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The Day the Earth Stood Still
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:
Tyler Bates

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Williams

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ruy Folguera

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra

The Hollywood Film Chorale
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 16th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you specifically heard material in the film that you consider worthy of the concept.

Avoid it... if you demand an organized sense of dramatic or intellectual development from Tyler Bates that can, on any level, compete with Bernard Herrmann's music for the 1951 classic.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,322
WRITTEN 12/24/08
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The Day the Earth Stood Still: (Tyler Bates) Fans of vintage science fiction hold the 1951 Robert Wise classic The Day the Earth Stood Still in high regard, and for good reason. It was among the first stories from the genre that actually carried a significant message about humanity, a message that was altered to account for cultural changes when it came time for the obligatory remake in 2008. Scott Derrickson obviously considers himself among those who appreciate the Wise original, for there are plenty of tributes to the 1951 film in the remake. But the message of the 2008 version has pinpointed humanity's downfall as a product of global warming and not the proliferation of weapons. Likewise, the opportunity to employ the best of digital visual effects was not abandoned, reducing the newer telling of The Day the Earth Stood Still to the lower level of common blockbusters of the 1990's and 2000's. Any chance to show a clash between frightened, helpless humans and alien creatures (or in this case, one alien and his giant robot) is a recipe for scenes of terrifying destruction that guarantee the young male representation at the box office. Most loyal viewers of the 1951 original agree that what 20th Century Fox did with the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still amounts to an enormously missed opportunity, and the film has been appropriately thrashed as a result. The same criticism applies to Tyler Bates' score for the picture. The original was graced with a Bernard Herrmann score that captured the dramatic scope of the event while still providing an alien texture to its sound; the score was one of the most prominent in history to utilize the theremin. Bates faced not only the inevitable comparisons to the music of Herrmann, but any attempts to merge the style or content of that score into this new work would likely raise continued discussion of the composer's blatant plagiarism of Elliot Goldenthal's music for Titus in his own, surprisingly popular 300. The irony of Bates' music for The Day the Earth Stood Still is the fact that he has made the concept's sound so anonymous that not only does it stand no prayer of competing with Herrmann's classic, but it is also a lousy standalone effort. Whatever relief may come from its relative originality is countered by a faceless personality that would make G.O.R.T. proud.



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Average: 1.85 Stars
***** 13 5 Stars
**** 16 4 Stars
*** 44 3 Stars
** 79 2 Stars
* 161 1 Stars
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Alternate review of The Day the Earth Stood Still at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - December 27, 2008, at 7:24 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:43
• 1. Stars (0:39)
• 2. Mountain Climber (2:41)
• 3. National Security (2:48)
• 4. This is Not an Exercise (0:53)
• 5. Do You Feel That? (2:00)
• 6. Military Approach (1:07)
• 7. G.O.R.T. (2:43)
• 8. Surgery (1:31)
• 9. Interrogation (2:33)
• 10. You Should Let Me Go (2:25)
• 11. A Friend to the Earth (1:55)
• 12. Fighter Drones (1:24)
• 13. Came to Save the Earth (0:46)
• 14. I'm Staying (1:11)
• 15. Helen Drives (0:45)
• 16. Containing G.O.R.T. (0:45)
• 17. Orb Rising - The Day the Earth Stood Still (2:41)
• 18. They're Not Afraid Of Us (1:21)
• 19. Flash Chamber (0:54)
• 20. Helicopter Collision (5:14)
• 21. See My Son (2:12)
• 22. Cemetery (3:19)
• 23. Distress (2:00)
• 24. Wrong Place Wrong Time (0:56)
• 25. Aphid Reign (4:17)
• 26. Power Down (0:56)
• 27. He's Leaving (1:50)
• 28. The Beginning (1:11)

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