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  • Audio CD (July 15 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • ASIN: B0017I1FP8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why So Serious?
2. I'm Not A Hero
3. Harvey Two-Face
4. Aggressive Expansion
5. Always A Catch
6. Blood On My Hands
7. A Little Push
8. Like A Dog Chasing Cars
9. I Am The Batman
10. And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad
11. Agent Of Chaos
12. Introduce A Little Anarchy
13. Watch The World Burn
14. A Dark Knight

Product Description

Soundtrack album for the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Music composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. The Dark Knight is an American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. The film is a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, which rebooted the Batman film series after an eight-year hiatus. Actor Heath Ledger stars as The Joker.The CD contains 14 tracks of powerful punches of Batman's adventures of good vs evil.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 24 2008
Format: Audio CD
As an all-time fan of Batman, I must say "Batman Begins" raised the bar in terms of defining a hero's roots. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's collaboration ringed true to Christopher Nolan's interpretation, much like Danny Elfman for Tim Burton's.
This time, the Batman theme is almost absent, but it is the Joker's theme that intrigues the most as it sounds clearly deranged and in tone with the late Heath Ledger's performance.
The rest of the score is quite easy to listen to. It is quite possible to forget the context of the scenes in which they played and abandon to the composers' dual task of both making it better, but making it still relevant without becoming redudant.
Mission quite accomplished, if not for the final track "A Dark Knight", which could have used the Batman theme just like the beginning of the end credits for the movie.
Bat fans wont want to miss this one and even the recently convinced will enjoy most of this album, which is more of a "best-of" than a complete score. There are some tracks in the movie that would have proudly made it in this edition. Nevertheless, a great soundtrack companion to one of (if not THE) best comic-book movie ever made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 31 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ever since THE ROCK and THE LAST SAMURAI had such an impressive soundtrack to be released! Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard did an incredible job in not only adding to the action on the screen but also capturing the essence of this new Batman.

Moving, exciting and ingenious. A true Masterpiece that can stand on its own as a piece of orchestral art. Strong percussions and nervous strings; brief melodies that build even higher tensions and the ever present thin black line of the Batman Theme to tie it all together. It is only deserving that the best movie this summer is accompanied also by the best Soundtrack.

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By Judith on Feb. 20 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Thank-you got the CD in less than the approximate time slot, thank-you great service and arrived in a bubble envelope=no damage done.
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By marc vandal on July 24 2014
Format: Audio CD
Perfect !
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322 of 326 people found the following review helpful
Comparison of regular version vs. limited edition July 15 2008
By eric_f - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While this soundtrack score didn't blow me away, I think it's certainly a worthy addition to the "Batman" catalog of scores as well as fitting music for "The Dark Knight." I find track 3, "Harvey Two-Face," to easily be the best track here...almost a ballad so to speak, and yet flows with the rest of the album. This score isn't significantly different than the music of "Batman Begins" but then again, exploring some familiar territory adds a sense of continuity between the films. After all, this is a sequel.

I purchased both the regular version as well as the limited edition today, so I'll now give some comparisons for those of you undecided about which to buy:

-Track listing is identical for both. No bonus track on limited edition. Certainly would have been nice, but alas.

-Although the 2 versions have different cover art, note that the inside booklet of the limited edition has the same cover art as the regular version, as it's the exact same booklet. Booklet itself is the typical kind with various photos and album credits.

-Regular version has an exclusive photo of Batman looking at a wall covered with "HA HA HA" all over it, whereas limited edition has an exclusive 3-way fold-out collage photo of Joker playing cards with Batman in the middle vandalized with red lipstick. In addition, limited edition version has a very cool exclusive photo of the Joker walking down a street with his back to us, holding a playing card in one hand and a knife behind his back with the other.

-Limited edition version comes with 3 two-sided trading cards containing photos of Batman, Joker and Harvey Dent.

To sum up, the limited edition version doesn't offer that much more than the regular version, and is only worth getting for the novelty of a limited edition collectible, or if you're a die-hard fan of the film.
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
The soundtrack that Gotham needs but not the one it deserves Dec 9 2008
By Dave Cordes - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Less than 6 months after the release of the original motion picture soundtrack, a 2-disc "Special Edition" is released obviously to cash in on the film's unprecedented box office success earning $530 million domestically and almost $1 billion worldwide making The Dark Knight the second highest grossing (unadjusted) film in history since the mighty Titanic.

