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Superman Returns [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

John Ottman Audio CD
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1. Main Titles
2. Memories
3. Rough Flight
4. Little Secrets/Power Of The Sun
5. Bank Job
6. How Could YOU Leave Us?
7. Tell Me Everything
8. You’e Not One Of Them
9. Not Like The Train Set
10. So Long Superman
11. The People You Care For
12. I Wanted You To Know
13. Saving The World
14. IN THE HANDS OF MORTALS
15. Reprise / Fly Away

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Stunning original score for the hotly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures epic feature .lm Superman Returns Score is done by John Ottman, whose credits include, Kiss Bang Bang, X2 and The Usual Suspects.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just shy of greatness Sept. 2 2006
By Dr. P
Format:Audio CD
Much like the film itself, this soundtrack has some truly beautiful moments all its own. John Ottman's work continues to improve and this is quite easily his most impressive and inspired work to date. There are, however, problems with the writing on both the artistic and technical fronts.

First the good! - For once, we have here a successful modern update of themes from a classic film score (1978's Superman: The Movie). Many of this score's brightest moments feature John Williams's classic themes and rhythmic motifs used in genuinely innovative ways. Track 6 ("How Could You Leave Us?") in particular stands out as the album's best listen - a wonderfully crafted take on the Superman/Lois love theme. Another highlight that figures prominently throughout the score is Ottman's new "introspective" theme for Superman. It holds up well against the Williams material and is the perfect underscore to the film's deeply emotional, thoughtful character (preview Track 15 to hear a bit of it). Lex Luthor's new theme is suitably dark, sinister and full of musical potential but is left conspicuously underdeveloped.

This score is at its best when playing to Ottman's strengths, namely harmonic innovation and orchestral colour/timbre. Modern instrumental techniques and the choir are frequently used to great effect while synthesized timbres are tastefully employed in a few places for added interest.

The score falls apart, however, where linear motion is introduced. The orchestrations become heavy-handed and sluggish in such places and passages featuring contrapuntal writing are in general unsatisfying and rather clumsy. The musical intent is usually clear but the so-so execution weakens the impact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Good! Sept. 30 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Super inspiring music! Recommended for the entire world and the milky way galaxy and the rest of the mysterious universe!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both the Superman Returns Score & Ottoman Unfairly Reviewed July 2 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have looked at some of these reviews with great sadness. How can someone truly evaluate a score when they haven't even heard it?

Ottoman's work is a wonderful expansion of William's original score. Fans of the original Superman score will find all their original favorites there -- including the Superman Theme in all its glory. The other main themes from the original Superman theme, including "The Planet Krypton" as well as "Leaving Home" and "Can You Read My Mind?" are all to be found as motifs and new creations on the Superman Returns soundtrack.

I especially consider Ottoman's reweaving of "How Could You Have Left Us" as a wonderful expansion and reworking of "Can You Read My Mind?"... possibly as an improvement on the original theme given the expanded choral preformances and subtle changes in instrumentation.

If I had one theme that I wished Ottoman had included more in the film it would be the Smallville/Kent Farm theme of "Leaving Home" which can be found in the film, but it is sprinkled throughout here and there.

All in all, I highly recommend this score to fans of the original who can appreciate it as an EXPANSION but NOT a REPLACEMENT for the original soundtrack.

To those purists who have been so hard on John Ottoman (and Bryan Singer in general) I would offer this piece of advice -- lighten up. Is Ottoman John Williams? No. But he has made a wonderful start to improving the wonderful world of music which John Williams has created.

And to the reviewer who has slighted "younger" composers of today including Ottoman, Hans Zimmer, and Howard Shore... I don't think you are listening to the same instrumental soundtracks as the rest of us are. Great composers that will one day follow in Williams footsteps are around -- I specifically site Trevor Jones, Randy Endelman, Rachel Portman, Michael Nyman, and George Fenton among others. They just need to be given a chance to be appreciated in THEIR OWN RIGHT instead of being slammed for "not being INSERT COMPOSERS NAME."~
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ya for Ottman, boo for Warner/Rhino July 17 2006
By M. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There have been mary cheerers and jeerers for Ottman. I myself think this is a great soundtrack. Ottman has tightened up the main theme a bit, and while it's shorter than the original, it is punchier, and it sounds just wonderful. And as others have said, Ottman has woven the theme into the rest of the score quite well.

