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Robocop: Prime Directives
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:
Norman Orenstein

Album Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
GNP Crescendo Records
(January 16th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your appreciation of film and television music is so shallow that you wouldn't be tempted to laugh or cry at the transformation of this franchise's music into that of an electronic Spaghetti Western.

Avoid it... if you don't want to disgrace the memory of the late Basil Poledouris by supporting this tediously mindless synthetic crap.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #744
WRITTEN 12/12/00, REVISED 2/1/09
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Robocop: Prime Directives: (Norman Orenstein) The franchise that developed after Paul Verhoeven's introduction of Robocop in 1987 was a depressing steady decline for the concept, with successively worse films matched by a television animation variant aimed at kids and ultimately a terrible series of four Canadian-produced television films in 2000 and 2001. Made with a budget of only $8 million dollars, the four parts of Robocop: Prime Directives were reportedly pushed through production only because its was legally mandated by contract to happen. Unfortunately, what little nobility left in the franchise after it was done catering to children in the 1990's was completely throttled upon this awful resurrection, so cheap at times that it looked like a student film. What's even more astonishing is that this wretched continuation, which does loosely follow the prior events of the feature films, ran for a total of 375 minutes. Not only does Robocop, the famed cyborg-cop, serve the public trust, protect the innocent, and uphold the law in Delta City, but he does so without any of the gore, grit, or surrounding production values that at least Verhoeven had in his favor. The four mini-films, entitled "Dark Justice," "Meltdown" (which sounds like something we saw in the first feature film), "Resurrection," and "Crash and Burn," are all scored by Canadian freelance composer Norman Orenstein, whose career consisted mostly of songwriting and performing for relatively unknown bands. With the help of GNP Crescendo, the record label most friendly to the trashiest depths of the science fiction genre of film music, portions of all four television scores were made available on one album shortly after the start of 2001. First of all, it should be declared that if you're looking for anything remotely like Basil Poledouris' respected music for the series, then don't bother with this. Orenstein uses none of Poledouris' thematic material and, because he limits himself to mostly an array of synthesizers, that broad tone of ballsy brass from the feature films is gone. The lengthy scores are performed by just Orenstein and a trumpet soloist, which may be standard practice for ultra-low budget television projects, but is painful to hear in the context of this franchise.



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Average: 1.72 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 73:11
• 1. Prime Directives Overture (5:02)
• 2. Delta City Defender (2:20)
• 3. Bone Machine (4:16)
• 4. Death of a Hero (10:58)
• 5. Remember (1:15)
• 6. Young Murphy (4:11)
• 7. Pursuit (3:18)
• 8. Old Detroit (2:23)
• 9. Clash of the Titans (11:58)
• 10. Innocence (1:54)
• 11. Smith and Wesson (4:21)
• 12. S.A.I.N.T. Goes Wrong (3:55)
• 13. Legion (15:19)
• 14. Finale (1:50)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive notes about the series and its music, including the following from director Julian Grant:

    "I'm thrilled that GNP Crescendo is releasing portions of the complete score to fans worldwide. Composer Norman Orenstein was my only choice for this work. We had met back in the early 1990's and talked at length about our philosophies and what we both wanted to achieve with our films. I went on to do any number of other pictures and kept Norman in my back pocket as a secret weapon. When the time was right... I would use him. The time was right with Robocop: Prime Directives.

    His ability to underscore, lead and accurately reflect and enhance our work is now here for you to enjoy. Norman is the soul of our films and his work is legion. I am honoured that he found the heart of the films and translated the passion and conviction of our labours. That's the point of a secret weapon. You only use it when you have to. Enjoy the work. It is awesome."
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