The teaming of James-Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer is the perfect synthesis of orchestral and electronic scoring and together they have created a bold, epic masterpiece that was edited and missing several cues on its initial soundtrack album and it was apparent that they were holding out some material for an inevitable expanded release further down the road. Surprisingly, we didn't have to wait very long for it.

While it is marketed as a "Special Edition" (not to be confused with the The Dark Knight Limited Edition digi-pack of the original release") such wording can be misleading by giving the buyer the impression that they are getting the "complete" uncut score and for the price one would expect nothing less than the kind of exemplary release demonstrated by The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring (The Complete Recordings) with correct arrangements and alternate versions. Some may be disappointed that all of the unreleased cues appear entirely on Disc 2 while Disc 1 is a straight reissue of the original album that most fans probably already have and not in the proper sequential arrangement of the film. For example Bank Robbery (Prologue) is track 1 on Disc 2 and "We Are Tonight's Entertainment" (Disc 2 track 9) should precede "A Little Push" (Disc 1 track 7), etc. I prefer to listen to film scores in their linear film arrangement so if you want to listen to both CDs in their proper film sequencing it will require some daft "re-editing" since several tracks contain cues that were edited together such as "I'm Not A Hero" which follows the Bank Robbery scene but contains music from the Hong Kong scene appearing later in the film.

This is a solid 5-star score and one of the most memorable film scores I have heard in a long time. All of the previously unreleased cues are compiled onto the second disc and the 4 bonus electronica remixes are interesting but just seem more like filler material for the rest of the second disc. I'm surprised they didn't just release these on a separate album entirely marketed as "Music Inspired By The Dark Knight." I would have preferred to hear composers' outtakes or alternate versions of the score instead and most importantly have them completely un-edited and arranged correctly. On the other hand, the hardbound collector's booklet and the slipcase packaging are nice and help to give it "a little push" for collectors to have but it's kind of a tossup. If you haven't already bought the original album, this is the obvious choice to buy but for those who already purchased it it's kind of a sneaky double-dip dilemma worthy of Two-Face himself, but a choice you'll have to make if you're a fan.

This CD deserves a better class of soundtrack.
74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Zimmer and Newton Howard bring their "A game". July 22 2008
By Thaddeus Marcum - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chaos sits in a darkened corner of Gotham city, rubs its hands together and smiles. It's almost time. In a little while, the forces of insanity and madness will begin a twisted, enraged march through the town, burning it all to the ground as it offers a full challenge to the "Dark Knight" with a limitless grin and a semi-crazy school girl flicker of the eyelids.

The Joker has arrived to town.

James Newton Howard (The Sixth Sense, The Village, Collateral, etc.) and Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, etc.) once again have seized the essential musical "nector of the gods" and given us mere mortals another taste of bliss with a score that will certainly rival any action-based film for years to come. Here are the standouts...

#1. Why So Serious?- opens the film. This melody gives us a glimpse of the horror that awaits the city of Gotham as a psychotic clown roams the streets with murder and aimless rage on his devilish mind.

#2. I'm Not a Hero - spells the anguish and darkness that both Batman and his enemies seem to share. A powerful montage of moods which range from a surreal set of ominous strings until being finally eclipsed by by an epic, almost chanting rhythm where we feel the defiance within Batman's soul.

#3. Harvey Two-Face - a Newton Howard piece which illuminates the heroic side of the cities vigilant district attorney, Harvey Dent.

#4. Aggressive Expansion - Zimmer roars out at us with this one. A powerful tune which combines sparse threads of the Batman theme with an otherworldly sense of anticipation.

#5. Always a Catch - Opens with the Joker's delirious theme; closes with a quaint melody.

#6. Blood on My Hands - another Harvey Dent theme. A haunting piece of strings give us the mood for just what Dent represents to the city and his importance to the people as a symbol of justice.

#7. A Little Push - lacking a definitive structure, this song acts as a filler being only 2:42 long.

