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The Expendables 2
(2012)
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2012 Lionsgate
2012 Silva Screen
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
Alan Wilson
Marian Turner

Orchestrated by:
Dana Niu
Robert Lydecker
Tony Morales
Sarah Schachner

Performed by:
The Slovakia National Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Lionsgate Records
(America)
(August 14th, 2012)

Silva Screen Records
(Europe)
(September 25th, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular commercial release, initially available from Lionsgate in America only as an iTunes digital product. The European CD album from Silva Screen was released five weeks later. The musical contents of these albums are identical.
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Buy it... if you seek yet another predictably workmanlike, three-star effort from Brian Tyler, whose career in the action genre has become defined by entertaining music that is as reliable as it is anonymous.

Avoid it... if you expect a continued presence of the previous score's majestic, choral-aided sequences of thematic bravado, the same identities present in the sequel but not expressed with the same obvious grandeur.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,241
WRITTEN 9/20/12
Tyler
Tyler
The Expendables 2: (Brian Tyler) Anytime the production of an action movie leaves a trail of carnage that includes dead stunt men and complaints about environmental devastation in remote regions, you know there's a good chance for entertainment from the finished product. While Sylvester Stallone did not direct this, the sequel to 2010's The Expendables, he remained its figurehead and lead actor, assisting to collect another phenomenal ensemble cast of past action stars featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This group chases about the world on government and personal missions, seeking revenge for fallen comrades and possession of Soviet-era plutonium. The formula of senseless explosions and even more senseless humor was once again a winner for the franchise, the self-deprecating laughs, often involving the history of each actor in other roles, an especially worthy attraction. Critics appreciated this stream of funnies, though most agreed that the overall premise is, as one might expect, lacking much intellectual merit. Indeed, a stunt man did die and another was maimed while The Expendables 2 was shot in Bulgaria, leading to a wrongful death lawsuit. In the process of filming in a cave in that country, the production apparently killed protected shrubberies and the majority of the native bat population, too, causing fines and condemnation from an outraged Bulgarian government. Not to be daunted by such trifles, Stallone and crew immediately began planning a second sequel in the franchise as the 2012 entry hauled in massive returns, leading to speculation about which of yesteryear's action heroes were next in line for resurrection. Composer Brian Tyler continued a collaboration with Stallone for The Expendables that had resulted after the actor-director's approval of the score for Rambo a couple of years earlier. The resulting music for the 2010 flick was a comfortable fit with the purpose of the production, raising traditional orchestral action techniques while enjoying an infusion of Tyler's occasionally more modern, bad-ass elements. Although absolutely relentless in its bombastic force and unyielding rhythmic propulsion, the music for The Expendables was a surprisingly intelligent throwback to a previous era of action scores, occasionally exposing Tyler's lingering affinity for the mannerisms of Jerry Goldsmith. For The Expendables 2, the formula is, not unexpectedly, mostly the same.

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259 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.2 Stars
***** 54 5 Stars
**** 64 4 Stars
*** 61 3 Stars
** 42 2 Stars
* 38 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:45
• 1. The Expendables Return (4:40)
• 2. Fists, Knives and Chains (3:05)
• 3. Track 'Em, Find 'Em, Kill 'Em (4:54)
• 4. Making an Entrance (4:08)
• 5. Respect (3:58)
• 6. Rest in Pieces (2:55)
• 7. Preparations (3:15)
• 8. Party Crashers (5:19)
• 9. Rescue (4:43)
• 10. Countdown (4:25)
• 11. Bad Way to Live (3:41)
• 12. Vilain (2:42)
• 13. Dueling Blades (4:32)
• 14. Escape (4:28)

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The insert of neither album includes extra information about the score or film.
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