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Jurassic Park III: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

Don Davis Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Isla Sorna Sailing Situation (Album Version)Various artists 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Brachiosaurus On The Bank (Album Version)Various artists 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nash Calling (Album Version)Various artists 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bone Man Ben (Album Version)Various artists 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Frenzy Fuselage (Album Version)Various artists 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Clash Of Extinction (Album Version)Various artists 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Hat Returns/ End Credits (Album Version)Various artists 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Big Hat, No Cattle (Album Version)Randy Newman 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Conductor: Don Davis
  • Composer: Don Davis
  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005LOOF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Don Davis's classical training and years as journeyman film and TV composer and orchestrator to the likes of James Horner (Titanic, Apollo 13) and Randy Newman (Toy Story, Pleasantville) paid off handsomely with the pioneering, postmodernist-informed The Matrix, one of the 1990s' most acclaimed and adventurous film scores. Now Davis has taken on another daunting task: updating John Williams's iconic Jurassic Park themes and integrating them seamlessly into his own furiously modern take on scoring. The composer has followed director Joe Johnston's lead, matching the director's darker, more tension-wracked vision of the mega-successful dino series with an accomplished score that evokes both wonderment and terror, often (as in "Raptor Room") in the space of a few jarring bars. Davis's accomplished use of orchestral color and dynamics is a crucial element that seamlessly fuses actors and CGI-saurs, shading both with crucial emotional dimensions. And unlike all too many generic action scores, this one won't insult your intelligence as it builds to the modernist maelstrom of "Clash of Extinction" and heroic thematic resolve of "The Hat Returns"/"End Credits." Adding a welcome dose of humor, the album concludes with a typically jaunty turn by Davis patron Randy Newman on "Big Hat, No Cattle." --Jerry McCulley

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JP3 score ranks up there with the first two November 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
A while back on a website, there was a special feature where Don Davis was answering questions about the score and his involvement in it. I e-mailed him and he graciously responded. I asked him what his theme was in relation to Williams' theme and if the score was as big and bold as his scores for the first two. He responded by saying that he wrote a theme for the family in the film and he had some thematic material for the Spinosaurus, although this theme is derived from the Jurassic Park theme. It was his objective to match Williams' style in terms of boldness. He wrote the score Williams would have, but Davis' own musical signature was also present throughout. The music sounds very large and powerful and Williams' themes are present in several cues throughout. The music is very challenging for the musicians with fierce string writing and brass lines. Williams' tended to use the timpani for his scores, but Davis uses the snare drum for this one. Williams' themes occur most notably in "The Dinosaur Fly-By", "Brachiosaurus on the Bank", and "The Hat Returns/End Credits". Davis' themes occur throughout in several of the tracks, most notably in the "End Credits". I think Don Davis did a great job in taking over the job of a legendary film composer. It's not easy to follow in the footsteps of someone like that, but Davis did it with no trouble.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Williams, but definately something November 6, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For the last two films, John Williams has been the composer of the Jurassic park series, and I must admit that I was disappointed with the film. But to say the same for the soundtrack would be understating it. I like where the music is going, but I will state the pros and cons of this soundtrack...
Pros- The soundtrack is a bit bombastic, which is something that Williams never feared and you can tell music hasn't been toned down causing a disrupt in the films mood. The soundtrack also carries very well, and for anyone who likes a loud brass section, this is your soundtrack.
Cons- the score has way too much drum in it, causing it to have a much less magical feel then the first two tracks. It's hard to explain, but the drums seem to disrupt the music. And the strings section is almost completely cut out. One of the main themes of the first two scores were to create an animal like feel with the music, and that was barely existent in this film. Plus it sounds like someone trying to copy John Williams, when it should have sounded original while still keeping the same soft and sympathetic feel to the music.
