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I once saw a scene from Silence of the Lambs without the post-sound work. It was significantly less scary, hardly even creepy... This got me thinking: in rather emotional movies, the score adds a great deal of emotional value that results -- at the very least -- in a knot in my throat.

Are there any films that have a film score in their standard version, but are also released without the score in a separate version? Perhaps for a study on the emotional effect of music in film?

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Always wondered that about laugh-track sitcoms. Though some editors make valiant efforts, I'd be very curious to see actual episodes with the laugh track completely removed. – Walt Aug 6 '14 at 16:04
I distinctly remember seeing the "Get Smart" episode "Rub-A-Dub-Dub... Three Spies in a Sub" televised without a laugh track at some point in the late '70s, but when I went to look at it just now on Youtube it had a laugh track just like every other episode. I remember the jokes all sounding very lame without it. – Will Feldman Aug 6 '14 at 18:45
@Walt - Red Dwarf series 7 has been released both with and without the laughter track – queeg Aug 6 '14 at 19:21
Interesting, thanks both. I wish more series came with that option. – Walt Aug 6 '14 at 19:24
Here's a little something...Don't have the full movie but you can see side by side clips of JAWS – Ben Plont Aug 12 '14 at 22:46

"Signs" (2002, M. Knight Shyamalan) offers a version without the musical score on the DVD. The sound design is still pretty intense -- all the chirping cicadas and whooshing wind and scraping of metal on wood. But it's interesting.

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Is this something like an easter egg? I find no listing of that feature anywhere I've checked. Is it on the US DVD? – Meat Trademark Aug 8 '14 at 11:42
I'll have to check what version of the DVD I have, and get back to you. (My version is a U.S. DVD.) – BrettFromLA Aug 8 '14 at 16:58
Argh! My memory of this was wrong! It's not on the DVD, just like you said. I distinctly remember M. Knight talking about how much time he spent on the sound design, and was thinking about releasing it without music. Then James Newton Howard played those 3 notes, and I guess part of the score, and M. Knight was blown away. (But I remember him saying there's a version without the music! Guess I was wrong. Shooooooooooot.) – BrettFromLA Aug 9 '14 at 1:34

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