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Mad Max: Fury Road
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Composed and Produced by:
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL)

Orchestrated by:
Emad Borjian
Jessica Wells

Additional Music by:
Christian Vorlander
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(May 12th, 2015)
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Both the regular and deluxe albums are commercially available, but the regular edition was the only one initially available on CD.
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Buy it... if you positively recall the often intense and brutal score from its placement in the film, its structures appropriately simplistic and its tone alternating between generic character warmth and grinding, over-processed rhythmic thrashing.

Avoid it... on the regular, shorter album if you desire some of the score's best sequences across all of its various emotional appeals, only the laborious expanded presentation featuring some key cues of interest.
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WRITTEN 6/12/15
Mad Max: Fury Road: (Tom Holkenborg) Enthusiasts of George Miller's famed post-apocalyptic Mad Max concept endured decades of teasing about the timing of the fourth installment of the franchise, the original trilogy from 1979 to 1985 maintaining affection for its brutal commentary on the capacity for human survival in Australia's wastelands after a global nuclear war. These Miller films made a name for themselves with outlandish violence often centered around awesome vehicular chase sequences and maniacal villains. The final of the original three films made the concept of "Thunderdome" so common that it is forever a part of pop culture lexicon. It was Miller's intent to produce the fourth "Mad Max" film in the 1990's, and although he came very close to actually accomplishing that, a series of events in the early 2000's, from terrorism to economic conditions, conspired to perpetually delay his progress. Also a complicating factor by that point was lead actor Mel Gibson, who was always set to return but became ostracized from the industry (and unmarketable) because of his distasteful personal conduct. When production on Mad Max: Fury Road finally got off the ground in the early 2010's, Miller had replaced Gibson with Tom Hardy and the chase was once again on. The plot of the 2015 picture is somewhat redundant with the previous films, gasoline and human capital the most coveted items in the bleak future world and former police office Max Rockatansky, notoriously a man of few words, finding himself caught in the middle of society's worst infighting. Critical reception to Mad Max: Fury Road was remarkably positive, and buoyed by significant box office returns, Miller was compelled to immediately launch work on a fifth franchise entry. The music for these pictures has typically been more classically oriented than one might expect, Brian May's contributions to the first two films leading to a surprisingly romantic follow-up by Maurice Jarre for the landscape and sense of hope in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The assignment for Mad Max: Fury Road has twisted in the wind just as much as the production as a whole, both John Powell and Marco Beltrami at some point during its evolution attached to write the music (Beltrami in particular was a choice that really piqued the interest of the film score world). After hearing Tom Holkenborg's score for 300: Rise of an Empire, though, Miller oddly selected the Dutch musician for Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Regular Edition Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:00
• 1. Survive (1:30)
• 2. Escape (2:14)
• 3. Immortan's Citadel (8:41)
• 4. Blood Bag (2:30)
• 5. Spikey Cars (3:11)
• 6. Storm is Coming (5:36)
• 7. We Are Not Things (1:37)
• 8. Water (3:15)
• 9. The Rig (4:13)
• 10. Brothers in Arms (4:22)
• 11. The Bog (6:58)
• 12. Redemption (1:45)
• 13. Many Mothers (5:15)
• 14. Claw Trucks (5:31)
• 15. Chapter Doof (7:04)
• 16. My Name is Max (4:43)
• 17. Let Them Up (2:36)
Deluxe Edition Tracks   ▼Total Time: 126:16

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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