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Independence Day [Import]

David Arnold Audio CD
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1. 1969-We Came In Peace
2. S.E.T.I.-Radio Signal
3. The Darkest Day
4. Canceled Leave
5. Evacuation
6. Fire Storm
7. Aftermath
8. Base Attack
9. El Toro Destoyed
10. International Code
11. The President's Speech
12. The Day We Fight Back
13. Jolly Roger
14. End Titles

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On the Homer Simpson palm-to-the-forehead scale, many sci-fi fan gave Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster three slaps; their heads hurt just thinking about it. But as stoopid as the filmmaker's efforts were (and they hadn't even signed on for Godzilla yet!), at least composer David Arnold "rose" to the occasion, producing a Williamsian piece of overwrought orchestral and choral melodrama that virtually begs you to take the proceedings seriously. If Arnold had been working the genre in the '50s, there's a fair chance that that vaunted AFI top 100 films list would've included Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers; now, there's a movie. --Jerry McCulley

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Independence Day ~ Independence Day

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5.0 out of 5 stars An explosive spectacular full of fireworks Dec 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
After his tremendous success for Stargate, David Arnold returns once again with another absolute jewel of a score to Independence Day. I am convinced that David Arnold is turning into the next John Williams, but we'll have to wait and see on that one. This soundtrack contains some of the best patriotic music I have ever heard written for a film. Complete with triumphant brass fanfares and incredible war drums, along with dancing strings, this makes for one heck of a score. "1969 - We Came In Peace" starts off the soundtrack with an ominous feel, leading into a trumpet solo and a full orchestra performance. Some spectacular action music is found throughout several of the tracks, most notably in "Fire Storm", "Base Attack", and "The Day We Fight Back". The action music is explosive with plenty of brass, snare drums, and strings that sounds incredible and makes you want to hear more. "Aftermath" contains a sorrowful theme that turns into a bright and joyous cue. "The President's Speech" is a very inspirational cue that crescendos into an orchestral delight. The best track of them all is the last one "End Titles" in which Arnold combines all of the themes into one long 9 minute suite that leaves you breathless. When the soundtrack is over, you still want to hear more because it is absolutely marvelous stuff. This should have gotten at least an Oscar nomination, if not an Academy Award. I definitely would of given it one hands down. If you haven't guessed already, get this soundtrack! It's a delight and an orchestral masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heroic; Beautiful; Exciting; Awe-Inspiring! Nov. 18 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the first few film scores I bought after catching the bug and for a few months it didn't stop rotating in my CD player. For many, this was the first time they had ever heard the name David Arnold, but certainly it wasn't the last as he continues to wow audiences and will no doubt lead the next generation of film composers. The music is probably the best he's ever produced for the big screen, though it isn't nearly as inventive or personal as Stargate. What ID4's music has is a magnificent spirit and bravery that traverses the seemingly endless action cues and exceptional themes that are some of the most rousing in film history.
One listen to the End Titles and Arnold will have you hooked; you'll see why this score has become so publicly praised and why it probably played more than a small part in the film's success. Though it doesn't sound flattering, I consider this a compliment to Arnold's work: David Arnold has a propensity to create the most stirring and fitting B-style action scores. Listen to ID4, Musketeer, even his offerings in Wing Commander, and one will understand why; in short, the themes fall to a stereotypical simplicity, but are executed so perfectly that it seems undoubtedly appropriate.
As previously stated, the themes here represented don't quite surpass those offered in Stargate, but they tend to have a more exciting and appealing use. The main theme is decidedly simple, yet to good effect since you can exit the theatre humming; the main action theme, with a glorious trumpet fanfare and underlying low brass is awe-inspiring; the still minor themes are all perfect and developed beyond the traditional silly, summer, sci-fi flick, which no doubt spells the success for this superb score.
The CD is heavily packed with action--as was the movie.
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By Ian
Format:Audio CD
What is one thing that really sticks to you from a movie after it is long over? The action? The Charachters? The music? Sadley, most people choose the first one. But the one thing that has stayed with me ever sience I finished watching the movie was the music. David Arnolds Independence Day soundtrack is nothing short of a masterpiece and the absoloute best movie soundtrack I have ever heard in my life. Seriously.
