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The Beach
(2000)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Angelo Badalamenti

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Phil Marshall

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sire/London Records
(July 18th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release, but long out of print and difficult to find.
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Buy it... if the film's absolutely stunning title theme for whimsical orchestra and choir, occupying just a third of the score's length, is worth wading through the extremely challenging techno-brutal majority to find.

Avoid it... if you're not familiar with the schizophrenic personality of this soundtrack, because the highly collectible score-only album is a very mixed bag of stylistic discord.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,785
WRITTEN 10/21/10
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The Beach: (Angelo Badalamenti) From a studio point of view, you know that your motion picture is especially troubled when the production problems don't end when the film is released. Such is the case with 20th Century Fox and Danny Boyle's The Beach, which ran into a multitude of issues relating to creative differences and an abysmal adaptation (an outright butchering) of Alex Garland's 1996 book. But that proved minor compared to the confrontation Fox eventually had with the government of Thailand (going all the way up to its Supreme Court) in regards to the studio's careless flattening of a pristine beach in the country to better suit the desired look of the film. While the titular location of the filming was eventually ruled to be an environmental disaster that Fox was responsible for restoring, the 2004 tsunami in the region ironically ended up saving the studio some of that labor. Money was never the issue; The Beach made a profit of nearly $100 million due to the explosive star power of lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio in his first post-Titanic role. Audiences flocked to the 2000 picture despite dreadful reviews brought about by terrible alterations to the book's plot that made the movie nearly incomprehensible in its second half. A trio of tourists is on vacation in Thailand when a Scotsman about to commit suicide reveals a map that will take them to the most perfect, idyllic beach in the world. They make the trek to the location, but discover a band of naturalists made up of former tourists and, more immediately troubling, a production facility for well-armed marijuana smugglers. Between the criminals, the naturalists (who have bizarre religious rituals, no less), sharks, love triangles, and other tourists inadvertently making the trip to the island, conflict is bound to happen. By the end of the film, an over-sexed DiCaprio character loses his mind and runs through a forest fighting hallucinations that seemingly place him in a video game. Indeed, The Beach and its "parallel universe" are that bad.



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Average: 2.8 Stars
***** 17 5 Stars
**** 18 4 Stars
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What's up with Angelo's face?
Richard Kleiner - January 5, 2011, at 9:25 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:01
• 1. Bizarre City (4:07)
• 2. The Beach Theme (Swim to Island) (3:24)
• 3. Vision of Fantasy (4:03)
• 4. Mournful Myth (2:11)
• 5. Starnight (1:45)
• 6. Killing Fields (5:41)
• 7. Blue Sex (2:38)
• 8. The Beach Theme (Mythical Waters) (1:59)
• 9. Grassmark (2:45)
• 10. Daffy's Done (2:15)
• 11. Mystery of Christo (1:53)
• 12. Pure Victims (2:44)
• 13. Pursuit of a Shark (1:54)
• 14. Waterfall Cascade (3:56)
• 15. Dreamburst (2:46)

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