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Shadow of the Vampire [Soundtrack, Import]

Daniel Jones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Pacific Time Ent.
  • ASIN: B0000589BE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Street In Wismar
2. The Bunker
3. Murnau's Vision - The Journey
4. The Woods
5. Music At The Inn
6. Going To Sleep
7. Herr Doktor - Instrumental Version
8. Good Living
9. The Night Shoot
10. Schereck Eats
11. Tango Au Lapins Chaude
12. Schereck Kills Peter
13. Wagner Arrives
14. Schereck And The Locket
15. The Ship Building Waltz
16. Live Act In Berlin
17. Blood
18. The Light Of The Sun
19. Herr Doktor (Laudinum Domine)
20. Meet Count Orlock
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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This is a superb musical experience - whether or not you have seen the film! The orchestral writing is of a very high order, both dark and beautiful, and you will wish to listen to some of the tracks - such as the title music (track 27) again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of the Vampire 7 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is more than film music, this is great music - dark and beautiful. You will enjoy it whether or not you have seen the film!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seductive, dark, funny, the score of the year so far... 24 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Going into Shadow of the Vampire, I anticipated some nice visuals. But I was floored by the effectiveness of Dan Jones' score, and knew from the film's opening that I had to have a copy of the soundtrack CD. It reintroduced an element to film soundtracks a quality missing in nearly every new picture of recent times: subtle effectiveness. Never overwhelming, but darkly beautiful and reminiscent of both Murnau's and Orlock's characters, it was a perfect match. In this CD you not only get the superb main title theme, you also get extra tracks not heard with the film--the vocal "Herr Doktor" is a nicely over-the-top tribute to Kurt Weill at his most decadent, and flesh-crawling Stravinsky-ish atmosphere is piled on elsewhere, evoking the shrouded, lonely history of the Vampire's character. I love putting this on as both back- and foreground listening, and if the spell of the film pulled you in, chances are you will too. Crack open a 100-year-old bottle of Cognac, get out that cigarette holder, and you might just want to keep the Laudinum handy...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music, excellent presentation 23 Mar 2001
By David Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my new favorite CDs. It is not only a fabulous score, but a good listen in terms of the album construction. It has little snippets of distant dialogue, sound effects, and source music...just enough to add to the ambiance of the album without distracting from Dan Jones' very evocative music, which brings to mind the best of Danny Elfman without imitating him. The selections have been rearranged from the order of the film in order to provide the best listening experience; this sort of rearrangement often bugs me but worked very well on this album. The title music (which is the only music I remembered from seeing the film but was what attracted me to the score) is actually the next to last selection, but the rest of the score builds very nicely to it. My only beef: a few track listings seem to be out of order; for example the Tango comes a little later than indicated. Sound quality is amazing on my surround system. All in all, this CD is even better than I expected.
4.0 out of 5 stars How dare you destroy my photographer?!, you idiot!! 6 April 2014
By Scrapbook1979 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Shadow of the Vampire' is a fictional insight into how the famous silent film 'Nosferatu' was made, it's a big tell-all and revelation of all the obstacles and conflicts that F.W. Murnau went through during the production of SOTV all because of his star actor Max Schreck . The other problem for him was trying to keep it a secret from the crew and actors about Max's biological makeup, meaning that Max was a real vampire that had to pretend he was a human playing a vampire, off course having a vampire on set was a disaster waiting to happen. The other revelation was that FW made a deal with Max that if he agrees to act in the film he can have the leading lady at the end of the shooting.

Interestingly enough there is some truth in this film, the real actress in Nosferatu didn't like film, she liked theatre, we hear this is SOTV and there's a brief mention of the court case between Stoker's wife and FW.

This would have to be one of my favourite metafilms, it's so tongue and cheek, the humour is dark and weird and Malkovich's performance as FW Murnau is just memorable. He plays the passionate, emotional, controlling, hot tempered, ego driven artist so well, you can't helping laughing at the s*** he says and Dafoe's performance as Max Schreck playing Count Orlock is also funny especially when he starts wanting to hijack the film, "this is hardly your picture any longer" and also losing his patience in wanting the leading lady in the end during the bedroom scene. There are a lot of good scenes in SOTV.

The movie is medium paced, there is a quiet, dark vibe in the film and there are parts where there's not much going on, its just the characters doing their work and Max letting his curiosity get to him. Its always refreshing when you watch a movie that doesn't depend on external conflicts to make it entertaining or to chase the big bucks.

The most memorable scenes are FW shouting at Max for destroying his photographer and Max's suggestions in response which only infuriate FW even more, "I don't think we need the ship" says Shreck and the other when FW tries to straggle Shreck.

If you like black humour, vampires, nosferatu and the starring actors check it out but beware its no bram stoker's Dracula or some other commercial vampire flick. This is a fresh way of telling a vampire story. A combo between a mythological figure and the film industry, what an eclectic fusion.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Being immortal can't be fun 17 Aug 2011
By Maximus Schreck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had looked for this soundtrack because I enjoyed the music in the film a great deal, so I was a little disappointed to find that a lot of the soundtrack was material I hadn't heard before. However, after two listens, I decided it didn't matter. At its worst, this soundtrack is mildly interesting. At its best, it is haunting and sublime.
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