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Batman Mask of the Phantasm [Soundtrack]

Shirley Walker, Batman (Related Recordings) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002MO0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Main Title 1:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Promise0:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ski Mask Vigilante 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Phantasm's Graveyard Murder 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. First Love 1:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Big Chase 5:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Plea For Help 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Birth Of Batman 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Phantasm And Joker Fight 4:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Batman's Destiny 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Never Even Told You 4:200.79  Buy MP3 

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Blessed be the day Shirley Walker was brought in on Warner animation. Her work on all the Batman and Superman series has been superlative. The original show deserved a movie, and the movie deserved a Walker score. If you take the points at which Danny Elfman allowed Tim Burton's big-screen Batman to stray towards cartoon action, you have a starting point for her overall style. The Gothic splendour is still there but it's just not so downright gloomy. "Ski Mask Vigilante" is an example of something Elfman would never do: it blends at least three heroic fanfares into a pattern of increasingly aggressive rhythmic devices. Walker's own Batman theme has never sounded better than in the "Main Title". A male chorus gives an almost Russian flavour as the distinctive brass make the theme their own with an adagio for Bruce Wayne's hidden pains. "Phantasm & Joker Fight" pleasingly includes the Clown Prince of Crime's witty carnival-esque motif, and builds to one of the most explosive climaxes Walker has ever written. Since the series never received an album, this is your only chance to savour the belfry full of delights. --Paul Tonks

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! 11 Nov 2000
Format:Audio CD
Shirley Walker is the worthy successor to Danny Elfman, not Elliot Goldenthal. This score is truly moving. The choral opening is just superb. Highly recommended, it helps the excellent film considerably.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Batman score. Perfect fit for a hero. 21 Feb 2005
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No animated cartoon has captured a super-hero better than Batman: The Animated Series, and no music has captured a hero better than the theme for that show written by Danny Elfman and adapted by Shirlry Walker. When Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm was made the score could have been just a generic retread from the tv show. Instead, Walker gave the movie a score that is full of action, suspense and heroism. The chorale pieces tend to truly make it an intense score. There are moments that a true movie magic especially when Batman is born in the film. Overall I recommend this score as the second best Batman score ever, following up Elfman's score for the Batman movie.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it , Love it 6 Jan 2000
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is the best Batman soundtrack I have ever heard!
It includes every moods you can think of; excitement, mystic, romance... just like the animated movie itself. If you have seen this movie, you will love the last song 'I Never Even Told You'. It revealed the feeling of Andrea Beaumont (Bruce's old lover), touching and moving.
This is the only Batman soundtrack that I don't have to skip any song out! Every songs in this soundtrack really have the power of bringing your mind back into Gotham!
Buy it! You will love it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outshines Hans Zimmer's Work 14 July 2011
By Kaan Vural - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a fan of Hans Zimmer, but the guy has sadly just not been challenging himself with his scores for this decade. Nowhere has that been more apparent in his scores for the live-action Batman films, which consist more or less of deep techno: not unpleasant to listen to, but despairingly simple and lacking in complexity.

It's therefore somewhat fitting that Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, an animated movie that can actually hold its own with the live-action films, should have a soundtrack that easily challenges Zimmer's own work.

In fact, this in many ways represents how those films should have been scored. This soundtrack clearly takes some inspiration from Elfman's work on the Burton films, but this never even approaches the realm of plagiarism as the score evolves into a thing of beauty in its own right: never outright heroic - as in the new Nolan films - but dark, dualistic, and complex.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle. 16 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't know how many will agree with me, but I consider this CD as one of the best scores for an animated film. While this soundtrack is not up to par with Elfman's Batman scores, it is considerably better than Goldenthal's Batman Forever. What we got here, is the darkly heroic Batman theme of the two movies in a different arrangement, and various tracks varying from sadness, like Birth of Batman, to superb action cues (Phantasm and Joker Fight), and decent romantic ones (First Love). All in all, this is a good soundtrack and worth byuing if you are collecting animation soundtracks. Personally, I don't think that Disney's animated features had better music than this. It is a score that would listen well in a live action film.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing ever for any fan of the animated series 21 Jan 2000
By Jim Minteer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the most moving and powerful CD I have heard in a long time. The music is a story in itself. With the full emotional rollercoaster that love is to the full dark embodiment of Batman to the Jokers manical pranks, this soundtrack has it all. The first song will do more than send chills up your neck. It will make you beleive that Batman is real. I would advise this to anyone who likes Batman. It would be a mistake to not own it.
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