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War of the Worlds [Soundtrack]

John Williams (Composer) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0009A3ZZI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. John Williams: Prologue (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. John Williams: The Ferry Scene (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 5:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. John Williams: Reaching The Country (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. John Williams: The Intersection Scene (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. John Williams: Ray And Rachel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. John Williams: Escape From The City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. John Williams: Probing The Basement (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. John Williams: Refugee Status (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. John Williams: The Attack On The Car (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. John Williams: The Separation Of The Family (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. John Williams: The Confrontation With Ogilvy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 4:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. John Williams: The Return To Boston (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. John Williams: Escape From The Basket (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 9:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. John Williams: The Reunion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. John Williams: Epilogue (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 

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From Paramount Pictures comes the motion picture event of the year: War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. The soundtrack features original music by Academy Award winner John Williams (Schindler's List, Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Harry Potter) with narration by Morgan Freeman.

John Williams continues his longtime collaboration with Steven Spielberg in this adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel of the same name (previously filmed in 1953). Considering that the movie depicts a gigantic Martian invasion, you¹d think Williams would have fully gone into his familiar bombastic mode, but he's refrained from doing so. While the composer makes full use of the outsize orchestra at his disposal, he prefers juxtaposing layers and building atmosphere rather than hitting you over the head with dramatic arias. "The Intersection Scene," for instance, begins slowly and minimally, then progressively builds into an ominous pounding; Williams then inserts spooky, otherworldly banshee-like effects that escalate into a frenzied pitch before abruptly disappearing as the track begins its descent back towards calm. The sound is genuinely scary and could lead to a spike in blood pressure among impressionable list eners without the help of visuals. "Probing the Basement" is another example of Williams masterfully building anxiety. War of the Worlds culminates with "Escape from the Basket," in which Williams methodically builds tension over close to ten minutes. And refreshingly, even when the action picks up, he mostly avoids the clichéd thundering timpani that often plague this type of score. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric* 17 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
The popular British actor/writer/director Stephen Fry once described John Williams' music as "always sounding like the film it accompanies", and this is certainly true of Steven Spielberg's "The War of the Worlds".

Morgan Freeman's voice, featured in tracks 1 and 14, is more of a treat than an irritation as his narration is strong (as are words of H.G. Wells) and it bookends the score excellently. "The Ferry Scene" and "Escape From the City" showcase Williams' musical style at its most urgent and frenzied, and while some may see the brass and percussion as a noise, it becomes evident over time just how well thought out and structured it actually is.

"Ray and Rachel" perfectly encapsulates the complexity of this father and daughter's relationship, while "Probing the Basement" is a study in edge-of-your-seat tension, which Spielberg and Williams have come to perfect over their collaborative careers. "The Attack on the Car" offers music that appears to have been cut from the film where Spielberg preferred to play the scene with only sound effects.

The most triumphant track is "The Return to Boston", interspersed as it is with military-style music as the US Army takes down a Tripod. "The Escape from the Basket", however, is the one weak track on the CD, as it basically features a low rumble for the first 6 minutes before reaching a crescendo.

For those who found the music for the final scene of the film a little depressing, "The Reunion" offers an alternative, more uplifting, composition for piano. The CD ends with the slow, mournful tunes of "Epilogue", seemingly reminding us of all that the characters were forced to got through to reach their happy ending.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not his best 17 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Because I am so accustomed to being continually impressed by John Williams’ work, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with War of The Worlds. The soundtrack’s atmosphere and tension is expertly woven such as “Probing the Basement” and the sustained “Escape from the Basket” and the panic is obvious in tracks like “The Intersection and Ferry Scenes” but nothing particularly grabbed me for an eager second listen. My favourite moments are the broken piano solos that echo as if they are lost but these are too few. I was hoping it would grow on me but it hasn’t yet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars War of the Worlds 3 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Whilst I enjoyed the music on this CD I was really looking to obtain the music from the original War of the Worlds soundtrack - this music is very different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling music 24 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's by no means John Williams' best soundtrack, but the fast percussive music is thrilling to listen to, and the slower tracks make the use of chilling bitonality. There are points where the music does not stand alone without the actual picture itself, but the orchestration and effects are superb.
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