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Alien 3
(1992)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai

Boy Soprano Solos by:
Nick Nackley

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(June 9th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you enjoyed the score's majority in the film itself and are already well aware of (and prepared for) Elliot Goldenthal's progressive styles.

Avoid it... if you believe that the score maintained a failed balance between frenzied, obnoxious horror and misplaced religious romanticism in the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #244
WRITTEN 7/11/98, REVISED 8/13/06
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Alien 3: (Elliot Goldenthal) The Alien franchise had not been kind to the composers assigned to it by the time a relatively known Elliot Goldenthal came on board in 1992 for the third installment. Both Ridley Scott and James Cameron had absolutely mutilated the scores by Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner to such an extent that there was no prayer that either of them would return to score Ellen Ripley's final chapter. David Fincher's Alien 3 had nowhere near the quality of the first two films, and remains to this day an unsatisfying sequel (as the fourth film would be as well), not to mention its inherent tragic ending that the others had not contended with. Goldenthal wasn't a household name at the time, and his unconventional score did serve as an important one. First, it contributed to the launch of avant garde post-modern classical styles in major film scores, and, of course, it assisted Goldenthal in landing such assignments as Demolition Man and Batman Forever. The latter score is relevant to the discussion of Alien 3, because in both cases Goldenthal was stepping into the third installment of franchises that would yield four films in the original line. Whereas Goldenthal made some creative nods to Danny Elfman's work in Batman Forever, he would abandon the "time" motif that both Goldsmith and Horner had utilized in their Alien scores, as well as all other thematic material. The resulting experimental approach that Goldenthal made to this film is definitely a "love it or hate it" event. As he tends to do, Goldenthal over-intellectualizes the score, inserting a purely classical, operatic, and religious element into a film that never called for that kind of elegance, even in its sacrificial finale.

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Average: 2.97 Stars
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What a RIDICULOUS review...
Bernardo - October 19, 2010, at 11:17 a.m.
1 comment  (1393 views)
Goldenthal's Alien 3 is brilliant
Zach - April 26, 2007, at 6:11 p.m.
1 comment  (2656 views)
Great score by Goldenthal.Horrible movie by Fincher *NM*
dts - April 21, 2007, at 9:40 p.m.
1 comment  (2316 views)
Its the best o' the 3 to me!
A dissenting voice - December 6, 2006, at 1:52 p.m.
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BS!   Expand >>
Bob Jones - July 19, 2006, at 3:06 p.m.
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Newest: October 10, 2006, at 7:52 a.m.by choco
Chronological Order???   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:04
• 1. Agnus Dei (4:29)
• 2. Bait and Chase (4:42)
• 3. The Beast Within (3:09)
• 4. Lento (5:48)
• 5. Candles in the Wind (3:20)
• 6. Wreckage and Rape (2:43)
• 7. The First Attack (4:19)
• 8. Lullaby Elegy (3:41)
• 9. Death Dance (2:18)
• 10. Visit to the Wreckage (2:04)
• 11. Explosion and Aftermath (2:21)
• 12. The Dragon (3:08)
• 13. The Entrapment (3:42)
• 14. Adagio (4:14)

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