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The Edge [Complete Score] by Jerry Goldsmith (Review)

posted Jul 21, 2010, 8:15 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Aug 2, 2010, 1:31 PM ]

The Edge has been and will continue to be my favorite Goldsmith score. Yes, I know there are so many others out there that would make sense to pick as a favorite, but for me this is it. I remember first seeing this movie when I was younger and when that opening credits sequence started I was moved to tears and chills all at the same time. The score is perfect. There is not a thing wrong with this score. It fits the movie so well that it becomes one of the central characters. It is the definition of theme and variation.

The score can be broken down to three central motifs. The first being the central theme of "Lost In The Wild", which is a grand sweeping melody that is full of majesty and power. The second is the lighter "survival" music if you will. It's pretty much the motif that plays when our characters are scrounging for food or hatching a plan. The third and final one is the granddaddy of them all. The bear motif or as I like to call it, the "oh shit" motif. It's easy to compare to John Williams' Jaws theme in that it's extremely simple. It's really just 1 descending note played on brass. It's extremely brilliant. It will send chills down your spine instantly. It doesn't slow build like Jaws it just plays as is and boom it makes you tense up immediately. All together Goldsmith weaves these motifs into an exhilarating orchestral adventure score.

The score holds so much power because of the heavy brass section but it resonates such raw emotion that it's hard to describe. The Edge is such a terrific movie in my opinion because in my mind it's a movie I would love to make and I love to watch it. It's terrific writing by David Mamet and even though I still have a hard time believing Lee Tamahori directed this I give praise to him for it. So, praise La-La Land Records for this terrific 3,500 unit expanded release of a once "out of print" score and my favorite score of the late and great Jerry Goldsmith.