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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Dirk Brosse

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhei

Co-Produced by:
Teese Gohl

Performed by:

Score Vocals by:
Lara Fabian
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Buy it... if you seek appealing thematic development and emotional depth on top of Elliot Goldenthal's usual, morbidly dramatic sensibilities and wild instrumental applications.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to be as tonally challenging as Goldenthal's straight horror scores or if you, like many, demand only game composer Nobuo Uematsu's strikingly different music for the concept.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #100
WRITTEN 6/29/01, REVISED 1/24/09
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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: (Elliot Goldenthal) By the time of Columbia Picture's feature length production in 2001, Hironobu Sakaguchi's extremely popular creation of the nine Final Fantasy video games had already established one of the greatest cult followings the genre had ever seen. With a futuristic, fantastic vision of Earth in decades to come, as well as the nasty alien forces that come to conquer us as we evolve into energy, the games feature awe inspiring graphics, as does the film. While technically falling under the anime genre of films, this full Final Fantasy production exhibits the best CGI rendering technologies to date, making its animated characters, with voices performed by an impressive cast, look remarkably realistic. The film's debut coincided with the imminent release of the tenth installment of the game, though fans looking for shared content between the two were inevitably disappointed. Somewhat surprisingly, the film failed to garner the impressive fiscal success necessary to inspire the assumed cinematic sequels of like-minded technology. Enthusiasts of the concept were hoping to hear the music of Nobuo Uematsu, composer of all of the game entries to date, in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but were instead treated to an entirely different sound from avant garde composer Elliot Goldenthal. The two composers' styles are radically divergent, as any avid collector of Uematsu's game scores can testify, and debate has persisted throughout the 2000's about the comparative merits of Goldenthal's involvement with the franchise. Since Goldenthal's emergence into film scoring in the early 1990's, the classical composer stood on the fringe of the mainstream, shunning most major projects that didn't involve a dark, mysterious, or terrifying plot. The exceptions, of course, had been his two scores for the first Batman franchise, which, along with Alien 3 and Interview with a Vampire, gave him enough mainstream name appeal to add credibility to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

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Average: 3.92 Stars
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Newest: May 27, 2015, at 10:41 a.m.by Joey411
Great Score, horrible album
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Is electronic sample taken straight from Alien3?
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:36
• 1. The Spirit Within (2:05)
• 2. Race to old New York (1:20)
• 3. The Phantom Plains (1:42)
• 4. Code Red (2:05)
• 5. The Kiss (4:14)
• 6. Entrada (0:54)
• 7. Toccata and Dreamscapes (8:29)
• 8. Music for Dialogues (2:18)
• 9. Winged Serpent (1:35)
• 10. Zeus Cannon (3:24)
• 11. Flight to the Wasteland (5:56)
• 12. A Child Recalled (2:25)
• 13. The Eighth Spirit (0:50)
• 14. Dead Rain (1:50)
• 15. Blue Light (3:29)
• 16. Adagio and Transfiguration (5:23)
• 17. The Dream Within - performed by Lara Fabian (4:43)
• 18. Spirit Dreams Inside - performed by L'Arc-en-Ciel (3:42)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The CD is an "enhanced" product with information about the concept of the game.
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