DRESSED TO KILL (EXPANDED)
Special Collection Volume ISC 246
Film Date: 1980
Pino Donaggio masterpiece gets expanded CD at last!
Doug's Tech Talk
At last! Popular Pino Donaggio score for Brian De Palma horror thriller gets brand-newly remixed, remastered & expanded CD! Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen bring delicious psycho-killer tale to life with terrifying results. Donaggio matches mayhem with his most vivid, intense film score to date. Gorgeous main theme plays in direct contrast to suspense material. Deserving spotlight is rhythmic slashing motif, scored for orchestra with frightening trombone glissandi stealing the thunder. Though present on original 1980 two-track mixes, striking color was somehow diminished. Brand new 2013 mix from newly-discovered actual 2" 24-track session masters finally unleashes chilling trombone color at last. Session masters (long considered lost when repeated searches kept leading to partial outtake rolls only) also allow Intrada to premiere dramatic material associated with Peter (Keith Gordon) assembling, mounting his surveillance camera to scope out sinister activities. Many other cues make world premiere appearance, including further exploration of dynamic action material. Two tracks were vaulted in two-track stereo only, the remainder were vaulted in 24-track formats. Together these pristeen-condition masters allow rich, rewarding expansion of what is generally thought of as Donaggio's most terrifying work. Informative notes by Scott Bettencourt, dramatic art design by Joe Sikoryak complete exciting package! Natale Massara conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Dressed To Kill remains one of Pino Donaggio’s
most admired scores. To bring this expanded edition of the score to CD, we returned
to the actual 2″ 24-track session masters recorded by Tom Jung in New York and newly
remixed everything, creating brand new two-track stereo mixes for this release. Almost
every cue was present on these elements, stored in beautiful condition in the MGM
vaults; only three cues (tracks 1, 2 & 24) needed to be mastered from the existing twotrack
stereo mixes made back in 1980.
The audio advantage of the new mixes is apparent in two ways: 1) the instrumental
detail and clarity now exceed anything previously available, and 2) except for
the three aforementioned cues, the extreme amount of analog reverb of the original
two-track mixes (designed to mask the modest recording studio size) is no longer evident.
We used state-of-the-art Altiverb algorithms to allow the natural mid-size room
acoustics to prevail.
Donaggio wrote this sensational score with a deft balance between the beautiful
and the horrific. Strings, woodwinds, piano, harp and celesta all have their say but, interestingly,
Donaggio omitted trumpets and tuba, leaving French horns and trombones
alone to speak for the brass section.
Though this score has been previously available on LP and CD with 13 tracks
totaling 41 minutes, this new expanded release includes 24 tracks offering 58 minutes
of music. Now, enjoy being musically soothed and musically frightened by one of
the supreme masters of scoring both moods—Pino Donaggio.