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Poltergeist Soundtrack, Limited Edition

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Limited Edition
  • Label: Film Score Monthly
  • ASIN: B004GND3ZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Chadwick H. Saxelid on January 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Jerry Goldsmith's score for Poltergeist is, arguably, one of THE greatest horror film scores of all time - right up there with Herrmann's score for Psycho and Williams for Jaws. Both haunting and soothing, etheral and chaotic, a listener does not know what will come out of the speakers next. This expanded edition, which contains more music than the first release did, is the very definition of ESSENTIAL. I give it my highest recommendation.
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This imported CD delivers in quality and quantity. It has Jerry Goldsmith's music score for the 1982 supernatural-horror film Poltergeist(produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper). Goldsmith wrote music for only one sequel, Poltergeist II: The Other Side(1986). It also has interesting liner notes. The music score is tender and intense at the same time.
This is some of Goldsmith's best work and it still sounds good.
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Jerry Goldsmith has done it again: He freaks me out every time I hear his great composition for "Poltergeist". Let's face it: he gave me the chills with his scores for the Omen trilogy and "Alien". He knew how to make us wonder what mysterious things were lurking in the dark with the music he wrote for horror films.

In spite of the lovely theme for Carol Anne, Goldsmith manipulated our fears with suspenseful moments , especially 'The Tree', 'Night Visitor/No Complaints', and 'It Knows What Scares You'. Tension is also felt with tracks like 'Twisted Abduction' and 'Rebirth', which is one of the finest thrilling moments in this work. Of course, let's not forget the action as the Freeling family tries to escape their haunted house, as Goldsmith makes us join the runaway in the tracks 'Night Of The Beast' and 'Escape From Suburbia'. In general, Goldsmith knew how to scare our wits with his unique understanding of the horror medium.

It's a good thing that Rhino released this expanded edition of one of Jerry Goldsmith's most eloquent, yet creepiest, works. This album should not be looked over.
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I never owned the original album, so I can't compare the two. However, I looked it up on Soundtrack.net, and I couldn't believe there was less than 40 mins. on it! Thank goodness for Rhino Records! They have not only restored and re-mastered this score with perfect pristine sound, but they have included every single note heard in the film, and much much more! Almost 70 mins. of music!
I can see why Jerry Goldsmith was nominated for this one! It is not only powerful and effective in the movie, but it is also wonderful as a listen-alone experience. The powerful choir during "Twisted Abduction" will enchant you as much as the brass stings (a frequent Goldsmith trademark) and the strings will sweep you into a world of your own! "The Light" is a very beautiful track in which Dr. Lesh (played by the wonderful Beatrice Straight) explains the concept of the light that the spirits must go through. The spectacular string effects will leave you breathless and begging for more. Another cue I would highly recommend is the "They're Here" cue. When the hand comes through the TV, it will make you jump. You just don't know exactly when that trombone is going to snap at your ears! Then comes the swirling strings as the poltergeist burns as hole through the bedroom wall and shakes the room.
If you are a Goldsmith fan, then this is essential to your collection. No question about it! Every cue on this CD will have you pressing the "Skip Back" button many times!
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From the opening track of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to the chilling close of "Carol Anne's Theme (End Credits)," this album shines brilliantly with a supernatural intensity. It is a rare treat for soundtrack listeners because it includes all of the music from the film plus extra music which, amazingly, was cut from the final version of the film. And what a treat it is. POLTERGEIST is the American Dream turned into the American Nightmare.
The inclusion of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the opening track is a great, ironic prelude for the storm to come in Goldsmith's orginal score. This arrangement is the most familar verison of the song, but the track's ending gives a hint of what's to follow. The static at the end of the track signals the end of the dream and the beginning of the nightmare. The synthesized sounds which usher in track #2 (just as the TV static fades) instantly set the creepy atmosphere of the film. Keeping "The Calling" and "The Neighborhood (Main Title)" in one track (as they are in the film) effectively introduces the two sides which will do battle, both musically as well as in the film.
The outtakes of "The Tree," "Broken Glass," and "The Hole" were finished along with the rest of the score before they were cut from the film; as a result, they sound as good as the rest of the score. Thankfully, the album producers decided to include them because the are marvelous additions to the score. They remain understated while retaining an unnerving, unsettling quality.
This is where the hints of "something's wrong here" end and terror boldly takes centre stage. "Twisted Abduction" begins quietly, but with a frenzied urgency which only increases with the dynamic level of the music.
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