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The Legend of Tarzan
(2016)
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Composed and Produced by:
Rupert Gregson-Williams

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Alastair King

Additional Music by:
Thomas Farnon
Tony Clarke
Tom Howe
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
WaterTower Music
(June 16th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if yet another regurgitation of vintage Hans Zimmer blockbuster methodology, including predictable derivatives of the good old power anthem days, can satisfy your lesser cognitive state of mind.

Avoid it... if you wonder exactly how a fruitless Transformers score variation can find its way into this classic Edgar Rice Burroughs environment without having some tomatoes and heads of lettuce hurled its way.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,583
WRITTEN 7/27/16
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The Legend of Tarzan: (Rupert Gregson-Williams) Between the countless film and television adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan concept since 1918, one might think that audiences would have had enough of John Clayton's tiresome antics among the apes of Africa. But, alas, another solid box office success awaited Viscount Greystoke in 2016 when Hollywood released what could be arguably deemed a sequel to the acclaimed 1984 Oscar-nominee, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, by far the most respected Tarzan movie in recent years. The David Yates-directed continuation of the Greystoke tale in 2016's The Legend of Tarzan fills in the later chronology of Tarzan's life, returning him from Great Britain to the jungles of the Congo in an effort to combat socio-political forces of colonial enslavement, among other scores to settle. Of course, it doesn't take long for his shirt to be torn off, his wife Jane Porter's shirt to be partially torn off (why not go with full nudity? Isn't this the 2010's?), and the devouring of shirt and human flesh by crocodiles. Offended by this film might be the Belgians and the apes themselves, the former rather unflatteringly blamed for most of the ills of the story while the latter provided extremely poor visual effects depicting them, of all things, awkwardly and unnaturally swinging about the jungle. Still, the script attempted a dose of thoughtfulness, and this intelligence was applauded by critics otherwise not particularly enthralled by the slow pace of the film. Yates hired the relatively unknown Bulgarian composer Mario Grigorov for the project, a major break that reportedly yielded a completed score for The Legend of Tarzan that was ultimately rejected in post-production. When the filmmakers and studio rubbed their magic lamp for a replacement score, which genie appeared? David Newman and his phenomenal score for 2014's Tarzan? No! It was the great Hans Zimmer, of course, and with a snap of his fingers, Yates and Warner Brothers received exactly what they wished for: a safely derivative Zimmer blockbuster score perfect for a contemporary, metallic Transformers movie but suitable for the vintage jungles of the Congo with just a few minor alterations.



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Average: 2.31 Stars
***** 10 5 Stars
**** 13 4 Stars
*** 25 3 Stars
** 39 2 Stars
* 41 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 71:19
• 1. Opar* (3:28)
• 2. Diamonds (4:50)
• 3. Togetherness (1:44)
• 4. Steamer and Butterfly (2:40)
• 5. Orphaned (2:46)
• 6. Returning Home (4:01)
• 7. Campfire (2:40)
• 8. Tarzan and Jane (3:39)
• 9. Village Ambush (4:41)
• 10. Catching the Train (2:16)
• 11. Rom's Plan (2:11)
• 12. Akut Fight (2:16)
• 13. Elephants in the Night (3:12)
• 14. Jane Escapes (2:44)
• 15. Jungle Shooting (2:41)
• 16. Kala's Death (5:15)
• 17. Where Was Your Honor? (2:29)
• 18. Boma Port (4:04)
• 19. Stampede (4:33)
• 20. On the Boat (3:10)
• 21. The Legend of Tarzan (2:36)
• 22. Better Love** (3:23)
* written by Rupert Gregson-Williams and Lebo Morake, performed by Zoe Mthiyane
** written and performed by Andrew Hozier-Byrne

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The insert includes session photography and a short note from the director about the score.
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