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Jade
(1995)
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2001 Bootleg
2010 La-La Land
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
(Bootleg)
(2001)

La-La Land Records
(November 30th, 2010)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Several slight variations exist in the contents of the many bootlegs that represented this score throughout the 2000's. The 2010 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and was made available initially through soundtrack specialty outlets. Its retail price through the label directly was reduced from $20 to $15 within weeks after the release.
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Buy it... on either the bootlegs or the official, limited 2010 album only if you want to experience the horror that James Horner must have felt when actually trying to write 20+ minutes of mundane, mostly synthetic filler material for this unbelievably awful film.

Avoid it... if you expect Horner to have written anything as compelling as the beautiful Loreena McKennitt song or as interesting as the Igor Stravisnky piece both mixed so prominently with the score throughout the film.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,484
WRITTEN 8/26/09, REVISED 1/15/11
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Jade: (James Horner) Cinematic disasters are regular occurrences in Hollywood, though not from as varied a cast, veteran a director, controversial a writer, successful a composer, and high a budget from a major studio as Jade. The 1995 production cost $50 million to make, utilized a script by sex and thriller favorite Joe Eszterhas, and offered director William Friedkin another opportunity to not only shoot another of his famous chase scenes, but expand upon his history of tackling highly disturbing subjects as well. The mystery story contained nearly every familiar plot element standard to the noir genre, putting a detective in between his powerful former lover and her equally powerful attorney husband. When death strikes the ranks of San Francisco's executive and governing class, the detective (played with absolutely no pizzazz by David Caruso in one of his worst roles ever) has to piece together how the other two members of the triangle are involved. Fertility masks and bizarre sex rituals involving Linda Fiorentino join the topics of blackmail and hidden cameras, though none of this competes with the chance to see Rambo favorite Richard Crenna involved in the wicked and explicit rituals. And then there was the controversy. As if an American gross of less than $10 million wasn't bad enough, Jade came under fire from Eszterhas (who claimed that Friedkin mutilated his script so badly that he insisted upon having his name removed from the film) and stirred further problems when accusations were raised that Friedkin, in the style of The Exorcist and The Sorcerer, shot subliminal messages during scenes involving the freaky masks that induced vomiting in audiences (indeed, there were reports of nauseous viewers staining theatre floors with their dinners). Whether the film makes you sick to the stomach or not, it's terrible entertainment, and outside of the one minimally redemptive car chase through San Francisco's Chinatown, Jade has nothing to offer.

Composer James Horner apparently realized just how wretched Jade was destined to be when he was offered the assignment by Friedkin, who very actively sought Horner's services for the film and still thought highly of him long after this collaboration. The composer, desiring to have nothing to do with Jade, did what some composers do if they are not interested in a project: have their agents demand a ridiculous sum of money to lock up the contract. Surprisingly, despite the need for only about 20 minutes of original music in Jade, Paramount accepted Horner's offer and, by an unconfirmed report, paid him $3 million for his services. That kind of money was at one time typical for a major score performed by The London Symphony Orchestra and rarely anything less. Thus, Horner was stuck in an assignment for the only kinky sex thriller of his career, a topic nestled in between his recordings of Casper and Balto. Should anyone be surprised, therefore, that Horner's finished product for Jade was awful? There have long been many unanswered questions about the composer's involvement in Jade. First is the exact amount of music he wrote for the picture, because Friedkin used a plethora of outside material for the film as well (supposedly dumping some of the score). Eventually, Horner's contribution was pegged at about 27 minutes, though the film only used about 20 minutes of it. Second is the placement of Loreena McKennitt's song, "The Mystic's Dream," throughout the score in such a fashion that the score would have to interact with it. Horner did emulate elements from the song into his work, though post-production editing of the score was more often the reason for the mingling of the two. Third is a rumor that Horner's dissatisfaction with the production spanned his entire involvement with it, creating speculation that he intentionally wrote as wretched a score for the film as possible. The last question will go unaddressed in this review, because it's impossible to say if the music is actually poor (or, at best, "phoned in") by intention.



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Music meant to make you vomit   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2001 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 32:51
• 1. Main Title (5:12)
• 2. Looking for Answers (2:42)
• 3. Evidence (2:45)
• 4. Interrogation (1:08)
• 5. Clues (0:48)
• 6. Desire (2:09)
• 7. The Trap (1:14)
• 8. Skin (2:25)
• 9. Go to Her (1:37)
• 10. Finale (3:08)
• 11. End Title (4:36)
• 12. Jade (5:11)
(variations between bootlegs exist)
2010 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:19

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NOTES AND QUOTES
There exists no substantial packaging for the various bootlegs. The 2010 La-La Land album's insert contains notes about the film and score, including quotes from the director about both, but it unfortunately neglects to discuss the more controversial aspects of the production.
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Some people learned the hard way that Jade wasn't exactly a great date movie.
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