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Dante's Peak
(1997)
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Co-Composed by:

Co-Composed and Produced by:
John Frizzell

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Frank Bennett
Brad Dechter
Robert Elhai
Andrew Kinney
Bruce Fowler
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 4th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you seek a generic taste of the disappointingly average material that James Newton Howard and John Frizzell wrote for this equally mundane volcano thriller.

Avoid it... if you expect either Howard's thematic ideas or Frizzell's action music to stand apart from their peers, because Dante's Peak has few uniquely redeeming characteristics (especially on its woefully short commercial album).
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,703
WRITTEN 7/22/10
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Dante's Peak: (John Frizzell/James Newton Howard) With the arrival of the era of CGI special effects in the 1990's came a new generation of natural disaster films, two of which dealing with devastating volcanoes in 1997 alone. Neither Volcano nor Dante's Peak is high class entertainment, both implausible and exhibiting destruction ahead of common sense, but the latter was easily the cinematic disaster story. Humiliated in its showings to critics, Dante's Peak required its worldwide box office returns to cover its bloated budget. Featuring the awkward pairing of the newly anointed James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, and Terminator nemesis Linda Hamilton, Dante's Peak used Wallace, Idaho (a pretty town, but one oddly confined by the cliffs that surround it) as the quaint locale for annihilation by its neighboring volcano. Brosnan's usual quiet and confident self leads a team of government geologists sent in to monitor the volcano, but the mountain beats them to the punch, wiping out a town named in the story as "the second most desirable place to live in America." Gruesome deaths accompany the usual plotline of ignored warnings, mass panic, and entertaining property damage. The special effects for the production were good enough, however, to be licensed for subsequent use in documentaries about volcanic eruptions. His own whirlwind, composer James Newton Howard had a habit of being over-scheduled in the mid-1990's, committed to more productions than all of their changing schedules would allow. One such entry was Dante's Peak, for which Howard wrote some material before having to move on to a pair of other assignments. The composer later stated, "I was going to do the movie. Then the movie changed dates, and of course I had another commitment and I couldn't do it. I'd written not just the theme, but four or five cues." One of the composer's assistants and proteges at the time was John Frizzell, who was rather obscure but who was soon well on his way to becoming a regular horror composer in the industry. Dante's Peak was the second time Howard had written themes for a picture and then handed the remainder off to Frizzell, the prior being 1996's The Rich Man's Wife. For a long time, there have been discrepancies in regards to which of the two primary themes Howard wrote for Dante's Peak, though despite the singular "theme" officially credited to him, it's most likely that the composer is actually responsible for both. On the commercial album, the two tracks that can be attributed directly to him ("Main Title" and "On the Porch") introduce both themes.



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Average: 3.21 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 30:22
• 1. Main Titles (5:30)
• 2. The Close Call (1:43)
• 3. Trapped in the Crater (5:03)
• 4. On the Porch (2:31)
• 5. The Evacuation Begins (4:12)
• 6. The Helicopter Crash (1:28)
• 7. Escaping the Burning House (2:32)
• 8. Sinking on Acid Lake (2:37)
• 9. Stuck in the Lava (1:44)
• 10. The Rescue (3:05)

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