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Serenity
(2005)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greg Jamrok
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 27th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are fan of either this film or the television series that preceded it, or if you enjoy experimental sci-fi music.

Avoid it... even if you've been waiting for the rare opportunities for David Newman to display his considerable talents in something other than ridiculous comedies.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #973
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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Serenity: (David Newman) When at first you don't succeed, try, try again, and hopefully the big screen will afford you the success that witless television studio executives failed to allow you in their own venue. Such is the story with writer and director Joss Whedon, who was buoyed by his success of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer on television after it was thrashed in its initial big screen debut. This time, the equation is thrown the other way around, with Whedon having created the science fiction action series Firefly for television only to see it cancelled before the end of its first season (and, to make matters even worse, having the few episodes made shown out of sequence by the network). Luckily for Whedon, his success on Buffy (and the subsequent Angel) would give him the opportunity for Universal Studios to finance a big-screen film based on Firefly. Renamed Serenity, but retaining most of the cast and concepts from the television show, Whedon delves further in the mind-reading, space battle prone universe in which the government/citizen relations are strained much in the same way Orwell might have imagined. The film may not have made total sense for viewers who hadn't followed the series on television (and thus have failed in generating enough interest to extend the concept beyond this one film), but its eye candy made it a serviceable project. Composer David Newman came onto the project by the suggestion of Universal music executives because of Whedon's request for a composer who writes to several different eras and genres. Newman has composed for nearly every type of film imaginable, including the Galaxy Quest parody of Star Trek. But serious sci-fi is an area in which Newman doesn't have extensive credits, with most of his work seemingly revolving around completely pointless comedies. Given that he's been stuck in this dumb comedy rut for so long, a project like Serenity is exactly what many of his thin following have hoped for over the past ten years.

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355 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 64 5 Stars
**** 62 4 Stars
*** 87 3 Stars
** 67 2 Stars
* 75 1 Stars
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Warm happy Earth That Was woodwinds.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:53
• 1. Into the River (3:10)
• 2. Escape (1:30)
• 3. Serenity (0:50)
• 4. Going for a Ride (2:24)
• 5. Trading Station Robbery (3:07)
• 6. River Goes Wild (1:28)
• 7. River and Simon in Locker (0:55)
• 8. Population Dead (3:55)
• 9. Haven Destroyed (0:54)
• 10. Sheppard Books' Last Words (1:00)
• 11. You're Not a Reaver (0:56)
• 12. Mal Decides (3:09)
• 13. Truth/Mal's Speech (3:36)
• 14. Space Battle (3:21)
• 15. Crash Landing (1:59)
• 16. Run to Black (2:55)
• 17. Generator Room (3:06)
• 18. Mal & Op Fight (2:11)
• 19. Jane & Zoe/Final Battle (2:44)
• 20. Funeral/Rebuilding Serenity (2:19)
• 21. Prep for Flight (1:33)
• 22. Love (1:06)
• 23. End Credits (1:38)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the director about the score and film.
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