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Blade
(1998)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Ken Kuglers
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 8th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are an avid fan of the film itself, because Mark Isham's score is not noteworthy in either his career or the genre of vampires and urban combat.

Avoid it... if you expect any emotional depth to carry the more romantic side of any vampire story, even ones as mindlessly violent as this.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,195
WRITTEN 9/17/03, REVISED 11/24/08
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Blade: (Mark Isham) For those who don't require much intelligent thought when enjoying gore and profanity on screen, Blade is a 1998 adaptation from a comic strip which features the creature battles on and under our city streets. At war are vampires and Wesley Snipes' Blade character (a half vampire/half human "daywalker"), who is intent on stopping the pureblood vampires from raising evil gods, beginning the apocalypse, and increasing everyone's insurance rates. The concept was successful enough to bring Snipes back in search for his partner (Kris Kristofferson, who supposedly dies in this first film) for an even more mindless sequel in 2002. Being British director Stephen Norrington's first American film, Blade was also a first of sorts for composer Mark Isham, whose career was highlighted at the time by scenic dramas and classy urban jazz rather than trashy horror flicks. For Blade, Isham would drop all of the sensibilities that had defined his work, for the film would replace Isham's usual delicacies (heard with great popularity in the likes of Fly Away Home and A River Runs Through It) with the imagery of considerable property damage and nasty deaths. While many people may classify it as a standard horror/action film only, Blade is also owes much to the vampire subgenre, opening realms in which Isham could explore the romantic, though deeply troubled minds of the title character and his opponents. Isham's choice for the identity of the score, however, would be one of total atmosphere and minimal extroversion or description. There is very little romance to float the music at all. Nor, interestingly, is there much in the way of rhythmically satisfying action. Instead, you hear a highly textured, mood-driven score, treating the film much like the film treats it location; you can never really get a grasp on either. The vagueness of the music, therefore, does little more than establish the basic mood for the concept and then continue with that gloomy affair for the entirety of the film's length. The most interesting moments of the score are provided by an interpretation of 'Rainbow Voice' from "Hearing Solar Winds," written and performed by David Hykes, a piece that produces the only emotionally constructive cue with the help of a moderately sized orchestral string section.



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Total Time: 33:31
• 1. Intruder (4:52)
• 2. Daywalker (4:10)
• 3. Somebody's Gonna Take You Out (1:40)
• 4. Top of the Food Chain (3:47)
• 5. Temple of Light (6:14)
• 6. The Bleeding Stone (9:42)
• 7. The Blood God (2:56)

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