Wild Wild West - Original Score - The Deluxe EditionLimited Edition of 2,000 Units
Varese Sarabande (888072183490)
Released: August 28, 2020
Formats: CD, Digital (75 min)
Wild Wild West - Music Inspired by the Motion PictureInterscope Records
Released: June 15, 1999
Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl (62 min)
Review: Wild Wild West
3.5 / 5 Stars
The scoring of this film was also a family affair. Elmer brought his son, Peter, who he worked with before by writing the theme for The Rough Riders, to flesh out two of the cues on this album. You can tell that the close family bond was beneficial to the scoring process on the represented cues. Unlike most collaborations that involve multiple composers which usually result in noticeable breaks in style and evident continuity, the Bernsteins truly have a clue where the other wants to go with a theme. A paltry 30 minutes of score appear on this album, but for a movie that bounced out of theaters almost as quickly as it entered, it may be some final justice. I hope that Elmer doesnt loose faith in his return to this genre (last truly heard in The Three Amigos) and will hopefully revive the great types of scores hes been known for. For the dull thud that most summer blockbusters have made this summer, maybe a true and pure western could revive the movie going audience, just unfortunately the Wild Wild West didnt do.
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