Prime Music

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
cdgiveaways Add to Cart
$5.99  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Superman Returns: Music From The Motion Picture [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

John Ottman Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Price: $5.66 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 13 left in stock.
Sold by mirmedia_movies_and_music and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, Oct. 22? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 15 Songs, 2010 $10.49  
Audio CD, Enhanced, Soundtrack, 2006 $5.66  

Amazon's John Ottman Store

Visit Amazon's John Ottman Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Superman Returns: Music From The Motion Picture + Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack + The Dark Knight
Price for all three: $31.82

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Composer: John Ottman
  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Warners / Rhino
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Titles
2. Memories
3. Rough Flight
4. Little Secrets/Power Of The Sun
5. Bank Job
6. How Could YOU Leave Us?
7. Tell Me Everything
8. You’e Not One Of Them
9. Not Like The Train Set
10. So Long Superman
11. The People You Care For
12. I Wanted You To Know
13. Saving The World
15. Reprise / Fly Away

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Stunning original score for the hotly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures epic feature .lm Superman Returns Score is done by John Ottman, whose credits include, Kiss Bang Bang, X2 and The Usual Suspects.

John Williams's theme for 1978's Superman remains one of the most famous of the '70s, so it's both obvious and a little weird that it would feature so prominently in the score for Superman Returns: Why would director Bryan Singer and composer John Ottman so willfully compare themselves to the earlier movie? Not only does a turbocharged version of Williams's theme ("Main Titles") open the album, but the "Behind the Scenes: Superman Returns Score" featurette that's part of the CD's bonus enhanced section is all about the orchestra performing the 1978 theme. Ottman's own work thus has to unfold in the shadow projected by Williams, which is a bit unfair since, while the new score isn't revolutionary, it delivers all the pomp, triumph, and vaguely atmospheric choirs that are now de rigueur in Hollywood action films. Ottman, of course, is used to dealing with superheroes (he wrote the scores for X2: X-Men United and Fantastic Four ), but this time around he's had to reflect the essentially noble nature of his main character, and so he's come up with themes that reveal even more pomp, pathos, and atmospheric choirs than before. It's not what you'd call subtle, but it does the job. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
I have looked at some of these reviews with great sadness. How can someone truly evaluate a score when they haven't even heard it?

Ottoman's work is a wonderful expansion of William's original score. Fans of the original Superman score will find all their original favorites there -- including the Superman Theme in all its glory. The other main themes from the original Superman theme, including "The Planet Krypton" as well as "Leaving Home" and "Can You Read My Mind?" are all to be found as motifs and new creations on the Superman Returns soundtrack.

I especially consider Ottoman's reweaving of "How Could You Have Left Us" as a wonderful expansion and reworking of "Can You Read My Mind?"... possibly as an improvement on the original theme given the expanded choral preformances and subtle changes in instrumentation.

If I had one theme that I wished Ottoman had included more in the film it would be the Smallville/Kent Farm theme of "Leaving Home" which can be found in the film, but it is sprinkled throughout here and there.

All in all, I highly recommend this score to fans of the original who can appreciate it as an EXPANSION but NOT a REPLACEMENT for the original soundtrack.

To those purists who have been so hard on John Ottoman (and Bryan Singer in general) I would offer this piece of advice -- lighten up. Is Ottoman John Williams? No. But he has made a wonderful start to improving the wonderful world of music which John Williams has created.

And to the reviewer who has slighted "younger" composers of today including Ottoman, Hans Zimmer, and Howard Shore... I don't think you are listening to the same instrumental soundtracks as the rest of us are.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams Would be Proud June 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When Bryan Singer announced that his editor, John Ottman, would be scoring Superman Returns, two questions came to mind. Would the Superman Theme we all know and love be used? And, why not invite John Williams back to revisit an old friend?

To answer the first question, Singer stated that he always intended to use the Superman Theme because you can't make a Superman movie and not have it. That's like making a Star Trek movie and not using the Star Trek Theme. Not only did he use the main theme, but others as well. In fact, the whole album is based on Williams score and Ottman just builds from it. Everything is here in one form or another.

There are snippets from "Death of Jonathan Kent" as well as "The Fortress of Solitude." Also, we get "The Love Theme" in an abbrviated version. March of the Villians is here to but you need to pay close attention to catch it.

So your probably rhinking that the Superman Returns score is just a rehash of Williams score right? Actually, no. While Ottman uses bits and pieces from Williams, he builds from that with newly written meatrial. And it's just as exciting and memorable as Williams's. One new thing that is really nice is that Superman now has a Personal Theme and one that's played throughout the film. It's touching, emotional and beautiful.

