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The Return
(2006)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Benjamin Wallfisch

Performed by:
The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(November 21st, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if a heavy dose of harmonious, but somewhat stagnant contemplation is acceptable in your otherwise stock thriller sound.

Avoid it... if you expect the instrumental and atmospheric creativity of Dario Marianelli's previous mainstream efforts to carry over into this more routine score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,496
WRITTEN 2/12/07
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The Return: (Dario Marianelli) You really have to wonder what Sarah Michelle Gellar is thinking when she continues to accept roles like the lead in The Return. Her inability to extract herself from the horror and thriller genre after her run on Buffy must be maddening for her fans, who certainly should be noticing that she's beginning to age beyond the cuteness that made her viable ten years ago. Without a doubt, The Return isn't the vehicle to her next stage of success; in matter of fact, the film is a dramatic step back for nearly everyone involved with it. The appropriately-title film marks the return of British director Asif Kapadia to American cinema after five successful years overseas. He reunites with two key members of his production team on the 2001 BAFTA-winning film The Warrior: cinematographer Roman Osin and composer Dario Marianelli. Osin's visual framing of the Texas landscape in The Return is reportedly among the highlights, though few factors seem to have been able to save the project from fiscal disaster. Closing from its wide release with only $7 million in earnings, The Return was a casualty of its own horrifically poor pacing, cheap scare tactics, and examinations of religious reincarnation that weren't intelligent enough to compensate for the ineffectiveness of the horror. The bore-fest provides Gellar as a sales representative for a trucking company who travels to a town in Texas to investigate hallucinations that relate to the death of a girl much like herself, and, given how these films work, probably is herself. Composer Dario Marianelli has burst into American cinema with resounding force in the past two years, with Pride & Prejudice nominated for an Oscar, and both The Brothers Grimm and V for Vendetta showcasing the composer's talents with full orchestral ensembles in attack mode. The outrageous creativity and enticing bombast recorded for those scores has raised significant awareness to Marianelli's seemingly fresh approach to the American scoring industry, making a mundane project like The Return an intriguing possibility for a composer to shake the usual sounds of such cheap thrillers.



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204 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.84 Stars
***** 24 5 Stars
**** 40 4 Stars
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** 43 2 Stars
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the 1st seems to be the Last
entEngle - November 20, 2007, at 11:50 p.m.
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A score good for relaxing   Expand >>
Sheridan - February 18, 2007, at 5:26 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:51
• 1. Sweet Dreams - performed by Patsy Cline (2:38)
• 2. The Girl With Two Souls (3:48)
• 3. Collision (2:11)
• 4. Present and Past (1:04)
• 5. The Red Bar (2:14)
• 6. Memory Lane (1:18)
• 7. Terry Warms Up (2:22)
• 8. A Close Shave (1:48)
• 9. Driving to La Salle (1:45)
• 10. The Other Woman (1:29)
• 11. Griff's Garage (1:13)
• 12. Old Things (1:34)
• 13. Cornered (2:41)
• 14. Annie Dies (2:43)
• 15. What Really Happened (2:13)
• 16. Sea Horses (3:50)

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