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Dragonslayer OST [1981] – Alex North Soundtrack Download

Dragonslayer OST

Dragonslayer OST [1981] – Alex North Soundtrack Download []

ragonslayer may be a 1981 fantasy movie set in a very fictional medieval kingdom, following a young wizard (played by Peter MacNicol) who experiences danger and opposition as he tries to defeat a dragon.

A co-production between Walt Disney Productions and Paramount footage, Dragonslayer was a lot of mature and realistic than different Disney films of the amount. due to audience expectations for a a lot of family-friendly film from Disney, the movie’s violence and adult themes were somewhat controversial at the time – albeit Disney didn’t hold US distribution rights, that were held by Paramount (it was rated PG within the U.S.; TV showings when 1997 have carried a TV-14 rating). Disney later created Touchstone footage to provide a lot of mature fare.

The film was directed by Matthew Robbins (who later directed *batteries not included), from a screenplay he co-wrote with Hal Barwood. It starred Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, and Caitlin Clarke.

Dragonslayer conjointly featured then-unknown actor Ian McDiarmid because the minor character Brother Jacopus. McDiarmid’s next film role when Dragonslayer would be that of the villain Palpatine in Star Wars Episode VI: come of the Jedi, a task that he would reprise within the subsequent Star Wars films.

The camera work were created at Industrial light-weight and Magic, where Phil Tippett had co-developed an animation technique known as go motion for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Go motion may be a variation on stop motion animation, and its use in Dragonslayer led to the film’s nomination for the Academy Award for Visual Effects; it lost to Raiders of the Lost Ark (another Paramount film). The film was conjointly nominated for the Academy Award for Original Music Score; Chariots of fireplace took the award. as well as the hydraulic 40-foot (12 m) model, sixteen dragon puppets were used for the role of Vermithrax, all created for various movements; flying, crawling, fireplace respiration etc.[1]

The film was conjointly nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Once again, it lost to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

In October 2003, Dragonslayer was released on DVD within the U.S. by Paramount Home Video.
Musical score
The film’s Academy-Award-nominated score was composed by Alex North. The score’s linear conception was developed through transparently layered, polyphonic orchestral texture dominated by a medieval vogue modal harmony. The score was largely based mostly on 5 major thematic concepts: 1) the suffering of the Urlanders; 2) a “magic” motif; 3) the amulet; 4) the sacrificial virgins; 5) the connection between Galen and Valerian. North was disappointed by the ensuing dragon scenes, as they didn’t use everything of the items he composed for them. He later stated that he had written “a terribly pretty waltz for when the dragon 1st seems, with simply a small indication that this might not be a nasty dragon”. The waltz was scrapped in favour of tracks used earlier within the movie. Despite this, the score was widely praised. In a writing of the New Yorker, Pauline Kael wrote that the score was a “beauty”, which “at times, the music and therefore the fiery dragon appear one”. Royal S. Brown of the Fanfare magazine praised the soundtrack as “one of the most effective several 1981″.

Disc 1
01. Urlander’s Mission(Main Titles)
02. “No Sorcerers, No Dragons!”
03. Ulrich’s Death; Mourning
04. Maiden’s Sacrifice
05. Forest Romp
06. Hodge’s Death
07. Galen’s Search For The Amulet
08. Vermithrax’s Lair; Landslide
09. Valerian And Galen’s Romance
10. Tyrian And Galen Fight
11. Jacopus Blasted
12. Elspeth’s Destiny; Dragon’s Scales
13. Galen Jailed; Galen’s Escape

Disc 2
01. Dragon’s Flight; Burning Villages
02. The Lottery
03. Elspeth At The Stake; Vermithrax Triumph; Galen’s Encounter
04. Galen’s Desperation And Spirit Revitalized
05. Eclipse; Love And Hope
06. Resurrection Of Ulrich
07. “Destroy That Amulet!”; Ulrich Explodes; Vermithrax’s Plunge
08. The White Horse; Into The Sunset (End Credits)

Dragonslayer OST [1981] – Alex North Soundtrack Download

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