Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Musical Score By: Brad Fiedel
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When I really love a movie, I buy everything related to that movie. I know, itís weird, but thatís just who I am. So, when I saw The Terminator and went crazy over the film, I had to have the movie, the soundtrack and the rare novel, among other collectorís items. The same was true when Terminator 2: Judgment Day hit the theaters and won me over. I ran out and picked up the soundtrack right away, amongst other things. Of course, back then, the soundtrack was only available on LP (yes, some of you will remember those vinyl discs called records) and cassette tape. I was the proud owner of the cassette tape and had pretty much wore the thing out. Where would I find another copy of this amazing soundtrack? Why, in my mailbox! To my complete and utter happiness, on October 5, 2010, Silva Screen re-released a digitally re-mastered Terminator 2 Soundtrack on CD and I was asked to review it for G-POP.net.
The Terminator featured a young Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) who learns that she will eventually become the mother of a man who will save the human race from destruction by machines. But first, she must survive a cyborg called the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), sent from the future to kill her before she can give birth to the humansí savior John Connor. The man who helps her survive this monster, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), has also been sent from the future and he teaches her as much as he can before giving up his life to save hers. By the end of the film, we learn that Kyle Reese is John Connorís father and Sarah is en route to Mexico to learn what she can to protect her son on her own.
The soundtrack of this film featured some punk rock songs and an ominous musical score by Brad Fiedel complete with synthesized music, metallic sounds and a distinct sense of danger. Besides the main Terminator theme, one track stood out for me - Love Scene. Containing a beautiful piano solo with the Terminator theme in the background. The music offered a ray of hope in an otherwise ominous and seemingly hopeless situation.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day picks up ten years after The Terminator. Sarah Connor is in an insane asylum after she attempts to take out Cyberdine Systems, the creator of the computers that take over the planet. Her son, John (Edward Furlong), is staying with foster parents. A new Terminator, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), is sent from the future to kill John, but being a savvy leader, John Connor has sent back an older model to save him.
The soundtrack for this film would have to tie in features from the old soundtrack, but present a new feel. The fact that it was created seven years after the original meant that Brad Fiedel had that much more technology to work with. The opening track, Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme), features a bit of the Love Scene from the originally movie mixed with a more advanced version of the original Terminator theme. Having been a huge fan of the Love Scene track from the original film, this immediately captured my interest. I was hooked on the soundtrack from the opening title sequence.
Fiedel has a knack for creating music perfectly suited for each scene of an action film. There are no two tracks alike on this album and each one perfectly fits the scene it was created for. This soundtrack is much more advanced than that of the first film, featuring a more mature sound and new character themes. The emotional anguish, horror and action of the film were perfectly translated into music by Fiedel and did much to enhance the visuals of the film. As I listened to this re-mastered version of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, I could picture every scene of the film perfectly in my mindís eye.
The newly re-mastered version of the Terminator 2: Judgment Day Soundtrack features a booklet complete with picture from the film and a look back at the creation of the music by Brad Fiedel. I canít tell you how grateful I was to receive this incredible album. Iím sure other fans of the film would agree with me when I say that the Terminator 2: Judgment Day Soundtrack is a great example of musical composition perfectly suited for the film it was created for. My only wish is that Silva Screen decides to re-issue The Terminator Soundtrack as well.