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Sudden Death
(1995)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Don Nemitz
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores as of 1998.
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Buy it... only if you're a sucker for stale, predictable orchestral action music for an equally formulaic film.

Avoid it... if you seek any kind of redeeming element to elevate this otherwise competent score beyond the rest of its tired class.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,411
WRITTEN 6/21/99, REVISED 4/22/07
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Sudden Death: (John Debney) No less than a dozen films could trace their inspiration back to the original Die Hard, including its sequels. It seems that every venue has been taken over by terrorists, from battleships to trains, and in 1995, the time came for a professional sports team stadium to be taken hostage. In this case, it's the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the setting is game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. The John McLane-style hero is Jean-Claude Van Damme, accepting yet another demeaning role that allows him to kick a fellow human being in the head, although Sudden Death is so bad that he actually gets to suit up and play on the ice at one point, too. Director Peter Hyams has a knack for exciting action and chase sequences, and Sudden Death has its fair share of those, but the screenplay's dialogue and totally illogical leaps, along with a supporting cast that doesn't really seem to care about any of the proceedings, relegated the project to the depths of despair so treacherous that you don't even see the film on late night cable re-runs very often anymore. Nothing about the film suggests nuance, and unless you're a fan of Van Damme himself, Sudden Death is a painfully dumb waste of a few hours. With almost everyone involved with the picture seemingly on autopilot, it's no surprise that composer John Debney provides a score that pushes all the buttons without really accomplishing anything spectacular itself. Debney was just beginning to make a significant impact on the film scoring world in 1995, with his score for Cutthroat Island raising a flurry of deserved interest. It was with much excitement that the succeeding Sudden Death gave listeners another opportunity to hear the composer's action skills. Unfortunately, there is about as much inspiration in Debney's writing here as there is in Van Damme's facial expressions. The composer has completed many projects like this in the following years, with his diligent workmanship attitude providing temp-happy sounds to nearly any kind of project.



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Average: 2.61 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:29
• 1. Main Title/Kitchen Fight (5:31)
• 2. Finding the Bombs (2:29)
• 3. Seeing Tyler (0:59)
• 4. Locker Room Chase (2:28)
• 5. Choppers/Scaling the Dome (4:01)
• 6. Race Against the Clock/The Abduction (6:36)
• 7. Countdown (0:44)
• 8. Rooftop Battle (5:26)
• 9. Chopper Explodes/Resolution (2:02)

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