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Extreme Measures
(1996)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
Mark McKenzie

Co-Produced by:
Ellen Segal
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 22nd, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you love being enveloped by the understated dramatic atmosphere of Danny Elfman's closely related Dolores Claiborne, though Extreme Measures does feature a more memorable title theme that finally develops nicely in the closing cue.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear a significant dose of Elfman's usual knack for creative instrumentation in what is instead a surprisingly mundane thriller score that resembles the composer's tendencies less than most of his other works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,806
WRITTEN 3/15/10
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Extreme Measures: (Danny Elfman) One of many in a long line of philosophical medical thrillers is Michael Apted's Extreme Measures, a chase story that examines the boundaries of acceptable practices in the realm of medical experimentation. A young, affable, and idealistic doctor with a successful career accidentally stumbles upon a massive conspiracy by his colleagues to use homeless people to test radical therapies meant to cure paralyzed patients. In this underground complex, the homeless die from the tests despite promise in the medicine, and a final confrontation between the director of this experiment and the young doctor (now on the run after his life is ruined and nearly ended due to his own investigation about the dead homeless people) leads to thought-provoking fireworks. Though somewhat generic in that plot, this particular film supplies intrigue through the casting of Hugh Grant as the outgunned doctor to counter Gene Hackman in one of his stereotypical roles of abused power. Decent reviews did not translate into lasting popular success for Extreme Measures, however, and the moral issues at its heart have been explored further in several films since. The project is one of the least known mainstream efforts of composer Danny Elfman in the 1990's, whose career had taken a dramatic shift away from his collaboration with Tim Burton at the time. Gone were the days of melodramatic majesty of a gloriously harmonic nature, replaced by Elfman's desire to branch out into more serious topics while alternatively dabbling back into the electronic realm from which he originated. There is no doubt that 1995 and 1996 were disconcerting years for fans of the composer who were enamored with his production in previous years. The low-key dramas in particular, led by Dolores Claiborne and Extreme Measures at the outset, were largely devoid of the elements in Elfman's earliest works that originally drew attention to him. His basic mannerisms and orchestral techniques were still usually evident in these scores, though Extreme Measures is perhaps the most blatant exception. Of all of Elfman's mostly orchestral scores of this era, this one is arguably the least recognizable as belong to his cannon. It is ultimately a rather mundane thriller score that actually plays much closer to a typical James Newton Howard effort for the same genre. Not even a faint hint of the composer's creatively quirky sensibilities (or lively instrumentation) can be heard in this music until a brief burst of percussion in the closing credits.



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Average: 2.93 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 25 4 Stars
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Total Time: 29:26
• 1. Main Titles (2:29)
• 2. Hard Guys (2:40)
• 3. Cokie (2:24)
• 4. Dumped (1:17)
• 5. The Descent (6:38)
• 6. Tough News (2:40)
• 7. Hope?/Fey (4:24)
• 8. Elevator Madness (2:29)
• 9. Epilogue/End Credits (4:32)

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