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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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11/2/14 The Lion King  (Hans Zimmer/Elton John) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the impressive 2014 "Legacy Collection" album from Disney if you desire a superior new mix of the scores and songs as they appeared in the film, especially with an impressive and fresh perspective on the important Hans Zimmer score.
Avoid it... on the commercial projects solely and also seek the leaked recording sessions or other available cues from bootlegs and promos if you desire a fuller selection of the immense amount of variations on the material recorded by Zimmer for this score.

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10/19/14 The Expendables 3  (Brian Tyler) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you have a firmly established desire to maintain a complete collection of the music from this franchise, because it's been a steady downhill journey in thematic satisfaction and the grandeur of the rendering since the 2010 entry.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear fresh action genre exploration or the Jerry Goldsmith-inspired theme in satisfyingly complete fanfare renditions, the lack of either yielding one of the most disappointing Brian Tyler scores.

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9/28/14 Deep Rising  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you never tire of stereotypical Jerry Goldsmith action and horror scores no matter how derivative and predictable they may be.
Avoid it... if you lament the lack of a distinct personality in many of the late-era Goldsmith autopilot scores, especially when he explicably became intertwined in trashy flicks.

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9/21/14 Good Will Hunting  (Danny Elfman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek the kind of small-scale, mystical, eerie, and withdrawn score in Danny Elfman's career that equals The Spitfire Grill for James Horner at about the same time.
Avoid it... if the occasional harmonic beauty that Elfman can create with acoustic guitars and pennywhistle can't substantiate less than half an hour of otherwise directionless pondering.

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9/14/14 Dennis the Menace  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are a dedicated Jerry Goldsmith collector and do not quickly lose patience with the composer's nonstop slapstick comedy mode for a full orchestral ensemble.
Avoid it... if you found nothing special about the superior and very similar Looney Tunes: Back in Action score from Goldsmith or if you expect to hear his trademark electronics make more than a token contribution.

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9/1/14 Night Crossing  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a redemptive combination of Jerry Goldsmith's swirling fantasy atmosphere, brutal military themes, and complicated layers of orchestral lines in a very engaging and dynamic package.
Avoid it... if you expect an abundance of any of the three major themes from Night Crossing, two of which very strong in their addressing of the hopes and fears of those making the daring escape on screen.

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8/23/14 Empire of the Sun  (John Williams) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a wide range of emotions from John Williams in one score, a work straining in its turbulent, sometimes sparse suspense material but redemptive in its famous theme and wondrous fantasy half.
Avoid it... if you require a strong sense of continuity and flow in your soundtracks, because the film's indecision about balancing the horrors of war and a boy's imagination translate directly into a disjointed listening experience.

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8/17/14 The Sum of All Fears  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek Jerry Goldsmith's last robust action score, along with an unusually prominent contribution of original and source songs heard in the film.
Avoid it... if you expect more than fifteen minutes of truly unique, choral and solo vocal music from Goldsmith in a score otherwise defined by its occasional bursts of the composer's trademark action and predictable suspense material.

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8/9/14 The Peacemaker  (Hans Zimmer) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of its album presentations if you appreciate the extremely masculine and often brutal synthetic and organic blend that defines Hans Zimmer's action sound of the era.
Avoid it... on the commercial album if you seek a coherent presentation of the score, for the definitive 2014 set paints a far more balanced and impressive picture of Zimmer's composition by offering both the film's original cues and the composer's preferred arranged suites.

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5/11/14 Psycho II  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you trust Jerry Goldsmith to follow Bernard Herrmann with a respectfully different, conservative, atmospheric score that takes no chances with the concept.
Avoid it... if you find Goldsmith's carefully subdued, textural work for dissonant synthesizer effects and restrained orchestra to be underwhelming, especially given its redundancy on both of this score's album presentations.

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5/4/14 Flesh + Blood  (Basil Poledouris) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the similar 2010 or 2014 albums if you seek a bold, glorious, tonal, and rhythmically constructed companion score to Basil Poledouris' Conan the Barbarian in its most obviously superior sound quality.
Avoid it... if you are not an audiophile and the score's raw demeanor has never really enticed you going all the way back to Varese Sarabande's Club CD in 1992, in which case subsequent presentations of additional material will likely not impress you.

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4/20/14 The Matrix Revolutions  (Don Davis) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you were captivated by Don Davis' maturing orchestral and choral themes for The Matrix Reloaded and wish to hear the progression of those ideas towards a victorious finale of religious proportions.
Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate the unsettling battle between satisfying harmony and challenging dissonance that Davis utilizes to very nearly the end of the trilogy.

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4/13/14 Star Trek: Nemesis  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you seek to complete your collection of all five of Jerry Goldsmith's feature Star Trek scores, for this entry is by far the least dynamic and engaging without good reason.
Avoid it... on the expanded album presentations if you expect more than just a couple of minutes of memorable material; the rest of the additional music is largely redundant and compounds the stylistic weaknesses of the work.

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