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The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard) Soundtrack


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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 (14 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0017I1FP8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why So Serious?
2. I'm Not A Hero
3. Harvey Two-Face
4. Aggressive Expansion
5. Always A Catch
6. Blood On My Hands
7. A Little Push
8. Like A Dog Chasing Cars
9. I Am The Batman
10. And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad
11. Agent Of Chaos
12. Introduce A Little Anarchy
13. Watch The World Burn
14. A Dark Knight

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Warren on 31 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on a whim, just out of interest really, and didn't expect that I'd go back for repeated listens. On the one hand the score is quite predictably "Hollywood blockbuster"-ish with lots of big drums, urgent marcato strings and dark industrial synth sounds. But you get past that, and the vision of the score becomes clearer over repeated listens, and I began to find it a very satisfying piece of work, and as an album, feel that the narrative and coherence works really well: the album flows seamlessly. Recommended for children of darkness everywhere.

On a different note, some reviewers commented that the album leaves off some of the score - but the CD comes in at 73 minutes, so you can't really complain that you don't get your money's worth. Possibly a double CD album would have nailed it 100%, but then maybe the album wouldn't have been so coherent, and anyway, it means you've got an excuse to watch the film for those missing parts eh?
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Reilly on 14 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have done it again. An effortless masterpiece that thrills and chills with a grace that only they can produce. The film has not been released yet but the score is so emotional that I am sure that those that loved Batman Begins wil not be disappointed. Love and tragedy is played out perfectly throughout; the pace of the action sequences and high tension wire of suspense is so taught and precise that you really can get lost in Gotham and escape. Nolan credits Zimmer & Newton Howard for one of the reasons as to why he wanted to return to the Batman films. My only disappointment is that there are no lines from the characters within the soundtrack itself; but this soundtrack is so amazing it does not need the support of the cast. Some great orchestral high rise spiraling as Zimmer produced in Hannibal that provide real eerie moments of hairs on the back of your neck and goosepimples all at once. If this film is as good as its soundtrack then this will be the film of the year. I cannot wait.
RIP Heath Ledger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bodhid_harma on 22 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a soundtrack aficiando this ranks as one of my favourite of all time. I'm a big fan of both composers, and didn't think Zimmer would top either Gladiator or Hannibal but this is equally as good. The mark of a soundtrack in it's own right is that it can hold it's own without the film, whilst complementing the film and adding to it. This achieves that admirably. The opener "Why so serious" is electrifying, the use of sub-bass is brilliantly done and the use of the ticking clock very original. I love the way synthesiers have been used in harness with strings, it adds something mystical and gritty to the sound, reminiscent of Blade Runner and other Vangelis work.

All in all a brilliant piece of work, well worth buying the more expensive package for the second disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E Graham on 3 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Absolutely one of my favourites from Zimmer. This and Hannibal are, for me, his best scores so far - and that includes the awesome Gladiator volumes.

As a standalone, listenable piece all the way through (not like a myriad of soundtracks) this really is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. J. Thackray on 19 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Top class package, for a top class soundtrack! Cannot fault this set as a companion to one of my favourite films.
All the best films have amazing soundtracks, this is no exception second disc is equal in quality to the first.
Packaging is superb, totally recommended for all soundtrack buffs!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tang on 15 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having heard the few audio teaser clips at the Dark Knight Score website, I knew I had to purchase this CD, and it definitely does not disappoint. There's a lot of electronic sounds in this score which may irritate purists, but it adds wonderfully to the tone and atmosphere of the music, making the film menacing.

Those who purchased the Batman Begins CD will recognise a few themes in this score, but they are not prominent and there is plenty of new material and themes. The tempo is also increased which puts you on the edge of your seat.

I am really looking forward to seeing this film, and the quality of the score bodes well!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Tordrup on 29 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is a dark but beautiful soundtrack. I heard the soundtrack before I had the pleasure to see the movie. Before seeing the movie the soundtrack was good, with good tracks, but it seemed to miss something. Now that I have seen the movie, and know what the emotional feeling of the movie are, the soundtrack great... For me I now feel the anger, sorrow of the movie, but also feel of courage and men that are ready to sacrifice them self for the freedom of others.

The Soundtrack should be heard as one big seventy-five minutes track, there are really no stand out tracks, that but one. The "Why So Serious" (track number one), also know as the Joker theme. First times I was listening the track, I felt it was chaotic and strange. But know I understand it represents the Joker perfectly... He is chaos, but he is also a really intelligent enemy of the Dark knight also, and The Joker has a master plan, its hard too spot for all the confusion and anarchy. The same goes the "Why So Serious" track, listen carefully and you will discover that there is more to it then chaos.

It is a four star soundtrack by it self. But a Five star soundtrack if you have seen the The Dark Knight.
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