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The Life and Music of Basil Poledouris
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Piano Solos by:

Directed by:
Michael Rosendale

Written by:
Jon Burlingame

Produced by:
Nick Redman
Michael Rosendale
Lukas Kendall
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Film Score Monthly
(December, 1997)
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Specialty release, available originally at FSM's site and soundtrack mail-order outlets. It was still for sale at the FSM site until 2006. Its original price was $30, but the lack of sales caused a clearance price of $20. Its status as of 2006 is unknown.
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Buy it... only if you're an extreme Basil Poledouris enthusiast, or are a fan of his popular daughter Zoë.

Avoid it... if the hassle of finding and purchasing the old VHS-format video isn't worth the money you could spend instead on one of Poledouris' collectible scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,063
WRITTEN 1/7/98, REVISED 11/30/06
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Poledouris
Poledouris
The Life and Music of Basil Poledouris: (Video) In 1997, Film Score Monthly founder Lukas Kendall took a significant financial risk by announcing the debut of a video series that would document the lives of modern film composers. Produced by "Vineyard Haven Video," the first in the series was a 50-minute video profile of Basil Poledouris, with interviews and tours of his house, studio, and, of course, his boat. In coordination with co-producers Michael Rosendale and Nick Redman, the production was limited in what it could show on screen and what original recordings could be heard. Thus, what you get is a significant dose of Poledouris himself, including his personal performances on piano. Poledouris should need no introduction for film music collectors. Before his death from cancer in 2006, his body of work spanned several decades and included some of the most desirable action music on the secondary market. At the time the video was shot, Poledouris had just finished Starship Troopers and was about to venture on to Les Misérables. Ironically, after this video was shot, Poledouris would slowly begin to turn his attention away from regular film scoring duties (as well as fall ill), causing his output in the 2000's to be sparse. Poledouris never showed any hints in the video about his impending reduction in scoring assignments, though he did elaborate on the challenges in the evolution of scoring technologies. The emphasis that Kendall placed in the video exists on the personal side of the composer, and while Poledouris does discuss a handful of his works, most of the running time is devoted to the man's personality and lifestyle. To nobody's surprise, the video concentrates significantly on Poledouris' love of sailing and the sea, a passion that has inspired some his best works for like-minded films. He interacts with copies of film scripts and pictures from films on his wall, and talks about dreams while sailing his boat. Also featured is Poledouris' wife (at the time), Bobbie, and their popular singer/songwriter daughter Zoë, who had just come off of an appearance on the soundtrack for Starship Troopers.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 49:00
• 1. Opening Credits/Introduction (2:30)
• 2. Starship Troopers (6:30)
• 3. Big Wednesday/John Milius/Conducting (6:30)
• 4. Childhood, Family, and Getting Started (6:30)
• 5. A Place for Composing (3:00)
• 6. Conan the Barbarian (2:30)
• 7. Zoë's Tour and Demo Song (2:30)
• 8. Sailing (1:30)
• 9. Free Willy (2:30)
• 10. Modern Scoring Responsibilities/Aspects of the Job (2:30)
• 11. Centennial Olympic Games/Greek Influences (3:00)
• 12. Lonesome Dove/The Emmy (3:30)
• 13. Dreams (1:30)
• 14. Conclusion/CD Covers (Farewell to the King) (4:00)
These listings do not appear on the packaging. The segments are titled here to give you the distribution of time (approx.) for each subject area.

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The packaging includes little extra information about the video. There is a surprise ending after the conclusion of the end credits, so don't turn it off too soon.

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