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Ghostbusters
(2016)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Theodore Shapiro

Co-Orchestrated and Conduced by:
Mark Graham

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Pete Anthony
Rick Giovinazzo
Randy Kerber

Co-Produced by:
Paul Feig
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(July 15th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've understandably enjoyed Theodore Shapiro's typically solid parody scores and seek arguably one of his finest symphonic and choral achievements.

Avoid it... if you're among the many who were adverse to the idea of a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise to begin with, because Shapiro's score misfires on several accounts in traversing a new path for the beloved franchise's music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,729
WRITTEN 9/4/16
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Ghostbusters: (Theodore Shapiro) For anyone who grew up with the original Ghostbusters films of the 1980's, the frustration with its original crew over the absence of a third entry in the franchise was extraordinarily palpable. While writers and stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis toiled for two decades trying to conjure a script that would undo perceived damage to the concept caused by 1989's Ghostbusters II, a combination of studio interference with director Ivan Reitman and especially star Bill Murray's infuriating reluctance to participate in what he considered inferior storylines caused the franchise to settle upon 2009's highly acclaimed and popular Ghostbusters: The Video Game as the de facto sequel. (Not only did it reassemble the applicable, main cast members, but it returned Max Von Sydow as Vigo the Carpathian for good measure.) With the death of Ramis, the continued disillusionment of Murray, and the ouster of Reitman from the director's chair, Columbia Pictures insisted upon pushing ahead with a reboot of the concept, helmed this time by Paul Feig and replacing all the characters with female alternatives existing almost completely outside the plotline of the original concept. The basics of the team of four fighting ghosts and driving the Ecto-1 station wagon in New York remain intact, but the diminished comedy element, inferior chemistry among secondary characters, and the introduction of an antagonist to command the ghosts all proved problematic for audiences. Early controversy involving 2016's Ghostbusters centered on the all-female lead team, but, ultimately, it was the lack of faithfulness to the original Ghostbusters universe and storyline that propelled audience indifference or outward distaste. The film was largely deemed mediocre and lost an estimated $100 million at the box office, immediately placing in doubt the studio's original plans to produce several sequels. It suffices to say that audiences loved the uniquely original Ghostbusters concept to such a degree that a reboot rather than a continuation, even if such a continuation included only some of the original cast, was a totally inadvisable idea. How you view all this controversy may impact your opinion of the 2016 film's frightfully humorless and somewhat misguided score by parody genre veteran Theodore Shapiro. It's a good score, but it's also the wrong score.



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175 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.94 Stars
***** 23 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 46 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
* 25 1 Stars
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My alternate review.
Hari Haran - January 22, 2017, at 9:40 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 51:27
• 1. The Aldridge Mansion (2:57)
• 2. The Garrett Attack (1:29)
• 3. Never Invited (1:23)
• 4. Distinct Human Form (2:26)
• 5. The Universe Shall Bend (2:22)
• 6. Subway Ghost Attack (3:21)
• 7. Ghost Girl (0:59)
• 8. Mannequins (2:12)
• 9. Ghost in a Box (0:50)
• 10. Dr. Heiss (3:21)
• 11. Ley Lines (3:47)
• 12. Pester the Living (2:48)
• 13. I Will Lead Them All (2:16)
• 14. The Power of Patty Compels You (2:16)
• 15. The Fourth Cataclysm (3:32)
• 16. Balloon Parade (1:58)
• 17. Battle of Times Square (3:20)
• 18. Entering the Mercado (2:31)
• 19. Behemoth (3:43)
• 20. Into the Portal (3:07)
• 21. NY Heart GB (0:49)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks.com site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from Ghostbusters are Copyright © 2016, Sony Classical and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 9/4/16 (and not updated significantly since).
As a duly-designated representative of the City, County, and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all reboot activity and return forthwith to your movie concept of origin or to the next convenient parallel spin-off.
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