#8. Like a Dog Chasing Cars - Truly one of the standout pieces to this score, this song attacks the listener with a quick-patterned rise that culminates in menacing dance into the world of both Batman and the Joker. A beautiful tune which shares both the definition of who Joker and Batman truly are, until finally giving way into a melody which stands alone as Batman's, essentially leaving his similarities to the Joker behind.

#9. I am the Batman - short but powerful filler track.

#10. And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad - only 2:30 long, still provides the listener with a concise ride into the realm of Gotham.

#11. Agent of Chaos - Another multi-layered piece which pays initial homage to the Joker's random madness until giving way to the tragic outcome surrounding Harvey Dent.

#12. Introduce a Little Anarchy - if ever there was a Zimmer Batman theme within the film, this would be it.

#13. Watch the World Burn - Captures the horror of what the Joker is capable of doing. Truly one of the gems of the score, if not the most powerful track on the album.

#14. A Dark Knight - at 16:15, acts as the final piece for the film, joining together many of the main themes from the film.

soundtrack grade: A
audibility aside from the film: A
rank among top film scores: top 100
rank among top action scores: top 50
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard Return With A Superb And More Grounded Score July 16 2008
By Kaya Savas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The score for The Dark Knight is in one word, incredible. Zimmer and Howard have crafted a complete soundscape for this character and the world he exists in. I love the original Batman Begins score to death and the only way that this score surpasses the previous one is that it feels more grounded. The characters and world are already established so the score has something to build off of.

The two-note motif has already become iconic and synonymous with Batman. With this score we get two new themes. The first one is the new motif for The Joker. It's only one note and Hans spent 3 months fine tuning it to become the perfect sound. The first track is pretty much all of The Joker's music. It's harsh, industrial and gritty and I love it. It works so well even if you are more of a traditional score fan and don't like it one cannot deny how well it works with the image.

James Newton Howard was in charge of Harvey Dent. This music had to represent a fallen idol; someone who was good but became corrupted. So tragic is a word that can be used to describe it. It's very emotional. It stands apart from the intense action music in the score and is really wonderful. The emotional arc of it takes you from light to dark, it's great scoring.

Fans of Hans Zimmer and/or James Newton Howard will be extremely pleased with this score (I very much am). Hans' structure and style is heard well throughout. The score pulses with intensity very much like the original. There is really NO downtime on this entire album. The music carries you every step of the way, the listen on its own is a journey in itself. Now and then you will hear the 1-note Joker theme pop up and it indeed can get your hairs standing on end. It absorbs you and assaults you while leaving you wanting more. Hans and James both share one thing in common in that they score everything for real, meaning they aren't treating this movie as a work of fiction. They are carefully crafting an emotional story arc and building an atmosphere for it to exist in. There is no grandiose and heroic theme. Everything stands on its own and is so much powerful for doing so. The Dark Knight will be one of if not the best score of the year and will be hard to beat in terms of scope and emotional complexity.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A soundtrack that delivers July 15 2008
By Jordan M. Poss - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's score for The Dark Knight is the best soundtrack CD I've purchased in a while. The music is dark and moody but exciting enough to listen to without succumbing to depression. And at well over an hour long, it also delivers its money's worth, and then some. This is no 45-minute selection of background music, this is a powerhouse score that commands your attention.

Especially good is the electronic-esque theme for the Joker, which dominates the first track, "Why so Serious?" and eerily crops up throughout the rest of the score. Zimmer has said in interviews that he based on the Joker's sound on Kraftwerk, an electronica band from his native Germany. When I first read this I wondered what kind of odd sound this would create, but fortunately there's nothing odd about it whatsoever. It sounds something like Kraftwerk and other European electronica, certainly, but also much like Zimmer's work on Black Hawk Down and is not the least bit off-putting. It perfectly mirrors the Joker--jarring, alternately quiet and loud but always moving, and captivating.

The rest of the score expands on themes from the soundtrack of Batman Begins and introduces a lot more new stuff, from the aforementioned theme for the Joker to somber but moving string sections alternating with heavy percussion and brass, especially in the final track, "A Dark Knight." Like I said, the score is very dark but compulsively listenable. I'm going to have this in my CD player for days.

Highly recommended.

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