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Ghosts of the Abyss
(2003)
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(April 8th, 2003)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if you could be satisfied with an IMAX score that maintains a low level of atmospheric activity, therefore allowing the film's visuals to speak for themselves.

Avoid it... if you expect your IMAX scores to soar with energy and explode with melodramatic statements of theme.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #803
WRITTEN 7/16/03, REVISED 3/15/09
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Ghosts of the Abyss: (Joel McNeely) It seemed in 2003 that director James Cameron's obsession with the Titanic shipwreck continued to occupy his every artistic endeavor. After his monumental, super-popular film Titanic in 1997, Cameron assembled the equipment and expertise necessary to produce an elegant, 3-D IMAX tour of the sunken ship. Six years after his first journey to the wreck, Cameron anchored teams of Russian and American scientists, the world's foremost Titanic historians, and actor Bill Paxton (who seems out of place despite his connection to the 1997 epic) above the site of the tragedy. With his immense funding of the project, Cameron set out to use the most advanced digital technology to film (and thus preserve) the sunken ship in the picture quality worthy of such a massive screen presentation in 3-D. Thrown into the documentary were animated re-creations and some footage of ghostly live action that made Ghosts of the Abyss a more dramatic experience. The film (sometimes awkwardly) balances the enormity of the disaster's size with the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, which occurred during the filming process. Cameron had collaborated briefly with composer Joel McNeely for the title theme and pilot score to the director's "Dark Angel" television series, though they did not have an established big-screen partnership. McNeely had, to the frustration of film score collectors who recognized his potential in the industry, been involved in mostly television and straight-to-video films and series at the time, sparingly assigned to a feature project of significance. In 2003, however, McNeely was very active, with four feature film scores to his credit. His work for Ghosts of the Abyss obviously put him in an awkward spot, with the James Horner score for Cameron's 1997 blockbuster residing as one of the best-selling albums of all time. McNeely would have to capture the same dramaticism, classicism, and ethnic variety that Horner had accomplished and do it without allowing the music to bumble along as a simple extension of that existing Titanic sound scheme.



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VIEWER RATINGS
172 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.03 Stars
***** 31 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 42 3 Stars
** 37 2 Stars
* 27 1 Stars
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FVSR Reviews Ghosts Of The Abyss
Brendan Cochran - March 16, 2016, at 10:20 p.m.
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A colourful and enjoyable score
Sheridan - November 9, 2006, at 11:18 a.m.
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Great!
Chris - June 20, 2004, at 9:32 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 58:41
• 1. Departure - performed by Glen Phillips (2:33)
• 2. Main Title (1:16)
• 3. Apprehension (1:29)
• 4. Getting Ready (1:20)
• 5. Titanic Revealed (3:11)
• 6. Floating Above the Deck (3:01)
• 7. Dangerous Recovery (1:28)
• 8. Valse Septembre (2:19)
• 9. The Windows (0:47)
• 10. Jack and Elwood (2:14)
• 11. The Bots Go In (1:33)
• 12. Titsy Bitsy Girl (1:52)
• 13. The Grand Staircase (1:33)
• 14. Exploring the Staterooms (1:51)
• 15. Song Without Words (2:26)
• 16. Elegance Past (2:10)
• 17. Building the Ship (1:28)
• 18. I... I Had to Go (1:54)
• 19. The Ship's Engines (1:42)
• 20. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1:53)
• 21. The Final Day (2:15)
• 22. The End (3:17)
• 23. Memorials (1:18)
• 24. Go Toward the Light (1:31)
• 25. The Next Morning (2:08)
• 26. Nearer My God to Thee (0:55)
• 27. Saying Goodbye to Titanic (1:55)
• 28. Eternal Father, Strong to Save (3:02)
• 29. Darkness, Darkness - performed by Lisa Torban (4:05)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The two copies Filmtracks received for coverage accidentally contained two security strips each (behind the CD) instead of the customary one per product, causing the jewel cases to fail to fit properly.
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