WATCHMEN SOUNDTRACK AND ORIGINAL SCORE RELEASED
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Highly Anticipated Mystery Adventure Film Watchmen
Features New Music From My Chemical Romance
Original Score Album Features Music Composed By Tyler Bates
March 3, 2009 — Burbank, CA — Warner Sunset / Reprise Records released both the soundtrack and original score to the feature film Watchmen today, March 3rd. The highly anticipated feature film hits theaters this Friday, March 6th.
Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen, the film’s official soundtrack, includes My Chemical Romance’s powerful reinterpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” recorded exclusively for the film. The soundtrack also features a collection of classic songs by such artists as Nat King Cole, Leonard Cohen, and Jimi Hendrix that, once heard in the context of the film, will never be thought of the same way again.
Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score features music by recording artist, composer, and music producer Tyler Bates, who was asked to score the film by Watchmen director Zack Snyder. Tyler, who also scored the Snyder-directed films 300 and Dawn of the Dead, has also scored the soundtracks to The Day the Earth Stood Still, Showtime’s Californication, Slither, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and The Devil’s Rejects. He is known for his surprising juxtapositions of music styles and flair for delicate, atmospheric touches, as well as stressing emotional vibrancy over traditional formulas of music compositions. Bates has also been chosen to score the Watchmen’s DVD added story, “Tales From The Black Freighter.”
Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen and Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score are being released in multiple fan-friendly configurations: The physical CD, and a digital album are available on March 3rd, and a vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be released on March 17th.
Watchmen Singles Box Set will be released on March 24th. The box set contains seven 7-inch vinyl picture discs, one for each Watchmen, plus the original Silk Spectre. The picture discs come inside a hardbound book packaged in a special slipcase. Each picture disc has their image and unique saying. The Watchmen Singles Box Set will include My Chemical Romance’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” plus 13 hand-selected tracks from Tyler Bates’ Original Motion Picture Score.
The Watchmen Singles Box Set available exclusively at www.watchmenmusic.com and is now available for pre-order.
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” — which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union — moves closer to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion — a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers — Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?
Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel co-created by Dave Gibbons, published by DC Comics. The film is produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, and Deborah Snyder. Herbert W. Gains and Thomas Tull are the executive producers, with Wes Coller serving as co-producer. The film stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures present, in Association with Legendary Pictures, a Lawrence Gordon/Lloyd Levin Production, a Zack Snyder Film, Watchmen. Watchmen will be released nationwide on March 6, 2009. It will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures and internationally by Paramount Pictures.
Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen track-listing is as follows:
- Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance
- Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
- The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
- The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
- Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
- I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
- You’re My Thrill – Billie Holiday
- Pruit Igoe & Prophecies – The Philip Glass Ensemble
- Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
- All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
- Ride of the Valkyries – Budapest Symphony Orchestra
- Pirate Jenny – Nina Simone*
* – used in the end credits of the “Tales From The Black Freighter” DVD.
Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score track-listing is as follows:
- Rescue Mission
- Don’t Get Too Misty Eyed
- Tonight The Comedian Died
- Silk Spectre
- We’ll Live Longer
- You Quit!
- Only Two Names Remain
- The American Dream
- Edward Blake – The Comedian
- The Last Laugh
- Prison Fight
- Just Look Around You
- Dan’s Apocalyptic Dream
- Who Murdered Hollis Mason?
- What About Janie Slater?
- I’ll Tell You About Rorschach
- It Was Me
- All That Is Good
- Requiem (Excerpted from Mozart’s Requiem)
- I Love You