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Vertical Limit
(2000)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Jeff Atmajian

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 12th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek ten to fifteen minutes of outstanding melodic majesty for a full orchestral ensemble and choral accents, appropriate justice for the grand vistas in any mountain climbing film.

Avoid it... if you expect the second half of this score to exhibit any of the robust stature or interesting performance aspects of the preceding material, an oddly significant and disappointing shift in scope and personality for a score of this promise.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,708
WRITTEN 7/7/10
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Howard
Vertical Limit: (James Newton Howard) In the range of underachieving mountain climbing films of the modern age, 2000's Vertical Limit strays far closer to Cliffhanger than K2, plagued by ridiculous plot contrivances that remind us that man is the ultimate challenge, not the mountain. The story involves an elaborate rescue on the world's second highest peak, K2 on the China/Pakistan border, and within the primary group of climbers and their would-be saviors, there is tension, romance, betrayal, and plenty of sudden death. Director Martin Campell followed Goldeneye and The Mask of Zorro with this largely forgotten picture, though Vertical Limit did turn a nice worldwide profit for Columbia due to the promise of spectacular visuals, unlikely explosions, and a decent cast of recognizable B-rate stars. Unfortunately, the film doesn't fulfill any of those promises, the visuals extremely disappointing (unrealistic sets and lack of the characters' breath showing in the air was a fatal error), the explosions ridiculous and unnecessary (unless you like seeing most of the cast killed in the narrative), and the acting miserable (with the understandable exception of Scott Glenn). Martin has collaborated with a wide variety of notable composers over his career, utilizing the services of James Newton Howard for Vertical Limit. With the assistance of Dinosaur and Unbreakable, Vertical Limit contributed to a superior year of development for Howard, who was at the tail end of transitioning from a reliable second-tier Hollywood composer into a popular blockbuster commodity. His output for Vertical Limit was largely symbolic of his music at the time: sweeping orchestral majesty aided by subtle choral and specialty accents, as well as varied percussion that always seemed to keep these scores moving and engaging your interest. There's nothing complicated in Howard's writing for this assignment. It follows predictable paths in terms of addressing the grand vistas and the associated larger-than-life aspect of the treacherous rescue. All mountain climbing films deserve bloated, memorable symphonic themes (enhanced by the wet ambience of added reverb into the mix), much like any good IMAX or documentary presentation of nature photography. Howard provides that sound for Vertical Limit and pretty much leaves it there, choosing not to delve too deeply into notable substance for the stereotypical character interactions in the story.



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Average: 3.42 Stars
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Total Time: 44:27
• 1. Utah (1:25)
• 2. Three Years Later (4:29)
• 3. I Need One More (1:42)
• 4. Base Camp (1:33)
• 5. You Wanna Do This? (4:39)
• 6. Spindrift (3:23)
• 7. Avalanche (1:25)
• 8. Your Father Was a Smart Man (2:13)
• 9. Don't Touch Her (2:47)
• 10. Maybe You Should Turn Back (1:56)
• 11. Nitro (4:18)
• 12. Vaughn Decides (1:18)
• 13. Annie and Peter (4:16)
• 14. Peter's Jump/Tom's Heart (6:00)
• 15. It's a Good Song (3:09)

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