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War of the Worlds
(2005)
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2005 Decca
2020 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Eddie Karam
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Decca Records
(June 28th, 2005)

Intrada Records
(October 5th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2005 Decca album was a regular U.S. release. The 2020 Intrada album is limited to an unknown quantity and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you appreciate John Williams' propulsive rhythmic figures and high standards of complexity of this era no matter the level of atonality or dissonance prevalent at nearly every moment of this bleak and challenging score.

Avoid it... if you prefer your Williams music to be easily digestible and feature memorable lines of thematic cohesion, a satisfying narrative arc, and an obvious concert arrangement.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #149
WRITTEN 7/1/05, REVISED 4/27/21
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Williams
War of the Worlds: (John Williams) Fifty years after its initial appearance on the big screen, H.G. Wells' novel "The War of the Worlds" received a $135 million Steven Spielberg facelift with megastar Tom Cruise as the heart of its people story. Written just before 1900, the original tale is best known for the historic 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast in which the actor deviously convinced much of the nation that our planet was actually under attack. (For the intrepid, mischievous sorts out there, it really is too bad the media can't get away with such a thing today.) A 1953 cinematic adaptation has long been a favorite of the vintage science fiction crowd as well. Spielberg's version of the story, with the help of Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp, forgoes the opportunity to update the alien pod creatures (as well as their mission and their demise) and instead reverts to the original concepts and illustrations that accompanied Well's novel. Some critics and enthusiasts of the concept were not kind to this Spielberg vision of the invasion, for the film does seem to suffer from its share of fallacies of logic, including the awkward design of the alien pods themselves. The necessary human drama element for any Spielberg venture also bogs the film down, and without the spectacular imagery of Independence Day, the somber and sometimes grotesque War of the Worlds is a comparatively bleak and mundane film. It did manage to earn more than half a billion dollars at the box office and three technical Academy Award nominations, accolades long forgotten due to the film's failure to build a lasting legacy out of its initial hype. Tackling the project with a very serious intent was composer John Williams, whose level of mastery in his music maintained itself with force as he ventured further past the turn of the century. Spielberg's usual collaborator, Williams offered War of the Worlds only a month after his final journey into the Star Wars universe, and despite the two films' shared topic of human despair, alien creatures, and large-scale special effects, the focus of the two scores could not be further apart from each other. It's safe to say that the film has a happy ending, albeit not one of human triumph. Our military is useless, our collective panic forces us to turn on each other, and, in the end, the solution to our problem is a biologically intellectual one rather than something blatantly victorious.


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Average: 3.03 Stars
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**** 421 4 Stars
*** 517 3 Stars
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It's actually quite good.
NjabuloPhungula - May 14, 2012, at 10:47 p.m.
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message for John Williams.
Theodora Poole - July 29, 2008, at 2:49 a.m.
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What happen to Mr.Williams?   Expand >>
S.Venkatnarayanan - May 7, 2008, at 2:21 a.m.
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John William's score for "War of the Worlds"
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2005 Decca Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 61:01
• 1. Prologue* (2:52)
• 2. The Ferry Scene (5:49)
• 3. Reaching the Country (3:24)
• 4. The Intersection Scene (4:13)
• 5. Ray and Rachel (2:41)
• 6. Escape from the City (3:49)
• 7. Probing the Basement (4:12)
• 8. Refugee Status (3:50)
• 9. The Attack on the Car (2:44)
• 10. The Separation of the Family (2:36)
• 11. The Confrontation with Ogilvy (4:34)
• 12. The Return to Boston (4:29)
• 13. Escape from the Basket (9:21)
• 14. The Reunion* (3:16)
• 15. Epilogue (3:11)
* includes narration by Morgan Freeman
2020 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 128:57

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 2005 Decca album includes a note from Spielberg about the score and film, as well as a list of performers. The format of the unfolding insert, however, is very cumbersome. The insert of the 2020 Intrada product contains extensive details about the score and film.
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