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Return to Paradise
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Arranged, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
David Metzger
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 11, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can't pull yourself away from lovely, exotic woodwind and percussion performances that contribute to one of Mark Mancina's most intoxicating dramatic scores.

Avoid it... if you expect a dramatic intensity in the non-thematic cues to match the thought-provoking nature of the film's character dilemma.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,253
WRITTEN 8/31/99, REVISED 3/30/08
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Return to Paradise: (Mark Mancina) If you were tentative about taking a vacation to East Asia in the 1990's, then Hollywood wasn't making you feel any better about the prospect. Among a rash of films depicting Westerners given unreasonable prison sentences for small crimes (earned or not), Joseph Ruben's Return to Paradise was among the more thought-provoking. Three young men take a vacation to Malaysia and the one who stays a bit longer for a Greenpeace event is arrested for drugs and eventually sentenced to death. The other two return to New York and carry on normal lives until the prisoner's attorney arrives from Malaysia two years later in the form of Anne Heche and gives the two men the option of saving their friend's life in return for serving prison sentences themselves. The film is a mixture of exotic pleasure, modern American lifestyles, and an emotionally powerful dilemma that is resolved in an unexpected and tragic way. Regardless of the film's examination of morals and its obvious statement about Malaysian courts, the gorgeous location inspired much of the crew in its effort to define the kind of beauty that stings. Composer Mark Mancina had broken away from dependence on Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures and engaged in his own successful career in the mid-1990's, but his assignments were typically limited to dumb blockbuster action or time-wasting comedies. This situation would change with Moll Flanders and Return to Paradise, though the first of two suffered from a budget that forced Mancina to rely almost exclusively on synthesizers to render a composition that begged for an orchestral recording. For Return to Paradise, the composer gets the best of both worlds, infusing his gritty electronic writing with expansive and dramatic orchestral ideas, along with occasionally mesmerizing solo performances, especially on woodwinds. Addressing both the beauty of the location and weight of the decisions that need to be made by the story's characters, Mancina's title theme for Return to Paradise is an intoxicating highlight of his entire career. While only three major performances of the theme exist on album, the dozen minutes of this material are worthy every penny.



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Average: 3.21 Stars
***** 47 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:12
• 1. Looking at You (4:28)
• 2. The Prison (2:35)
• 3. Return to Paradise (4:15)
• 4. Bike Ride (0:47)
• 5. 6 Years in Prison (0:58)
• 6. Crack Pipe (0:40)
• 7. ...Just a Few Days More (1:27)
• 8. Arriving in Malaysia (1:25)
• 9. The Appeal (1:41)
• 10. Desperate Lovers (2:43)
• 11. Safe Travels (0:44)
• 12. Higher Appeal (0:50)
• 13. God's Bathtub (1:32)
• 14. I'll Miss You (2:17)
• 15. Flesh and Blood (2:00)
• 16. Godless Place (2:56)
• 17. The Hanging (2:13)
• 18. Second Call (1:11)
• 19. Hope (0:47)
• 20. Epilogue (7:43)

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