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RoboCop
(1987)
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1987 Varèse
1987 TER (U.K)
Album 2 Cover Art
2004 Varèse
Album 3 Cover Art
2010 Intrada
Album 4 Cover Art
2015 Milan
Album 5 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steven Scott Smalley

Conducted by:
Howard Blake
Tony Britton
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(1987)

That's Entertainment Records, U.K.
(1987)

Varèse Sarabande
(January 27th, 2004)

Intrada Records
(April 12th, 2010)

Milan Records
(July 17th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1987 Varèse Sarabande album is completely out of print, as is the identical T.E.R. album released concurrently in the U.K. The 2004 Varèse Sarabande album is another regular U.S. release. The 2010 Intrada album is limited to 3,000 copies and did not immediately sell out upon its debut at soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2015 Milan re-issue remained a readily available commercial product for years.
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Buy it... on the later expanded and remastered pressings even if you're content with the earliest albums, for Basil Poledouris' consistently rough but robust action writing is presented in far better light on the newer products.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the composer's best merging of synthesizers and orchestra in this vintage of Poledouris' exploration of the blend, his concurrent Cherry 2000 far more accomplished in this area.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #604
WRITTEN 1/30/04, REVISED 5/14/18
Poledouris
Poledouris
RoboCop: (Basil Poledouris) Among the top action franchises of the 1980's was that of RoboCop, the cheesy, violent, and entertaining science fiction story of a Detroit city gone to hell (nothing too fictional about that part) and the cyborg supercop that battles its criminal masterminds. The first American venture by director Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop and its pop success would produce two sequels and a television show, all of which featuring the robotic officer against either the criminals who killed his previous, human self, other criminals who are just bad dudes, or even mega badass robot killing machines conjured to replace or destroy Robocop. Clearly, Detroit was already known as a hideously poor place to invest your real estate money. Like other Verhoeven films, such as Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers, RoboCop is extremely violent; the image of seeing a melting human struck and dismembered by a car is typical of the highly stylized brutality witnessed in this film. And yet, with little public appreciation of the comparisons, RoboCop was a film full of Verhoeven's supposedly heavy parallels between Murphy (the cop who becomes the cyborg upon his gruesome death) and the crucifixion and resurrection of the ever-popular savior, Jesus Christ. Whether you believe the intentions of these messiah connections or not, RoboCop did become a venerable part of a more simplistic genre of American "blow 'em up" action films. The director had originally dismissed the script as simply this kind of juvenile American punk fun; he had just finished Flesh + Blood but had decided to abandon Europe's stricter censorship rules and take his questionable work to United States. One member of his crew remaining with the rising director was composer Basil Poledouris, who had written the romantic and yet sonically brutal score for Flesh + Blood.



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VIEWER RATINGS
550 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.17 Stars
***** 106 5 Stars
**** 122 4 Stars
*** 146 3 Stars
** 112 2 Stars
* 64 1 Stars
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"Rock Shop" is different in the film than on the OST   Expand >>
ultimagameboy - April 20, 2011, at 9:40 a.m.
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Mark - 224 - February 25, 2004, at 12:59 a.m.
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Clemmensen, you are wrong about the trak list for original   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1987 Varèse and T.E.R. Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:05
• 1. Main Title (0:32)
• 2. Van Chase (4:50)
• 3. Murphy's Death (2:30)
• 4. Rock Shop (3:38)
• 5. Home (4:05)
• 6. Robo vs. ED-209 (2:00)
• 7. The Dream (3:00)
• 8. Across the Board (2:28)
• 9. Betrayal (2:12)
• 10. Clarance Frags Bob (1:40)
• 11. Drive to Jones' Office (1:40)
• 12. We Killed You (1:30)
• 13. Directive IV (1:00)
• 14. Robo Tips His Hat (2:00)
• 15. Showdown (5:00)
(These track titles from the packaging are erroneous)
2004 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 42:20
2010 Intrada and 2015 Milan Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:04

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The original pressings contain no extra information about the score or film, and their track titles reference the wrong cues. The inserts of the 2004 Varèse Sarabande, 2010 Intrada, and 2015 Milan albums include detailed information about the score and film.
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