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Krull

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Cross
  • ASIN: B000003HCW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Kontos on November 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I can never stop being emotional about this soundtrack, really.

Krull was just pleasantly entertaining popcorn fodder, back in the early eighties. Hey, but the soundtrack, the music!

It instantly stands out of the rest of the movie. Grand on a truly epic scale, absolutely gorgeous themes powerful enough to get you out of any bad mood! I dare anyone to listen to the main theme (riding the fire mares) and remain unaffected.

Horner has never really outdone this piece of work. It is an absolute classic and a real shame that we don't get a new, high quality release.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J. Spencer on May 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my favorite soundtrack of all time (Willow and Jurassic Park being right up there). Many people love it to death. Why can't an affordable version be released? They have special 2 discs CDs of canned soundtrack music that you can hear on your local radio station any time of the day (a la "Wedding Singer"), but they can't release a reissue of a brilliant original soundtrack? Nearly every other Horner soundtrack is available except his first and best. Something wrong with that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. K. on April 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I cite the composer for the soundtrack for "Krull" as being one of the first people to awaken my indelible love for beautiful music. I was 7 years-old when awakened to it and the man I thank is none other than James Horner. Horner's sheer genius for combining the fantastic with the romantic, while also incorporating the occasional edginess of battle against insurmountable odds, leads me to the unavoidable conclusion that this is truly one of the greatest soundtracks ever composed.
It is an unfortunate rarity when a composer completely fulfills the mood and setting of a film, thus advancing the plot line with his music alone. Of special note from Disc One, are the tracks "Krull Main Title" as well as "Quest For the Glaive," which fuse such a beautiful mix of triumph and the uncertainty of dangerous adventure, it staggers the imagination as to how Horner envisaged such quality of harmony. But, that is the beauty of classical composition: it forces the listener to imagine what the composer is attempting to convey. Also of special note from Disc One, is "Colwyn and Lyssa Love Theme," which is one the most heartfelt love themes since Maurice Jarre's "Doctor Zhivago."
Disc 2 is a continuation and (if possible) a furtherance of the themes I mentioned before. "Leaving the Swamp" and "The Widow's Lullaby" are an extension and variation of the triumph and adventure the movie "Krull" encompasses. However, if it is the ultimate exercise in "triumph" and "adventure" you are looking for, you need look no further than the track "Ride of the Firemares," which I dare you to listen to without chills traveling up your spine.
My only critique of this extended soundtrack, is its rarity. When you do come across a 2-disc edition, it will be quite expensive, but I certainly recommend it. For a music lover like me, it was well-worth the money.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on December 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Though I was born in the 1980s, I must confess that I missed seeing "Krull" until about a year ago when it was streaming on Netflix and I was, shall we say, less than impressed. I'll be kind and say that the film possesses flashes of brilliance that occasionally break through the muck; perhaps someday a quality fantasy epic can be fashioned around battling a Cthuluoid monster from space.

I must further confess that during this viewing, James Horner's score struck me as overbearing and highly derivative of his exceptional work for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." I didn't like it, or at least I thought I didn't like it. As time passed and I was looking for more soundtracks to purchase, I kept listening to samples from "Krull" and at last decided to make a purchase from La-La Land Records shortly before the pressing sold out.

I don't know if I simply came to accept the derivations and overlook them, or what exactly changed my mind, but I now believe that, divorced from the lacking film, "Krull" is one of the greatest fantasy scores ever written. As suggested above, this is from the early period in Horner's career when his music was bold and muscular, exploring avant-garde orchestrations and effects. The London Symphony Orchestra is employed here at full force, and through their musicianship Horner weaves epic heroism, brutal warfare, and tender love.

Much of the thematic material is, if not directly copied, certainly very similar to that used in "Wrath of Khan." The hero's theme corresponds to Horner's "Enterprise" theme, the action music is similarly percussive; nonetheless, these ideas are extraordinarily effective. "The Slayers Attack" is an absolutely brutal battle cue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsujanryo on February 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
That being said, this is my #1 favorite OST in my entire collection. (I own the 2-disc SuperCollector's edition) If my house burned down I'd be pissed if I couldn't get to my discs and pick this out. When it's time to soundtrack-it-out on a lonely work night, this is the score I consider first. It's not ritual to play it always, I don't want to kill it (if that's possible) but the desire is there. And for great reason.

The entire film is in here, & there are no tracks to be confused about.

Themeic coverage is almost complete in this score. Nearly everything humans can feel are seeded here: comradery, risk, sacrfice, triumph, love, puissance, adventure, wonder.

If you don't get it, then you shouldn't even buy the original release which is for sale here. You probably don't like scores anyhow. Go back to WWF and pro-racing.

It's his coverage and range I adore. It's magnanomous in that way. Again, #1 for a reason. Vince Dicola's Transformers comes in a close second.

Food for thought: Horner reuses themic representation. You can hear surprise, jolting, resounding shock, and fear, as a sound, in other scores he's done. So some element of pure taste/opinion plays a part in my adoration; he uses the sounds that appeal to me, they speak volumes...to me. Others don't get it, if they do, I've not met but maybe one.

If you liked the film, then buying the extended 2-disc set & listening to it will surely make apparent why.
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