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Halloween

Halloween

20th Anniversary Edition
Varese Sarabande (VSD 5970)

Release Date: 1998

Performed by
John Carpenter / The Bowling Green Philharmonic

Format: CD

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Track Listing

1. Halloween Theme
[previewing track]
 2:21
2. Halloween 1963
[previewing track]
 3:11
3. The Evil Is Gone!
[previewing track]
 4:03
4. Halloween 1978
[previewing track]
 2:50
5. The Boogie Man is Coming
[previewing track]
 0:40
6. The Shape
[previewing track]
 1:43
7. The Hedge
[previewing track]
 1:35
8. He Came Home
[previewing track]
 2:40
9. Trick Or Treat
[previewing track]
 0:39
10. The Haunted House
[previewing track]
 1:43
11. The Devil's Eyes
[previewing track]
 1:39
12. The Boogie Man Is Outside
[previewing track]
 1:27
13. Damn You For Letting Him Go!
[previewing track]
 1:34
14. Empty Street
[previewing track]
 0:33
15. See Anything You Like?
[previewing track]
 2:22
16. Lock The Door
[previewing track]
 2:53
17. He's Here?
[previewing track]
 0:55
18. Light's Out
[previewing track]
 2:49
19. Cut It Out
[previewing track]
 1:19
20. Tombstone
[previewing track]
 1:19
21. The Shape Stalks Laurie
[previewing track]
 1:35
22. Turn Around
[previewing track]
 0:33
23. Unlock The Door
[previewing track]
 2:09
24. The Hanger
[previewing track]
 3:04
25. Call The Police
[previewing track]
 0:28
26. Last Assault
[previewing track]
 1:34
27. Was It The Boogie Man?
[previewing track]
 0:32
28. End Credits : Halloween Theme - Reprise
[previewing track]
 3:36
  Total Album Time: 51:46

Review

by Dan Goldwasser
October 16, 1998
[3 / 5]

When working on the re-release of the score to Halloween, it was decided that this would be a "Story CD" of the movie, combining sound effects, dialogue, and of course, music. This would be in addition to the previously released score all of which have now been remastered and restored in stereo for this 20th Anniversary CD.

Halloween has one of the more memorable themes in horror movie history. Simple and effective, this theme has driven itself into world culture, and can rightfully be placed on the same shelf as Jaws and Star Wars in terms of memorable themes. There are multiple themes throughout the film, all of them appropriately creepy. Unfortunately, they are also repeated numerous times, and that constitutes the bulk of the music on the CD.

Those who are soundtrack purists might be dismayed that there is dialogue on this CD. But as stated previously, it was fully intended to be a "Story CD" by listening to the CD in its entirety, you get a sense of the movie, and relive it's more powerful moments. The remastered dialogue and sound effects are much clearer than I remember, and the stereo separation is top-notch. No doubt this is the type of effect we might be hearing when the 20th Anniversary DVD edition of the film comes out in the Spring (a little late, but close enough) with the expected Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

If you already own the original Varese release of Halloween, you probably don't need this one. But for those of us who didn't have the opportunity to get the CD (which went out of print a while back), this re-issue allows us the opportunity to remedy a situation that was totally unacceptable.


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