- Audio CD (August 31, 1993)
- Original Release Date: July 4, 1990
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Varese Sarabande
- Run Time: 124 minutes
- ASIN: B0000014RO
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Die Hard 2: Die Harder (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Soundtrack
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Now the score runs for 122 minutes and fills in most (but not all) of the blanks left by the 1990 release. For the first few tracks Kamen underscores the entrance of the villains, and William Sadler's nude Thai Chi, until McClane's confrontation with the goons in the baggage department. The action scenes in general are brilliantly scored, though Kamen's single misjudgment lowers the average.
With all of his Die Hard scores Kamen used references to classical music (Ode to Joy and Winter Wonderland in Die Hard, When Johnny Comes Marching Home in Die Hard 3), and in Die Hard 2 he frequently quotes Finlandia by Sibelius (as a nice homage to director Renny Harlin) which is a very oppressive piece and weighs down every track it is featured in with an overly ominous and downbeat feeling.
Besides this single complaint, tracks like Snowmobiles, Skywalk Shootout, Meeting Esperanza, and Fight on the Wing are very exciting. It doesn't have the cold, lonely atmosphere of the original Die Hard, but it's a fine action score and a huge improvement on the old CD. Worth owning if you're a Die Hard fan, but it's already sold out so expect to pay high prices.
While Kamen relies heavily on themes from the original 'Die Hard' (the most notable of these are the bellicose brass cues for the fistfights, the brass/muted trombone cue that appeared as terrorist Tony entered the floor where McClane was hiding and the screaming string/horn cues that depicted Hans' fall to his doom in the original), they are used quite effectively in this score. One of the most notable examples of this was the ominous string/muted trombone cue that appears as the terrorists launch their sadistic plan to the the ILS landing system to fool a plane's pilot into a fatal crash (this cue was used in the original as Hans menaced Joe Takagi). Kamen creates new themes/motifs for the characters and events in Die Hard 2. A sinister flute/clarinet cue depicts the sinister, sadistic ex-Col. Stuart (William Sadler) and his fellow terrorists heading through the hotel to begin their fiendish mission; this is punctuated in places by trumpets as the men start heading to their assigned posts. A blustering french horn/trombone cue is used to depict the deployment of Maj.Read more ›
It's because of terrible score albums like that that Varese Sarabande has lost their huge fanbase. They retain the rights to many other movies of this era in perpetuity which is sad because their efforts on scores like Gremlins 2, RoboCop 2, Gremlins 2, and Under Siege 2 (curiously all sequels) all have similarly pathetic album releases with over half of the featured music missing. Why they did this I do not know, and sadly there is little chance of them ever rectifying these dumb decisions.
The track listing on this worthless CD is as follows:
1. Colonel Stuart (01:28)
2. Baggage Handling (03:45)
3. General Esparanza (02:11)
4. The Annexe Skywalk (03:08)
5. The Church (01:12)
6. The Doll (03:48)
7. The Runway (03:55)
8. In The Plane (01:37)
9. Icicle (02:53)
10. Snowmobiles (02:40)
11. The Terminal (06:08)
12. Finlandia (07:29)
Total running time: 00:40:14
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect mastering and orchestration !
A must have in scores collection for anyone who love Die Hard movies ! xx
Well, I'm a die hard fan of the Die Hard siries, ( Ha ha ha.... ) and also of their music. Kamen has quite a gift for music in that genre. Read morePublished on September 10, 2003
Michael Kamen unleashes a powerful action score to the sequel to the hit film, Die Hard. As performed by The Los Angeles Motion Picture All Stars Orchestra, Kamen revisits some of... Read morePublished on February 15, 2003 by Brandon Cutro
If you liked the movie, you will love this. This has a few songs that are not great, and several that are. Read morePublished on June 5, 2000