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The Hunger Games
(2012)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
T-Bone Burnett
Stuart Michael Thomas

Co-Composed by:
William Ross
Win Butler
Regine Chassagne
Various

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jon Kull
Jeff Atmajian
Pete Anthony

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
LionsGate/Universal Republic Records
(March 26th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... on the score-only album featuring James Newton Howard's contribution if you desire the film's popular fanfare music and a few melodramatic orchestral interludes in an otherwise murky atmospheric environment.

Avoid it... on both of the original two albums for the movie if you expect to hear a well-rounded, representative presentation of all the notable music from the soundtrack, some of which not available on either product.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,038
WRITTEN 4/7/12
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The Hunger Games: (James Newton Howard/Various) There seems to be an infinite number of perspectives that a person could use to praise or denounce the concept and execution of 2012's hit movie, The Hunger Games. The Suzanne Collins bleak world was an immediate goldmine for Lionsgate, netting hundreds of millions of dollars of profits within weeks of the release of first of the author's three novels. As offensive as the story of The Hunger Games may be to parents, its inherent value as social commentary has to be considered. In a post-apocalyptic North America hundreds of years in the future, the wealthy aristocrats of the nation of Panem amuse themselves and punish the surrounding, impoverished districts of suffering people by forcing teenage representatives from each area to annually kill each other in televised, gladiatorial-styled games hosted by the capitol city. When two young acquaintances from District 12 decide to team up in their efforts to thwart the production mechanisms of the game, there are real consequences for the viewers of the spectacle and those who run it, setting the stage for rebellion and other social upheaval in subsequent movies in the franchise. There is no doubt a range of offensive subtexts in The Hunger Games, and these issues spilled over into controversies involving race and body image upon the film's release. Still, critics praised the concept's thoughtfulness and the target teenage audiences ensured the franchise's future by keeping this first entry's showings packed. The soundtrack for The Hunger Games is about as polarizing as the film itself, a source of some of the production's controversy and experiencing personnel and strategic mishaps. Director Gary Ross, who had only worked with Randy Newman in his prior major efforts, decided upon the pairing of composer Danny Elfman and songwriter and record producer T-Bone Burnett, raising high expectations for the kind of hybrid score that could result. Ultimately, this partnership dissolved, officially due to scheduling conflicts, but rumors stating Elfman's dissatisfaction with the production leaked as well. Whether by Burnett's guidance or Ross' misdirection, the soundtrack became a haphazard mess of a plethora of original and existing instrumental placements and songs. At the last minute, James Newton Howard was brought on board to write a score in three weeks that would itself be moved or partially dismissed in favor of silence.

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Average: 3.03 Stars
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**** 114 4 Stars
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** 110 2 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - April 11, 2012, at 12:45 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:55
• 1. The Hunger Games (1:10)
• 2. Katniss Afoot* (1:49)
• 3. Reaping Day (1:34)
• 4. The Train (1:27)
• 5. Entering the Capitol (2:28)
• 6. Preparing the Chariots (1:05)
• 7. Horn of Plenty (1:59)
• 8. Penthouse/Training (3:36)
• 9. Learning the Skills (1:41)
• 10. The Countdown* (1:58)
• 11. Booby Trap (2:37)
• 12. Healing Katniss (3:04)
• 13. Rue's Farewell (5:00)
• 14. We Could Go Home (1:15)
• 15. Searching for Peeta (1:27)
• 16. The Cave (3:13)
• 17. Muttations (4:45)
• 18. Tenuous Winners/Returning Home (3:25)
* Track not used in the film

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the director about working with Howard.
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