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The Rock: Original Score [Soundtrack]

Hans Zimmer , Nick Glennie-Smith Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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1. Hummell Gets The Rockets
2. Rock House Jail
3. Jade
4. In The Tunnels
5. Mason's Walk - First Launch
6. Rocket Away
7. Fort Walton - Kansas
8. The Chase

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This Alcatraz-themed potboiler was the final film initiated by the vaunted masters of the action McMovie, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer; the flamboyant Simpson died of a drug overdose soon after its release. Modern synth-orchestra fusion master Hans Zimmer is unaccountably teamed with Nick Glennie-Smith and Harry Gregson-Williams here, and the results are, well, just McFine. Not surprisingly, Zimmer's done better work on better films. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer Is The Master Of Film Scores Nov. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
Film is a passion to me, and I have grown to appreciate all the aspects of film. I saw my first film before I could walk, a little Disney film called Fantasia. I saw The Rock in 1996 the year it came out when I was 9. The first thing that I asked my father after I watched it was for the music from the movie, at the time I wasn't aware of terms such as Soundtrack or Score. This score is sitting in my computer and playing at an above than average volume level as I am writing this review. Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer, and I hope he will still be around when I am making movies as my profession. The Rock set the standard for action movie scores, and we can see mimics of this original score in films such as Face/Off and Pirates Of The Carribean. Many other action films have tried to capture the style of The Rock. All 3 composers have the same style and have come together to create one outstanding score. The score of The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise will mark Zimmer's 100th film score, and here's to 100 more Hans baby. I really wish people would appreciate film scores more because imagine movies without scores, they would be horrible. The Rock is the defining action score of the 90's and we still see traces of it in action films. Please purchase this Soundtrack and embrace the power of this original piece of movie music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many cooks. Feb. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Rock is not a wonderful or classical soundtrack that deserves any awards but it does contain some great action beats and exciting chase music. But there are too many people working here on this score and it's a bit of a mess I'm afraid to say.
First we have Hans Zimmer, then Nick Glennie-Smith, Harry Gregson-Williams and even some contributions by James Newton Howard. It may sound wicked but there is not distict style to this score other than 'Another Media Ventures Product'.
The first track 'Hummel Gets The Rockets' is very cool. It takes a few minutes to get going but has some powerful stuff in there. One half Battlefield Tragedy plus one half well-organised determination make a whole great track.
Track 2 'Rockhouse Jail' isn't so great. It's a suite of many different musical cues from throughout the film and it's here that you realize the CD just isn't going to play them in chronological order. The result is a track that starts of with the wonderful main theme of The Rock and then loses it in incoherence.
Track 3 'Jade' is a nice little tune that tries to sound Scottish but doesn't. It's makes for a nice break from the action music but isn't likely to make you well-up with emotion.
Track 4 'In the Tunnels' is pretty weak. There is a very cool burst of action near the end but most of this track is boring with just loads of sound effects and weird noises in place of real music.
Track 5 'Mason's Walk-First Launch' is even worse. There is only one ACTUAL piece of music in this track stuck right in the middle. The rest is sound effects and weird noise. Bo-ring. In the 6 years I've had this CD I've only listened to this entire track once.
Track 6 'Rocket Away' is 15 minutes of pure action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Redefined action music . July 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is one of the best I've ever listened to . Even though I Heard it first almost 6 years ago , I still I get excited like I'm hearing the score for the first time .
I bought it during the early days of my army service , and listened to it for hours on those long days in an outpost on the border with Lebanese , picturing the movie in my mind and forgetting about the mundane routine I loved to hate . Apparently , my high appraisal was common in Israel , when in the winter of '96 , 6 months after the record company had started to import the soundtrack , they decided to distribute (authorized , of course) locally-made copies following the unexpected demand .
"The Rock" really suceeds in conveying every feeling / emotion / sensation it was meant to pass on to the viewers in the theatre halls . You can feel the plot happening with each sign , in every tune , experiencing the enthusiasm , adrenaline , fear , grief and happiness this movie is packed with in an extraordinary generosity .
The score is diversed musically-wise ; one of the tracks named "Jade" is surprisingly delicate and beautiful and escorts the meeting of Mason with his long lost daughter named Jade . Watching the scene and hearing "jade" in the background can squeeze tears from almost anyone , despite being a short scene in a fast paced action film . The opposite is the outstanding track "The Chase" , that redefined the meaning of a pursuit rhythm to me . Up to ths day , the excitement it generates every time I hear it is almost unparalleled and stands in line with the best action beats I know .
This score is unique and essential recording - and is one of the clear cases in which you get the maximum value for your buck .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...probalby Zimmer`s best April 26 2001
Format:Audio CD
I had not heard of Zimmer before I saw Gladiator. But when I first got that CD,which I have also reviewed,I realized how good he was. So I thought I should try with another one. It would be this. Guess how happy I was when I first heard the first track. First a slow,sad chorus,but it quickly turns into a march with rock guitars. Perfect!I have almost never heard any better opening theme than "The Rock". Only those six minutes makes it worth buying. But I had not heard the best yet. Track two begins with action music,but quickly turns into the choral theme and then introduces a new theme that sounds almost like journey music. I was pretty happy with the film,but the score is even better. Rock guitars and synthesizer mixed with chorus and symphony orchestra - a very good combination indeed. The later tracks are more repeatitions of the first two,although the 3rd track features a beautifull flute theme. Track 4 is sometimes slow and disgusting,but in the end,it turns up to a real action symphony as they are hunted by the militaries in the tunnels. Track 5 may be to slow some times,but it fits very good in the film`s more mysterious moments before any attack. The 6th track is the real highlight. 14 minutes of action music,first slow and sad but then really action-filled and it ends with the flute theme again. Track 7 is the finale track. It is not so good as it sounds almost like a country song. Track 8 "The Chase" offers some eight minutes of exciting and intensive chase music,in the car chase scene. It never sounds slow - it is only a perfect action track with repeatitions of all the themes in action version. Something worth to note is that the tracks are not coming in order. Indeed,track 8 should follow track two. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the complete score?
I wish that they had included more score from the movie. That's is why the "The Rock" complete score exist, which runs approx. 85 minutes. So get it you find it. Read more
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool
This is, simply the most action packed score I own. I couldn't find it anywhere (in New Zealand that is), so I bought it off Amazon. It's awesome.
Published on Feb. 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin'!
This was THE album I listened to during my first year at art school, any time I had a project due in 18 hours that needed to get done well and done fast, which was frequently. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by "jamon147"
5.0 out of 5 stars the rock is awesome
not only is the movie one of the best ever made, the cd matches up to it. although theres no words its still a motivational, calming and relaxing cd. its awesome. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't get better composers than this...
This is a very cool CD. There is heartpounding music, entertwined with very beautiful melodies. Better than John Williams. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by "silk_tank"
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Movie
It was a great plot with excellent music. The music really tops off all the scenes throught the film. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003 by Phillip
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
Take (in my eyes) two of Hollywood's best composers, include another one I had never heard of before and the result is: incredible!! Read more
Published on Dec 20 2002 by Ruud Horevoorts
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hans Zimmer's most emotive works...
Simply divine! This soundtrack captures the very essence of The Rock's interest in moral paradoxes and, like the film, refuses to play judge to subjective morality. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This is a great CD. I have to admit I was surprised. I bought it because I've been so happy with other Hans Zimmer scores. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Score Ever
This is most definetly the best score i've heared my entire life.
There are great patterns that come again and again, i understood that Hans Zimmer, a composer I like the most... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002 by Guy Khmelnitsky
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