I must say after reading Clemenson's disheartening comments on Alien 3 by Elliot Goldenthal, I felt like I had to reply. When Alien 3 hit theaters, I was quite young and because it was the first time seeing an Alien film, it really got under my skin. I was not a fan of film music at the time, however I noticed something upon viewing the film. I was nervous and got goosebumps all over. There wasn't an alien on screen, but the music in the main titles Angus Dei really got to me. After seeing the film, Alien 3 was the first film score I purchased. I listened to the cassette tape many times and years had gone by. I bought the score on cd and revisisted it and I'm still in love with it. The score itself is amazing. What Goldenthal accomplished in such a short amount of time is incredible. David Fincher was not around and a ending was reshot at the last minute and who would have thought in an even tighter race against time Adagio would result?
Every score in the series is different. Goldenthal used very different techinques on the film and music matches the film perfectly. Although the film wasn't appreciated, the score at least is. It's true, there are some who still don't like it, but the score was definetly an inspiration for the future's interpretation. Open your ears Christian, the score is much better than you believe it is.