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Reviews - Soundtrack

Label: WaterTower Music
Street Date: July 27th, 2010

1.A Death In The Family
2. Main Titles
3. Mob Boss Meeting
4. Amazo
5. Batwing
6. Batmobile To Arkham
7. Interrogation
8. Rooftop Chase
9. Flashback
10. Black Mask Strikes Back
11. Techno Ninjas
12. Break Out
13. Deal With The Devil
14. Ra's Story
15. The Bridge
16. Final Confrontation
17. The Choice
18. End Titles

Total Run Time: 57:29
Review (Zach Demeter)
While sitting down for my first viewing of Under the Red Hood, one of the first things I took notice of was Christopher Drake’s score for it. Usually that’s always a good thing, but I couldn’t help but think that his arm was twisted in a Hans Zimmer direction because his composed work was very reminiscent of The Dark Knight. This isn’t a bad thing of course as that soundtrack was brilliant and Drake’s own “version” (if that’s what it actually was) of it fit the film perfectly. There’s a lot about this film that surprised me, but Drake’s score being as good as it is wasn’t really a surprise as I’ve grown to expect it from him over his tenure on the DC Universe titles. Red Hood has quite a few nice little nuances to the soundtrack and they aren’t so evident in the film itself, which makes me eternally grateful that they released this soundtrack for public consumption.

The film itself is probably the darkest we’ve seen yet from the DC Universe line and Drake’s score is directly in line with it. From the start we get a slightly edgier mix, something a bit reminiscent of Batman Beyond with its electric guitar riffs. It quickly moves into Zimmer territory with the opening titles and the remainder of the soundtrack is predominantly dark and downtrodden…with the only real uplifting moments of the score stemming from the flashbacks to Todd’s (very) early days as Robin—and it lasts for a very brief period of time. All in all it’s not a very diverse soundtrack, but it doesn’t have to be as it’s a pretty straightforward and dark film and any deviation of such with the soundtrack would just create an aural distraction.

Sadly after listening to the soundtrack five or six times nothing really jumped out at me aside from the main/end titles. This is mostly because elements of the entire soundtrack are found in these particular pieces and it acts as kind of a “best of” of the set. That is something I’ve noticed of Drake’s scores for these films especially and it makes for a nice bit of familiarity throughout the film. Sadly it doesn’t make for the most memorable listening experience when you don’t have the film accompanying it but overall Drake did a superb job on this score and it comes Highly Recommended. I do have to urge you to blast it as loud as you can if you have the proper equipment—it sounded absolutely brilliant pounding through my surround sound and there are so many bass-filled moments in the soundtrack that sent my room a-thudding (and now I know where most of the oomph from the Blu-ray’s audio mix came from).

The CD
The disc itself arrives in a standard jewel case and is reminiscent of Amazon’s print-on-demand releases as the label has the same overly glossy look and the underside of the disc shows prominent burn marks. The booklet is a two-page affair with pictures from the film as well as credits for the disc and “Thanks” from those involved (“Special Thanks” were given to Guillermo del Toro for some reason…no idea if that’s the same as Hellboy del Toro or not). Aside from that the disc is pretty much what you get from the average release.

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