Return To The Blue Lagoon – Complete Score – OOP – Basil Poledouris


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Basil Poledouris follow-up to his 1980 original makes it to CD at last!  Columbia Pictures presents, William A. Graham directs, Leslie Stevens scripts from elements of Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s The Blue Lagoon successor novel, The Garden Of God, Brian Krause & Milla Jovovich play the now-teens. Poledouris draws upon stylistic elements from his first score but rarely uses material from the first work, instead fashioning all-new material with an emphasis on rich, surging new themes, broad dramatic material and larger-scale action. Highlights abound: “Sarah Sails Alone” includes powerful brass variants on the main theme, leading to dynamic churning material for full orchestra. “After The Storm” affords beautiful moments for both celli and horns in quotes of the theme, “The Children Pray” showcases clarinet and strings in a solemn, moving sequence. In contrast are rousing sections for tutti orchestra: “Hog Play”, “Water Play”. Danger lurks as well, with “Shark On The Reef”, “Richard vs Shark On Reef” raising the musical stakes. Multi-faceted score even contains music with cerebral, mysterious color: “Richard Enters Jungle (Revised)”, augmenting the orchestra with ghostly synth over strings, woodwinds and percussion. Deserving the spotlight: “Evil Quinlan And Fight Sequence”, with Poledouris emphasizing pulsating orchestral rhythms, swirling Herrmann-esque figures for strings and vibrant trombone lines against percussion. Exciting! CD also includes end credit song “A World Of Our Own”, performed by Surface, mastered from the digital two-track master mixes of the full-length version. Provided courtesy Columbia Pictures, the 1/2” three-channel Dolby SR scoring session masters and live DAT session mixes also contained several alternates which are included in the extras, as well as a number of “Cannibal Drumming” cues and alternates, all scored by Poledouris as source music. John Takis provides informative liner notes, Kay Marshall designs colorful flipper-style booklet and packaging. Score recorded by Tim Boyle at MGM Studios Scoring Stage in May 1991. Greig McRitchie orchestrates, Basil Poledouris composes and conducts.


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