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Comments about the soundtrack for Pearl Harbor (Hans Zimmer)

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• Posted by: Mike   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at 10:18 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Pearl Harbor upsets Zimmer fan (Stephen)

The music heard in that trailer was in fact from Pearl Harbor, I believe. If you listen to the last half of the 8th track, War, you will hear a rendition of it. This motiff is also present throughout much of the score, though never complete. I am guessing that Zimmer either composed the music for the trailer itself or it was taken from part of the movie that did not, for whatever reason, make the final cut of the cd. That is my one gripe with the score...that it does not feature the music in the trailer. It should. Other than that, I think Zimmer's music here is awesome, combining the best parts of Thin Red Line and Gladiator. I think everyone who criticizes Pearl Harbor (even though it's not out yet) needs to remember that it is a romance with the Japanese attack as the setting. Thus, Zimmer's music reflects this and you do not get an action/adventure score. I think this music will fit the movie very well. Just give it a chance.

> Dude cut Hans a little slack here!

> It is not always the composers fault that the score can sound a bit off...
Take John Williams Star Wars The Phantom Menace CDs. They were both
> terrible. But if you watch the movie, the movie its self didn't let enough
> room to compose such a great piece.

> It is often when a composer is asked impossible tasks. To make a score
> that lasts only 11 seconds etc. In the end it may sound terrible, but then
> it may work in the movie. Should it effect the movie and the story
> telling? NO! If anything it should enrich both film and score.

> My advice to you is to set aside your new CD and listen to something else
> to clear your mind. Once you have seen the movie go back and see if you
> feel differently about the score.

> I know Hans and sometimes he tells me stories about people who want
> impossible things.

> Have fun!


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