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The Game
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Synclavier Programmed by:
Robert Cotnoir
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
London Records
(September 9th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print and selling for over $25.
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Buy it... only if you are familiar with the score's role in the film, and are comfortable with the understated style of Howard Shore's thrillers of the 1990's.

Avoid it... if you expect any interesting instrumental or thematic development in an otherwise bland and atmospheric effort.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,005
WRITTEN 7/6/99, REVISED 7/6/07
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The Game: (Howard Shore) In what amounted to a very typical role for Michael Douglas, his character of Nicholas Van Orten is a wealthy man in control. Alone, cold, and calculated. But, like any good Douglas role in a 1990's thriller, Van Orten is destined to be mentally and physically challenged beyond his wildest dreams. As a gift from his brother on his 48th birthday, he receives a subscription to "the game," a shady service that never really tells you what you are about to receive. As the audience soon discovers, this service is a group that provides real life thrills for its subjects, creating excitement and stress that a person could never expect to encounter in real life. Douglas is a man on the run and untrusting of his surroundings, all the while trying to maintain his arrogant attitude during the process of solving the game. The film relies on the actor's performance for its success, and Douglas delivers. But in the film's attempt to make you believe that all the events in its script are actually possible, it leaves you with so many massive holes in logic that audiences quickly discarded it the moment they left the theatres. As such, The Game didn't perform that well. It does have the typical atmosphere of a David Fincher film, with dark San Francisco streets containing hints of noir style that eventually yield to post-modern shades of black. Returning from his collaboration with Fincher for Seven is composer Howard Shore, whose career was defined by such films in his pre-Lord of the Rings years. While some of his collectors will maintain that the late 1990's were a time of great exploration by the composer into the realms of suspense and horror, mainstream listeners will find very little from the era that will compete with his later efforts. His score for The Game is highly representative of the suspense music he often produced in that time, and it is even considered to be less engaging than his other similar scores.



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318 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.71 Stars
***** 43 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 82 3 Stars
** 73 2 Stars
* 75 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 58:56
• 1. Happy Birthday, Nicholas (3:00)
• 2. Consumer Recreation Services (3:09)
• 3. Harlequin Clown (4:28)
• 4. House of Pain (5:07)
• 5. Van Orton Mansion (2:00)
• 6. Congratulations on Choosing C.R.S. (5:56)
• 7. Room 277 (3:34)
• 8. Illegal Surveillance (2:59)
• 9. Reckless Endangerment (6:46)
• 10. Attempted Murder (5:55)
• 11. Mausoleum (3:55)
• 12. Tung Hoy (4:34)
• 13. Pulling Back the Curtain (4:42)
• 14. White Rabbit- performed by Jefferson Airplane (2:50)

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