This cue begins with the wide-shot of Ape City in the distance, and segues into a "soundscape" of Ape City, with various source cues moving from the left to the right of the stereo field.
04. The Escape Part 2
Several source cues intermingle with superb Elfman action scoring. This cue includes the wonky Senator Nado/Nova seduction music (with Lisa Marie doing her best ape dance). 2:33 in, things get serious, and very cool.
05. Camp Raid
Leo and crew have to cross an Ape encampment on their way to Calima. Enroute, they cause a little mayhem for the Ape army. This is perhaps the score's most popular un-released cue. Featuring some of the score's most dynamic action licks, including that strange "whistle" blast, this is one cue that probably would have fit in on the OST quite nicely.
06. Calima Part 1
Leo and his band arrive in Calima, at what is supposed to be the rendevouz point with the Oberon crew. Instead, the Oberon has crashed, presumably thousands of years ago. This cue did not appear on Elfman's original album, but features similiar musical ideas that did, particularly the "Leo/Ari Theme" (not included in the soundclip) which opens the cue. I like this clip because Elfman punctuates the dialogue with bell strikes.
07. The Army Approaches
Birn spots the Ape army and retreats back to the Oberon to warn Leo, who proceeds to hum-and-haw about what they're going to do. The cue includes two notable moments: the warm swell that accompanies the human crowd shots and the ethnic flute blast that has previously in the score, denoted the old grudge between Attar and Krull.
08. Prepare For Battle (alt.)
Here's the film/expanded version of "Prepare For Battle". This clip is just an excerpt, as the second half is almost identical to the album version.
09. The Charge
This cue includes both the loping Apes and when Thade joins the battle, and includes material from the OSTs "Apes Suite #2".
And for all those Paul Oakenfold fans... Here's a bonus, just for you.
When I had my first listen to Elfman's PLANET OF THE APES, I honestly did not know what to expect -- which may account for why I am so smitten with it. It is probably my favorite score of the year, and having heard about 90% of all of them written for 2001, I think I can make that statement with a clear conscience. What PLANET OF THE APES ended up being was a truly unexpected surprise. While the additional cues on the DVD are nice, the Sony album is just darn perfect, and probably the best presentation a score has received this year. - Ryan Keaveney
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