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Live Free or Die Hard
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 26th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have always been fond of Michael Kamen's music for the franchise and would be interested in a faithful adaptation of his motifs and instrumentation.

Avoid it... if Kamen's Die Hard music has, like many of Marco Beltrami's summer blockbuster scores, seemed pedestrian and anonymous to you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #659
WRITTEN 6/29/07
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Live Free or Die Hard: (Marco Beltrami) While the fourth installment of the Die Hard franchise has surprisingly garnered neutral to positive critical reviews across the board, you still have to wonder if the concept hasn't lost sight of the reasons for its original success. Three things made John McClane's world great: his purely realistic, non-superhero abilities, the confined areas in which his terrorist foes enact their plans, and, of course, the outstanding villains themselves. After Die Hard with a Vengeance dropped the idea of the confined battlefield, and with a dozen years for writers to work on the perfect script with which to reintroduce McClane, Live Free or Die Hard somehow manages to lose all three of those original, endearing, and critical Die Hard qualities. McClane now chases a cyber terrorist around the East Coast, dragging along his daughter and actor Justin Long, whose role as the Mac in Apple's current commercials dooms his appearance from the start. A weak villain played by Timothy Olyphant is out-staged by his ninja-like female wench, which alone indicates how far this franchise has fallen. Director Len Wiseman transfers much of his crew from his last Underworld film over to Live Free or Die Hard, including composer Marco Beltrami. While Beltrami has scored several major summer blockbusters during the 2000's, including popular sequels, none have particularly gained him much attention from the mainstream. His music for these films is serviceable and occasionally quite impressive in single cues, but at the end of the day, Beltrami has a knack for writing anonymous action music that doesn't play well enough apart from the film to warrant album purchases.



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Sound quality.
hewhomustnotbenamed - December 18, 2010, at 5:05 a.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - July 21, 2007, at 4:34 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 63:06
• 1. Out of Bullets (1:08)
• 2. Shootout (3:41)
• 3. Leaving the Apartment (2:08)
• 4. Dead Hackers (1:31)
• 5. Traffic Jam (4:13)
• 6. It's a Fire Sale (2:57)
• 7. The Break-In (2:28)
• 8. Farrell to D.C. (4:36)
• 9. Copter Chase (4:41)
• 10. Blackout (2:03)
• 11. Illegal Broadcast (3:48)
• 12. Hurry Up! (1:23)
• 13. The Power Plant (2:01)
• 14. Landing (2:28)
• 15. Cold Cuts (2:00)
• 16. Yippee Ki Yay (4:43)
• 17. Break a Neck (2:47)
• 18. Farrell is In (4:22)
• 19. The F-35 (4:13)
• 20. Aftermath (3:12)
• 21. Live Free or Die Hard (2:56)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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