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Pixels The Movie
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Henry Jackman
Performed by: Hollywood Studio Symphony
Label: Varèse Sarabande
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 24 July 2015

Varèse Sarabande release Henry Jackman's score for Pixels The Movie. As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant saved the world thousands of times - at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. When intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults - and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders...

Henry Jackman's score for Pixels The Movie delivers exactly what you'll be expecting from a retro sci-fi movie that's harks back to the summer blockbuster comedies of the '80s. The music brings to mind Alan Silvestri's score for both the Back to the Future trilogy and Night at the Museum. In addition there's a smattering of David Arnold's score for Independence Day and John Williams's music for Star Wars. Well, if you're going to "borrow", why not do it from the best.

The album contains 21 tracks (37 min, 07 sec) of epic '80s-style Hollywood blockbuster action themes. However, it does take a slight breather, with 'Unconditional', 'Sweet Spot' and 'High Score', this score's most beautiful tracks. 'Sweet Spot' has a theme in it that is very reminiscent of Teddy's theme from Night at the Museum.

It's a good, solid soundtrack, with plenty of memorable themes. If you grew up loving '80s blockbuster themes, then you'll find plenty to enjoy here.


Darren Rea

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