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Red Heat
(1988)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, Co-Performed, and Produced by:

Co-Performed by:
Michael Boddicker
Brandon Fields
Kazu Matsui
Tim May
Steven Schaeffer
Neil Stubenhaus
Ian Underwood
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Virgin Movie Music
(May 1st, 1988)
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Regular international release, but out of print shortly thereafter. Its value remained at about $50 for well over a decade.
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Buy it... only if you desire James Horner's humorous adaptation of the large choral cantata by Sergei Prokofiev heard very obviously over the film's opening and closing titles.

Avoid it... if you aren't inclined to seek a rare album to obtain of one of the most extremely irritating, lazy scores of synthesized, contemporary action in Horner's career.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #721
WRITTEN 7/18/98, REVISED 11/10/11
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Red Heat: (James Horner) You could summarize this movie in just a few words, and most them would be "Arnold Schwarzenegger pairing with James Belushi to bust criminal ass." Schwarzenegger is the tough cop from Russia who's been forced to follow a criminal to Chicago, where Belushi, the underworked slob of a cop, is his liaison to law enforcement in the United States. It's another buddy cop flick from the pen of Walter Hill, and while the merits of the storyline itself are dubious at best, who cares? Schwarzenegger and Belushi are the comedy in and of themselves, and as they chase dopeheads and other unsavory people, the two manage to teach each other some helpful lessons about life and entertain viewers in the process. Despite being one of the earlier films to shoot in the Soviet Union (though just in snippets), there is nothing intellectually redeeming about the movie. Violence abounds, of course, but in that comic book fashion that Schwarzenegger seems to attract in his more comedic films. Composer James Horner wasn't actually busting through walls in the same physical fashion as the eventual Governator, but 1988 was still his official break-through year with which to announce that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, and An American Tail weren't just beginner's luck. He was still occasionally mired in ridiculously awful actions scores of contemporary leanings during that period, a sound best known in Commando and 48 Hrs. and tapering off by the time of Red Heat and Another 48 Hrs.. With both The Land Before Time and Willow proving to be orchestral powerhouses in 1988 that would define Horner's career for decades to come, Red Heat easily got lost in the shuffle. That isn't to say that the score failed to cause plenty of listeners to scratch their heads, though. The only really distinct cues in Red Heat are its two orchestral and choral ones that bookend the score. They sounded nothing like Horner's other works, back then or decades later. The massive choral piece was so strikingly different from the composer's career sounds, not to mention the rest of Red Heat itself, that it remained a curiosity for many years. Even in context, the piece remains an over-the-top aberration in the film's late-night showings on cable channels.



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Average: 2.45 Stars
***** 22 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
*** 33 3 Stars
** 41 2 Stars
* 68 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:15
"Side One": (19:40)
• 1. Main Title (3:00)
• 2. Russian Streets (1:35)
• 3. Cleanhead Bust (4:16)
• 4. Victor Escapes (2:53)
• 5. Tailing Kat/ The Set Up (7:55)
"Side Two": (24:30)
• 6. Hospital Chase (4:30)
• 7. The Hotel (6:21)
• 8. Bus Station (9:34)
• 9. End Credit (4:04)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The album's track listings have meaningless distinctions between "sides" as an LP record would be split.
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