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Judge Dredd
(1995)
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1995 Epic Soundtrax
2015 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
William Ross
Conrad Pope
Scott Smalley
John Eidsvoog

Performed by:
The Sifonia of London
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
550 Music/Epic Soundtrax
(June 27th, 1995)

Intrada Records
(May 11th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 Epix Soundtrax album was a regular U.S. release. The 2015 Intrada album is a limited product with unknown quantities produced and sold initially for $30.
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Buy it... on any of its albums if you seek some of the most glorious orchestral bombast of the 1990's on film, a score that stands as muscularly robust in stature as anything Alan Silvestri has ever produced.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for super-heroic themes of simplistic major-key expression, especially if they're predictably blasted out as punctuation to every scene in which Sylvester Stallone delivers one of his painfully awful lines of dialogue.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,397
WRITTEN 11/19/09, REVISED 4/11/16
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Silvestri
Judge Dredd: (Alan Silvestri) Unless you were an enthusiast of the comic on which this film was based, there wasn't much to be impressed about with Judge Dredd, a 1995 Danny Cannon venture that allowed Sylvester Stallone to continue his Demolition Man mode of operation of stubborn, pissed-off rebelling. Mocked by critics for its inability to turn its sources of inspiration into anything particularly original, Judge Dredd is a messy combination of elements from the aforementioned Stallone action/comedy and Blade Runner and Robocop. It tries to interject humor and notoriously poor dialogue in such awkward ways that the film's visual elements are diminished to a level of stupidity that only contributed to the era's stereotypes about summer blockbusters. Stallone and a competent array of character actors exist in a bleak, futuristic Earth where crime rules the land and super-cop "Judges" like Stallone are given the ability to arrest, sentence and execute criminals on the spot. When Stallone's character is framed for a murder and his evil DNA clone decides to switch sides, the battle is on. Without Jurgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow, and especially Armand Assante chewing on the awful script in supporting roles, Judge Dredd would be intolerably bad. Also fighting to salvage the film is Alan Silvestri's score, which came at a time in his career when the Back to the Future and Predator composer was frustrating his fans with a series of far fluffier projects often residing in the comedy realm. Luckily, this assignment added to the wide range of very satisfying bombast to emanate from Hollywood that summer, holding Silvestri's action collectors' interest until the composer's significant return to the genre in the early 2000's. One of the most intriguing aspects of Judge Dredd is the influence of legendary Jerry Goldsmith on the production. The veteran was the original choice to write the music for the picture, but scheduling circumstances placed this film's recording period on top of those of First Knight and Congo, forcing Goldsmith to abandon Judge Dredd. This wasn't before the composer was able to write a propulsive percussion and brass-led, one-minute piece for the film's trailer, however. Many of the rhythmic sensibilities of that short recording seem to have inspired Silvestri's score, even down to the finished work's progressions.



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Average: 3.89 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Epix Soundtrax Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 63:32
• 1. Dredd Song - performed by The Cure (4:23)
• 2. Darkness Falls - performed by The The (3:44)
• 3. Super-Charger Heaven - performed by White Zombie (3:37)
• 4. Need Fire - performed by Cocteau Twins (4:20)
• 5. Release the Pressure - performed by Leftfield (7:39)

Alan Silvestri's Score (39:56):
• 6. Judge Dredd Main Theme (4:56)
• 7. Judgement Day (5:54)
• 8. Block War (4:39)
• 9. We Created You (3:46)
• 10. Council Chaos (5:44)
• 11. Angel Family (5:37)
• 12. New World (9:13)
2015 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 139:07

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The insert of the 1995 album unfolds into an ugly poster but includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 Intrada album contains extensive notation about both.
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