Does anyone know where I could get hold of the music from this film? Zdenek Liska's soundtrack is just so magical that I just need to have.
Sadly, LiÅ¡ka's music is almost impossible to get hold of outside the original films.
Apparently his widow absolutely vetoes pretty much any proposal involving the repackaging of her late husband's music - which amongst other things torpedoed the Quay Brothers' original plans for The Phantom Museum
, which was originally conceived with LiÅ¡ka's music in mind.
I've been privileged enough to see the original version, and it's quite extraordinary - in no way do I wish to detract from Gary Tarn's score, as he did an excellent job, but on watching the film with LiÅ¡ka's music it becomes obvious that the Quays devised everything from the editing rhythms onwards with LiÅ¡ka specifically in mind. Sadly, though, this version is unreleasable until Mrs LiÅ¡ková either changes her mind or the rights expire, and the impression I get (not least from a Prague-based friend who actually doorstepped her about this issue) is that both options will involve a wait of several decades.
(Fingers are very tightly crossed that the Jan Å vankmajer box set that I'm currently producing will feature both versions of The Ossuary
, but... well, put it like this: if the end result doesn't
feature the version with the LiÅ¡ka score, it won't be for want of trying!)