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The Huntsman: Winter's War
(2016)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Jon Kull
Peter Boyer
Philip Klein

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
Sven Faulconer
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Back Lot Music (Universal)
(April 22nd, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you consistently appreciate the atmosphere of James Newton Howard's fantasy scores and wish for a slightly more cohesive repackaging of that style than what you heard in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Avoid it... if a beautiful new love theme and a spattering of fantastic action motifs in this sequel score cannot justify sitting through several more rather dull passages, your own edit of the two scores' highlights really merited for the best experience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,581
WRITTEN 5/8/16
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The Huntsman: Winter's War: (James Newton Howard) Chalking up another win in the "mediocre sequel that exists because it can" category is 2016's The Huntsman: Winter's War, both a prequel and sequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman. Tepid audience response faced The Huntsman: Winter's War despite a wider international run than the previous film, reaction to the unnecessary nature of the story countering the production's casting prowess. The tale is something of a "bitch-fest," with Queen Ravenna and her Snow Queen sister, Freya, battling over the kingdom through deception and magic, combining the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales where convenient and making the "Huntsmen" army of the younger sister the protagonists. False deaths seem to be order of the day. In fact, do any of these characters actually ever die? Or are they Colonel Harland Sanders, selling fried chicken to Americans long after his previous deaths? While the ravishing Charlize Theron returns as evil bitch #1, vying for similar importance for film music fans was the continued presence of composer James Newton Howard in the fantasy realm. Since his occasionally delightful work for Snow White and the Huntsman, Howard had fine-tuned the genre's sound for Maleficent, a product of the same filmmakers responsible now for The Huntsman: Winter's War. While the prior score in this franchise was not among Howard's more memorable efforts, it did, as usual for the composer, contain some absolutely lovely lyrical passages of easy tonal accessibility, especially in conjunction with rambling piano rhythms. Both those piano applications and the primary theme for Snow White from the prior film are jettisoned in the sequel, but much of the same vocabulary is otherwise retained. True to Howard's methodology in these scores, you have the broad symphony sound augmented by tasteful electronic accents, light choral ensemble, a boy soprano voice sparingly applied, and a solo string instrument (a cello this time). True to the villain's musical identity in the prior entry, you also have Howard revisiting the pounding, slashing, and clanging percussive mode for times when evil bitch #2, in this case, becomes irreparably pissy. As a bonus in this score, you receive a number of really pretty woodwind solos as well, often performing the primary new identity for the film. As in any Howard fantasy effort, the atmosphere is as vital as the thematic cohesiveness, and his enthusiasts should be pleased by more than half of The Huntsman: Winter's War.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 74:15
• 1. The Huntsman (3:48)
• 2. Lacrimosa (0:53)
• 3. You're Carrying His Child (2:17)
• 4. The Children Arrive (5:04)
• 5. You Shouldn't Walk in Shadows (3:23)
• 6. Freya's Spell (5:22)
• 7. Freya Prepares For War (1:52)
• 8. Tavern Brawl (2:08)
• 9. That's Not What Happened (3:35)
• 10. Where's My Horse (1:48)
• 11. The Proposition (2:11)
• 12. The Goblin Forest (3:45)
• 13. Goblin King (2:06)
• 14. The Goblin Fight (3:15)
• 15. We Are Worthy of Each Other (1:53)
• 16. Have You Been True? (2:34)
• 17. Kill Him (4:25)
• 18. Ravenna Returns (4:14)
• 19. This is My Kingdom (3:43)
• 20. Stand or Fall Together (8:23)
• 21. Ravenna's Embrace (3:28)
• 22. Castle (The Huntsman: Winter's War Version) - performed by Halsey (4:21)

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