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Wild Wild West
(1999)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated and Produced by:
Emilie A. Bernstein

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
John Kull

Additional Music by:
Peter Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 20th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release. Overbrook/Interscope Records released the song album (with Will Smith's song) a few weeks prior to the score album.
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Buy it... if you expect to hear a parody score, for there's a fair dose of Stripes and Airplane! squeezed into this wildly schizophrenic romp.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear Elmer Bernstein write one last, great Western theme, for his merging of The Magnificent Seven and How the West Was Won here is stunted by the horrific odor of the film's parody requirements.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #751
WRITTEN 7/31/99, REVISED 8/27/07
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Wild Wild West: (Elmer Bernstein) During its run on television during the late 1960's, "The Wild Wild West" was an immensely popular show, living on for decades in syndication. The concept was cool, with two gadget-wielding agents of the American government saving the country in the old West. Many film adaptations of old shows have suffered terrible deaths through the years, but Wild Wild West may just take the trophy. Director Barry Sonnenfeld was typically a safe bet for a good blockbuster at the time, but the combination of Will Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kenneth Branagh in the leading roles, despite the lengthy credentials of the latter two, was almost as disastrous as the script. Few critics spared Wild Wild West their worst marks, lamenting the damage the film could do to the original series. For lack of a better word, this film was stupid. It insulted the intelligence of 8-year-olds and left Will Smith hanging in the awkward position of acting in a film that he obviously knew was awful... and it shows. It's no surprise that Sonnenfeld (or the studio) would turn to veteran Elmer Bernstein for this project. Nearing retirement, Bernstein was still heralded at the time as the foremost living Western composer (despite Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone's contributions to the genre), and many collectors were enthusiastic to see Bernstein receive a mainstream assignment after several years of disappointments. One thing becomes increasingly clear the longer you listen to his score for the film: Bernstein must have seen it for the flop that it would be, for how else do you explain such a ridiculous score? While some film music collectors maintain that Wild Wild West is a decent standalone Western score, it's far closer to the parody realm than they may want to admit. In some ways, that parody attitude makes Wild Wild West an insufferable listening experience. At the same time, though, the competency with which Bernstein executes that comedy is really enjoyable in other parts. The overall score, as a result, is a mixed bag of old memories, awkward transitions, and elements you wish had been saved for a better picture.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:12
• 1. Main Title (3:00)
• 2. West Fights (1:14)
• 3. Dismissal (2:13)
• 4. East Meets West (1:15)
• 5. Of Rita, Rescue, and Revenge (5:43)
• 6. Trains, Tanks, and Frayed Ropes* (4:03)
• 7. The Cornfield (1:09)
• 8. Loveless' Plan (4:45)
• 9. Goodbye Loveless* (4:33)
• 10. Ride the Spider (2:14)
* Additional music by Peter Bernstein

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