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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Andrea Datzman

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 10th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciated Michael Giacchino's workmanlike approach to the third film in this franchise and are prepared for a wilder ethnic ride with even better interpolations of Lalo Schifrin's original main theme.

Avoid it... if you prefer Giacchino to really take this series' music in a meaningful new direction or if, as in many cases before, you wish to hear his work recorded and mixed in anything livelier than the incredibly dry, flat, and dull manner that often sucks the life out of his music.
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WRITTEN 1/16/12
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: (Michael Giacchino) The franchise of Mission: Impossible movies has defied the laws of Hollywood physics by not only remaining viable with the same primary star for so long, but actually accumulating critical acclaim and box office success as it rolled through its fourth entry in 2011. Led once again by Tom Cruise in the roles of star and producer, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol represents the first live-action movie by successful animation director Brad Bird. Its plot takes agent Ethan Hunt and his IMF colleagues on a long journey around the word to stop a former Russian nuclear strategist from acquiring the launch codes and technical capacity to instigate a nuclear attack on the United States as part of his effort to use mutually assured nuclear annihilation as a way to cleanse the gene pool. He must have spent a few hours in a rural American Wal-Mart. While on the trail of this malcontent, Hunt and his team escape massive explosions at the Kremlin, dizzying heights at the world's tallest building in Dubai, and the technological nightmare of Mumbai, the best of these exploits shot in IMAX rather than 3D capabilities as per the director's wishes to accentuate the immensity of the shoots. The film blasted past the performance of Mission: Impossible III in 2006 in the process of dominating the worldwide box office at the end of 2011 and start of 2012, surprisingly accruing over half a billion dollars in grosses. Also in the favor of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is some much-needed continuity in its musical style. For the first two films, the franchise employed Alan Silvestri (who was fired), Danny Elfman, and Hans Zimmer (and his team of assistants) to adapt Lalo Schifrin's famous thematic identities from the original television series. With the arrival of J.J. Abrams to the concept for the 2006 entry, along came Michael Giacchino, Mission: Impossible III his first major foray into summer blockbusters. His score was functionally workmanlike, struggling at times to connect but succeeding in returning the style of Schifrin's music to the forefront. The composer's reprise of those efforts for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is in part due to Abrams' continued involvement as producer but also because of a prior successful collaboration with Bird for his well respected animated ventures. Giacchino continues to explore some of the ideas he conjured for the third film, including the same general style of jazzy and technological action with a hint of yesteryear from percussion and electric bass, but this assignment required the composer to jump through several ethnic hoops along the way as well. Enthusiasts of Schifrin's original material will have plenty to salivate over as well.

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Track Listings Icon
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 76:28
• 1. Give Her My Budapest (1:57)
• 2. Light the Fuse (2:01)
• 3. Knife to a Gun Fight (3:42)
• 4. In Russia, Phone Dials You (1:40)
• 5. Kremlin With Anticipation (4:12)
• 6. From Russia With Shove (3:37)
• 7. Ghost Protocol (4:58)
• 8. Railcar Rundown (1:11)
• 9. Hendricks' Manifesto (3:17)
• 10. A Man, A Plan, A Code, Dubai (2:44)
• 11. Love The Glove (3:44)
• 12. The Express Elevator (2:31)
• 13. Mission Impersonatable (3:55)
• 14. Moreau Trouble Than She's Worth (6:44)
• 15. Out For a Run (3:54)
• 16. Eye of the Wistrom (1:05)
• 17. Mood India (4:28)
• 18. Mumbai's the Word (7:14)
• 19. Launch is on Hendricks (2:22)
• 20. World's Worst Parking Valet (5:03)
• 21. Putting the Miss in Mission (5:19)
• 22. Mission: Impossible Theme (Out With a Bang Version) (0:53)

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