Santa Monica, CA (July 7, 2005)–POP Sound recently remastered, in 5.1 surround sound, Kiss of the Spider Woman, the award-winning 1985 film starring William Hurt, Raul Julia and Sonia Braga about cell mates in a South American prison. Mixer Tim Hoogenakker worked with the original producer of the film, David Weisman, in preparing new audio tracks for the title’s pending 20th anniversary release on DVD.
Hoogenakker did a complete remix of the film’s soundtrack, using the original 35mm magnetic 3-track master, containing the separate dialogue, effects and music stems as source material. “David wanted to give the film a new soundtrack that would take full advantage of modern technology and the 5.1 format,” said Hoogenakker. “In particular, he wanted the music to be clear and present, very full sounding. Additionally, we reedited many of the backgrounds to fill them out with new surrounds.”
“This level of audio quality would have been impossible without the original separated tracks and the passionate enthusiasm of a dedicated craftsman like Tim,” said Weisman.
While Hoogenakker performed a substantial amount of cleanup, re-editing and alterations to the soundtrack, he was careful not to introduce new elements or make changes that were not in character with the original. “Whenever I undertake a remastering project, my intent is to respect the filmmakers’ vision,” he explained. “It should be greatly enhanced, yet true to the original.”
Much of the film takes place in a jail cell and those scenes are consequently supported by a rather sparse soundtrack. “It’s very dry, but on those occasions when it leaves the cell and moves to the prison at large, it really opens up,” said Hoogenakker. “There are a lot of spatial ambiences that we put into the surround to create that space. They were all there in the original, but we had to rebuild them. It took a lot of editing to make it work.”