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Valentine's Day
(2010)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter

Performed by:
The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Watertower Music
(March 31st, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release. The CD version from Amazon.com is manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media.
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Buy it... if you are a hopeless romantic at heart and can never get enough pretty, conservative, orchestral and contemporary light drama music despite its inherent similarity to the genre's long history.

Avoid it... if you appreciate this style of music but seek a truly memorable, heartbreaking variation on its general sound, in which case Craig Armstrong's Love Actually remains a superior alternative.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,808
WRITTEN 5/24/10
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Valentine's Day: (John Debney) The concept of a large ensemble cast love story centered around a holiday isn't entirely new to the movie industry, but director Garry Marshall took it to extreme levels with his 2010 venture Valentine's Day. With a massive group of stars ranging from teenage heartthrobs to favorite veterans, the story attempted to weave a complex tapestry of couples in various states of distress and elation, giving audiences just a brief glimpse into roughly twenty individuals while maintaining a warm, feel-good romance environment sure to attract the ladies into theatres. Unfortunately, while Valentine's Day had a huge opening in America, Marshall's efforts were greeted by negative reviews and the film didn't prove to have legs. That hasn't stopped the director (and writer of the story) from immediately announcing work on a sequel set around new year's eve in late 2011. The fatal problem with Valentine's Day was its attempt to emulate the popular and successful 2004 film Love Actually, which followed roughly the same formula, but did so with a cast about half the size. By expanding the story of Valentine's Day to encompass so many cameo performers, the story started stealing ideas from a range of other films to fill its seemingly endless loops of character connections. The music for the two productions also turned out to be quite similar, both receiving chart-inhabiting song album compilations of music heard in the film. The films also shared a remarkably similar need in terms of the original underscore, the genre demanding pleasantly soothing light orchestral, piano, and acoustic guitar approaches. Marshall (along with his directing sister, Penny) has rotated through several compositional masters of romance in the last twenty years, ranging from James Newton Howard and Patrick Doyle to Rachel Portman. Collaborating with the director for his two The Princess Diaries films and Raising Helen, however, was film music chameleon John Debney, who tackled Valentine's Day at roughly the same time as he let loose with bad-ass electric guitars in Iron Man 2. Debney is as safe a choice for this kind of assignment as anyone, and his effortless addressing of the topic is conveyed in the smooth personality of the music. Unlike, Craig Armstrong's music for Love Actually, however, Debney's score for Valentine's Day is largely unmemorable despite its effectiveness.



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Average: 2.8 Stars
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* 28 1 Stars
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Valentine's Day Formula
Bruno Costa - December 8, 2010, at 12:44 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:16
• 1. The Proposal/Trying to Tell Her (2:20)
• 2. The Makeup/First Kiss (2:25)
• 3. Apartment Dwelling/Hollywood Loft (0:48)
• 4. Arrival/Airport/Catching Julia/Gotta Stop Them (2:55)
• 5. Flower Shop Talk/To the Restaurant/The Realization/Mi Familia (3:27)
• 6. Light Conversation/Chivalrous Gestures/He's Married/Forget Me Not (3:24)
• 7. Liz Leaves/Having Sex/I Have No Life (3:10)
• 8. Julia Sees the Light/Edgar & Estelle/Young Love/First Time (3:31)
• 9. She Said No/Don't Go/I Like Her (3:50)
• 10. My Life's a Mess/This is Awkward (1:22)
• 11. Ride Home/Guys Talk (1:47)
• 12. Mom's Home/Soccer Practice/Bike Ride (2:23)
• 13. Reed and Julia (2:26)
• 14. Valentine's Day (2:31)
• 15. Every Time You Smiled - performed by Carina Round (2:53)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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