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Warriors of Virtue
(1997)
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1996 Prometheus
2014 Buysoundtrax
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton

Performed by:
The Denver Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
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Prometheus Records
(1996)

Buysoundtrax Records
(July 22nd, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1996 Prometheus album was a limited specialty release offered separately from the standard song compilation album for the film that contained only four score tracks. The 2014 Buysoundtrax re-issue is limited to 1,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $16.
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Buy it... if you have a loyal collection of James Horner's children's fantasy scores of the early 1990's and seek his regular orchestrator's extension of the same sound in an early solo venture.

Avoid it... if you demand significant portions of the kind of instrumental and dissonant creativity that Don Davis would show later in his career, for this entry is comparatively generic in style.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #868
WRITTEN 9/16/99, REVISED 12/23/14
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Warriors of Virtue: (Don Davis) There have been countless attempts to combine the mysticism of Star Wars and Wizard of Oz through the years, and unfortunately most of them have proven to be hopelessly lame. Production on the Chinese-American hybrid flick Warriors of Virtue began not long after The Pagemaster essentially told the same story in 1994, and it somehow defied poor critical and public response on the way to a 2002 sequel. In the plot, a boy who is a social outcast is guided by nature and a wise man with a book into a fantasy world where the boy must help save the day in a timeless, distant land. With Warriors of Virtue, Hong Kong director Ronnie Yu forces upon the audience the same presentation of good versus evil that requires fine execution to be successful when compared to its peers. Shoddy effects, obvious overacting, and characters (and worlds) that nobody really cares about all plagued Warriors of Virtue, but one of its redeeming factors was a large-scale orchestral score by composer and orchestrator Don Davis. Best known for his orchestration work for James Horner, Davis was branching out into his own composing career in the mid-1990's, and his involvement with the production of Warriors of Virtue began early. Introduced by the filmmakers to the concepts in 1994, Davis wrote a concert piece inspired by the film for the Breckenridge Music Festival in 1995. His continued involvement during pre-production and photography allowed him to become very familiar with the characters and concepts of the fantasy world in the story, and it also allowed him to write his material at a leisurely pace. A 1996 album release of the score by the budding specialty label Prometheus (with Davis' usual creative track titles) preceded the wide 1997 opening of the film. Despite the movie's problems in theatres, the album remained popular, however, because it was among the first releases of Davis' compositional work, and with his career launched soon after by the franchise of The Matrix, demand for the Warriors of Virtue score has long outlived the film.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:58
• 1. Main Title (1:22)
• 2. Bootleg Left (2:31)
• 3. Ryan and the Tunnel of Temptation (3:34)
• 4. The Vortex and the Dare (4:17)
• 5. The Wonder of Tao (2:08)
• 6. The Force of Yun (2:19)
• 7. Mudlap Rap/Elysia's Entrance (1:01)
• 8. The Lifespring Rhapsody (3:58)
• 9. Forces of Nature (4:33)
• 10. Challenge of Yun/The Force of Water (3:15)
• 11. Rooz Reunited (2:02)
• 12. Theme of Tao/The Komodo Dragontrot (3:48)
• 13. Encounter of the Roo Kind (1:39)
• 14. Komodo's Seduction (1:44)
• 15. The Mudlap Trap (2:32)
• 16. Chained Melody (5:03)
• 17. Tunnel of Blades (2:24)
• 18. Lesson of Inner Strength (2:04)
• 19. Death of Chung (2:53)
• 20. Komodo's Fury and Elysia's Redemption (1:52)
• 21. Farewell to Chung/Mudlap's Remorse (2:31)
• 22. Marsupial Arabesque (5:01)
• 23. Planet of the Roo-Warriors (5:24)
• 24. Ryan's Strengths (3:02)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of both albums include notes about the film and the score.
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