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Hulk
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrations Supervised by:
Steve Bartek

Vocals by:
Natacha Atlas
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(June 17th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have ever wondered what it would sound like to watch the Hulk chased to music you'd otherwise hear in either documentaries about ancient religions or elephant hunts in Africa.

Avoid it... if you are hoping to hear focused and dynamic themes in Hulk that reach back to Elfman's glory days in the superhero genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #177
WRITTEN 6/8/03, REVISED 3/8/09
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Hulk: (Danny Elfman) Spawned from the original Marvel comic and a cultish 1970's television show, the first film adaptation of the character in 2003 was a task presented to Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, the acclaimed director behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense and Sensibility. The feeling of the studio was that Lee would use his strongly rooted sense of drama to keep Hulk as character-driven as possible, without allowing the film to digress into a CGI spectacle. Ironically, the studio eventually claimed that there wasn't enough action, not to mention eventual fan uproar about a rather fake-looking CGI hulk, and Lee pulled his hair out in frustration over the project. While the finished version of Hulk wasn't a monumental fiscal disaster, attracting some positive reviews from critics, fans of the concept abandoned it with disdain. So thoroughly disregarded was this film that when the concept was resurrected in 2008 as The Incredible Hulk, that production ensued as though the Lee version had never existed. It was a cinematic disaster story of the highest order, extending so far as the title of the film itself (some versions of press materials and posters called the film The Hulk while others went simply with Hulk). Arguably the most interesting casualty of Universal's last minute search for an answer was composer Mychael Danna. Contrary to many reports at the time, Danna, who had been one of Lee's regular collaborators and good friend on many projects, did indeed record a score for Hulk. It was by no means your typical superhero music, either. Encouraged by Lee to explore an compellingly worldly avenue for the title character (an instruction that must have seemed like a piece of cake for a man who writes such music in his sleep), Danna completed a work that contained a significant Arabic personality, though his Middle-Eastern vocals and employment of the Armenian duduk sometimes yielded to massive orchestral outbursts and even ripping electric guitar cues of contemporary appeal. Perhaps it's understandable why the studio was horrified by this music, but why then did they hire Lee to direct this project? Lee was obviously fond of the score, but after disastrous test screenings, the studio was ready for a big name replacement in the film's music department.



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4,830 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.45 Stars
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**** 491 4 Stars
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Alternate Review at Best Original Scores
orion_mk3 - March 4, 2015, at 12:33 p.m.
1 comment  (545 views)
Underrated score.
hewhomustnotbenamed - May 6, 2012, at 10:32 p.m.
1 comment  (900 views)
Orchestrations
Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - August 31, 2004, at 7:32 p.m.
1 comment  (2778 views)
Hey!
oystein - April 26, 2004, at 2:25 a.m.
1 comment  (2570 views)
The Original Television Series Hulk is Better than this lousy excuse of a film!
Acehit - March 22, 2004, at 10:57 p.m.
1 comment  (2194 views)
This score is a Goldenthal rip-off!   Expand >>
Heinrich Anistase - December 19, 2003, at 12:07 a.m.
2 comments  (3357 views)
Newest: July 2, 2004, at 5:45 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 63:50
• 1. Main Titles (4:36)
• 2. Prologue (4:38)
• 3. Betty's Dream (2:14)
• 4. Bruce's Memories (2:45)
• 5. Captured (3:41)
• 6. Dad's Visit (2:15)
• 7. Hulk Out (4:00)
• 8. Father Knows Best (3:34)
• 9. ...Making Me Angry (4:02)
• 10. Gentle Giant (1:02)
• 11. Hounds of Hell (3:47)
• 12. The Truth Revealed (4:19)
• 13. Hulk's Freedom (2:36)
• 14. A Man Again (7:48)
• 15. The Lake Battle (4:32)
• 16. The Aftermath (0:56)
• 17. The Phone Call (1:34)
• 18. End Credits (1:13)
• 19. Set Me Free - performed by Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner (4:09)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film but does unfold into a scary mini-poster for the film.
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Yeah, what's up with Bruce Banner's convenient ultra-stretch pants/shorts/boxers? Logic dictates that those things would snap right off. Naked monster alert!
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