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Men in Black 3
(2012)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Edgardo Simone
David Sloanaker

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Steve Bartek
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(May 29th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you still have a soft spot for Danny Elfman's full range of identities for this franchise, each of them extended with commendable skill in this surprisingly orchestra-heavy sequel score.

Avoid it... if you demand that new thematic territory be explored or that the composer rely upon his prior retro-styling for this somewhat conventional journey to the past.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,366
WRITTEN 6/2/12
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Men in Black 3: (Danny Elfman) It's remarkable to ponder the fact that despite the financial success of the Men in Black franchise, it took fifteen years for it to reach trilogy status. Generally considered superior to the first sequel in 2002 is Men in Black 3 (or MIB3 for short) ten years later. Gone are many of the auxiliary characters from the prior two films (including the obnoxious, talking pug, thankfully) but back are the leading duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the latter with something of a cameo role due to his limited screen time. It took ten years to develop Smith's original time-travelling idea for this film, his character forced to follow an escape alien criminal back to 1969 and save the life of partner's younger self. While in the past, the two rejoined agents of the secretive alien-related organization have to restore history as best they can, including the planting of a device on an Apollo spacecraft that is destined to protect the Earth in the future. Sappy encounters with younger versions of themselves extend the previous movie's flimsy but tender personal narratives, though the creativity of the alien creatures living amidst human society continues to sustain the franchise's key element of humor. Returning to the series is composer Danny Elfman, whose original Men in Black efforts yielded him (amazingly, in retrospect) one of his first Academy Award nominations. As director Barry Sonnenfeld reminds us, Elfman's job with the concept was to provide the agents on screen with masculinity, their coolness under pressure exuded through Elfman's own sense of humor in the process of whipping up a snazzy but ballsy main theme for the concept. There has always been a somewhat retro feeling to Elfman's music for the franchise, and one of the most interesting aspects of Men in Black 3 is the composer's choice to minimize that former identity for the sleaze of the alien characters and instead focus on more straight forward orchestral activity for the human-centered story this time around. The major detriment of the second score in the series was its tendency to simply regurgitate ideas from the first score without attempting to really add any new dimensions to them. There is a certain amount of that repetition in Men in Black 3, though perhaps due to the fact that ten years passed since the second film, the revisiting of these ideas doesn't seem as irritating in the third entry. Elfman once again attempts no really new thematic or stylistic direction here, though he does faithfully wrap most of his previous ideas for the concept into a functional and occasionally quite entertaining new package.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:39
• 1. Men in Black 3 - Main Titles (5:54)
• 2. Spiky Bulba (2:18)
• 3. The Set-Up (3:36)
• 4. Headquarters (2:00)
• 5. Regret (3:03)
• 6. Wrong (1:03)
• 7. Not Funny (1:48)
• 8. Big Trouble (1:15)
• 9. Out on a Limb (2:00)
• 10. Time Jump (1:14)
• 11. Bad Fortune (1:14)
• 12. Forget Me Not (1:27)
• 13. Into the Past (1:37)
• 14. Griffin Steps Up (1:41)
• 15. True Story (0:41)
• 16. The Prize - Monocycles (3:56)
• 17. Boris Meets Boris (1:27)
• 18. Under the Bridge (5:51)
• 19. The Mission Begins (5:28)
• 20. Mission Accomplished (3:08)
• 21. A Close One (1:34)
• 22. Men in Black 3 - Main Titles Revisited (1:33)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a short note from the director about working with Elfman.
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