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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andrea Datzman
Peter Boyer
Mark Gasbarro
Ira Hearshen
Norman Ludwin
Cameron Patrick
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Walt Disney Records
(March 6th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release. The CD version of the soundtrack, despite its bargain retail pricing, was advertised as being "limited," but the quantity of the production run was never specified.
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Buy it... if you constantly yearn for a return to the days of John Williams' symphonic adventure and fantasy style of bombastic and dynamic "space opera" grandeur from the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Avoid it... if you expect Michael Giacchino, despite his uncanny ability to emulate some of the best Williams techniques, to reach the same level of narrative mastery despite writing an enthusiastic and entertaining throwback romp.
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WRITTEN 4/2/12
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John Carter: (Michael Giacchino) It only took one hundred years for Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 science fiction novels to be adapted to the big screen, but not due a lack of trying. The concept was originally set to become the first feature-length animated movie in American history in the mid-1930's, though MGM pulled the plug after years of production work because the concept was deemed to outlandish for audiences at the time. Through the subsequent decades, the concept languished in limbo due to perpetual assessments that special effects technology had not matured enough to do justice to the story. When Disney finally went ahead with John Carter in the 2010's, the studio envisioned a trilogy of adventures, the first establishing how the titular Earthling came to become a hero on Mars. The former American Confederate Cavalry solider is transported accidentally to Mars in 1868 and finds himself in the midst of a civil war between various races of creatures that range from normal humanoids to the tall, nasty-looking green aliens more commonly associated with the planet. A mixture of beasts from Middle-Earth and flight technology from the future collide in this conflict, and Carter fortunately discovers that due to Mars' lesser gravity and his own bone density, he has movement and fighting capabilities beyond those of the native inhabitants. There is, of course, a princess involved, as well as massive battles for control of the planet and some misdirection back on Earth to set up a cinematic sequel. Disney, however, did not impress critics and American audiences upon the debut of John Carter, the highly mixed reviews (largely praising the look but lambasting the script) translating into surprisingly poor domestic box office numbers. While the international earnings for the movie were substantially better (seemingly bringing overall grosses nearly even with the $250 million budget), Disney publicly declared the film a massive loss after all considerations. Oblivious to all of this turmoil was composer Michael Giacchino, who was instructed by director Andrew Stanton to write a hugely orchestral space opera score from the height of the 1970's and 1980's for the concept. Giacchino had affirmed his feature career scoring Pixar movies in the 2000's, but for Disney and John Carter, he impressively supplies music of a different level of bravado and scale in the fantasy genre. It's the kind of throwback assignment that typically makes composers giddy, especially with the resources available to Giacchino for this project.

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Review - July 5, 2013, at 12:56 a.m.
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Michael Giacchino's compelling achievement in music writing
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Great Score!
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Total Time: 74:13
• 1. A Thern for the Worse (7:38)
• 2. Get Carter (4:24)
• 3. Gravity of the Situation (1:20)
• 4. Thark Side of Barsoom (2:55)
• 5. Sab Than Pursues the Princess (5:33)
• 6. The Temple of Issus (3:24)
• 7. Zodanga Happened (4:01)
• 8. The Blue Light Special (4:11)
• 9. Carter They Come, Carter They Fall (3:54)
• 10. A Change of Heart (3:03)
• 11. A Thern Warning (4:03)
• 12. The Second Biggest Apes I've Seen This Month (2:35)
• 13. The Right of Challenge (2:22)
• 14. The Prize is Barsoom (4:28)
• 15. The Fight for Helium (4:32)
• 16. Not Quite Finished (2:05)
• 17. Thernabout (1:18)
• 18. Ten Bitter Years (3:11)
• 19. John Carter of Mars (8:53)

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The insert includes a list of performers and short notes about the score from the composer and director.
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