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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
John Ashton Thomas

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek

Additional Original Music by:
Chistopher Willis
Adam Smalley
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Summit Entertainment
(November 27th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you were impressed by Carter Burwell's embrace of mainstream orchestral fantasy techniques in Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and desire an even greater dose of such tones uncharacteristic of his traditional writing style, including impressive choral additions.

Avoid it... if you never bought into Burwell's assignment of electric guitars for vampires, warlike percussion for werewolves, and elusively meandering piano lullabies for the romance, all of which carried to their natural conclusion here.
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WRITTEN 12/1/12
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: (Carter Burwell) Fortunately, for the intellectually curious citizens of the planet we call Earth, the "small but perfect piece of our forever" known as Stephenie Meyer's "The Twilight Saga" comes to an overdue conclusion on screen with 2012's entry, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. There really is no understating just how ridiculously stupid this franchise's writing has always been, whether in book form or for the movie adaptations, both consisting of an abundance of conversational romance or discussions of the vampire/werewolf mythos without a smidge of intelligence beyond the author's keen ability to tap into the mindset of disgruntled teenagers. The movie versions of "The Twilight Saga" have milked these hapless fools of billions of dollars despite a monumental, worldwide economic recession, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 returning its budget within days and surpassing half a billion dollars in grosses within two weeks. The plot of this final film includes more conversational brooding and starry-eyed young fornicators accomplishing little in the practical realm, a lack of satisfying displays of flesh at least countered by CGI werewolf effects that aren't as laughable as they had been previously in the franchise. The leading love triangle and their allies spend much of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 attempting to hide from the vampires that run the worldwide show, but director Bill Condon, Meyer, and co-writer Melissa Rosenberg are sure to throw in a massive battle sequence at the climax that, with its major, deceptive twist at the end, is sure to displease many viewers. The music of the movies in this franchise has always been dominated by song placements, and Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is no exception. More than a dozen, mostly innocuous pop insertions exist in this film, five of which reserved for the end credits. Over the course of these films, the score composers involved have made varying attempts to blend the tone of their contribution with the songs, Carter Burwell among the most adept at that synchronization. His music for the initial film in 2008 was a challenging listening experience in these regards, the contemporary elements detracting from his orchestral half, though by Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in 2011, he had found a much better (and remarkably impressive) balance of the two disparate musical identities in the overarching story. On the other hand, singular, more classically inclined scores tendered by Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore proved to irritate concept purists who had embraced Burwell's more natural fit with the prevailing style of Twilight.

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Average: 3 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
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Not enough nudity
IndianaSchwartz - April 1, 2013, at 8:16 a.m.
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Total Time: 63:09
• 1. Twilight Overture* (3:02)
• 2. A World Bright and Buzzing (1:12)
• 3. The Lamb Hunts the Lion (1:59)
• 4. Meet Renesmee (2:43)
• 5. Here Goes Nothing (0:59)
• 6. Sparkles at Last (1:04)
• 7. Catching Snowflakes (1:41)
• 8. The Immortal Children (2:01)
• 9. Merchant of Venice (0:44)
• 10. Into the White (1:04)
• 11. Renesmee's Lullaby/Something Terrible (3:03)
• 12. A Way With the World (1:38)
• 13. The Amazon Arrives (1:00)
• 14. A Yankee Vampire (1:07)
• 15. Cloud Forest (1:23)
• 16. Witnesses (1:37)
• 17. We Will Fight (0:57)
• 18. Shield Training (2:09)
• 19. At Bedtime a Child Asks About Death (1:14)
• 20. Decoding Alice (1:45)
• 21. The Driving Question (1:09)
• 22. Present Time (2:11)
• 23. This Extraordinary Life (2:11)
• 24. Gathering in Snow (2:45)
• 25. She is Not Immortal (0:53)
• 26. Reading Edward (0:55)
• 27. Magnifica (1:10)
• 28. Irina Loses Her Head (2:52)
• 29. Aro's Oration (2:48)
• 30. A Kick in the Head (0:58)
• 31. Exacueret Nostri Dentes in Filia (1:48)
• 32. Chasing Renesmee (1:20)
• 33. A Crack in the Earth* (2:24)
• 34. Aro's End* (1:52)
• 35. That's Your Future (0:52)
• 36. Such a Prize (3:25)
* contains music by additional composers

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The insert includes a list of performers (arranged incomprehensibly) and a note from Burwell about the score.
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