By Charlie Brigden
Title: Escape To Witch Mountain
Composer: Johnny Mandel
The Film: A pair of twins with psycho and telekinetic abilities are pursued by a millionaire who wants to exploit their powers to make him richer.
The Score: Mandel’s score is full of intrigue and wonder, with a certain naivety and innocence coming from the influence of the children. That innocence lends its beauty and kindness, and its quirkiness.
Distinguishing Features: The wonderful main title, the mysterious yet wondrous woodwind and piano of ‘Close Shave and Uncle Lucas’, the tense and spooky ‘Thunderhead’.
Final Thoughts: A lovely and gentle example of silver age scoring in a brilliant edition from Intrada. A wonderful package and score, Escape To Witch Mountain is highly recommended.
Escape To Witch Mountain is out now from Intrada Records