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The Village [Soundtrack]

James Newton Howard , James Newton Howard Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: James Newton Howard, James Newton Howard
  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQJSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In the wake of his Sixth Sense triumph, young director M. Night Shyamalan shrewdly marketed himself as a marquee draw, a thriller auteur in the vein of Hitchcock and DePalma. In the process he's also run headlong into one of Hollywood's truest adages: There's no such thing as a sure thing. But while his tale of an isolated hamlet ringed by mysterious, threatening 'others' met with tepid reviews and disappointing box office, it also underscored another filmmaking truism: So-so films can still be blessed with magnificent musical scores. This hauntingly beautiful, yet thoroughly contemporary orchestral soundtrack by James Newton-Howard distinguishes itself at every turn, becoming a clear standout in the ongoing collaboration between the composer and Shyamalan. While similar fusions of minimalist and post-modern musical influences can sometimes seem not much more than hollow intellectual exercises, Newton-Howard inhabits his hypnotic arpeggios and droning rhythms here with an evocative undercurrent of the mysterious and mystical. The composer leans heavily on solo violin to conjure a mock folk tradition of indistinct origins, wedding it to a contemporary classical sense that's as seamless as it is distinguished. -- Jerry McCulley

Product Description

James Newton Howard's original score to the 2004 film from M. Night Shyamalan. In "The Village", the Academy Award nominated filmmaker who brought us "The Sixth Sense" & "Signs" assembles an all-star cast including Academy Award nominees Joaquin Phoenix & Sigourney Weaver & Academy Award winners Adrien Brody & William Hurt to bring to life the thrilling tale of an isolated village confronting the astonishing truth that lies just outside its borders. From his hit collaborations with Elton John, Toto, Cher, & others to his nuanced & touching film work, James Newton Howard has been a part of a series of monster successes including "My Best Friend's Wedding", "The Sixth Sense", "Liar Liar", & "The Fugitive".

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Enchanting & Elegant Score July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
While I have been very anxiously awaiting the release of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village", I was pleased to have been able to pick up the soundtrack on the day it appeared in stores. I have come to expect great things from James Newton Howard, as he possesses a true gift of being able to infuse so much character, emotion into each film that he composes for. His insturmentation/orchestration here is lush~ripe with a beautiful, haunting faerie tale-like quality that also evokes feelings of pure dread and fear in several instances. There is a genuine charm and quaintness to the music that really captures the spirit, isolation of the village and its inhabitants. I have no doubt in my mind that once I see the film (which will be soon!), this score will enhance the excitement for me on a whole new level....I have not been able to listen to much of anything else since purchasing it!! :-) This is one of the best movie soundtracks I have heard in a long time...if you appreciate a gorgeous, heady listening experience, don't pass this up!!
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserved the Academy Award June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
People seem either to love or to hate "The Village," but it seems that few can deny the power and beauty of the film's soundtrack. I absolutely love it, and I was disgusted when it didn't win the Oscar. It was certainly the most deserving, I think, both because of how much it suited the movie so well (I'd argue that it "made" the movie) and because it's just a masterpiece. Very moving, lovely, wonderful, and memorable. Hilary Hahn, an up and coming young violinist brings her extensive classical music talent and skills here, and they are used marvelously. This soundrack is a masterpiece!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! August 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Even if you were disappointed by the film (I for one was not, but I won't go into that here), it is impossible to say negative things about James Newton Howard's score. The more I hear of Howard's work, the more impressed I am with his versatile and unique style to film scoring. Where most composers seem to exhaust every resource both within the orchestra and beyond, Howard reminds us that film music is meant to complement, not cover up, what is happening on the screen. However, the triumph of his score to "The Village" is that it not only works perfectly in the film, but is a joy to listen to on its own as well.

