Hulk Soundtrack Contest
Wednesday, July 23 2003
The good folks at CineMedia Productions are going to sponsor are next contest, and it centers on the Hulk Soundtrack. Prizes will include Hulk CD's books, t-shirts, posters and mini-posters. Check back for complete contest rules.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE, THE HULK, TO BE RELEASED ON DECCA/UMG SOUNDTRACKS JUNE 17, 2003
**INCLUDING THE EXCLUSIVE NEW TRACK “SET ME FREE” PERFORMED BY THE NEW SUPER GROUP, VELVET REVOLVER, FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND
(STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), SLASH, DUFF McKAGAN AND MATT SORUM FORMERLY OF GUNS N’ ROSES AND DAVE KUSHNER OF SUICIDAL TENDENCIES**
**ORIGINAL FILM SCORE BY DANNY ELFMAN**
New York, NY (June 12, 2003) The soundtrack for the highly anticipated film, The Hulk, will be released on Decca/UMG Soundtracks June 17, 2003. Scoring the original soundtrack is famed composer, Danny Elfman whose unmistakable music has been featured in several blockbuster movies including Spider-Man, Batman and Men In Black II. The soundtrack also includes a new exclusive track, “Set Me Free,” which was inspired by the film and recorded by the all-new super group, Velvet Revolver, featuring Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots; vocals), Slash (Guns N' Roses; guitar), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses; bass), Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses; drums) and Dave Kushner (Suicidal Tendencies; guitar). This is the first-ever commercially available track from this new hard rock mega-group and can be downloaded exclusively on Apple’s iTunes Music Store from June 8, 2003 through June 17, 2003.
The band was invited by director, Ang Lee to see an early cut of the film which inspired them to write a powerful song that would match the movie in both theme and intensity. Slash commented, "Writing songs is really cool, but if you get inspired to do it for a really good movie, the outcome is more fulfilling. We got a certain energy from watching the film, and we wanted to do something that would be really appropriate for it. The Hulk is a very dramatic version of the same stuff that we all go through. All this bottled-up tension is what the song's about, so it's a pretty good marriage: the theme of the song and what The Hulk is all about."
Added Scott Weiland, "Ang Lee had a lot of intensity about the movie and his art form." He met with the band following their screening and provided some additional ideas and inspiration for lyrics that would closely reflect the story of Bruce Banner and his struggle with his monstrous alter-ego, The Hulk.
Lending his dramatic musical talents to the film, Danny Elfman composed a riveting score highlighting the intensity of this compelling story. It is no surprise that Elfman’s was chosen to score The Hulk given his previous work on a wide variety of projects including; Spider-Man, Red Dragon, Batman, Planet of the Apes, Men In Black II, Good Will Hunting, Mission Impossible, most of Tim Burton’s movies including Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. He is also the composer behind the infectious quirky theme for The Simpsons. Tim Burton has described Elfman as "a real artist in the sense that he is like his music and his music is like him. He brings that intuitive excitement to a project. He respects tradition without doing it exactly."
Always an active presence in the world of film world, Danny Elfman has been nominated for several Grammys including Planet of the Apes for "Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media” and Batman and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He won a Grammy for “Best Instrumental Composition” for “The Batman Theme.”
The Hulk was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ride With The Devil, Sense and Sensibility). Lee’s concept for the film adaptation of the Marvel Comic, The Hulk, combines all the elements of a blockbuster including the visual effects of an intensive Super Hero movie with the brooding romance and tragedy of Universal’s classic horror films. Lee and his team have done an amazing job of depicting The Hulk as both a Super Hero and a monster while still managing to update and modernize the characters in the movie.
The movie stars Eric Bana (Black Hawk Down) as scientist Bruce Banner, whose inner demons transform him in the aftermath of a catastrophic experiment. Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) portrays Betty Ross, whose scientific genius unwittingly helps unleash The Hulk. Nick Nolte (The Thin Red Line) plays Banner’s brilliant father, who passes on a tragic legacy to his son, and Sam Elliott (The Contender) portrays the commander of a top-secret military research center. Universal Pictures will release The Hulk on June 20 in theaters everywhere.
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