Ladyhawke Rescored

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Experience the romance, the adventure and the music in a whole new way!
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Original Release Date:
1985
Original Running Time:
121
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Fanedit Running Time:
117
Time Cut:
5
Time Added:
1
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Brief Synopsis:
Ladyhawke has had a reputation of having mix feelings on the soundtrack. The general consensus is that the 80's Alan Parsons/Scott Powell soundtrack just hasn't aged well. Using the work of Jerry Goldsmith from the little known film "Lionheart", I have rescored probably about 95% of Ladyhawke using this timeless medieval fantasy score.
Intention:
One day while listening to Goldsmith's work on the film Lionheart, I found myself picturing scenes from Ladyhawke as the music played. Having never seen the original film Lionheart, Ladyhawke just made sense in what I pictured and I set out to do what felt like the impossible and breathe new life into Ladyhawke.
Other Sources:
Jerry Goldsmith's work on Lionheart
Special Thanks:
My friend BionicBob
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Rescored about 95% of the film
Scenes of Isabeau having doubts about Navarre are gone
Mouse talking to himself about the possibility of what he has seen to be a dream and Isabeau responding, despite being far away at that point
Small cuts here and there to help with aligning the music with the scene

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Ladyhawke itself is not a movie I have a ton of nostalgia for and I can't say it impressed me that greatly as a film on this rewatch. That said, this version definitely works better than the original. The Eliot Goldenthal score works quite well with the vision here presented by Richard Donner. There are parts where personally I felt the score was too jaunty over the action, or borderline sappy over the drama, but honestly that's totally in-keeping with Donner's tone and vision. It matches his directorial style here well, where he never fully goes for gripping action or sweeping drama, but tries to create a childlike sense of joy and wonder that pervades the story.

This film is honestly probably best viewed by someone around 12 years old, so any parents out there might want to seek this out. Personally I want my fantasy bigger and bolder and probably more exploitative, but there is a niche for this. A/V editing is top notch, fitting perfectly into the film. A 5.1 mix would be the natural direction to take this sweeping score, but I can give it a pass. For those with nostalgia for this, it may scratch an itch; for those with no real memories, this would be the preferred way to watch.

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I don't get the hate for the Laydhawke score. Does every movie in this genre have to sound the same? I love it. Ladyhawke wouldn't be Ladyhawke without it. The score is what makes this movie unique and sets it apart from the rest of the cookie cutter medieval sword and sorcery type movies. That said... it's about time someone made this edit! We've all been hearing complaints about the Ladyhawke score for decades and it's very refreshing to see it finally come to light. Next time someone complains about the score, just point them here - they'll love it.

This is a great edit. I can't imagine the amount of work that went into this, and at the end of the day, the new score just sits there seamlessly, like it was meant to be there all along. And that's the biggest compliment I can give to this edit- that if you didn't know it was edited, you wouldn't think anything was amiss. Technically, there are a couple of issues. The opening credits are, for some reason, a different AR than the rest of the film, with black bars on the left and right sides. And a film like this really benefits from a proper 5.1 mix. Presenting it in stereo is fine, and likely makes the audio editing easier, but ultimately makes for a lesser experience. However, these do not greatly detract from the edit. I wouldn't consider this a superior version, but a much-needed alternative version of Ladyhawke. Highly recommended, especially if you didn't like the original.
Owner's reply December 26, 2021

Thank you for the review! I just wanted to address the opening titles being in a different aspect ratio. That is exactly how it was in the original, so no editing or tinkering on my part. It's like that because, well, it honestly didn't occur to me that I should probably change it to match.

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Great movie. The thing that gets me is the synth music. So I greatly appreciated this. The rescore is incredibly beautiful. Nice job. Brilliant score for this film. It helped me appreciate certain moments way more. It add so much but is never overwhelming.

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Loved it!!!

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To rescore this movie with the great Jerry Goldsmith was a great idea.
The orchestral Lionheart score works much better than the original synth/pop/rock score.
And this is well executed.

I loved this movie when it came out but now I think it’s to much comedy in it for my taste
and to fully enjoy this movie I would have to reduce the presence of mouse (Broderick)

But this rescoring does a really great job and I prefer this version over the original.

A wonderful work MusicEd
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