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History of Violence - O.S.T. Soundtrack


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This is the latest collaboration between esteemed director David Cronenberg and Howard Shore. Best known for his score to The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Shore delivers a dynamic soundscape to Cronenberg's thriller, starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, and Ed Harris. New Line. 2005.

1. Motel
2. Tom
3. Cheerleader
4. Diner
5. Hero
6. Run
7. Violence
8. Porch
9. Alone
10. The Staircase
11. The Road
12. Nice Gate
13. The Return
14. Ending

Product Details

  • Conductor: Howard Shore
  • Composer: Howard Shore
  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • ASIN: B000B9EYHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Latham on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Howard Shore often does some of his most interesting work on his collaborations with David Cronenberg, but this one is particularly special, for what is arguably Cronenberg's most commercial film since "The Fly" back in 1986. With a charmingly gentle love theme that captures some sense of Americana at the same time, Shore's vocabulary continues to expand with this work, deftly bringing out the drama in action sequences (of which this film has several show-stoppers) and the intensity of a man's past encroaching onto his present. LotR fans will hear faint echoes of Shore's ability to capture dread and anxiety in his music, but it's the lighter side of the film that Shore scores with, touching on romance in ways we haven't really heard from him since "Prelude to a Kiss".

With the disappointment of his score to "King Kong" being rejected, Shore can nevertheless feel proud of this work, which shows a master craftsman effortlessly doing what he does best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on February 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Many of us were sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear Howard Shore's score for Peter Jackson's "King Kong," but alas it was not to be; not yet anyway. Disappointment with the "King Kong" situation was in part eased by the release of the first of the extended scores from "The Lord of the Rings" that is history-making and fantastic. And for some of us there was cause to focus on Shore's earlier score for "A History of Violence," which proved to be a good move. Shore is one of the leaders of a new generation of film composers. He proved his worth with the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but continues to impress with other films as well. His music for David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" at once shows his versatility. It captures a certain level of Americana in key sections, and underscores drama, and well violence in ways that reminds us of the great Bernard Herrmann (particulary with "The Road"), and please note this favorable comparison is not made lightly. This is one of the best scores of the year that works well on the screen and as a soundtrack album. Well produced and packaged by New Line Records
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happystamper29 on December 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy Howare Shore's brilliance when it comes to music and this soundtrack was a must have for my collection after I saw the movie. The quiet, subtle yet hauntingly chilling songs are yet another masterful work of art created by Shore. This CD is well worth it.
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By JB on September 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Howard Shore may be one of those artists who never escapes the shadow of his own masterpiece. That is to say, there are so many similarities between this soundtrack and his iconic Lord of the Rings scores that it's difficult to get anything out of this one on its own. This one doesn't bring much to the table, and isn't very energetic or memorable.

That said, LotR is a pretty good life's work. I'd go check out that instead.
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