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Jake Lipson

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Varèse Sarabande is currently taking pre-orders for a surprise (to me) Deluxe Edition release of John Powell's score for the original How to Train Your Dragon film.

Varèse Sarabande said:
How To Train Your Dragon is making it’s debut in our CD club. This Oscar nominated score was produced in collaboration with and curated by composer John Powell and 5 Cat Studios. This 2-CD Deluxe Edition features the score from the film along with alternate versions and demos. Featuring detailed liner notes by film music journalist, Tim Greiving. This significant expansion features 42 tracks and is limited to 3,000 copies.

Estimated ship date of Oct 16th. Any other titles ordered at the same time will be held and shipped together.

I seem to recall we have some fans of this around the board so I thought I would post about it. I got the email from their mailing list announcing this release this morning and to be honest, I'm not sure I've ever ordered anything so fast in my life.


Of course, this also raises the question of whether they will do similar expanded releases for the two sequels. Hopefully this one sells out and they are encouraged to do those too, since I would absolutely get them as well.
 
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This score is perhaps John Powell’s finest, and he has a number of excellent scores so that’s saying something. I got my order in first thing this morning (I wanted to pick one more score from their sales items and snagged a copy of Bill Conti’s Lock Up which is a fine score as well).
 

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I wrote a comment on Powell's Facebook and Instagram pages under where he announced this release and asked if there are plans to do releases for the sequels In this manner or not. I have no idea if he will respond, but I thought it was worth a shot and indicated that I would buy those as well. We'll see. I'll report back if he does answer.

It's interesting that Powell got Varèse Sarabande to release this on CD but Disney is only releasing the expanded score of Solo on digital. You'd think there would be at least as many Star Wars diehards who would want that to justify a print run at least matching or exceeding the 3,000 copies that Varèse Sarabande is giving to Dragon.
 

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I went around to Varèse Sarabande's social media channels today and commented on their post announcing this release. I indicated that I ordered it and asked if they might do the same with the sequels. So at least that's out there. I'd buy those in a hot minute as well.
 

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I thought I would bump this thread to reflect that this release is now shipping.

Varèse Sarabande sent over email confirmation of my shipment this afternoon. According to the tracking number, the package is expected to arrive on Monday. I'm very much looking forward to getting this and I expect to listen to it frequently.

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My copy just arrived, so that was really quick. I had it shipped first class, but it only took two days so that was essentially priority. I'm listening to it right now and, of course, it is terrific.

The total running time across both discs is about 106 minutes, which is longer than the film itself. It is the complete score, plus a handful of alternate cues and demo versions of things. Sound quality is fantastic.

I'm really satisfied with this release and hope that Varèse Sarabande will have enough success with it to continue with the series. I would absolutely buy a complete score for both of the sequels in a second.
 

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