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Commando
(1985)
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2003 Varèse
2011/2015
La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Jay Gruska

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Albums Produced by:
Nick Redman
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(November, 2003)

La-La Land Records
(September 6th, 2011)

La-La Land Records
(May 19th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2003 Varèse album (catalog number: VCL 1103 1026) was a "Limited Collector's Edition" of 3,000 copies and available only through the label's site or online soundtrack specialty outlets. It was sold out within a few years of release and increased to $75 in value. The 2011 La-La Land album was also limited to 3,000 copies and sold out within days of its release. Its initial value through soundtrack specialty outlets was $20. The same product was re-issued by La-La Land in 2015 in a pressing of 2,000 copies at the same price point.
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Buy it... if you are attempting to maintain a complete James Horner collection and dauntlessly tolerate his early rhythmic action style pounded on electronic pads and steel drums.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear a superior, orchestral paramilitary superhero score along the lines of Predator or Rambo, because there is some tongue-in-cheek disregard at work in Commando's cheesy music.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #315
WRITTEN 12/13/03, REVISED 8/16/15
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Commando: (James Horner) By 1985, famed one-liner machine Arnold Schwarzenegger was determined to take on an acting roll in which he could not only kick butt and flex his freakish muscles, but also show a softer side not witnessed in The Terminator or Conan the Barbarian and its sequel. It marked the beginning of the series of projects that Joel Silver produced for 20th Century Fox, leading to great success in the Predator and Die Hard franchises. Thus, for the actors (including Alyssa Milano as the daughter of Schwarzenegger's character, John Matrix), the studio, the producer, and even the composer, Commando was an important stepping stone on the path to bigger and better things. This isn't to say that Commando itself was a classic; in fact, despite the larger than usual displays of explosions and exotic locales (as well as impressive grosses at the time of its debut, except in Scandinavia, where the film was banned outright), the comedic action film is nothing more than another simplistic paramilitaristic joy ride, an excuse to show the same building exploding nine different times from nine different angles. Because it was clearly a formula film, even down to its comfort level with dumb dialogue, two-dimensional characters, and 70's-era camera placements and editing, it basically fit into the same category as the Predator and Rambo series. But unless you can get into the mood of that late-night cable television style of ridiculous goodguy versus badguy assaults with huge caches of weapons, then Commando borders on the realm of silly and stupid. Certainly, it was never as good as the other two military superhero series mentioned above. Composer James Horner was at a time in his career when he was just beginning to show that he was in the mainstream to stay. He had garnered considerable attention for his two Star Trek scores, and his output in 1985 and 1986, with Commando sandwiched in the middle, would confirm Horner's placement with Cocoon, An American Tail, and Aliens, the latter two nominated for Grammy and/or Academy Awards.



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476 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.77 Stars
***** 59 5 Stars
**** 76 4 Stars
*** 132 3 Stars
** 116 2 Stars
* 93 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2003 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 43:27
• 1. Prologue/Main Title (3:58)
• 2. Ambush and Kidnapping (2:35)
• 3. Captured (2:14)
• 4. Surprise (8:19)
• 5. Sully Runs (4:34)
• 6. Moving Jenny (3:44)
• 7. Matrix Breaks In (3:29)
• 8. Infiltration, Showdown and Finale (14:33)
2011/2015 La-La Land Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 61:36

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The inserts of all the albums include detailed information about the score and film.
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