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The Mummy
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Studio Orchestra

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Decca Records
(May 4th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you don't mind hearing orchestras wielded like blunt instruments for exotic and noisy action romps.

Avoid it... if you expect either the sophistication or prevailing personality in style that Jerry Goldsmith's better adventure scores exhibit.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #116
WRITTEN 5/16/99, REVISED 4/20/08
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The Mummy: (Jerry Goldsmith) At times, it's hard to tell if director Stephen Sommers intended The Mummy to actually embody the characteristics of a serious action flick, because so much of it is ridiculously dumb that there's the possibility that parody was the goal. Nothing really remains from the 1932 Boris Karloff film of the same name, with the remake a cheap knock-off of the Indiana Jones concept that resorts to cliches for a bloated running time. A high priest in 1290 B.C. Egypt is caught with the pharaoh's mistress and is both buried alive with flesh eating beetles and cursed for all eternity. He, Imhotep, is the mummy stumbled upon and accidentally released by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, who, in their roles as an American treasure seeker and British historian, respectively, are plundering the riches of Hamunaptra. As Imhotep is resurrected, he sets upon unleashing Biblical plagues, among other auxiliary intentions. The concept of Imhotep's attraction to the modern incarnation of his former Egyptian lover, the central theme of the 1932 film, is only alluded to in the 1999 version. Inevitably, the special effects of Imhotep's plagues are the main attraction, and the story was damned by Sommers' own writing missteps. Sommers and composer Jerry Goldsmith had collaborated on the ridiculous action/horror film Deep Rising the previous year, and The Mummy came after an uncharacteristic six month absence from the film scoring scene for Goldsmith. Without a doubt, 1999 was the veteran composer's last great year, treating audiences to robust orchestral scores for this, The Haunting, and The 13th Warrior. Though none of these films merited much praise, the consistent quality of Goldsmith's output, as well as the outstanding characteristics of the recordings' mixes, have caused the scores to become late staples in the collections of the composer's fans. While the score for The Mummy certainly has all the building blocks of a five-star score (or at least a solid four star one), it stumbles due to its total lack of organization. The sequels' scores by Alan Silvestri and John Debney, interestingly, used none of Goldsmith's material but were arguably more consistent.

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Awesome score   Expand >>
Pudgy - March 9, 2007, at 5:24 p.m.
4 comments  (3783 views)
Newest: October 4, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.by ZPIANOGuy
End of "The Mummy" film, credit's music;
Jeff Morris - November 5, 2005, at 11:00 p.m.
1 comment  (3605 views)
DVD Isolated Score?
JMG - August 17, 2005, at 2:34 p.m.
1 comment  (2974 views)
theater trailer song   Expand >>
anna - April 19, 2005, at 1:01 p.m.
2 comments  (2995 views)
Newest: October 27, 2006, at 9:00 p.m.by Tony
Letīs Go to the Pyramides
Cesar - March 31, 2004, at 3:29 p.m.
1 comment  (1793 views)
there is no real theme   Expand >>
There is no spoon - April 17, 2003, at 3:29 p.m.
2 comments  (2700 views)
Newest: April 13, 2004, at 3:51 p.m.by Nick
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:40
• 1. Imhotep (4:19)
• 2. The Sarcophagus (2:17)
• 3. Tauger Attack (2:21)
• 4. Giza Port (2:03)
• 5. Night Boarders (4:06)
• 6. The Caravan (2:52)
• 7. Camel Race (3:26)
• 8. The Crypt (2:26)
• 9. Mumia Attack (2:17)
• 10. Discoveries (3:41)
• 11. My Favourite Plague (3:59)
• 12. Crowd Control (3:12)
• 13. Rebirth (8:33)
• 14. The Mummy (6:19)
• 15. The Sand Volcano (5:40)

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