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Mimic
(1997)
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1997 Varèse
2011 Varèse
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony
Bill Boston
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(September 2nd, 1997)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 24th, 2011)
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The 1997 album was a regular U.S. release. Its value was retained at $15 even when the expanded 2011 album debuted. That 2011 "Deluxe Edition" was also a Varèse Sarabande offering but was part of the label's Club series and limited to 1,000 copies at an initial price of $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out within days, immediately escalating to $50 on the secondary market.
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Buy it... on the rare 2011 expanded album if you seek excellent treatment (including improved sound quality) of one of Marco Beltrami's most accessible horror efforts.

Avoid it... if even ten minutes of the composer's more alluring lyricism in this genre cannot sustain your interest beyond the somewhat standard but well executed stingers, dissonant challenges, and varied percussive usage in this dynamically organic recording.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,706
WRITTEN 12/29/11
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Mimic: (Marco Beltrami) Perhaps the most fascinating statement ever made by director Guillermo del Toro was one in which he confessed that his experience making the 1997 movie Mimic was more frustrating than even the kidnapping of his own father in Mexico, which happened at roughly the same time. The production woes involving the film were mostly caused by the distrust of the young director by producer Bob Weinstein, who constantly imposed his personal will upon nearly every aspect of the movie. The fundamental purpose of the plot was at stake in the disagreement, Del Toro seeking to make a comment about the human ego through artistic merit and Weinstein looking to reap the benefits of the standard B-rate slasher techniques that had just been resurrected by his own company. The plot is one that takes several elements from the Alien franchise and places them in the subway system underneath New York City. When a pair of cocky scientists genetically engineer an insect meant to wipe out the city's cockroaches, which are spreading a disease that is killing human children, they succeed by inadvertently equipping their new species with the capability to evolve at incredibly fast rates. After only three years, this species has grown to human size and, for the convenient purposes of a horror film, both feast on humans for their food and can emulate their looks well enough to cause another layer of panic. Despite Del Toro's attempts to make the film "beautiful" in its conveyance of the insects, the final product took the shape of the cheap horror flick that Weinstein had in mind, and Mimic was ultimately dismissed by critics and audiences alike, failing to recoup its $30 million budget in domestic grosses. Despite its many faults, the movie was an important stepping stone for composer Marco Beltrami, however, the second in a long collaboration with the Weinsteins that would launch and sustain his early career. Moreover, Mimic was evidence that their prior work together, Scream, was not a fluke. While Beltrami's contribution to Scream did not flow completely smoothly in production, either, it did introduce a striking melody and beefy orchestral horror sound to its franchise, and Mimic is largely a continuation of that same general technique. The composer did have to report to both Del Toro and Weinstein during his creation process, an awkward situation by Beltrmai's recollection, but his work managed to satisfy both parties. In particular, the director pushed Beltrami to expose his thematic portions of Mimic with straight forward lyricism to emphasize his interpretation of the beauty of the topic. Not surprisingly, the result is a score that is quite accessible within its genre.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 31:55
• 1. Main Title (2:51)
• 2. Race to the Subway (1:38)
• 3. Time to Separate (0:58)
• 4. Chuy Steps Out (3:20)
• 5. Manny Searches For His Son (1:51)
• 6. Slow Tango (2:15)
• 7. Chased By a Bug (1:16)
• 8. Susan Meets Chuy (1:05)
• 9. Faulty Scaffolding (1:22)
• 10. Manny's Tango (1:56)
• 11. Evil Among Us (1:10)
• 12. Confronting Terror (2:18)
• 13. The Lucistic's Alive (1:28)
• 14. Reunited (2:51)
• 15. End Credits (2:01)
• 16. La Cucaracha - performed by Dillon Dixon (3:35)
2011 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 62:26

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1997 Varèse album contains notes from both the director and composer. The 2011 limited Varèse product's insert features extensive information about the score and film.
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