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Die Hard With a Vengeance
(1995)
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1995 RCA/BMG
2012 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Babcock

Performed by:
The Seattle Symphony
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
RCA Victor/BMG Music
(May 23rd, 1995)

La-La Land Records
(December 4th, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 RCA/BMG album was a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2012 La-La Land Records product is limited to 4,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $30.
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Buy it... on the 2012 expanded album only if you are prepared for a mind-numbingly long and arduous listening experience despite the fact that this product necessarily replaced the hideously awful 1995 album, neither of which offering an easy presentation of the recordings made by Michael Kamen for this film.

Avoid it... if you're hoping that Kamen could exceed the quality of Die Hard 2 by providing significantly fresh original themes and structures for a score-crucifying director who basically refused to allow such evolution.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,403
WRITTEN 1/11/12, REVISED 8/18/13
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Kamen
Die Hard With a Vengeance: (Michael Kamen) One of the few actors who could out-class Alan Rickman in his battles with Bruce Willis as John McClane is Jeremy Irons, and the latter sinisterly portrays the brother of Rickman's famed villain, Hans Gruber, in Die Hard With a Vengeance. The 1995 blockbuster hit is the third in the Die Hard franchise and finished as the highest grossing film for that year at the worldwide box office. Irons' character, Simon Gruber, is a ruthless criminal mastermind determined to seek revenge against McClane for killing his brother in the original 1988 film. He forces McClane (and a comedic sidekick in the form of Samuel L. Jackson) to play idiotic games (with eye-rolling dialogue associated) that lead the police officer across New York while Gruber conducts a massive gold heist underneath the city. Terrorist bombings, infrastructure damage, and threats to kill school children are among the poor behavior witnessed in the plot, and in the unfortunately discarded original version of the script for Die Hard With a Vengeance, Gruber actually succeeds in escaping. While not as cohesively entertaining as the previous two films in the franchise, the return of director John McTiernan to the concept yielded several individually encapsulating scenes of suspense and action. Also accompanying McTiernan in his reunion with McClane was the director's unconventional methodology when it came to constructing the film's soundtrack. Composer Michael Kamen was good sport about incorporating McTiernan's chosen outside source material directly into the structure of his score for Die Hard, and he had to maneuver around the symphonic poem "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius in Die Hard 2: Die Harder. For the third film, McTiernan returned to idea of applying traditional melodies (along with a plethora of songs) to the movie, ranging from the popular Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" to pieces by Brahms and Beethoven that have less of an impact. It's no surprise that even Wagner made it into this work.



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Average: 2.74 Stars
***** 18 5 Stars
**** 23 4 Stars
*** 27 3 Stars
** 32 2 Stars
* 30 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 RCA/BMG Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 66:06
• 1. Summer in the City - performed by The Lovin' Spoonful (2:44)
• 2. Goodbye Bonwits (6:28)
• 3. Got It Covered - performed by Fu-Schnickens (4:13)
• 4. John and Zeus (3:19)
• 5. In Front of Kids - performed by Extra Prolific (2:44)
• 6. Papaya King (5:20)
• 7. Take A-Nother Train (2:55)
• 8. The Iron Foundry - written by Alexander Mosolov (3:08)
• 9. Waltz of the Bankers (4:13)
• 10. Gold Vault (3:45)
• 11. Surfing in the Aquaduct (2:30)
• 12. Symphony No. 1 - written by Johannes Brahms (15:00)
• 13. Symphony No. 9 - written by Ludwig Van Beethoven (9:46)
2012 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 153:56

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1995 RCA/BMG album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2012 La-La Land set contains extensive notation about both, though the booklet is so thick that it's difficult to extract it from the jewel case and then return it there.
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