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The Ring / The Ring Two: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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Soundtrack music to the two films by Hans Zimmer, Henning Lohner & Martin Tillman.
Rooted in Hideo Nakata's cult Japanese thriller, 2002's box office success The Ring and its '05 sequel updated the horror genre via a timely, technology-based gambit. But this anthology of soundtrack cues from the popular contemporary horror franchise succeeds by largely avoiding the rhythmic stem-winding, synth-sound washes and metallic thunder that characterize all too many modern horror scores. Instead, veteran Hans Zimmer, aided and abetted by protégés Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman, conjures a compelling, less-is-more aura of shadowy suspense and mounting tension. The music fuses the brooding Bernard Herrmann of Psycho and Marnie with the hypnotic, goth-prog conceits of Italian frightmasters Goblin. But that evocative, minimalist sound gives way to a more contemporaryand clichédstew of thrash-guitar and booming electronics in the collection's final quarter. --Jerry McCulley
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The sound quality of this soundtrack is very very good and worth buying. It really enhances the score and makes it very clear and listenable, compared to the lesser sounding promo edition. Like I said all of the music here on this soundtrack is very good and I think they hit alot of the highlights in the film. The new music for the Ring Two was also great to hear and makes me even more eager to see the film.
Yes there are alot of mistakes that went into this soundtrack. My major complaint is that there is not any kind of list that says whether the track is from The Ring or Ring Two. Each track is a suite of different tracks from The Ring and Ring Two one after another. I really wished that they had put the score to The Ring first followed by the score to The Ring Two. I am also very very upset that there was not very much music from The Ring. There is only 18 minutes worth of music from the first film which i think is pretty sad. And were are looking at an hour cd here. There are alot of great tracks that were on the promo that didn't make it here. They include the music when Samara is being interviewed, when the horse jumps off the ferry (yet we do get an alternate version of it for The Ring Two), and the music when Rachel and Noah find the well under the floorboards. I also missed alot of other good tracks from the film like when Rachel picks the fly out of the TV, when Aidan goes up into Kaite's room, when Rachel finds the Katie's photobook with all the scratched out faces, the music during Rachels dream....the list goes on. I just think it's too bad that they wern't able to sqeeze in one more track with stuff from the original movie.
Still, I was overall quite happy with what I got and I think The Ring has one of the greatest horror scores of all time. it is one that should not be missed!
However, I do have some complaints:
First and formost, there are only twelve tracks, so each track is very, very long (the first one clocked in at around eleven minutes or so!). I think that the score could have easily been broken down into more than twelve tracks for sure.
Second, the first five or so tracks all sound nearly identical--they even go so far as to reuse certain cues many times over.
And finally, the last two tracks--"seven days" and "television", techno-remixes of the main theme--were completely unnecessary. Not only do they break the mood the earlier tracks build, but they are in themselves very cheesy-sounding as well (Never thought I'd say "cheesy" when describing a Hans Zimmer score!).
Do I recommend this soundtrack? Absolutely. The first ten tracks are great, moody pieces that build an ominous, somber atmosphere perfect for both the film and a rainy, dreary day. I do wish, however, the score was broken-down a little more, as it tends to drag at times. Great music anyways...
A third of this disc's tracks (the last 4 of the album's 12 tracks) are never heard in the films. Someone thought it'd be cool to remix the themes Hanz Zimmer wrote techno style or mix it up with some thrash guitar, but to replace other more worthy music that was actually heard in the films with these remixes that just don't belong is plain silly, not to mention it ruins the mood the first 8 tracks worked so hard to create. Whoever made that business decision deserves to be trapped at the bottom of the well with Samara for the rest of his natural life.
The themes composed by Hans Zimmer are hauntingly mesmerizing and disturbing at the same time, beautifully orchestrated, performed and recorded. However, if you are familiar with his score for Hannibal, the "recycling" that takes place in some of the music he wrote for The Ring Two may get distracting at times. This bothered me a lot when I saw the film, but for the soundtrack CD he minimized the impact by not including too much Hannibal redux. The ending credits theme from The Ring alone makes the CD worth the purchase IMHO, although the inclusion of these remixes nobody asked for in the first place kind of cancels that benefit/value out.
Better wait for a complete edition to be released, hopefully by the time the third movie comes out.
Tracks 1-8: 4 stars, very good stuff
Tracks 9-10: -2 stars, a waste of precious disc space
overall score: 2 stars, unless you program the disc to stop at the end of track 8