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Sunday, January 20, 2008


Tin Man
Music by Simon Boswell
Varese Sarabande 302 066866 2 (US)
27 Tracks 79:20 mins

This Sci-Fi Channel mini-series is a darker, re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz and sports a big symphonic score from Simon Boswell, perhaps something would not necessarily expect of the composer, but he certainly comes up with the goods here, though his powerful main theme is somewhat familiar, with perhaps a hint of BBC TV's Robin Hood theme and something else I can't quite put my finger on. The theme crops up in the action moments of the score, much of which is pretty menacing, but there are lighter moments too, with a couple of beautiful themes that are allowed to soar at times, and some more intimate, delicate scoring with piano to the fore. In between, the composer provides much mysterious scoring, dark and dissonant at times, and at others quite otherwordly, utilising female vocals here and there. It all makes for an entertaining, if perhaps a little lengthy listen.
Although I have posted the US catalogue number, the disc is of course also available in Europe. It's just that I am unusually working from an unlabeled promo here.


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