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Aliens(one of the best horror/action scores ever)

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Aliens(one of the best horror/action scores ever)   Tuesday, June 26, 2001 (10:31 a.m.) 

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.

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Re: Aliens(one of the best (action) scores ever)   Saturday, July 28, 2001 (1:10 p.m.) 

Hi

It`s a great Score,but sudden loud crashes keeps you awake,it doesn`t make a
good Horror Score
The (Best) Horror Score IMHO is Alien (The Complete Version),It`s scary and
You donīt fall asleep like in the boring Parts of Deluxe Aliens Version...

SEEYA

MRC

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



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Re: Aliens(one of the best horror/action scores ever)   Monday, December 17, 2001 (6:29 a.m.) 

> 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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Iīve heard that the violin theme is not entirely by him.   Friday, June 7, 2002 (1:35 p.m.) 

I heard that it is based on a classical piece, isnīt it?

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Re: Iīve heard that the violin theme is not entirely by him.   Saturday, June 8, 2002 (8:37 a.m.) 

> I heard that it is based on a classical piece, isnīt it?

Yes, it is, Max . It's probably "Gayaneh Ballet Suite" by Aram Khachaturyan, but I'm not sure. All I can say is that Stanley Kubrick also used this very same motive in 2001:A Space Oddysey (the scenes when camera shows the Discovery outer space), if we're thinking on the same motive . And it was some twenty years before Aliens was released!

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So even his first scores had rip-offs...! *NM*   Saturday, June 8, 2002 (11:22 p.m.) 



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Re:But this rip-off is very good .At least he didn't...   Sunday, June 9, 2002 (2:25 a.m.) 

...rip-off his own themes .The only truth is that Aliens is a classic and even rip-offs don't discourage me listening to it. Good rip-offs are very tolerable sometimes- f.e....Zimmer's use of Holst's Planets in Gladiator

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Holstīs planets? itīs the first time I hear about it...   Sunday, June 9, 2002 (6:38 a.m.) 

who/what is/are it/he/they? where can I hear the rip-off on the Gladiator soundtrack? I hope it is not in my own theme...

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Re: Holstīs planets? itīs the first time I hear about it...   Wednesday, December 4, 2002 (4:23 a.m.) 

> who/what is/are it/he/they? where can I hear the rip-off on the Gladiator
> soundtrack? I hope it is not in my own theme...

The piece Zimmer used was "Mars, the bringer of war", in the cue "Babarian horde". I love the "Gladiator" score, but I always skip that track, it really annoys the hell out of me.

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Re: Holstīs planets? itīs the first time I hear about it...   Thursday, July 29, 2004 (10:11 a.m.) 

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Re:But this rip-off is very good .At least he didn't...   Thursday, June 24, 2010 (5:01 a.m.) 

> ...rip-off his own themes .The only truth is that Aliens is a classic
> and even rip-offs don't discourage me listening to it. Good rip-offs are
> very tolerable sometimes- f.e....Zimmer's use of Holst's Planets in
> Gladiator Tomek

Regarding Holst's "Planets" - have you heard Cliff Eidelman's Star Trek VI score?



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Re: Iīve heard that the violin theme is not entirely by him.   Monday, August 12, 2002 (4:01 p.m.) 

> Yes, it is, Max . It's probably "Gayaneh Ballet Suite" by Aram
> Khachaturyan, but I'm not sure. All I can say is that Stanley Kubrick also
> used this very same motive in 2001:A Space Oddysey (the scenes when camera
> shows the Discovery outer space), if we're thinking on the same motive .
> And it was some twenty years before Aliens was released!

> Tomek
Yes, It's Gayane's Adagio by Aram Khachaturian! But Horner combined this theme with his own music while in A Space Oddissey they used that adagio in its original form.


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Re: Iīve heard that the violin theme is not entirely by him.   Friday, March 2, 2007 (7:29 p.m.) 

> Yes, It's Gayane's Adagio by Aram Khachaturian! But Horner combined this
> theme with his own music while in A Space Oddissey they used that adagio
> in its original form.

Horner adapted it, not ripped off.



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