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Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time
(1991)
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1992 Intrada
2013 BSX Records
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Robert Folk

Performed by:
The Berlin Radio Concert Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
Peter Tomashek
Richard Bronskill
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(November 24th, 1992)

BSX Records
(February 27th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 Intrada album was a regular U.S. release, eventually escalating to $25 in value after going out of print. The 2013 BSX Records album is limited to 1,500 copies and available for $15 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you're a sucker for high-quality, orchestral fantasy and adventure scores, always in search of the genre's hidden gems.

Avoid it... if the genre of 1980's spin-off fantasy music sounds tired, derivative, and badly dated to you, especially when it attempts to borrow frequently from James Horner's vintage techniques.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #979
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 3/24/13
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Folk
Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time: (Robert Folk) You really have to wonder what original "Beastmaster" novelist Andre Norton thought of the wretched path this concept took through theatres and cable television over a two-decade span. With the original Beastmaster film (which was among the many fantasy adventure follow-ups of the early 1980's to the surprising popularity of Conan the Barbarian) enjoying a significantly lucrative second life on cable television, it was decided to haul a now aging Marc Singer into his title role on the big screen once again in the early 1990's, hoping (successfully, as fate would have it), that the film would rake in similar cash on cable. Halfway along that road to rebirth, one that yielded another sequel with Singer after this, as well as a spin-off television series, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time stayed in the theatres just long enough to receive an appropriately brutal slashing from critics, who didn't need much intelligence to notice all the ways in which corners were cut to meet a smaller production budget. In many ways, Beastmaster 2 mirrored the earlier "He-Man" film Masters of the Universe in its laughable failures; with no black paint to once again portray one of the title character's animal companions as a panther, it's simply a tiger this time around. And, like Masters of the Universe, much of the movie is shot in modern America, with a "portal of time" introduced by a witch played by Sarah Douglas (the evil superwoman of Superman II, reflecting the best of "He-Man"'s Meg Foster, including even more cleavage), giving ancient times the lovely threat of nuclear annihilation. Seeing Singer run around Los Angeles in a loincloth is about as good as it gets here, except, of course, for the obligatory, hilarious scene of upscale department store destruction and the usual overachieving score by composer Robert Folk. Interestingly, Folk would produce for Beastmaster 2 exactly what Bill Conti had provided for Masters of the Universe: a score that exceeds the film in quality to such a degree that it sounds badly out of place in context. Then again, Folk, whose career had been defined by Police Academy and Ace Ventura music, has seemingly always tackled projects like this one (and countless others) with such energetic enthusiasm that his work is always worth appreciation apart from the film. He had just completed Toy Soldiers the same year, and the two scores stand among his very best despite their awkward positions in their pictures.

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Average: 3.1 Stars
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Dar the hero
LordB - May 29, 2012, at 8:58 p.m.
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Additional Orchestration & Orchestra
BCS1977 - April 21, 2012, at 3:01 p.m.
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No single, outstanding cues!?!?
JW - January 23, 2009, at 5:45 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:10
• 1. Main Title (1:52)
• 2. Dar the Hero (9:49)
• 3. Creature's Story (2:22)
• 4. Through the Portal (5:09)
• 5. Jackie Alone on Desert (1:29)
• 6. Swamp Creature Attacks (2:35)
• 7. Travel Montage (3:08)
• 8. Mind Suck (2:05)
• 9. Police Escape (1:06)
• 10. Jackie Gets Some Sleep (0:51)
• 11. I.D. Badges (4:25)
• 12. Get Arklon (1:47)
• 13. The Great Escape (4:26)
• 14. Sharawk Leads the Way (3:32)
• 15. Neutron Detonator (5:40)
• 16. Key to the Heart (5:32)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1992 Intrada album includes a note from Folk about the score. That of the 2013 BSX album features extensive notes about the film and score.
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