Record Label: Silver Screen Records
Genre: Film Score
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Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum. The iconic and memorable theme to the Terminator movies is one of the most recognizable themes in movie history. Silver Screen Records decided to re-release the sequel to James Cameron’s Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day starring Arnold, Linda Hamilton and Ed Furlong. The scores for Terminator 1 and 2 were composed by Brad Fiedel.
By now you should all know what the Terminator and Terminator 2 are about. The sequel is the far superior movie, and it also has a better score from Brad Fiedel as well. I actually think Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the best action movie of all-time. Action scene after action scene; no other movie has topped T2 for me. The score doesn’t feel so cheesy as the first one did. Well, a lot of the scores from the 80s had that over synthesized sound. This score has that, but sounds more orchestrated now. Fiedel uses the main theme throughout the score, but in a more subtle way. The action cues like “Escape From the Hospital” are exciting, and the final track “It’s Over” made me sad when I originally saw the movie. Well John Connor was saying goodbye to the Terminator but the music certainly helped pushed your emotions.
Not only is Terminator 2 an iconic score, it’s also one that many other composers copied or modeled their action scores after as well. This score just works so well in the movie, and gives the scenes that added suspense and intensity. I really don’t know how well the movie would have worked if the score wasn’t this one. When listening to the score and watching the movie, you knew when the T-1000 was near, or trouble was about to happen. Owning the Terminator 2 score is a must for film score buffs like myself.
Bottom Line: A classic!
Notable Tracks: Main Title, Escape from the Hospital, Trust Me, I’ll Be Back, It’s Over