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Moby Dick
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Christopher Gordon
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 24th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy adventurous scores rich with ambitious brass and percussion performances that hail back to the glory days of Golden Age high seas epics.

Avoid it... if the traditional sense of grand, swashbuckling style is an outdated sound for your 21st Century ears.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #733
WRITTEN 3/24/98, REVISED 7/22/07
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Moby Dick: (Christopher Gordon) While the 1956 John Huston adaptation of the 1851 Herman Melville novel will easily remain the more famous of the two, the 145-minute miniseries made by Hallmark for a debut on the USA Network in March 1998 is a worthy entry. The quasi-Australian production led by Franc Roddam is faithful to the story of Captain Ahab and his 1840's quest to take his whaling ship Pequod to the ends of the Earth in search of the white whale who maimed him previously. The circumstances behind the casting of this television adaptation are worth mentioning because of Patrick Stewart's involvement. With a foreshadowing of this role in his Star Trek work, it was perhaps inevitable that Stewart would tackle Ahab. More interesting, however, is the cameo by Gregory Peck --star of the original Huston film-- as Father Maple early in the first part; it would be one of the actor's final screen performances. The film was met with great critical and popular success, with nearly every element of the production securing acclaim. The only negative worth mentioning is some of the CGI work, especially when related to the whale, which looks particularly weak in its above-water appearances. Announcing himself to the film score community with grand style was composer Christopher Gordon, whose work for Moby Dick essentially put him on the map for most collectors. He would continue his work for Hallmark and other television productions with success in the following years as well. In Moby Dick, his large-scale orchestral score would be omnipresent, especially in its repeated usage during the transitions to commercial breaks. Despite its profound impact on the film, the confines of television sets of the era caused the score to be somewhat dissatisfying in its limited scope of sound, a problem somewhat rectified by a lengthy album release. The performances of the players in Australia are outstanding, as is the quality of the recording in digital form. It proves once again that scores with a touch of Americana don't necessarily have to be performed in the United States to be convincing.



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Average: 3.59 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 73:24
Part I

• 1. Call Me Ishmael (2:36)
• 2. Queequeg (1:49)
• 3. Silhouettes (1:28)
• 4. Nantucket Docks (1:03)
• 5. The Pequod (1:19)
• 6. The Harpooner (0:36)
• 7. Jonah and the Whale (2:03)
• 8. Farewell (0:24)
• 9. The Voyage Begins (1:54)
• 10. Devoured, It Was (1:50)
• 11. The Crow's Nest (1:41)
• 12. Ahab (0:46)
• 13. The Gold Ounce (0:59)
• 14. An Indissoluble League (2:26)
• 15. The God Forgive (1:10)
• 16. I Am the Prophet (:55)
• 17. Beware the Blasphemer's End (1:17)
• 18. There She Blows (4:30)
• 19. The Devil Himself (1:46)
Part II

• 20. Midnight Sea (4:25)
• 21. Man Overboard (2:12)
• 22. Ye Hairy-Hearted Ghouls (1:34)
• 23. Bad Magic (1:39)
• 24. Onward to Nowhere (1:43)
• 25. Ice (3:10)
• 26. Ye Shall Will It! (1:30)
• 27. Queequeg's Prophecy (0:46)
• 28. Captain Pip (1:04)
• 29. The Shadow of a Knife (1:05)
• 30. Apparition (1:02)
• 31. At the Helm (2:08)
• 32. St. Elmo's Fire (3:22)
• 33. Forty Years (3:43)
• 34. Lower the Boats (2:07)
• 35. The Pilot (1:28)
• 36. Fate's Lieutenant (1:34)
• 37. Eternal Rest (0:56)
• 38. Queequeg's Death (1:31)
• 39. The Pequod Burns (1:33)
• 40. Orphan of the Sea (1:06)
• 41. Moby Dick Theme (2:01)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director.
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