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Hellboy II: The Golden Army
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Jeff Atmajian
Mark McKenzie

Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Additional Music by:
Halli Cauthry
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 15th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a return by Danny Elfman to his days of gothic melodrama, even if the consistency of thematic resonance isn't quite the same.

Avoid it... if you demand firm connections to Marco Beltrami's entertaining score for Hellboy.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #799
WRITTEN 7/26/08
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army: (Danny Elfman) Director Guillermo del Toro returns to the world of Hellboy for his second adventure in four years, following the success of Hellboy with a sequel that cranks up the exotic locations and action sequences to the next level. With the background of the superheroes established in the first film, Hellboy II: The Golden Army takes the same group of misfits under the protection of the FBI (minus the dorky human agent from the first tale) and progresses their narratives into a conflict with the nastiest creatures of the fantasy world, ones just a single artifact away from being unleashed on humanity. The broken truce between humans and the monsters of the night, large and small, gives del Toro the opportunity to do what he does best: dazzle us with amazing visuals of underworlds with giant turning gears (once again) and bizarre creatures that Hellboy must contend with. Critical response to the sequel has been more positive than with the first film, though a few noteworthy holes in the plot have been mentioned. One member of the Hellboy crew who wanted to return for the sequel (but was never asked) was Marco Beltrami, who wrote a stirring score with a memorable theme for that production. Instead, del Toro hired Danny Elfman, still the master of the superhero genre in the Digital Age, to start completely over. Elfman, after several years of less than stellar production, has exploded in 2008 with three remarkable scores in the first half of the year alone. His Philip Glass-like work for Standard Operating Procedure and edgy crossover score for Wanted are impressive in their own ways, but Hellboy II is the kind of score that longtime Elfman collectors will appreciate the most. It's massively orchestral and choral, with rowdy action sequences and beautiful interludes, complimented by several character and location cues of zany instrumentation and rhythm. It even, for good measure, concludes the first statement of the title theme with a big gong hit, raising memories of Elfman's first and best superhero score, Batman.



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Average: 3.4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:25
• 1. Introduction (3:37)
• 2. Hellboy II Titles (1:18)
• 3. Training (1:50)
• 4. The Auction House (2:28)
• 5. Hallway Cruise (1:35)
• 6. Where Fairies Dwell (4:17)
• 7. Teleplasty (1:21)
• 8. Mein Herring (1:05)
• 9. Father and Son (6:02)
• 10. A Link (1:29)
• 11. A Troll Market (1:21)
• 12. Market Troubles (3:41)
• 13. A Big Decision (1:10)
• 14. The Last Elemental (4:11)
• 15. The Spear (1:47)
• 16. A Dilemma (2:55)
• 17. Doorway (3:35)
• 18. A Choice (3:58)
• 19. In the Army Chamber (5:47)
• 20. Finale (6:06)

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