes - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 9: Big Fish - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 10: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 11: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 12: Alice In Wonderland - Original Motion Picture Score
Disc 13: Oddities And Ends 1985-2010
Disc 14: Curious And Curiouser Song Demos 1985-2010
Disc 15: Notes And Notions-Orchestra Only Versions 1985-2010

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY! May 25, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am very disappointed with this item. as one reviewer stated it is very cheaply put together... the one that I received is falling apart. A couple of the CD's will not play correctly and the CD covers are printed very cheap paper... also a couple of items were missing, such as a letter from Danny Elfman and a flash drive. The book however is quite nice, but I didn't spend close to five hundred dollars for a book. I am just so disappointed!!!!.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money, but the contents are good. December 4, 2012
By Karla
Format:Audio CD
This was given to me as a birthday present this year. When it arrived, the box was badly damaged; the lid was falling apart and the box was coming apart at the corners. We managed to fix the problems, however when you pay this amount of money for something, you don't expect it to be DIY.

Also, I have read in other reviews that the music chip doesn't work in many of the boxes. This may be because you have to unscrew the lid and put the batteries in properly.

On a positive note though, the contents were on a whole undamaged and in good condition. It is important to note, however that the USB is only compatible with Microsoft computers.

In terms of what is included in the boxset, it is well worth having. If you're interested in film scores and the composition process, and a fan of Burton and Elfman, this is definitely for you. It includes all the demos and deleted tracks from over the course of the Elfman/Burton partnership, as well as each film score in its entirety. The USB also contains twenty bonus tracks, mainly demos and instrumental arrangements.

In summary, is this worth all the money? No. However, the contents are very enlightening and well worth it if you're interested in the field.
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointed June 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD
To be fair I want to first point out that I did not buy this on Amazon, but bought it directly from Warner Bros. I am a huge Burton and Elman fan, and was sooooo excited about this box set. My Mom, knowing how much I would love it, bought it for me as a Christmas present. She even paid extra for shipping to ensure that she received it in time to wrap it and put it under the tree. She then received a notice stating that the box set was delayed until February due to problems with the construction of the zoetrope box. I didn't care as I was still really excited about it. Then in February we received another notice stating that it would be delayed again. I was a little bummed, but knew once I got it the wait would be worth it. If only I had realized what a pain the whole process was going to turn out to be.

The box set finally arrived at the end of April, but the box itself was damaged. There was bowing on the sides of the box & the metal plates were pulling away from the sides, the paper covering the top of the box was peeling off in places, the music chip in the lid of the box didn't work, and the zoetrope would not spin freely.

We contacted Warner Bros who simply shoved us off on Shorewood Packaging, the company who produced the boxes. We had to pay to ship it back to them (with promise of a refund) only to receive a second box that had many of the same problems. Multiple phone calls were not returned until emails were sent in which Warner Bros was copied on. We were then told that the bowing in the box and the metal plates pulling away from the side was normal and was inherent in all of the boxes, so that was not considered defective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman-Tim Burton music Box May 2, 2013
By MjR
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am in love with this music box. It is beautiful and the music sounds phenomenal. I love the color and the quality. The only thing I have noticed, and it may have happened in packaging and shipping, is that there are some very small but obvious signs of wear on the corners and side panels. Other than that everything worked as it should and was beautiful. Perfect addition to baby's room.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but really awesome! April 30, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must say that I am pretty excited about this Music Box. I have a couple things in my favor:
1) I have never previously owned any Danny Elfman Music
2) I bought the second run, unnumbered edition [which seems to not have as many structural problems as the limited edition model according to all the research I did].
3) I bought it for $280 including shipping, I did not have to pay full price $500 plus the $25 shipping from Warner Bros.

What needed to be fixed when I received it:
1) embossed metal panels were coming up on the corners: Solution: used two part epoxy with a toothpick inside the corners and used masking tape to hold it together overnight.
2) there is a random piece of black velvet inside of the box I still need to glue down.

What works and looks great so far:

USB Skeleton key: Awesome!
Beautiful Book
CD's look good so far, I've only listened to Edward Scissorhands
The Zoetrope works great!
Letter from Danny Elfman all there.
There is a DVD with an almost 1:45 minute interview with Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, really cool.

A couple of things, it's HUGE and Heavy! 20 lbs...15" x 12" x 12"

I am completely happy and still geeking out about it. For the price I paid, it is an excellent value, especially considering what I mentioned above. I am a big Tim Burton/Danny Elfan fangirl, so I'm biased and very forgiving. They must have fixed alot of the problems form the limited edition run of 1000, because this unnumbered edition of 1000 that I received is awesome :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have it.
In any collector editions I have at home, and not a few, this is really more like everyone who sees it. It's beautiful, robust, full of great stuff. Gotta have it.
Published 10 months ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on the inside, poor quality on the outside
Im not going to lie the quality of the box isnt good, everyone was right about that. If should be good wuality and stay together, but its not and it wont. Read more
Published 10 months ago by christina
3.0 out of 5 stars MIXED FEELINGS
I don't know if it is because I purchased this item from Amazon but I'm shocked at the lack of quality for such an expensive collector's item. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ComedyExpert
This arrived to me extremely damaged. As in none of the walls of the box were connected, and huge holes in all side. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joshua Thiessen
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
Like many, I found this item to be quite a disappointment. It looks like a sturdy box but its more like glorified cardboard. The music box/zoetrope was broken. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Odd Doll
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!
I love and recommend it to all who are fans of these two brilliant minds! ♥ My box arrived today here in my home (Brazil) and I'm fascinated! @_@
Published 20 months ago by Daiane Cristina Wouters (Dai caricaturas e ilustrações)
5.0 out of 5 stars A long Time Coming
Possibly the best product of film scores ever!!!!I have been waiting for something like this to come out. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by nclsta
3.0 out of 5 stars bury this treasure away
Even though I was only able to listen to the music without having everything else that came with this package, I realized it's not just a bunch of old CD's put together. Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by A. Kamm
1.0 out of 5 stars Objection
Feel free to write "over-ruled" in your reply.

Where else to object but here? This should, apparently, be filed under "rare art" though Amazon doesnt have such a... Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by Norm Cash
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Save Your Money!
Absolute garbage! I can't believe that WB had the gall to send out this "thing" to customers. First of all I was notified it would take an extra three months to be released and... Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by vanedaile
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No Batman returns?
though its not listed on Amazon, Batman Returns is listed as being in the box set on the official website for the music box,
Jan 15, 2011 by Matthew Winstead |  See all 3 posts
Lower Price
Some really shady price adjustments have been going on with this product in the last month. The listing price was originally $500 when it first went up for order, just like Warner's site. With the 20% off it made it around $475. Now they marked up the listing price to $624 so the 20% off is just... Read More
Dec 7, 2010 by Shawn Barnett |  See all 9 posts
Are they ever gonna release this set?
The first numbered 1,000 were released on April 5.
Apr 10, 2011 by Eugene Iemola |  See all 5 posts
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