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Speed 2: Cruise Control
(1997)
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Composed and Arranged by:

Conducted by:
Don Harper

2010 Album Produced by:
Nick Redman
Mike Matessino
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(June 15th, 2010)
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Substandard bootlegs of this score have existed since 2000. The 2010 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and sold through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you appreciated Mark Mancina's melodic sense for Speed but not its restricted, cheap-sounding rendering, in which case the sequel score takes the same propulsive, thematic demeanor and gives it resounding power with a larger ensemble.

Avoid it... if you expect either for the popular pair of themes from the previous score to dominate the sequel or for the dominant new themes and action material to be original in construct, perhaps an invalid criticism given the superior overachievement in instrumental application of these ideas throughout a film this awful.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,596
WRITTEN 7/6/10
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Mancina
Speed 2: Cruise Control: (Mark Mancina) In the history of sequels, 1997's Speed 2: Cruise Control is often considered among the most ridiculed, a critical and fiscal flop that didn't recoup even half of its $110 million budget domestically (though it did turn a marginal profit after worldwide grosses). Even returning franchise star Sandra Bullock has been known to deride the film, and it is understandable that Keanu Reeves, her costar from its popular 1994 predecessor, Speed, refused to take a huge paycheck for resuming his roll as a Los Angeles SWAT officer pushed into duty as the lead protagonist against lunatics using technology to harass and commandeer large vehicles. Instead, Jason Patric simply took his place as another member of the same SWAT group and he has to vanquish a disgruntled Willem Dafoe aboard their hijacked cruise liner in order to propose marriage to Bullock's consistently sweet but hopelessly overmatched lead. Director Jan de Bont and a returning crew from Speed wasted no expense in their renting of a cruise ship and later ramming of a massive, false ship hull into an ocean-side village (both of the latter built to scale at a cost more than that of the entire first film in the franchise). Among the reasons for enduring laughter in regards to Speed 2: Cruise Control is its multitude of fallacies in the operations and technology of modern cruise liners, any one of which would have alone rendered the entire plot of this film impossible. Additionally, practically none of the destruction seen in the story's major action scenes is remotely plausible given the laws of physics. Still, the film is mindless entertainment, and at least composer Mark Mancina returned to expand upon his ideas from Speed. His music for the prior film is often credited with contributing to the definition of the "sound" of the 1990's blockbuster score, and his work with Hans Zimmer at the time often yielded not only unusual applications of percussion but also a keen sense of melodic development. The combination of muscular themes and the use of bus-related sound effects to replace a normal percussion section in Speed was a feature offset by a rather poor recording in which the orchestra was too small to handle the scope of the score and sampled augmentation caused a disappointingly cheap sound. For Speed 2: Cruise Control, Mancina would be allowed a much larger ensemble and the ability (despite the director's initial hesitation) to elaborate upon his ideas from the previous score and afford them, along with bold new melodic identities, much more complicated incarnations.



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Average: 3.09 Stars
***** 49 5 Stars
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A real gem. The review is undermining.
Max - July 20, 2010, at 5:03 a.m.
1 comment  (992 views)
Speed 2 Opening Track
theFUZZ008 - July 10, 2010, at 4:24 p.m.
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A bit of a disappointment.
Mastadge - July 8, 2010, at 12:40 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 70:16
• 1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare/Motorcycle Chase (4:18)
• 2. Alex and Annie/Caribbean Cruise (4:42)
• 3. Engine Room (5:02)
• 4. Overboard (8:40)
• 5. Last Lifeboat (7:01)
• 6. Goodbye Alex (4:06)
• 7. Reunion (2:43)
• 8. Tanker Turn (5:02)
• 9. Gieger Grabs Annie (1:48)
• 10. Escape (7:31)
• 11. The Harbor (7:16)
• 12. Final Chase (7:23)
• 13. Underwater Rescue (1:46)
• 14. Cruising (2:58)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score and film, including new interview excerpts from the composer. The track "Caribbean Cruise" is misspelled on the packaging.
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