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Priest
(2011)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Co-Orchestrated by:
David Shephard
Peter Bateman
Richard Bronskill
Sean McMahon
Benoit Grey
Jorgen Lauritson

Co-Produced by:
Max Blomgren

Performed by:
The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Lucnica Chorus, and Lisa Gerrard
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Madison Gate Records
(May 10th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... if you seek Christopher Young's proof that fads in today's blockbuster film score conventions can be re-packaged in ways that diminish the lesser composers who rely solely upon them.

Avoid it... if you have no interest whatsoever in ever exploring Young's bombastically gothic side, because Priest is about as easily palatable in its majority as any other score in his career.
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WRITTEN 5/27/11
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Priest: (Christopher Young) Every time you think that movies about vampires at war with other species of humans have run their natural course, another variant of the idea hits the big screen. Languishing in production limbo for years was Priest, an adaptation of a Korean comic that details an alternate reality in which humans and vampires have been in conflict for centuries. The largest pockets of humans are protected in massive, fortified cities by the equivalent of the Roman Catholic Church, which has used warrior Priests to keep the vampires at bay on reservations for years. For those familiar with the 2010 film Legion, the style and substance of the religious tones in Priest will not surprise, especially with the overlap of director Scott Stewart and star Paul Bettany. Unfortunately, the production experienced countless delays over the course of several years, even after it was finished, because the studio must have realized that the movie just plain sucks, and an overwhelmingly negative critical response didn't help the film do much more than break even at the box office. Aside from the stylish design of Priest and a minor but satisfying role for Christopher Plummer as the Monsignor running the Church, the only redeeming aspect of the film is Christopher Young's predictably humongous score. Young's career has proven time and time again that his capabilities in all genres of music are keenly developed, with jazz and R&B talents that never cease to impress. The composer remains best known, however, for his knack for creative and engrossing horror scores. The best of these have typically involved religious elements, spanning decades from his two Hellraiser scores in the 1980's to the fiendishly wicked Drag Me to Hell in 2009. While these gothic powerhouses for large orchestra and chorus overwhelm the listener with sheer bombast, Young's horror and suspense works have also tended to feature highlights in their development of quietly alluring performances of their primary or secondary themes. Thus, even if a Young score in this genre occupies the majority of its time with ear-shattering dissonance, you'll typically be treated to ten minutes or so of delightfully creepy, easily digestible music. It's not often that Young stays accessibly tonal for the bulk of these genre scores, whether immensely religious or subtly unnerving, but such is precisely the case with Priest.



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Zakblue - December 23, 2012, at 3:52 a.m.
1 comment  (695 views)
An overestimated score...   Expand >>
J.S.L - June 11, 2011, at 2:21 p.m.
2 comments  (1571 views)
Newest: November 28, 2011, at 9:48 p.m. by
Travis
Spot on...
JameZ - June 6, 2011, at 8:19 a.m.
1 comment  (943 views)
Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - June 4, 2011, at 5:03 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:09
• 1. Priest (3:26)
• 2. Eclipsed Heart (3:34)
• 3. I Have Sinned (5:07)
• 4. Blood Framed Hell (3:52)
• 5. Sacrosanct Delirium (7:44)
• 6. Never One for Love (2:38)
• 7. Faith, Work, Security (2:14)
• 8. The Vampire Train (7:00)
• 9. Fanfare for a Resurrected Priestess (2:39)
• 10. Cathedral City Blue (6:44)
• 11. Detuned Towne (2:33)
• 12. A World Without End (7:38)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the score and composer. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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As one evangelical mother said, "That movie is a vomit-inducing abomination!"
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