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Blizzard
(2003)
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2003 Promo
2006 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Peter Breiner

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Promotional
(2003)

Intrada Records
(December 12th, 2006)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
There is no regular release for this score. The original promo was only available in very limited numbers on the secondary trading market. The expanded Intrada album released in 2006 was limited to 1,000 copies and sold for $20 at soundtrack specialty outlets before selling out not long after.
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Buy it... if you can't resist seasonal choral and orchestral beauty and are rooting for the career of Mark McKenzie like most other dedicated film score collectors.

Avoid it... if the hopelessly saccharine nature of children's music for the holidays is simply too much major key for you to handle.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,514
WRITTEN 12/30/06
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McKenzie
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Blizzard: (Mark McKenzie) Produced in Canada and never released theatrically in the United States, 2003's Blizzard is a heart-warming Christmas tale that was perhaps better destined for the home video market. Adding fuel to the argument that former Roots and Star Trek star LeVar Burton is a fine actor but terrible director, Blizzard was uniformally blasted by critics for nearly every conceivable reason. One reviewer went so far as to theorize that Burton must have forgotten to wear his visor when making this picture. Awkward casting, poor renderings of a talking reindeer, and endless cliches in the fairytale genre doomed Blizzard to ridicule and banishment from theatres almost immediately. The filmmakers obviously had the best of intentions for the story; a girl dreaming of being a skating champion befriends the newest of Santa's reindeer and the two lonely souls help each other achieve acceptance and success. Simplistic and sappy, Blizzard is as predictable as it is drenched in corn syrup, and that description also applies to composer Mark McKenzie's score. McKenzie's career has followed the path of many busy orchestrators who have skirted their own composing careers; his name is attached to countless scores in your collections, and despite a dozen or two significant composing assignments over the past two decades, his luck hasn't led him to a mainstream breakthrough. Of the orchestrators who find themselves in this position, McKenzie is among the more curious and potentially frustrating for the knowledgeable score fan, for his compositional work has often been quite good. Blizzard joined the unlikely 1995 score for the equally bashed Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde as a favorite of producers of the Academy Awards productions; between the two scores, McKenzie's music has periodically accompanied tribute and obituary sequences dating back to 1997. It's a sign, at the very least, that his music is getting noticed, even if he hasn't gotten the break everyone feels he both deserves and is ready for.



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Average: 3.37 Stars
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Avoid Blizzard mp3s at Amazon
hummable - August 2, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2003 Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:08
• 1. Blizzard Suite (6:38)
• 2. Katie Skates for her Family (2:03)
• 3. The Best Friend Ever (1:37)
• 4. Welcome Blizzard (3:14)
• 5. Flying (4:47)
• 6. Don't Be Afraid (2:52)
• 7. Katie's Skating Championship (2:52)
• 8. Goodbye (1:39)
• 9. Air Tag (3:14)
• 10. Katie's Waltz (2:05)
• 11. There's More (0:55)
• 12. I Think You're Great (1:21)
• 13. Katie Meets Santa (1:25)
• 14. Archimedes (1:22)
• 15. The Rescue (3:44)
• 16. Donner Jr. and Jeremy (1:57)
• 17. Another Chance (3:01)
2006 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:20

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NOTES AND QUOTES
Both inserts include similar notes from Burton and McKenzie about the score and film.
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