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Dragonfly
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason

Co-Orchestrated by:
Don Nemitz
Frank Bennett
Chris Klatman

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 19th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you cherish supernatural thrillers that heavily accentuate their romantic and harmonic elements with surprising, ghostly beauty.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in hearing John Debney write essentially a James Newton Howard suspense score, for the derivative and rather simplistic constructs of Dragonfly are its only weakness.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #827
WRITTEN 4/6/02, REVISED 2/26/09
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Dragonfly: (John Debney) If Kevin Costner was trying to prove to any audience that he was a competent actor at any level with his expressionless, wooden performance in Dragonfly, then he was delusional. His extremely shallow depiction of a respected doctor who loses his pregnant wife in an avalanche in Venezuela is matched in futility only by the three screenwriters of the production. A ghost story that attempts to emulate the M. Night Shyamalan formula of glorious surprise endings, Dragonfly is so transparent in its foreshadowing that your pet parrot will figure out the ending of the film at the twenty minute mark. The parrot actually seen in the film certainly did. So in the process of boring and insulting the intelligence of critics and audiences alike in late February of 2002, the film didn't live up to any of its lofty expectations. Hence, a late February release date. Veteran suspense composer Christopher Young was hired to provide the music for the Tom Shadyac film, but after writing an undisclosed amount of material, Young (as confirmed by the composer) had to step aside due to scheduling conflicts with his other assignments. In short order, Hollywood's resident, on-call clean-up composer, John Debney, joined the team. He later remarked, "Luckily, I was able to come up with a couple of melodic ideas that made everybody happy, so it was a quick three weeks." Despite being one of the composer's quick strike projects, he managed to produce one of the few highlights of the film, and his work was rewarded with a second life when it experienced a short album release a month later. By the early 2000's Debney had made a career out of scoring two genres of films: children's and suspense. This odd combination had shown his versatility on a number of occasions, though the more popular following of Debney's work had bonded to a greater extent with his suspense, action, and horror material. By Dragonfly, it had been a few years since Debney had produced a superior score for the suspense genre. As with Young's career at the time, there seemed to be a general push to extend beyond that genre into more heavily dramatic film assignments.



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848 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.69 Stars
***** 276 5 Stars
**** 256 4 Stars
*** 172 3 Stars
** 68 2 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 2, 2007, at 8:14 a.m.
1 comment  (1755 views)
Extremely beautiful score
Sheridan - August 26, 2006, at 3:10 a.m.
1 comment  (1999 views)
Choir
N.R.Q. - July 9, 2006, at 11:56 a.m.
1 comment  (2023 views)
The soundtrack of the movie 'Dragonfly'
Adrian - December 5, 2005, at 2:45 p.m.
1 comment  (2762 views)
Mindhunters?
Blake - August 5, 2005, at 12:20 a.m.
1 comment  (2509 views)
John Debney battles Satan while sitting on the toilet, too?   Expand >>
Julio Gomez - October 9, 2004, at 2:53 p.m.
1 comment  (3093 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:17
• 1. Main Titles (4:12)
• 2. Joe and Emily Flashback (3:42)
• 3. Donor Body Awakens (4:47)
• 4. Meeting Sister Madeline (5:35)
• 5. The Plane Ride (2:32)
• 6. Emily's Grave (3:14)
• 7. Emily's Message Revealed (7:11)

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