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Red Sonja
(1985)
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1990 Varèse
2010 Perseverance
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

2010 Album Produced by:
Robin Esterhammer
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(1990)

Perseverance Records
(November 16th, 2010)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The original Varèse album was a top collectible in the 1990's. Only 1,000 copies were printed for what was the label's sixth entry in their CD Club, and its estimated value at its peak was $100 or more. The 2010 Perseverance album is limited to 2,000 copies and was made available initially for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on any album only if you are an Ennio Morricone completist or seek one of the quirkier but still effective scores to grace the sword and sorcery age in the early 1980's.

Avoid it... if you never cared much for Basil Poledouris' music for the Hyborian Age and wouldn't want to hear it romanticized in sometimes awkward fashion, especially as it caters to 1980's pop culture at its conclusion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #668
WRITTEN 6/26/97, REVISED 1/3/11
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Red Sonja: (Ennio Morricone) It was with great fortune that composer Basil Poledouris was able avoid an assignment on Dino de Laurentiis' Red Sonja in 1985, though Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't as fortunate. The actor was contractually bound to appear in three Conan films, but by 1985, Schwarzenegger's career was headed elsewhere and the stunningly poor quality of Conan the Destroyer was enough of a deterrent for anyone. Amazingly, director Richard Fleischer from the failed sequel was brought back for a third installment of adventure from Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age, and to satisfy the reluctant Schwarzenegger, the contract for another Conan film was dissolved in return for the Austrian appearing in a supporting role in Red Sonja. While the Red Sonja character never appeared in Howard's novels, she was a spin-off character written by David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney in their six "Red Sonja" novels "based on Howard's Hyborian Age" in the early 1980's. In this film, she is represented by Danish model Brigitte Nielsen in her American film debut, long before her freakishly large breast implants. Between her emotionless performance, Schwarzenegger's bumbling attempts to be a romantic in the story, and production values that were so bad that they included boom microphones in the picture, Red Sonja turned out to be even worse in some regards than Conan the Destroyer. The only highlights were the return of actress Sandahl Bergman from Conan the Barbarian, who plays the evil lesbian Queen Gedren here, and an often overstated symphonic score by Ennio Morricone. With the film shot in Italy, it's no surprise that Morricone would be a convenient choice for this assignment, and you have to give him credit for doing what he could, like Poledouris in many regards, to compensate for the film's obvious flaws with a significantly overblown score. The composer had already dabbled in the genre by writing a predictable score for the Conan spin-off Hundra in 1983, and much of that score's style carries over into Red Sonja. Morricone also retained some of the common melodic structures that Poledouris proved for the Hyborian Age, though he handles the identity of his interpretation with vastly different instrumentation in some areas.



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224 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.31 Stars
***** 51 5 Stars
**** 61 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 29 1 Stars
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abcd - September 7, 2016, at 9:03 p.m.
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About Red Sonja - it is great!
Sheridan - August 22, 2006, at 1:39 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:15
Red Sonja:
• 1. Symphonic Suite for Chorus and Orchestra - Part I (16:37)
• 2. Symphonic Suite for Chorus and Orchestra - Part II (18:42)

Bloodline:
• 3. Main Title (1:48)
• 4. Mountain Murder (1:43)
• 5. No Accident (2:05)
• 6. Almost Perfect Indiscretion (3:32)
• 7. Another Bloodline Murder (2:08)
• 8. Out of the Past (2:47)
• 9. Pills on Parade (3:23)
• 10. Bloodline Murders (2:21)
• 11. Dinner at Maxims (2:40)
• 12. Horrible Discovery (3:24)
• 13. Resolution/End Title (3:45)
2010 Perseverance Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:42

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1990 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2010 Perseverance product includes detailed notes about both.
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