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Hellboy
(2004)
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2004 Varèse
2016 Varèse
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Performed by:
The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bill Boston
Chris Guardino
Randy Kerber
Jon Kull
Carlos Rodriguez
Ceiri Jorjussen
Marcus Trumpp
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(April 6th, 2004)

Varèse Sarabande
(September 19th, 2016)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2004 Varèse album is a regular U.S. release. The 2016 Club album is limited to 3,000 copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $27.
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Buy it... if you desire one of Marco Beltrami's most rounded and entertaining career achievements, extending his orchestral and choral talents to both majestic and carnival-like ends in an alternately quirky and awesome superhero score.

Avoid it... on the original 2004 album at all costs unless you desire badly incomplete film score presentations and obnoxious clicking sounds; seek only the outstanding 2016 expansion if you have any interest in this music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #402
WRITTEN 5/8/04, REVISED 3/18/17
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Hellboy: (Marco Beltrami) Yet another comic book hero, this time from the Dark Horse realm, used an oversized fist to punch his way onto the big screen in 2004, and while the contemporary, supernatural Hellboy may not have been as widely known as other comic favorites, his cinematic debut fared well enough for Sony to launch a franchise based on the concept. Director Guillermo Del Toro brought to life this tale of a "Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense" where freaks with special powers are raised to fight for good causes, begging questions about the redundancy of these folks, the X-Men, Mutant X, and all the other weird fighters out there in the shadows. One such freakish character is Hellboy, a mammoth demon with horns who was bred by Nazis during World War II (of course, why is it always Nazis? Why not the Communists? Or radical Muslims? Or, better yet, the American military?) to unleash senseless evil upon the planet. But under the care of the father-like leader of this mysterious Bureau, Hellboy resists attempts to lure him back to the dark side and fights on the behalf of an oblivious society. Along for the ride are his companion freaks, one of which the obligatory love interest, and betrayal is inevitable in this tale of unusual powers. It's typical comic book fluff for sure, and Del Toro reunited with his Mimic and Blade II composer, Marco Beltrami, to provide the score for Hellboy. Beltrami had, for the prior decade, seemed content dwelling in the foggy musical depths of pop culture horror flicks, with the Scream trilogy serving as starting point for other Beltrami works such as Mimic, Resident Evil, Joy Ride, and a dozen other nearly nameless scores. In 2003 came Beltrami's first major break into the blockbuster scoring scene, receiving the assignment for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines after much turmoil in the selection process for a composer to continue that franchise. Even for supporters of Beltrami's career, Terminator 3 was a muddled failure to grasp a great opportunity, with only a mediocre effort provided for the hit project. Fortunately, the project catapulted the composer on to several subsequent franchise-like assignments, and those disappointed by Terminator 3 were treated to a significant improvement in Hellboy.



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***** 362 5 Stars
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Brass Section (Skywalker Symphony Orchestra)
N.R.Q. - June 2, 2007, at 8:41 a.m.
1 comment  (2952 views)
Dramatic,dark,suspenseful and haunting music
Sheridan - August 22, 2006, at 2:28 p.m.
1 comment  (2654 views)
Lets even the score   Expand >>
Noteguy - January 16, 2005, at 4:13 p.m.
2 comments  (4198 views)
Newest: March 13, 2005, at 1:24 p.m. by
dagwill
Hellboy's Heroic Theme
Josh - November 9, 2004, at 3:42 a.m.
1 comment  (2388 views)
Filmtracks equates Nazis and Communists with the American Military?
Julio Gomez - October 11, 2004, at 6:26 a.m.
1 comment  (2036 views)
Alternate review of Hellboy at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - September 3, 2004, at 10:16 a.m.
1 comment  (2050 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2004 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:06
• 1. Oct. 7th, 1944 (1:18)
• 2. Meet Hellboy (1:29)
• 3. Main Title (1:06)
• 4. Snow Walkers (2:22)
• 5. Liz Sherman (2:26)
• 6. Fireproof (1:34)
• 7. Rooftop Tango (1:13)
• 8. Wake Up Dead (3:19)
• 9. Evil Doers (2:44)
• 10. Kroenen's Lied (1:57)
• 11. Father's Funeral (2:03)
• 12. Alley Fight (3:11)
• 13. Nazis (2:43)
• 14. Investigating Liz (3:22)
• 15. Abe Sapien (1:28)
• 16. Mechanical Mausoleum (0:41)
• 17. Soul Sucker (3:31)
• 18. Stand By Your Man (2:32)
• 19. Hellboy & Liz (2:46)
• 20. B.P.R.D. (2:58)
2016 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 122:01

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 2004 album includes a note from the director about the score and a list of performers. The track times listed on that product's packaging are not always correct. The insert of the 2016 album includes extensive information about the score and film.
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