You can tell that Williams was an influence on Ottman because like Williams score for Superman, Ottman here also uses a lot of precussion, string, wind instruments. For added effect, a choir's been added which somehow uses the Love Theme instead of the "Can You Read My Mind" and on Superman's Personal Theme.

The Cd also comes with enhanced stuff. Not much when you look it but still a treat. What's the enhanced stuff?
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ya for Ottman, boo for Warner/Rhino July 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There have been mary cheerers and jeerers for Ottman. I myself think this is a great soundtrack. Ottman has tightened up the main theme a bit, and while it's shorter than the original, it is punchier, and it sounds just wonderful. And as others have said, Ottman has woven the theme into the rest of the score quite well.

I don't envy Ottman. Deciding to use Williams' theme was a tough choice, but absolutely the right choice. The music is brilliant, and when people think Superman, they think of Williams' music. The soundtrack draws us ol' timers into the movie because it brings back memories of going to see Reeve's original, and our young'uns just love it becaus it sounds great. (My three year old asks to listen to it every day.) NOT using William's music would have been like not using the original Star Wars theme for Lucas' three prequels!

Ottman's original music is also quite good. I was a bit miffed the first few times I listened to it, but I've listened to it more than a dozen times now, and I adore at least 2/3 rds of the tracks, and like the rest.

The worst thing about this soundtrack is the it was put together by those idiots at Rhino. I'm a soundtrack fan. I like soundtracks. Yes, I mean music. I don't give a damn about stupid marketing crap, or CD videos. I can download those all day long from the Superman web site. So pushing music OFF of the CD to make room for that rediculous garbage is so infuriating I could spit nails--especially when leave off the Planet Krypton music!

Soundtrack fans want soundtrack music--every note we can get our grubby little hands on. But look at Warner/Rhino's priority. It took them 20 YEARS (!
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST! You are missing out if you listen to it only when watching...
Terrific orchestration! At times, rousing, exciting & fun; at other times, mellow, serene, and even sad. It has it all! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Alan Murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars Fair attempt but doesn't work
I've given this another listen and although I can respect that Ottman is trying hard to craft something on par with Williams here, it just doesn't work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman Returns-great movie and soundtrack!
Wonderful soundtrack-this is my favorite Superman movie and the soundtrack really enhanced the scenes. Very moving and at times makes me cry.
Published 4 months ago by Sandra Snider
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Superman Returns Soundtrack
The Superman Returns soundtrack by composer john Ottman is a triumphant ,compelling and romantic revamp of John Williams original superman music that is both stylish, amazing to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jacob Cherian
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Delicate and Moving
Superman Returns was a crisp and clean film that got at the essence of the heart of Superman (unlike some *other* Supermans I know - cough). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ty Dynamo
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Tracks
Their are a few Good tracks on here, but not as good as the original with John Williams!!! But not too bad!!!
Published 15 months ago by Joel E. Rye
5.0 out of 5 stars Swell!!
It's an excellent option for Superman fans. It has the music and a bonus like trailers and pictures from the movie.
I put 5 stars because it has a 2 in 1 CD. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Hugo Campos
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman Returns - Original Score
After seeing "Man of Steel" and liking the music in that film, I decided to revisit the music from previous Superman movies. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JMM
5.0 out of 5 stars The music IS part of the character!!! Great Job by Ottman!!!
When I first heard that they were going to make a new Superman film, my first thought was "I hope they don't screw it up! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Christopher Cline
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical score...
So I recently bought this and I love how the score was done in the movie and so I decided to buy this. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Jose Concepcion
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
First Listen
I agree, it is GREAT. Ottman did a good job filling BIG shoes!!
Jun 22, 2006 by Stephen J. Pollino |  See all 3 posts
Trailer Music
I am a big collector of film music and I know that all movie trailers use a certain portion of the original soundtrack score cd - so in answer to your question, it is highly likely that it WILL be found somewhere on the cd. BUT....unfortunately, directors tend to edit, cut and paste from... Read More
Jul 17, 2006 by Adil J. Hussain |  See all 9 posts
classical song that is NOT Carmen or Vivaldi's 4 Seasons
I came here looking for a classical song I heard also. I don't remember a woman singing in the background of the song I want to find. Anyone?
Jul 8, 2006 by Paul |  See all 6 posts
Huge question
Heart and Soul - see Tom Hanks movie "BIG" - the famous piano scene in FAO Schwarz.
Jul 5, 2006 by lightminute |  See all 3 posts
The People You Care For Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category

mirmedia_movies_and_music Privacy Statement mirmedia_movies_and_music Shipping Information mirmedia_movies_and_music Returns & Exchanges