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Doctor Strange
(2016)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Cliff Masterson

Orchestrated by:
Tim Simonec
Jeff Kryka

Co-Produced by:
Charles Scott
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(November 18th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a mystical, optimistic, and smart superhero score with an alluring primary identity and generally excellent combination of electronic and ethnic accents with standard orchestral and choral elements.

Avoid it... if you demand only the tightest of musical narratives for your very best scores of this kind, Michael Giacchino arguably missing the mark here on the villain and the reality-twisting sequences.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,702
WRITTEN 1/20/17
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Doctor Strange: (Michael Giacchino) One of the more artistically satisfying character launches on screen from the Marvel Comics realm is 2016's Doctor Strange, the 14th major feature film involving a Marvel character. Unlike many of the other characters from the Marvel comic books, Doctor Strange opens the door to mystical concepts that allow its film adaptation to expand upon mind-bending illusions of reality made popular in movies like Inception and The Matrix, and director Scott Derrickson wasted little time on conventional backstory in his attempt to throw an extraordinary amount of magic and action of a universal scale into this first Doctor Strange story. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show as the titular character, a brilliant neurosurgeon whose hands become unusable in a car accident. He seeks out unconventional answers in Nepal, where he learns the ways of a legendary sorcerer with the sly wit of his scientific inclinations. Before he knows it, Strange is saving the planet from a concurrent plot by another sorcerer to do the usual terrible things to humanity because of his own personal issues. The movie conveniently segues into not only a potential direct sequel but, in true Marvel Cinematic Universe style, it introduces the plot of the next Thor film as well. For the music in Doctor Strange, there was hope amongst film score fans that Derrickson would turn to his prior horror film collaborator, Christopher Young, for the project. Young had more than proven himself in exotic action thrillers via his scores in the The Monkey King franchise, but, alas, perhaps to nobody's surprise, the Marvel machine sought a more marketable name. After inevitable rumors about the Hans Zimmer music factory's involvement, Doctor Strange became the domain of Michael Giacchino, who has seemingly now extended his career into nearly every movie genre and blockbuster realm. His 2016 output was not quite as overwhelming as his momentous 2015, but it's still difficult to fathom how he could manage to squeeze a Disney animation, feature Star Trek and Star Wars films, and a successful Marvel entry into one year. His score for Doctor Strange proved to contribute to the acclaim received by the film itself, further confirming the composer's rapidly ascending status over the long haul of the 2000's and 2010's.



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154 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.59 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 55 4 Stars
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* 8 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 66:21
• 1. Ancient Sorcerer's Secret (2:37)
• 2. The Hands Dealt (2:56)
• 3. A Long Strange Trip (2:28)
• 4. The Eyes Have It (1:23)
• 5. Mystery Training (1:53)
• 6. Reading is Fundamental (1:39)
• 7. Inside the Mirror Dimension (4:04)
• 8. The True Purpose of the Sorcerer (2:09)
• 9. Sanctimonious Sanctum Sacking (7:27)
• 10. Astral Doom (3:41)
• 11. Post Op Paracosm (1:15)
• 12. Hippocratic Hypocrite (1:34)
• 13. Smote and Mirrors (6:29)
• 14. Ancient History (4:08)
• 15. Hong Kong Kablooey (3:35)
• 16. Astral Worlds Worst Killer (6:17)
• 17. Strange Days Ahead (5:59)
• 18. Go for Baroque (2:55)
• 19. The Master of the Mystic - End Credits* (3:50)
* remixed by Charles Scott

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The insert includes a very short note from the composer but no extra information about the score or film.
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