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1993 Regular
1998 Deluxe Commemorative
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ralph Ferraro

Co-Produced by:
David Franco
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Milan Entertainment
(September 28th, 1993)

Milan Entertainment
(April 7th, 1998)
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The 1993 album is a regular U.S. release. A 1994 follow-up product, also a commercial album from Milan, contains period songs and dialogue but no additional score. The 1998 "Deluxe Commemorative Edition" contains the original album as the first of two CDs, with the second adding about 40 minutes of score. It also features an extensive amount of bonus contents and is rarely found for under $50 on the used market.
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Buy it... if you, like most viewers of this film, became enamored with Randy Edelman's blatantly heroic music, a simplistic pleasure considered by the mainstream to be a wholesome statement of nobility.

Avoid it... if you have ever been remotely bothered by Edelman's amateurish thematic structures, non-existent textural creativity, or cheap blend of symphony and electronics, all of which do an incredible disservice to the historical complexity and gruesome conditions of the American Civil War's most famous battle.
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WRITTEN 12/31/09
Gettysburg: (Randy Edelman) Michael Shaara's 1974 novel "The Killer Angels," winner of a Pulitzer Prize, is considered to be among the most definitive (albeit partially fictionalized) accounts of the battle of Gettysburg, a decisive conflict that turned the tide of the American Civil War in 1863. A disastrous miscalculation by Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the Southern Army's attempt to drive north to encircle and force Washington into surrender, was rebuffed due to poor strategic choices, including the famous Pickett's Charge that led to 15,000 deaths alone. Ultimately, the three days of battle on extremely hot and humid July days led to 50,000 fallen soldiers and sent Lee's armies on a retreat that would eventually yield the end of the war. An adaptation of Shaara's novel had been accepted and then rejected by ABC in 1991, and it subsequently became the property of Ted Turner, who infused the project with cash and used it as the centerpiece of his TNT cable channel programming in 1994. He considered Gettysburg to be so good that he released it in limited theatres through his recently acquired New Line Cinema, and although it only grossed $10 million of its $25 budget from the big screen (a 254-minute running time, complete with intermission, was a deterrent for some viewers), it performed very strongly on TNT (23 million viewers in June, 1994) and has experienced a rebirth on home video that more than covered the production's original costs. The enthusiasm of several thousand voluntary re-enactors and surprising permission by the National Park Service to shoot some of the film on the actual battlefield helped curb those costs. A veteran cast of B-list actors was largely applauded by critics (including a great performance by character actor Richard Jordan that would prove to his last), as was the pacing of director Ronald F. Maxwell's screenplay. Contributing to the lasting popularity of Gettysburg was Randy Edelman's hybrid score, a work that helped launch the composer onto several blockbuster assignments for a short time later in the 1990's. He had written a variety of decent, but not particularly noteworthy budget scores (mostly for the comedy genre), capped by his involvement in finishing compositional work for Trevor Jones on the wildly embraced The Last of the Mohicans in 1992. Without a doubt, Gettysburg is, along with 1996's Dragonheart, the composer's most famous achievement.

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Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 53 5 Stars
**** 41 4 Stars
*** 33 3 Stars
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* 31 1 Stars
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That is one of the harshest 3-star reviews I've ever read, Christian!
Edmund Meinerts - February 6, 2010, at 6:34 a.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Regular Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 57:17
• 1. Main Title (4:32)
• 2. Men of Honor (2:55)
• 3. Battle of Little Round Top (3:56)
• 4. Fife and Gun (3:01)
• 5. General Lee at Twilight (1:25)
• 6. The First Battle (2:41)
• 7. Dawn (1:57)
• 8. From History to Legend (2:56)
• 9. Over the Fence (4:09)
• 10. We Are the Flank (2:14)
• 11. Charging Up the Hill (2:24)
• 12. Dixie (traditional) (2:25)
• 13. General Lee's Solitude (3:39)
• 14. Battle at Devil's Den (1:45)
• 15. Killer Angel (4:41)
• 16. March to Mortality (Pickett's Charge) (3:13)
• 17. Kathleen Mavourneen (traditional) (3:15)
• 18. Reunion and Finale (5:44)
1998 Deluxe Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 97:38

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The insert of the 1993 album contains a very short note of thanks from Edelman, absent any information about the score or film. The 1998 2-CD set rectifies that problem, with a 28-page booklet featuring notes from the director and the composer (as well as photos and maps of the battlefield).
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