Jade / Batman Returns

Dan Audio Projects

Today is Black Friday, and La-La Land Records has announced their “final four” releases of the year. It’s quite a grand-slam: Jade (James Horner), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Jerry Goldsmith), Batman Returns (Danny Elfman) and Home Alone (John Williams).  I produced Jade and co-produced Batman Returns, and both were fun projects to work on. The tricky thing with Jade was that at any time, supposedly Horner could have pulled the plug or taken over the project – thankfully, …

Alice in Wonderland

Dan Movie Reviews

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has had numerous film and television adaptations, but one of the most famous ones is the Walt Disney Pictures animated feature from 1951.  Tim Burton – who had recently given us his unique spin on such properties as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tackled Alice in Wonderland not as a retelling or remake of novel (and the sequel Through the Looking Glass), but rather as a …

Mars Attacks!

Dan Audio Projects

Wow, I can’t believe I totally dropped the ball on this and never bothered to blog about my most recent released project!  I wrote the detailed liner notes for the new expanded release of Danny Elfman’s score to Mars Attacks!.  A lot of research at the Academy library, plus new comments from Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek and Bobbi Page all came together to create what I feel is a pretty well rounded essay on the film and the music. It’s …