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Executive Decision
(1996)
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1996 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 9th, 1996)

Varèse Sarabande
(February 29th, 2016)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1996 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2016 Varèse product is limited to 2,000 copies and available through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... on the expanded 2016 album if you enjoy all forms of Jerry Goldsmith's brass-led, predictably procedural action music, even if it is highly derivative of his other action works and lacking in many truly engaging instrumental applications.

Avoid it... if you don't need to hear Goldsmith on auto-pilot in a recording that is oddly flat in ambience, and especially avoid the original 1996 product that omitted many of the composer's more nuanced ideas for the work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #766
WRITTEN 10/31/96, REVISED 3/29/16
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Executive Decision: (Jerry Goldsmith) While it's incredibly politically incorrect to say so, there was something entertaining about Hollywood stereotypes of radical Islamic terrorists in early 1990's cinema. The widely advertised 1996 summer blockbuster hopeful Executive Decision touted its portrayal of a stealth aircraft in action, assisting a team of commandos board a hijacked plane full of, you guessed it, crazed Arabs inspired, in part, by equivalents in True Lies. In this case, there's not only a load of people to save on the plane, but there's also a wicked dirty bomb in its cargo hold that presents a significant danger once the aircraft crosses over America, proving once again the ills of pre-September 11th airport screening. At least the film did feature a cast that made it one of the more enjoyable late-night finds on television; while Kurt Russell and Halle Berry save the day, the always amusing Navy Seal-inspired Steven Seagal makes a rare exit with a glorious death relatively early in the film, an intriguing plus that was met with widespread critical applause for playing with audience expectations. With such a familiar formula at work otherwise, composer Jerry Goldsmith was set to reinforce his return to the mainstream action genre in the middle of the 1990's, though he fared better with this general subject matter when Air Force One flew into theatres the following year. After spending much of the early 1990's trudging through the less popular fields of children's films and light comedies, Goldsmith reinvigorated his fanbase with several full scale action efforts, the results of which were very mixed, varying from highly memorable to merely mediocre. One of the more surprisingly mediocre ventures was Executive Decision, typical of numerous projects for which Goldsmith's usual standard of action writing managed to elevate the film from total failure but not yield truly a truly attractive listening experience on its own. Unfortunately, the production matched the disappointment experienced by Chain Reaction at the same time, failing to add any significant new substance to Goldsmith's career.



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Average: 2.98 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - July 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 29:35
• 1. The Map (1:30)
• 2. All Aboard (5:40)
• 3. Drill Team (5:39)
• 4. Do It (2:33)
• 5. Pick It Up (3:31)
• 6. Starting Over (2:55)
• 7. The Sleeper (3:28)
• 8. The Ramora (2:19)
• 9. Hold It (1:58)
2016 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:27

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The insert of the 1996 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2016 product contains extensive notation about both.
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