March 5, 2013
How many films have been made about the Conan A. Doyle characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson? Well over 200 and continuing to grow as this review is being written. This film comes from Hungary and deals with two youngsters who pretend to be Holmes and Watson and solve the mystery of disappearing children who act strangely when they come back, like “Children of the Damned” only the parents don’t notice the changes only the kids. It is a fun time for all ages.
My first experience with composer Robert Gulya was with his score to “Atom Nine Adventures” a Bruce Broughton type action/fantasy score. For those who are interested, Gulya has a website with quite a few clips to introduce you to his style of music. http://www.robertgulya.com/
Gulya nicely captures the essence of Holmes in “Main Title,” with a catchy melody featuring a delicious violin solo by Gergely Kuklis, concertmaster of the Hungarian National Symphonic Orchestra. The recording and mixing of the samples truly gives the feeling that it was recorded with an orchestra. This theme you’ll hear all or part of throughout the soundtrack and would be a welcome addition to a compilation CD. I’m including this track as an audio clip so you can get the feel for the CD. in the name of sherlock holmes The opening track “Goldi” introduces a melody with clever use of the bassoon and percussion. Along with the strings repeating the “Main Title” in “120 Doorsteps” there is also use of the bassoon again. “Kettesben jo,” performed by Fool Moon” seems out of place as it’s a pop song sung in Hungarian and I’m sure it’s enjoyed by the younger set. “It’s A Bad Dream” is a bit on the creepy side with dissonant brass and chorus. Featured are the lower register strings as they suddenly break out into that catchy “Main Title.” “Someone’s Coming” is yet another melody with a Thomas Newman sound to it.
Well recorded and mixed samples help to take away that synthy sound you so often hear in lower budgets scores. It is a limited of only 500 units so it is better to act sooner than later as it will sell out. Gulya musically has something to say on this soundtrack and that is not afraid to use melodies. Yes there is some landscape music but overall the soundtrack is filled with melodies as well as offering a variety of styles.
Total Duration: 00:59:17