Apart from three cues that were unusable due to damage to the source material, Franz Waxman
's score for Delmer Daves
' much-underrated Demetrius and the Gladiators
is present on this CD, representing it properly for the first time. Interestingly, there are moments in such tracks as "Claudius/The Catacombs/The Slave Market/Roman Police," with its haunting reed part, that recall parts of his score for The Bride of Frankenstein
, most notably the latter's graveyard scene, before it gives way to familiar Demetrius
theme. The score is represented about as well as it's ever likely to be, and the producers have supported it with excellent annotation -- the movie itself has never enjoyed as much respect as it might based solely on its merits, being a "sequel" to a better-known film, but the score is bold and creative within the limitations of the sensibilities of its period, with unusual dissonances in places where one doesn't expect them and subtleties where they aren't necessarily suppose to be in this kind of a CinemaScope effort.