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Demolition Man
(1993)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 23rd, 1993)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print. The score album was released a few months after Sting's song album.
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Buy it... if you love hearing Elliot Goldenthal provide music several levels more intelligent than the film, either as an outward parody or by mistake.

Avoid it... if only the gorgeous, Jerry Goldsmith-styled finale cue captured your attention in the film itself.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #683
WRITTEN 10/24/96, REVISED 2/19/06
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Demolition Man: (Elliot Goldenthal) Aside from the fact that it introduced an innocent Sandra Bullock to many movie-goers, Demolition Man hits nearly every guilty-pleasure button known to mankind. Among the "violations of the verbal morality code," the verbiage of "murder death kill," and a villain named "Cocteau," viewers of Demolition Man are still trying to figure out exactly how to use the three seashells in place of traditional paper ass-wipes. The stupidity of the film is oddly compensated for by its purely tongue-in-cheek zaniness, proving that ridiculously dumb movies can indeed catch you watching them whenever they come on late night cable television (though, of course, violations of the verbal morality code lose all their punch on family-friendly channels). Given how utterly juvenile a film Demolition Man really is, another amusing irony is the assignment of composer Elliot Goldenthal to the task of composing the underscore for the film. Goldenthal is, more than any other contemporary composer, known by film music collectors as the "thinking man's composer," an artist whose intellect with orchestral composition has led him to create a phenomenally unique and smart series of scores and live performance pieces. While almost always thinking a few levels above most other composers, Goldenthal also has a tendency to produce music that isn't readily listenable to the ears of the average mundane film music listener... or anybody who places much value in the Titanic score, in other words. In some cases, this intelligence in film scoring has provided glorious results, from the elegant bombast of Final Fantasy to the painfully emotional Frida, which won him an Academy Award for his score. But on the other hand, projects as bizarre as Titus have served to only polarize film music collectors because Goldenthal's approach to such work is so outlandishly creative that you either love it or hate it.

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201 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.88 Stars
***** 27 5 Stars
**** 40 4 Stars
*** 52 3 Stars
** 46 2 Stars
* 36 1 Stars
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Commedia Deliarte comes back with new extravagances!
Amore_StravaGante - July 16, 2006, at 11:35 a.m.
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Alternative review
Southall - May 22, 2006, at 5:41 p.m.
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excellent score
Francisco Becerra - May 21, 2006, at 1:03 p.m.
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Bad taste ending   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 29:56
• 1. Dies Irae (1:51)
• 2. Fire Fight (1:35)
• 3. Guilty as Charged (3:58)
• 4. Action, Guns, Fun (1:26)
• 5. Machine Waltz (1:56)
• 6. Defrosting (1:43)
• 7. Confronting the Chief (0:32)
• 8. Museum Dis Duel (1:56)
• 9. Subterranean Slugfest (1:44)
• 10. Meeting Cocteau (1:42)
• 11. Tracking Simon Pheonix (3:03)
• 12. Obligatory Car Chase (3:06)
• 13. Flawless Pearl (1:15)
• 14. Final Confrontation (1:55)
• 15. Code 187 (0:41)
• 16. Silver Screen Kiss (1:30)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
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