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Oz the Great and Powerful
(2013)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
Marc Mann

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker

Additional Arrangements by:
T.J. Lindgren
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Buy it... if Danny Elfman can do no wrong for you in the fantasy genre, especially when he firmly roots his scores in the comfort zone of his robust orchestral and choral traditions.

Avoid it... if you expect this work to compete favorably with Elfman's truly remarkable Alice in Wonderland, his themes and narrative flow not as solid in this stylistically related venture.
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WRITTEN 3/23/13
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Oz the Great and Powerful: (Danny Elfman) From the very beginning, Walt Disney Studios was interested in adapting L. Frank Baum's "Oz" novels of the early 1900's into movies, but MGM bought the rights to The Wizard of Oz before Disney could do so in the 1930's. Many decades later, Disney did eventually follow its initial interest in the Baum stories, but none of their efforts was as successful as their 2013 endeavor, Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel set twenty years prior to the events of The Wizard of Oz. The titular Oz is Oscar Diggs, a stage magician of dubious character in America's Midwest who is transported via tornado to the mythical land of Oz and is confronted by fantastic creatures and wicked witches. He becomes involved in the internal power struggles of the land, eventually using his magic and wit to become a hero who can restore justice and, of course, claim the best of the witches for himself. The Sam Raimi film was not met with a tremendous amount of acclaim, critics ambivalent about the project due to concerns about casting, pacing, and cohesion. Nevertheless, Oz the Great and Powerful followed its artistic predecessor, 2010's Alice in Wonderland, in wooing audiences out of hundreds of millions of dollars, easily recouping its budget in excess of $200 million within just a couple of weeks. The 2013 visual spectacle shared several production aspects with Alice in Wonderland, including a wondrous score from Danny Elfman that once again returns to the composer's early fantasy realm. The attachment of Elfman to Oz the Great and Powerful came as something of a surprise for enthusiasts of the composer. After the extraordinarily frustrating experiences the composer shared about working with Raimi on Spider-Man 2, despite an amicable relationship prior, Elfman claimed he would never work with the director again. "To see such a profound negative change in a human being was almost enough to make me feel like I didn't want to make films anymore," he said in 2005. "It was really disheartening and sad to see the way it ended up. The end of Spider-Man 2 was a self-induced hysteria." Eight years and some healing later, Elfman rebutted that the reason he was attracted to Oz the Great and Powerful was due primarily to the involvement of Raimi, completely brushing aside his prior complaints about the director's apparently one-time hysteria.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:22
• 1. Main Titles (2:57)
• 2. A Serious Talk (2:23)
• 3. Oz Revealed (1:58)
• 4. A Strange World (1:48)
• 5. Where Am I?/Schmooze-A-Witch (2:05)
• 6. Fireside Dance (1:19)
• 7. Meeting Finley (1:57)
• 8. The Emerald Palace (0:47)
• 9. Treasure Room/Monkey Business (2:56)
• 10. China Town (3:07)
• 11. A Con Job (1:47)
• 12. Glinda Revealed (1:43)
• 13. The Munchkin Welcome Song* (0:41)
• 14. Bad Witch (4:32)
• 15. The Bubble Voyage (2:48)
• 16. Great Expectations/The Apple (4:58)
• 17. Meeting the Troops (1:18)
• 18. What Army? (0:29)
• 19. Theodora's Entrance/A Puppet Waltz (1:51)
• 20. A Threat (2:07)
• 21. Bedtime/The Preparation Montage (7:00)
• 22. Call to Arms (2:13)
• 23. Destruction (2:38)
• 24. Oz the Great and Powerful (1:25)
• 25. Fireworks/Witch Fight (1:39)
• 26. Time For Gifts (5:54)
• 27. End Credits From Oz (1:59)
* performed by Danny Elfman

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