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Only recently have I come to realize the extent to which La-La Land Records has dedicated itself to releasing the soundtracks and scores to numerous cult classic science-fiction and horror films. I recently posted their compilation of scores for films produced by George Pal, which was released on La-La Land. This afternoon I spent nearly an hour writing a review for the Dominic Frontiere's Limited Edition score for The Outer Limits, only to find out that it was still available to purchase on their website. I was almost certain that it would be out of print, especially considering that only 3,000 copies were pressed and it was released two years ago. You can imagine my surprise whenever I realized that my next selection in line was also released by La-La Land. I chose to share Richard Band's score to H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond both because I already knew it was out of print, and because there is steady stream of devoted Lovecraft fans regularly visiting this blog.
Since I already wasted my entire afternoon writing a review that I can't use, and I need to start studying for my final college achievement tests, I'm forced to keep this post even more brief than some of my more recent posts. As with my other posts I'll briefly discuss the most important details regarding this release, and copy & paste the information about the film from the Wikipedia article.
The score is composed by Richard Band, a prolific composer of b-movie science-fiction and horror films, having composed scores for over 70 different films. However, this soundtrack stands above all the rest as the crowning achievement of his career, and would bring him numerous awards. Most notably, he took home the Best Music Award at the 1986 Barcelona Film Festival, beating out the scores for Aliens, Star Trek IV and Blue Velvet. It also won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Sitges Spain. Band is also known for frequently working with Director Stuart Gordon, a huge Lovecraft fan who has directed several film adaptions of his stories, including Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak (from The Outsider), Dagon, and most recently, a television series adaption of "The Dreams In The Witch-House for HBO's Masters of Horror series.
This score was released as a Limited Edition soundtrack by La-La Land Records in 1990, marking the first time that the soundtrack was officially released on CD. As with most of their Limited Edition releases, only 3,000 copies of this album were pressed, and this release has long been out of print. La-La Land has a reputation for producing some beautifully remastered material, and this release is no exception. Not only has it been fully restored and digitally remastered from the original master tapes from Richard Band's persona archive, but it has also been expanded to include previously unreleased material. I'm out of time for now, so I'm going to go ahead and post the Wikipedia article for "From Beyond". I hope you all enjoy this rare science-fiction/horror soundtrack.
"From Beyond is a 1986 American science fiction/ body horror film directed by Stuart Gordon, loosely based on the short story of the same title by H. P. Lovecraft, and was written by Dennis Paoli, Gordon and Brian Yuzna. The film stars Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Ken Foree and Ted Sorel.
From Beyond centers around a pair of scientists attempting to stimulate the pineal gland with a device called The Resonator. An unforeseen result of their experiments is the ability to perceive creatures from another dimension that proceed to drag the head scientist into their world, who returns as a grotesque shape-changing monster and preys upon the others at the laboratory.
MGM has released a restored unrated cut of the film with extras. From Beyond has previously only been released in its edited R-rated form. The MPAA had required cuts to S&M footage and gore to allow it to be R-rated. This missing footage was reinserted into the film and the restored, longer version was aired on the Monsters HD Channel (copies of this release have been distributed on the Internet). The DVD was released on September 11, 2007 - Wikipedia"
Year of Release: 1986 (Original) | 1990 (Re-Release) Label: La-La Land Records Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Science-Fiction, Horror Bitrate: 320kbps
Track List: 1. From Beyond - Original Main Title 2. The Resonator and Main Title 2. We Saw Creatures 4. Back to the Pretorious House 5. Crawford's Anxiety 6. Pretorius' Madness 7. She's So Pretty 8. The Lampre From Beyond 9. The Mutations 10. Escape From The Mental Hospital & Beyond The Pretorius House 11. The Final Battle In The Beyond 12. Catherine Survives...But 13. End Title