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The Final Conflict
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1986 Varèse
2001 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
2005 Varèse Set
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Conducted by:
Lionel Newman

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Varèse Sarabande

Varèse Sarabande
(October 9th, 2001)

Varèse Sarabande
(Trilogy Set)
(October 11th, 2005)
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Both the 1986 and 2001 albums are regular commercial releases that are readily available for standard retail prices, though the first one was once considered a rare collectible. The 2005 set containing all three scores in the original trilogy is also easy to find and is the better value per score.
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Buy it... if you desire one of Jerry Goldsmith's most powerful career scores, explosive in its harmonic resonance and dynamic in its melodramatic choral and symphonic blend.

Avoid it... if you would be puzzled and disappointed by the lack of any direct connections between this and the previous scores in the series, including the "Ave Satani" chants.
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WRITTEN 7/29/09
The Final Conflict: (Jerry Goldsmith) The concluding chapter to the original trilogy based on The Omen, 1981's The Final Conflict follows the legacy of Damien Thorn into his adult years. Now with disciples around the world and in control of his own destiny, the Antichrist is confronted by the newly developed knowledge that the second coming of Christ is imminent. Seeking to protect his power and continue his ascent to greater positions of influence, Damien (now portrayed by Sam Neill) continues his killing spree by targeting both innocent babies born at the exact time of the second coming and fending off attacks from a group of priests well aware of the battle to ensue. The tale culminates into a final battle between Damien and the powers of goodness, and only through one of the Antichrist's few weaknesses is he defeated before he can kill off an entire ensemble cast of supporting characters (as he had done in the previous two pictures). Producer Harvey Bernhard considered composer Jerry Goldsmith to be an absolutely essential member of the production team on all three films, retaining his services immediately upon Fox's green light of the sequels. Unlike the characters on screen, the music was meant as a tool of continuity between the three films, one voice that could serve as a clear identifier of the series for audiences. The Oscar-winning success of the composer's score for The Omen had been adapted very faithfully in the familiar and redundant tones of Damien: Omen II, and instead of simply regurgitating the famous theme of "Ave Satani" once again for The Final Conflict, Goldsmith took the franchise's structures in an entirely new direction. Perhaps this move shouldn't have come as a surprise, for the composer was in the midst of the most fruitful period of his career by the time of the third film, and inspiration never seemed to be a problem for him during this time. Several basic ingredients from the first film are carried over to the third, including the use of Goldsmith's usual performing group, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in London (mostly without electronics), for one recording used in the film and on album. Also returning is the dominant use of chorus and the related unconventional techniques of vocal performances that Goldsmith had introduced in The Omen. In these general areas, The Final Conflict fits into the series. But in every other manner, the score is a separate entity, standing firmly on its own and completely ignoring the thematic constructs that Goldsmith had used in the previous two entries.

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The Grand Finale
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Audio Samples   ▼
1986 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 48:22
• 1. Main Title (3:22)
• 2. The Ambassador (4:45)
• 3. Trial Run (2:10)
• 4. The Monastery (3:13)
• 5. A T.V. First (2:45)
• 6. The Second Coming (3:16)
• 7. Electric Storm (5:17)
• 8. The Hunt (3:58)
• 9. The Blooding Reel (3:32)
• 10. Lost Children (3:40)
• 11. Parted Hair (6:30)
• 12. The Iron (2:18)
• 13. The Final Conflict (3:40)
2001 and 2005 Varèse Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 62:33

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The inserts of all the albums include information about the score and film.
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