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The Bible
(2013)
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe

Additional Music by:
Jasha Klebe
Steve Mazzaro
Dave Fleming
Satnam Ramgotra
Gary Dworetsky
Andrew Christie
Max Aruj

Vocal Performances by:
Lisa Gerrard

Co-Produced by:
Steven Kofsky
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Mercer Street Records
(March 5th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you think it's great that the actor who plays Satan in "The Bible" looks like Barack Obama, because you'll also probably excuse the fact that the score for this immense topic is cheaply synthesized by a famous composer.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in hearing Hans Zimmer and his crew of ghostwriters piece together a greatest hits collection from his past and render it in an inadequately electronic fashion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,290
WRITTEN 7/7/13
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The Bible: (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe/Various) It was the goal of longtime television writer and director Mark Burnett to create an epic production about the Christian bible for the small screen that would, in his hopes, be viewed by a billion people. That estimate for the 10-hour miniseries he produced for the History Channel at a budget of roughly $22 million was overly optimistic, though the series was witnessed by upwards of 100 million viewers and was a moderate sensation at the time it debuted in March of 2013. Burnett and his wife assembled a number of biblical scholars to determine what to include in the narrative of "The Bible," eventually covering all the major points from Genesis to Revelation in a relatively safe manner. Their efforts were ironically bolstered by controversial American television and radio personality Glenn Beck, who was quick to point out that the production's portrayal of Satan looked remarkably like President Barack Obama, a somewhat accurate observation that brought more attention to the series despite offending its makers. Burnett responded with the unintentionally humorous retort that actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni had "previously played parts in several Biblical epics - including Satanic characters - long before Barack Obama was elected." With a cast of relative unknowns for "The Bible," the biggest name associated with the production could very well be that of popular film score producer Hans Zimmer, who was asked to provide music for the series on a shoestring budget. In response, Zimmer assembled a team of Remote Control Production regulars, including composer Lorne Balfe, vocalist Lisa Gerrard, and seven ghostwriters to whip together a synthetic score appropriate for biblical traditions. Whether or not Zimmer had any significant compositional duties on "The Bible" remains unknown, though credit given to Gerrard for writing material is incorrect; her vocals are an integral part of the recording but she is afforded no compositional credit. Given past methodologies at the company, most will likely assume that this is a Balfe product more than anything else. Unfortunately, no matter who wrote it, it's a copy and paste product, too. You have to wonder if Remote Control took this job as a way of making a quick buck, or perhaps as a way to show respect for Christian history. Clearly evident, however, is the fact that Zimmer and his crew made no attempt to address these biblical events with any of the intellectual authenticity or sense of timelessness brought to the table by Alfred Newman, Miklós Rózsa, Elmer Bernstein, Jeff Danna, or John Debney for the topic in the past.



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468 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 1.74 Stars
***** 18 5 Stars
**** 25 4 Stars
*** 45 3 Stars
** 113 2 Stars
* 267 1 Stars
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This is bad, even for Zimmer anno 2013
gliljas - October 28, 2013, at 3:40 p.m.
1 comment  (841 views)
Lol
Psychokick - September 28, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
1 comment  (843 views)
Irrelevant comments
LightningB - September 7, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.
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I Don't Understand CC   Expand >>
Brendan Cochran - August 14, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
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Newest: September 6, 2013, at 1:49 a.m. by
Edmund Meinerts
Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - August 2, 2013, at 4:27 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:23
• 1. Faith* (12:49)
• 2. In the Beginning (3:47)
• 3. Roma's Lament* (5:31)
• 4. Hope* (2:22)
• 5. Journey (3:18)
• 6. Zedekiah's Sons (1:56)
• 7. Daniel Prays (2:12)
• 8. The Road to Jerusalem (2:06)
• 9. Pentecost (2:16)
• 10. King David (1:42)
• 11. I Am* (3:45)
• 12. Pray For Us (1:51)
• 13. Free Us, Save Us (2:28)
• 14. The Nativity* (4:34)
• 15. Creation Choral (2:14)
• 16. Rise Up in Faith* (2:45)
* includes performances by Lisa Gerrard

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