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Vertical Limit (OST) [Soundtrack]

James Newton Howard Audio CD

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1. Utah
2. Three Years Later
3. I Need One More
4. Base Camp
5. You Wanna Do This?
6. Spindrift
7. Avalanche
8. Your Father Was A Smart Man
9. Don't Touch Her
10. Maybe You Should Turn Back
11. Nitro
12. Vaughn Decides
13. Annie And Peter
14. Peter's Jump/Tom's Heart
15. It's A Good Song

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Give Hollywood a star cast, a towering, ice-gripped mountain and a cliché-ridden script and one thing is certain: somebody's going to get hurt. And while many critics believe the real casualties are those film goers who have shelled out for this cliff-hanging snow job, let's not overlook the work of scorer James Newton Howard whose solid efforts accounted for keeping the film's pace and action sequences on track. His score here alternates from the rhythmically ethno-exotic (most dangerous, ice-gripped mountains littered with dead and dying Hollywood characters being located in faraway locales) to the traditional Hollywood suspense and drama. Often using his typically seamless fusion of the symphonic and the synthetic, Howard's professional work here is solid and purposeful, as dynamically driven and diverse as the film is staid and predictable. --Jerry McCulley

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film Score! 21 Dec 2000
By William P. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't want to diss the fellow who wrote above with such disappointment, but this is a film score, not a collection of pop songs. In fact, it's one of composer James Newton Howard's better efforts, and that's saying something, as he's one of the best film music composers. This is a gripping, flavorful collections of soaring themes, exciting action cues, and warm, reflective tracks. Highly recommended! One of the best action scores of the year.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Howard's Best 25 Jan 2001
By G M. Stathis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have only recently focused on the film scores of James Newton Howard, and I must credit his very exciting music for the film "Virtical Limit" as the primary motivation. I have long admired several of his works ("Waterworld" and "Wyatt Earp"), but this score caused me to settle down and give this notable composer some serious time. Recently, I have also listened to Howard's wonderful music for "The Postman" and "Dinosaur." Overall, this has been a very enjoyable experience. The score for "Virtical Limit" served as the inspiration, and it deserves strong applause. Howard does everything that is necessary to accentutate tense scenes in the film, but he also has sweeping passages that are quite remarkable. He has made interesting use of percussion in many of his scores and it has become a recognizable trademark of sorts. Here percussion and chorus are used to great effect, especially early in the score. His main theme is memorable, as well, and is probably one of his best. An earlier review did, however find reason for complaint with this recording. He claimed that it did not include the end credits music, and sadly this is true, whatever the reason for the exclusion. The good news is that this will be remedied by the future DVD. On the other hand, most of this music is found in other parts of the score. I too would have loved to have even more of this wonderful, and for me motivating, score...bravo!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you well beyond the vertical limit 20 Jan 2003
By Brandon Cutro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
James Newton Howard, who had a remarkable year in 2000, really outdoes himself with this awesome, thematic action score. The first 7 tracks really shine, with "Utah" beginning the score with brass playing the main theme over heavy percussion. "Three Years Later" showcases the theme being played over the beautiful mountainous setting of the film. It is a heroic and noble 6 note fanfarish motif played mainly by the brass section. The theme gets more recognition in "Base Camp", "Maybe You Should Turn Back", and "It's A Good Song". A noble secondary theme that really gives you goose bumps is found in "You Wanna Do This?" This secondary theme is heard again in "Maybe You Should Turn Back", but not as noble and heroic as in the other track. There are some really good action cues as well, such as "Avalanche", which contains pulse pounding brass lines, forceful strings, and driving percussion. "Nitro" is another good action and suspense cue, with chasing percussion and ominous brass and strings. "Peter's Jump/Tom's Heart" is another great action and ominous cue, with plenty of suspenseful and action packed moments. "Your Father Was A Smart Man", "Annie and Peter", and "It's A Good Song" are 3 laid back cues that focus on the brother and sister of the film and not the mountain climbing adventures. As the first half of the soundtrack is much better than the second, don't let that talk you out of getting this. The second half is good, just not as good as the first. A solid recommendation all around.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Rise 4 Mar 2001
By Luis M. Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
James Newton Howard wrote a fine score to "Vertical Limit", a CD which opens with 'Utah', a track that reminds us of the kind of orchestrations he used in the main title for "Waterworld".
His action cues are somewhat reminiscent of Jerry Goldsmith's action pieces -'Three Years Later' falls into this category -, yet Howard injects certain style to them. I must praise spectacular tracks such as 'Avalanche' and, specially, 'Nitro'. We can also be touched by tender pieces such as 'Annie And Peter', and 'It's A Good Song'.
I must say that I found surprising that Varèse Sarabande released a forty-four-minute CD of a music score recorded in Los Angeles. However I am very pleased with the results, thus coming up with some of James Newton Howard's finest music ever written to date.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "music for climbing mountains - awesome score!" 3 Jan 2001
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Varese Sarabande shares this outstanding score by James Newton Howard - "Vertical Limit" or "Music for Climbing Mountains"...either way this score contains cues that will keep you riveted to your seat.
James Newton Howard is probably one of the most under-rated composers around today - has scored over 60 films..."Space Jams", "Pretty Woman", "Waterworld", "The Sixth Sense" and Oscar's for "The Prince of Tides" (1991), "The Fugitive" (1993) and "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997) - quite an accomplishment for any composer in today's film scoring genre.
Of course there are highlights - "UTAH" is the opening track with on-going percussion..."THREE YEARS LATER" is just price-less, with every turn and passage interwoven themes, joined by a chorus of haunting melodies..."PETER'S JUMP/TOM'S HEART" heavy on the main theme, percussion and piano, with brass and strings combined with pounding drums, very effective. In part, some of the cues are almost "Jerry Goldsmith" tributes, very close to the legendary composers style.
Howard manages to capture the films drawing-power, as well as it's emotional impact providing the vastness of the mountains and scenery through each musical moment..."film-score-buffs", this is one not to pass on!
Total Time: 44:35 on 15 Tracks...Varese Sarabande 066207...(2000)
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