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Leviathan
(1989)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
Nancy Beach

Performed by:
The Orchestra di Santa Cecilia di Roma (Rome)
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 17th, 1989)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores after a few years.
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Buy it... if you enjoyed Jerry Goldsmith's similar suspense and action stance in The Swarm and are often intrigued by his experimentation with sound effects.

Avoid it... if only the best-developed, most rhythmically consistent Goldsmith suspense motifs satisfy your tastes in the composer's more bombastic orchestral works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #770
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 11/1/11
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Leviathan: (Jerry Goldsmith) In retrospect, 1989 was the crowning year of underwater suspense and horror. Among others, DeepStar Six, Leviathan, and The Abyss all were released that year, perhaps due to some level of advancement in underwater filming technologies. The premise of Leviathan starts with promise but disintegrates into a poorly executed combination of Alien and The Thing that dozens of other films had already attempted before. An underwater mining crew (consisting of a decent cast of B-rate character actors for the time) searching for precious metals 16,000 feet down is testy as it nears the end of its 90-day shift. Luckily, the group discovers the mysterious wreck of a scuttled Russian ship named Leviathan in the great depths. They plunder various goodies from the ship unaware that among their discoveries is a mutant gene experiment that was likely the demise of Leviathan. The film stumbles badly at this point, especially by the time a few of the crew are transformed into monsters wearing rubber suits and do all the obligatory maiming and senseless killing that films like Leviathan require. At some point, you stop caring if anyone survives and appreciate the fact that the film has a good sense of humor about its own failings, and luckily the $24 million sunk into the production elements of the film was allocated to good use in sets, special effects, and the hiring of Jerry Goldsmith for the original score. While The Abyss was only the cinematic success of the this sub-genre of films in 1989, Goldsmith's score for Leviathan gives Alan Silvestri's choral work for the more famous film a run for its money. The composer's involvement with Leviathan was no surprise given that he and director George P. Cosmatos had collaborated with great success on First Blood. Goldsmith had also proven himself more than worthy of assignments in the monster and science fiction genres in the late 1970's and 1980's, with everything from Alien to The Swarm under his belt. The task for the composer here channeled Alien, but Goldsmith couldn't resist the temptation of a more vibrant ensemble personality and the addressing of the underwater setting as an influence in his music. On the surface, Leviathan is very average Goldsmith work that won't likely earn many firm supporters, but a handful of unique additions to the score help it stand above the substantial mass of other similar works from the composer.

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Average: 3.15 Stars
***** 60 5 Stars
**** 71 4 Stars
*** 73 3 Stars
** 57 2 Stars
* 43 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:46
• 1. Underwater Camp (3:23)
• 2. Decompression (3:16)
• 3. Discovery (5:24)
• 4. One of Us (1:41)
• 5. The Body Within (4:33)
• 6. Escape Bubbles (5:37)
• 7. Can we Fix It (3:25)
• 8. Situation Under Control (1:49)
• 9. It's Growing (3:10)
• 10. Too Hot (3:27)
• 11. A Lot Better (3:31)

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