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I Am Legend
(2007)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Conducted by:
Chris P. Bacon
Grant Gershon

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Jon Kull
Brad Dechter

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony and Hollywood Film Chorale
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 15th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you value James Newton Howard's accomplished melodramatic fantasy sound, one that addresses both the solitude and monumental sense of loss with orchestral and choral beauty in this score.

Avoid it... if you desire no surprises after hearing what little music was actually emphasized in the film, for the majority of compelling material that Howard wrote for the project (including its alternate ending) will be heard for the first time on the album release.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,464
WRITTEN 5/4/10
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I Am Legend: (James Newton Howard) Few original stories have fascinated screenwriters as much as Richard Matheson's 1954 "I Am Legend," and while dozens of such toiling scribes have attempted to meet with studio approval in their efforts to adapt the concept for the big screen, only three feature productions have resulted. Its original premise involved a "last man alive" scenario in contemporary Los Angeles, with one average man immune to a virus that has eliminated most of humanity and turned the remainder into vampires that seek to kill him during nighttime hours. His efforts to scrounge for food and supplies during the day eventually lead him on a search for a cure for the virus, one that he famously finds but is made somewhat irrelevant by his discovery that it is he who is the ultimate monster in need of execution. After the Vincent Price and Charlton Heston movies of 1964 and 1971 had faded from memory, Warner Brothers began the process of producing another adaptation in the mid-1990's. Over the course of ten years, I Am Legend was a revolving door for directors, producers, and screenwriters, the studio shutting down production several times due to concerns about a budget that had bloated past $100 million. The initial idea was for director Ridley Scott to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, Robert Neville, in a Houston setting. By the time Schwarzenegger had become a producer of I Am Legend (just before his run as governor of California), director Michael Bay and actor Will Smith were attached to the project. Ultimately, only in 2007 did Francis Lawrence direct Smith in a New York adaptation that was being violently rewritten even throughout its filming. The inability of Warner and Lawrence to nail down a coherent plot for I Am Legend yielded much of the disdain the film received from critics, a ridiculous action-oriented ending replacing an alternative one that had originally done justice to Matheson's concept by once again earning sympathy for the vampires and making Neville the villain of the tale. Also extremely problematic for I Am Legend was the curious decision to render the vampires almost completely with CGI, a choice that backfired when the effects were universally criticized as being lousy. Still, the film grossed more than half a billion dollars and remains one of the most successful December releases of all time in raw box office performance. For film music collectors, the score by the busy James Newton Howard was something of a casualty of the perpetual, last-minute production changes.

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Average: 3.8 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:21
• 1. My Name is Robert Neville (2:51)
• 2. Deer Hunting (1:17)
• 3. Evacuation (4:27)
• 4. Scan Her Again (1:42)
• 5. Darkseeker Dogs (2:17)
• 6. Sam's Gone (1:48)
• 7. Talk to Me (0:56)
• 8. The Pier (5:17)
• 9. Can They Do That? (2:09)
• 10. I'm Listening (2:10)
• 11. The Jagged Edge (5:16)
• 12. Reunited (7:50)
• 13. I'm Sorry (2:22)
• 14. Epilogue (4:13)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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How can a composer/conductor named "Chris P. Bacon" expect to have a shot at serious Hollywood work?
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