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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
(1996)
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Co-Composed, Arranged, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed, Programmed, and Co-Produced by:
Marius DeVries

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Nellee Hooper
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Capitol Records
(April 8th, 1997)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. The prior, first volume of music released for the film contained no score material. A 10th anniversary product makes minimal alterations to the score material it contains.
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Nominated for a BAFTA award.
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Buy it... on the "Volume 2" soundtrack album if you seek the most accurate representation of the extremely disparate collection of highly melodramatic and stylish music you actually heard in the film.

Avoid it... if you demand the continuity of Moulin Rouge in this related format, for the similar highlights of this practice run are likely not worth the flawed album presentation for anyone other than fanatic enthusiasts of the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,602
WRITTEN 11/25/09
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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: (Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, and Marius DeVries) Among critics, there wouldn't be much disagreement that within writer and director Baz Luhrmann's famed "Red Curtain Trilogy," the musical sensibilities and stylistic experimentation in Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet were practice runs for Moulin Rouge in 2001. While neither of its predecessors reached the same overwhelming combination of critical and popular support that Moulin Rouge enjoyed, there is without a doubt a devoted fan following for all of them. Few pop culture hits are as enduring as Luhrmann's translation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" play in 1996, a stark contrast in approach to Kenneth Branagh's massive version of Hamlet released concurrently. For the fictional world of Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, the director creates the ethnically embattled city of Verona (likely modeled after Miami) and blurs the lines of its temporal setting, including visual elements ranging from the 1940's to 1990's. The lines from the play are badly butchered and performed without much depth by its cast, though fangirls across the world were never the less entranced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the lead roles. The awkward mixtures of the spoken performances and the odd art direction and soundtrack led to significant disdain from some of the industry's foremost reviewers. Roger Ebert extended his scathing criticism to Luhrmann's choice of soundtrack format, singling out the music as being symbolic of the film's completely reckless and unanchored purpose (he also went on to say that the 1996 score is "a dim contrast to Nino Rota's great music for the Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet in 1968."). This criticism was to be expected, however, because Luhrmann merged a classical score with heavy rock, punk, and R&B tones, usually in stark contrast to one another from scene to scene. The narrative's adjoining scenes often have no musical continuity whatsoever, opting like the visuals to be handled on a moment by moment basis. Melodramatic orchestral and choral bombast can segue to pulsating techno and R&B material in an instant and vice versa. It's the kind of soundtrack that appeals to the masses because of its song usage (including a few notable cover versions of famous titles) and then solicits those mainstream listeners to make ill-advised, overly-positive commentary about the orchestral score as well.



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Average: 3.05 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 65:34
• 1. Prologue (0:44)
• 2. O Verona (1:28)
• 3. The Montague Boys - performed by Justin Warfield of One Inch Punch (1:03)
• 4. Gas Station Scene (1:52)
• 5. O Verona (Reprise) (1:35)
• 6. Introduction to Romeo (2:07)
• 7. Queen Mab Interlude (0:22)
• 8. Young Hearts Run Free (Ballroom Version) - performed by Kym Mazelle, Harold Perrineau & Paul Sorvino (3:27)
• 9. Kissing You (Love Theme From "Romeo + Juliet") (Instrumental) (3:33)
• 10. Balcony Scene (5:22)
• 11. When Doves Cry - performed by Quindon Tarver (4:06)
• 12. A Challenge (1:24)
• 13. Tybalt Arrives - performed by Butthole Surfers and the Dust Brothers (1:48)
• 14. Fight Scene (3:10)
• 15. Mercutio's Death (3:39)
• 16. Drive of Death (1:25)
• 17. Slow Movement (12:44)
• 18. Morning Breaks (2:36)
• 19. Juliet's Requiem (1:57)
• 20. Mantua (1:17)
• 21. Escape From Mantua - performed by Mundy (3:57)
• 22. Death Scene (4:13)
• 23. Liebestot (from "Tristan und Isolde") - composed by Richard Wagner and performed by Leontyne Price (1:28)
• 24. Epilogue (0:31)

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The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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