"Torn Curtain" with original score?

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  1. Bob_L

    Bob_L Supporting Actor

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    Since the upcoming DVD of "Legend" is setting a precedent -- including separate versions of the movie with the original Jerry Goldsmith score and the replacement Tangerine Dream score -- how about rallying the cause for a release of Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain" with the original Bernard Herrmann score?

    Those who have seen the death of Gromek scene in the Herrmann documentary have seen a stunning example of how much more effective the scene is with Herrmann's music. My guess is that Herrmann's score would add a great deal to this flawed yet watchable example of late Hitchcock. Certainly it would be superior to the film with perennial hack John Addison's krappmusik.
     
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    Great idea but it's already been done! The DVD of Torn Curtain includes, as an extra, scenes from the film scored with Herrmann's music, or at least as much as he recorded before being replaced by John Addison.
     
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    The entire Herrmann score is (or was) available on a Varese-Sarabande CD. Someone who was technically savvy could probably cue it up with the DVD to get an impression of what the movie would be like with the original score.

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    It's not practical to have the entire movie set to Herrmann's score for a simple reason. Herrmann was fired from the project before any of the score was written or performed for roughly the last third of the movie.
     
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    Just a bit of related trivia but Elmer Bernstein incorporated some of Herrmann's score to Torn Curtain in the 1991 remake of Cape Fear. When adapting Herrmann's 1962 Cape Fear score to the 1991 remake, Bernstein discovered that he needed more music than the 1962 score provided so he borrowed some of Herrmann's Torn Curtain themes to extend the score.
     
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    OK. Well, screw me, guys. I'm now sorry I brought it up.
     

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