POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE Soundtrack (1986)

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE

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1986
5
29:22
Varèse Sarabande / Intrada

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE Soundtrack (1993)

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE

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1993
13
53:14
Intrada

POLTERGEIST II Soundtrack: The Deluxe Edition (2003)

POLTERGEIST II: The Deluxe Edition

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October, 2003
14
60:49
Varèse Sarabande

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE Soundtrack (2013)

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE
Complete Score

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October, 2013
26
94:52
Kritzerland

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE Soundtrack (2017)

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE
Complete Score

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May, 2017
52
183:33
Intrada

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (ENGLISH)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Jerry Goldsmith). After the disappearance of its house in the first film, the Freeling family lives now in the house of Diane’s mother, trying to rebuild their lives. It has been a year since the events in Poltergeist, but the Beast that terrified them in their home in Cuesta Verde is far from leaving the family alone. For her part, Tangina investigates under the gap left by the Freelings house, and discovers that the Beast is an evil man, the Reverend Henry Kane, who in the past let his followers die in a cave located under the house, and who has now managed to become a physical body that goes back in search of Carol Anne, the girl who has developed certain paranormal abilities.

The work of Jerry Goldsmith on Poltergeist II is a score that passes without pain or glory, and makes good the premise that second parties were never good, or, in this case, were never anything special. With the brushstrokes of Carol Anne's theme of the first film as the greatest value, Poltergeist II is far from the permanent tension of the first part, and suffers from freshness and surprise, despite being able to give the impression of being counting the continuation of the first part and not a separate chapter.

Goldsmith’s score is infected with this insipidity, and in spite of exist some good themes, like The Power, the theme of Native American shaman Taylor, and the choral themes It's No Use, Wild Braces and The Worm. Back to Cuesta Verde or Reaching Out / The Astral are some of the well-formed themes with more action, but the overall result is far from that of the film produced by Spielberg. The use of synthesizers is one of the differences with the first part, which totally lacked them.

Since the year of the premiere, Intrada and Varèse Sarabande have published editions successively, in a long record race in which they fought to improve the previous edition. Although, curiously, it was the Kritzerland label who edited the most complete version in 2013. Finally, in the compilation of 2017, Intrada publishes the edition almost insurmountable, with 3 discs and a booklet not as generous as the label did in other occasions. Perhaps because of the little juice that gives the script of the film, Intrada dedicates almost all the booklet to explain anecdotes and technical aspects of the compilation rather than to talk about music and the story. Apart from justifying the not very understandable compilation, it duplicates the content of the soundtrack with the only difference of giving the listener the possibility of enjoying the mix of the themes in analog or digital format, and that is not as an argument of weight for the common fans. Maybe it is for the most demanding, who like to differentiate the greater reverberation of one front to the noise and warmth of another.

Poltergeist II: el otro lado (ESPAÑOL)

Poltergeist II: el otro lado (Jerry Goldsmith). Tras la desaparición de su casa en la primera película, la familia Freeling vive ahora en casa de la madre de Diane, intentando rehacer sus vidas. Ha pasado un año desde los hechos acaecidos en Poltergeist, pero la Bestia que les aterró en su casa de Cuesta Verde está lejos de dejar en paz a la familia. Por su parte, Tangina investiga bajo el hueco que dejó la casa de los Freeling, y descubre que la Bestia es un hombre malvado, el Reverendo Henry Kane, que en el pasado dejó morir a sus seguidores en una cueva localizada bajo la casa, y que ahora ha conseguido convertirse en un cuerpo físico que va de nuevo en busca de Carol Anne, la niña que ha desarrollado ciertas habilidades paranormales.

El trabajo de Jerry Goldsmith en Poltergeist II es un score que pasa sin pena ni gloria, y que hace buena la premisa de que segundas partes nunca fueran buenas, o, en este caso, nunca fueron nada especial. Con las pinceladas del tema de Carol Anne de la primera película como mayor valor, Poltergeist II está lejos de la tensión permanente de la primera parte, y adolece de frescura y sorpresa, a pesar de lograr dar la sensación de estar contando la continuación de la primera parte y no un capítulo separado.

La partitura de Goldsmith se contagia de dicha insipidez, y a pesar de existir algunos buenos temas, como The Power, el tema del chamán indio Taylor, y los temas corales It's No Use, Wild Braces y The Worm. Back To Cuesta Verde o Reaching Out / The Astral son algunos de los temas con más acción bien engarzados, pero el resultado global está lejos del de la película producida por Spielberg. El uso de sintetizadores es una de las diferencias con la primera parte, que carecía totalmente de ellos.

Desde el año del estreno, Intrada y Varèse Sarabande han publicado ediciones sucesivamente, en una larga carrera discográfica en la que se luchaba por mejorar la edición anterior. Aunque, curiosamente, fue el sello Kritzerland quién editó la versión más completa en 2013. Finalmente, en la compilación de 2017, Intrada publica la edición casi insuperable, con 3 discos y un libreto de notas no tan generoso como en otras ocasiones. Quizás por el poco jugo que da el guion de la película, Intrada dedica casi todo el libreto a explicar anécdotas y aspectos técnicos de la compilación más que a hablar sobre la música y la historia. Aparte de justificar la no muy comprensible compilación, que duplica el contenido de la banda sonora con la única diferencia de dar al oyente la posibilidad de disfrutar de la mezcla de los temas en formato analógico o digital, y que no se tiene como argumento de peso para el común de los aficionados. Quizás sí para los más exigentes, que gusten de diferenciar la mayor reverberación de una frente al ruido y calidez de otra.

