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BLADE II  (2002)
Production Company: New Line Cinema, Amen Ra Films, Marvel Enterprises, Imaginary Forces, Justin Pictures
Distributors: New Line Cinema
Release date (USA): 22 March 2002

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: David S. Goyer
Based on the Character Created by Marv Wolfman & Gene Colan

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Additional Music by Danny Saber & Buck Sanders
Orchestra Conducted by Marco Beltrami & Pete Anthony
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Orchestrated by Pete Anthony, Marco Beltrami, Bill Boston, Bruce Fowler, Blake Neely, Carlos Rodriguez & Ceiri Torjussen
Recorded and Mixed by John Kurlander
Recorded at Todd-Ao Scoring Stage, Studio City, CA
Mixed at Todd-Ao Studios, Studio City & Signed Sound Studio
Music Editor Bill Abbott, Brian Richards & Denise Okimoto
Orchestra Contracted by Sandy DeCrescent
Music Preparation Julian Bratolyubov & Sean H. Hickey

Music Produced by Marco Beltrami

Synopsis: A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust. Blade, Whistler (Yes, he's back) and an armory expert named Scud are curiously summoned by the Shadow Council. The council reluctantly admits that they are in a dire situation and they require Blade's assistance. Blade then tenuously enters into an alliance with The Bloodpack, an elite team of vampires trained in all modes of combat to defeat the Reaper threat. Blade's team and the Bloodpack are the only line of defense which can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out the vampire and human populations.

A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER

The film was temped with a considerable amount of my music from other movies, but overall my ideas first started as timbral ideas. After we saw the movie, Buck Sanders created a lot of sounds that we could use for the film. It was out of these sounds that I developed my melodic ideas. Some of them I developed with Buck, some on my own. Rhythmical ideas, the idea for creating this Japanese element to the score, the Taiko ensemble was Guillermo’s idea. In terms of using the Shakuhachi and the other Japanese elements, it was evident from watching the film that there’s a side to Blade that’s like a Samurai. There’s this meditative state to him, there’s this whole way he carries himself, so I thought that using the musical elements of a monk singer, the Shakuhachi, and the Koto, became evident from watching the movie.

BLADE 2: Recording Sessions
Todd-Ao Scoring Stage, Studio City, CA

     

V A R E S E   S A R A B A N D E  (VSD-6365)

01. Nomack the Knife (3:31)
02. Waiting for the Sun (2:30)
03. Blade II (Main Title) (Marco Beltrami & Danny Saber) (3:02)
04. Suckheads Infiltrate (2:19)
05. Nyssa Sucks (1:52)
06. B Slice (1:10)
07. House of Paincakes (4:53) PDF
08. Blade Pops a Cold One (0:54)
09. Family Feud (2:21)
10. Charge of the Light Grenade (3:03)
11. Blade’s Discharge (1:35)
12. Priest Splits (1:23)
13. Nomack Snacks (1:19)
14. Back in Black (:46)
15. Nyssa Over Easy (1:31)
16. Wind & The Willows (Abayo) (1:21)

Release date: 4 June 2002
Total Time: 33:47
Length of the Score: 99 minutes

 

Purchase links:  Varese Sarabande, Amazon US, Movie Music, iTunes

V I R G I N    R E C O R D S   (12064)

01. Blade (Theme from Blade) (Danny Saber & Marco Beltrami (3:03)
02. Cowboy (Eve & Fatboy Slim) (5:31)
03. I Against I (Mos Def & Massive Attack) (5:40)
04. Right here, Right Now (Ice Cube & Paul Oakenfold) (4:10)
05. Tao of the Machine (The Roots & BT) (3:16)
06. Child of the Wild West (Cypress Hill & Roni Size) (4:14)
07. The One (Busta Rhymes, Silkk The Shocker & Dub Pistols) (3:44)
08. We Be Like This (Fabolous, Judakiss & Danny Saber) (5:45)
09. Gorillaz on My Mind (Redman & Gorillaz) (4:29)
10. Gangsta Queens (Trina, Rah-Digga & Groove Armada) (3:54)
11. PHDream (Bubba Sparxxx & The Crystal Method) (3:52)
12. Raised in the Hood (Volume 10 & Roni Size) (3:26)
13. Gettin' Aggressive (Mowo! Mix) (Mystikal & Moby) (3:38)
14. Mind What You Say (Buppy) (3:59)

Release date: 19 March 2002
Total Time: 58:42 (3:03)

Purchase links: Amazon US, Amazon UK

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