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Bicentennial Man
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford

Song Performed by:
Celine Dion
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 21st, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a test of your James Horner knowledge, for you can consider yourself a true fan of the composer if you can identify no less than ten (yes, ten!) previous Horner scores that are merged to form the music for Bicentennial Man.

Avoid it... if the above prospect is as dreaded as those old standardized tests for school.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #270
WRITTEN 12/17/99, REVISED 4/26/08
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Bicentennial Man: (James Horner) The concept of Isaac Asimov's 1976 pondering about robots and artificial intelligence in future ages has inspired countless films and television series through the digital age of entertainment, and Bicentennial Man was amongst the first in line. Chris Columbus' 1999 attempt to examine the humanity of a robot met with failure, partly due to the fact that the concept had been better tackled elsewhere. The film covers two centuries of one robot's devoted life to a real life family, a loyal servant bound by Asimov's three universal laws and who eventually strives to become more human himself. The robot's journey leads him through countless generations of the family and inevitable courtroom drama involving his existence at the end, and although this concept is inherently an engrossing one, Columbus moved so quickly through many of the feel-good elements of the plot that the robot's transformation lacks serious regard. Columbus was set to reunite with Home Alone and Stepmom musical collaborator John Williams for the music for Bicentennial Man, but the maestro was forced to bow out of the production due to scheduling conflicts. Columbus then turned to James Horner, for whom Bicentennial Man would be the composer's only 1999 score. Still reveling in the success of Titanic, Horner was experiencing one of the slowest parts of his career, and anticipation for his Bicentennial Man score (after a year absent from the scene) was high. Unfortunately, like the film, response to the score was flat, and most of this lack of enthusiasm was directly related to the simple fact that the score is little more than a collection of ideas from Horner's works from the previous seven or eight years. It takes the concept of "Horner self-referencing" to a degree that it almost becomes a temp track parody of his own works. Ears familiar with each of the composer's previous scores will have a field day identifying them, making any competent listener wonder if Horner himself did not realize the extent of his originality problem.



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Re: Claudiu
gigibecali - December 31, 2008, at 2:44 p.m.
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opera song   Expand >>
gigibecali - December 30, 2008, at 9:21 a.m.
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"The Machine Age"
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Wrong name of a song
Cybertron - October 11, 2004, at 8:31 a.m.
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BICENTENNIAL MAN Journey Theme
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 66:27
• 1. The Machine Age (3:32)
• 2. Special Delivery (2:59)
• 3. The Magic Spirit (3:01)
• 4. A Gift for Little Miss (5:28)
• 5. Mechanical Love (2:02)
• 6. Wearing Clothes for the First Time (2:10)
• 7. The Wedding (6:49)
• 8. The Passage of Time, A Changing of Seasons (8:32)
• 9. The Search for Another (3:15)
• 10. Transformed (2:25)
• 11. Emotions (3:56)
• 12. A New Nervous System (3:51)
• 13. A Truer Love (2:36)
• 14. Petition Denied (1:56)
• 15. Growing Old (3:12)
• 16. The Gift of Morality (6:13)
• 17. Then I Looked at You - performed by Celine Dion (4:22)

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The insert includes lyrics for the song, but no extra information about the score or film.
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