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 Posted:   Feb 9, 2003 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

I am thinking about buying the Limited Edition score to THE PACKAGE. Is it any good? I particularly like JNH's scores to Outbreak and Waterworld. Is The Package similar to these? Any help would be much appreciated.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2003 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   JJH   (Member)

When in doubt, rent the movie.

or buy it, as the DVD I've seen is dirt cheap.


(I've no clue about the music, sorry).

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2003 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

It's a very good action score, IMHO.
I find it a bit tough to compare to Waterworld, who is adventurous. Here it's urban action with suspense.
What strikes me most is the very John Williamesque theme (especially the brass).
You cna listen to 2 clips on http://store.yahoo.com/buysoundtrax/orsounpac.html
Track 1 is more representative of the whole score than Track 6: you have the suspenseful opening (that Williams brass motif-- reminds me of CE3K); the action is mostly of the orchestral sort and is really great.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2003 - 1:38 AM   
 By:   Monterey Jack   (Member)

James Newton Howard's Package? sounds like a porno movie. eek

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2003 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   crimedog   (Member)

I am thinking about buying the Limited Edition score to THE PACKAGE. Is it any good? I particularly like JNH's scores to Outbreak and Waterworld. Is The Package similar to these? Any help would be much appreciated.

I have been wondering the same thing myself...I wish there more reviews availble online, or at least more sound clips.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2003 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

I was able to get a few clips from the score, and I like what I hear. Very similar to Outbreak and Waterworld. Can't turn down the chance at a 'Limited Edition' with all the music from the movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2003 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   SuperFan   (Member)

I believe there is a review on www.musicfromthemovies.com

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2006 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

I just saw this movie for the first time the other day and I was pleasantly surprised at how robust an action score it was from JNH. Olivier was right, in parts it is very Williams-esque, so much so that I didn't realize Howard had score the picture until I saw the credits.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2006 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   valkyrie312   (Member)

In my opinion, you won't regret buying it. It is a good action score with plenty of suspense. The score is about 70% orchestral and 30% electronic. I'm not normally a fan of electronic music, but this works out very well.

Oh, by the way, the movie is good too! smile

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2006 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   BlanketyBlank   (Member)

If you like JNH's score for THE FUGITIVE, you'll probably like THE PACKAGE.

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2006 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Yes it's very much like a runner-up to The Fugitive with many of the same synth sounds. It is, at times, a very synth-heavy score that reminds me of "Off Limits".
I wouldn';t compare it to Waterworld at all.
The Package has a lot of great military/suspense/action music (For the Gene Hackman character and his Jackal-like pursuit)
augmented by a late 80's "modern" synth urban tunes that even have a bit of a jazzy flair for the Tomm Lee Jones character sneaking around (Detroit, is it?) and plotting his attack.
I really enjoy this score and was thrilled when it finally got a release. Strange cover though......

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2006 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I like the robust orchestral stuff, great pumping militiary style action...but the 80's synth cues leave me cold, very dated and dating over the passage of time.
The cover is awful, like a lot of Prometheus' packaging IMO. That's just my personal pref'.
Still, it's the music that counts and they have released some great CD's down the years, so more power to them (and cheesy packaging sure beats this downloading itune bollocks!)

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2006 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

It's actually not a bad picture of the two of them, and is strangely effective as a cover. Just not what I was expecting.

 
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