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Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard were recently featured on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”; on their website you can listen to the interview and excerpts of the soundtrack or read the transcript.
Zimmer explains that each of the characters were so distinct, clearly defined and powerful that each could have musical identities that were very separate. In fact, the collaborators often split the work — Newton tackled the music for Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart, while Zimmer created the Joker’s theme.
“I kept churning around…how do you describe anarchy, how do you describe a villian and not do it in a way that’s been done before? One of the things I got very much from the character was a fearlessness, and an evenness in a way. The Joker is the only person you can trust in the movie. The Joker is the only one who will never lie to you because he is consistent about his philosophy,” said Zimmer.
“I really wanted to do the whole thing just with one note. I had this idea that rather than what a note is in the context of the notes surrounding it, what could I do emotionally through a performance within one note? How much can I stretch the meaning of a single note and get it down to such minimalism. I failed slightly. I had to use two notes in the end.”
Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Nikki Finke has the scoop on the sales numbers,
I just heard that Warner Bros’ Batman Blu-ray discs alone sold 600,000 copies on Tuesday, the first day of release. By contrast, Marvel/Paramount’s Iron Man sold 250,000 Blu-ray discs when it premiered on September 30th and ended up selling 400,000 Blu-ray units in its first week. But wait til you see what The Dark Knight sold in both formats, standard def and hi-def: 3 million copies bought by customers in the U.S., Canada and the UK on its first day in stores. That’s 3x the norm.
Reuters have the latest update on the DVD and Blu-ray sales, stating that more than 10 million units have been shifted:
Sales of the DVD, starring Christian Bale as Batman and the late Heath Ledger as the villainous Joker, totaled more than 10 million units worldwide since its December 9 release and are expected to remain strong throughout the holiday season, Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros movie studio said. Ten million units translate into an estimated $175 million in revenues, according to Home Media Magazine Market Research.
The best selling DVD of all time is “Finding Nemo” with over 60m units sold.
In a turnaround it appears that the James Newton Howard/Hans Zimmer soundtrack is once again eligible for an Academy Award nomination. It had previously been ruled out (Nov 10th) because 5 composers were named on the cue sheet; which was deemed to be too many. In response the ‘affected parties’ submitted information to the contrary, leading The Music Branch Executive Committee to conclude that Zimmer and Howard had authorship of the score, putting the music back in contention for an Oscar.
The exclusive Dark Knight Blu-ray and DVD packages are coming in many many different flavors; some with free Batman mask (see Target), some with a Joker or Batman mask statuette (see Best Buy), some with a miniature Bat pod (see Amazon) and some in a steel case. All of them can be grabbed from Ebay, for the obsessive collector in you.
Dark Knight Blu-ray | DVD | Special Edition Blu-ray with Bat-pod
(See our original Dark Knight DVD and Blu ray post for details)
Exclusives on Ebay
A 2 CD special edition of the Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard soundtrack featuring bonus remixes and new tracks will be released on December 9th.
From the press release,
‘The Dark Knight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ returns with the ASCAP-winning composers from Batman Begins– Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard for a powerful orchestral score. The Special Edition features the complete score on two CD’s plus four bonus remix tracks; it also contains an 8x8x40 page hardbound book.
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
1. Bank Robbery (Prologue)
2. Buyer Beware
3. Halfway To Hong Kong
4. Decent Men In An Indecent Time
5. You’re Gonna Love Me
7. You Complete Me
8. The Ferries
9. We Are Tonight’s Entertainment
10. A Watchful Guardian
11. Why So Serious?(The Crystal Method Remix)
12. Poor Choice Of Words(Paul van Dyk Remix)
13. Gunpowder And Gasoline(Remix by Mel Wesson)
14. Rory’s First Kiss(Remix by Ryeland Allison)
Buy the Dark Knight 2 Disc Special Edition Soundtrack from Amazon | Official Score Website
Warner Bros has finally officially announced that the release date for the Dark Knight on DVD and Blu-ray will be December 9th. Check out the covers for these and the special 2-Disc Limited Edition set.
/Film have posted what look like the first details about the special releases and limited edition versions of The Dark Knight that will be available when it comes out to own later this year. HOWEVER — they were sent in by a reader and could be complete fabrications.
None of this promotion plays on the popularity of The Joker which leaves me a little suspect.
2-Disc BatPod Collector’s Edition
2-Disc Bat-Mask Edition (this one has to be fake)
DVD and Blu ray covers
French Connection have ranged 7 stylish new Dark Knight/Joker related t-shirts, I particularly like the first one, except that faddish “faded t-shirt” look that seems to be in at the moment. If I order it now it might arrive in time for the IMAX screenings in London next thursday (any other Brits going to that?)
Thanks JP Gainey
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