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The Scorpion King
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Conducted and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Don Nemitz
Frank Bennett
Jon Kull
Chris Klatman

Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 18th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are open to the idea of hearing a touch of metal flair in the otherwise predictable orchestral majesty suitable for the franchise.

Avoid it... if the use of ripping electric guitars for a 16th Century warrior cannot be compensated for by John Debney's more usual layers of orchestral and choral bombast.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #363
WRITTEN 7/6/02, REVISED 1/18/09
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The Scorpion King: (John Debney) Inspired by the legendary Egyptian warrior introduced in The Mummy Returns, the third installment of The Mummy series concentrates on the character of The Scorpion King and his 16th Century battle against an evil visionary and ruler of the famed city of Gomorrah. The film was not much more than an excuse for a regurgitation of the set, costumes, and visual effects templates seen in the previous film; upon the unexpected level of success of the original 1999 entry, Universal gave the green light to two sequels that were intended to be released in snapshot succession, and by the release of The Scorpion King in 2002, the concept was stretching for marketability. Not experiencing the same staleness factor at the time was wrestling star Dwayne Johnson (otherwise known for some reason as "The Rock"), starring as the Scorpion King and bulging with 21st Century nutritional supplements, but nevertheless battling ancient, evil henchmen to the sound of John Debney's action packed score. Debney, whose action music often needed no supplement, followed Jerry Goldsmith and Alan Silvestri as the composers of the films in the series (the former refusing to join the carryover crew for the sequel because of his decision that The Mummy was mere trash). His music eclectic in style and his career spanning nearly every possible genre, Debney has been a master at both orchestral themes and synthetic rhythms throughout the late 1990's and 2000's. Of all the composers producing large orchestral works in Hollywood during this time, Debney is also among the most talented at the creation of satisfying rock and roll music as well. These talents have always landed him some less than desirable scoring assignments (The Replacements is a prime example) and for a long time, his mastery of both the orchestral and synthetic realms had not yet merged on a grand scale. Finally, The Scorpion King changed all of that, throwing the two stylistic sides of Debney's talents into one surprisingly cohesive, kick-ass piece of music. It is no surprise that when Universal beat a dead horse by resurrecting the concept again in 2008 with The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the man called in to supplement Randy Edelman's underachieving music with a continuation of his orchestral ass-kicking was none other than Debney.



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Average: 3.48 Stars
***** 218 5 Stars
**** 244 4 Stars
*** 199 3 Stars
** 81 2 Stars
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N.R.Q. - July 9, 2006, at 12:06 p.m.
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tj - September 21, 2005, at 8:05 p.m.
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Score fit for a better movie   Expand >>
Bindner - August 3, 2002, at 6:33 p.m.
3 comments  (4197 views)
Newest: August 28, 2002, at 2:39 a.m. by
Pawel Stroinski
Great review, Christian!   Expand >>
Vestard - July 25, 2002, at 1:40 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 33:54
• 1. Boo! (1:26)
• 2. Main Titles (1:38)
• 3. Night Attack (3:55)
• 4. Vision of Doom (1:05)
• 5. Pickpockets (2:43)
• 6. Valley of the Dead (2:12)
• 7. The Cave (3:38)
• 8. Mathyus Arrises (1:26)
• 9. Balthazars Camp (5:10)
• 10. I Had a Vision (2:36)
• 11. I've Come for the Woman (3:26)
• 12. Die Well Assassin (3:43)
• 13. Balthazar Arrives (3:09)
• 14. The Scorpion King (3:26)

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