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Alien 3
(1992)
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1992 MCA
2018 La-La Land
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai

Boy Soprano Solos by:
Nick Nackley

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
MCA Records
(June 9th, 1992)

La-La Land Records
(April 26th, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 MCA Records album is a regular U.S. release. The 2018 La-La Land album is limited to 3,500 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets. It suffered from poor availability for much of its first year.
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Buy it... only if you enjoyed the music's awkwardly experimental textures in the film itself and are thus already well aware of (and prepared for) Elliot Goldenthal's avant-garde, post-modern styles at work.

Avoid it... if you found that the score strove for a doomed balance between frenzied, obnoxious horror and misplaced religious romanticism in context; the 2018 album's presentation offers an extremely muted and constricted mix of that recording.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #222
WRITTEN 7/11/98, REVISED 11/30/19
Goldenthal
Goldenthal
Alien 3: (Elliot Goldenthal) The Alien franchise had not been kind to the composers assigned to it by the time a relatively unknown Elliot Goldenthal came onboard in 1992 for the third installment. Both Ridley Scott and James Cameron had absolutely mutilated the scores by Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner to such an extent that there was no prayer that either of them would return to score Ellen Ripley's final chapter. David Fincher's Alien 3, trapped for years in production hell as the script underwent a studio tug-of-war, enjoyed nowhere near the quality of the first two films, and it remains to this day a most unsatisfying sequel that set the stage for an even more pointless fourth film in the franchise. The movie's suspense premise (an alien stalking and killing people in a confined space, this time existing on a penal colony full of rapists and murderers) is rehashed from the prior films, and its inherently tragic ending is a detriment that the prior films had not contended with. Whereas the franchise had always maintained some hope of redemption despite the obligatory horror, this entry seeks to make the humans just as much the villains, with the only exceptions, Ripley and the other survivors of the previous film, all killed without much purpose. Goldenthal wasn't a household name at the time, and his unconventional score did serve as an important one. First, it contributed to the launch of avant-garde post-modern classical styles in major film scores, and, of course, it assisted Goldenthal in landing such assignments as Demolition Man and Batman Forever in subsequent years. The latter score is relevant to the discussion of Alien 3, because in both cases Goldenthal was stepping into the third installment of franchises that would yield four films in the original line. Whereas Goldenthal made some creative nods to Danny Elfman's work in Batman Forever, he would not afford the alien concept the same courtesy, abandoning the "time" motif that both Goldsmith and Horner had utilized in their Alien scores, as well as all other thematic material. The resulting experimental approach that Goldenthal made to this film is definitely a "love it or hate it" event.



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Average: 2.79 Stars
***** 353 5 Stars
**** 226 4 Stars
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** 454 2 Stars
* 427 1 Stars
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What a RIDICULOUS review...
Bernardo - October 19, 2010, at 10:17 a.m.
1 comment  (2456 views)
Goldenthal's Alien 3 is brilliant
Zach - April 26, 2007, at 5:11 p.m.
1 comment  (3534 views)
Great score by Goldenthal.Horrible movie by Fincher *NM*
dts - April 21, 2007, at 8:40 p.m.
1 comment  (3055 views)
Its the best o' the 3 to me!
A dissenting voice - December 6, 2006, at 12:52 p.m.
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BS!   Expand >>
Bob Jones - July 19, 2006, at 2:06 p.m.
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Chronological Order???   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 MCA Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:04
• 1. Agnus Dei (4:29)
• 2. Bait and Chase (4:42)
• 3. The Beast Within (3:09)
• 4. Lento (5:48)
• 5. Candles in the Wind (3:20)
• 6. Wreckage and Rape (2:43)
• 7. The First Attack (4:19)
• 8. Lullaby Elegy (3:41)
• 9. Death Dance (2:18)
• 10. Visit to the Wreckage (2:04)
• 11. Explosion and Aftermath (2:21)
• 12. The Dragon (3:08)
• 13. The Entrapment (3:42)
• 14. Adagio (4:14)
2018 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 149:41

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of 1992 MCA album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2018 La-La Land album contains extensive notes about both.
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