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Zero Dark Thirty Soundtrack


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After composing the music for over 50 European films and being nominated for 2 Cesar Awards, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his evocative score to GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING (starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth), which earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards.

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  • Audio CD (December 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: December 13, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Madison Gate Records, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00AQ8IKFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flight to Compound
2. Drive to Embassy
3. Bombings
4. Ammar
5. Monkeys
6. Northern Territories
7. Seals Take Off
8. 21 Days
9. Preparation for Attack
10. Belawi
11. Dead End
12. Maya on Plane
13. Area 51
14. Tracking Calls
15. Picket Lines
16. Towers
17. Chopper
18. Back to Base

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For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

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I highly recommend this masterwork from Desplat!!!
RedFox
Mr. Desplat is a very talented composer and the music is a perfect match for the film.
Lawrence A. McGowan
Moody, dark, somber, dramatic...An excellent score for an excellent film.
Alejandro Vargas-Lugo

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RedFox on December 28, 2012
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As this score from Alexandre Desplat is neither bombastic nor feeble, the composer strings together one of 2012's best film scores. The London Symphony Orchestra hums together pieces that emphasize deep bass with a hint of string instruments that make way for unique pieces of music. Juxtaposition is stressed throughout the entire soundtrack as the overlying music creates a dark vibe until Desplat brings in the main musical theme of the score with a wide variety of instruments that makes the score unlike any other. This musical theme, fleshed out with string and harp sounds to an extent quite electronic, but knowing that it came to life through symphonic instruments is the true beauty of it.

Desplat introduces the electro theme, which exerts a Middle-Eastern vibe, yet not as flamboyant as Desplat's 'Argo' film score, in the first track 01. Drive to Embassy. The pounding bass sets the tone for the rest of the score and midway Desplat's theme is introduced. About halfway through the track, Desplat's main theme is introduced, and this theme is evident in about two-thirds of the soundtrack's listings. In my opinion, the composer's decision to exert this theme often makes for a coherent score that does not stray off path. No outliers that disrupt the mood are present and each track feels related in a sense to the other tracks. The string and harp instruments are also used to imprint a sense of resplendence and majesty. The pounding bass would be rather flat without those aspects. Thankfully, the end result is a magnificent and organized musical piece that ranks among Desplat's best work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on June 8, 2013
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I have been waiting for a work by renown French composer Alexandre Desplat that was really notable and worthy of his talent (the final Harry Potter came very close and was quite good) and with his score for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" he has come through. My initial reaction to parts of the score was that this is something John Barry would have done, not faint praise. This is one of the best scores for a film in this broad genre in a long time. Somber and even dark, this is not a light-hearted film; Desplat's music is a solid and complimentary fit. There are serious issues with the film, far beyond the torture scenes which have been blown way out of proportion, it drags, it leaves out or minimizes essential elements of the story while over-selling others and the list goes on, but the score is very, very good. Desplat mixes Middle Eastern motifs without overdoing it and produces a musical background that is tense and at times ominous. The themes are subtle, but he uses several motifs and themes to great effect and gives us a score that works very well on screen and on the soundtrack recording; it is a score that continues to resonate in the memory long after the film is over (note especially "SEALs Take Off") which is one of the signs of a successful score, and that is exactly what this is. Notable performance by the London Symphony Orchestra with solid production values by Sony, but the packaging is just barely adequate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William H. Brown on May 16, 2013
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This is one of the 'darkest' movie soundtracks I've heard. Alexandre's music carry's over to the movies dark theme and character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN COLEY on October 30, 2013
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Fast and efficient service and good price. Am big Desplat fan and he does not disappoint with ZERO DARK THIRT. Will no doubt be ordering again. Cheers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence A. McGowan on October 19, 2013
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The entire album is very good. Mr. Desplat is a very talented composer and the music is a perfect match for the film. The type of soundtrack that replays in your mind.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on January 24, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty is the seventh and final score of 2012 from the workaholic composer Alexandre Desplat, whose output this year has ranged from the lush and emotional Cloclo to the quirky Moonrise Kingdom, the sweeping and playful Rise of the Guardians, and the darkly dramatic Argo, for which he received his fifth Academy Award nomination. His work on Zero Dark Thirty, as one would expect, is most closely aligned with his work on Argo, making use of subtle Middle Eastern tones as part of its orchestral makeup, but its overall demeanor is less flashy and less crowd-pleasing than that of Argo, matching the tone and style taken by the film's director, Kathryn Bigelow, in the movie itself.

The film tells the painstakingly detailed and (allegedly) true story of the way the United States military tracked down Osama Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader responsible for masterminding the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York in 2001, who was eventually killed by elite US special forces during a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. It stars Jessica Chastain in the lead role as Maya, an ambitious CIA analyst whose work attempting to locate and capture Bin Laden included participating in the `enhanced interrogation' of prisoners in US custody, traveling across the Middle East talking to witnesses, coercing senior military officials into giving her more help and support in her task, before eventually becoming personally involved in the final raid. Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, James Gandolfini amd Kyle Chandler appear in recurring supporting roles, and the film is technically superb, capturing the minutiae of life in the CIA with a vivid eye for visual detail via an exciting, if tech-speak heavy script.
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