Soundtrack Releases: “The Black Cauldron” & Expanded “Hook”

Into the Dark - News: Expanded "Hook" Soundtrack Released

Just for you film score fans, we thought we’d share news of two significant soundtrack releases from specialty labels LaLaLand Records and Intrada.  One is an expanded, limited edition release (5000 copies) of a John Williams favorite and the other is a long overdue premiere release from Disney Animation.

Hook: Limited Edition (2-CD Set)

From LaLaLand’s announcement: “La-La Land Records, Sony Pictures and Sony Music presents the world premiere release of the first official remastered and expanded edition of renowned composer John Williams’s (JAWS, STAR WARS, SCHINDLER’S LIST) original score to the 1991 Tri-Star Pictures’ adventure/fantasy epic HOOK, directed by Steven Spielberg. Long considered one of the maestro’s best scores in collaboration with Mr. Spielberg, this masterwork is finally presented here in a worthy 2-CD release that contains more than 140 mins of music, including bonus alternate and unused cues, greatly expanding the score’s original 1991 album assembly with more than 65 minutes of music previously unreleased in any official format. Produced by Didier C. Deutsch and Mark G. Wilder, mastered by Mark G. Wilder and Maria Triana and supervised and approved by John Williams, this expanded reissue features amazing art design by Jim Titus and exclusive, in-depth liners from film music writer Daniel Schweiger. It’s an amazing soundtrack experience that will have you never wanting to grow up!

This album assembly was supervised by John Williams and the completed project approved by both John Williams and Steven Spielberg.”

Hook is a limited edition of 5000 copies and it’s selling fast — so get it while you can!

The Black Cauldron

Into the Dark - News: "The Black Cauldron" Soundtrack ReleasedFrom Intrada’s announcement: “At last! Treat for Elmer Bernstein fans, Disney soundtrack fans and lovers of great film music in general! World premiere of Elmer Bernstein’s actual soundtrack for Walt Disney Pictures animation fantasy, directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich. Not to be confused with roughly half hour of re-recorded highlights done by composer in Utah, new Disney/Intrada release offers all 75 minutes of music in dynamic stereo from actual multi-track soundtrack scoring session masters, lovingly produced by Disney’s Randy Thornton.

Bernstein offers wall-to-wall music for ambitious tale of young hero battling evil Horned King with titular cauldron at heart of conflict. Massive score plays as part of composer’s high profile eighties animation/fantasy/sci-fi canon that includes HEAVY METAL, SATURN 3, GHOSTBUSTERS, SLIPSTREAM, SPACEHUNTER. Numerous themes populate florid score, colorful orchestrations abound. Spotlight splits between animated ideas for characters, thundering action they encounter.

CD packaging sports beautiful cover painting of cauldron, liner notes by Jeff Bond & producer Thornton plus gorgeous full color shots of theatrical poster, detailed animation scenes, composer Bernstein at scoring sessions. Exciting entry in Disney/Intrada on-going series of classic soundtracks restored from the Disney vaults. Elmer Bernstein conducts.”

Both of these exciting new releases are available from the labels’ websites, respectively (Intrada and LaLaLand Records), and also at the greatest soundtrack retailer in the known universe, Screen Archives Entertainment.

And in other soundtrack news, stay tuned for a few more interested releases coming later this month: Jerry Goldsmith’s Complete Star Trek: First Contact from GNP Crescendo, and a limited edition (3000 copies) of David Newman’s Galaxy Quest from LaLaLand.


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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (

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