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Bram Stoker's Dracula
(1992)
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Composed and Produced by:
Wojciech Kilar

Conducted by:
Anton Coppola

Song Composed and Performed by:
Annie Lennox
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Columbia/Sony Music
(November 24th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if blatantly morbid melodrama of the highest order, complete with excessively pounding percussive rhythms, brooding bass strings, and bloated choral chanting, is the quickest path to the darker corners of your heart.

Avoid it... if the grandest gothic tone and style of the mythical vampire genre doesn't impress you unless all of its components are assembled in a tightly cohesive whole.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,347
WRITTEN 11/13/09
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Bram Stoker's Dracula: (Wojciech Kilar) If the cinematography, art direction, and costumes are good enough, then the rest of the production (as well as the title character) can be damned. That's what Francis Ford Coppola faced when putting his lavish spin on the famed vampire from Transylvania in his 1992 epic, Bram Stoker's Dracula. A cast with a few veterans who could chew on the material with appropriate melodramatic zeal and a handful of young heartthrobs looking pretty in their turn of the century garb was largely overshadowed by the immensely gothic production values. It was a film to be seen and heard rather than contemplated for its extension of the Dracula myth (some of which, especially in the real estate investment aspect of things, didn't make much sense), and it was boosted by a monumental advertisement campaign and a significant amount of hoopla in the press. Despite its mesmerizing qualities, Coppola's film ironically lacked a convincing soul, playing out like an overacted stage production on the best cinematic steroids of the day. Another aspect of the production experiencing no limits in the melodrama category was the appropriately massive score by Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, whose career had not yet made a significant splash in America. His score was somewhat surprisingly absent from the nominations of any major awarding group; the film's design elements received significant praise from both the BAFTA and Academy Award voting bodies, winning three Oscars. Perhaps it was a lack of name recognition that restricted Kilar's chances at the time (though he never fared particularly well with international awards until 2002's The Pianist), because his music for Bram Stoker's Dracula is a particularly memorable aspect of the production. All of the over the top values assigned to the other appeals of the film are evident in this score, from the swells of morbidly romantic orchestral melody to the pounding choral passages of urgent and mighty terror.



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Average: 3.54 Stars
***** 212 5 Stars
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It's About Damn Time!
Mitchell Hanson - December 2, 2009, at 7:38 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:01
• 1. Dracula - The Beginning (6:41)
• 2. Vampire Hunters (3:05)
• 3. Mina's Photo (1:25)
• 4. Lucy's Party (2:56)
• 5. The Brides (4:56)
• 6. The Storm (5:04)
• 7. Love Remembered (4:10)
• 8. The Hunt Builds (3:25)
• 9. The Hunters Prelude (1:29)
• 10. The Green Mist (0:54)
• 11. Mina/Dracula (4:47)
• 12. The Ring of Fire (1:51)
• 13. Love Eternal (2:23)
• 14. Ascension (0:50)
• 15. End Credits (6:44)
• 16. Love Song for a Vampire - performed by Annie Lennox (4:20)

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