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Sphere
(1998)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Steven Mercurio
Jonathan Sheffer

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Elliot Goldenthal
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 24th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you would be interested in a compilation of Elliot Goldenthal's unconventional techniques from previous action and horror scores of the 1990's.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything radically new from Goldenthal for this throwaway film, or if you expect a well-rounded album presentation of the music he wrote for the occasion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #788
WRITTEN 3/4/98, REVISED 7/22/07
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Sphere: (Elliot Goldenthal) Oh, the distinct smell of rotting failure. Some people claim that there are films so wretched that they actually omit a foul odor in the theatre, perhaps evidence that your body can help you identify bad movies in strange, alien ways. For a film to give you that sense of total disappointment, though, you have to go in with high expectations and the promise of delivery. In the case of Sphere, you could not have concocted a more favorable set of circumstances. Scripts based on Michael Crichton novels were at the height of their success, director Barry Levinson and Dustin Hoffman had just stirred up Oscar nominations for Wag the Dog, and supporting actors Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, are a joy to watch perform. The story is one of intellectual intrigue as well (an alien spacecraft is discovered at the bottom of the ocean, and the government's attempt to make first contact with its remains --a glowing sphere-- are met with disastrous psychological results), offering the possibility of a scenario where The Abyss meets Event Horizon in a truly intelligent and horrifying fashion. Composer Elliot Goldenthal was causing sensations with his non-traditional orchestral scores at the time, always a fascinating study even if harmonically unlistenable. And yet, Sphere was annihilated by critics and ignored by audiences who chose to continue watching the underwater sequences in Titanic rather than the ones here. Everything was seemingly a failure. The script was predictable and hacked to death. The special effects and sets were inferior. The actors obviously struggled with the material. And the score was a rehash from previous Goldenthal efforts. Levinson made a admirable habit of changing composers for each of his projects, and his match of Goldenthal with Sphere was a smart choice. After providing challenging sounds for Alien 3 and Demolition Man, and adapting those techniques for mainstream action in the Batman franchise, Goldenthal was a perfect choice for the kind of intellectual exploration that Crichton's story promised. What he delivered for Sphere, however, was uncharacteristically stale. Everything down to his synthetic bubble-popping sounds seems too... predictable.

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Average: 2.5 Stars
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Its a yery good score...   Expand >>
SolarisLem - July 25, 2007, at 5:45 a.m.
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Newest: October 18, 2007, at 5:34 a.m.by Jockolantern
I disagree with the review.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 35:38
• 1. Pandora's Fanfare (1:17)
• 2. Main Titles (2:49)
• 3. Event Entry 6-21-43 (0:53)
• 4. The Gift (1:42)
• 5. Sphere Discovery (2:08)
• 6. Visit to a Wreckage (1:58)
• 7. Water Snake (2:37)
• 8. Terror Adagio (3:25)
• 9. Wave (3:18)
• 10. Fear Retrieval (3:48)
• 11. Andante (2:20)
• 12. Manifest Fire (3:49)
• 13. Manifest3 (3:48)
• 14. Their Beast Within (1:44)

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