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X2: X-Men United
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2003 Superb
2012 La-La Land
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo

Co-Orchestrated by:
Pierre Andre
Jane Antonia Cornish
Rick Giovinazzo
Frank J. Macchia
Deborah Lurie
Christopher Tin

Produced by:
Casey Stone
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Superb Records
(May 6th, 2003)

La-La Land Records
(July 3rd, 2012)
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The 2003 Superb album is a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2012 La-La Land set is limited to 3,500 copies and was available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $25.
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Buy it... if you prefer your comic book superhero scores to be dynamically orchestral with strong choral and thematic integrity, John Ottman taking the X-Men franchise to much more extroverted heights than his predecessor.

Avoid it... if you scoff at predictable orchestral representations of science-fiction and fantasy concepts, Ottman's approach rather old-school and lacking an abundance of vibrant flair.
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WRITTEN 4/25/03, REVISED 8/26/12
X2: X-Men United: (John Ottman) The first X-Men film was a blockbuster of immense proportions, drawing in over $300 million for Twentieth Century Fox worldwide and opening the doors to a series of other comic-to-screen adaptations to follow in the decade. In promoting its sequel, Fox decided to set a record by globally releasing the movie on the same date in 93 nations, saturating the market with nearly 9,000 prints of the film. The project once again featured the same principal cast from the 2000 original, this time depicting mutant friends and foes not only battling each other in superhuman ways, but fighting humanity for their existence side by side as well. Continued character development leads to new alliances and new enemies, with the story exploring a typical comic book line of reasoning. An excess of interpersonal relationships makes each one difficult to develop as well as fans might hope, leaving the spectacle of the whole to suffice in these ensemble-centric films. After bucking some initial disappointment and witnessing X2: X-Men United become regarded as a well respected sequel, Fox extended the franchise into several more films in subsequent years. Director Bryan Singer forged ahead to build upon his commitment to the franchise, and his choice of composer was once again his good friend John Ottman. An artist of abundant talent rising through the Hollywood ranks since his work on The Usual Suspects, Ottman is rare breed of director, editor, and composer, with strong talents in all three fields. He was unavailable to write the music for Singer's original X-Men due to his work on his own directorial debut for Urban Legends: Final Cut. Singer instead hired action veteran Michael Kamen for the 2000 film, resulting in a serviceable though thematically uninspiring score that suffered from some discontent within the production and was heavily rearranged when placed in the movie. Nevertheless, Kamen's X-Men translated into a popular album purchase for die-hards of the comic cult who, as you may imagine, snatched up anything related to the futuristic story. For the 2003 sequel, with Ottman free of other commitments, he was hired by Singer to not only score X2: X-Men United, but edit it as well. Ottman had been known for his creativity in orchestral instrumentation and thematic inclinations, turning otherwise average horror and intrigue films into noteworthy events. For the X-Men franchise, unlike other well known film series, he technically had little to expand upon from Kamen's original.

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Audio Samples   ▼
2003 Superb Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:16
• 1. Suite From X2 (7:11)
• 2. Storm's Perfect Storm (2:18)
• 3. Finding Faith (1:31)
• 4. Sneaky Mystique (3:30)
• 5. Cerebro (1:27)
• 6. Mansion Attack (7:34)
• 7. Rogue Earns Her Wings (1:35)
• 8. It's Time (3:40)
• 9. Magneto's Old Tricks (4:59)
• 10. I'm In (4:11)
• 11. If You Really Knew (3:21)
• 12. Playing With Fire (2:45)
• 13. Death Strikes Deathstryke (4:52)
• 14. Getting Out Alive (3:59)
• 15. Goodbye (5:28)
• 16. We're Here to Stay (1:48)
2012 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 113:10

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The insert of the 2003 Superb album includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film. The 2012 La-La Land album's insert features extensive notation about the film and score, including a track-by-track analysis. The overall track times listed on its packaging are incorrect, however.
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