13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior

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by Jerry Goldsmith
     
 

Midway through production of the Viking drama The 13th Warrior, writer Michael Crichton jettisoned director John McTiernan and took over the production himself. At that time, he also ousted composer Graeme Revell in favor of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, clearly anticipating an epic score in the mold of past Goldsmith classics…  See more details below

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Midway through production of the Viking drama The 13th Warrior, writer Michael Crichton jettisoned director John McTiernan and took over the production himself. At that time, he also ousted composer Graeme Revell in favor of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, clearly anticipating an epic score in the mold of past Goldsmith classics like Patton and Planet of the Apes. But the end result is a frustrating work hampered by Goldsmith's frustrating reticence to allow his imagination to run wild. As Crichton's liner notes state, "We know nothing about what Viking music was like, which meant Jerry would have to invent it," but his innovations prove surprisingly tepid, employing wordless chanting and primitive drumming but not much else. Goldsmith remains a master of large-scale drama, crafting dark, powerful themes like "The Fire Dragon" and "The Horns of Hell," but there's little that makes The 13th Warrior a truly unique entry in his large catalog.

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Release Date:
08/10/1999
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206603828
catalogNumber:
6038
Rank:
70455

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13th Warrior 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's amazing how much fanfare Goldsmith's The Mummy gets, when in the same year, Goldsmith wrote a score 10 times better. The 13th warrior combines great stiring themes, with haunting filler music. Its soft, lyrical passages are also mesmerising. A definate buy for any soundtrack enthusiast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is a great triumph. Without the soundtrack this movie would have been nothing. Adds a alot of texture to the movie. I am a great lover of movie soundtracks and this one on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 9 and a half. It is very mysterious and incredibly magical. A must for soundtrack fanatics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago