Deluxe Soundtrack For Star Trek Into Darkness Released + Giacchino Contrasts ST09 & STID Scores


Composer Michael Giacchino is headed to Philadelphia this week to perform the score for Star Trek Into Darkness with a screening of the film. He is also talking about why that score is ‘darker’ than his score for 2009′ Star Trek. In addition Varèse Sarabande has just released a Deluxe Edition of the Into Darkness score. Details on that below as well.

Giacchino Contrasts ‘Into Darkness’ with ‘Star Trek’ + Philly Trek Concert Thursday

This weekend the Star Trek: Live In Concert tour lands in Philadelphia. In an interview with promoting the event, Giacchino talked about the differences between his scores for Star Trek, and Star Trek Into Darkness, saying…

“The first one is more of a personal journey story, and (‘Into Darkness’) feels like more of a commentary on our sociopolitical status in the world today. It feels like it’s really talking about drone strikes and whether it may be right to go to war. Is it wrong? Is it moral? Is it immoral? All of these things are all over the news today. And so, this one was more of an exploration of those sorts of themes, whereas the first one was really about the emptiness of this one character and what he has to do in order to find himself and understand who he is and become a better person — and along the way, make some of the best friends he’ll ever have. But, both films have a very different backbone them. So, musically, the second one felt darker. It felt more operatic, it felt — not without emotion, mind you — like it was something that was always clouded in — I don’t want to say darkness, because it’s in the title, and that would sound cheesy — but it is a movie that is marred in emotional confusion as to what’s the right thing to do.”

Giacchino will be joining the Philadelphia Orchestra for a live performance and screening of Star Trek Into Darkness on Thursday July 31st at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  Philadelphia tickets for Star Trek: Live In Concert cost between $14.50 to $75. There will also be a costume contest. Details and tickets at

Star Trek Into Darkness Deluxe Edition Released Today

The soundtrack released last summer for Star Trek Into Darkness had 14 tracks with around 47 minutes of music in total. Today Varèse Sarabande released a Deluxe Edition which has has 51 tracks for around 2 hours of music total.  The limited edition 2-CD set costs $26.98 and can be purchased at


Track Listing:

Disc One:
1. Logos / Pranking The Natives (2:58)
2. Spock Drops, Kirk Jumps (1:43)
3. Undersea Enterprises Inc. (1:33)
4. On The Bridge And On The Rocks (1:42)
5. Sub Prime Directive (2:23)
6. London Calling (2:11)
7. Demotion Emotion (:53)
8. London Falling (2:33)
9. The Pride Of Iowa (:43)
10. Astronomical Manhunt (2:12)
11. Man vs Blaster (1:55)
12. Meld-Merized (2:41)
13. Admiral Exposition (3:23)
14. Personal Space (:45)
15. So Long Scotty (:57)
16. Chief Concern / The Moral Mission (2:15)
17. Covert Carol (:38)
18. Galactic Road Trip (1:16)
19. Torpedo Diplomacy (2:19)
20. Spock And Uhura (1:05)
21. Klingon Chase / Meeting (5:03)
22. Harrison Attack (2:46)
23. Harrison Brought Onboard (2:00)
24. Harjugal Visit (2:04)
25. Damage Control (1:18)
26. Scotty’s Floored (1:36)
27. Torpedo Tango (1:08)
28. Cryo Your Heart Out (:17)
29. Harrison’s Heart / Enter The Vengeance (3:44)
30. Mom’s Calling (2:19)
31. You’re Not Safe At Warp (:35)

Disc Two:
1. Kirk’s Last Stand (2:24)
2. Guns Down (1:07)
3. Chair Of Command (:57)
4. You Wanna Do What? (1:58)
5. Pull The Trigger (:27)
6. Ship To Ship (2:53)
7. Hallway Fight (1:33)
8. Head Games (1:48)
9. I’m Gonna Make This Simple (2:47)
10. Human Popsicles (1:18)
11. Earthbound And Down (4:19)
12. Warp Core Values (2:57)
13. Max Thrusters (:57)
14. Buying The Space Farm (3:20)
15. Go Get ’Em (1:13)
16. The San Fran Hustle (5:05)
17. Kirk Enterprises (2:57)
18. End Credits (8:43)
19. Ode To Harrison (6:36)
20. Ode To Vengeance (6:29)

Back Cover


The 2-CD Set costs $26.98 and can be purchased at The Deluxe Edition is limited to just 6000 copies.


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This release is quite the surprise. I hope that Robert Townson doesn’t repeat the same mistakes that were made on Trek09’s Deluxe Edition soundtrack. And I’m not just talking about the packaging.

Why just 6000 copies? Is there any chance to get one in Germany?

This is like adding a musical score to the news footage of a train wreck!

#2 (Stephan).

The 6000 copy limitation is likely an economic choice, as releasing an expanded score incurs a lot of costs that increase massively, depending on the number of copies licensed.

