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Hulk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

Danny ElfmanAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Main Titles - Main TitlesDanny Elfman 4:36Album Only
listen  2. Prologue - PrologueDanny Elfman 4:38Album Only
listen  3. Betty's Dream - Betty's DreamDanny Elfman 2:14Album Only
listen  4. Bruce's Memories - Bruce's MemoriesDanny Elfman 2:45Album Only
listen  5. Captured - CapturedDanny Elfman 3:41Album Only
listen  6. Dad's Visit - Dad's VisitDanny Elfman 2:15Album Only
listen  7. Hulk out! - Hulk Out!Danny Elfman 4:00Album Only
listen  8. Father knows best - Father Knows BestDanny Elfman 3:34Album Only
listen  9. ...Making me angry - ...Making Me AngryDanny Elfman 4:02Album Only
listen10. Gentle Giant - Gentle GiantDanny Elfman 1:02Album Only
listen11. Hounds of Hell - Hounds Of HellDanny Elfman 3:47Album Only
listen12. The Truth Revealed - The Truth RevealedDanny Elfman 4:19Album Only
listen13. Hulk's Freedom - Hulk's FreedomDanny Elfman 2:36Album Only
listen14. A Man again - A Man AgainDanny Elfman 7:48Album Only
listen15. The Lake Battle - The Lake BattleDanny Elfman 4:32Album Only
listen16. The Aftermath - The AftermathDanny Elfman0:56Album Only
listen17. The Phone Call - The Phone CallDanny Elfman 1:35Album Only
listen18. End Credits - End CreditsDanny Elfman 1:13Album Only
listen19. Set Me Free - Set Me FreeScott Weiland 4:09Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca Records
  • ASIN: B00009N1ZX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If Danny Elfman the film composer seems ever farther from Elfman the former cult rock icon, his work on director Ang Lee's adaptation of the Marvel Comics legend suggests he may be reinventing himself yet again. While he seems to have largely abandoned his melodic interests somewhere south of Sleepy Hollow, the diverse concerns--ranging from bright, propulsive rhythms and repetitive wind phrases through ethnic modalities of (deliberately) undetermined origin and delicate pastoral touches--suggest a textural mindset more akin to Herrmann, but informed by the incandescent, hypnotic cadences and sonorities of Steve Reich and other post-modernists. While he occasionally lapses into the overbearing tribal drum sturm und drang that may have made some listeners of his overwrought Planet of the Apes score yearn for an umbrella, they are at least leavened here by slashing horns and Middle Eastern vocal flourishes. Subtle electronic sound washes ebb and flow throughout, serving up a percolating tension the composer gleefully punctuates with blasts of brass and thunderous percussion. This isn't your mother's--or Lou Ferrigno's--Hulk, and Elfman has done a fine job of musically propelling the big green fella into the 21st century. Also features the Guns N' Roses-meets-Stone Temple Pilots line-up of Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagen, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner performing the angular riff-rock of "Set Me Free." --Jerry McCulley

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Original Soundtrack Hulk German CD album

