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Thursday, August 30, 2007


Rush Hour 3
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Varese Sarabande VSD-6834 (EU)
19 Tracks 50:44 mins

Director Brett Ratner, stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and composer Lalo Schifrin return with the latest instalment in the buddy cop series, and Schifrin has come up with another score that is reminiscent of his '70s action efforts, with a touch of the modern-day thrown in.
The album begins with the composer's collaboration with Salaam Remi on the series main theme, which is played pretty straight, but with modern percussion; and ends with an awful remix by Ruy Folguera and Ryan Schifrin on the same theme. In between we have some exciting action tracks, like "Chasing the Assassin," "Dragon lady," "Bikers," "Swordfight" and the suitably Oriental-styled "Giant Kung Fu." Orientalisms also feature in "Su Yung Returns" and "Shi Shen" and there are scene-setting snatches of the main theme here and there. There are of course typical Schifrin suspense cues, particularly in the middle part of the album.
Whatever you think of the Rush Hour series, it is great that, thanks to these films, one of the last links to the inventive scoring days of the '60s and '70s has undergone something of a career revival. So for reviving Lalo Schifrin's film scoring career we must be thankful to Ratner in particular.


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