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Comments about the soundtrack for Jurassic Park III (Don Davis)

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Better on album than in the film...
• Posted by: Pat Harris
• Date: Sunday, July 22, 2001, at 10:58 p.m.
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I thought this was a great score that paid homage to Williams while whipping together some truly awesome action cues. "Frenzy Fuselage" and "Tiny Pecking Pteranodons" are about as good as it gets in terms of all-out orchestral action, and the reworkings of the Williams material are done with just the right blend of respect for the originals and new re-orchestration to keep them sounding fresh. When assembled into their film order, the tracks on this ablum combine into one big, long, fun rush, very much like the movie. However, the film unfortunately chops up a lot of Davis' material and leaves it sounding a little ragged. Although "Clash of Extinction" (written for the T-Rex/Spinosaur battle) is a bit over-the-top and was wisely removed from the picture, I wish they hadn't butchered the wonderful end credits! Davis' dynamic, up-tempo statement of the original Jurassic Park theme has been completely tracked out and replaced with incidental music elsewhere in the film, and it would've fit MUCH better with the film's stunning final visual. In fact, that was one of my only disappointments with the film, which was otherwise a neat little adventure. My suggestion is that those who enjoyed the score as they heard it in the movie should get the album and find out what they're missing.

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