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Fantastic Voyage
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1998 FSM
2014 La-La Land
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Composed and Conducted by:
Leonard Rosenman

Produced by:
Jeff Bond
Lukas Kendall
Nick Redman
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Film Score Monthly
(November, 1998)

La-La Land Records
(January 7th, 2014)
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The 1998 album was a Silver Age Classics product (FSMCD Vol. 1, No. 3) limited to 3,000 pressings and available through the FSM site or online soundtrack specialty outlets. It was sold out as of 2007. The 2014 La-La Land Records re-issue album is limited to 2,000 copies and available primarily through the same soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.

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Buy it... only if you are already explicitly aware of Leonard Roseman's score for the film and, like many collectors, waited decades to hear its alternately challenging and revolutionary techniques on album.

Avoid it... if you don't care for the consistently messy layers of atonal dissonance that Rosenman can often produce, especially considering the relative rarity of the album releases for the score.
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WRITTEN 12/27/98, REVISED 2/6/15
Fantastic Voyage: (Leonard Roseman) When 20th Century Fox debuted Fantastic Voyage in 1966, it was a technological triumph on film. Its ingenious sets and special effects brought immediate box office success and the film's visuals were so stunningly accurate in their portrayal of the insides of a human body (physiology experts were brought on board the production to advise at every turn, literally) that some of those depictions would later be used in documentaries. The purpose of the film is to show a crew of scientists and their submarine shrunken to the size of a molecule and put into the body of another important scientist who needs a blood clot removed from his brain (from the inside, of course). After being attacked by the patient's natural inner defenses (and a saboteur amongst the crew), some of the protagonists survive and are blown back up to normal size. But it's the journey that counts, and the process of showing the navigation within the body compensated for obvious and painful leaps of logic in the both the scientific and basic elements of the story. For instance, the crew has 60 minutes to operate before expanding to normal size, and along their trek, they abandon their submarine because it comes under attack by the body. It seems that nobody stopped to think of what a 42-foot submarine would do to a guy if it expanded from within his own body, whether it was manned or not. Some of the dialogue is laughably hideous but perhaps appropriate when spawned from a movie industry that gave viewers notions about giant radioactive creatures. At any rate, Fantastic Voyage went on to be nominated for several Academy Awards in the technical realm, winning for visual effects and art direction. One of the "love it or hate it" aspects of the film that wasn't nominated but received a loyal following from collectors was Leonard Rosenman's score. The filmmakers originally sought a James Bond-like jazzy action score, and Rosenman quickly dispensed with that idea. The composer made the decision not to score any of the film before the crew actually enters the human body, essentially identifying the music as a sound effect element of the environment within the surrounding biology. Rosenman also approached the scoring process from the perspective of the unknown, using the score as an element of both curiosity and suspense. To do this, almost the entire score is extraordinarily atonal and dissonant.

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Average: 3.12 Stars
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My favorite Rosenman score and a great piece of avante gard film scoring.
Jockolantern - April 6, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
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All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:21
• 1. Main Title Sound Effects Suite (1:41)
• 2. The Proteus (5:56)
• 3. The Chart (5:30)
• 4. Pulmonary Artery (5:35)
• 5. Group Leaves (2:49)
• 6. Pleural Cavity (0:17)
• 7. Proteus Moving Through Sac (4:52)
• 8. Channel to Ear (2:40)
• 9. Cora Trapped (4:12)
• 10. Proteus in Inner Ear (0:44)
• 11. The Human Brain (1:52)
• 12. Get the Laser (7:20)
• 13. Optic Nerve/End Cast (3:36)

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The 1998 album contains the usual excellent quality of pictorial and textual information established in other albums of FSM's series, with extremely detailed notes about the film and score. Similar depth of notation exists in the 2014 La-La Land album's insert.
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