Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 31.5 x 31.29 x 0.99 cm; 381.87 Grams
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Sacred Bones
  • Manufacturer reference ‏ : ‎ WA-36704743
  • Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2018
  • Label ‏ : ‎ Sacred Bones
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07GJ4FS62
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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Halloween Original Soundtrack - John Carpenter - When the new Halloween movie hits theaters in October 2018, it will have the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter's direct involvement since 1982's Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter serves on the new David Gordon Green-directed installment as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green's film, it's familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape's knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter's famously shoestring original, it's musical spirit was preserved. "We wanted to honor the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used," Davies explained. "We used a lot of the Dave Smith OB-6, bowed guitar, Roland Juno, Korg, Roli, Moog, Roland System 1, Roland System 8, different guitar pedals, mellotron, and piano." Unlike the Lost Themes albums, where the composers wrote the soundtracks for imaginary movies, Halloween saw the Carpenters and Davies collaborating on music set to images for the first time. Though it marked a significant change from their previous creative process, the trio thrived under the constraints and tight deadlines that film scoring work demands. "Being limited by the length of time in scoring the sequence, we focused on the director's tempo, timing, and vision," Davies said. "He would tell us what he had in mind, how long the cue should be, what emotion he wanted, and we would take it from there. It's only the three of us, there is no elaborate system. We wrote, performed, and orchestrated everything." For John Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. Not only had he not worked on a Halloween movie in 35 years, he hadn't composed a soundtrack since his 2001 sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars. "It was great," Carpenter said of the experience. "It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director's head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green's vision." For Cody Carpenter, John's son, and Davies, his godson, it was surreal to work on something that means so much to generations of fans, and that they grew up around. "It was an honor for us to be involved, and we are really happy to be a part of something that so many people are anticipating and excited about," Davies said. "Working together with both the director of the new Halloween and the creator of the original Halloween was really a fantastic experience."

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Acton
3.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack stabbed to death by inconsistent vinyl pressing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2020
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PaulMkent33
5.0 out of 5 stars The night the soundtrack came home!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars The night the soundtrack came home!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2019
I never usually would write a review on things I buy but I thought I’d had to review this. Watching various unboxing videos on YouTube I had to get my hands on this one of my all time favourite horrors. And favourite composers!
The is “pumpkin” orange (very appropriate) and looks brilliant!

Now for the sound quality I can see exactly what they’ve intended to do and that is bring you all the music how you first heard it when it was released.
If you purchased the rerelease or the original varese release you will notice some difference in sound quality. No it’s not a mess but you will notice some slight sound drop outs taken from scenes with dialogue included but not too noticeable. The breaks in between tracks are very tight and not much time in between which is fine for me.

The quality of the packaging is good though I’m a bit unsure on the design ok why they decided to go with Michael in the rain which is a bit bizarre.
Though the back cover is more relevant.

All in all if your a fan of Halloween you will love this regardless of the flaws in the sound quality and even hear Jamie lee Curtis in there somewhere but very faint.

It is very collectible and will be sort after in years to come!
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Paul J. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars JOHN CARPENTER, CODY CARPENTER & DANIEL DAVIES "ROCK"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2018
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Simon Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb soundtrack
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2018
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AdamCriedPower
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have soundtrack
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have soundtrack
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2018
A soundtrack that needs no introduction. John Carpenter at his best. Amazon sent it to me via Prime just in time for Halloween. Thank you very much for the perfect delivery.
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