Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box
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Audio CD, Box set, Soundtrack, May 24, 2011
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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
Top customer reviews
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!
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 :)
However the next replacement was even more so damaged, the biz was actually snapped, bigger holes, poorer packaging (after requesting better packaging). A refund was given to me upon its return of not even the full value, $200 less intact, not even including shipping from Australia which to the US is the most expensive specially for a parcel this size.
Would not recommend purchasing this through Amazon. Extremely poor service and I was denied to request another as "we are out of stock" this is a limited edition item, and was a present to a loved one. Try explaining that.
Very poor and extremely disappointed.