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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Mark Snow

Orchestrated by:
Lolita Ritmanis
Jonathan Sacks

Performed by:
The Utah Studio Symphony Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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Prometheus Records
(1997)
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Buy it... if you ever wondered what Mark Snow's music for The X-Files would sound like if expanded in scope to a full-fledged fantasy score with the assistance of a small orchestra and choral effects.

Avoid it... if nothing about this cheap and freaky television adaptation can escape the misfortunes of its budget, for Snow's rendering of the music occasionally fails in its ambitious attempt to mirror a fully symphonic score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #430
WRITTEN 10/18/97, REVISED 2/18/08
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: (Mark Snow) In 1997, there was not just one television adaptation of Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but two within a short span of each other. Neither could compete with Disney's original from the 1950's, and both were considered monumental failures amongst the crowded field of classic literary adaptations reaching television in the late 1990's. The second of the two adaptations that year was B-rate director Ron Hardy's version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for ABC, starring Michael Caine as Captain Nemo. It's hard to list all the problems with this production, but let's start with an absolute mutilation of the original story. In fact, very little remains unscathed. Not only is Nemo a cyborg in this version --that's right, he's got super-mechanical hand strength-- but he has a lovely daughter on board for the young, shipwrecked professor to toy with and, in the process of killing off the major characters at the end, the Nautilus explodes. That all sounds like it would be loads of fun if not for the fact that every single aspect of the production was cheap. This was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on a college film budget, and it's amazing that a rather bored-looking Michael Caine even agreed to be a part of it. The special effects were the doom of the film, which labored through three hours over several nights without one spectacular effects shot to salvage the whole viewing. Terrible acting, nonsensical lulls in the action, and an MTV style of haphazard cuts in the shooting were all laughable, and the film was so bad that Warner Brothers, the unfortunate distributor of the miniseries, took almost ten years to eventually crank it out unceremoniously on DVD. Commonly considered to be the only redeeming aspect of the production was the exemplary score by veteran television series and miniseries composer Mark Snow. Snow had already won six Emmy awards for his orchestral work on television, and his separate solo work for The X-Files kept him extremely busy for much of each year during its run.



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Stargate & 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea   Expand >>
Jeroen Admiraal - October 10, 2006, at 6:48 a.m.
2 comments  (2300 views)
Newest: October 7, 2011, at 9:39 p.m. by
GriffithElnora
Full of interesting and enjoyable motifs and solutions
Sheridan - June 30, 2006, at 2:45 a.m.
1 comment  (1879 views)
Please do a review of Paul Smith's score for the 1954 20,000 LEAGUES!
Larry Brooks - February 27, 2006, at 4:40 p.m.
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Captain Nemo organ music   Expand >>
Sue Simms - April 24, 2005, at 10:45 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:31
• 1. Main Title (1:55)
• 2. Monster from the Depths (2:27)
• 3. Train Station (1:53)
• 4. Aboard Ship (1:52)
• 5. Departure (0:44)
• 6. Lonely Seagull (1:32)
• 7. "Not Man Made"/Fight on the Ship (3:00)
• 8. "Fire the Cannons!" (1:54)
• 9. Sitting Down to Dinner (2:11)
• 10. The Lincoln Ship (2:46)
• 11. "Reach the Surface" (4:21)
• 12. "Help You Up Captain Nemo?" (3:08)
• 13. Midnight Arctic Walk (3:20)
• 14. Thousands of Stars (2:34)
• 15. Walking to Shore (2:07)
• 16. Exploring New Worlds (1:32)
• 17. The Storm at Sea (1:53)
• 18. Exploring Torpedoes (1:32)
• 19. Shooting the Captain (2:34)

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The insert contains information about the film and Mark Snow's career to date.
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