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The Mummy Returns
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
David Slonaker
William Ross

Performed by:
The Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus
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Decca Records
(May 1st, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the few adventure scores that can compete with John Debney's Cutthroat Island in terms of adventuresome spirit and noisy bombast.

Avoid it... if you demand thematic continuity in the scores of this franchise, almost none of which exists in its three entries.
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WRITTEN 5/1/01, REVISED 1/18/09
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The Mummy Returns: (Alan Silvestri) When 1999's The Mummy surprised Universal and grossed $400 million worldwide, the studio decided to make a franchise out of the concept, assembling almost the entire cast and crew from the first film for 2001's summer blockbuster The Mummy Returns. The only problem with that idea was in the dryness of well from which inspiration was taken for its script. There simply existed nothing new for The Mummy Returns to add to an already spent equation, and the insertion of a small role for wrestler The Rock as the Scorpion King was an obvious move to establish a connection for the third film in the trilogy (which indeed did come down the pipes not long after). The production values of The Mummy Returns are undeniably improved over those in the first film, but a sense of deja vu in the plot cripples the entire film. One person who thought that the franchise was trash from the outset was legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose grandiose score for the 1999 film is revered by his collectors as a guilty pleasure at the least. Goldsmith's public dismay with the fact that his career had diminished to extent that it included films like The Mummy obviously removed him from consideration when it came time to score the sequel. The choice of Alan Silvestri to replace Goldsmith was greeted with curiosity and some optimism; with his previous two scores representing minimalism (Cast Away) and parody (The Mexican) with decent results, some were skeptical that Silvestri could pour on the orchestral might necessary for this non-stop action thriller. But with Silvestri came an equally experienced adventure scorer, a man who had impressed audiences through the years with this highly functional and occasionally memorable action material. Along with the sequel film's attempt to be a cinematic marvel with its improved special effects, the script has very few moments of extended peace built in. The challenge for Silvestri was to produce almost two hours of unyielding action music (heavy on brass and chorus) without allowing the music to become a cliche of generic action/adventure scores. The composer ultimately succeeds in keeping the pace of the score moving without allowing it to become too repetitious or missing opportunities for valuable harmonious statements of grandeur.

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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 73:34
• 1. The Legend of the Scorpion King (4:55)
• 2. Scorpion Shoes (4:24)
• 3. Imhotep Unearthed (4:22)
• 4. Just an Oasis (1:25)
• 5. Bracelet Awakens (1:28)
• 6. Evy Kidnapped (5:55)
• 7. Rick's Tattoo (1:59)
• 8. Imhotep Reborn (2:42)
• 9. My First Bus Ride (7:45)
• 10. The Mushy Part (2:42)
• 11. A Gift and a Curse (5:32)
• 12. Medjai Commanders (2:03)
• 13. Evy Remembers (4:03)
• 14. Sandcastles (3:22)
• 15. We're in Trouble (2:18)
• 16. Pygmy Attack (3:31)
• 17. Come Back Evy (3:29)
• 18. The Mummy Returns (7:44)
• 19. Forever May Not Be Long Enough - performed by Live (3:47)

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The insert includes extensive credits and pictures, but no extra information about the score or film. It is arranged in a folding poster layout that is difficult to condense once opened.
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