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Van Helsing
(2004)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
William Ross
David Slonaker
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca Records
(May 4th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek to hear Alan Silvestri's continuing journey into the realm of monumentally immense and exciting action writing for full orchestra and choir.

Avoid it... if you try to avoid scores that knock you over the head with their forceful demeanor, blunt action rhythms, constant pounding, and obvious themes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #91
WRITTEN 4/23/04, REVISED 4/7/09
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Van Helsing: (Alan Silvestri) Launching the 2004 summer movie season with some serious biting power, Van Helsing slashed into theatres as yet another post-2000 entry in the genre of comic-style vampire, werewolf, and monster battles. Director Stephen Sommers left behind the desert of his The Mummy films and headed to the stark, black versus black world of Transylvania, where Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) and his appropriately butt-kicking female sidekick (Kate Beckinsale once again, an actress who was trying really hard to shed that "nice girl with soft accent" image) set out to destroy Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh), his hoards of seductive vampire brides, and, not to miss the opportunity for some additional cross-referenced fun, the infamous Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. Our heroes must vanquish the evil forces to strike a curse on Beckinsale's character, Anna Valerious, and rid the poor folk of Eastern Europe of a nasty reputation for housing such unseemly neighbors. The film's gorgeous special effects of dark blue and gray hues led to Van Helsing's destiny as a perpetual regular on cable television. Composer Alan Silvestri had produced arguably the best of the franchise for Sommers' The Mummy Returns and had since provided an action score for Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life that was substantially better than the film it accompanied. Silvestri, who sometimes gets stuck in the mud when tackling smaller scale suspense and horror genre scores, seems to hold his best inspiration for the days when he can compose for and record immense orchestral and choral action. Both The Mummy Returns and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life took the composer to a much more complex level of orchestral mayhem than heard in the days of his popular early scores for Back to the Future and The Abyss. With each passing large-scale project, Silvestri made more and more ruckus, stirring up the summer seasons of the early 2000's by contributing his own wild action scores that could very well raise a person from his or her grave. For Van Helsing, this trend continued, even to a greater scale, allowing the force of a full orchestra and adult choir to set a high standard for summer action once again.

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There's a song that I can't find! Help!
Em - December 29, 2010, at 10:58 a.m.
1 comment  (758 views)
Music with balls!
Richard Kleiner - November 7, 2010, at 11:20 p.m.
1 comment  (833 views)
Epic yet too boomy
David - September 19, 2010, at 3:23 p.m.
1 comment  (890 views)
Choir
N.R.Q. - July 9, 2006, at 1:01 p.m.
1 comment  (1374 views)
Van Helsing Recording Sessions   Expand >>
Christopher Barry - April 22, 2005, at 11:32 p.m.
2 comments  (2956 views)
Newest: April 27, 2005, at 9:23 a.m.by Thomas
"Confronting Mr. Hyde" Great track... not appear in CD *NM*
Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - December 6, 2004, at 4:07 p.m.
1 comment  (1724 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:53
• 1. Transylvania 1887 (1:26)
• 2. Burn It Down! (4:46)
• 3. Werewolf Trap (1:53)
• 4. Journey to Transylvania (1:33)
• 5. Attacking Brides (5:02)
• 6. Dracula's Nursery (5:46)
• 7. Useless Crucifix (2:35)
• 8. Transylvanian Horses (3:55)
• 9. All Hallow's Eve Ball (3:01)
• 10. Who Are They to Judge? (2:00)
• 11. Final Battle (6:28)
• 12. Reunited (4:23)

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