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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B0001O3Y7Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Transylvania 1887 - Alan Silvestri
2. Burn It Down!
3. Werewolf Trap
4. Journey to Transylvania
5. Attacking Brides
6. Dracula's Nursery - Alan Silvestri
7. Useless Crucifix
8. Transylvanian Horses
9. All Hallow's Eve Ball
10. Who Are They to Judge?
11. Final Battle
12. Reunited
13. Interactive Video Game Trailer - Soundtrack
14. Photo Gallery - Soundtrack
15. Exclisive Video Game Content - Soundtrack
16. Link to Comic Book "darkhorse.com" - Soundtrack
17. Link to Movie Site - Soundtrack

Product Description

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Bram Stoker's original literary Van Helsing dispatched his nemeses of the night with just a crucifix, a few simple wooden stakes, and a dash of garlic. But this CGI-driven, 21st-century Hollywood take on the vampire hunter is bigger, bolder and, judging from veteran Alan Silvestri's thunderous goth-on-steroids orchestral score, definitely more bombastic. Courtesy of director/big-budget monster revivalist Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King), Hugh Jackman's title character now faces off against Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, a giant werewolf, and Mr Hyde.

With an appropriate lack of subtlety, Silvestri seasons the action-set pieces with some gloomy, Herrmann-esque brass, jolting doses of massed percussion, the occasional shrieking choral homage to Carmina Burana--and (for some ears) precious too little of Franz Waxman's haunting, neo-Romantic horror-film lyricism. But then, overwrought popcorn epics call for overwrought popcorn scores, and the bold, epic scale of Silvestri's music can't be denied; it has as much alternately jolting/nervous energy as a double-dose of caffeine. Enhanced CD features include an interactive game trailer, gameplaying clues, a photo gallery and preview of a comic book merchandising tie-in. --Jerry McCulley, Amazon.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. Miller on 2 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Play it loud for the full cinema effect. I was unsure as to how good this would be, but I was truely satisfied and have listened to it over 20times since it arrived last week. It gives you extras including a cheat for the Xbox, PS2 and Gameboy Advance Van Helsing Game. It also gives you pictures from the film and access to a sample comic. There are several catchy tunes that you will love!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr W. on 21 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Stephen Sommers's movies, and Alan Silvestri's music, and if you've listened to his score from 'The Mummy Returns', you'll notice that this score has taken some inspiration from it, and perhaps even some from the 'Gladiator' and 'The Lord of the Rings' sountracks! Indeed, in the final track 'Reunited', the main melodic motif is very similiar to one in his soundtrack for 'The Mummy Returns'.
Having said that, this soundtrack is very good, and fits in very well with the style of the film. It has great instrumentation (particularly the use of percussion!), melodic lines and harmonic structure that are characteristic of a great soundtrack, and while listening to it, particularly the 'battle scene' tracks, it really does make you feel like you're back in the cinema watching the film for the first time! It also comes with some extra features including the van helsing game trailer, hints for the game, a preview of the van helsing comic book, and a photo gallery. It also comes with a mini poster, and I highly recommend it for any film music fan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 12 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
It just enters in your body and makes you feel the atmosphere.
Dark and powerful, a kind of modern Carmina Burana
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
I got this soundtrack shortly after seeing the film. The opening track 'Transylvania 1887' serves well in opening the film with it's gothic overtones and reminds me of the old Universal horror movies that VH pays tribute to. Other highlights include the creepy 'Attacking Brides', the entrancing 'All Hallows Eve Ball', and the rousing 'Transylvanian Horses'.
Overall if you liked this film and accept it for what it is - a good old-fashioned popcorn flick that enjoys paying tribute to
the horror icons of past - then i'd highly recommend this soundtrack. Check it out now!!
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By Gareth on 6 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Its Van Helsing, Dracula, Frankenstein, the wolfman and all in one ultimately cool package. I personally think it was worth the cash.
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