Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part One: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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- Individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity
- PremierCell Presentation of high quality film photography on heavy cardstock featuring two 35MM film cells cut from the movie reel. Comes with attachable easel.
- 7 inch double sided picture Vinyl Disc with score from the movie
- DVD with 5.1 audio mix of Alexandre Desplat s score and a
7 minute video featurette of the scoring session, along with
interviews with Composer Alexandre Desplat and Producers David Heyman and David Barron.
- Movie Poster
- Orchestral Sheet Music from recording session at Abbey Road Studios signed by Alexandre Desplat
- Soundtrack on CD
- 2nd CD with additional score
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS,
the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series,
is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two
Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous
mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort s immortality
and destruction the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of
their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three
friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are
Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.
Score composed by GRAMMY AWARD®, ACADEMY AWARD® and
GOLDEN GLOBE® Nominee ALEXANDRE DESPLAT
(THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEWMOON, THE QUEEN,
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON)
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Interestingly, the 5.1 dolby surround download still works for Nicolas Hooper's soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It has not expired yet. So it's hard to understand what Warner is doing here.
As far as the music is concerned, it is obviously much darker than the John Williams soundtracks from the first three movies. Of course, the movie is much darker as well. "Obliviate" and "Godric's Hollow Graveyard" are two standout tracks.
The sheet music is different for everyone; I got "Detonators". It has a 100% REAL autograph on it by Desplat! I honestly didn't catch that part when I ordered it, which makes this totally worth the money. (Not a big fan of the fact it's on glossy paper, but if it was on REAL sheet music, the signature would bleed and smear easily.)
I thought the actual printed vinyl would have been normal size, not the mini kind -- but it's wonderful nevertheless. Harry on one side, and the burning Hogwarts on the other <3
The film cells are FANTASTIC -- I've been stuck with cells that have sucked, but these are perfectly centered and cut. I had a cell of Voldemort holding onto Harry's face, and the second is Hermione putting up the wards in the forest with Harry kneeling next to Ron behind her.
I was a bit confused at first, seeing as the Harry and Voldy scene was NO WHERE in the first part of the movie...
But it's still awesome! :)
THIS CD INCLUDES A FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE
SOUNDTRACK IN 5.1 SURROUND SOUND
Well I got my CD and was told by the company that the 5.1 surround was a promotion that is no longer being offered. Yes, I feel cheated. This is a stupid thing to do and once more I'll be sure not to buy items from the people who supply the discs to Amazon.
The score opens with Oblivate, a deep and dark tune to set the mood for the seventh installment in the film franchise. Roughly half-way through, its despair is given a glimmer of hope.
In Snape to Malfoy Manor, one can really sense the world falling apart around the protagonists. It is haunting, and really foreshadows the perils to come.
Polyjuice Potion ends with a sweetened rendition of the classic Hedwig's Theme.
The attack in the air really shines in Sky Battle, the desperation of getting Harry - and everyone else - to safety can be heard in every note. I can almost hear Hedwig falling from the sky.
The news of Mad-Eye's death can be heard in the poetic beauty of At the Burrow. Fleur is sobbing, Ron is in panic, and Hermione is terrified. Emotion is the key element to this piece, easily one of the best on the album.
Harry and Ginny, while very ambient, conveys Ginny's emotion as she seeks for the silver lining in all that has recently come to pass. It is a beautiful piece, but carries little melody.
We are once again reminded that Dumbledore has died as Scrimgeour takes the scene in The Will. Gentle touches of Hedwig's Theme grace this song nicely and paint a mood that continues through the remainder of the score.
While one might expect Death Eaters to be full of excessive percussion and overwhelming, it proves itself worthy, using an array of strings to carry out the task of conveying danger.
Dobby truly shines light on our favourite House Elf. It's gentle melodies are playful and as happy as possible given the circumstances.
Ministry of Magic is full of awesome, to say the least. It's very apparent that Dolores Umbridge is trotting about her merry way - the theme drips with her touch.
I laughed a little at Detonators. Listen a little too carefully, and you'll likely hear the tune of Clean-Up, straight out of Barney. Unfortunately, this does take away from the score, leaving me wishing for something a little less childish.
The Locket is very ambient and likely has its place in a dialogue-heavy part of the film. While I'll have to see the film to know how well it serves that purpose, its use in casual listening is limited.
The next track, Fireplaces Escape, is full of panic and pandemonium. It works excellently, translating what is surely on screen terror to each note, alluding nicely to themes in John Williams' score for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Some will weep as Ron Leaves. This is another one of the absolute best pieces of the score. Emotion is saturated into every note this song has too offer and Hermione's crying even now.
What follows next is perhaps the most disappointing track of them all. Large portions of The Exodus sound very much like a creaky door opening and closing in the wind. There are breaks of melody here and there, but this piece was likely meant entirely for the big screen.
Godric's Hollow Graveyard carries a calm, but troubled peace easily associated with finding Lily and James' grave markers.
The piece entitled Bathilda Bagshot is creepy. It works brilliantly to show the doom soon to come and Nagini's surprise.
I feel saddened by Hermione's Parents. In this Hermione explains what she has done to her parents, explaining what has happened at home. This is another one of the best pieces for this score.
Destroying the Locket is short but powerful. Ron's frustration and love for Hermione really shines. This is one of the darkest pieces of the score.
Ron's Speech is very emotional as well and has a soft, peaceful melody carried by strings.
The strangeness of the Lovegood family is portrayed well in their theme, Lovegood. It's beat is quick and light, playful, yet not over the top.
The Deathly Hallows is the song that has themes most closely resembling Desplat's work for The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Even so, this piece is definitely meant more to accompany rather than stand on its own, but is good nonetheless.
True percussion makes its debut in Captured and Tortured. The piece starts out very drum-heavy, then winds down to the gloomy strings. It seems to end quite suddenly, however.
Though brief, Rescuing Hermione is very action-packed and does a superb job of spiraling the action into your ears, pumping you thoroughly for one of the most intense parts of the film.
Here lies Dobby, a free Elf. Farewell to Dobby has, perhaps, the most beautiful theme of the score. Mr. Desplat did fantastically here; the simplicity and elegance of this piece truly blend with the emotion of the scene.
We conclude with The Elder Wand, a piece daring you to finish the epic of a generation. I would liked to have heard a bit of Hedwig's Theme at the end of this piece, but it works well despite it.
This score really shines and is truly a great addition to the musical scores of Harry Potter. It is emotionally round, serving as both musical entertainment and an audio companion to the seventh installment of the franchise. That aside, the magic of this score is lacking, as though it's got magical blood, but has yet to get its wand. I'm not sure if this is the lack of the latter part of the film (Deathly Hallows Part 2), or not, and really hope Mr. Desplat can take some of the finesse and skill he had in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and apply it to part two. All in all a good score, but I'm left thinking I would have preferred the score be composed by James Newton Howard.