I don't envy Ottman. Deciding to use Williams' theme was a tough choice, but absolutely the right choice. The music is brilliant, and when people think Superman, they think of Williams' music. The soundtrack draws us ol' timers into the movie because it brings back memories of going to see Reeve's original, and our young'uns just love it becaus it sounds great. (My three year old asks to listen to it every day.) NOT using William's music would have been like not using the original Star Wars theme for Lucas' three prequels!

Ottman's original music is also quite good. I was a bit miffed the first few times I listened to it, but I've listened to it more than a dozen times now, and I adore at least 2/3 rds of the tracks, and like the rest.

The worst thing about this soundtrack is the it was put together by those idiots at Rhino. I'm a soundtrack fan. I like soundtracks. Yes, I mean music. I don't give a damn about stupid marketing crap, or CD videos. I can download those all day long from the Superman web site. So pushing music OFF of the CD to make room for that rediculous garbage is so infuriating I could spit nails--especially when leave off the Planet Krypton music!

Soundtrack fans want soundtrack music--every note we can get our grubby little hands on. But look at Warner/Rhino's priority. It took them 20 YEARS (!) to release the 2-CD soundtrack of Superman: The Movie, and it will probably take them another 20 years to let us have all the music from this movie. If they do at all (and I'm not holding my breath). I hate Rhino.

But the bottom line is it's great music. If you like this genre of music, buy this CD. (And write Rhino a complaint!)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams Would be Proud June 28 2006
By Marc Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When Bryan Singer announced that his editor, John Ottman, would be scoring Superman Returns, two questions came to mind. Would the Superman Theme we all know and love be used? And, why not invite John Williams back to revisit an old friend?

To answer the first question, Singer stated that he always intended to use the Superman Theme because you can't make a Superman movie and not have it. That's like making a Star Trek movie and not using the Star Trek Theme. Not only did he use the main theme, but others as well. In fact, the whole album is based on Williams score and Ottman just builds from it. Everything is here in one form or another.

There are snippets from "Death of Jonathan Kent" as well as "The Fortress of Solitude." Also, we get "The Love Theme" in an abbrviated version. March of the Villians is here to but you need to pay close attention to catch it.

So your probably rhinking that the Superman Returns score is just a rehash of Williams score right? Actually, no. While Ottman uses bits and pieces from Williams, he builds from that with newly written meatrial. And it's just as exciting and memorable as Williams's. One new thing that is really nice is that Superman now has a Personal Theme and one that's played throughout the film. It's touching, emotional and beautiful.

You can tell that Williams was an influence on Ottman because like Williams score for Superman, Ottman here also uses a lot of precussion, string, wind instruments. For added effect, a choir's been added which somehow uses the Love Theme instead of the "Can You Read My Mind" and on Superman's Personal Theme.

The Cd also comes with enhanced stuff. Not much when you look it but still a treat. What's the enhanced stuff? It's:

1) 2 Trailers

2) A session of recording the Superman Theme

3) Trailer for Suoperman Documentry.

The score's not bad. In fact, it's great and Ottman did a wonderful job. There are different types of music here that relate to specific scenes in the film and he has done a superb job with it.

As for Williams, I have a hunch he was asked but had to decline because of prior commitments which is a shame because it wou;d have been nice seeing the guy who wrote one of the most popular scores(Oscar Nominated)come back to do it all again.

Well Mr. Williams, here's your chance to visit with your old friend for the sequal.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but missing a couple of biddies Jan. 17 2007
By P. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great opening score. I didn't think so at first, but I truly prefer this one over John Williams '78 score. It's cut down just a little bit though, but it's a bit faster, crisper, and better uses the snare drums - particularly during transitions within the score.

Only a couple of things missing:
1.) The Krypton theme as mentioned earlier
2.) Superman's standing ovation in the baseball stadium and Titan-tron view at the end of Rough Flight. Very uplifting. I almost wanted to stand up and applaud him myself when I saw the movie.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Score!!! July 1 2006
By TJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All who loved the original 1978 Superman Soundtrack should defintley buy this! John Ottman delivers a powerful moving emotional score for Superman Returns. He pays homage to John Williams's theme while still making it something of his own. I HIGHLY recommend this score!! You will not be disappointed. Twenty seconds into the Main Titles, and you will know what I'm talking about. Defintley a must have in your collection!!!
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