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Battlefield Earth
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:
Elia Cmiral

Conducted by:
Conrad Pope
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 2nd, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're a sucker for L. Ron Hubbard's mentality and want to hear Elia Cmiral's chaotic musical interpretation of a human revolt against aliens.

Avoid it... if you value your time and your money, or if you already accidentally wasted several dollars seeing the film itself.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,444
WRITTEN 7/14/03, REVISED 4/1/09
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Battlefield Earth: (Elia Cmiral) If cinematic science fiction failures are to be ranked on a list, the 2000 epic turkey Battlefield Earth would reside comfortably someplace near the top. A significant level of talent was employed to bring L. Ron Hubbard's best-selling novel to the big screen, and it's hard to imagine just how so many people managed to produce such a hideous film. Perhaps John Travolta's involvement as a producer is a clue. A poor plot, dumb dialogue, cheesy effects, and other problems are all so pronounced in the film that even fans of trashy, B-realm sci-fi flicks laughed at this one. The plot is a usual "mankind in turmoil" kind of affair from Hubbard: a race of strangely dressed, bad mannered alien humanoids called Psychlos conquer Earth sometime in our future and do some pretty nasty things, including (but not limited to) the destruction of fast food restaurants, the elimination of the designated hitter rule, and, of course, the mass enslavement of humankind. Not only do they manage to keep humans subdued in this role for a thousand years, but they accomplish it while dressed like someone you'd see standing on a Haight-Ashbury street corner in San Francisco at 4:30 a.m. during a lunar eclipse and a convention of Hell's Angels' Hairdressers. John Travolta's costume alone indicates that these Psychlos fellows must have suffered from some terrible kind of considerable sinus problems. What is even more disturbing, or perhaps comical in a sad sense, is that Czech/Swedish composer Elia Cmiral decided to make a whole-hearted attempt at a decent orchestral score for this spectacle. Coming off of a few impressive works of structural merit (such as Stigmata and Ronin), Cmiral approached Battlefield Earth almost as though it was the opportunity of a lifetime, assembling a score that could very well have served as the mainstream announcement of his career. But then, as everyone knows, Battlefield Earth suffered a quick and terrible death, becoming an embarrassment to everyone involved in its production, including, arguably, Cmiral. His mainstream breakthrough, in fact, never came. It is safe to say, however, that the composer's extremely dynamic effort was at least one of only a few interesting aspects of the entire debacle.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:52
• 1. Battlefield Earth Theme (0:52)
• 2. The Dome (3:32)
• 3. Jonnie Leaves (1:34)
• 4. Meeting Carlos, the Hunter (1:19)
• 5. Terl (1:39)
• 6. Jonnie's Enlightenment (1:56)
• 7. The Plan - Fort Hood (2:42)
• 8. Chrissy (1:04)
• 9. Denver Library (1:19)
• 10. Chrissy Collected (1:40)
• 11. Man Animal Revolt (2:53)
• 12. Mountain Tribe (1:43)
• 13. Psychlo Wrangler (2:28)
• 14. Psychlo's Top 40 (2:07)
• 15. Commence Revolt (3:10)
• 16. Do You Want Lunch? (1:34)
• 17. Revolt Continues (2:16)
• 18. Options for Renewal (2:00)
• 19. Hope at Last (0:55)
• 20. The Cavalry (0:34)
• 21. Air Battle (1:50)
• 22. Trench Attack (0:53)
• 23. Web Cracking Stops (1:47)
• 24. Dome Explodes (1:55)
• 25. Gas Drone and Fight (1:43)
• 26. Mickey the Hero (0:40)
• 27. We've Won (1:12)
• 28. End Titles (1:33)

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The insert includes a short note from John Travolta about the score.
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