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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Enhanced, Soundtrack


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This film adaptation of the popular video game series attempts a technological breakthrough: computer-generated, photo-realistic renditions of human characters. But while critics and audiences gave mixed marks to game creator and film producer-director Hironobu Sakaguchi's ambitious technical efforts, it was ironically the film's most obviously human elements--its veteran actors' voice performances and, crucially, the masterful score by Elliot Goldenthal--that really brought it to life. Goldenthal's work is a sweeping orchestral masterpiece that covers vast musical territory, from the action-adventure of Korngold to the fantasy strains of Herrmann, florid Russian romanticism to touches of late-20th-century modernism. With the London Symphony in full voice and then some, Goldenthal's music is treated to a performance of rare dynamic range and dramatic power; the edgy, modern brass flourishes and thunderous percussion of "Toccata and Dreamscapes" alone may have listeners groping for their seatbelts. The album also features a pair of obligatory pop tracks, Lara Fabian's "The Dream Within" (which makes good use of Goldenthal's romantic themes) and L'Arc-en-Ciel's "Spirit Dreams Inside" (which doesn't). --Jerry McCulley

1. The Spirit Within
2. Race To Old New York
3. The Phantom Plains
4. Code Red
5. The Kiss
6. Entrada
7. Toccata And Dreamscapes
8. Music For Dialogues
9. Winged Serpent
10. Zeus Cannon
11. Flight To The Wasteland
12. A Child Recalled
13. The Eighth Spirit
14. Dead Rain
15. Blue Light
16. Adagio And Transfiguration
17. The Dream Within
18. Spirit Dreams Inside

Product Details

  • Performer: Lara Fabian
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dirk Brossé
  • Composer: Elliot Goldenthal
  • Audio CD (July 3, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005LNC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't really like the two tracks with the vocals, but all in all, I liked this soundtrack.
Adam Williams
To sum this book of a review up, I highly suggest you buy this soundtrack if you love Goldenthal or just movie scores in general.
"music-student-and-critic"
The music here displays a heavy use of brass, percussion, and strings, and occasionally brings in some flute and piano solos.
"arxane"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Josh on July 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Elliot Goldenthal is one of the most talented composers in Hollywood and he was the perfect choice to score this movie! Powerful, haunting melodies dominate the score, and the soft, romantic cues mix in very well. Goldenthal has a talent for out--of-this-world orchestration techniques, and he shows it off in this score! My favorite cues are The Spirit Within, Code Red, Winged Serpeant, Zeus Cannon, Flight to the Wasteland, Dead Rain, Blue Light! But, they're all good! Even the vocals are good! People say it doesn't sound like a Nobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy score. Well, duh!! It's not supposed to! Sure, Uematsu's music to the games was great (I own most of the soundtracks), but Goldenthal approached the movie with a score that fits! Uematsu just couldn't have done it the way Goldenthal did, no matter what anyone says! Elliot Goldenthal was the perfect choice to score this movie, and he gave us a brilliant masterpiece filled with darkness, terror, mystery, and spirit!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Skye Knighton on July 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First off: This is an excellent soundtrack. Secondly: Its not Uematsu, or even remotely Final Fantasy sounding.
Granted, this isn't our first taste of non Uematsu FF music. The music of Final Fantasy tactics was our true first, and it was incredible. This leads me to believe that square thought long and hard before choosing Goldenthal, as they wanted to maintain the quality of their other composers. Most of the tracks vary from good to excellent, and although I haven't seen the movie, i can see where they would fit in.
But the last two tracks are just incredible. I can't stress that enough, these last two tracks alone are worth buying the CD. Heck, I'd love to see a FF:TSW video game with the 17th track as its theme. If the movie maintains the quality of this soundtrack, I'd have to say its earned the FF name.
So, I give the instrumental tracks a 4. They are sci-fish without being cliche, which is nice. However, I give the last 2 tracks a 5, stressing the excellent vocals and well written music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Cunningham on July 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a great fan of the gaming series. With that said, I can only lead the average (or otherwise) soundtrack patron to believe that I am basing my opinions of the series and the film on the previews I've seen, and it seems phenominal. The subject alone, with the marriage of philosophical, scientific and cult-fiction elements, has caught my attention and now, with the release of the score to this cinematic marvel, I am fully resolved to enjoy this film.
Now I don't know the mystique surrounding this Uematsu fellow, who I gather scored the games, but Elliot Goldenthal surpasses my own expectations as to the substance of music in the film. He has surprised us all before with his Heat, Alien 3, Titus and even the ill-fated Batman scores, but with this he invites us into a further developed example of his art. The score lavishes the senses with its own method of melodrama and genuine excitement, which has been evident before in only a few tracks from his latter scores, such as Alien 3's ''Adagio" and the orchestral accompaniment to the alien creature's death, with lightly falling violins and heavier, magnanimous brass. Particularly for this score, track 9 and 16 fall into the range of heavier emotion, while tracks 2 and 5 give a lighter appeal to the action in the film. On a whole, the score is a marvel, with its only shortcomings being the final two tracks, both lyrical and depressingly inadequate, and its short running length, the entirety being just shy of an hour. A must have for any Goldenthal or film score enthusiast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "thezerg" on July 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Wow, simply the best movie soundtrack I've heard in a long, long time. Only playing a handful of the games and listening to a good amount of the music produced by the composer (sorry, don't know how to spell his name) I have gathered the movie to be a hit but I had a certain expectation for the music. Knowing that the composer of the games really makes a landmark every time he makes a game soundtrack I hoped that the film soundtrack would be nothing less. Thus, I present to you my opinion that the soundtrack meets those hopes and then some. In a way, the soundtrack didn't sound like the game music in a sense because it's not a game rather a movie soundtrack. But don't let that discourage you, because I've heard Elliot Goldentahl's last soundtracks and they were amazing also. So it would seem that Square would pick him for the job since he has the background of a real composer that could fit the criteria of an emotional and beautiful movie. He has some really "big sounding" tracks in the score and some really soft and emotional pieces also. Without a doubt, Goldenthal has captured not only my imagination, he's made me buy a soundtrack without even seeing the movie, which is something I've never done and I'm happy with my choice. Buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "catz_clawz" on July 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I liked Final fantasy but I LOVE this soundtrack. Firstly its an instrumental soundtrack (I hate those song inspired soundtracks) and the orcestrated portion is masterfully done.
The creme on the cake however are the last 2 tracks (as everyone has said). "The Dream Within" is absolutly beautiful. Lara Fabien has an AMAZING voice. "Spirit dreams inside" is also quite good (i'd never hear of the band that does this one till now) but not as good as "The Dream Within".
Heck, just buy it for "The Dream Within".
This CD has been spinning in my CD player non stop since I got it and it'll be spinning in my CD player for many years to come.
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