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XXX
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ralph Ferraro
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 19th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you consider the prospect of hearing Randy Edelman take a page directly from a Media Ventures score of the late 1990's is an intriguing twist on the generic action formula.

Avoid it... if the film's song placements are your preference, or if you prefer one of Edelman's more intelligent scores for a Rob Cohen adventure film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #181
WRITTEN 7/22/03, REVISED 3/2/09
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XXX: (Randy Edelman) Even in an era when ridiculous, franchise-imitating films were reigning supreme in Hollywood, it was amazing to realize just how well XXX fared in 2002, spawning its own franchise despite containing practically no intelligence whatsoever. By no means trying to mask itself as something else, the film is a blatant rip-off of the James Bond formula of films, a formula that lacks much depth to begin with. Replacing the classy, British persona of Bond in this case is an extreme sports fanatic and affable brute portrayed by Vin Diesel, whose appearance in the role was an attempt to put a defiantly indiscriminant muscle-man with tattoos into a Bond-like set of scenarios. The shameless production nevertheless succeeded beyond wildest expectations, extending the marketability of a combination of Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen that had already lit up the screens with The Fast and the Furious. Because XXX was a Cohen film, the score became the assignment of his long-time collaborator, Randy Edelman. While Edelman wouldn't be the first composer to come to mind for this assignment, the composer and director teamed up for a strong year in 1996 alone, with Daylight and Dragonheart establishing themselves as an adequate, if not entertaining duo (and with the popularity of the latter long-standing). The seedy nature of this new project, not to mention the lack of sophistication, would seemed to have suggested that a Media Ventures hack job of a score would be called for. Certainly, unless the film wanted to go all the way in its Bond borrowings and pursue David Arnold (or the equally capable Edward Shearmur), then one of the electronically-minded pupils of Hans Zimmer would have been a logical fit. In some assignments, Edelman had proven to be completely out of his league, prompting the studio to replace his action material with more robust music. Nevertheless, the composer had shown an ability at times to adapt himself to a variety of scoring situations, and it should come as no surprise that his score for XXX better resembles a Media Ventures job of the late 1990's rather than one of this own. The score in the film was often pushed out of the way by hideous, trashy hard rock and electronica club songs, and thus, Edelman's score often attempts to generate the same level of adrenaline by utilizing the force of volume instead of a sense of tact.

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494 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.53 Stars
***** 55 5 Stars
**** 71 4 Stars
*** 98 3 Stars
** 127 2 Stars
* 143 1 Stars
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george - October 31, 2007, at 11:00 a.m.
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GTO music   Expand >>
Werner - June 2, 2004, at 4:27 a.m.
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Newest: July 31, 2007, at 5:23 p.m.by chris
Terrible sounding synths
the_negotiator1 - July 24, 2003, at 11:38 a.m.
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Didn't notice the score, did you?   Expand >>
Pogel Adler - July 23, 2003, at 2:13 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 37:01
• 1. Prague Arrival (1:52)
• 2. Washington Searches for the Right Man (3:31)
• 3. A Distorted View of the World (2:21)
• 4. Czech Cavalry (1:45)
• 5. Anarchy 99 (2:02)
• 6. Elena (1:52)
• 7. The Changing Science of Ahab (3:10)
• 8. A Kiss on the Rooftop (3:03)
• 9. El Jefe in the Colombian Drug Fields (1:16)
• 10. Finding Paradise in Bora Bora (1:50)
• 11. Lions and Gibbons (2:03)
• 12. Motorcycle Assault (4:05)
• 13. In Xander's Zone (2:03)
• 14. Your Eyes Give You Away (2:04)
• 15. X Marks the Spot (3:42)

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