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Uncommon Valor
(1983)
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2000 Pony Boy
2010 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Pony Boy (Bootleg)
(2000)

Intrada Records
(September 27th, 2010)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2000 Pony Boy bootleg was traded widely on the collector's market for ten years, on both its original pressing and on fan-made emulations. The 2010 Intrada album is limited to 3,000 copies and available through soundtrack specialty outlets for an original price of $20.
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Buy it... on the 2010 Intrada album, the score's only official release, if you seek cleaned up sound quality for the score's famous Star Trek-derived action cues from the climax of the film.

Avoid it... if you expect the challenging and arguably racist, stereotypical instrumental applications in the first two-thirds of the score to compete in any manner whatsoever with the unoriginal but still entertaining aforementioned action highlights.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,708
WRITTEN 10/20/10
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Horner
Uncommon Valor: (James Horner) While the topic of the Vietnam War had been explored in smaller, more realistically explosive films for several years, the early 1980's merged it with the quickly evolving superhero genre, leading most notably to the franchise that resulted from First Blood. Another notable entry in this new sub-genre was Uncommon Valor, an adventure film aimed at raising awareness about soldiers still believed to be missing in action in Vietnam. The star power of Gene Hackman led the film to modest box office success, though the script's long first half of character establishment scenes, a major speed bump on the way to the outstanding rescue scenes at the end, reduced Uncommon Valor's longevity. The story essentially details the desperation of Hackman's character, a Korean War veteran convinced that his son, listed as MIA, is still being held prisoner in Laos. He assembles a crew of like-minded former military veterans to steal the equipment necessary to launch a secret rescue mission into an area of possible Americans in detainment learned by the leader through extensive investigative research. The film goes to great lengths to show the bonds that form between the men as they train together in Texas for their mission, and this familial attachment will prove valuable when the plot doesn't offer the happiest of endings. For young composer James Horner, the film was one of a plethora of 1983 assignments to result from his unexpected mainstream recognition for the previous year's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Many of his scores in that subsequent year exhibited styles (and often exact musical sections) that would be better known in manifestations in both the 1982 classic and its sequel, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. While Uncommon Valor was among Horner's more notable assignments at the time, the score is largely devoid of a following outside of hardcore enthusiasts of Horner's music, a circumstance contributed to by a lack of proper album release for several decades.



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Brendan Cochran - September 28, 2015, at 1:01 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2000 Pony Boy Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 43:24
• 1. M.I.A. Prologue (7:01)
• 2. Reunions (2:13)
• 3. Back in Training (2:40)
• 4. Parade Ground (3:48)
• 5. The Rationale (1:18)
• 6. Preparations (1:36)
• 7. Village of the Dead (2:40)
• 8. The Tunnel (7:28)
• 9. Compound Assault (3:06)
• 10. Stealing the Chopper (3:13)
• 11. Vietnam Relived (2:44)
• 12. Mission Accomplished (5:39)
2010 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 52:08

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The 2000 bootleg and its variants never contained any substantial packaging. The insert of the 2010 Intrada album contains detailed information about the score and film.
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