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Independence Day [Import]

David Arnold Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not The End Of The World... Nov. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first took notice of composer David Arnold's work for the film Stargate. For that movie, the score sounded epic and otherworldly. It also gave us a sense of the adventure and unknown. For ID4, he doesn't break that formula per se', he just adds a little patriotic flair to go along with all the flag waving in the film
The score is a mix between that of impending doom and hope. It's not an easy task beleive me. It's fairly clear, in fact, that Arnold tips his baton to fellow composers, the prolific John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, with this music. This is by no means a criticism but rather a compliment. The score is perfect for this no brainer popcorn flick. The one small gripe I have about the soundtrack, is that it doesn't include the great REM song, "It's The End Of The World...". The song fits the film and would have been a fine addition here.
The CD has 14 tracks and a running time of 50:32.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ID4 - one of the best sci-fi soundtracks March 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. So I finally decided to bought it. As a composer David Arnold was already familiar to me, since I own the Stargate soundtrack also. As he did wonderful job in Stargate, he did in ID4 too. My personal favorites in the CD are tracks 1,2,4,7,10,11 and 14. End Titles is the best of the best, since it takes all themes to one and long track. I have just one complain: as many of the customers have said, the CD could have been a little longer. But this satisfies me greatly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic score! A superior effort! Feb. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 think Arnold has ever reached again. From his themes representing the heroics of Will Smith and Bill Pullman to his more electronic feel for the aliens, ID4 is an all around masterpiece. His excellent and patriotic themes are very powerful. While he is better known for his James bond scores, Arnold's first successful score deals with annihilation, death, destruction and finally worldwide victory. This is among the best scores written in 1990's. Although outmatched by scores such as Lord of the Rings etc, Arnold's ID4 score still great and highly recommended.
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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 Surprisingly Good Aug. 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. I always thought the movie was fun, but I was always really interested in the soundtrack. And finally buying it was a great idea. Well worth the money. If you are partial to James Horner and John Williams scores, I can pretty safely recommend this score to you. I will be looking out for more of this fine film composer's scores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God bless.......His world! July 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
David Arnold's score for "Independence Day" is awesome. Some of the most patriotic music ever. Don't miss it! Grade: A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over, Star Wars! May 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. The cues in this soundtrack are incredible and self-explanitory for those who haven't seen the film yet. Keep your ears open for beautiful choral parts that enhance the instrumental compositions. The only snag, much of the score is omitted. Imagine: a 50-minute CD for a 2.5-hour movie! I heard things about a bootleg soundtrack featuring the music of ID4 in its entirety. I hear nothing but good things. Unil you find that, enjoy this edition. It brakes all earthly bounds in its tapestry of human emotion, alien wonder, and action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heroic; Beautiful; Exciting; Awe-Inspiring!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by Zachary S. Houp
5.0 out of 5 stars Independence Day is nothing short of a masterpiece
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2001 by Ian
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. 3 2001 by Laura Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks of the 90's!!
I saw "Independence Day" with my wife on the day it came out, and left the theatre hungry to find the nearest CD store. Read more
Published on May 21 2001 by Eric Scott
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 10 2000 by Robert Pollock
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