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Robotjox
(1990)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Frederic Talgorn

Produced by:
Alan E Smith
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Prometheus Records
(1993)
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Regular international release to soundtrack specialty outlets, and still available at its original prices.
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Buy it... if you enjoy Frederic Talgorn's romantic style of thematic development or the brassy fanfares that often accompanied the larger-than-life robot genre.

Avoid it... if the cheese factor in these simplistic B-film scores is just too great to overcome.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,276
WRITTEN 4/19/97, REVISED 6/23/06
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Robotjox: (Frederic Talgorn) There was a time in the 1980's when giant robots were the hottest thing around, and the father/son team of Albert and Charles Band brought several movies about them to the big screen. While many of these robot genre films were animated at the time (The Transformers seemingly spurred them all into production), advancements in film technology made live-action robot films possible at the outset of the 1990's. One of the first was Robotjox, directed by famed sci-fi, action, and horror master Stuart Gordon. The concept of this plot was as ridiculous as any of the other giant robot films that would follow. There always has to be some far-fetched reason why there are huge robots fighting each other over flaming ruins, and in the case of Robotjox, the story tells us that 50 years after the nuclear holocaust, war has been outlawed and all battles between the two superpowers (Soviets against Americans, of course) are settled by huge robots in arena duels. One such giant robot dual (all of which involving a guy controlling the machine from within) involves the ownership of Alaska... so that should give you enough information to make the proper judgment that Robotjox is an intellectual wasteland. They even made one of the robots in the film into a giant transformer capable of becoming a tank... how original! Poor sets, clumsy stop motion robot effects, and other difficulties with the low-budget renderings of the robots caused the film to be laughable, especially compared to the giant robot films that would greatly improve the effects as early as 1995. Movies like Robotjox were typically plagued by cheap synthetic scores, and in reality, this film could have been decently served by one as well. But Gordon's usual collaborator for these projects was French composer Frederic Talgorn, and enough funding in the budget was saved for him to conduct a rousing performance by the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra.



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122 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.23 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 33 4 Stars
*** 25 3 Stars
** 12 2 Stars
* 24 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:19
• 1. Overture (3:35)
• 2. Prologue/The Battlefield (2:44)
• 3. Achille's Bedroom (1:38)
• 4. "Open Her Up!" (1:14)
• 5. "Crash and Burn"/Achilles vs. Alexander (6:57)
• 6. Achilles Leaves (1:44)
• 7. Fanfare for Athena/The Jock Strap Bar (3:38)
• 8. "Hey Jock, Old Buddy" (2:01)
• 9. The Traitor (1:55)
• 10. Alexander's Four-Legged Robot (1:09)
• 11. "That Won't Work"/Achilles to the Rescue (2:47)
• 12. Space Battle (2:24)
• 13. Transformation (1:07)
• 14. The Final Confrontation (2:34)
• 15. "We Can Both Live!"/End Titles (4:28)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score and film.
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