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The Dark Knight

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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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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: July 18, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • ASIN: B0017I1FP8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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322 of 326 people found the following review helpful By eric_f on July 15, 2008
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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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on December 9, 2008
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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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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Thaddeus Marcum on 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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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
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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