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Super 8
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearshen
Brad Dechter
Cameron Patrick
Chris Tilton
Andrea Datzman
Larry Kenton
Mark Gasbarro
Norman Ludwin
Peter Boyer
Marshall Bowen

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 2nd, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release. The download version of the album was erroneously made available several weeks ahead of the CD, which was delayed by several weeks.
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Buy it... if you love highly melodic scores that convey an outstanding narrative flow on their own, Michael Giacchino succeeding well in developing and mingling his four attractive themes throughout the length of Super 8.

Avoid it... if you're driven nuts by any score that features a less frequently stated secondary theme that is clearly far superior to the primary identity, or if you expect the highlights of this score to survive the several dull sections of a laboriously long album presentation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,185
WRITTEN 7/14/11
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Giacchino
Giacchino
Super 8: (Michael Giacchino) Back in the 1980's, director Steven Spielberg was considered a master of storytelling involving the family dynamic, finding ways to capture a child's perspective with fantastic and sometimes terrifying success. There is no doubt that J. J. Abrams attempted to emulate this classic technique in his direction of 2011's Super 8, though some of the movie's similarities to the Spielberg mould likely owes to the latter's involvement as a producer. Children in tough circumstances are the heart of the tale once again, their efforts in 1979 small town America to make a super 8 monster movie tempered by strained relationships caused by conflicts between their parents. When a military train derails near their town, it unleashes a monstrous force that causes the community to come under attack from both a mysterious creature and the military that is attempting to corral it. Seemingly supernatural elements cause strange happenings to occur along the way, and the children and their parents have to reconcile to save themselves, the town, and, ultimately, the antagonist. The Abrams-written script and shooting style for Super 8 is so inherently saturated with the Spielberg touch that it both succeeds and suffers because of those connections. The production received significant critical praise, the only truly negative comments related to its derivative nature, and it eventually more than tripled its budget in gross revenue. Many of the same observations about the movie can be made about Giacchino's score for it, Abrams applauding his regular collaborator for composing music that speaks to their similar childhoods (and confessing to becoming weepy during the recording sessions because of it). It should come as no surprise to any film music collector that the Abrams' imitation of Spielberg indirectly causes Giacchino to channel John Williams' classic fantasy scores from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and even Jurassic Park. Giacchino burst into the limelight in the scoring world with his robust music for the "Medal of Honor" video games, the initial entry in that series absolutely dominated by Williams' orchestral mannerisms. After being labeled "the next John Williams" at the time, he branched out into a television and film scoring career that largely abandoned that connection, though his output remained strong.



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Average: 3.62 Stars
***** 181 5 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - November 1, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 77:43
• 1. Super 8 (1:44)
• 2. Family Matters (0:28)
• 3. Model Painting (0:39)
• 4. Acting Chops (0:40)
• 5. Aftermath Class (5:52)
• 6. Thoughts of Cubism (0:48)
• 7. We'll Fix It in Post-Haste (0:43)
• 8. Productions Woes (0:34)
• 9. Train Of Thought (0:35)
• 10. Circle Gets the Cube (1:05)
• 11. Breen There, Ate That (1:11)
• 12. Dead Over Heels (0:48)
• 13. Gas and Go (1:33)
• 14. Looking For Lucy (0:48)
• 15. Radio Haze (1:06)
• 16. Mom's Necklace* (1:33)
• 17. Shootus Interuptus (2:33)
• 18. Thoughts of Mom (1:40)
• 19. Woodward Bites It (1:53)
• 20. Alice Projects on Joe (2:28)
• 21. Neighborhood Watch - Fail (4:44)
• 22. The Evacuation of Lillian (3:39)
• 23. A Truckload of Trouble (0:57)
• 24. Lambs on the Lam (2:39)
• 25. Woodward's Home Movies (2:39)
• 26. Spotted Lambs (1:35)
• 27. Air Force HQ or Bust (1:03)
• 28. World's Worst Field Trip (3:35)
• 29. The Siege of Lillian (2:56)
• 30. Creature Comforts (10:07)
• 31. Letting Go (5:15)
• 32. Super 8 Suite (5:51)

Bonus Track:
• 33. The Case (Original music from the film by Charles Kaznyk) (3:28)
* not contained in the film

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a list of performers and a long note from the director about Giacchino and the score.
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