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Into Thin Air: Death on Everest
(1997)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearchen

Co-Produced by:
Tom Null

Performed by:
The Philharmonia Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Citadel Records
(November 25th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you own a few of Lee Holdridge's scores and seek more of his engaging action material and grand, harmonic themes.

Avoid it... if you prefer your victory or tragedy tunes to be dripping with more obvious melodrama and readily listenable action rhythms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #633
WRITTEN 12/5/97, REVISED 12/16/06
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Into Thin Air: Death on Everest: (Lee Holdridge) The commercialization of expeditions to the top of Mount Everest was the starting point of journalist Jon Krakauer's best-selling book on which this 1997 television film was based. Accompanying one of two competing groups attempting the treacherous climb, Krakauer would narrate how everything would eventually go wrong. Because the experienced guides would try to accommodate anybody willing to pay enough to be led to the top of the mountain, many unprepared people would make the journey. On this particular trip, with the help of some storms, five members of the teams would die. The story was unfortunately too long to be translated into an effective television film, with only 90 minutes of total length and significant numbers of fades for commercial breaks hindering the flow of the depiction. Critics and viewers seemed widely divided about the merits of film, though Sony would eventually release it on DVD. With poor development of the characters, the mountain becomes the primary character (despite the film being shot in Austria). The visuals and sound mixing were highly acclaimed, often compared to the IMAX feature Everest. One of the film's better qualities is the large-scale score by veteran television film composer Lee Holdridge, whose career was beginning to pick up in recognition in the late 1990's. While Into Thin Air: Death on Everest didn't prove to propel Holdridge over the top and into a flurry of theatrical films (as some had hoped), the score still stands on its own as one of the composer's most respected compositions. Holdridge collectors are familiar with the composer's competent ability to coin romantic or tragic themes for the dramatic genre of stories. To some degree, Into Thin Air: Death on Everest would utilize some of these sounds, but moreso than other Holdridge scores released on album, this one is distinctively on edge. It is a suspense score more than anything else, and it is based primarily upon a series of staggered rhythms meant to represent the equally staggered pace of the climbers as they move upwards (and downwards).



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Average: 3.41 Stars
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Total Time: 45:53
• 1. Main Title (3:03)
• 2. Khumbu Icefall (3:12)
• 3. The Hillary Step (3:17)
• 4. Chumalunga (1:30)
• 5. The Summit (2:35)
• 6. "I Can't Breathe" (1:38)
• 7. Not For Humans (2:35)
• 8. Rob and Doug Summit (2:49)
• 9. Sarah (3:05)
• 10. Decision Time (4:22)
• 11. Lost Friends (0:57)
• 12. Scott's Journey (2:04)
• 13. Night Storm (3:22)
• 14. Scott at the Top (1:07)
• 15. Descent (1:24)
• 16. Beck's Return (3:52)
• 17. Finale - Krakauer's Words (3:05)
• 18. Epilogue (1:44)

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The insert includes a lengthy note from Holdridge about the score. His official site featured a related shockwave presentation as of 1997-1998.
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