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Director Bryan Singer and composer John Ottman's take on the world's most recognizable superhero is one of deep reverence. Like Steven Spielberg and John Williams, the two have found their muse in each other, especially after their success with the second installment of the X-Men series, but what sets them apart from other iconic director/composer pairings is Ottman's co-role as an editor -- he showed his musicality in the editing room on X2 with an exhilarating opening ballet of violence set to Mozart's "Requiem." Ottman and Singer are well aware that Williams' original score for Richard Donner's 1978 depiction of the man of steel is as etched into the ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Director Bryan Singer and composer John Ottman's take on the world's most recognizable superhero is one of deep reverence. Like Steven Spielberg and John Williams, the two have found their muse in each other, especially after their success with the second installment of the X-Men series, but what sets them apart from other iconic director/composer pairings is Ottman's co-role as an editor -- he showed his musicality in the editing room on X2 with an exhilarating opening ballet of violence set to Mozart's "Requiem." Ottman and Singer are well aware that Williams' original score for Richard Donner's 1978 depiction of the man of steel is as etched into the character's mythology as the "S" on his chest, so they built the new score around it. The new themes are deep and resonant with a Copland-esque tinge of sepia-toned Americana that never descends into unnecessary melodrama -- think Michael Kamen's Band of Brothers theme -- and a brooding sense of wonder and weight that echoes Danny Elfman's choral work on the Spider Man films. This Superman feels a lot more like a conflicted defender of the world than a bespectacled reporter relying on pratfalls and phone booths for audience chuckles, and Ottman fills his Metropolis with a perfect balance of dread and wonder, while allowing Williams' majestic and iconic theme to soar when it should.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227765422
  • Catalog Number: 77654

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Titles (3:47)
  2. 2 Memories (3:05)
  3. 3 Rough Flight (5:11)
  4. 4 Little Secrets/Power of the Sun (2:47)
  5. 5 Bank Job (2:19)
  6. 6 How Could You Leave Us? (5:47)
  7. 7 Tell Me Everything (3:11)
  8. 8 You're Not One of Them (2:20)
  9. 9 Not Like the Train Set (5:10)
  10. 10 So Long Superman (5:29)
  11. 11 The People You Care For (3:25)
  12. 12 I Wanted You to Know (2:54)
  13. 13 Saving the World (3:10)
  14. 14 In the Hands of Mortals (2:09)
  15. 15 Reprise/Fly Away (4:16)
  16. 16 Superman Returns -- Trailer #1
  17. 17 Superman Returns -- Trailer #2
  18. 18 Behind the Scenes: Superman Returns Score
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Ottman Primary Artist
Damon Intrabartolo Conductor
Tim Davis Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Composer
Greg Dennon Engineer
Dave Parker Videography
Casey Stone Producer, Engineer
Tom Hardisty Engineer
John Ottman Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Dan Goldwasser Videography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great score for a great film

    John Ottman brilliantly captures the mood,atmosphere,suspense,and characters of the movie in this excellent score.He seamlessly blends his own work with the classic John Williams themes.The result is a superbly crafted,beautifully played musical whole and a loving tribute to the maestro. This is one of the year's best soundtracks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Ottman's SuperScore

    John Ottman is one Hollywood's best composers. Not only does he show the power and bravery of Clark Kent in the score, in particular song 4, but he also brings a personality to the "man of steel" that even John Wiliams failed to deliver upon. His score is out of this world!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superman Returns (the Right Stuff)

    I fell completely in love with the music of John Williams as a 10year old kid while watching Jurassic Park on the big screen. Now as an even bigger kid I am filled with excitment to hear his music once again on the big screen during Superman Returns. Most of the credit belongs to John Ottman, who wrote the new music for this film and connected it back to the old nostalgic themes of the 1978 version. Through incorporating choral sound into the score, the results of this are brillantly breathtaking and angelic. It is by far the best film score of this year and pays incredible homage to John Williams, the Superman of ALL film scores!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something for John Williams and John Ottman fans to enjoy.

    What a great score. I can hear hints of John Williams' themes like "Can You Read My Mind (Love Theme from Superman)", the Krypton theme, along with the "Superman March" mixed with John Ottman's themes.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A SOUNDTRACK JUNKIE'S DELIGHT

    Yes, I've heard many people say that the movie "Superman Returns" was one of the worst, if not THE worst, Superman creations in the history of the famous comic book superhero.

    However, I believe that the music makes up for what the movie lacks (even though I quite enjoy the film). There's up and downs, quiet songs, suspenseful songs, thrilling songs; if you like emotion-stirring music, then I would highly recommend this soundtrack. Even if you've never seen a Superman-related show in your whole life, the powerful underlying current in this soundtrack is sure to have you looking for more.

    And, if you HAVE seen the movie and have a good ear, the clarity and accuracy of the music proves so true to the movie that the scenes are sure to appear in your head as the songs progress. "Rough Flight": You can see Superman grab the flaming airplane in an attempt to slow its descent. "How Could You Leave Us?": You can see the gentle, romantic Superman/Lois moment. "In the Hands of Mortals": Our hero has been downed. Can he pull through? "Reprise/Fly Away": The force of good has conquered once again!

    If you haven't been convinced by now to buy this soundtrack, or at least to consider listening to clipits of it, then you must have the superpower of "Inability to be Swayed". ;o) This concludes my review.

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