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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Edward Shearmur

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Brad Warnaar
Jeff Toyne

Performed by:
The London Metropolitan Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Teese Gohl
Steve McLaughlin
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Sony Classical
(September 7th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can immerse yourself in shamelessly high-flying, patriotic orchestral adventure scores no matter their general simplicity or relentless level of bombast and tempo.

Avoid it... if that genre's music becomes tedious and repetitive for you when it is clearly derived from other superhero scores, especially ones as obvious as those by John Williams and James Horner.
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WRITTEN 9/3/04, REVISED 9/23/11
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: (Edward Shearmur) Originally titled The World of Tomorrow and scheduled for an early summer 2004 release, this comic book-style action flick dashed into theatres several months and several thousand CGI-effects later. Named appropriately after the motto of the 1939 World Fair in New York City, the film takes the style of an old serial and uses every modern technological method of movie-making to glorify it for a new generation. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow makes no attempt to step out of the shiny-silver and imaginative assumptions that visionaries of the 1930's thought the future of the world would be like, although the characters are symbolic of the black and white notions of good and evil that ensure that the appeal of the film is rooted in easy spectacle rather than novel concepts. The handsome Sky Captain and the beautiful city newspaper reporter team up with iconic secondary characters on their journey around the world in search of the evil Dr. Totenkopf, who wants to use his technological genius to cause planetary death and destruction. From the swarms of flying robots to the digitization of actor Laurence Olivier as the villain, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is the purest and most innocent form of comic book eye candy. From a filmmaking standpoint, this project stands out because it was the first production to be shot entirely in a studio against a blue screen, with all backgrounds and other larger cinematic shots rendered by computers. When newcomer director and screenwriter Kerry Conran hired up-and-coming young composer Edward Shearmur to provide the music for the film, it's easy to hear in the final product that Conran was not interested in rooting any aspect of the production in reality. Instead, Shearmur was sent on an expedition to the heights of unabashed 1930's adventure as well, dispatched with a license to shake the walls through an adaptation of scores like The Rocketeer and soar to even more patriotic and heroic extremes. Shearmur had already proven himself capable of handling a wide range of assignments, including those that rely heavily upon genre inspirations for their success. At the time, he had made waves with Reign of Fire and Johnny English, and together with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, this body of work raised hopes of an illustrious career to follow.

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Average: 3.58 Stars
***** 345 5 Stars
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Total Time: 57:50
• 1. The World of Tomorrow (1:07)
• 2. The Zeppelin Arrives (1:53)
• 3. The Robot Army (3:01)
• 4. Calling Sky Captain (3:26)
• 5. Back at the Base (2:49)
• 6. The Flying Wings Attack (6:31)
• 7. An Aquatic Escape (2:29)
• 8. Flight to Nepal (4:38)
• 9. Treacherous Journey (2:22)
• 10. Dynamite (2:26)
• 11. Three in a Bed (0:57)
• 12. Finding Frankie (5:02)
• 13. Manta Squadron (6:33)
• 14. h-770-d (1:14)
• 15. Flying Lizard (1:06)
• 16. Totenkopf's Ark (5:01)
• 17. Back to Earth (3:14)
• 18. Over the Rainbow* - performed by Jane Monheit (3:54)
* composed by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The album is dedicated to the late composer Michael Kamen, under whom Shearmur worked and studied.
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