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On the Beach
(2000)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Christopher Gordon

Choral Performances by:
The Syndey Philharmonic Choir

Solo Performances by:
Phillip Hartl
David Periera
Anne L. Comerford
Geoff Collinson
Paul Goodchild
Marshal McGuire
Josephine Allan
Ellena Baroni
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 23rd, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a very competent and compelling collection of orchestral melodies to accompany a morbidly depressing concept.

Avoid it... if you're not prepared for the inevitable sense of melodramatic despair that prevails in the score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,060
WRITTEN 1/5/00, REVISED 9/8/08
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On the Beach: (Christopher Gordon) A largely unheralded remake of the 1959 version of On the Beach staring Gregory Peck, this 2000 adaptation was produced in two parts for airing on the Showtime cable channel. Because of its limited viewership, and despite its considerable quality, the Russell Mulcahy update received very little notice. While both the 1959 and 2000 films are based upon the same Nevil Shute novel of 1957, the 2000 revision takes inspiration mostly from the liberties taken with the plot in the 1959 adaptation, expanding the romantic love triangle of the story into the central focus. More interesting is the shifting of the source of the nuclear war to a conflict between the United States and China, with the Americans receiving the blunt of the blame. That war has caused a cloud of nuclear fallout that is slowly enveloping the world and killing its inhabitants. With Australia the last continent still alive, a lone American submarine launches from Melbourne to make one last effort to search for signs of life in the States. What they find in Alaska and California is death, and they ultimately are forced to the deal with decisions about how to spend the remaining weeks of their lives. The concentration on the romances in the 2000 film lend it a more personal touch, whereas the concept of annihilation in 1959 (along with an immensely accomplished cast) was alone compelling enough float the picture. Most of the crew for television remake of On the Beach was, naturally, Australian, and native composer Christopher Gordon was assigned the music for the film. To the film music community, his career has largely been tied to two things: television and the open seas. Prior to this project, he had made a splash with the 1998 Hallmark television production of Moby Dick, for which he had written a vibrant and engaging score with a soaring title theme. His work for On the Beach is of equal quality, but is obviously rooted far more deeply in tragedy and is thus a weightier listening experience. Despite the score's quality, it went down as one of the most unsuccessful album releases in the history of the Varèse Sarabande label, struggling to sell just a few hundred units. This poor showing on record store shelves was likely due to the production's anonymity on Showtime rather than any problem inherent with Gordon's music.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 73:35
On the USS Charleston
• 1. The World at War (4:07)

Melbourne
• 2. A New Day (1:21)
• 3. A Matter of Months (0:55)
• 4. Melbourne Decays (1:45)
• 5. Decommission (1:38)
• 6. Nordstrom's Theory (1:07)
• 7. Through the Darkness (2:25)

On the Beach
• 8. Moira and Towers Meet (2:34)
• 9. A Christmas Memory (1:16)
• 10. On the Jetty (1:43)
• 11. The Great Ocean Road (4:02)
• 12. The Beginning of the End (1:00)
Message from the North
• 13. Prepare to Dive (1:28)
• 14. Voyage North (3:13)
• 15. Anchorage (5:45)

San Francisco
• 16. Alien Landscape (4:51)
• 17. Swain Returns Home (3:23)
• 18. The Vote (2:29)
• 19. At the Taj Mahal (0:47)

The Burial Cloud
• 20. Homecoming (0:47)
• 21. Hirsch (3:50)
• 22. Flight Through the Apostles and Elegy (5:56)
• 23. Final Farewells (4:53)
• 24. Lacrimosa (2:52)
• 25. Lux Perceptua (2:23)
• 26. From the Beach, Silently Sweeping (6:34)

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The insert contains a short about the score from the director.
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