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Re: Aliens(one of the best horror/action scores ever)
• Posted by: Tomek   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, December 17, 2001, at 6:29 a.m.
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• In Response to: Aliens(one of the best horror/action scores ev... (Don Smith)

> I'm so glad that the released a full version and un-Cameroned version of
> Aliens. I'm also glad that Horner and Cameron didn't kill each other when
> it came to making this film. The score is a classic and it's at the top of
> my score collection. I bought the original for one track and that was
> "Bishope's Countdown." But this score is a whole lot better than
> the orginal, giving us what was ment to be in the film. The percussion in
> the film is great. The loud metallic crashes that are in "Bishope's
> Countdown" are the best.

> Great score, but the underscore get's a little boring. But with the sudden
> loud crashes, the score keeps you interested.

Yes, indeed.This score is a stand-alone classic. Never after that one Horner made such action-packed score. Probably Willow , but this is a fantasy, not serious sci-fi or serious thriller.The mentioned by you above track "Bishop's Countdown" is a sample of monumental action movie music. The same is "Ripley's Rescue" and "Going After Newt", which contains much militaristic brass- superb!The fanfare cue from "Resolution and Hyperspace" was used by director J.McTiernan in the finale of "Die Hard" film, but IMHO Michael Kamen's performing is slightly better- but the whole honor goes of course to James Horner. Personally I don't find the underscore dull or boring. It has a atmosphere of a close danger and horror. I love when Horner uses in the score a beautiful violin-motive, which he also used in Patriot Games.This motive presents the whole endless and beauty of the space. Although Goldsmith's score to original is also a classic, with lots of haunting cues this is my favorite Alien-saga score.Also the latter scores by Elliot Goldenthal and John Fritzell keep the level of its predecessors.

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