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Ender's Game
(2013)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Penka Kouneva
Larry Rench
Philip Klein
Alain Mayrand

Additional Music by:
Jacob Shea

Co-Produced by:
Alex Gibson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 22nd, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your love of power anthems and other film scoring techniques of simplistic, brute force is so unwavering that you can forgive the total lack of intellectual thought posed by Steve Jablonsky's music for this philosophical story.

Avoid it... if you expect any emotional depth or addressing of character turmoil by Jablonsky, who proves that he's much better at serving up generic, dumbed-down music than a respected industry veteran such as, say, James Horner.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,429
WRITTEN 12/27/13
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Ender's Game: (Steve Jablonsky) Imagine the frustration of author Orson Scott Card for a moment. Much of his adult life has been devoted to the concept spawned from his story of Ender's Game over the 1980's and 1990's, and when his fictional universe was finally adapted to the big screen in 2013, not only was the movie an artistic disaster, but all anybody wanted to talk about during the publicity tour for the project was Card's distaste for homosexuality. The fact that Card, a Mormon, would argue against equality for homosexuals in today's world is somewhat amusing given all the heavy philosophical subject matter in Ender's Game, definitely a thinking man's examination of Aristotle's good old factors of ethos, pathos, and logos at the highest of levels. The story exists in Earth's future, when the planet comes under attack from an alien species. Humanity trains its brightest young minds to use video game simulations to prepare them for the upcoming retaliatory war against this species, with unintended consequences and heartbreak for those with any sense of diplomacy. The controversy involving Card's public statements about today's political landscape were just one fraction of the problems faced by Ender's Game; more tellingly, its post-production work was shattered by the reported firing of a significant number of crew members. The finished product was not only boycotted by some viewers because of Card's opinions, but reviews of the adaptation were poor and worldwide box office returns failed to recoup the production's budget and Lionsgate was forced to retract all discussions about a franchise that would have clearly been the intent of this film given Card's wealth of conceptual material and the cliffhanger ending to this first entry. One of the aspects of the film suffering from uncertainty was its soundtrack. At the start of 2013, respected veteran composer James Horner was announced as being attached to Ender's Game, but at roughly the same time as his removal from the badly received 2013 version of Romeo and Juliet in early summer, news broke that Horner was among those dismissed from Ender's Game. Both films suffered significant late rearrangement, and while Horner did record a full score for the earlier Romeo and Juliet, all indications are that he did not record any material for Ender's Game.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:40
• 1. Ender's War (3:27)
• 2. Stay Down (2:42)
• 3. Battle School (1:55)
• 4. Move It Launchies (0:56)
• 5. The Battle Room (3:03)
• 6. Mind Game Part 1 (2:24)
• 7. Salamander Battle (3:34)
• 8. Mind Game Part 2 (3:55)
• 9. Dragon Army (2:44)
• 10. Dragons Win (3:53)
• 11. Bonzo (1:37)
• 12. Ender Quits (6:22)
• 13. Mazer Rackham (2:34)
• 14. Enemy Planet (3:50)
• 15. Command School (2:42)
• 16. Graduation Day (1:28)
• 17. Final Test (6:02)
• 18. Game Over (2:36)
• 19. The Way We Win Matters (6:14)
• 20. Ender's Promise (5:09)
• 21. Commander (3:33)

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