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Die Hard 2: Die Harder
(1990)
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1990 Varèse
2012 Varèse
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Chris Boardman
Bruce Babcock
William Ross
Don Davis
Mark Koval
Phil Giffin
Ron Gorow

Co-Produced by:
Stephen P. McLaughlin
Christopher S. Brooks

Performed by:
The Los Angeles Motion Picture All Stars Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(July 4th, 1990)

Varèse Sarabande
(Deluxe Edition)
(November 5th, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 album is a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2012 product is "The Deluxe Edition" of 3,000 copies and was available for an initial price of $25 through soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out from the label within three weeks.
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Buy it... if you seek an extended and/or more affordable album presentation of the same basic suspense and action identity expressed in Michael Kamen's score for Die Hard, minus the classical and holiday song interpolations.

Avoid it... if a faithfully simple continuation of most of the instrumentation and themes from the previous work, as well as an ineffective new villains' motif, deter you from a score overshadowed once again by the use of a prominent, previously existing piece of music.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,518
WRITTEN 1/11/12, REVISED 11/19/12
Kamen
Kamen
Die Hard 2: Die Harder: (Michael Kamen) One of the relatively unimportant downsides of the attacks on America on September 11th, 2001 was its impact on filmmakers' ability to show terrorists causing airplanes to explode in blockbuster movies. Fortunately for enthusiasts of such chaos on the screen, director Renny Harlin offered no less than three exploding airplanes caused by terrorist activities in Die Hard 2: Die Harder. The 1990 sequel to the surprise 1988 hit Die Hard was, despite its numerous fallacies of logic, praised for being mindlessly engrossing entertainment, and when the film easily surpassed the box office numbers of its predecessor, the franchise's ongoing viability was confirmed. The villains of the sequel are wayward U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who are conspiring to rescue a South American drug lord who is about to arrive at Washington's Dulles airport for trial in America. The home-grown terrorists take control of the airport's lighting and communications systems using underground connections to a nearby church, leaving the circling planes low on fuel above helpless in a snowy nighttime environment. Waiting at the airport for his wife to arrive is the first film's hero, John McClane (Bruce Willis), who progressively confronts and destroys the terrorists and their associates without much help from other law enforcement. The film remains notable for its impressive special effects sequences involving the fiery demise of large commercial and cargo airliners, two of which exploding on take-off or landing in spectacular fashion, killing hundreds of people. Those who protest the film because of these depictions forget that the Die Hard franchise has always been unlucky for innocent bystanders in the story, and at least the villains in each case are appropriately annihilated as well. The soundtracks for the first three films in the series are littered with influences from non-original instrumental pieces, many of which classical. The two John McTiernan-helmed entries (Die Hard and Die Hard With a Vengeance) both reflected the director's own classical interests, those films also making use of pop-oriented source songs as well. For Die Hard 2, Harlin reprised the use of the Christmas song "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (performed by Vaughn Monroe) for the end credits but also made extensive use of the symphonic poem "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius, a move thought to result from the director's own Finnish heritage.



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164 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.01 Stars
***** 27 5 Stars
**** 40 4 Stars
*** 38 3 Stars
** 26 2 Stars
* 33 1 Stars
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Richard Kleiner - February 15, 2012, at 10:13 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:32
• 1. Colonel Stuart (1:28)
• 2. Baggage Handling (3:45)
• 3. General Esparanza (2:11)
• 4. The Annexe Skywalk (3:08)
• 5. The Church (1:12)
• 6. The Doll (3:48)
• 7. The Runway (3:55)
• 8. In the Plane (1:37)
• 9. Icicle (2:53)
• 10. Snowmobiles (2:40)
• 11. The Terminal (6:08)
• 12. Finlandia - written by Jean Sibelius (7:29)
2012 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 124:12

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1990 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the expanded 2012 product features extensive notes about both.
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