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Renaissance Man
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Nick Glennie-Smith

Trumpet Solos by:
Malcolm McNab
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 14th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you dig Hans Zimmer's early electronic jazz stylings and want to hear a well-balanced, dynamic merging of his synthetics with an orchestra.

Avoid it... if parody march music for dumb military settings tries your patience after only 30 seconds.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #921
WRITTEN 8/6/99, REVISED 4/22/07
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Renaissance Man: (Hans Zimmer) It was rare at the time for director Penny Marshall to miss the mark completely, for her films were typically so whimsically fluffy and enjoyable in an undemanding sense. That changed with Renaissance Man, a misfire about personal inspiration that takes an ordinary civilian and puts him in charge of teaching the Army's most hopelessly dumb and difficult recruits. The premise alone is ridiculous beyond comprehension, especially when Danny DeVito as the teacher decided to turn around the recruits using Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and "Henry V." Perhaps the most embarrassing moment in any film during the 1990's came when the misfits, led by Marky Mark, performed a synopsis of "Hamlet" in rap. A healthy dose of logical fallacies, as well as overly-predictable plot foreshadowing and cliched grasps at other films' messages, led Renaissance Man to failure at the box office. Collaborating once again with Marshall was composer Hans Zimmer, whose career was about to launch itself to an Oscar win and a co-owned composition studio and training center eventually described with not-so-polite words by many older film score collectors. In listening to the score for Renaissance Man, you can't help but get the impression that Zimmer was placing most of his efforts at the time on the concurrent The Lion King, undoubtedly a wise move. Not even the concept of the music for Renaissance Man would be original, with Robert Folk tackling In the Army Now at roughly the same time for a similar style of film. But whereas Folk took a completely orchestral and accomplished parody style into that equally doomed project, Zimmer would stay well within the realm of his own synthetic/orchestral blend that was still in its more hip and tolerable stages. Zimmer's early career was defined by electronics in a contemporary sense, merging jazz, light rock, and new age styles into scores that often served as fantastic listening experiences outside of the film. Chronologically speaking, Renaissance Man would be one of the last times he would make a fully wholesale use of those stylings before his career would turn away from Marshall's kind of films.

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So this is better than World's End?
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Total Time: 29:18
• 1. Welcome to the Army (3:55)
• 2. Letter from Home (4:25)
• 3. Serving Your Country (4:11)
• 4. To Thine Ownself (4:36)
• 5. Stay With Me (2:11)
• 6. Victory Starts Here (7:28)
• 7. Benitez Does Henry (2:32)

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