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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
(2013)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jon Kull
Jeff Atmajian
John Ashton Thomas
Peter Bateman

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
Sven Faulconer
Sunna Wehrmeijer
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lionsgate/Republic Records
(November 25th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a more developed continuation of the basic ideas heard in the previous score of the franchise, James Newton Howard this time enhancing the fantasy and action elements to provide better highlights.

Avoid it... if you are still in search of coherent thematic representations for this concept, Howard seemingly unable to conjure truly lasting identities to define any part of these stories.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,150
WRITTEN 12/28/13
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: (James Newton Howard) The immensely popular trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins once again feeds the profitable cinematic series of The Hunger Games entries with its second venture, Catching Fire. The 2013 project earned continued praise and massive box office returns for Lionsgate, enlivening a franchise set to produce feature films in 2014 and 2015. The morbid post-apocalyptic fantasy concept still draw scrutiny in regards to its socio-political implications, though audiences attached to the euphoria of rebellion, senseless violence, and teenage romance don't seem to care about deeper meanings. In this installment, the living victors from the previous games are forced into a special addendum match to help quiet a rebellion against the rich capital city that is arising throughout impoverished outer districts. Thus, the story sets up yet another series of games with the pawns drawing allegiances for a greater good. The music for this franchise has been relatively well received despite some issues with continuity. For the previous film's score, Danny Elfman was fired by a director in search of more artistic control over the project. James Newton Howard was brought in as a late replacement and worked with T Bone Burnett to create a sufficiently atmospheric fantasy score. For the sequel, Burnett is gone but Howard remains, this time integrating his music with the contribution of the group Coldplay, whose song for the picture, "Atlas," proved very popular. For Howard, the return meant that he could accomplish a rarity for himself: a sequel score. And not just that, he could finally flesh out ideas from the prior project into a better rounded result. One of the primary criticisms of Howard's output for The Hunger Games was his inability to write any of his own themes with enough memorability to compete with the "Horn of Plenty" anthem supplied by the group Arcade Fire. While Howard has achieved tremendous success in the fantasy genre in prior years, this concept didn't seem to bring out his best inspiration. Unfortunately, that trend continues in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The collection of ideas he presents in the sequel is improved over the prior score, but there is still an intangible element of cohesiveness missing from the whole.



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Average: 3.12 Stars
***** 46 5 Stars
**** 51 4 Stars
*** 76 3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 74:59
• 1. Katniss (1:42)
• 2. I Had to Do That (2:22)
• 3. We Have Visitors (3:01)
• 4. Just Friends (1:29)
• 5. Mockingjay Graffiti (1:44)
• 6. The Tour (5:56)
• 7. Daffodil Waltz (0:26)
• 8. Waltz in A Op. 39, No. 15 (0:43)
• 9. Fireworks (3:05)
• 10. Anthem (0:36)
• 11. Peacekeepers (5:55)
• 12. Prim (2:08)
• 13. A Quarter Quell (2:06)
• 14. Katniss is Chosen (3:18)
• 15. Introducing the Tributes (1:29)
• 16. There's Always a Flaw (1:47)
• 17. Bow and Arrow (1:07)
• 18. We're aTeam (1:52)
• 19. Let's Start (2:02)
• 20. The Games Begin (4:43)
• 21. Peeta's Heart Stops (2:10)
• 22. Treetops (1:22)
• 23. The Fog (4:58)
• 24. Monkey Mutts (4:44)
• 25. Jabberjays (1:33)
• 26. I Need You (3:58)
• 27. Broken Wire (3:53)
• 28. Arena Crumbles (1:44)
• 29. Good Morning Sweetheart (3:04)

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