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X-Men: The Last Stand
(2006)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 23rd, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy over-the-top superhero scores with ambitious thematic development, frantic pacing, and extremely dense action.

Avoid it... if you consider heavily layered and occasionally brutal orchestral action scores obnoxious in their sheer noise levels.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #405
WRITTEN 6/9/06
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X-Men: The Last Stand: (John Powell) In what has been reported to be the final film inspired by Marvel's comic series of mutants on Earth, X-Men: The Last Stand depicts a final confrontation between mutants and humanity caused by renegade powers and claims of a "cure" for the mutants. With the stakes raised to epic proportions, the franchise's third film installment blew past box office earnings records for the first weekend of a release. One undoubtedly inflated aspect of X-Men: The Last Stand is its score by John Powell, a composer following the same success as former collaborator and friend Harry Gregson-Williams in solo, mainstream blockbuster composition. The X-Men franchise has suffered the unfortunate fate of rotating between filmmakers for each of its entries, causing an inevitable switch in musical identity for each picture. The third film brings a third composer and distinct style; the late Michael Kamen's score is still considered by many to have best captured the dark and brooding atmosphere of the comics, while John Ottman's effort for the second picture gave the mutants their first readily useful theme. In John Powell's position, a composer has to make the difficult choice about what elements, if any, should be salvaged from the previous scores; some artists refuse to even listen to previous scores in a franchise while others intelligently reprise previous motifs or write news ones that maintain significant enough similarities to the previous scores to continue the same identification for audiences. Examples of both attitudes of approach happened through the years with the Batman franchise, for instance (Hans Zimmer and Elliot Goldenthal, respectively). Powell's choices for X-Men: The Last Stand were limited, for Kamen's score didn't offer much of a thematic identity to work with. But on the surface, while Powell's title theme for the third film is unique in its own structure, it does share similarities with Ottman's title theme for X2, perhaps intentionally... perhaps not. Whether or not you prefer your sequels to all maintain a musical identity, the music for the X-Men films has done remarkably well without an overarching theme or other motif, with both Ottman's X2 and Powell's X-Men: The Last Stand serving as fine stand-alone scores. Many fans will argue, with good merits, that Powell's score is the strongest of the three.



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Excellent X-score!
Jouko Yli-Kiikka - May 22, 2008, at 9:12 a.m.
1 comment  (1851 views)
Download   Expand >>
John Black - January 8, 2008, at 7:31 p.m.
2 comments  (2996 views)
Newest: March 5, 2008, at 8:39 a.m. by
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The Complete Score Rocks!!!!! Best of Powell!!! *NM*   Expand >>
Thom Jophery - August 9, 2007, at 7:09 a.m.
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N.R.Q. - May 20, 2007, at 11:29 a.m.
1 comment  (1646 views)
Awesome score..
dts - September 30, 2006, at 1:00 p.m.
1 comment  (1458 views)
This soundtrack is #1!   Expand >>
Jon - August 16, 2006, at 6:20 p.m.
2 comments  (2854 views)
Newest: March 22, 2007, at 6:15 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:27
• 1. 20 Years Ago (1:10)
• 2. Bathroom Titles (1:09)
• 3. The Church of Magneto/Raven is My Slave Name (2:40)
• 4. Meet Leech, Then Off to the Lake (2:37)
• 5. Whirlpool of Love (2:04)
• 6. Examining Jean (1:12)
• 7. Dark Phoenix (1:28)
• 8. Angel's Cure (2:34)
• 9. Jean and Logan (1:39)
• 10. Dark Phoenix Awakes (1:45)
• 11. Rejection is Never Easy (1:09)
• 12. Magneto Plots (2:05)
• 13. Entering the House (1:18)
• 14. Dark Phoenix's Tragedy (3:18)
• 15. Farewell to X (0:30)
• 16. The Funeral (2:52)
• 17. Skating on the Pond (1:12)
• 18. Cure Wars (2:57)
• 19. Fight in the Woods (3:06)
• 20. St. Lupus Day (3:03)
• 21. Building Bridges (1:16)
• 22. Shock and No Oars (1:15)
• 23. Attack on Alcatraz (4:36)
• 24. Massacre (0:31)
• 25. The Battle of the Cure (4:20)
• 26. Phoenix Rises (6:29)
• 27. The Last Stand (5:29)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the score, as well as a list of performers and extensive photography from the film.
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