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Batman Begins Soundtrack


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  • Composer: Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B0009IW88A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vespertilio
2. Eptesicus
3. Myotis
4. Barbastella
5. Artibeus
6. Tadarida
7. Macrotus
8. Antrozous
9. Nycteris
10. Molossus
11. Corynorhinus
12. Lasiurus

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Score by Award Winning Composers Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Lion King) and James Newton Howard (The Village, The Fugitive). Track Titles: 1. Vespertilio 2. Eptesicus 3. Myotis 4. Barbastella 5. Artibeus 6. Tadarida 7. Macrotus 8. Antrozous 9. Nycteris 10. Molossus 11. Corynorhinus 12. Lasiurus Total Run Time: 1:00:32

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It's rare to see two marquee-name composers credited for a score, but perhaps two people were needed to come up with something that would stand up to the memory of Danny Elfman's work on the 1989 Batman. Just as director Christopher Nolan's back-in-black approach is quite different from Tim Burton's phantasmagorical one, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's take doesn't bear much kinship to Elfman's. (You'd be hard-pressed to find any recognizable theme here, for instance.) Mostly the composers remain conservatively subtle, though coming up with the expected pounding on grandiose, action-y selections such as "Myotis" and "Antrozous" (no, the poetic-sounding track names aren't lifted from old Cocteau Twins records but refer to various types of bats). Stand-out track "Tadarida" incorporates some of the distorted vocal effects associated with the Scarecrow's drug-induced nightmarish visions. Atmospheric to the point of evanescence sometime, the individual tracks tend to meld into each other after a while. The sense of stylistic continuity helps establish an overall mood, but sometimes it's hard to distinguish between shades of black. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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In my opinion, if you have Hans Zimmer as the composer for the movie's musical score, then its in good hands.
K. Pangilinan
Like all good scores, Batman Begins is very much a companion piece to the film and is far more enjoyable once the movie has been seen.
Aaron
The best part of Eptesicus is when the Begins theme rises slowly in volume and doesn't cease to do so until the end of the track.
P. Hardy

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125 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Aranion on June 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First, put away your expectations that Zimmer and Howard try and top Elfman's iconic score from the 1989 film. They don't. Like the film itself, they opt for an entirely different focus and direction.

If you know any movie composers' styles at all, there are sections that a very Hans Zimmer-esque, as well as some passages that bear a resemblance to Howard's score for Unbreakable (a vastly under-rated film, IMNSHO).

But it's also not typical of either, and it does really resemble a horror film score more than anything. I don't mean that it's chock full of ear-bloodying sound effects, string screeches or cymbal crashes. It's very dark and murky, and much more about setting a tone than it is about creating a memorable theme or motif.

Don't mistake me; there are "sound effects" or strange musical intonations on the score; a recurring sound is a pounding, echoing percussion sound, like a thunderous heartbeat. It fits, and pulses darkly and pulls us into the music. But this is not a grating or garish sound, and it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the score.

The CD does feature moments of pounding action ("Molossus"), but they are scattered (or, more accurately, carefully placed) throughout the score. Similarly, there are stretches of achingly lovely strings ("Eptesicus"), evoking a deep sense of loss and sadness. Like Zimmer's score for Backdraft, though, this is really meant to be hear as one long piece.

I still recommend it for film score lovers, but it is much better as background or tone-setting music than it is for focused listening. Whether you're home reading the latest China Mieville novel or driving on a summer night as a storm moves in the from the west, it's good stuff.

BTW, the tracks are all named for various kinds of bats; it's a gutsy move on WB's part that helped me love the music. They really took pains to make this _different_.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2005
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The score for Batman Begins is not the usual super-hero score. There is not a brassy bold fanfare like the original Batman movie or a main theme filled with wonder like Superman or Spider-Man. It is in many ways an atypical score. First, there are two composers and they are two of the best in Hollywood, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. One would think that putting these two together would reveal a score that is a mishmash, but the composers do a fine job complimenting one another. The score that they produce is dark, action packed and quietly poignant. I totally enjoyed it. I would certainly have to rate it among my favorite super-hero scores and among the best of the recent scores in the last couple of years. Since I got it about less than a week ago, I have listened to it 10 times, and each time I have enjoyed more of it. Batman has been reborn both visually and musically. I hope the next movie keeps the two together.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By P. Hardy on January 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Anyone whose seen Batman Begins probably didn't notice the score in the background that much until the movie's credits. It is there that I desired to get the score for this outstanding film (Ironically before the movie). That said, Hans Zimer and James Newton Howard created a stunning score that is worthy of anyone's collection of scores. The music ranges from silent, mournful, terrifying, and grippingly full of pulsating action with most of the tracks that play the Begins theme with such strength its hard not to become giddy over the mere hint of it. There are 12 tracks in total. All them quite lengthy in their own right and never sound as though they've been cut short for the soundtrack (much like my favorite soundtracks "Fellowship of the ring" - "The Two Towers" - and "The Return of The King."

Howard Shore's score is simply amazing as a stand alone, even after the film is over. The fact that the best of this score played in the movies weren't included in the soundtrack as well bothered me). Though the only gripe I have and its a numb one, is that they didn't include the end titles theme from the end of the movie; It showcased some of the best filler music in the film (excluding the cue used when Batman struggles to get aboard the train his father built to stop Ra's). The sound affects add atmosphere to the already creepy soundtracks that reminded me of Arkham and the Scarecrow. However, its hard to tell what track played in a particular scene due to the technical bat-named tracks (and the reason as described above), which isn't a bad thing. I mean it certainly is better than "Rachel in Arkham" or "Batman Battles Ra's al Ghul" if you know what I mean. So the track names have me guessing which ones I was listening to since I don't have them memorized in my head that well.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andres Segovia on June 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The steady climbing string music in the first teaser trailer was definitely not Danny Elfman but unmistakably "Batman." James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer have tried to collaborate on a film but scheduling issues prevented them from doing so.

Howard, still fresh off the success of The Village, provides the emotional setting of the film capturing Bruce Wayne's feelings of loneliness and anger. Zimmer, mostly known for his action scores, provides the - what else? - action cues for the film and, like always, he does not disappoint. Gone from the score are the main Batman Theme and comical sounds of the previous scores. This score is dark, creepy, action-packed and sometimes subtle.

"Vespertilio" is the opening track containing the music during the opening logos of the film. The sound effects shifts from one channel speaker to the other almost giving a "bat-flapping" feeling to it.

Throughout various tracks Howard's and Zimmer's talents shift between one another almost seamlessly giving the score a "solo composer" voice feel to it.

My personal favorite track is "Molossus". It starts with a bang of percussion, continues pounding for a while before it is joined by the rest of the "ensemble." The brass begins the accompaniment followed by the strings further adding to the tension before the main theme begins. After the main theme makes its appearance, the action continues with great underscore accompaniment in Hans Zimmer fashion.

A good example of a subtle track is "Corynorhinus". It's mainly played by a solo piano accompanied by a "string ensemble."

Overall, this album is a great fit to the latest Batman movie. This soundtrack definitely belongs next to the Batman and Batman Returns albums on your shelf. At a little over an hour long, there's plenty of music to go around. You will not be let down . . . unless you wanted an Elfman score. Keep in mind this is mainly an ELECTRONIC score not an orchestral score.
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