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The Invasion
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sean McMahon
Larry Groupe
Jeff Schindler

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Additional Music by:
Lior Rosner
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 14th, 2007)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. It went out of print within two years but was still available at that time for $5 or less.
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Buy it... only if you are confident in your curiosity about John Ottman's most avant garde score to this point in his career, a challenging blend of carefully rendered electronics and dissonant orchestral textures.

Avoid it... if you are typically lured to Ottman's scores by his lyrical tendencies or his ability to narrate the story of the film through his music, for nether trait is utilized whatsoever in The Invasion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,801
WRITTEN 9/9/09
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The Invasion: (John Ottman) What could be more frustrating than having a major studio tell you that you are going to be replaced at the end of the production of the first American feature you've directed and replaced with a clan of pyrotechnic junkies determined to take your arthouse film and add some massive explosions to it? That's what happened to Oliver Hirschbiegel on his 2007 film, The Invasion. The fourth adaptation to the big screen of Jack Finney's "The Body Snatchers," The Invasion turned out to be too cerebral for Warner Brothers, and in their post-production desperation to transform the picture into something they saw as more palatable for mainstream audiences, they brought in the Wachowski Brothers of The Matrix fame (Warner favorites) and those two, in turn, applied director James McTeigue to parts of the film to spice it up. Unfortunately, they made no real attempt to shoot adequate transitions between Hirschbiegel's original film and their own ridiculously preposterous additions, leading to several awkward transitions and no cohesive flow to the entire picture. Also a major detriment to The Invasion is the total waste of its ensemble cast, both Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig accomplishing nothing outside of their autopilot ranges. The story is all too familiar, too, a reference to Cold War fear involving paranoia towards the government and other forces perceived to be from the darkness. Once again, clones of people are killing their real counterparts, sleep being the key to the pandemic-like infection's conquering of its victims. Mixed into the tale is a mother-son bonding plot that attempts to give The Invasion some appeal to the heart, but by the time Kidman is dragged around through the revised sequences of outrageous special effects, all credibility is lost. Not immune to the post-production madness of The Invasion was composer John Ottman, whose music also suffered from a lack of clear direction given the last-minute changes in cue editing and the addition of scenes late in the process. The assignment was always intended to be one to avoid convention for Ottman, who at the start agreed that the approach of a traditional orchestral score for this remake would be too dull. His attempt to take the sounds of Bernard Herrmann into electronically avant garde territory was a consistent push in this recording, despite the many unexpected twists that the post-production rearrangements created. The tone of Ottman's original ideas seems to play intact, even if the score is completely devoid of narrative development.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:57
• 1. Life Goes On/Dance of the Cells (3:46)
• 2. Escape With Ollie/Basement (3:30)
• 3. All Aboard (2:15)
• 4. Mid-Transformation (3:49)
• 5. Subway/Blending In (4:04)
• 6. Census Taker/Search on a Whim (2:32)
• 7. Carol and Ben Plot (3:36)
• 8. Warning Wendy/Taster's Choice (1:45)
• 9. Hit and Sit/Dropping Off Ollie (2:04)
• 10. Under the Microscope/Call for Help (1:50)
• 11. Trick or Treat/Bad Boy (1:51)
• 12. Family Bliss/It's a Pickle (2:33)
• 13. Carol's Wild Ride (3:24)
• 14. I Need You/I Already Slept (2:40)
• 15. Falling Asleep/We Touched It (3:49)
• 16. Wake Up!/A Better World? (3:31)
• 17. Final Escape (1:57)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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