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Da 5 Bloods
(2020)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Terence Blanchard

Co-Orchestrated by:
William Ross
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(May 29th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Commercial digital release, with vinyl option available.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you can appreciate Terence Blanchard's steady, admirable expression of character drama in the war genre, especially as it emulates techniques from top composers to occasionally impressive results.

Avoid it... if you cannot overcome a highly inappropriate ethnic element in this context or if Blanchard's tendency to repeat thematic phrasing extensively without enough performance variation will leave you bored by the score's redundant length.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,969
WRITTEN 2/6/21
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Da 5 Bloods: (Terence Blanchard) Coincidentally timed perfectly to coincide with America's societal unrest in June of 2020, Spike Lee's dramatic Da 5 Bloods explores the Black Lives Matter movement in a most unexpected place: Vietnam. Four surviving members of a black US Army squad from the Vietnam War return to that country in contemporary times to locate the body of their slain team leader and a collection of gold bars they buried in the forest after taking them from a downed CIA plane. Their enemies are everywhere, from the demons that haunt their past to the mercenaries of modern times who betray them, life's hardships catching up with them as they eventually struggle to remain united in their mission. Some "grumpy old men" humor is thrown into the equation along the way, and while reconciliation and peace do come at the end of the film, don't expect Da 5 Bloods to be among the most pleasant cinematic journeys. The grimly sad emotional arc of the story is not unexpected for a Lee film, of course, and the director turned once again to longtime collaborator Terence Blanchard to provide a robust orchestral score that intermingles with six songs from Marvin Gaye's 1971 album, "What's Going On." Blanchard, while known widely as a jazz musician with a trumpet at hand, has sprinkled a variety of solid, traditional film scores throughout his career, and for many genre collectors, Da 5 Bloods will present itself as a culminating highlight of that line of work. He has touched upon the war genre several times in the past, notably with historical entries in The Miracle at St. Anna and Red Tails, and one can easily tell that Lee's direction for the music in Da 5 Bloods largely emulates what Oliver Stone would have done if he had remained to shoot the script as originally intended. The interaction between the Gaye songs and Blanchard's score is non-existent, the film content to let the two halves of the soundtrack sometimes intersect in sudden shifts. On Blanchard's part, a veteran film music collector can hear a number of influences at work, and the composer's own jazzy inclinations are only barely evident in that mix. For many of these listeners, Da 5 Bloods will present itself as having the biggest scope of a Blanchard score to date.


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110 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 28 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 10 1 Stars
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Oscar nomination because Blanchard is black?
AdamS - March 18, 2021, at 9:20 p.m.
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Composers saying odd things 12 am and midnight
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 61:46
• 1. What This Mission's About (4:44)
• 2. Otis and Tien Have Dinner (5:06)
• 3. Tien and Daughter Talk (1:01)
• 4. We Bury It (For Now) (1:36)
• 5. MLK Assassinated (3:47)
• 6. David Meets Hedy (1:32)
• 7. Rice Paddies (1:29)
• 8. David and Paul get Spooked (3:45)
• 9. Bloods Go Into Jungle (2:15)
• 10. Finding the Gold (5:49)
• 11. Paul and David Have a Fallout (2:35)
• 12. Lamb Wants Share of Gold (1:04)
• 13. The VC are Back (1:03)
• 14. Letter to David (1:21)
• 15. Paul is Bitten (0:41)
• 16. Otis Talks Family (3:50)
• 17. Paul Loses Money (1:46)
• 18. David Talks About His Mother (1:55)
• 19. Paul and Norman (5:02)
• 20. Paul's Letter (2:48)
• 21. End Credits (8:37)

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