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If there's one thing film producers and record executives like more than Success, it's Success: Part 2. Thus when Ridley Scott's high-tech sword 'n' sandal epic scored both Golden Globe wins and Academy Award nods for Best Film and Best Score, it was a sure bet that another volume of Hans Zimmer's and Lisa Gerrard's music for the film couldn't be far behind. Though not exactly leftovers, the tracks here sometimes point to the fact that there wasn't enough fresh material to fill this volume out, hence we get some remixed cues, a handful of familiar music with dramatic dialog excerpts edited and superimposed (or misplaced, with decidedly mixed results), and even a beat-heavy, dance-club mix of "Now We Are Free." With a little over half an hour of entirely fresh material and some souvenir dialog snippets over the rest, there's enough here to please Gladiator die-hards. Also of note: guitarist Heitor Pereira's flamenco-flavored flourishes are better showcased throughout; and "The Gladiator Waltz" serves up one of Zimmer's original synth demos (with a dash of Russell Crowe dialog up front)--a dramatic amp-up of Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War" that's a prime example of the composer's state-of-the-art digital orchestral conjuring. --Jerry McCulley
Sucks, I should have listened to samples. I didn't realize this was the version with narrative from the movie, I bought a cd about 8 years ago with only the music and loved it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian Scherer
Songs on this album are nowhere near the quality found on the original soundtrack from this movie. One or two songs are passable. Not impressedPublished 5 months ago by Reed J
The Warrior's Creed
To Thyself, Be True.
Strength and Honor,
Is a True Warrior's Gift
To Himself, and
Is His Bond. Read more
Are you not entertained? Is this why you are not here? Ok so you need to actually buy the CD first but once you do...are you not entertained?Published 7 months ago by The smiley face on Amazon means A to Z -- CRAZY!