The music of Jurassic park is about the horror, and softness of things, and how when something looks beautiful, it doesn't mean it's not dangerous. Williams did a wonderful job at portraying this in the first two scores, but this one lacked that feel. It just try's too hard. I recommend it though, because it is still a wonderful piece of music that you will most likely enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You almost can't tell it isn't Williams. February 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Being the first series entry not directed by Steven Spielberg, it should come as no big surprise that Jurassic Park III is also the first series entry not to be scored by John Williams. Not that you could tell all that much, composer Don Davis worked very hard to make his score sound as if Williams himself had done the honors, striving to keep the score sounding as similar to the previous entries as possible. The result is a score that at first appears a seamless continuation of Williams work, but then Davis's new themes and touches bleed through. This score is no boring retread. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing July 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
One would think that it would be hard, if not impossible not to compose a decent score when one has two sources of John Williams to use and get inspiration from. Don Davis, who I was only familiar through The Matrix, has composed an uneven and disppointing third installment. While I enjoyed some of his action cues and his orchestratioins of the two main JP themes, for the most his original music is uninspiring. You get some indications while listening that Davis composed a moving, sweeping theme of his own,i.e.Track 11. The string theme is good, but as it turns out very underdevloped compared with Williams' two orginial themes. And what about Track 15. Are the End Credits only two minutes long. What we should have been treated to is a fully developed theme of Davis' own. And he should have composed that becuase the best parts of this CD are when he borrows from Williams. I guess Davis should be credited for trying, but that is about it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don Davis did a great job!!! July 12, 2001
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
I was very worried when getting this CD that it wouldn't in any way come close to the amazing music John Williams did for the first two. Boy, was I wrong. This CD sounds great! I really like the action music on this, and also Don Davis's ability to pull the rug out from under you while listening (example: the end of "Nash Calling," which is a really nice piece). Yeah, the original themes are probably used a little too much, but that's ok, as they sound really good. A good example of how well Davis can handle different moods is track 12, "Bone Man Ben," which switches from tension to horror to happiness and hope all in 6 minutes! If you're a music fan, or if you like JP music, this CD's for you!!! P.S. Track 14, "Clash of Extinction," was made for the movie but was cut at the dubbing stage, so you won't hear it there. And those who question the logic behind closing the CD with a Randy Newman song ("Big Hat, No Cattle") should know that the song is used in the movie as a reference to the deception of two characters and their motives for getting another character to go to Isla Sorna.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, It is good to have, but not John Williams.
This score is entertaining, but it is like wanting In & Out and getting a cheap copy. I love Jurassic Park and Lost World, but this is like doing Star Wars and then handing off the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Daniel Diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as John Williams' scores for the first 2
'Jurassic Park 3' is the only score in the series not composed entirely by John Williams; here, relative newcomer Don Davis stepped into the role of composer. Read more
Published 15 months ago by langleybcguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park III
CD was in excellent shape as described, and delivery time was less than a week.
Published on October 5, 2010 by J. Schreck
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie
I saw the movie Jurassic Park III and hated it. I thought since the movie couldn't match the original "Jurassic Park," the soundtrack wouldn't either. Boy was I wrong. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by Enjolras
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done...
I have to admit I've had this CD for years and never really liked it. But, just recently I listened through the CD and it was like I had never heard it before and I loved it! Read more
Published on March 5, 2008 by Joshua Boland
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Addition to the Jurassic Park Library
Jurassic Park III, marks the first time JOhn Williams did not score a JP movie. Don Davis enters the picture and gives a dynamic score that is nowhere near as dark as Williams'... Read more
Published on November 17, 2004 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Recycled Williams tunes plus mediocrity from Davis
I did find Matrix composer Don Davis a bizarre choice to replace John Williams for Jurassic Park III. Read more
Published on March 7, 2004 by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
I have heard them all and this one is also good!!!
Published on November 10, 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars As bad as the film.
The problem with this score is that it doesn't provide you with anything new. It just takes the classic John Williams theme and screws it up. Nothing more. Read more
Published on July 30, 2002 by Frank Romano III
3.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park 3
Don Davis's score for the third instalment of the Jurassic trilogy is a fun, if sometimes unoriginal soundtrack. Read more
Published on April 30, 2002 by Kristy M. Ross
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