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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
(2004)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Nerida Tyson-Chew

Orchestrated by:
Larry Rench
Andrew Kinney
Bill Boston
Rick Giovinazzo

Performed by:
The Studio Symphony of Sydney
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 31st, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're tired of non-descript, formula horror scores and seek a composer new to the genre's mainstream transform her novel instrumental ideas into a massive jungle-worthy score.

Avoid it... if you have adverse reactions to horror scores that use a sheer wall of orchestral sound to scare you and instead prefer those that haunt with thematic development and tonal tragedy.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #493
WRITTEN 9/4/04, REVISED 10/10/11
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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid: (Nerida Tyson-Chew) It's fitting that the blood orchids of the jungles of Borneo only bloom once every seven years. Perhaps this means that audiences will get another Anaconda movie once every seven years as well. The original 1997 film in the series was actually quite reasonable entertainment, featuring a decent cast and one vicious, giant snake posing itself as the ultimate villain of the jungle. For the 2004 sequel, a ridiculous line of coincidental events causes the need for a large group of city-dwellers to go to the lair of the giant snakes once again. If you want to have any fun with the film whatsoever, you have to dismiss the dozens of completely illogical aspects to the film's premise and simply accept that these people really are motivated (though underequipped) to go searching for another blood orchid sample and face the treacherous snakes. And this time, of course, there are plenty of these foul creatures, so the film can pace itself nicely by having one of its cast members eaten at regular intervals. Composer Randy Edelman provided an adequately engaging score for Anaconda, but with the nearly complete switch of cast and crew for Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, director Dwight Little (whose mostly television background has obvious impacts on the film's camera movements) hired relatively unknown Australian composer Nerida Tyson-Chew for the scoring duties on the sequel. Involved mostly with Australian television projects since the early 1990's, Tyson-Chew had received considerable acclaim and awards recognition for Richard Franklin's Hotel Sorrento and had already been involved as a music editor, orchestrator, producer, conductor, or composer in a wide range of genres, from Ferngully 2 to Alien 3. Tyson-Chew's best known work for American audiences had been her contribution to "Batman: The Animated Series" on television, and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid represented her first solo assignment for a major motion picture. Her credentials hail from USC in Los Angeles (having studied under the likes of Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, and Bruce Broughton), and her reputation had been built upon her experimentation with unorthodox methods of combining orchestration, choir, lyrics, and solos into her own style of writing.



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Average: 3.31 Stars
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Michael Björk - April 20, 2005, at 3:51 a.m.
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Alternate Review of Anacondas at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - October 29, 2004, at 9:12 a.m.
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terrific cover art. *****
greg - September 19, 2004, at 6:05 a.m.
1 comment  (2645 views)
Edelman's score was great.... my first score ever
greg - September 7, 2004, at 5:18 a.m.
1 comment  (2179 views)
Another over-long, pseudo description of the film in the review...   Expand >>
Tomek - September 7, 2004, at 12:26 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:05
• 1. Opening Titles/Jungle Floor (2:12)
• 2. Elixir Perrinia Immortalis (1:39)
• 3. Kong Attacks Gail (2:03)
• 4. Stealing the Fruit/Kong Terrified (3:05)
• 5. Almost a Kiss (1:20)
• 6. Predator in the Water (3:51)
• 7. Enter the Jungle (0:57)
• 8. Foreboding Path (2:22)
• 9. Crossing the Bog (3:29)
• 10. Spider of Anaesthesia (2:57)
• 11. Livingston's Death (1:05)
• 12. All Hope is Gone (1:58)
• 13. Lopaks (1:36)
• 14. It's Mating Season (3:14)
• 15. Totem (1:34)
• 16. Jack's Devious Deal Uncovered (1:24)
• 17. Betrayal of Trust (2:28)
• 18. The Cavern (6:29)
• 19. Climbing to the Light (6:02)
• 20. Discovering the Orchids/Face Off (11:12)

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