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Men in Black
(1997)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane
Mark McKenzie

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Mark McKenzie
Edgardo Simone

Co-Produced by:
Ellen Segal
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Music Soundtrax
(December 9th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if the memorable, retro-style title theme over chopping string rhythms is enough to sustain your interest in the entire score.

Avoid it... if the title theme and a few robust crescendos of fantasy in the latter half of the score can't float Danny Elfman's chaotic and less effective slapstick underscore in between.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #156
WRITTEN 1/13/98, REVISED 9/17/06
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Men in Black: (Danny Elfman) An immense success in popular appeal, Men in Black was a film made by its improbably fantastic plot. The concept conveyed in Barry Sonnenfeld's film has been spun off in several directions since its introduction in 1997, including a sequel several years later as well as a culture-wide redefinition of the phrase "men in black" and an evolution in the way people look at pugs. With its outrageous script, Men in Black was a perfect match for composer Danny Elfman, an artist with a keen sense of how to treat the wacky and the bizarre in his music. By 1997, Elfman was a man in conflict, though, and his score for Men in Black is a direct reflection of that inner toil. Having won the hearts of countless fans with his dramatic scores of the early 1990's, Elfman had shifted his focus violently in 1995, returning to his rock band roots and attempting to combine the orchestral elements of his prime success with the quirky elements of those early days. Many fans argue that it would take until Spider-Man at the end of the decade before Elfman really perfected this combination, and the jury is still out on the lasting quality of Elfman's quirkier scores in between. Ironically, Men in Black represented the composer's first Oscar nomination, and it has been argued that much of the attention and praise that the score has received through the years can be attributed to just a few sections of that score. Elfman had a tendency to do that in the mid-1990's.



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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - May 22, 2012, at 11:26 a.m.
1 comment  (868 views)
Men in Black Formula
Bruno Costa - November 13, 2010, at 3:22 a.m.
1 comment  (1115 views)
dry mixing
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:41
• 1. M.I.B. Main Theme (2:58)
• 2. D's Memories/Chase (3:57)
• 3. Edgar's Truck/A New Man (2:58)
• 4. Imports/Quiet Moment (2:22)
• 5. J Contemplates (1:18)
• 6. Headquarters (1:13)
• 7. The Suit (1:28)
• 8. Morgue Time (0:49)
• 9. Petit Mort (1:42)
• 10. K Reminisces (0:48)
• 11. Orion's Belt/Cat Stinger (2:18)
• 12. Noisy Cricket/Impending Trouble (2:08)
• 13. Sexy Morgue Babe/Icon (5:41)
• 14. Take Off/Crash (7:20)
• 15. Finale (3:02)
• 16. M.I.B. Closing Theme (2:36)

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