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Alien vs. Predator
(2004)
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Composed and Produced by:
Harald Kloser

Conducted by:
Blake Neely

Orchestrated by:
Matt Dunkley
James Brett
Marcus Trump
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 31st, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if ten minutes of generic but pleasing choral expressions of intrigue and majestic orchestral anthems are alone worth the price of the album.

Avoid it... if you expect truly kick-ass, rhythmic action material that was absent from this spin-off franchise until Brian Tyler's superior score for Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #222
WRITTEN 8/27/04, REVISED 9/21/11
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Alien vs. Predator: (Harald Kloser) Just about every casual movie-goer would probably agree that both the Alien and Predator franchises had already exhausted their welcome and brought themselves to a natural close several years prior to studio efforts to merge the two iconic creatures into one epic battle story. Comic book collectors knew better, however, with a very popular and long-running spin-off comic series pitting the two notoriously ugly creatures against each other. It seems as though 20th Century Fox had resisted this concept as a film during the run of the comics, although the profitable pairing of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees in 2003's Freddy vs. Jason proved that just about anything is worth a shot (and can make money) these days. Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's Alien vs. Predator debuted well financially despite a plethora of poor critical and audience reviews (the studio knows what it's doing when it doesn't even provide press screenings). The plot really isn't important in flicks such as this, but for the sake of context, the only thing you really need to know is that there is a secret pyramid under the Antarctic in which those nasty alien creatures are bred in captivity so that adolescent predators can be shipped in to Earth to "come of age" and prove their battle skills against the aliens (why not simply use a dedicated "game planet?" Oh that's right, the writers took a few more years to devise that idea). In the meantime, why the pyramid had to be on Earth, nobody knows, but it does conveniently explain away the predators' previous involvement on our planet and the existence of some irritating humans as auxiliary characters in this movie. As hard as it is to fathom, the predators are as close to being the good-guys as any party can get, and the musical approach taken for the film by composer Harald Kloser (this time without major credited help from his usual assistant, Thomas Wanker) follows the history of the predators' music on the big screen far more than that of the aliens. It's rather easy to reference the predators with simple, raw percussive brutality and thus maintain continuity with Alan Silvestri's music for them. But the aliens have had multiple musical identities through the years, and only in the final "Showdown" cue here does a hint of James Horner's action material from Aliens influence Kloser's work. Otherwise, the themes from both franchises were apparently off limits, Kloser instead relying on his own brand of music beefed up from The Day After Tomorrow and presented as a stand-alone entry in both series.



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Average: 3.11 Stars
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Brian Tyler's AvP:R is much better.
Richard Kleiner - May 19, 2009, at 9:07 p.m.
1 comment  (1641 views)
Kloser's Alien Vs. Predator
JMG - August 12, 2005, at 11:37 a.m.
1 comment  (2853 views)
No reference to earlier films in the series???   Expand >>
FishBulb - November 16, 2004, at 1:30 p.m.
2 comments  (3753 views)
Newest: December 7, 2006, at 4:17 p.m. by
Nick
Alternate Review
Bishop - October 26, 2004, at 8:33 a.m.
1 comment  (1945 views)
Trailer?   Expand >>
David - October 26, 2004, at 8:25 a.m.
3 comments  (3647 views)
Newest: November 1, 2004, at 7:18 a.m. by
David
Stock music
Jarik - October 24, 2004, at 4:43 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 35:04
• 1. 1904 (1:15)
• 2. Alien vs. Predator Main Theme (3:28)
• 3. Antarctica (2:43)
• 4. Bouvetoya Island (2:08)
• 5. Down the Tunnel (1:08)
• 6. Hanging Bodies (1:45)
• 7. Southern Lights (1:40)
• 8. Predator Space Ship (1:11)
• 9. The Pyramid (1:11)
• 10. Temple (1:10)
• 11. Dark World (2:56)
• 12. History of the World (3:20)
• 13. Alien Fight (3:14)
• 14. I Need This (1:45)
• 15. Weyland's End (0:56)
• 16. Alien Queen (1:37)
• 17. Showdown (3:23)
• 18. The End... Or Maybe Not (3:30)

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