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Reign of Fire
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Edward Shearmur

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Brad Warnaar
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 23rd, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you delight in exhibits of superior instrumental texture, especially if they are the groaning, banging, and shrieking variety that cause pets to flee from the room and neighbors to peer out the windows with cautious curiosity.

Avoid it... if you expect the marginal thematic element in Reign of Fire to provide enough satisfying harmonic relief from what remains a long album of challenging post-modern techniques and loud dissonance.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,737
WRITTEN 7/8/10
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Reign of Fire: (Edward Shearmur) Apparently, according to the plot of Reign of Fire, dragons were the reason the dinosaurs went extinct and they've been hibernating for millions of years until a new stock of food on the planet comes available. Fortunately for them, 2008 was their year of supposed resurrection, ascending from a construction project in London and wiping out most of humanity (presumably savoring the slow and juicy obese people first). As necessary for this 2002 film, however, small bands of humans have survived and are rebelling against the fire-breathing creatures that inhabit the skies. The American and British commando-like warriors eventually figure out that there exists only one male dragon, and they set off to London to find this original badass and literally swing an axe at it. Fallacies of logic abound, but let that not interfere with grunge-ridden set design and flashy special effects. The apocalypse flick didn't ignite the box office, only recouping its production costs in the American market, but it has earned a place on late night television due to its casting of then and future hunks Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, and Gerard Butler, as well as former Bond girl Izabella Scorupco. The music for Reign of Fire could have gone in several directions; dragon-related movies have had scores ranging from the most challenging, atonal work of Alex North (Dragonslayer) to the soothing, simplistic romanticism of Randy Edelman (Dragonheart). It may have been logical for young composer Edward Shearmur to approach Reign of Fire as a straight action assignment, though what he wrote for the picture turned out to be far more complicated and dissonant than expected, arguably music too intelligent for a film of this poor quality. In the early 2000's, Shearmur was finally living up to the promise he exhibited in his major introductory work of 1997, Wings of the Dove. He was fresh off of K-Pax, Species II, and Count of Monte Cristo, lending fresh ideas to the arguably tired dragon genre in Reign of Fire. The resulting score is a blend of post-modern techniques more common to Elliot Goldenthal or Don Davis' music, and along with the tiresome, but prerequisite comparisons to Jerry Goldsmith's Alien, the music for Reign of Fire was typically equated with the darkest portions of The Matrix and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. As you might imagine, therefore, it translates into an interesting but extremely difficult listening experience on album.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:30
• 1. Prologue (3:22)
• 2. Enter the Dragon (3:18)
• 3. An Early Harvest (2:42)
• 4. Field Attack (4:12)
• 5. Marauders (2:48)
• 6. Meet Van Zan (3:50)
• 7. Archangels (3:38)
• 8. Dawn burial (3:03)
• 9. A Battle of Wills (5:31)
• 10. The Ruins at Pembury (2:11)
• 11. Inferno (3:24)
• 12. Return to London (4:12)
• 13. Magic Hour (5:24)
• 14. Rebirth (2:40)

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