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'HULK' for discerning tastes! June 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
No stranger to superheroes and comic books, Danny launched the the most fertile period of his career with Batman, through to the early '90s with Darkman, Dick Tracy, Batman Returns and the theme for the television series The Flash. He would later collaborate with Darkman director Sam Raimi for 2002's biggest financial success, Spider-Man, making everyone at Marvel notice. The Hulk proves the Elfman formula is still viable, as his score is brilliant, matching the scope and tone of the picture, proving to be progressive, often exhilirating and touched with Elfman's unique brand of tragedy.
The score is anchored by an often-repeated theme that is stated quickly in the magnificent "Main Titles" "Main Titles", first as a scientific-sounding 6-note descending motif for woodwinds and then later developed in the brass and strings ("Hulk Out!", "A Man Again"). Like Spider-Man, it's not an immediately obvious main theme, but it is there if you want to find it. This main "Science" theme is then put through it's paces in "Prologue", an extension of ideas from the "Main Titles", and the first appearance of the female vocals performed by Natacha Atlas. They do the work intended, adding an emotional gravitas to an otherwise loud and rambunctious summer movie blockbuster score, which is something increasingly rare.
Action elements are surprisingly rare here, "Captured" introduces a bevy of percussion rythms overtop vocals and an Eastern-like string rythm. This might be the first time that Danny Elfman has written anything remotely resembling a Hans Zimmer-like action cue(!). "Hulk Out!" features the first real, balls-to-the-wall action scoring, with towering brass grunts overtop urgent strings coupled with frenetic percussion, concluding with a full-scale rendition of the main theme.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deserves way more credit - excellent film score June 25, 2003
By Devin
Format:Audio CD
Elfman constantly runs a balancing act of continuing the "Elfmanisms" that have made him famous, but also reinventing himself, often at the expense of his own ego.
i think Hulk is a case in point...
the majority of the score is very subtle for a comic book movie -it's primary function is to support the film, but it also takes risks.
and, in my opinion, those risks are handled effectively and pay off.
> he retains some of the ethnic / middle-eastern leanings that the original composer (Mychael Danna) had intended (and he HAS recieved criticism for this- at least as far as film music nerds are concerned) and he avoids a catchy hero theme, ala what he did for Batman or Dick Tracy
- seems like this is what gets him in trouble the most with reviewers -
instead of heralding fanfares, and broad melodic gestures, Elfman weaves in and around the action, he doesn't try and steal the show.
However, there IS thematic material - and it's strong... it's woven delicately, and it grows on me with each listen...
Elfman has integrity, in spite of the pressures and sell-out potential of the money-making movie machine.
The Truth Revealed is probably my favorite cue>> a bittersweet tone, at once sad and beautiful... very effective in the film.
also, Hulk's Freedom - as the Hulk leaps over mountains the vocals (performed by Natacha Atlas) soar with him, accompanied by strong brass and thundering percussion (ala Planet of the Apes and Proof of Life). the effect is inspiring... Danny Elfman is one of the finest film composers in the industry, and he's on top-form with The Hulk.
I'm looking forward to his next Burton project, Big Fish.
~devin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting eclectic mix of non-traditional Elfman music February 20, 2005
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Yes, there is alot of percussion which is a staple of Elfman, but in writing the music for a their super-hero franchise, Elfman breaks new ground. Rather than the dark flourishes of Batman & the high flying theme of Spider-Man, The Hulk is a dark score filled witth exotic sounds that actually capture the filmakers vision and provide an interesting listening experience for the listener. I gave this score 3 stars not because its bad, but because its not to my personal taste, and I would not necessarily recommend it. However, if you a collector of Danny Elfman music or super-hero scores, then feel no guilt when you purchase this unique score.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack, good standalone music. July 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack for the Hulk is a magnificent, inspired piece of art that fits the film perfectly. I've seen people compare it to (Elfman's other soundtrack) Spiderman, which I find odd since Hulk the film is nothing like Spiderman. It's not a superhero story as much as a unique drama injected with something more (in this case science fiction).
The soundtrack therefore isn't a standard 'superhero' soundtrack (like Spidey, Batman, and The Flash: all Elfman creation).
From the slow-paced music to the mid-eastern touch, this package is a superb showcase for Danny Elfman's talent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hulked Up! June 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just bought the Hulk score, and it's your typically awesome Danny Elfman style with some majorly green muscle behind it. The score is breathtaking and captures the savage beast, mixed with a touch of human essence, only to break through with some smashing beats when you think it's safe to stop for air.
A must for any movie score collector, or Hulk fan!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Elf-man Becomes The Hulk February 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Danny Elfman has been the musical voice of many superheroes. While this is neither "Batman" nor "Spider-man", "Hulk" does have some interesting moments in the middle of that Oriental style that most composers want to use in their music these days.

I'm kind of upset that there is no discernible theme for "Hulk", execpt for a six-note motif that is heard all over the CD. There is the music for Bruce Banner and his father, mostly played by, I think, the duduk. Then there is Natacha Atlas who does the odious moaning on this CD. Thank God Elfman isn't at all influenced by the Oriental music style because he uses electronics and percussion to maintain the right balance between the artistic and the classic Hollywood compositions. The action music heard in 'Hulk Out', 'Hounds Of Hell', and 'The Lake Battle' is fantastic and very propulsive, good Elfman compositions. The rock song 'Set Me Free' is the last track of the CD, and deservedly so because it feels like out of context with all the rest of the album.

But not all the Middle-East influence is bad, and neither is Natacha Atlas. Because there is the track called 'Captured', which is the best musical cue of the CD. I don't know why, but when I first heard it in the movie theater, I sorta started dancing to it. It's too cool. I really love that theme, and when I got the CD and listened to it for the first time, I turned up the speakers because it's such a fine piece of music.

"Hulk" is a good composition by Danny Elfman, but I'd say 'Captured' is the real deal on this album, and if you don't like rock, then skip the last track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Score of a Fantastic Movie
Although underrated by many, HULK is a fantastic movie, and some of it's beautiful shine is owed to its outstanding musical score by Danny Elfman. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chad Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Hulk
This is a awesome cd it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are all of them if you have not listened to this cd then i recommend you do
Published on December 16, 2010 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
I enjoy movie soundtracks, especially those done by Danny Elfman. So, this one was a must for my collection. Still, the music seemed to lack the impact that it had in the movie. Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Dustin Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Elfman did it again
I Have To admit The soundtrack is alot better than the movie. It is good to listen to. This might be one of his lighter superhero soundtrack scores i heard compare to batman,... Read more
Published on August 20, 2004 by D. A. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Elfman's best, but a solid score nonetheless
Seemingly abandoning his more melodic tones for a heavier orchestral vibe, Danny Elfman has churned out another solid film score with The Hulk. Read more
Published on October 9, 2003 by N. Durham
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Danny Elfman is a great in dark movies. This weaky Blockbuster is not his best work. There are some similarities with Men ib Black II score, some invasions by Gladiator and some... Read more
Published on September 19, 2003 by Banesto
4.0 out of 5 stars Lets not forget Natacha Atlas
Come on it's a wonderful sound track but no one even talks about Natacha Atlas's great vocals on much of the sound track!
Wake up!
Published on July 21, 2003 by Jonathan D. Berke
5.0 out of 5 stars Credit were credit's due
The soundtrack to this movie is superb. Very refreshing change from the standard. The use of ethnic Arab drums and flute create a wonderful ambient contrast to the madness on... Read more
Published on July 15, 2003 by Faisal
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