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Zathura
(2005)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Mike Watts
Frank Bennett
Don Nemtiz
Andrew Kinney
Bill Boston
Bruce Babcocck
Kevin Kaska

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 22nd, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have enjoyed John Debney's stock, pre-packaged adventure music and wouldn't be bothered by a cross between James Horner's sensibilities and Debney's own The Scorpion King.

Avoid it... if you're still waiting for another Debney classic at the level of Cutthroat Island from the composer who never seems to sleep.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #895
WRITTEN 12/3/05
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Zathura: (John Debney) The third large-scale adaptation of a short Chris Van Allsburg book, Zathura follows Jumanji and The Polar Express and makes it clear to movie-goers what children's book readers already knew: this guy must have had a deprived childhood. Both the two previous films made significant grosses at the box office, despite poor reviews for Jumanji and highly mixed reactions to the visual rendering of The Polar Express. Ironically, Zathura may very well end up receiving a slightly better critical response on average, but the film has yet to show (despite a strong first week) that it has any chance of making the blockbuster designation like the other two. Zathura isn't a fable like The Polar Express and isn't a scary jungle chase like Jumanji; it is a more innocent, whimsical science fiction story in which the youth of the tale travel the solar system in their uprooted house, avoiding space lizards, meteors, and other phenomena that never really seem too dangerous. Indeed, not even a badguy gets killed in the story. Actor-turned-director Jon Favreau, who made a splash with his second film, Elf, a few years ago, provides the same innocence in fantasy for this Van Allsburg story. And as before, veteran composer John Debney dives head first into yet another genre he is expanding upon in his resume. Debney is easily the composer of the year for 2005, not because of any particularly gigantic single effort, but for the mind-boggling volume of his output across endless genres and instrumental styles. He even received a blessing from the Pope in Rome, no less, for his concert adaptation of music from The Passion of the Christ, and would raise money for survivors of Hurricane Katrina through a benefit performance of that same concert. With five scores already composed for or on his radar in the remainder of 2005 and early 2006, you have to admire Debney's ability to produce interesting and effective music at such a hurried pace. We know this man battles Satan in the parking lot, but does he ever sleep?



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300 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.3 Stars
***** 74 5 Stars
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*** 68 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
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List of all Musicians (Hollywood Studio Symphony
N. - December 28, 2009, at 9:06 a.m.
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Four types of music contained by it
Sheridan - December 9, 2006, at 2:23 p.m.
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Flat sound quality   Expand >>
hewhomustnotbenamed - June 14, 2006, at 7:14 p.m.
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Newest: October 5, 2006, at 2:06 a.m. by
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Alternate review of Zathura at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - January 10, 2006, at 1:14 p.m.
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New Union Rules for Orchestra Players???   Expand >>
Steven Sommerset - December 4, 2005, at 5:33 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:15
• 1. Main Titles (2:23)
• 2. Finding the Game (1:30)
• 3. Meteor Shower (1:24)
• 4. Aftermath (2:59)
• 5. Robot Grows/Chase/Standoff (4:00)
• 6. Too Close to the Sun (2:21)
• 7. Zorgons' Appearance (1:09)
• 8. They're Not Friendly (2:25)
• 9. Couch Decoy (2:17)
• 10. Astronaut's Story (1:45)
• 11. Zorgons' Return (2:47)
• 12. The Dumbwaiter (1:47)
• 13. Stealing the Game (6:03)
• 14. Robot's Revenge (1:48)
• 15. Shooting Star Card (2:27)
• 16. Brother to Brother (2:16)
• 17. Danny Wins the Game (1:34)
• 18. Zathura is a Blackhole (1:20)
• 19. Back Home (1:09)
• 20. Home Again (0:53)

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