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DOS:EE clues from Special Edition soundtrack?


Feb 13 2014, 2:48pm

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DOS:EE clues from Special Edition soundtrack? Can't Post

So, as we found out with AUJ, a couple of the "extended" tracks on the special edition version of the AUJ soundtrack were actually tracks used in the extended edition of the film. Most notibly was "The White Council," which had the music from Bilbo's wanderings around Rivendell and his conversation with Elrond.

So, do you think any of the extended tracks on the DOS soundtrack give any clues for the extended edition? The only track I've noticed that has an obvious bit that I don't remember from the film is on "A Spell of Concealment." It has a bit of the "House of Durin" theme that is definitely not in the film. Could this signal the reveal of Thrain in Dol Guldur, which could be restored in the EE?


Feb 13 2014, 3:01pm

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A large chunk of 'The House of Beorn' seems to score some kind of conversation between Beorn and Gandalf, presumably a flashback to Beorn's capture (?) at Dol Guldur. Note the use of 'The Nine' theme here, suggesting it might reveal some more about the Nazgul as well.

The choral 'House of Durin' theme in 'A Spell of Concealment' is certainly heard in the film - when they spot the huge Thror statue.

Aside from this, there seems to be very little intended to score additional parts of the EE, which hopefully means there will this time be additional recording sessions in the Spring.


Feb 13 2014, 6:23pm

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The choral 'House of Durin' theme in 'A Spell of Concealment' is certainly heard in the film - when they spot the huge Thror statue.

Hrmm. You're right. Why would they put that smack-dab in the middle of that track. Why not move it to the beginning of "On the Doorstep?"


Feb 13 2014, 6:38pm

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A lot of stuff on the second half of the soundtrack plays out in a very different order to what we hear in the film. I guess Shore found it to be a better listening experience. And who are we to argue with the great man? Wink


Feb 13 2014, 9:44pm

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I wonder if the reason for these cue changes comes from the fact that the film might have been differently structured at the time of recording. The Dol Guldur stuff is edited with the Laketown stuff on the CD which makes me wonder if Gandalf in that cut arrived at Dol Guldur while the dwarves were at Bards, thus explaining House of Durin in Spell of Concealment. I think this would make sense since it seems they removed quite a lot of footage from the Dol Guldur plot (Thrain, that pesky statue (referenced in the art book and posters)) thus bumping the approach to Dol Guldur much later than originally planned.


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