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The Dark Knight

Hans ZimmerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents‚ having first enjoyed success in the world of pop music as a member of The Buggles. The group’s single Video Killed the Radio Star became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV.

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: July 18, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0017I1FP8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Soundtrack album for the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Music composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. The Dark Knight is an American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. The film is a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, which rebooted the Batman film series after an eight-year hiatus. Actor Heath Ledger stars as The Joker.The CD contains 14 tracks of powerful punches of Batman's adventures of good vs evil.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Comparison of regular version vs. limited edition July 15, 2008
By eric_f
Format:Audio CD
While this soundtrack score didn't blow me away, I think it's certainly a worthy addition to the "Batman" catalog of scores as well as fitting music for "The Dark Knight." I find track 3, "Harvey Two-Face," to easily be the best track here...almost a ballad so to speak, and yet flows with the rest of the album. This score isn't significantly different than the music of "Batman Begins" but then again, exploring some familiar territory adds a sense of continuity between the films. After all, this is a sequel.

I purchased both the regular version as well as the limited edition today, so I'll now give some comparisons for those of you undecided about which to buy:

-Track listing is identical for both. No bonus track on limited edition. Certainly would have been nice, but alas.

-Although the 2 versions have different cover art, note that the inside booklet of the limited edition has the same cover art as the regular version, as it's the exact same booklet. Booklet itself is the typical kind with various photos and album credits.

-Regular version has an exclusive photo of Batman looking at a wall covered with "HA HA HA" all over it, whereas limited edition has an exclusive 3-way fold-out collage photo of Joker playing cards with Batman in the middle vandalized with red lipstick. In addition, limited edition version has a very cool exclusive photo of the Joker walking down a street with his back to us, holding a playing card in one hand and a knife behind his back with the other.

-Limited edition version comes with 3 two-sided trading cards containing photos of Batman, Joker and Harvey Dent.

To sum up, the limited edition version doesn't offer that much more than the regular version, and is only worth getting for the novelty of a limited edition collectible, or if you're a die-hard fan of the film.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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Less than 6 months after the release of the original motion picture soundtrack, a 2-disc "Special Edition" is released obviously to cash in on the film's unprecedented box office success earning $530 million domestically and almost $1 billion worldwide making The Dark Knight the second highest grossing (unadjusted) film in history since the mighty Titanic.

The teaming of James-Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer is the perfect synthesis of orchestral and electronic scoring and together they have created a bold, epic masterpiece that was edited and missing several cues on its initial soundtrack album and it was apparent that they were holding out some material for an inevitable expanded release further down the road. Surprisingly, we didn't have to wait very long for it.

While it is marketed as a "Special Edition" (not to be confused with the The Dark Knight Limited Edition digi-pack of the original release") such wording can be misleading by giving the buyer the impression that they are getting the "complete" uncut score and for the price one would expect nothing less than the kind of exemplary release demonstrated by The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring (The Complete Recordings) with correct arrangements and alternate versions. Some may be disappointed that all of the unreleased cues appear entirely on Disc 2 while Disc 1 is a straight reissue of the original album that most fans probably already have and not in the proper sequential arrangement of the film.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer and Newton Howard bring their "A game". July 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Chaos sits in a darkened corner of Gotham city, rubs its hands together and smiles. It's almost time. In a little while, the forces of insanity and madness will begin a twisted, enraged march through the town, burning it all to the ground as it offers a full challenge to the "Dark Knight" with a limitless grin and a semi-crazy school girl flicker of the eyelids.

The Joker has arrived to town.

James Newton Howard (The Sixth Sense, The Village, Collateral, etc.) and Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, etc.) once again have seized the essential musical "nector of the gods" and given us mere mortals another taste of bliss with a score that will certainly rival any action-based film for years to come. Here are the standouts...

#1. Why So Serious?- opens the film. This melody gives us a glimpse of the horror that awaits the city of Gotham as a psychotic clown roams the streets with murder and aimless rage on his devilish mind.

#2. I'm Not a Hero - spells the anguish and darkness that both Batman and his enemies seem to share. A powerful montage of moods which range from a surreal set of ominous strings until being finally eclipsed by by an epic, almost chanting rhythm where we feel the defiance within Batman's soul.

#3. Harvey Two-Face - a Newton Howard piece which illuminates the heroic side of the cities vigilant district attorney, Harvey Dent.

#4. Aggressive Expansion - Zimmer roars out at us with this one. A powerful tune which combines sparse threads of the Batman theme with an otherworldly sense of anticipation.

#5. Always a Catch - Opens with the Joker's delirious theme; closes with a quaint melody.

#6. Blood on My Hands - another Harvey Dent theme.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible movie and fitting soundtrack
It's one of my favorite movies of all time. Not crazy about the soundtrack on the whole when listened to independently from the movie but a couple of the tracks are great. Read more
Published 13 days ago by gooberdog2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb
Published 25 days ago by David Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD DEAL! I actually found a used copy the ...
GOOD DEAL! I actually found a used copy the same week after buying this one at a local record store. So now i have a new copy and a used copy.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars The better comic movie than ever.
The soundtrack of this Batman's movie is great! Only the themes of the Heath Ledger's Joker are memorables, same your play of this iconic character.And here will go. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jesus labra cadena
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great music for a Zimmer fan. I very much enjoy this music and have actively sought out more Zimmer music to add to my collection.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Palombo
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Volume Issues and Deadspace
As an author, I listen to soundtracks often as I write. It evokes a specific emotion and drowns out any crowd noise. This soundtrack failed to consistently do both. Read more
Published 2 months ago by WinfieldH StrockIII
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound Track
Enjoyed the music. However I think a few musical pieces from the movie are missing, other wise a good soundtrack worth buying.
Published 2 months ago by C. Frick
1.0 out of 5 stars Brief moments where this almost sounded like music
I wanted to enjoy this, as some of the past Batman films have had some great music, but I just can't get past how this sounds more like noise than music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Soundtrack
It's very cool to listen to the music that the film is set to, without the film. Very uplifting and relaxing at the same time.
Published 3 months ago by Ray W. Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie deserved
That about says it all. The best part of all the Chris Nolan Batman movies by far was the soundtracks.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Mueller
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What about the "Limited Edition" Soundtrack? Why should I pay an extra $6 for it? Anyone?
I know there's a vinyl edition, which I would consider paying more for, but that's not it.
Jun 17, 2008 by BubbaCoop |  See all 3 posts
Ridiculous that this is already out of stock
I know...Amazon is getting downright terrible.
Jul 15, 2008 by Bartholomew |  See all 11 posts
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I want to know where all the original reviews went. There were a good six or seven until a few days ago. Mine is still on my profile page but won't show up here despite trying to repost it.
Jul 22, 2008 by Jordan M. Poss |  See all 2 posts
Sounds reminiscent of Batman Begins, too reminiscent
As to this score and that of the previous film lacking some heroic theme for Batman, here's something Adam Cohen just posted on his review for this album which, to me, makes perfect sense:

"I think my biggest gripe with the score to "Batman Begins" has been resolved here- that... Read More
Jul 15, 2008 by Bartholomew |  See all 8 posts
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