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The Quest
(1996)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ralph Ferraro
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 30th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you can't get enough of that pleasant Randy Edelman sound in all of its variations, including a surprisingly light-hearted variant for another kickboxing environment.

Avoid it... if you already own Edelman's superior score for Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and are satisfied with its more memorable identity.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,416
WRITTEN 9/23/03, REVISED 4/6/09
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The Quest: (Randy Edelman) Perhaps nobody clued him in on this probable fact before this film was made, but Jean-Claude Van Damme is much better at kicking people in the groin than he is at conjuring the story for and directing his films. Being so, Van Damme, the kickboxer who entertained the population by getting into angry scuffles with relentless tabloid photographers on city streets in real life, decided to make The Quest his directorial debut. The film, not much different from the formulas of the other kickboxing films in which he stars (except for an awkward role for Roger Moore in this case), was a critical disaster and went straight from empty theatres to video stores and midnight showings on cable channels. The film wasn't laughable, per se (at least not intentionally), but it simply repeated all the same old Van Damme moves in a poorer light, making it pointless if you've seen him bash opponents (or, best yet, kick over palm trees after torturing the plant repeatedly) on screen in the past. Composer Randy Edelman, however, seemed inclined to take on any project of dubious merit and provide a decent score for it. He was a model of consistency in the 1990's no matter the genre or quality of films with which he was involved, never creating the best or worst to come from his industry. He had been fortunate enough to be assigned Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story in 1993 and had produced an excellent, rousing score for that occasion. For The Quest, Edelman had many of the same elements at work: nasty fight sequences in a pre-Matrix era that were supposed to wow audiences, a slight oriental touch (giving the necessary nod to the origins of kickboxing, not to mention the appearance of a bad dude named, of course, Khan), and a pseudo-heroic theme of solitude meant to expand upon the supposedly complex, but introverted character of the film's prime brute (the kind of guy who is nice at heart, but who will kick your head off if necessary). Needless to say, Edelman could handle such a questionable project on auto-pilot. And that is exactly what he did.



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96 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.71 Stars
***** 14 5 Stars
**** 16 4 Stars
*** 21 3 Stars
** 19 2 Stars
* 26 1 Stars
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help please
nick - October 13, 2005, at 2:26 p.m.
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Not that bad in my opinion
Bisse Börjesson - October 1, 2003, at 9:55 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:14
• 1. Opening/The Dream (1:52)
• 2. Chris Beats Germany (3:27)
• 3. Old New York (1:20)
• 4. Invitation (2:34)
• 5. Khan Kills Phang (3:47)
• 6. Flashback (1:49)
• 7. To the City of Battle (3:46)
• 8. Drums on the Beach (3:12)
• 9. Smile Please (1:28)
• 10. The Greatest Fighters (3:11)
• 11. Sentenced to Death (3:53)
• 12. Brazil Accompaniment (2:52)
• 13. Monkey Boy and Snake Eyes (1:09)
• 14. The Wire (1:05)
• 15. American Theme (2:18)
• 16. Finale/Fulfillment of the Quest (2:50)

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