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Robin Hood
(2010)
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:
Marc Streitenfeld

Conducted by:
Ben Foster

Orchestrated by:
Benjamin Wallfisch
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 11th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you heard specific pieces of music in the context of the film that made you quiver in delight, because otherwise you're likely to be underwhelmed by this score's bland, passionless personality on album.

Avoid it... if for you the concept demands true charisma, romance, and enthusiasm, none of which is evident in this work of derivative, repetitive, and basic thematic constructs, lifeless performances, and no defining narrative structure.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,232
WRITTEN 5/24/10
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Robin Hood: (Marc Streitenfeld) Director Ridley Scott had never been an enthusiast of previous adaptations of the Robin Hood legend to the big screen, and after unsuccessfully attempting to purchase the rights to a script titled "Nottingham" and owned by Universal in 2007, he eventually agreed to direct the new version rather than strictly produce. Significant input from Scott and lead actor Russell Crowe, however, caused both extensive changes to the script and a total halt to production, delaying the release of the film from 2009 to 2010. The different angle explores the character of Robin Longstride's role in the Crusades and the civil war in England that followed in the power vacuum left by Richard the Lionheart. History is poorly served in this adaptation of Robin Hood, culminating in an invasion by King Philip of France that never really happened, though with King John of England declaring Robin and his cohorts as outlaws at the end of the film, the legend of the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest is at least given its origin on screen. The altered history was among many reasons why Robin Hood fared rather poorly with critics, and Crowe reinforced his reputation by walking out of a BBC interview in which his English accent was questioned. One of the more relevant criticisms of the film in relation to its music was the production's rather grim vision of a tale that has always relied more heavily on substantial romantic appeal. Scott hired composer Marc Streitenfeld for what easily became the most high-profile project of his short career. Having served as a music editor and advisor to Scott for his productions as far back as Gladiator, Streitenfeld was the music supervisor for Kingdom of Heaven (which is not a compliment, considering how Harry Gregson-Williams' superior music was maimed and partially replaced in that picture) before taking over as the regular composing collaborator for Scott in 2006. The German is yet another artist making a name for himself after working with Hans Zimmer in the early 2000's, and it's not surprising to hear him conjure up and repeat some of the stylistic mannerisms evident in other supporters of Zimmer's style of blockbuster methodology. Undoubtedly, Robin Hood is Streitenfeld's introduction to the mainstream of film music interest, and it's truly disappointing to hear him regurgitate tired musical sounds and reflecting the film's lack of true passion.



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John - June 1, 2010, at 12:11 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:27
• 1. Destiny (3:35)
• 2. Creatures (2:09)
• 3. Fate Has Smiled Upon Us (2:01)
• 4. Godfrey (3:32)
• 5. Ambush (1:14)
• 6. Pact Sworn in Blood (2:52)
• 7. Returning the Crown (1:13)
• 8. Planting the Fields (1:17)
• 9. Sherwood Forest (2:19)
• 10. John is King (4:01)
• 11. Robin Speaks (2:31)
• 12. Killing Walter (1:58)
• 13. Nottingham Burns (2:11)
• 14. Siege (2:09)
• 15. Landing of the French (2:46)
• 16. Walter's Burial (3:04)
• 17. Preparing For Battle (2:38)
• 18. Charge (1:18)
• 19. Clash (2:41)
• 20. The Final Arrow (2:29)
• 21. The Legend Begins (1:27)
• 22. Merry Men (1:48)

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