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An emotional and exciting score on a very frustrating CD
on 17 March 2015
Having owned the previous CD released in 1989 (also featured here in this release) I have only been able to enjoy the score arranged into suites when separated from the film. When La-La Land Records announced this release I assumed I could finally get to enjoy the score as it appears in the movie. Right? Wrong!
This CD sadly does not give us that score. Most of the tracks are what you want them to be, even with alternates, but there are still some key scenes that have been rearranged and sound completely different, especially the final confrontation between Nick and Sato and the finale in the airport. If the CD is going to feature horrible alternate cues of percussion only tracks why did they exclude the REAL mix from the movie and the second alternate mix from the test screening (where Nick kills Sato instead of arresting him)? This is such a stupid decision and makes for a very disappointing CD.
That aside, this is one of Zimmer's best works with extremely moody and emotional tracks that never fail to draw you in perfectly balanced with blood-pumping power anthems to get you excited. The end credits song "I'll Be Holding On" by Gregg Allman is one of those songs that you just don't want to end, and the lyrics seems to perfectly fit life.
If only there was a perfect presentation on CD.
Score as heard in movie 5/5
Score as heard on CD 3/5