While there are the expected bursts of the percussive and brassy to reflect the tension of the film, most of the score focuses quiet and sensitive orchestration under a solo violin, played to perfection by Hilary Hahn. The wide range of emotions expressed, from subtle anxiety to the beauty of hope, is incredibly intimate and seamless in it's transitions, and is sure to tug at anyone's heartstrings. It's is a must-have for any film score collection.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and Haunting July 30, 2004
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Since the Sixth Sense came out several years ago, people have been heartily singing the praises of James Newton Howard, and the work he has done on M. Night Shyamalan's films. After seeing The Sixth Sense for the first time, I was ready to jump on that very bandwagon until I bought the soundtrack CD and was, quite honestly, disinterested and rather bored for the majority of the time. Once the CD had ended, I found myself thinking "But it sounded so good in the movie..." As is the case with many "thriller" scores, the music from The Sixth Sense did not very readily stand alone without it's source. I felt very much the same way when I listened to "Unbreakable".

Then came "Signs", with it's creepy and pulsating opening titles, ringing in what I thought would finally be the breakthrough soundtrack CD from the Newton Howard-Shyamalan partnership. But for about 20 minutes after the opening titles, I again found myself singing the familiar refrain of "Gee, it worked so well in the movie, why not on CD?" Depsite my ho-hum attitude about the previously mentioned soundtrack CDs, I was, admittedly, very excited about the CD for The Village; And finally I was rewarded. What may or may not have made somewhat of a superficial difference was the fact that I bought the CD before I saw the movie (as of this moment, I have still yet to see it.) But what really differentiates between this CD and the trio that came before was, in fact, good music throughout, not just the opening and closing titles. An even greater asset (and to my surprise) was the solo work by young virtuoso violinist Hilary Hahn, whom I have had the pleasure of seeing in concert and meeting personally on many occassions; I had no knowledge of her presence on this project. Ms.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music for the open-minded December 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
People should stop trying to criticize "The Village" for what it wasn't in terms of a horror or thriller movie, and look at it in terms of what it DID have. Drama, true love, a deep moral core, and one of the most beautiful and atmospheric soundtracks ever made. Shyamalan and Howard's work together is emotional, inspiring genius.

Five stars to the soundtrack, and five stars to the movie!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I am an avid lover of M. Night Shyamalan's films and James Newton Howard's scores to them. When I saw The Village for the first time, I was not disappointed in the least, yet I heard a few who wanted their money back. I believe that to go to a Night film, you must go to it with an open mind. Do that, and you will experience it to the fullest. But go into his films with expectations, you will be disappointed.

I say the same for the scores, and the score to The Village compliments the film's message beautifully, being that the film is not about "Those we don't speak of", but is about the preservation of the innocence in all of us. The sentimental violin solos make my heart heavy, and seemed to do the most complimenting to the character of Ivy (Bryce Howard), the blind girl who braves the woods to save her only love.

All in all, a powerful movie, and a powerful soundtrack. 5 STARS!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful score
One of the better film scores in my considerable collection. James Newton Howard's orchestration combined with Hilary Hahn's sublime violin lines create the perfect melancholic... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bob K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
I am a soundtrack lover. I personally believe that some of the music written for motion pictures is the best music ever written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Dupre
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
If you liked the movie, there is no doubt you should own this soundtrack. Also, if you like the violin, you will really enjoy this.
Published 7 months ago by Chotiwala
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soundtrack for Wrtiers
Beautiful evocative music that really helped me create my second novel in a series. Thanks for making my world come alive.
Published 7 months ago by CDC
1.0 out of 5 stars what a waste!
Long, long wait for delivery (although I paid for the special shipping / handling - the two day thing). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Charlene P. Bown
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful soundtrack
very moving. i would recommend this soundtrack to anyone who likes dark classical music. im looking forward to hearing his other work.
Published 8 months ago by missfancypants
4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Movie Score
Not your typical movie score by any stretch. This is a moody, elegant work featuring mostly a solo violin backed by other strings, with the occasional abstract choral support and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars As a musician, I think it's gorgeous.
Everybody loves a soundtrack that can whisk them away into the world of their favorite movie, but this soundtrack goes above and beyond. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Check
5.0 out of 5 stars James Howard
I like his style of music. I will be buying more of his cd's. Great music at a great price.
Published 14 months ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Moody
I am a writer and use soundtracks constantly for inspiration and mood. The village is terrific for a very sad, dark, suspenseful atmosphere and the music is beautifully done(loved... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MutualFriend
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James Newton Howard really makes some of the most appealing movie music out there, and even if you're not into soundtracks, it's not hard to get into his music. I would recommend buying more of his soundtracks, especially Lady in the Water.
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