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Red Dragon
(2002)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
David Slonaker
Edgardo Simone
Bruce Fowler

Co-Produced by:
Ellen Segal
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca Records
(September 24th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you appreciated the functionality of the score in the film, because it has few attributes to please the majority of mainstream Danny Elfman collectors on album.

Avoid it... if you expect any sense of energy, power, imagination, intrigue, and a certain intellectual deviousness to appropriately accompany the tones of suspense in a Hannibal Lecter film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #352
WRITTEN 9/25/02, REVISED 1/18/09
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Red Dragon: (Danny Elfman) If ever there was a totally unnecessary franchise film that existed solely for the purpose of studio pocketbooks, it would be Red Dragon. After 1991's Silence of the Lambs and 2001's Hannibal, Universal (the same studio that had just dragged the concept of The Mummy through another unnecessary sequel) opted to remake Michael Mann's 1986 film Manhunter for the expressed purpose of wrapping up the saga of Hannibal Lecter films with Anthony Hopkins delivering the dialogue and slithering his tongue in a nicely rounded trilogy. Technically, the story of Red Dragon is a prequel to the other two, existing when Lecter is still captured and in verbal sparring with the man who captured him. It is with his help that an all-star cast is spun into action and seeking to hunt down another maniacal killer on the loose. Unfortunately, that case could not salvage a poorly paced script and terribly shot direction by Brett Ratner, a man who exposed himself to be far more appropriate for his Rush Hour endeavors. With many audiences and critics still harboring positive memories of Manhunter, it isn't surprising that Red Dragon, buried by the studio in an early autumn debut, received a distinctly cold reception. Perhaps the public was finally exhausted of the sight of Hopkins' Lecter on billboards and buses. Musically speaking, Red Dragon represented yet another different composer in the series. Hans Zimmer's Hannibal proved (along with From Hell in 2001) that a horror film (and more specifically, a Lecter-related film) can benefit from an engaging and interesting score. The album for Hannibal was a strong seller out of the gates, partly due to Zimmer and Klaus Badelt's haunting score and partly due to the quotes by Hopkins throughout its contents (a choice by the label that irritated a few Zimmer die-hards, but seemed to please the mass population of movie-goers). Danny Elfman, at the time an (if not the) icon of the darker side of contemporary film music, is brought in to score Red Dragon. At least Ratner didn't hire regular collaborator Lalo Schifrin for this one (though Schifrin does make a cameo in the film).



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2,522 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.62 Stars
***** 286 5 Stars
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Logos music
Gav - July 29, 2003, at 2:49 p.m.
1 comment  (2505 views)
Song in Introduction   Expand >>
S - January 23, 2003, at 2:55 a.m.
5 comments  (4045 views)
Newest: July 29, 2007, at 6:43 p.m. by
conradbrean
A very powerful, intense score
Jon G. - November 9, 2002, at 2:29 p.m.
1 comment  (1774 views)
Stop it!
Defrère Jérémy - November 8, 2002, at 4:32 a.m.
1 comment  (1751 views)
Elfman ànd Zimmer are the best composers at the moment...   Expand >>
Peter Van Riet - November 1, 2002, at 4:24 a.m.
3 comments  (2507 views)
Newest: April 30, 2003, at 11:30 a.m. by
byro
Very very very GOOD
ozzy_lennon - October 30, 2002, at 6:10 a.m.
1 comment  (1712 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:15
• 1. Logos (0:49)
• 2. The Revelation (2:41)
• 3. Main Titles (2:59)
• 4. The Cell (3:26)
• 5. The Old Mansion (4:45)
• 6. The Address (1:41)
• 7. We're Different (1:25)
• 8. The Note (2:47)
• 9. Enter the Dragon (5:52)
• 10. Threats (2:23)
• 11. Tiger Balls (1:32)
• 12. Love on a Couch (5:08)
• 13. Devouring the Dragon (3:43)
• 14. The Fire (4:33)
• 15. The Book (0:34)
• 16. He's Back! (6:07)
• 17. End Credits Suite (6:43)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The product is an "Enhanced" CD containing interviews with Elfman, director Brett Ratner, and Anthony Hopkins.
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