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Die Hard 2: Die Harder (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Colonel Stuart
  2. Baggage Handlins
  3. General Esperanza
  4. The Annexe Skywalk
  5. The Church
  6. The Doll
  7. The Runway
  8. In The Plane
  9. Icecle
  10. Snowmobiles
  11. The Terminal
  12. Finlanda


Product Details

  • 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Back when Die Hard 2 hit the theaters in summer 1990 Varese Sarabande dumped a fraction of Michael Kamen's powerhouse score on CD with a tepid 40-minute running time. Their treatment of Gremlins 2 and RoboCop 2 (also out that summer), was just as bad. It's like they actually despised their consumers by chucking out score CDs that missed all the good tracks. I'll be honest, I never thought I'd buy another Varese product again since the last release from them that I bought was over 4 years ago. But since La-La Land Records massively improved on their own Die Hard CD as well as delivering the long-awaited score to Die Hard 3 I guess that Varese expanded Die Hard (which they own in 'perpetuity') to avoid embarrassment.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
The late Michael Kamen has a long list of film scores to his credit of varying types; most notable were 'The Dead Zone', the 'Lethal Weapon' films (unfortunately these were marred by too much influence of Eric Clapton), and 'Die Hard'. Given the success of the first 'Die Hard', it was inevitable that terrorist-fighting John McClane would return to the big screen, as would Michael Kamen to write the score. It does not disappoint.

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.
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Michael Kamen's score to Die Hard 2 is brilliant. Anyone who has seen the movie will know how exciting the score was during the luggage room battle, the Annex Skywalk gunfight, the ejector seat escape, and the fight on the wing. None of that is featured here. I am not sure what kind of logic Varese Sarabande were using when they decided to leave out the epic climax of an action movie score CD, it's utterly asinine. The majority of what is left is 'underscore', which would be fine when in sequence with a complete score, but is worthless as currently presented.

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
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