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U.S. Marshals
(1998)
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1998 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 10th, 1998)

Varèse Sarabande
(March 27th, 2020)
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The 1998 Varèse album is a regular U.S. release. The 2020 Varèse album is limited to 3,000 copies and available initially for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... only on the 2020 expanded presentation to appreciate the highlights of Jerry Goldsmith's consistently driven action and suspense rhythms for piano, snare, and electronics.

Avoid it... if you have little patience for the composer's predictable and pedestrian tendencies in this genre during the 1990's, this work highly derivative in motif and lacking distinctive personality.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #472
WRITTEN 3/11/98, REVISED 8/8/20
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U.S. Marshals: (Jerry Goldsmith) After the critical and popular success of The Fugitive several years earlier, it was disappointing but not surprising that producer Arnold Kopelson opted to yank the money chain for a watered-down sequel. Returning for U.S. Marshals in 1998 is U.S. Marshal Sam Girard, with Tommy Lee Jones reprising the role that won him an Academy Award for the original. Most of the plot elements in the sequel are simple re-writes and manipulations of the same general storyline of The Fugitive. Girard chases another protagonist fleeing from a spectacular crash and trying all the while to prove his innocence while on the run. Even if Wesley Snipes hadn't diluted the talent pool of the film with his non-existent performance, the insertion of traitor Robert Downey Jr. (who'd a thunk it?) sealed the deal. The film consists of one chase scene after another, and sadly few of those scenes can rival the tension and intelligence of similar situations in The Fugitive. Audiences didn't seem to care much about the sequel, easily identifying the project's intent as a profit machine rather than high art. An almost all-new crew for U.S. Marshals included a change in composer; James Newton Howard was nominated for an Oscar for the original film's score, the result of the film's popularity rather than a comment about the composer's music for the occasion. But, to delight of many, new director Stuart Baird continued his fruitful collaboration with the legendary Jerry Goldsmith for the sequel. Their combined effort for the 1996 action flick Executive Decision was competent in sum and contained some enjoyable parts. For U.S. Marshals, they understandably abandoned Howard's themes and approach, opting for a trademark Goldsmith suspense and action score. One of the interesting aspects of Goldsmith's work for this project is his attempt, whether instructed to do so or not, to combine the style of his 1990's action music with some of the suspense style from his similar 1970's and 1980's assignments. There are pieces from all over Goldsmith's career to be heard in U.S. Marshals, but the merging of those styles here unfortunately does not create a particularly fresh result despite its comforting familiarity for the composer's most ardent collectors.



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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - July 12, 2012, at 2:02 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:21
• 1. Nuggets & Bullets (1:49)
• 2. Sinking Plane (4:20)
• 3. Heading for the Swamp (2:26)
• 4. Swamp Search (6:01)
• 5. Eves on the City (2:17)
• 6. Airport Locker (1:54)
• 7. Following Chen (5:55)
• 8. The Front Gate (2:25)
• 9. Free to Go (2:37)
2020 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 73:36

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The insert of the 1998 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2020 album includes detailed notes about both. The 2020 product has a copyright date of 2019 even though it was released in 2020.
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