– AFM and Choir union re-use fees, which can be astronomical for a 2 hour+ score with full orchestra, chorus and soloists.
– Licensing from the studio.
– Royalties to the composer and various other fees.

AFM has an archival rate that makes it financially feasible for such a release under 10-15k units, but they need to keep the unit count low for the Choir I suspect, as they are a different union with a completely different contract.

It’s limited so I can brag that I have one.

I’ll be getting it for sure! Loved the expanded score to the 2009 film as well!

Glad I read this article. I deliberately didn’t purchase the first release as I thought (knew) a deluxe edition would soon follow. Ordered and paid for, can’t wait for it to make its way over here to Australia :)

1st score was epic from start to finish.

2nd score was boring/bland most of the time. Only came to life for me when it re-used cues from Star Trek 2009.

Stephan, they will ship it to Germany for an extra $12 or $13 postage but it won’t be in stores.

I’m sorry now I didn’t get the ST 09 deluxe edition so will get this, but it was a less memorable score than the previous one.

I still like this score better, mainly because of the “Ode to Harrison” theme that’s worked throughout. I didn’t care for the “Nero” theme so much in ST2009,

Amazing Score – a Mixture of Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams but with Giacchino flare!


Not for me. STID-Score is much better: better themes, better orchestration, more sophisticated. The score works perfect for the film. ST09 was good, but there was missing ‘something’.

Thanks to Varèse Sarabande for the Deluxe Soundtrack!

Why the double dipping? No thanks…

#13 yep agree they just love ripping you off,as you know they are releasing into darkness on blu-ray with all the extras that should of been on the first copy and in the format again should of been

the hobbit/ lord of the ring movie do it right get the cinema cut or wait for the extended cut your choice,if only they were more like that

Patience is key, my friends; patience is key.

I loved Giacchino since Lost (thank you very much for making me cry in some scenes. The music really added) and he did an amazing job with trek

The score might be the best thing about STID

Finally, I was wondering when they would finally release this. I just bought it, can’t wait for it to arrive.

I’m so glad that they release extra stuff like this. I’m very excited for the compendium also.

Back a few years ago (and even now for most movies), movies used to come with no bonuses at all. And some would have fancier releases with deleted scenes etc.
Nowadays there’s more bonuses on first releases sometimes, and so people behave like spoiled brats screaming that the world owes them everything, every single extra material that exists, without paying any extra, which is why the nonsense of people complaining about the compendium release is possible.

But those of us who live in the real world know that we’re not entitled to everything possible at no extra expense, and are glad to purchase something with extra material when it’s made available.

How is this “ripping off”? They always make extended scores for these films. It was a question of “when” and not “if”…

Aside from a couple of STID tracks I bought on iTunes, I held out for this release. I knew it was coming eventually.

Very pleased that this expanded release is available and like #2 I will gladly pay the extra shipping charge to the UK such that I obtain a copy.

Trek 09 for me was one of the scores I have most listened to since the glory days of the original Star Wars Trilogy and I hope that Bob Orci et al preserve musical continuity by employing Giacchino’s talents on the next enstallment.

@18. Mina McPherson

“Nowadays there’s more bonuses on first releases sometimes, and so people behave like spoiled brats screaming that the world owes them everything […] which is why the nonsense of people complaining about the compendium release is possible.”

Agreed, those spoiled brats forget that corporations are people, my friend! They should be thankful that the movies are being released in Blu-ray format & not VHS!!

Sold! Love the idea of the extended release. I’m just sorry I can’t attend the live performances, great score to great Star Trek!!

In german you can get it over the “Soundtrack Club” for ca 45 EUR all inclusive. Just google ;)

@8. Paul,
“2nd score was boring/bland most of the time. Only came to life for me when it re-used cues from Star Trek 2009.”

I tend to agree with this. I like Giacchino, I think he’s a talented guy, but he’s no John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, or even James Horner. I’ve noticed much of his new TV work is highly derivative of Lost, and when not imitating something else, like the Incredibles, his music lacks depth. There a good cues here and there, but most seem like truncated thoughts rather than complete ideas, in many ways in keeping with the ADD-addled nature of the films he’s scoring. Brief motives serve as complete themes, between long unrelated connective material. In my estimation he’s getting worse, not better.

I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he is falling victim to the same process that brought us a white British Khan in a movie that didn’t need him, as a composer can only do what the director wants if he wants to keep working for said director (and I’m sure he was fighting his own temp score all the way through). And there’s no argument that Abrams chopped the score up and moved it around in the post process. All of that affects our perceptions. But in general, Giacchino has been extraordinarily busy in recent years, perhaps too busy, which can also take a toll on a composers potential. So I guess I feel overall he could be doing better work, but STID is not it.

Ordered. Knew there would be an expanded one eventually.

I don’t see how anyone could say that the STID score was boring. In my opinion it’s one of the best. Ode to Harrison is a great one, along with the new Klingon theme, and then my favorite, Warp Core Values. Love or hate the scene, that track gets my heart going every time I listen to it. Now if only I had some spare money…