Ender's Game (Original Motion Picture Score) [+digital booklet]

October 22, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Digital Booklet: Ender's Game


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Summit Entertainment LLC & Odd Lot Music Publishing
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  • Total Length: 1:10:40
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  • ASIN: B00FPCK152
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I love putting it on in the morning to help me wake up.
KRO :)
I am always looking for great move scores with ambient background and inspiring music.
Stan Gardner
This is a fantastic effort from one of the great auteur composers working today.
Kaya Savas

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2013
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"Ender's Game" is one of the most well-known and beloved books in sci-fi literature. The movie adaptation requires and deserves a worthy soundtrack - and I think composer Steve Jablonsky has delivered something memorable. There are some beautiful melodies in the soundtrack, my favorite of which can be heard prominently in "The Battle Room" [Track 5]. Other cues have an epic quality - it's hard for me not to get pumped up after hearing a track like "Dragon Army" [Track 9].

For the most part, the soundtrack treats the movie as an action thriller. There's not much in the score that sounds particularly reminiscent of sci-fi, nor is there much world-building musically speaking.

I love Steve Jablonsky's work on the Transformers franchise. "Ender's Game" feels like a very similar exercise. It seems Jablonsky hasn't deviated much from the formula that works for him - on the other hand, if it ain't broke...

FAVORITE TRACKS
[1] Ender's War
[5] The Battle Room
[9] Dragon Army
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on November 10, 2013
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Ender’s Game is a science fiction drama based on the highly acclaimed, hugely influential 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. In the years after a devastating attack on Earth by an alien race known as the Formics, the human race has devised a strategy to prevent future attacks: a battle school designed to discover and train massively talented children to control the Earth’s defenses – children apparently have the capacity to learn and adapt to new situations and technological advances better than adults. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is one of these talented children, and the film follows him after he is chosen to take part in the elite military program by Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), as the threat of a second attack by the Formics looms ever larger. The film, which is directed by Gavin Hood and also stars Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin, has some important points to make about the nature of war, manipulation and propaganda, and is visually stunning, but prior to its release became embroiled in controversy following the revelation about some of Card’s political beliefs, and may have suffered slightly at the box office as a result, leaving the possibility of an ongoing franchise doubtful.

The score for Ender’s Game is by Steve Jablonsky, who came onto the film fairly late in the game as a replacement for the film’s original composer choice, James Horner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Schaffer on November 17, 2013
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I won't pretend to be an knowledgeable as some of theses other reviews. I don't study composers, I haven't read the book, nor have I even seen the film yet. To be honest I bought this score on a whim. I find that I am able to study better when there is music playing in the background.

When in public, I normally keep my audio levels low so as not to bother anyone else. I only need music loud enough to keep my subconscious in check so that my mind does not wonder (squirrel), and ear buds are not an option for me. As a result, when I first played this score I was sadly disappointed. Because of the WIDE and dynamic range of volume that Mr. Jablonsky included in this score the audio in effect would cut out for me from time to time until the next section when the volume picked back up.

Listening for a second time at home, everything changed. At home volume is less of a concern, I am no longer constrained by the possibility of bothering someone with my music selection. When I could actually hear the intricate details of each song, finally able to 'see' the beauty of the work I knew that my whim of a purchase was well made.

Overall a emotionally diverse score with a dynamic range of volume that, personal listening habits aside, actually adds to the experience. Just be sure to listen at a volume where you will be able to appreciate the lows as well as the highs. 4.5 rounded up to a 5 because Amazon only seems to deal in whole numbers...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2013
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For a military sci-fi movie, this soundtrack isn't actually all that militaristic (at least compared to something like Battlestar Galactica). In fact, what I really like about Jablonsky's approach is that there are lighter touches of fantasy or sci-fi/fantasy. Songs like the fantasy game perfectly encapsulate the oddness of the game in a sci-fi military story, which is just the contrast the soundtrack needed. And the track for the Battle Room really evokes the sense of wonder the students must have felt when they first drift in. If I had any disappointments with the soundtrack, it's that the character themes aren't particularly memorable. Definitely a good addition to sci-fi soundtrack collections.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Allen on November 7, 2013
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Rarely does an orchestral soundtrack so perfectly capture the spirit of a character and a film. Jablonsky manages that with this soundtrack. Soaring strings accompanied by striking choir backing and great use of horns. The soundtrack, in my opinion, makes the movie; without it the film flounders, but with it the moviegoer can really understand what is going on in Ender's mind. Couldn't recommend the soundtrack enough.
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