Michael Andrews

Donnie Darko [Original Soundtrack & Score]

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Fans of Richard Kelly's cinematic cult masterpiece Donnie Darko will be well served by this two-disc collection from Sanctuary. The first disc contains the entire soundtrack outside the original score -- it features cuts by everyone from INXS and Duran Duran to Joy Division and Oingo Boingo. The second disc is devoted to a remastered version of composer Michael Andrews' truly haunting, beautiful, and sometimes disturbing complete score including one bonus cut, which is an alternate take of the cue "Mad World." While one can argue that the set should be presented as it happens in the film, this is a lame argument. Andrews' score, done without the budget or large group of musicians normally accompanying a Hollywood flick, is something so masterful and utterly moving that it needs to stand on its own.

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