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Wing Commander
(1999)
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Theme Composed and Co-Produced by:

Score Composed and Co-Produced by:
Kevin Kiner

Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Co-Conducted by:
Isobel Griffiths

Co-Produced by:
Mark Evans
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sonic Images Records
(March 9th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a direct extension of the themes, tone, and style of David Arnold's Independence Day.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear any hint of originality in this otherwise exhilarating space adventure score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #461
WRITTEN 3/8/99, REVISED 6/12/08
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Wing Commander: (Kevin Kiner/David Arnold) Have you ever gone to a movie in the theatres with the intent of viewing a great trailer and then leaving before the actual feature started? That's what happened for many people when Wing Commander debuted in March of 1999. Few could make an argument that Wing Commander even scratches close to the realm of decent entertainment, but when Twentieth Century Fox attached the highly anticipated trailer to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to its start, science fiction fans went wild. Unfortunately, there was no purpose for any of them to stay and be forced to witness to trash that is Wing Commander. With a script so incredibly dumb that it borders on parody, the film was helmed by the inexperienced Chris Roberts, who had directed some parts of the popular video game of the same name. The premise of the story is predictable to the point of utter boredom, lifting most elements from Battlestar Gallactica. There are humans, some with civil rights problems, who fight disgusting alien creates that want to destroy the entire universe (which seems to defeat the purpose of existence, but hey... this is a dumb film), and in the end, three young hot shot fighter pilots have all the responsibility of saving the day. The only plot twist that could have saved Wing Commander would be the capture, torture, rape, and execution of all those heroes, but, alas, that never happens. In terms of its music, Wing Commander is one of those rare occasions in which a director asks for a certain type of music, doesn't get anything like what he wanted, but raves about it because he doesn't seem to know the difference. Roberts approached the team of David Arnold and Kevin Kiner with the request of classic orchestral music from the World War II genre, with which Wing Commander (in his mind) shared some common characteristics. Kiner and Arnold had worked together before, and television scoring veteran Kiner is accustomed to working with Arnold's original themes.



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863 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.51 Stars
***** 231 5 Stars
**** 260 4 Stars
*** 191 3 Stars
** 87 2 Stars
* 94 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:22
• 1. Overture (3:36)
• 2. Pod Scene (1:53)
• 3. Torpedo Kilrathi (3:30)
• 4. Pigrims (1:50)
• 5. Rescued (0:55)
• 6. Into the Quasar (2:45)
• 7. Bad Decision/Blair (1:27)
• 8. Angel's Story (1:47)
• 9. The Fleet (1:07)
• 10. Briefing/Tricked (2:15)
• 11. Hot Dogs (1:21)
• 12. Diligent Arrives (2:34)
• 13. The Gift/Skipper Missile (3:26)
• 14. Kilrathi Battle (1:40)
• 15. The Big Battle (2:27)
• 16. Kilrathi into Scylla (2:28)
• 17. Big Damn Ending (2:09)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a brief note by director Chris Roberts, but surprisingly little photography from the film.
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