The Future Awaits

February 25, 2023

Varèse Sarabande Releases Expanded Edition of Klaus Badelt’s 2002 Score to THE TIME MACHINE

The 2002 THE TIME MACHINE remake was DreamWorks’ big-budget adaptation of H.G. Wells’ seminal 1895 novella. Adapted by John Logan (Gladiator) and directed by Simon Wells—the author’s great-grandson—it drew from both from the original book and George Pal’s popular 1960 film version.

In the new film, Guy Pearce plays an inventor who creates a time machine to travel back in time and prevent the death of his beloved fiancée. But he is catapulted into Earth’s far future, where he helps a society of peaceful Eloi free themselves from the vicious, underground-dwelling Morlocks.

THE TIME MACHINE was the first solo score for German composer Klaus Badelt, then working for Hans Zimmer but soon to have a prominent career of his own: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, CONSTANTINE, THE PROMISE, POSEIDON and many more. Badelt wrote a sweeping, magnificent, fan-favorite score for the film – the music is acoustic and symphonic, befitting the aesthetics of the 19th century protagonist, and the grand, romantic adventure he takes across time. The orchestra is embellished with tribal music for Earth’s future denizens, and aggressive, modernist stylings for the terrifying Morlocks—all of it beautifully produced for a modern blockbuster.

Varèse Sarabande originally released THE TIME MACHINE soundtrack in a 15-track program at the time of the film. This new Deluxe Edition expands the album to 23 tracks and 76 minutes, with new liner notes by composer and author Brian Satterwhite.

For further details or to order, see Varèse Sarabande

Listen to Klaus Badelt’s opening theme from THE TIME MACHINE, via the composer and YouTube from a 2019 post (then, below that, watch the film’s original trailer):

Watch the 2002 film’s original trailer:

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