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King Arthur
(2004)
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Co-Composed by:

Co-Composed and Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith
Rupert Gregson-Williams

Vocal Solos Performed by:
Moya Brennan

Produced by:
Bob Badami
Trevor Morris
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Hollywood Records
(July 27th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your elevated testosterone levels demand hearing the new age vocal elements of Gladiator and the masculine force of Crimson Tide elevated to their most bloated, melodramatic heights.

Avoid it... if you are instead waiting for Hans Zimmer to write a complex and original large-scale action score to transcend his familiar chord progressions and extremely basic structures that blow you over with symphonic and synthetic force.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #141
WRITTEN 7/23/04, REVISED 9/20/11
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King Arthur: (Hans Zimmer/Various) In the post-Gladiator age of history dissertations adapted into hugely muscular blockbuster films, King Arthur seems to fit the mould quite appropriately. Written by Gladiator's David Franzoni, directed by Training Day's Antoine Fuqua, and produced by the outrageously well-funded Jerry Bruckheimer, King Arthur is an attempt to take the legend of Camelot and provide the "true story" behind it, the historical drama at the core of the commonly embraced modern myth. Unfortunately, it's difficult to really accomplish that purpose when expert historians argue about whether or not Arthur even existed. That's irrelevant to Bruckheimer, however, and in his effort to reproduce the mass appeal of Gladiator four years later, he served eager viewers a King Arthur tale soiled with mud, short on wizardry, and injected with modern standards of feminism. Soured critical response and a surprisingly drab audience appreciation greeted King Arthur with much of the same ambivalence shown Troy earlier in the same year, the 2004 movie failing to recoup its budget domestically. Unlike Troy, however, King Arthur does have a more interesting and convincing ensemble performance. The contribution of composer Hans Zimmer to the latter project is one that could have been predicted four years ahead of time, with a regurgitation of style that matches Fuqua's stereotypical shaky-camera/quick-cuts methodology shot for shot. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Fuqua and Bruckheimer sought Zimmer's services not only to perpetuate a successful past collaboration, but to reprise the ideas of Gladiator in an even more dramatically powerful sound. One could imagine Bruckheimer saying during a spotting session, "I want Gladiator with even more testosterone." The composer accomplished that task, in part with the assistance of co-composers and conductors Nick Glennie-Smith and Rupert Gregson-Williams, two Media Ventures regulars. That production house was, incidentally, undergoing a change of name to "Remote Control" at about this time, an event resulting from a lawsuit between Zimmer and Media Ventures co-founder Jay Rifkin. Regardless of this turmoil behind the scenes, the music to emanate from Zimmer and his crew for King Arthur is as consistent and predictable as ever.



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Music with balls!
Richard Kleiner - November 15, 2010, at 4:38 p.m.
1 comment  (1142 views)
K.A. Expanded Score!
Nicholas A. Spreitzer - November 6, 2006, at 7:01 a.m.
1 comment  (2373 views)
Budget Meeting joke title
Requiett - July 30, 2006, at 10:04 a.m.
1 comment  (2021 views)
Another good Zimmer soundtrack
ChrisS - March 28, 2006, at 5:07 a.m.
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Unknown tune
Baligh Sleiman - September 14, 2005, at 9:19 a.m.
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galloping horses
charlie - August 24, 2005, at 3:03 a.m.
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Total Time: 57:48
• 1. Tell Me Now (What You See) - performed by Moya Brennan (4:34)
• 2. Woad to Ruin (11:31)
• 3. Do You Think I'm Saxon? (8:42)
• 4. Hold the Ice (5:42)
• 5. Another Brick in Hadrian's Wall (7:11)
• 6. Budget Meeting (9:43)
• 7. All of Them! (10:24)

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