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John Carter (Michael Giacchino) Limited Edition, Soundtrack

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Original score to the 2012 motion picture composed by Michael Giacchino. From Academy Award winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter, a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

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  1. A Thern For The Worse 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Get Carter 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Gravity Of The Situation 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Thark Side Of Barsoom 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Sab Than Pursues The Princess 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. The Second Biggest Apes I've Seen This Month 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B006Z21ZHO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Colby on March 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was pretty stoked to listen to this one. The film looks to be promising and now even more so, based on the quality of this film score by Michael Giacchino.

His latest effort that I can recall (M:I: 4) left my throat a little dry, but I had faith in him and embraced this score with open ears. For the most part, its pretty darned awesome.

It exudes a sense of otherworldliness not found in, say, even a score to an alien movie. At times the score truly takes you somewhere, and the longer length of some of the songs is barely noticed.

The opening track, A Thern for the worse, (Giacchino is again naming songs with his trademark sense of humor) sets the stage nicely for what will be the entire listening experience, though its not as good as the next track, Get Carter. Track 2 actually surprised me: its just a good, fun song, and it can easily be used to show Giacchino's level of growing talent here. The man is getting better at what he does, which is making good music.

Track 5, Sab than pursues the princess, is another favorite. Giacchino sounds like parts of Speed Racer, Mission Impossible 3, and Star Trek here, yet with enough of a new sound that John Carter is starting to musically take a shape of its own by this point. Track 6, The temple of Issus, presents us with more of that otherworldliness by way of mysterious choir, one that effectively sets the mood. This happens throughout the score.

Track 9, Carter they come carter they fall, starts as an action piece and shifts into something beautiful, a triumphant moment no doubt for our hero in the film. Number 11, A Thern warning, takes its time with strings and choir and sets the stage for the bigger, louder action to come.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Green, NCGBT VINE VOICE on March 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Michael Giacchino not only aimed high with John Carter, he shot an absolute bullseye! Viewing this as a chance to create something no longer seen in this Remote Control-dominated era of Hollywood scores, he delivered the goods- John Carter is big as life, bold as anything, a little bit scary and a lot of fun. It stands tall as a true Swords & Sandals Epic type of score, the likes of which we haven't heard in far too long.

John Carter's theme is comprised of 11 notes: a-B/cdE-F/g-H/iJ-k. Giacchino gets a lot of mileage out of it, deploying it in various forms, a testament to its versatility. He states that his way of testing a theme is seeing if it can be turned into a jazz piece, a waltz or something classical. If it can be adapted, then he'll use it.

The scope of the John Carter score is Middle-Eastern, something that Giacchino described as simply the right feel for the piece. In an interview he cited Lawrence of Arabia as one of his inspirations for composing the score- a man out of his element in a world completely alien to him, slight pun intended. It also sounds like kind of a Jerry Goldsmith homage- similar in many places to Planet of the Apes with touches of The Mummy tossed in.

Another important influence on this score is the idea of having scene-specific themes- Giacchino remarked upon John Williams' work on Empire Strikes Back and the Indiana Jones series as to how each scene had its own musical identity. The score does have an episodic arc to it and you can always hear something different happening in each track, making for a real adventure through a musical landscape.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Haysman on March 6, 2012
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I have to say that Michael Giacchino ismy favorite soundtrack composer. To me he is up there with the likes of John Williams. His latest effort does not disappoint! John Carter is by far one of his strongest offerings, and I am now really excited to see this movie! This soundtrack is one of the most intense, epic scores I've heard in a while, yet it still is able to tell a story. Michael Giacchino has done it once again!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on April 2, 2012
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Already tainted as one of the biggest box-office disasters in cinema history, John Carter looks set to go down in negative notoriety rather than with the acclaim and applause many expected at Disney when the project was first announced. A large scale action science-fiction epic, the film is a big screen mishmash adaptation of several of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom novels, which were first written in 1912 and stand as some of the first works of interplanetary science fiction ever written. The film, which is directed by Andrew Stanton, stars newcomer Taylor Kitsch as the eponymous Carter, a civil war veteran from Virginia who, while prospecting out west, finds himself inexplicably transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled in a second civil war between the planet's inhabitants, who call their world Barsoom. The film co-stars Lynn Collins as the beautiful princess Dejah Thoris, Ciaran Hinds and Dominic West as the two rival jeddak kings in whose lengthy battle Carter gets caught, and Willem Dafoe and Samantha Morton in motion-capture as two of the multi-armed Tharks, who help and hinder Carter in his quest with equal measure.

The score for John Carter is by the ever-busy Michael Giacchino, still hot from his well-received work in 2011 on films such as Super 8 and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. As one would expect given the subject matter, the score is an enormous action epic, filled to the brim with large orchestral flourishes, memorable themes, and dense and powerful action music. Director Stanton specifically asked Giacchino to make this score "his Star Wars", and not hold back when it came to making bold musical statements or old-fashioned orchestral grandeur.
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Disney Movie - John Carter's Soundtrack
The Movie looks to be outstanding, and the score is awesome as least the bits of it that I have heard.
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