Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Another unfathomably awesome soundtrack by Mr. Poledouris, from one of the greatest movies of all time. Quite a bit more "modern" than the Robocop soundtrack and a HELL of a lot more modern than the Conan The Barbarian soundtrack, Basil incorporates a heavy use of electronic instruments on this one, as a tool to juxtapose the sterile, robotic actions of the Communist Army in the film against the grassroots military opposition of the All-American Wolverines (who are also represented by an array of organic, orchestral intrumentation). This is some of his most dramatic and uncharacteristic work, which was alternately assaulted and hailed as a masterpiece by critics upon its release. A huge departure from his regular style, I think this is Poledouris' finest hour, from the lock-step synth marching in the opening credits to the sweeping symphonic majesty at its end.
A classic score from a classic film.
"BOYS! AVENGE ME! AVENGE ME!!!"
PS: More bad news, gang. While researching this post, I came across a news story about a Red Dawn remake in the works. Goddammit.