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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
(2009)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano

Orchestrated by
John Ashton Thomas
David Metzger
Abraham Libbos

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 19th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you adored the heartwarming spirit and conservative action of the original Night at the Museum score, for the sequel is nearly an identical copy of that formula and its themes.

Avoid it... if you are basically satisfied with the first score and have no interest in owning a completely redundant companion piece.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,355
WRITTEN 6/27/09
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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: (Alan Silvestri) The production of sequels strictly for the purpose of hitting a jackpot twice is an all too common occurrence, and the 2009 follow-up to the tremendously successful Night at the Museum is an example why such endeavors are so tiresome for audiences that don't check their brains at the door. The original 2006 film cleaned house with unexpectedly strong grosses for 20th Century Fox, serving a noble cause in spurring interest in family trips to museums for a short time. The concept of a magic tablet that can make all the items of a museum come to life is one that necessitates that a healthy portion of a $150 million budget be spent on special effects, and it is because of the humor and technical marvels resulting from these creations that the Night at the Museum franchise even exists. The sequel received much of the same audience reception as the original; the studio was careful not to alter the foundational premise of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, aside from choosing a new location with which to animate different exhibits. The result was a stale product, one that is once again too shallow to merit much praise but at least serves a basic purpose at the box office. The same critique applies to Alan Silvestri's music for both films. The veteran composer's motion picture writing has slowed considerably since 2003, with no truly memorable score despite several solid efforts on nearly an annual basis since then. His production in the two and a half years in between the two Night at the Museum films has been especially sparse, and it is because of this relative inactivity that the mundane nature of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian in particular is something of a disappointment. Silvestri obviously collected his paycheck on this film without attempting to radically change his own approach to the concept. His loyalty to franchises throughout his career is admirable, even if the sequels are not. At its best, Silvestri's music for the second Night at the Museum venture revisits some of the ballsy full ensemble and choral tones of 2004's Van Helsing, arguably the composer's last truly remarkable score, and, at its worst, extends the pleasantly orchestral character of his many harmless comedy scores of the 1990's.



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Average: 2.93 Stars
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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Formula
Bruno Costa - November 14, 2010, at 3:30 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:51
• 1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2:38)
• 2. Daley Devices (0:36)
• 3. This Night is Their Last (4:35)
• 4. To Washington (0:37)
• 5. Getting Past Security (1:49)
• 6. Finding Jed and the Others (3:16)
• 7. I Have Come Back to Life (1:04)
• 8. The Tablet (3:25)
• 9. I Smell Adventure (4:31)
• 10. He Doesn't Have All Night (1:46)
• 11. The Adventure Continues (3:25)
• 12. Octavius Attacks (1:22)
• 13. Entering the Air & Space Museum (1:32)
• 14. Escape in Wright Flyer (3:29)
• 15. Got the Combination (2:19)
• 16. Gate to the Underworld (1:02)
• 17. I Ride the Squirrel (1:25)
• 18. On Your Toes (1:54)
• 19. The Battle (1:44)
• 20. Divide the House (1:28)
• 21. Victory is Ours (1:19)
• 22. Goodbye (2:43)
• 23. Museum Open Late (2:02)

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