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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
(2010)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh
Jennifer Hammond
Geoff Stradling

Additional Music by:
Halli Cauthery
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(May 25th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire the first truly intelligent action blockbuster score to grace the collaboration of Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Avoid it... if all the magnificent orchestral, choral, and ethnic flair that Harry Gregson-Williams can muster for this occasion cannot overcome the familiarity of his major themes and the limited, but still obnoxious role of electronic elements in this context.
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: (Harry Gregson-Williams) So much hope was placed by Walt Disney Pictures on this adaptation of the popular 2003 video game that its release was postponed a year so that it could be perfected and marketed to meet studio expectations clearly set by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. With Jerry Bruckheimer producing and much of the Pirates of the Caribbean crew returning, Mike Newell of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire directed what Disney originally pegged as the first of a seven-feature franchise. Whether a $200 million budget and countless marketing gimmicks can turn 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time into that level of blockbuster is suspect, especially with a concept that has already been tinkered with by countless screenwriters and has pulled elements from the first three Ubisoft Montreal "Prince of Persia" game stories with reportedly no attempt to leave any cohesive inspiration for the sequel scripts. The story, as you might imagine for any interactive video game translation, is a bit slim, thrusting Jake Gyllenhaal into the role of street urchin Dastan turned heir to the throne of Persia. He teams with Princess Tamina to protect the Persian Empire of the sixth century from the evil Nizam, who proves that Sir Ben Kingsley still endures as something of a sexy beast in the antagonist department. Possession of a dagger that can turn back time in brief intervals is the focus of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Dastan using the mystical blade to assist him in stopping Nizam from conjuring a sandstorm supposedly so fierce that it would disrupt worldwide air travel like no single volcano ever could. Stepping aside from the scoring duties for Disney's next franchise is composer Hans Zimmer, though his replacement is as logical as any that could have been predicted. Harry Gregson-Williams is, along with John Powell, the most accomplished graduate of Zimmer's production house, and he had briefly replaced Zimmer as a Ridley Scott collaborator. The prospect of hearing Gregson-Williams write music for a Bruckheimer production immediately raised questions about how the famed producer's historical demands for generic Zimmer-flavored action material of an overbearing, synthetic touch would reconcile with Gregson-Williams' more diverse instrumental and stylistic tendencies. Bruckheimer's aversion to woodwinds, for instance, would be challenged by the ethnic and mysterious elements of Prince of Persia, and it should be said with a great sigh of relief that Gregson-Williams has been allowed to write with a fair amount of freedom for the occasion.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:17
• 1. The Prince of Persia (5:20)
• 2. Raid on Alamut (6:32)
• 3. Tamina Unveiled (2:34)
• 4. The King and His Sons (2:59)
• 5. Dastan and Tamina Escape (4:31)
• 6. Journey Through the Desert (2:55)
• 7. Ostrich Race (0:59)
• 8. Running From Sheik Amar (3:27)
• 9. Trusting Nizam (4:37)
• 10. Visions of Death (1:46)
• 11. "So, You're Going to Help Me?" (2:20)
• 12. The Oasis Ambush (1:54)
• 13. Hassassin Attack (2:59)
• 14. Return to Alamut (3:05)
• 15. This is No Ordinary Dagger (4:39)
• 16. The Passages (3:09)
• 17. The Sands of Time (3:58)
• 18. Destiny (3:38)
• 19. I Remain - performed by Alanis Morissette (4:57)

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The insert includes lyrics to the Morissette song but no extra information about the score or film.
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