Jerry Goldsmith

Omen III: The Final Conflict [Original Soundtrack]

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Jerry Goldsmith won an Oscar for his memorable score to The Omen. For this, the third Omen picture, Goldsmith cranked up the volume and delivered an epic score to accompany the final struggle between good and evil. The original CD release featured poor sound and a limited running time, burying a brilliant score within a mediocre presentation. Varese Sarabande rights this wrong with this expanded CD featuring over an hour of music, all remastered with brilliantly clear sound. Goldsmith's opening salvo, suggesting Gabriel's trumpets, opens the CD with a nod toward the coming Armageddon. As in his score for The Omen, Goldsmith accentuates passages with choral overtones, though the bulk of the music is purely orchestral, moving from the quietly sinister to all-out war. Some of the more pastoral sections are reminiscent of other Goldsmith efforts from the same period, namely Alien and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Fans of those scores will find much to appreciate here.

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