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Fantastic Four
(2015)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:

Co-Composed by:
Philip Glass

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andrew Kinney
Jon Kull
Mark Graham
Rossano Galante
Dana Niu
Richard Bronskill

Additional Music by:
Miles Hankins
Brandon Roberts
Marcus Trumpp
Buck Sanders
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(August 14th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have an undying urge to hear Marco Beltrami adapt the mannerisms of Philip Glass in a context that the latter's music was probably too ill-suited to function within because of its quirky, cerebral nature.

Avoid it... if you expect Beltrami to crank out anything more than basic workmanlike muck for this disastrous picture, leaving only the faint echoes of Glass' earlier involvement to retain your interest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,640
WRITTEN 11/12/15
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Fantastic Four: (Marco Beltrami/Philip Glass) One must despise contractual conundrums that arise when a studio is forced to produce a motion picture simply for the reason of avoiding the loss of its rights to a concept. That's the situation faced by 20th Century Fox, which has to crank out a certain number of films in the Fantastic Four franchise or the rights to that series will revert to Marvel Studios. From the looks of the 2015 reboot of the cinematic Fantastic Four adaptation, Fox might have been attempting to create an intentionally hideous film, and it's something of a miracle that the end result managed to scrape together enough earnings to make a sequel to itself initially deemed viable. Fox allowed relative newcomer Josh Trank to take the helm of the concept, and his vision of the world for the Storm family and their associates was decidedly grim, perhaps not a surprise given the director's obsession with the darkly philosophical side of David Cronenberg. The humorless, rather depressing script was blasted by critics and audiences alike, and this despite frantic efforts by the studio, after five years of development on the project, to salvage it with extensive reshoots early in 2015. The actual plot doesn't really matter by this point in the franchise, though there is obligatory character reintroductions, a colleague-turned-enemy, and a convenient alternate universe in which that villain can thrive and be thrust back into at the end. The lack of any real star power is also an oddity, even after the studio attempted to haul in some decent supporting players in the beginning. A cameo by Donald Trump might have been advisable. Not surprisingly, Trank managed to muddy the picture with his desire for a more thought-provoking score than the usual Hollywood blockbuster fare. Having little experience with film scoring, he had the intriguing notion of hiring a 77-year-old Philip Glass to bust the balls of audience members with cerebral music. It was a potent idea intellectually, and the studio agreed to the experiment, but only to an extent. Glass, while classified as a minimalist in many generalizations about his career, is better defined as a master of repetitive musical structures, and his knack for undulating, churning rhythmic figures would seem on the surface to be a natural match for this era's obsession with ostinato movement in superhero contexts. Along the route to realizing Trank's vision, however, Glass was ultimately relegated to simply providing the main thematic identities and a few of his trademark rhythmic flourishes to a score that was ultimately thrown together in more conventional ways by veteran Hollywood fixer Marco Beltrami.



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Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 66:20
• 1. Fantastic Four Prelude (5:16)
• 2. The Garage (2:26)
• 3. The Unveiling (1:03)
• 4. Baxter (2:45)
• 5. "All My Faith" (0:45)
• 6. The Lab (0:53)
• 7. Meeting of the Minds (0:53)
• 8. It Begins (0:34)
• 9. Building the Future (2:49)
• 10. Launch One (3:11)
• 11. Neil Armstrong (2:57)
• 12. Maiden Voyage (1:56)
• 13. Footprints (4:00)
• 14. "Run" (2:38)
• 15. Ben's Drop (2:27)
• 16. Real World Applications (1:39)
• 17. Under Pressure (1:01)
• 18. The Search (1:58)
• 19. "You're Going to Like This One" (1:10)
• 20. Father and Son (1:49)
• 21. Return (2:42)
• 22. He's Awake (6:55)
• 23. Pursuit (3:01)
• 24. Strength in Numbers (5:17)
• 25. End Titles (6:15)

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