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Snake Eyes
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Co-Orchestrated by:
Kevin Townend
Yukikazu Suzuki
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(August 11th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you noticed the score in the film itself and appreciated Ryuichi Sakamoto's strikingly classical methodology in contrast to the film's visual style.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to engage you on album with the same expansive flair that the film had.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,182
WRITTEN 5/30/99, REVISED 7/7/07
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Snake Eyes: (Ryuichi Sakamoto) If there were ever a perfectly fine film that was so totally and utterly decimated by its own atrocious ending, Snake Eyes would be near the top of the list. Director Brian De Palma's stunning sense of visual style is completely betrayed by a terrible ending forced upon the film by its budget restrictions, but that didn't hinder the first ten stunning minutes of the production. An elaborate assassination at an Atlantic City boxing match is staged with phenomenal precision, and the investigation into that killing is handled with outstanding intelligence. But by the time the hurricane outside the arena plays as a central figure, the film has disintegrated into one of the most disappointing conclusions in recent memory. One interesting aspect of De Palma's career has been his constant switching between composers, both obscure and famous, for his projects. Following his collaboration with Danny Elfman for Mission: Impossible, De Palma would turn to Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto for the score for Snake Eyes. The project would be one of his most visible films to Americans since he won the Academy Award for The Last Emperor more than ten years before. His music for Snake Eyes would be an interesting study, because there are listeners who both dislike the score because of its inappropriateness for the film, and others who love it for just the same reason. There is nothing as strange at times as seeing Nicolas Cage frantically gesticulating and yelling on screen while Sakamoto's restrained classical music is playing. This juxtaposition is evident right at the start, with the lengthy, meandering single shot challenged by its own choice of musical accompaniment. In some regards, the extremely conservative approach taken by Sakamoto threatens to make his music irrelevant when you are dazzled by the visual elements of the film. Anyone expecting the score to be vibrant in a modern sense will be disappointed, for Sakamoto provided a striking classical score for Snake Eyes, one perhaps better suited for a film like Gattaca than this one. Michael Nyman fans, pay attention.



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Average: 2.69 Stars
***** 30 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 46 3 Stars
** 52 2 Stars
* 55 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 47:47
• 1. Snake Eyes (Short Version) (2:51)
• 2. Assassination (2:47)
• 3. The Hunt (6:09)
• 4. Julia's Story #1 (1:23)
• 5. Tyler and Serena (4:38)
• 6. Kevin Cleans Up (2:13)
• 7. You Know Him (2:19)
• 8. Blood on the Medals (2:02)
• 9. Crawling to Julia (3:24)
• 10. The Storm* (4:30)
• 11. Snake Eyes (Long Version) (7:39)
• 12. Sin City - performed by Meredith Brooks (4:16)
• 13. The Freaky Things - performed by LaKiesha Berri (3:36)
* Different from version used in the film

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