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Two Brothers
(2004)
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Decca/Universal
(June 22nd, 2004)
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Buy it... if you admire Stephen Warbeck's loyalty to tonal, melodic constructs and seek an extension of that style into a more diversely rewarding and touching score.

Avoid it... if the sappy style of irrepressible, happy music for docudramas about cute and cuddly animals is not in your interest, no matter how well executed.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #770
WRITTEN 6/4/04, REVISED 10/14/11
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Two Brothers: (Stephen Warbeck) In the style of a documentary with a touch of drama and adventure, director and producer Jean-Jacques Annaud extended his approach from his similar film, The Bear, into an even more engaging, dialogue-filled tale for Two Brothers in 2004. Annaud, who seems to handle animal films with intense passion, utilizes two live tigers in the film, not being tempted to resort to Hollywood trickery and CGI effects for the animals, and merges their personal tale with a normal compliment of human actors. The story is as touching as something you might have seen National Geographic produce for the Discovery Channel or Hallmark productions (early rumors that National Geographic would produce or distribute Two Brothers itself were false; Universal give it a wide release), and you're always reminded of the popularity of Born Free in these feel-good animal and nature stories involving human intervention. Two tiger brothers are born in the Far East during the 1920's, separated by humans for several years and forced into unnatural positions as pets and circus performers before, inevitably, the two reunite when the humans force them to fight. Despite that frightening reunion, the PG-rated film is aimed at families, and rest assured that the two tigers recognize each other and all turns out well. Filmed on location in Cambodia and Thailand, the film definitely qualifies as eye candy, with only the rotten humans spoiling the idyllic conditions and vistas presented on screen. Annaud had solicited the scoring services of James Horner and John Williams in his previous two films but turned to active British television composer Stephen Warbeck for Two Brothers. Warbeck's orchestral credits for major films were highlighted at the time by Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Shakespeare in Love, the latter winning an Academy Award in 1998, and transcending the rather mundane and conservative symphonic style heard in those scores, Warbeck started flashing more of his diverse talents in 2003 and 2004. With his television score for Dreamkeeper and then Two Brothers, the composer's ethnic sensibilities and knowledge of exotic solo instrumentation added another dimension to his otherwise predictable Western style, branching out in such a way as to improve his reputation for those had not been convinced of his capabilities during his rapid ascent to mainstream recognition in the late 1990's.



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Average: 3.39 Stars
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Total Time: 59:39
• 1. The Two Brothers (2:44)
• 2. In the Forest (3:10)
• 3. The Search for Kumal (5:24)
• 4. The Raft (2:27)
• 5. La Vergine Degli Angeli - excerpt from Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" (4:41)
• 6. Aidan & Kumal (2:21)
• 7. Chasing the Truck (1:58)
• 8. The Hunt (3:15)
• 9. The Tiger Broken (1:47)
• 10. Goodnight Story (3:00)
• 11. Havoc (1:23)
• 12. Sangha the Outcast (2:47)
• 13. Aidan & Raoul (3:15)
• 14. Recognition (3:23)
• 15. Kumal & Sangha (1:50)
• 16. Through the Flames (3:01)
• 17. To Freedom (3:10)
• 18. Return to the River (2:57)
• 19. Goodbye/The Joy of Love (6:59)

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