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE (1986)
Total Time: 29:22
  1. The Power (7:42)
  2. Late Call (3:22)
  3. The Smoke (4:36)
  4. The Worm (5:13)
  5. Reaching Out (8:29)
 
POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE (1993)
Total Time: 53:14
  1. The Power (7:48)
  2. The Gift (1:58)
  3. Where Are You? (2:10)
  4. Late Call (3:28)
  5. They're Back (3:39)
  6. The Butterflies (0:51)
  7. Dental Problems (2:19)
  1. The Plan (3:17)
  2. The Smoke (4:45)
  3. The Worm / Vomit Creature (8:07)
  4. Back to Cuesta Verde (3:16)
  5. Reaching Out (8:31)
  6. Carol Anne's Theme (3:05)
POLTERGEIST II: The Deluxe Edition (2003)
Total Time: 60:49
  1. The Power (7:48)
  2. Things (1:59)
  3. The Mall (2:10)
  4. Late Call (3:28)
  5. They're Back (3:38)
  6. Butterflies (0:50)
  7. The Visitor* (6:40)
  1. Wild Braces (2:19)
  2. Leave Us Alone** (4:14)
  3. The Smoke (4:45)
  4. The Worm (8:06)
  5. Back to Cuesta Verde (3:16)
  6. Reaching Out (8:31)
  7. Carol Anne's Theme (3:05)

* previously unreleased music
** contains previously unreleased music

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE (2013)
Total Time: 94:52
DISC 1 (64:06) DISC 2 (30:46)
  1. The Power (7:52)
  2. Things (2:02)
  3. The Mall (2:14)
  4. The Past (0:29)
  5. Late Call (3:29)
  6. The Dream (0:41)
  7. Clouds / It's No Use (3:41)
  8. Take Care (0:34)
  9. Butterflies (0:54)
  10. The Visitor (6:43)
  11. Wild Braces (2:22)
  12. Leave Us Alone (4:16)
  13. The Smoke (4:48)
  14. The Drink (0:51)
  15. The Worm / Out of the Ceiling (8:09)
  16. Faces / Back to Cuesta Verde (3:19)
  17. Reaching Out (8:35)
  18. End Title (Carol Anne's Theme) (3:07)
  1. Wild Braces (film version) (2:22)
  2. The Worm (film version) (8:09)
  3. The Visitor (without choir) (6:43)
  4. The Smoke (without choir) (4:48)
  5. The Dream (alternate version) (0:41)
  6. Late Call (with toy telephone sound effect) (3:28)
  7. It's No Use (choir track) (1:05)
  8. Star Spangled Banner (3:30)
POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE - Complete Score (2017)
Total Time: 189:33
DISC 1 (64:03) DISC 2 (63:53) DISC 3 (61:37)
    COMPLETE SOUNDTRACK (DIGITAL MIXES):
  1. The Power (7:49)
  2. Things (1:58)
  3. The Mall (2:11)
  4. The Past (0:27)
  5. Late Call (With Ringtone) (3:26)
  6. The Dream (0:38)
  7. Clouds (0:53)
  8. It’s No Use (2:50)
  9. Take Care (0:31)
  10. Butterflies (0:51)
  11. The Visitor (6:39)
  12. Wild Braces (2:19)
  13. Leave Us Alone (4:12)
  14. The Smoke (4:45)
  15. The Drink (0:47)
  16. The Worm (7:00)
  17. Out Of The Ceiling (1:11)
  18. Back To Cuesta Verde (3:16)
  19. Reaching Out / The Astral (8:31)
  20. Carol Anne’s Theme (End Title) (3:05
    COMPLETE SOUNDTRACK (ANALOG MIXES):
  1. The Power (7:49)
  2. Things (1:58)
  3. The Mall (2:11)
  4. The Past (0:27)
  5. Late Call (With Ringtone) (3:26)
  6. The Dream (0:38)
  7. Clouds (0:53)
  8. It’s No Use (2:50)
  9. Take Care (0:31)
  10. Butterflies (0:51)
  11. The Visitor (6:39)
  12. Wild Braces (2:19)
  13. Leave Us Alone (4:12)
  14. The Smoke (4:45)
  15. The Drink (0:47)
  16. The Worm (7:00)
  17. Out Of The Ceiling (1:11)
  18. Back To Cuesta Verde (3:16)
  19. Reaching Out / The Astral (8:31)
  20. Carol Anne’s Theme (End Title) (3:05)
    THE EXTRAS:
  1. The Power (Without Choir) (7:49)
  2. Late Call (Without Ringtone) (3:25)
  3. The Dream (Revised) (0:39)
  4. It’s No Use (Without Choir) (2:50)
  5. The Visitor (Without Choir) (6:39)
  6. Wild Braces (Without Choir) (2:19)
  7. The Smoke (Without Choir) (4:45)
  8. The Worm (Without Choir) (7:00)
  9. Reaching Out / The Astral – Alternate (8:30)
  10. Reaching Out / The Astral – Alternate (Without Choir) (8:30)
  11. Reaching Out / The Astral (Without Choir) (8:31)
  12. The Star-Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key) (0:14)

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