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Deep Blue Sea
(1999)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Paul Linford
Steve Kemster

Conducted by:
Gordan Goodwin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 24th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you hold a soft spot for the stereotypical Media Ventures blockbuster scores of the late 1990's, this one being among Trevor Rabin's most impressive entries.

Avoid it... if you expect more substance than gloss, for Rabin's music is highlighted by simplistic harmonic structures that strive for attractive rendering rather than intellectual development.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #532
WRITTEN 9/3/99, REVISED 5/1/08
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Deep Blue Sea: (Trevor Rabin) As tempting as it might be to write off a typical Renny Harlin action flick as trash, the 1999 shark thriller Deep Blue Sea wasn't as bad as it certainly could have been. A tribute of sorts to Jaws, Aliens, The Abyss, and Jurassic Park, the film's plot is derivative but entertaining, its greatest asset perhaps being the willingness to kill off any character at any given moment. The bait for the sharks this time is a group of scientists conducting experiments on them in a large ocean station. As a side effect of their genetic alterations, the sharks become stronger and more intelligent, eventually causing them to revolt against the humans and try to eat and smash their way to freedom. Since Deep Blue Sea, which received surprisingly positive critical response at its opening, didn't attempt to break new ground, the production hired composer Trevor Rabin to write a score in the mold of the popular Hans Zimmer-inspired sound that was beginning to define major blockbuster soundtracks at the time. Starting in earnest with Armageddon, there had been a split in the film music community between those who welcomed the Hans Zimmer/Media Ventures-influenced sound and those who feared that such simplistic, electronically-rendered music was a hazard to the future of orchestral film scoring. Many collectors fell somewhere in between, enjoying the melodic passages of such scores while usually discarding the knock-off Crimson Tide action pieces that may or may not contain insufferable electric guitar contributions. Doubts existed that the former Yes guitarist Rabin could produce a score with any intellectual merits for Harlin's Deep Blue Sea, but the work's emphasis on orchestral and choral elements as equals to the electronics led to a pleasant surprise. Rabin's attention to the fantasy side of the story (as opposed to simply addressing the expected horror) yields two major themes and several lovely moments of harmony.



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One of the greatest soundtrack ever. *NM*
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:02
• 1. Aftermath (2:47)
• 2. Susan Softens (2:26)
• 3. Journey (4:48)
• 4. Main (3:07)
• 5. Hunting in Packs (1:42)
• 6. Experiment (4:28)
• 7. Jim Returns (1:21)
• 8. Shark Side (4:27)
• 9. Anarchy (4:23)
• 10. Doctor's Orders (0:33)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The cover art is extraordinarily ugly.
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