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The Phantom
(1996)
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1996 Milan
2012 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Metropolitan Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
Xandy Janko
Steven Scott Smalley
Randy Miller
Conrad Pope
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Milan Entertainment
(June 4th, 1996)

La-La Land Records
(July 3rd, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1996 Milan album is a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2012 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and was available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you consider yourself an avid collector of every variation on the superhero genre of music, because David Newman provides an adequately beefy and occasionally exciting entry despite many underwhelming passages.

Avoid it... if you expect the long and rather oddly developed thematic structures of The Phantom to remain in your memory, for the ideas, along with a passive orchestral performance, fail to distinguish the score in a crowded field of competition.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #587
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/26/12
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Newman
The Phantom: (David Newman) After the monumental success of the original Batman adaptation to film in 1989, there was a short-lived push to bring a second tier of radio and comic action icons from the 1930's to the big screen, highlighted by the popular failure of 1994's The Shadow. Carrying a less interesting cast and a plot with an equal number of cliches, director Simon Wincer's The Phantom bombed to an even greater extent, pushed aside by heavyweight summer releases of 1996 such as Independence Day and Twister. An explicitly campy demeanor to the script, performances, and even the costumes of The Phantom attempted to infuse humor into a concept already brimming with rather amusing logical fallacies (beginning with the purple outfit of the hero). Playful stabs at the Indiana Jones franchise and seeming indecision about the level of mysticism caused this jungle-born fantasy topic to lose its luster, and a rather tepid love story left largely cut from the film didn't help. The fad of adapting comic book legends may gave died off for a while thereafter (the resurrection of the studios' attempts with 2000's X-Men was a predictable reboot of the same general idea), but the film scores of that genre remain as curiosities at the very least. The music for these fantasy concepts and their conceptual manipulation of time allowed for large scale experimentation on the part of the composers assigned to give them a lasting identity, opening the doors for them to weave a diverse fabric of thematic and unconventional instrumentation into rousing scores, both in the respective films and on their albums. Even relative newcomers to film music who are vaguely familiar with the style of composition of David Newman know that the son of the infamous Alfred Newman is capable of writing long and engagingly melodic themes for dramatic movies. His ability to highlight a score with a spontaneous cue of orchestral marvel has never gone unnoticed. His score for Hoffa has arguably the most memorable and consistently strong thematic material of his career, and even a project as silly as 2000's Bowfinger offers a short, but brilliant orchestral outburst for the film's outlandish ending.



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VIEWER RATINGS
469 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.45 Stars
***** 115 5 Stars
**** 137 4 Stars
*** 114 3 Stars
** 54 2 Stars
* 49 1 Stars
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If you seek adventure, action and great themes, this is the one!
Oscar G. - August 27, 2012, at 4:19 p.m.
1 comment  (953 views)
If this score came out 12 years later, it'd be a hit
Jeremy - April 25, 2008, at 5:26 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Milan Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:23
• 1. For Those Who Came in Late (1:21)
• 2. The Tomb (2:57)
• 3. The Phantom (5:39)
• 4. Anything's Possible (1:33)
• 5. The Rescue (4:32)
• 6. The Escape (5:44)
• 7. Must Be the Humidity (2:06)
• 8. Diana Must Leave/New York (0:58)
• 9. Ray Gets the Point (1:21)
• 10. The Museum (2:40)
• 11. Flying to the Island (6:09)
• 12. Quill is Destroyed (2:27)
• 13. Escaping the Island (8:48)
(Track lengths not listed on CD or cover)
2012 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:52

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1996 Milan album includes notes about the legacy of the concept and David Newman's career through 1995. The 2012 La-La Land album's insert features extensive notation about the film and score, including a track-by-track analysis.
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