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Dragonheart
(1996)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ralph Ferraro
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MCA Soundtracks
(May 28th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you buy soundtracks with your heart instead of your brain, for there is an intangible magic in Randy Edelman's score that rises above its frightfully simplistic constructs.

Avoid it... if you've never been able to buy into Edelman's incongruous merging of diminished orchestras and his array of bass-heavy electronics for the historical drama or fantasy genres.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #70
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 2/16/08
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Dragonheart: (Randy Edelman) One of the more disastrous fantasy films of the 1990's, Dragonheart was a victim of several fatal production mistakes. It's basically a 10th Century buddy picture about a disillusioned mercenary and his talking dragon sidekick; their friendship grows throughout the film until some forced moral exploration provides a disappointing letdown after several mediocre action sequences. Advertised for its outstanding special effects (including the live action dragon) and the voice of Sean Connery as the ponderous fire-breather, Dragonheart suffers from extremely poor acting by his human counterparts, terribly lazy action scenes that fail to muster any energy or fear, and pacing in the script that leaves far too many slow conversational moments in an otherwise promise premise. One of the few highlights of the film, as mentioned by critics at the time, was the soundtrack composed by director Rob Cohen's usual collaborator, Randy Edelman. The early to mid-1990's were the height of Edelman's career, spanning a diverse range of genres that includes silly comedies like Kindergarten Cop and grand dramas led by Gettysburg. His ventures into historical drama, which include the fan-favorite Gettysburg, the additional material in Last of the Mohicans, and Dragonheart, among others, are the most interesting. His flowing thematic structures, with orchestras aided quite audibly by synthesizers, are simplistic in ways that mainstream audiences can remember after the movies are over, but they are typically technical simpletons. Despite the fact that there exists a vast difference in style between scores like Dragonheart and James Horner's Braveheart, despite existing for locations and concepts of great similarity, the affable nature of Edelman's style has produced a following that, at least in the first few years, rivaled that of Horner's more famous score. If you're expecting an overwhelmingly intelligent and creative historical epic from Edelman, then Dragonheart will be somewhat disappointing. You could even argue that in concept, it's simply wrong for the genre. But what you can't argue with is the fact that it works in the film, which is testimony to the limited success that Edelman had in the genre during the 90's.



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Karl - August 5, 2012, at 8:53 p.m.
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drangon heart full score for brass band
Wayne Curtis - April 21, 2007, at 7:16 p.m.
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Excellent music
Sheridan - August 24, 2006, at 6:19 a.m.
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Good movie.
PyroD - November 23, 2005, at 7:33 p.m.
1 comment  (2103 views)
Any downloads available?
Alexandra - December 27, 2004, at 5:03 a.m.
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moved but frustrated
Byron Abraham - December 13, 2004, at 11:35 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:58
• 1. The World of the Heart - Main Title (3:17)
• 2. To the Stars (3:11)
• 3. Wonders of an Ancient Glory (2:21)
• 4. Einon (3:53)
• 5. The Last Dragonslayer (4:00)
• 6. Bowen's Ride (2:33)
• 7. Mexican Standoff (2:20)
• 8. Draco (1:13)
• 9. A Refreshing Swim (1:25)
• 10. Re-Baptism (2:47)
• 11. Bowen's Decoy (3:22)
• 12. Kyle, the Wheat Boy (4:24)
• 13. The Connection (2:25)
• 14. Flight to Avalon (2:54)
• 15. Finale (5:28)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The cues on the album are completely mislabeled and out of order, with the exception of the first and last tracks.
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