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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
(2009)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh

Additional Music by:
Halli Cauthery

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 5th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have low expectations for this predictable formulaic score, for it is actually more cohesively developed than many of its underachieving counterparts in this era of superhero films.

Avoid it... if you demand continuity in the music of your favorite franchises, for Harry Gregson-Williams applies his gothic and industrial blend from a different direction than his three predecessors.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #863
WRITTEN 5/11/09
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine: (Harry Gregson-Williams) With a troubled production from the start, it should come as no surprise that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was widely considered a generic and pointless venture in its final form. Controversy surrounding the competence of director Gavin Hood erupted when Richard Donner was retained by 20th Century Fox to help clean up some of the script's action sequences, resulting in several re-shoots. Still plagued by a messy ending, the production suffered from poor press and an embarrassing leak of a work print of the film. Still, despite the entry's arguably needless place in this cinematic franchise, the character of Wolverine from Marvel Comics' "X-Men" is among the most popular to ever exist on the printed page, and by its positioning at the outset of the 2009 summer season, X-Men Origins: Wolverine cracked the $100 million mark with ease in under two weeks. The primary complaint regarding the film's execution involved its lack of depth, operating like a vehicle to haul the audience from one action sequence to another and disregarding any complexity in dialogue or underlying reasoning. This trait carries over to Harry Gregson-Williams understandably formula score for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Luckily, among the mass of composers to come from the side of Hans Zimmer, Gregson-Williams is among the most talented, allowing for even his formula scores to occasionally transcend the muck expected for films of this limited intelligence. The history of the music for the X-Men franchise hasn't been consistent by any means, but it has managed to avoid the most mundane levels of mediocrity that inhabit the music for franchise counterparts Daredevil and Iron Man. Michael Kamen's brooding but effective score for the original 2000 film was brightened by John Ottman's exploration of more upbeat heroism. By the time John Powell entered the equation for the third entry, the topic was ready for a fully apocalyptic identity, one served well by Powell's very dynamic score. The task at hand for Powell's former collaborator didn't allow for much continuity in the music for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, if any at all. The individual characters in the franchise have never been blessed with a consistent musical identity, and when combined with the perpetually shifting composition duties, Gregson-Williams was left with the only sensible avenue of action: starting from scratch. As such, don't expect to hear any meaningful connections between this score and its predecessors.



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Logan Through Time
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:22
• 1. Logan Through Time (4:19)
• 2. Special Privileges (1:57)
• 3. Lagos, Nigeria (5:10)
• 4. Wade Goes to Work (1:28)
• 5. Kayla (2:53)
• 6. Victor Visits (2:06)
• 7. Adamantium (4:16)
• 8. Agent Zero Comes for Logan (3:08)
• 9. Logan Meets Gambit (4:34)
• 10. To the Island (3:46)
• 11. Deadpool (4:10)
• 12. The Towers Collapse (3:22)
• 13. Memories Lost (3:01)
• 14. "...I'll Find My Own Way" (1:24)

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The insert includes a list of performers and plenty of photos of actor Hugh Jackman's freakish vascularity, but no extra information about the score or film.
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