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K-19: The Widowmaker
(2002)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Valery Gergiev
Blake Neely

Co-Produced by:
Alan Meyerson
Chris Brooks
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(July 16th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2008.
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Buy it... only if you are prepared for an extremely weighty and morbidly depressing score of authentic Russian stature that salutes the topic with an appropriately grim personality.

Avoid it... if you demand an extroverted personality and a spirit of high adventure from your dramatic submarine-related film scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #497
WRITTEN 7/14/02, REVISED 2/25/09
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K-19: The Widowmaker: (Klaus Badelt) Despite its star power and moderate opening, K-19: The Widowmaker lacked long-term momentum in the 2002 summer season, falling behind films with similar action but far more optimistic content. Directed ironically by a female director, Katherine Bigelow (another of James Cameron's former wives), the ultra serious plot resembles a combination of Thirteen Days and Crimson Tide, conveying a cold war conflict inspired by real life and also dealing with the environment of a possible mutiny against the backdrop of nuclear annihilation. The two conflicting top officers of K-19: The Widowmaker are played by Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson (with questionable accents), and because of the literally grave decisions they must make when the pride of the Soviet nuclear submarine fleet suffers a radioactive accident and incarcerates them in a cold, grisly tomb, their performances of morbidly restrained. The same grim personality extends to the music for K-19: The Widowmaker as well. Submarine films and their scores had always aroused excitement for movie-goers more than many other war-related genre, and the recent cult status of the music for The Hunt for Red October and Crimson Tide had raised hopes that K-19: The Widowmaker would continue the same spirit of adventure. That obviously and understandably wasn't the case. Despite early advertisements indicating that Hans Zimmer would handle the score for this film (leading to grumbling speculation over whether audiences would simply hear a more serious reprise of Crimson Tide), a close student and friend of Zimmer's would ultimately end up with the assignment. Klaus Badelt had reached beyond his supporting role as a Zimmer assistant and co-composer with The Time Machine earlier in 2002, a diverse and impressively dynamic score despite its inherent problems in the area of originality. Previously, Badelt had contributed his talents in smaller roles to blockbuster Zimmer scores such as Hannibal, Pearl Harbor, and Gladiator. As Badelt took another step away from his former occupational role (and the blatant electronic sound that had defined it), much anticipation surrounded his solo efforts, and K-19 was no exception.



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Badelt will never be the next Zimmer   Expand >>
Sucklefish - April 14, 2008, at 9:30 p.m.
2 comments  (2327 views)
Newest: July 29, 2009, at 5:53 p.m. by
Alans Zimvestri
Badelt's "Pirates..." soundtrack is by far his best!   Expand >>
Geoffrey - July 11, 2003, at 10:45 a.m.
6 comments  (8005 views)
Newest: July 29, 2009, at 5:56 p.m. by
Alans Zimvestri
K-19 trailer theme   Expand >>
Trent - May 19, 2003, at 12:47 p.m.
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Newest: September 11, 2003, at 6:22 a.m. by
Levente Benedek
Please help me someone!
Aaron - April 2, 2003, at 3:34 p.m.
1 comment  (1878 views)
Why it works!
Angelo - January 18, 2003, at 4:29 p.m.
1 comment  (1777 views)
Please answer my question!!!   Expand >>
Alex Yakovlev - October 25, 2002, at 1:30 a.m.
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Newest: October 28, 2002, at 1:05 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 68:59
• 1. Fear - Largo I (4:03)
• 2. Fate - Adagio II (2:42)
• 3. War - Allegro III (3:39)
• 4. Soul - Misterioso IV (5:30)
• 5. Home (4:01)
• 6. Heroes (8:20)
• 7. Journey (13:11)
• 8. Capt. Alexi Vostrikov (2:05)
• 9. Missile Launch - The Rescue (10:00)
• 10. Reactor - Selections from "Voices of Light": Victory at Orleans, Interrogation, Abjuration, Relapse, Karitas, The Final Walk* (8:06)
• 11. Reunion (7:17)
* written by Richard Einhorn

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the film's director and executive producer mostly about, curiously, the other aspects of the film's production and not the score.
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