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Deep Impact
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Music Soundtrax
(May 5th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy even James Horner's most derivative, mundane, and predictable scores, solid in construct and performance but lacking in originality.

Avoid it... if an abundance of "Hornerisms" and blatant self-references throughout the work, combined with an excruciatingly long album, are a recipe for tedium.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #109
WRITTEN 5/5/98, REVISED 3/16/08
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Deep Impact: (James Horner) With the concept of the disaster flick now resurrected for good, 1998 offered two films in the form of Armageddon and Deep Impact that played similarly on humanity's fear of being hit by a giant rock or comet from space. One of the few reasons the outwardly sentimental Deep Impact received moderate praise was because of its inevitable comparisons to the laughable Armageddon. The upstart Dreamworks studio and director Mimi Leder sought to carry over the masculine appeal of The Peacemaker while also infusing the story with enough human interest sidebars to carry an even larger audience. Unfortunately, as Meteor proved almost two decades earlier, if you concentrate on the people rather than the threat, especially with less-than-earnest acting performances, your film lacks a central resolve with which to maintain audience interest. The major detraction of Deep Impact was its attempt to tell too many stories at once, almost in The Day After fashion, whereas giant tidal waves and other pesky nuisances of a natural kind are far more enjoyable for a summer afternoon. Dreamworks and Leder must have been pleased to have composer James Horner on board for this endeavor, for this would be the first score from the recent Oscar winner after his monumental success for Titanic. In fact, the release of the Deep Impact album fell within a day of the announcement that Horner's Titanic album fell out of the #1 position in the Billboard Top 200 Music Charts, where it had maintained that position for an astounding four months. To say that expectations for Horner on Deep Impact were high would be an understatement and, ironically, while listeners were waiting for a blast of adventurous breeze from Deep Impact, Horner would instead hand them a golden nugget in the form of The Mask of Zorro shortly thereafter. Both summer 1998 scores from the composer would feature trademark "Hornerisms," but while The Mask of Zorro would extend those in a uniquely fresh direction, Deep Impact remained an ultra-conservative regurgitation of previous Horner sounds assembled into one moderately interesting package.



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2,159 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.35 Stars
***** 467 5 Stars
**** 540 4 Stars
*** 651 3 Stars
** 302 2 Stars
* 199 1 Stars
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Southall - August 13, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
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Drawing Straws
Chris Sullivan - February 9, 2013, at 12:26 a.m.
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Intiment Moments
Trevor - November 30, 2008, at 4:48 p.m.
1 comment  (2385 views)
piano theme
Amber Russo - August 4, 2006, at 8:16 p.m.
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Excellent! My favourite Horner soundtrack!
Mathias Sender - July 21, 2006, at 10:49 a.m.
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Choir
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 77:16
• 1. A Distant Discovery (3:52)
• 2. Crucial Rendezvous (3:57)
• 3. Our Best Hope.... (13:20)
• 4. The Comet's Sunrise (5:02)
• 5. A National Lottery (8:21)
• 6. The Wedding (3:56)
• 7. The Long Return Home (4:40)
• 8. Sad News (3:42)
• 9. Leo's Decision (3:03)
• 10. The President's Speech (4:25)
• 11. Drawing Straws (10:37)
• 12. Goodbye and Godspeed (11:34)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The first pressing of the album contained a sticker on the front of the jewel case connecting Horner to Titanic.
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