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Starship Troopers
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Tim Boyle
Curtis Roush
Eroc Colvin

Orchestrated by:
Steven Scott Smalley
Steve Bramson
Greig McRitchie

"Into It" Composed and Performed by:
Zoë Poledouris
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 4th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you seek the most militaristically brutal and bombastic score of Basil Poledouris' career, an explosive and simplistic series of harsh action cues with little development.

Avoid it... if the poor presentation of the music on the commercial album deters you from expanding upon an already large and representative collection of Poledouris' more intellectually stimulating music.
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WRITTEN 11/3/97, REVISED 3/2/08
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Starship Troopers: (Basil Poledouris) Anyone who has actually read Robert Heinlein's 1959 novel "Starship Troopers" knows that director Paul Verhoeven's 1997 adaptation of the classic science-fiction tale was never meant to be completely loyal to the concept. Verhoeven took the premise and the characters of Heinlein's story and created a satirical parody of both it and the ridiculous television teenie soap operas of the 1990's. Throw in some glancing blows at the idea of a fascist utopia, the usual gratuitous voilence and nudity necessary for any Verhoeven film, and a poke at the news media in the Internet age... and you eventually get a film that simply can't be taken seriously on any point. It exists at a level far below the already questionable intelligence of Verhoeven's Robocop and Total Recall, and no attempt is made to hide that fact. For his soundtracks, Verhoeven worked regularly with Jerry Goldsmith and Basil Poledouris, both providing outstanding music for his previous films. While either could likely have written appropriately frenetic military bombast for Starship Troopers, the raw side of Poledouris' brutal sound for similar films of immense violence, going all the way back to Conan the Barbarian, made him the better choice. Because of the extensive post-production and special effects work necessary to bring the alien bugs of Starship Troopers to life, Poledouris was given an astounding six months in which to write and adapt his music for the film, consulting with Verhoeven frequently along the way. The director demanded rousing music of such a bombastic nature that Poledouris commented on the fact that each cue began taking on the characteristics of a separate title theme. As the process of lining up these monumental cues continued, Verhoeven identified the theme that he considered to be the primary idea of the score, and Poledouris adapted it for full statements throughout the film. A slightly altered version of this title theme is a curious aspect of a few key cues in the score, too. The finished music for Starship Troopers constituted a soundtrack that very much resembles the film: wildly hyperactive and lacking centralized development. It's the definition of a "thrill of the moment" score.

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This soundtrack is outstandingly bombastic,heroic,patriotic and beautiful
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Total Time: 36:24
• 1. Fed Net March (0:49)
• 2. Klendathu Drop (4:29)
• 3. Punishment/Asteroid Grazing (4:50)
• 4. Tango Urilla (3:50)
• 5. Hopper Canyon (2:44)
• 6. Bugs!! (2:20)
• 7. Dizzy's Funeral (1:18)
• 8. The Desruction of the Roger Young (3:27)
• 9. Brainbug (3:59)
• 10. They Will Win (4:01)
• 11. Into It - composed and performed by Zoë Poledouris (4:36)

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The insert includes a pictorial of the recording sessions and a lengthy note from writer Jeff Bond about the production and score, including the following quotes from Basil Poledouris:

    "It was Paul [Verhoeven, director] who pointed out what became kind of the main theme of the movie very early when I was experimenting with different themes, and we found something that I think represented the struggle, the camaraderie, the heroism, with a sense of fate attached to it. Paul's requirements are very thematic and emotional, to humanize what's happening in the middle of all this violence and technology.

    Every cue in this movie is like a main title, because Paul approaches everything differently. Every scene takes you somewhere else; it's been so unlike a normal film where you develope your motifs and you basically do variations on those motifs in different tempi and that's your cue. The devices become more textural and harmonic, associative things."
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