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Van Helsing Enhanced, Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (May 4 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001O3Y7Q
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Transylvania
2. Burn It Down!
3. Werewolf Trap
4. Journey To Transylvania
5. Attacing Brides
6. Dracula's Nursery
7. Useless Crucifix
8. Transylvanian Horses
9. All Hallow's Eve Ball
10. Who Are They To Judge?
11. Final Battle
12. Reunited

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Format: Audio CD
I highly recommend this cd to all fans and nonfans of the movie 'Van Helsing', starring the mutlitalented Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. I saw the movie three times and absolutely loved it (My wife actually saw it more times than I did).
One of the things that I loved about the movie was the beautiful, but haunting music by Composer Alan Silvestri. Silvestri's musical score is excellent. I had trouble finding this cd in my local stores -- it was always sold out! Finally, after numerous unsuccessful attempts, I purchased it from Amazon and it arrived quickly. I love all of the music; but, these are my favorites:
1. Transylvania 1887
4. Journey to Transylvania
5. Attacking Brides
7. Useless Crucifix
11. Final Battle
12. Reunited
This cd is enhanced and it contains a nice photo gallery from the movie as well as video game information. I'm not usually a major fan of monster movies; but, I loved this movie and it's exquisite soundtrack and I hope you do also.
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Fans of the film "Van Helsing" or those who enjoy rousing, spectacular soundtracks will no doubt enjoy this amazing score from acclaimed composer Alan Silvestri.
Even from the opening scenes of "Van Helsing," I knew I had to buy this soundtrack. The terrific vocals and powerful score bring in mind Holst's "Mars" (also a strong influence in the film GLADIATOR'S opening battle sequence), Orff's "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana, THE LORD OF THE RINGS' battle sequences music, Mussorsky's "Night of the Bald Mountain" from FANTASIA and the OMEN'S choruses. I am a huge fan of this type of powerful operatic classical music and this soundtrack has quickly become one of my favorite soundtracks.
Oh, if only Alan Silvestri had composed the score for the movie "Troy" then it would've become an even more powerful and stirring film!
I like all of the tracks but the highlights for me would be "Transylvania 1887," "Journey to Transylvania," "The Attacking Brides," "Transylvanian Horses" and "All Hallows Eve Ball."
If you enjoyed this soundtrack then I would also recommend "Simply the Best Classical Anthems" - a masterful compilation of amazing classical works to include Orff, Mussorgsky, Verdi, Holst and others. "Van Helsing" is an amazing score that is stirring and heart-pounding. Highly recommended!
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By Shirley on May 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I watched the movie, I never expected to get the kind of music that Silvestri has produced for the show. He did a great job with Van Helsing, capturing every emotion in the film and adds on to the thrill for the respective scenes. Even by listening to the soundtrack itself you can still feel the adrenaline pump through you. I liked how 'Journey to Transylvania' and 'Transylvanian Horses' sounded, making it feel like a real long-distance journey with an important task at hand, and at the same time journeying along exotic and dark roads. 'Reunited' was kind of a sad track, yet one can still get the spiritual feeling of Anna going to heaven with Velkan. And I also liked the way Silvestri ended this track. It is a pity they left out the score for the ending credits though.
But great as it is, I feel Silvestri has overdone the percussion on some of the tracks. They get too loud and dominant at times, and if the volume was a little too high you very well may start getting a headache that pounds along with the percussion beats.
Having said that though, I still say this soundtrack is a really good one. If you've watched the movie, you shouldn't miss the soundtrack either.
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Wow. What an a$$-kicker this turned out to be.
Long one of my favorites, Alan Silvestri proves once again why he deserves to be in the A-list of modern movie composers.
Anyone who knows of this gentleman's work, knows he capable of absolute masterworks (Back to the Future, Predator), so it should come as no surprise when he cranks out another effort of sheer genius.
Unlike those other blind souls out there who somehow killed off their inner ten year old, I lOVED this film. If you can simply respect what KIND of film maker Stephen Sommers is, and love and appreciate the kind of movies his style and identity brings forth, you'll have a GREAT time.
You should NOT expect the serious tone or gravity of Lord of the Rings with this. It's NOT that kind of film. It's essentially a GREAT B-monster movie with huge stars and amazing special effects. Watching this film, (if you can just GO with it and like it for what it IS) you will feel like your in Disney's Space Mountain (if it mated with the Haunted Mansion!)...So much fun...
Anyway, the score is just as good. We have brilliant percussion work, frightening war-like themes around every corner, and a hero theme that is one for the ages.
Alan NAILED this one. It's a blast to listen to. Any fan of this man or the film, will LOVE this.
Ben Isaac
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The last time Alan Silvestri worked with director Stephen Sommers he produced one of the best adventure scores in his career with "The Mummy Returns" (which is still one of the best features of that film). They have reunited with the new epic, thriller/adventure, tribute to Universal's classic monster films, "Van Helsing." From the first cut "Transylvania 1887," it is clear that this will be a thunderous, pounding ride. Oddly enough, with the exception of Franz Waxman's score for "The Bride of Frankenstein" (a classic film score), music for the Universal monster films was not particularly memorable. Silvestri's excellent score for "Van Helsing" may change that. His dramatic orchestrations and choral arrangements (this writer's favorite bit here) seem perfect for this entry into the horror genre. If there is a down side to the soundtrack recording, however, it is somewhat brief at just under forty-five minutes. Nicely produced and packaged by Decca (with some moderate enhanced features), this is a summer soundtrack to sink your fangs into and enjoy!
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