- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard) Soundtrack
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Top Customer Reviews
RIP Heath Ledger.
All in all a brilliant piece of work, well worth buying the more expensive package for the second disc.
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?
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!
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.
Music by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard
Warner Bros Records (RT 73:37)
Certainly the most enjoyable film of the year; however - is the music as enjoyable?
Track 1: Why So Serious starts the disc off on a siren-like noise with alternating strings coupled with driving bass segments, starting off the bank heist at the start of the film. It's a powerful, fast sequence with a 4-note repeating rhythm and the score matches the action perfectly. As we find out later, this is the main theme for the Joker. 2: I'm not a Hero opens with dancing strings and some powerful bass movements repeating the main theme for Batman from Batman Begins only briefly, then it changes for synth thuds, building the strings as Batman finally nears his quarry. Zimmer then introduces brief flurries of heavy brass covering the main action with another statement of Batman's main theme.
3: Harvey Two Face builds gentle, noble strings for the Gotham D.A. Sprinkling this theme with piano, Zimmer and Howard create the mood of a noble, yet twisted man, building the theme to a 6-note motif for the character midway through the piece and then repeating on piano. It's a lovely piece of music - tragic yet noble. The next track, 4: Aggressive Expansion rolls in a powerful statement for Batman in flight, on heavy brass, bass and strings, then low synth, strings and a rolling 6-note motif on the strings for Batman's forceful grabbing of the Mob's banker. The siren-like music heralds the Joker's arrival in 5: Always a Catch, and the Harvey music resurfaces again in 6: Blood on my Hands. Terror strikes in 7: A Little Push, with the Joker exerting his influence on the mob bosses.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it, Hans Zimmer at his best.
I mean I loved the film, and the soundtrack it was just excellent at hitting the right mood at the right time(But with a composer like... Read more
The Vinyl version has vastly superior mastering compared to the brickwalled CD, airy, expansive and dynamic.
If you can afford it and play it back, go for it!
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SOUNDTRACKS. HAD TO BUY THE COLLECTORS EDITION JUST TO HAVE THE EXTRA TRACKS TO ENRICH THE EXPERIENCE. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.Published 11 months ago by DAWP
The album has a richer sound than the cd and came excellently packaged in great condition.Published 13 months ago by d.mac