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8/23/14 Empire of the Sun  (John Williams) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a wide range of emotions from John Williams in one score, a work straining in its turbulent, sometimes sparse suspense material but redemptive in its famous theme and wondrous fantasy half.
Avoid it... if you require a strong sense of continuity and flow in your soundtracks, because the film's indecision about balancing the horrors of war and a boy's imagination translate directly into a disjointed listening experience.



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8/17/14 The Sum of All Fears  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek Jerry Goldsmith's last robust action score, along with an unusually prominent contribution of original and source songs heard in the film.
Avoid it... if you expect more than fifteen minutes of truly unique, choral and solo vocal music from Goldsmith in a score otherwise defined by its occasional bursts of the composer's trademark action and predictable suspense material.


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8/9/14 The Peacemaker  (Hans Zimmer) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of its album presentations if you appreciate the extremely masculine and often brutal synthetic and organic blend that defines Hans Zimmer's action sound of the era.
Avoid it... on the commercial album if you seek a coherent presentation of the score, for the definitive 2014 set paints a far more balanced and impressive picture of Zimmer's composition by offering both the film's original cues and the composer's preferred arranged suites.


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5/11/14 Psycho II  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you trust Jerry Goldsmith to follow Bernard Herrmann with a respectfully different, conservative, atmospheric score that takes no chances with the concept.
Avoid it... if you find Goldsmith's carefully subdued, textural work for dissonant synthesizer effects and restrained orchestra to be underwhelming, especially given its redundancy on both of this score's album presentations.


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5/4/14 Flesh + Blood  (Basil Poledouris) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the similar 2010 or 2014 albums if you seek a bold, glorious, tonal, and rhythmically constructed companion score to Basil Poledouris' Conan the Barbarian in its most obviously superior sound quality.
Avoid it... if you are not an audiophile and the score's raw demeanor has never really enticed you going all the way back to Varese Sarabande's Club CD in 1992, in which case subsequent presentations of additional material will likely not impress you.


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4/20/14 The Matrix Revolutions  (Don Davis) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you were captivated by Don Davis' maturing orchestral and choral themes for The Matrix Reloaded and wish to hear the progression of those ideas towards a victorious finale of religious proportions.
Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate the unsettling battle between satisfying harmony and challenging dissonance that Davis utilizes to very nearly the end of the trilogy.


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4/13/14 Star Trek: Nemesis  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you seek to complete your collection of all five of Jerry Goldsmith's feature Star Trek scores, for this entry is by far the least dynamic and engaging without good reason.
Avoid it... on the expanded album presentations if you expect more than just a couple of minutes of memorable material; the rest of the additional music is largely redundant and compounds the stylistic weaknesses of the work.


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4/6/14 Runaway  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you desire to hear Jerry Goldsmith's first all-electronic score and are prepared for a badly dated and harshly grating rendering that firmly roots the work in its era.
Avoid it... if you expect the quality of Goldsmith's underlying composition to compensate for the irritatingly raw electronic tones employed to give the film a futuristic edge.


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3/26/14 The Abyss  (Alan Silvestri) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2013 2-CD set if you enjoyed the magnificent final twelve minutes of choral majesty in the original version of the film and desire some additionally strong music from earlier in the story that was ultimately rejected.
Avoid it... if the dynamism of those twelve minutes, along with a handful of vintage 1980's Alan Silvestri action cues, aren't worth extended sequences of mundane and sparse electronic atmospherics that sustain most of the score.


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3/16/14 Vibes  (James Horner) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you maintain an absolutely complete James Horner collection and wish to seek this score's historically elusive album for half an hour of rhythmic, flute-led jungle funk and odd ambient textures.
Avoid it... if Horner's early, improvised, electronically experimental works serve more as a curiosity for you rather than a necessity, in which case Vibes isn't worth your time.



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