From the chilling opening music to the triumphant finalie, Independence Day's patriotic themes roar throughout the entire track, which is a great thing. The music perfectly combines sorrow, rememberance and triumph into one fantastic package. Sience it is next to impossible to describe the music, you just have to hear it for yourself. My biggest problem with the CD is that some of the tracks are significantly diffrent from the movie. "The day we fight back" for instance, instead of having a long triumphant part as heard in the movie after they destroy the first ship, we hear a very gloomy and deppressing track. It would have been great if the CD held more music (The music that came up when Jeff and Will enter the ship instantly comes to mind). But overall, Independence Day is a must buy. If you love music, do whatever you can to get your hands on this.
The good: Incredibly patriotic, lots of diffrent themes, makes you proud to be an american
The bad: some of the tracks are differant then they are in the movie
and the ugly: nothing
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks of the 90's!! May 21 2001
Format:Audio CD
I saw "Independence Day" with my wife on the day it came out, and left the theatre hungry to find the nearest CD store. We drove 'til I found one, and I bought the CD then and there. The music was fantastic! It made the movie much stronger than a lesser score or composer might have, and it had a noticeable aural impact even over the pyrotechnics and thundering avalanche of sound from the movie. "Independence Day" is a perfect example of just how important a score can be for a film. Thank God for David Arnold!
Fortunately the CD tracks here are in sequence, not randomly (and incomprehensibly) scattered as on some other soundtracks, and so the CD effectively traces the movie's emotional trajectory. The ominous and almost overwhelming buildup heard in "S.E.T.I. - Radio Signal" and "The Darkest Day" (neat stuff to listen to in a thunderstorm, by the way) leads to the frantic activity of "Evacuation" -- and then the orchestra unleashes with "Fire Storm", a short, brutal cue that practically blows your speakers out. The mood then eases with "Aftermath" ... but takes off again in "Base Attack", a thrilling aural rollercoaster ride if ever there was one. The strongly patriotic (and eminently whistleable) "International Code" and "The President's Speech" give us hope for those puny humans, and the explosive "The Day We Fight Back" and "Jolly Roger" resolve the issue triumphantly. All in all, it's one hell of a ride!
That having been said -- this CD could have been so much more! I'm giving it 5 stars since it is so tremendously exciting and listenable, but as noted by other rviewers there's a LOT of music missing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not The End Of The World...
I first took notice of composer David Arnold's work for the film Stargate. For that movie, the score sounded epic and otherworldly. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by T. Lobascio
5.0 out of 5 stars ID4 - one of the best sci-fi soundtracks
Independence Day is with all it's flaws a good and entertaining movie, but the soundtrack is without flaws! While I watched the movie, I noticed that the music was very good. Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by Jari Laakso
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic score! A superior effort!
One of David Arnold's first movie scores and a totally overachieving effort. One of the first score's that I ever listened too, ID4 represents a high quality effort that I do not... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
Although I am not quite ready to board the "David Arnold is the 21st century John Williams" boat, I will admit this is a really good listening experience. Read more
Published on July 31 2002 by Christopher A. Andre
5.0 out of 5 stars God bless.......His world!
David Arnold's score for "Independence Day" is awesome. Some of the most patriotic music ever. Don't miss it! Grade: A+
Published on July 9 2002 by Steven Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over, Star Wars!
INDEPENDENCE DAY proves that you don't have to be STAR WARS to be a science-fiction film with an epic score. British composer, David Arnold doesn't disappoint. Read more
Published on May 11 2002 by Matthew Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Willamsian sound
I almost changed my mind after I had ordered this, and almost cancelled my order. Thank god I didn't. This CD is excellent, with its dramatic, ennobling sounds. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2001 by "lovely_chris"
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Mood for Alien Invasion
I was perusing the soundtrack section of the music store the other day and came across this title. It had been nearly three years since I saw the movie, but I vaguely remembered... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2001 by Laura Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars An action-packed piece from beginning to end!
Independence Day was my first soundtrack by David Arnold and it didn't take more than a minute to become a David Arnold fan. Read more
Published on July 9 2000 by Robert Pollock
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