Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Mark Mancina, Milan Kymlicka|
Return To Paradise: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
spaceboy_a | 10/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I liked the movie, it was really sad, so was the music, it sent shivers down my spine, especially the hanging. Dramatic, powerful, and beautiful"
Mancina's Best Score.
snowleopard | Oregon | 10/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is without a doubt Mark Mancina's best score, and worth every second if your attention it will get on repeated listens. Here's why:
He creates a beautiful, memorable theme that perfectly fit the film. You'll find it running through your head after a while. More and more these days themes are eschewed in favor of dynamic arrangements in scores. This is often the case with Media Ventures composers (Zimmer, Rona, etc.). Not so here.
The score is varied in both it's moods, and arrangements. This was an underrated, emotional film that went through a lot of changes in it's story and characters. The challenging score fits that perfectly. It's sometimes complex, sometimes simple, often touching, and the emotions it conjures up are strong. Mancina also used a variety of instruments to fit the film's exotic nature. From flutes, pipes, gamelons and other Eastern instruments, to standard orchestration, all seamlessly.
As one other reviewer noted, this score should have been nominated for an Oscar. I can only imagine it's due to his lack of high profile, because this score easily rivals the best work of Mancina's more heralded MV stablemate, Hans Zimmer. I'm not a raving fan of MV, or even Mancina, but this wonderful score is worth of all the praise it gets."
Where's the Oscar nomination for best score???
spaceboy_a | Winmalee, NSW Australia | 10/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well this has to be one of the most underrated scores of the 1990's from one of the most underrated films. How this film didn't do better both in terms or awards and box-office is beyond me. How he didn't recevive any award nomination for his composition on 'Return to Paradise' is a crime (not only un my opinion).
Getting back to the music, the score is breathtaking and really highlights all the emotions from the film including drama, suspense, fun, love and tradgedy. Mark Mancina has proved himself a very creative and innovative film composer capable of so much range and variety. From 'Speed', 'Tarzan' and most recently 'Domestic Disturbance', his scores have standed out in all the film's he's composed and usually, his score is one of the highlights of the film.
Since there is a limited stock of this CD, I advise people to buy it a.s.a.p. and see the movie too while you're at it!"