Monday, September 01, 2008

Now you hear it... Now you don't...

Greetings Ghost Fans,

I apologize for the irregular posting here lately, but The Ghost Relations Dept. has a few tricks up its sleeves in preperation for something amazing that will work in conjunction with the blog for your enjoyment of all things delightfully ghoulish.

Without further ado, I bring you this weeks post.

A few years ago when Haunted Mansion Holiday was first getting its bearings and several creative types in Disney were hoping that all of their hard work was not in vain, a composer by the name of Gordon Goodwin (who has done an interview with the Ghost Relations Dept. in the past) wrote an elaborate score moving away from the film score to be something new and unique but also be similar to what is heard in the Haunted Mansion in the non-holiday season.

After a few years after many had found what a success Haunted Mansion Holiday was, the film's visionaries decided to get a little more involved. Danny Elfman was one of them. He created an entirely new score which replaced that of Goodwin's. However, when you enjoy the attraction today, a piece of Goodwin's score remains, The Stretch Room.

So, whatever happened to Elfman's Stretch Room score? Well, it was there for perhaps a week or two, but then disappeared. So where is it now you ask? Why, it's included on the new Nightmare Before Christmas 2-Disk DVD. Several have written reviews of the DVD but none have really touched that the score was the original Stretch Room.

Without further delay, HERE is a clip of the score from the recent DVD. The original of course did not include corridor laughter or thunder, but I believe you get the point.

The DVD is quite nice unto itself. It has a great featurette for Haunted Mansion Holiday fans featuring a tour of the Mansion as well as a Making-Of segment, well worth the cost of the movie. If you would like to order a copy (and I highly suggest it), click HERE. A clip of the Mansion tour can be found in the Videos Section.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic post, GRD! I really like Danny Elfman's music for the Stretch Room better than Goodwin's. It almost sounds similar to the music you hear in the Phantom Manor's Stretch Room...

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GRD! You're back! I was getting worried.

But you decided to treat us with that score (which my computer can not play at the moment :( ) Thank you anyway!

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you are back. Was worried, hehe. Nice post! Keep 'em coming!

7:23 PM  

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