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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Mark McKenzie
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Soundtrack Library Bootleg

Intrada Records
(January 21st, 2013)
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The "Soundtrack Library 46" album is a bootleg that was available in limited quantities from soundtrack specialty outlets in 1997. Several less organized variants resulted. The 2013 Intrada album is a limited product of unspecified quantities, originally available through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20.
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Buy it... if you can be satisfied with a dull but sufficient extension of the basic war genre sound you heard in The Hunt for Red October, in this case bracketed by a ridiculously transparent primary theme of heroic bravado.

Avoid it... if you seek an engaging score with any truly intelligent, fresh constructs or dynamic performances from orchestra and synthesizers, elements that you often find well balanced in Basil Poledouris' works but not here.
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WRITTEN 7/12/03, REVISED 2/24/13
Flight of the Intruder: (Basil Poledouris) Director John Milius' 1991 translation of the popular Stephen Coonts novel came under much criticism at the time of Flight of the Intruder's release. Viewers who had appreciated the novel sharply criticized the adaptation, claiming that much of the intrigue involving the intelligent, politically complex portion of the plot was replaced with black and white wartime situations that make for good, dumbed-down American cinema. For the story of A-6 fighter pilots during Vietnam of the early 1970's, the characters, while maintaining flight names such as Cowboy, Razor, Rabbit, or Tiger, didn't closely resemble their counterparts from the book as well, further irritating Coonts' readers. Still, adaptations of techno-thriller war novels to the big screen were a hot idea in the early 1990's, with The Hunt for Red October opening the box office floodgates to potential mega-profit imitations. Unfortunately, debilitating post-production difficulties with Flight of the Intruder contributed to a lack of momentum for the project that ultimately yielded a dismal public response and essentially concluded Milius' directorial career. Composer Basil Poledouris had by chance been the composer of the popular score for Hunt for Red October, and his friendship and working partnership with Milius would make him an immediate choice to score Flight of the Intruder the next year. By 1991, Milius and Poledouris already enjoyed half a dozen collaborations, many of them existing in the war or action genres and their most successful ventures being the 1980's hits Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn. Poledouris felt so strongly about his loyalty to Milius that he backed out of his assignment to Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves because the post-production parts of Flight of the Intruder relating to the score would overlap the Costner production by two weeks. In an intriguing and frustrating development, however, Flight of the Intruder was delayed by half a year, opening up the entire time in which John Barry scored Dances With Wolves. It has been speculated endlessly that Poledouris, in the process of leaving the award-caliber film for Milius' ridiculous venture, cost himself his best shot at an Academy Award nomination and win. The criticism of Flight of the Intruder would catch up to Poledouris' score as well, for several critics claimed upon release that the music is one of the reasons why the film failed to maintain the novel's intelligence and degenerated into the realm of mindless action. Indeed, it is a very simple, straight forward piece of music.

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1997 Bootlegs Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:21
• 1. Flight of the Intruder March (1:56)
• 2. Tragedy at Sea (6:26)
• 3. Mourning (1:47)
• 4. In the Air (2:07)
• 5. Into Combat (2:53)
• 6. Air Battle (4:21)
• 7. Friendship and Honor (2:54)
• 8. Fallen Friends (1:41)
• 9. Dawn (1:20)
• 10. The Bomb Run (5:49)
• 11. Review Board (1:59)
• 12. The Crash/Surrounded (5:42)
• 13. The Rescue (3:43)
• 14. Finale (1:58)
2013 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:14

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The inserts of the bootlegs are haphazardly designed, with no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2013 Intrada album includes detailed information about both.
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