Album: The Village: Original Score

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The Village: Original Score

Artist: James Newton Howard
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Label: Hollywood Records

In the wake of his Sixth Sense triumph, young director M. Night Shyamalan shrewdly marketed himself as a marquee draw, a thriller auteur in the vein of Hitchcock and DePalma. In the process he’s also run headlong into one of Hollywood’s truest adages: There’s no such thing as a sure thing. But while his tale of an isolated hamlet ringed by mysterious, threatening ‘others’ met with tepid reviews and disappointing box office, it also underscored another filmmaking truism: So-so films can still be blessed with magnificent musical scores. This hauntingly…

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In the wake of his Sixth Sense triumph, young director M. Night Shyamalan shrewdly marketed himself as a marquee draw, a thriller auteur in the vein of Hitchcock and DePalma. In the process he’s also run headlong into one of Hollywood’s truest adages: There’s no such thing as a sure thing. But while his tale of an isolated hamlet ringed by mysterious, threatening ‘others’ met with tepid reviews and disappointing box office, it also underscored another filmmaking truism: So-so films can still be blessed with magnificent musical scores. This hauntingly beautiful, yet thoroughly contemporary orchestral soundtrack by James Newton-Howard distinguishes itself at every turn, becoming a clear standout in the ongoing collaboration between the composer and Shyamalan. While similar fusions of minimalist and post-modern musical influences can sometimes seem not much more than hollow intellectual exercises, Newton-Howard inhabits his hypnotic arpeggios and droning rhythms here with an evocative undercurrent of the mysterious and mystical. The composer leans heavily on solo violin to conjure a mock folk tradition of indistinct origins, wedding it to a contemporary classical sense that’s as seamless as it is distinguished. —Jerry McCulley

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Film:The Village (2004)

The Village

M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense), the director who brought you the world’s greatest thrillers on DVD, now creates his most thought-provoking triumph yet…breaking international records and dazzling audiences around the globe! The Village is a smart, edge-of-your-seat chiller crawling with terrifying surprises and frightening twists and turns. An isolated, tight-knit community lives in mortal fear of an oppressive evil inhabiting the forbidden forest just beyond their tiny village. So frightening that no one ventures into the woods…until one villager dares to face the unknown. With unforgettable performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, and newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, this powerful motion picture is one of Hollywood’s best psychological thrillers and ranks with the best of Hitchcock!

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