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The Punisher
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Carlo Siliotto

Co-Produced by:
Michael Gerhard

Performed by:
The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
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La-La Land Records
(June 15th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have grown tired of standard superhero music from Hollywood and seek a simple but refreshingly different approach to the heroic tragedy of this concept with diverse instrumental colors and Mediterranean romanticism.

Avoid it... if variations on superhero cliches are tiresome to your ears no matter how uniquely they are repackaged, especially if their instrumentation isn't deep enough to yield the gravity you expect for the genre.
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WRITTEN 7/3/04, REVISED 9/22/11
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The Punisher: (Carlo Siliotto) First appearing as an auxiliary character in a Spiderman comic in 1974, Frank Castle would eventually gain his own comic series and international fame in the mid-1980's. His story being one of emotional torment, Castle is a former decorated Marine who abandons his service when his family is gunned down in cold blood, adopting the persona of "The Punisher" while becoming an expert freelance crime fighter. For the 2004 film adaptation, some of the facts of the original comic were twisted to suit a more modern age, but the table is still set for Castle to become his own superhero of sorts and, in this case, take down the wealthy Florida crime family (and John Travolta, quite entertainingly) which wrongly killed his own. The most important aspect of the Castle character remains intact: his ability to fight as a superhero without any magically unnatural superhero powers. He relies simply upon good hand to hand combat tactics and a mastery of weaponry in order to seek his revenge, an urban version of John Rambo in many regards. Conversely, on the other far end of the spectrum of humanity is Italian composer Carlo Siliotto, a man in his mid-50's at the time who, as he humbly stated, spends most of his time sitting at a piano composing music. It was the mere luck of the phenomenon known as "the distinctive demo tape" that landed Siliotto on the film version of The Punisher. Writer and director Jonathan Hensleigh (in his directorial debut after writing screenplays for several major summer action hits) claims that of all the demo tapes received for The Punisher, Siliotto's entry, an excerpt of a theme from his 1992 score for Flight of the Innocent, was not only different from all the others but also seemed to capture the tragic but equally heroic spirit of the title character. Siliotto, originally an arranger of popular Mediterranean songs, wrote dozens of scores for mostly European films in the 1990's and 2000's, and The Punisher was his first venture into the large stage of mainstream American cinema in a while. He was immensely enthusiastic about this opportunity and therefore put considerable effort into creating a lasting musical identity for Frank Castle. By no means did the composer ultimately write a masterpiece of complexity for The Punisher, but in the simplicity of the score's constructs and raw performances comes a refreshing distinction of good and evil defined in incredibly disparate and clear tones.

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Total Time: 67:41
• 1. The Punisher (0:56)
• 2. Otto Krieg (3:14)
• 3. Unusual Resurrection (1:40)
• 4. Moving (3:09)
• 5. I Can't Believe I'm Home (1:23)
• 6. His Whole Family (1:27)
• 7. The Massacre (5:45)
• 8. Death and Resurrection of Frank Castle (1:47)
• 9. God's Gonna Sit This One Out (3:57)
• 10. Ice Lolly and Meat (1:28)
• 11. You're Gonna Help Me (1:24)
• 12. Entering the Fort (1:58)
• 13. About Your Family/Setting a Trap (3:11)
• 14. A Bomb for John Saint (1:08)
• 15. Good Memories Can Save Your Life (1:13)
• 16. The Thugs (1:30)
• 17. The Torture (3:12)
• 18. Elevator and Headache (1:07)
• 19. A New Family/Joan's Suffering (3:34)
• 20. Quenton's Glass Home (1:32)
• 21. Killing a Best Friend (1:43)
• 22. You Don't Understand... End of a Dark Lady (2:34)
• 23. She Took the Train/Punishment (1:47)
• 24. The Arrow (1:48)
• 25. Both of Them (1:32)
• 26. The Skull (2:34)
• 27. Castle's Loneliness (1:35)
• 28. Call Me "The Punisher" (2:23)
• 29. Jealous One - performed by J.C. Loader (3:52)
• 30. La Donna E' Mobile from 'Rigoletto' - performed by Peter Dvorsky (2:06)

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The insert includes detailed information about the score and film, including notes from the composer and director. The album incorrectly lists total time as 65:37 (seemingly omitting the opera song at the end in the total).
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