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A Good Day to Die Hard
(2013)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jon Kull
Dana Niu
Rossano Galante
Andrew Kinney

Additional Music by:
Buck Sanders
Marcus Trumpp
Brandon Roberts
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(February 19th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you admire the legacy of Michael Kamen's musical identities for this franchise and appreciate Marco Beltrami's efforts to remain loyal to them while revising the overall tone of these soundtracks to match the films' decline into generic action fare.

Avoid it... if your appreciation of Kamen's Die Hard music results from its applications of unique instrumentation into the suspense genre, for Beltrami has been forced to take the concept into strikingly different, blazing action territory.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,195
WRITTEN 2/23/13
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A Good Day to Die Hard: (Marco Beltrami/Various) Entertainingly sharp battles of wits between characters as charismatic as John McClane and Hans Gruber are a rarity in Hollywood, and nothing proves that observation more than the lackluster fall from grace experienced by McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard. The franchise that followed 1988's surprise hit Die Hard has been slowly degenerating in its key quality: deviously funny interactions between hero and villain, McClane's foes declining in stature with each successively painful sequel. Gone are any semblances of the Gruber family in A Good Day to Die Hard, its plot ignoring the believable terrorist targets of prior films and meandering through Russia instead. McClane travels to that country to rescue his CIA-operative son and together unravel a plot involving government secrets, money, and weapons-grade uranium. By this point in McClane's existence, the man has been turned into a lucky killing machine akin to John Rambo, his placement in increasingly ridiculous circumstances justified as means to allow him to deliver attitude and lines meant to resurrect fond memories of the initial film in the franchise. Critics and audiences immediately agreed that A Good Day to Die Hard is the weakest entry in this series of films, which is a shame given that lead actor Bruce Willis repeatedly confirmed that this fourth sequel was always intended to be the last. Reprising his role as the current composer in the franchise is Marco Beltrami, who stepped in to replace the deceased Michael Kamen for 2007's Live Free or Die Hard. Kamen's music for the first three films, while not extraordinary in any sense, created a very distinctive identity for the main character's troubles. Beltrami paid significant tribute to Kamen with his 2007 entry into the series, utilizing many of the composer's thematic devices and instrumentation. Although the crew of A Good Day to Die Hard is different from that of the predecessor, Beltrami's relationship with incoming director John Moore ensured his continued work for the concept. Post-production woes, however, made the assignment a difficult one for the composer and his assistant, Buck Sanders.

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Average: 3.23 Stars
***** 56 5 Stars
**** 62 4 Stars
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* 35 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 64:36
• 1. Yuri Says (2:19)
• 2. Getting Yuri to the Van (2:14)
• 3. Jack Makes the Call (2:53)
• 4. Everyone to the Courthouse (3:09)
• 5. Court Adjourned (2:19)
• 6. Truckzilla (3:38)
• 7. Yippie Kay Yay, Mother Russia! (1:54)
• 8. Truckzilla (2:00)
• 9. Father & Son (1:24)
• 10. To the Safe House (1:51)
• 11. Regroup (2:30)
• 12. Leaving the Safe House (1:59)
• 13. Getting to the Dance Floor (1:34)
• 14. Too Many Kolbasas on the Dance Floor (3:53)
• 15. What's So Funny? (2:30)
• 16. McClanes Get the Bird (3:00)
• 17. Scumbags (2:05)
• 18. Entering Chernobyl (4:07)
• 19. Into the Vault (2:17)
• 20. Rubbed Out at the Spa (2:07)
• 21. Sunshine Shootout (1:37)
• 22. Get to the Choppa! (2:59)
• 23. Chopper Takedown (3:26)
• 24. It's Hard to Kill a McClane (2:59)
• 25. Triple Vodka Rhapsody (1:55)
• 26. McClane's Brain (2:00)

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