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Cocoon: The Return
(1988)
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1988 Varèse
2016 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 23rd, 1988)

Varèse Sarabande
(February 29th, 2016)
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The 1988 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2016 Varèse product is limited to 2,500 copies and available through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... only if you are absolutely in love with the music from Cocoon, because this sequel score is largely a regurgitation of nearly every moment from that stronger work.

Avoid it... if you're expecting to hear James Horner take the franchise's sound in a fresh new direction, despite the extensive infusion of more vintage jazz into the equation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,520
WRITTEN 8/20/09, REVISED 3/29/16
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Cocoon: The Return: (James Horner) What's the point? Ah, yes... profits. Who can argue with a studio determined to reprise a popular concept in nearly an identical sequel just to fleece bored audiences of some extra cash? There is no good reason for the 1988 film Cocoon: The Return to exist, outside of studio greed and a feeling of nostalgia on the part of some audiences for its 1985 predecessor. The same cast of familiar veteran actors returned for a second splash in the water, as did nearly all of the auxiliary character actors. The retired folks beamed into the sky by alien creatures in the plot of the first film have been living a life without worries in a silver city beneath three moons on a far away planet. When the aliens need to return to Earth to recover their remaining cocoons, one of which raised from the ocean floor and probed by the military, they allow their adopted humans to return for a few days to visit with their families on Earth. This setup allows Cocoon: The Return to basically rehash all of the dilemmas from the first film, following the decision-making process of each of the returning characters in their determinations to leave again or stay. Some of them, during this time, conveniently perish. This yields another whole round of tearful goodbyes and wondrous scenes of lights from the sky, all of which effectively appealing though highly redundant. While nearly all of the cast from Cocoon returned for the sequel, most of the crew did not; gone was director Ron Howard and his usual collaborators, writers, photographers, and, with them, the Steven Spielberg influence on the production. In their place was a list of lesser talent, with the curious exception of composer James Horner, whose score for Cocoon is both strong in context and a fan-favorite on album. Horner, despite his claims to be adverse to covering familiar territory in the form of bland sequels (at least as he stated in relation to his self-extraction from some franchises), several times took exactly such assignments, and Cocoon: The Return is about as predictable as one could get. There is no doubt that Horner's combination of early jazz and melodramatic orchestral themes was an important factor in the emotional appeal of the first film, but to hear the exact same score regurgitated once again is, despite the general quality of Horner's sound for the concept, somewhat discouraging. Cocoon: The Return isn't a concerted improvement over the original, as Horner so surprisingly accomplished later with The Legend of Zorro over its predecessor, for instance.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1988 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:26
• 1. Returning Home (6:05)
• 2. Taking Bernie to the Beach (4:31)
• 3. Joe's Gift (8:06)
• 4. Remembrances/The Break-In (8:24)
• 5. Basketball Swing (6:58)
• 6. Jack's Future (2:44)
• 7. Growing Old (1:55)
• 8. Good Friend (3:16)
• 9. Rescue/The Ascension (11:29)
2016 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:19

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The insert of the 1988 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2016 product contains extensive notation about both.
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