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Small Soldiers: Original Motion Picture Score
Jerry Goldsmith
Small Soldiers: Original Motion Picture Score
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
 
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #1

Jerry Goldsmith's grand orchestral accompaniment to a film about state-of-the-art puppet warriors is technically competent, rich in stereophonic sound, grounded in sweet European symphonic traditions, and of obvious enchan...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jerry Goldsmith
Title: Small Soldiers: Original Motion Picture Score
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 7/28/1998
Release Date: 7/28/1998
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Style: Comedy & Spoken Word
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 030206596328, 4005939596323

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Jerry Goldsmith's grand orchestral accompaniment to a film about state-of-the-art puppet warriors is technically competent, rich in stereophonic sound, grounded in sweet European symphonic traditions, and of obvious enchantment to those enjoying the visuals and narrative quirks for which each track is intended. However, most of the listening experience, from the standpoint of a home audience, is listless and dull, another dip into Goldsmith goulash. Fans of Joe Dante's Gremlins may have heard permutations of this music before. Still, there are some singular moments, such as dramatic march themes and cute variations on "Johnny Comes Marching Home." It is, after all, an original soundtrack and not a bunch of dippy songs slapped together for cross-promotional purposes. For that alone, some credit is due. --Joseph Lanza

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CD Reviews

Excellent but missing a little too much
Robert Pollock | Durham, NC USA | 07/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The soundtrack for Small Soldiers was able to perfectly fit with the movie. The themes were simple yet effective and the "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" renditions added a good touch to the action with the Commandos. My only complaint is that it is too short. It's only 30 minutes and length, leaving a great length of music unreleased. The track names were sometimes confusing. Aside from these minor flaws, the soundtrack is still a great buy."
Good Score, Bad Release
Robert Pollock | 02/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The score for Small Soldiers is superb! Tracks 1, 3,4, and 9 are amazing! Bold military marches sets the mood for this also enjoyable film. But on flaw remains. The release for this score was done none other than score stingy Varese Sarabande. There is a good amount of score left out on this CD. Such as company mougle Gil Mars theme, which I rather enjoyed, is missing in the release. Of course Sarabande is known for 30 minute releases. I.E. Air Force One, Deep Blue Sea and Dante's Peak. Which contained huge amounts of good score left out by penny-pinching Varese Sarabande. Hopefully in the future, a not-so-stingy record company will release extended versions of this and other scores released by Sarabande."
Return to the Goldsmith's Old Style
Robert Pollock | 12/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A very good soundtrack, but too short. A great inspiring collaboration (Dante-Goldsmith)! All music of Joe Dante's movies are very good! Track #1 is the best in this CD."