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Oceans
(2010)
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Composed and Orchestrated by:
Bruno Coulais

Conducted by:
Laurent Petitgirard

Performed by:
Paris Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Music (France)
(March 23rd, 2010)
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Commercial French release, available as an import in America for $30.
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Buy it... if you seek a competent, occasionally impressive compliment to George Fenton's popular music of similar expansive scope for nature documentaries of the last ten years.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear either the exotic instrumental creativity of Bruno Coulais' Winged Migration or a distinct thematic flow through a score that is instead carried by three or four immensely superior cues of individual character.
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WRITTEN 7/2/10
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Oceans: (Bruno Coulais) More than a decade after the British reinvigorated the genre of nature documentary, films and series with spectacular photography and a pro-environment message continue to illuminate the majesty of the planet and generate decent profits. Disney created a subsidiary called Disneynature to distribute the best of European nature documentaries in America, the first being the BBC production of Earth in 2008 and following with the slightly less fiscally successful but still impressive French film Oceans for Earth Day in 2010. The latter was directed and produced by Oscar-winner Jacques Perrin, who used $66 million dollars to coordinate four years of filming in over 50 different locales around the Earth to capture wildlife in the oceans and the detrimental affects of human filth on their existence. The American version distributed by Disney was sanitized for young audiences, removing 20 minutes of material and utilizing the services of Pierce Brosnan as narrator. Always a highlight of these documentaries has been their musical scores, an element of the productions that often became, like the narrator, an overarching central character of consistency. With George Fenton in the lead, these projects throughout the 2000's have also allowed, like their strictly IMAX predecessors, for grandiose symphonic scores of immense scope and instrumental diversity. After all, such incredible visuals deserve the richest of music, and fortunately, the long, flowing format of most of these films' scenes also yields lengthy, concert-like development of interesting motifs. It was no surprise that Perrin sought the services of composer Bruno Coulais for Oceans; their collaboration over the past ten years includes the bird documentary Winged Migration and the Academy Award nominated music for The Chorus in 2004. Coulais' career has been slowing gaining international recognition since, especially with his work for the cult favorite Coraline. In all of these assignments, Coulais has demonstrated senses for both lyrical beauty and instrumental creativity, the latter often extending to devious levels. No better a canvas for this merging of melody and diversity exists than these grand environmental documentaries, and the composer does not disappoint. It's not likely that his music for Oceans will supplant Fenton's at the forefront of awareness for soundtrack collectors, but it's a strong entry with a few stunning, standout cues that make its album a more enjoyable listening experience than the less accessible, sound effects-riddled Winged Migration.

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Average: 3.31 Stars
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Bruno Coulais is the S**T
Attack of the Drones - July 10, 2010, at 2:22 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 61:12
• 1. La Fusee (3:04)
• 2. La Cavalerie des Dauphins (2:27)
• 3. Le Festin de l'Ocean (0:44)
• 4. Le Temps des Decouvertes (2:31)
• 5. La Danse des Dauphins (1:19)
• 6. L'Eveil (3:03)
• 7. Les Otaries (2:14)
• 8. Le Nouveau Monde (1:37)
• 9. Le Recif de Nuit (3:58)
• 10. Danses (4:00)
• 11. Le Recif de Jour (1:57)
• 12. L'Arrivee des Araignees (2:05)
• 13. A l'Aventure (3:38)
• 14. Cavalerie Sous la Mer (3:01)
• 15. Le Nouvel Ocean (4:24)
• 16. Jusqu'a la Source (1:41)
• 17. Les Massacres (5:18)
• 18. Disparus (3:44)
• 19. Etranges Creatures (1:54)
• 20. Aquarium (2:43)
• 21. Ocean Will (6:04)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. Its credits are in French.
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