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Cowboys & Aliens
(2011)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh

Additional Music by:
Halli Cauthery

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 16th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release, initially delayed by two weeks.
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Buy it... if a safely predictable and occasionally entertaining merging of contemporary Western and science-fiction scoring techniques is the most you could ask for in this unique hybrid scenario.

Avoid it... if you expect Harry Gregson-Williams to translate his intelligent instrumental applications into a cohesive narrative flow with truly clear and satisfying thematic development.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,302
WRITTEN 8/1/11
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Cowboys & Aliens: (Harry Gregson-Williams) At a time when studios are clamoring to adapt graphic novels into feature films, the creator of the "Cowboys & Aliens" concept didn't wait for the printing presses to get to work before pushing it on the studios. Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's idea was immediately pounced upon in the late 1990's, but the usual, endless circle of studio production woes caused the film to take so long that it finally hit the big screen five years after Rosenberg went ahead and finished the graphic novel. Director Jon Favreau of Iron Man success helms to movie and oversees lead actors Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in roles they could play in their sleep. They represent bandits and lawmen, respectively, in 1873 Arizona, a place under mysterious attack from alien forces that require the gold minerals in that era to power their starships. The underdog humans mount a defense and then counterattack against the invaders in Independence Day fashion, aided by some sympathetic alien forces and the usual well placed wise cracks. The merging of the Western and science fiction genres posed a problem for the studio in its marketing blitz for the film, combating difficulties in appealing to audiences turned off by one or the other. Mixed reviews and only moderate immediate box office success testify to that ceiling of revenue potential for the film. The same cross-genre dilemmas applied to the music for Cowboys & Aliens as well, putting veteran blockbuster composer Harry Gregson-Williams in the position of addressing the past and the future at once in his music. Aside from Ramin Djawadi's obnoxiously deficient score for Iron Man, Favreau has maintained a solid working relationship with John Debney, though for Cowboys & Aliens he turned to Gregson-Williams, and it's easy to get the impression that the final score for the movie would have been comparable with either composer attached. Among the graduates of the Hans Zimmer film scoring production machine, Gregson-Williams is one of the most capable at cranking out immensely intelligent, satisfying music. On the other hand, he has written more than his fair number of stinkers for contemporary thrillers, so Cowboys & Aliens may have seemed by some to be an extremely unpredictable prospect. In the end, he took the most predictable approach, following a style that merges those of John Powell and Henry Jackman while also combining the symphonic action and contemporary Western genres into a surprisingly formulaic score.



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Average: 2.84 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - August 20, 2011, at 12:42 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:23
• 1. Jake Lonergan (3:07)
• 2. Palms to Heaven (2:24)
• 3. Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde (4:51)
• 4. Attack & Abductions (4:22)
• 5. A Kid, a Dog & a Woman (3:57)
• 6. Emmett's Close Encounter (4:54)
• 7. Alien Air Attack (3:04)
• 8. She's Gone (4:36)
• 9. I Know Where They Are (6:28)
• 10. Jake's Army (2:40)
• 11. Godspeed (3:34)
• 12. Goodbye Jake (2:50)
• 13. I See Them (3:31)
• 14. Ella's Mission (2:04)
• 15. Do You Remember Me? (1:48)
• 16. Return to the Cabin (1:12)
• 17. See You Around (1:33)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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