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The Core
(2003)
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2003 Bootleg
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Kull
Bruce Babcock
Frank Bennett
Bill Liston

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Co-Produced by:
Flavio Motalla
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Bootleg
(2003)

Promotional
(2004)

Intrada Records
(October 31st, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
No commercial album has ever existed for this score. The 2-CD bootleg of 2003 contains one additional alternate cue not included on the 2004 2-CD promo pressed by the composer. That 2004 promo was provided as a gift to customers who bought one of the 1,000 copies of Young's The Tower from Intrada Records, so at least 1,000 copies of the promo probably exist. At their height, they sold on the secondary market for $150 or more. Its value diminished to $30 after the 2011 Intrada 2-CD set debuted for the same cost. That product is limited to an unknown quantity.
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Buy it... if you have long ago lost patience with the insipid, mundane trash usually recorded for blockbuster disaster films, in which case Christopher Young's score for The Core will impress you with surprising intelligence in its sustained volume.

Avoid it... if you can't handle being challenged by a composer who tosses aside the notion of easy, harmonic statements of a bold theme in every action cue and instead offers the kind of robust "wall of sound" that will overwhelm you with its transcendent structures.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,508
WRITTEN 1/14/10, REVISED 11/28/11
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2011 Intrada

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The Core: (Christopher Young) Is the 2003 Jon Amiel disaster flick The Core so bad that it's actually unintentionally funny? For some critics, the only entertainment value with which to redeem the production came from its plethora of scientific fallacies, over-performing cast members, and downright ludicrous dialogue. Even amongst its peers in the apocalypse genre at the time, the story of The Core is unsalvageably silly, based on the premise that an evil government weapon meant to cause earthquakes anywhere in the world accidentally stops the rotation of the core of the Earth. The crew of a radical digging machine is forced to descend far into the planet and deliver a nuclear payload that will hopefully restore the planet's original electromagnetic energy and prevent further magnificent scenes of destruction in iconic human cities. What was in novel form meant to be a somber, intimate, submarine-style tale eventually became a bloated Hollywood blockbuster, exhibiting all the worst traits of the genre's stereotypes. It should suffice to say that the death count in this film is unrestrained. Paramount had originally intended for The Core to be released in late 2002, but in an effort to hide its deficiencies from the public, it delayed the debut until early 2003 and poured $30 million into an advertising campaign meant to gloss over the wretched product and push to recoup its money through the force of audience curiosity. That plan failed, however, with The Core's press coverage so terrible that Paramount did not retrieve even half of the film's $85 million budget domestically (worldwide grosses didn't account for the cost, either). The evolution of this film, from Amiel's far different concept to the embarrassing result, caused an equally challenging period of development for the director's trusted collaborator, Christopher Young, when it came to decide upon an appropriate type of score for The Core. Already facing an impossible deadline to finish before the film's original release date, Young not only went through a variety of trial themes with Amiel (all the way back to pre-production), but he was still fiddling with thematic structures in the time during which he needed to be writing over 100 minutes of music, his longest career score at that time.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2003 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 89:58
CD 1: (46:02)
• 1. Main Titles/Heart Attacks (4:37)
• 2. Launch (6:01)
• 3. Bubble Trouble (7:05)
• 4. Roman Fireworks (3:21)
• 5. Hero, Deep Fried. (4:26)
• 6. Crash Landing (5:50)
• 7. Floating Endeavour/Golden Gate Meltdown (5:29)
• 8. Diamond Dogs/Healing the Core (4:30)
• 9. Peer Pressure (4:46)
CD 2: (43:56)
• 1. Building Virgil (3:29)
• 2. Into Nothing (3:13)
• 3. An Emotional Moment (3:11)
• 4. The Journey Back (4:19)
• 5. Problems (7:10)
• 6. Collide With D.E.S.T.I.N.Y. (Alternate) (2:44)
• 7. Stones in the Pond (6:23)
• 8. Whale Song (3:50)
• 9. End Titles (5:35)
• 10. Diamond Dogs/Healing the Core (Alternate) (4:06)
2004 Promo Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 84:17
2011 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 100:31

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of the first two albums include no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2011 Intrada product contains extensive details about both, though they are somewhat difficult to read as formatted.
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