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WarGames
(1983)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Arthur B. Rubinstein

Co-Orchestrated by:
Mark J. Hoder
William D. Brohn
John Rodby

Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(May 6th, 2008)
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Limited release of 2,500 copies, originally available for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets. After selling out, the album immediately fetched $40 or more on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you seek a valiant attempt by Arthur B. Rubinstein to capture the somewhat schizophrenic nature of the film's duality, balancing light parody and synthetic pop style with ballsy orchestral mayhem for the threat of nuclear war.

Avoid it... if you have difficulty accepting scores that challenge you with a wide range of technical intellect and melodic constructs instead of simplifying their personality to capture your heart with cohesive ethos.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,669
WRITTEN 8/23/11
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WarGames: (Arthur B. Rubinstein) It's not surprising that the filmmakers involved with the 1983 cult favorite WarGames couldn't decide what type of movie to make out of its script. Director Martin Brest departed from the production because he believed the nuclear war comedy was meant to take a darker path. When John Badham took the helm after shooting had already begun, however, he encouraged lead actor Matthew Broderick and others on the set to adopt a more casual attitude, reinstalling the lighter atmosphere that the film's comedy genetics seemed to demand. Ultimately, the concept behind WarGames was so frighteningly new and realistic that audiences viewed it as just another one of the Soviet scare entries of the era. It had the mannerisms of a humorous parody of its more serious counterparts, but its anti-war message and exploration of budding technologies at the time gave it the heart of a deadly serious thriller. Broderick plays a high school deviant with poor grades but spectacular hacking skills, and when he accidentally logs into the computer put in charge of the missile defense systems at NORAD, he inadvertently activates the computer's simulation mode that depicts an incoming Soviet nuclear attack to the live operators of the system. Teaming with the disillusioned creator of the system, he eventually ends up at NORAD and encourages the computer, which has fooled the Americans into declaring a top DEFCON status, to engage in games of tic-tac-toe and thus teach it about the concept of futility that applies to nuclear war as well. While movies showing teenagers brilliantly and comically using technology were popular in the 1980's, WarGames struck a far more serious nerve and wowed critics and received three Academy Award nominations completely out of the blue, combining with strong box office success to earn itself a lasting reputation as a movie well beyond its time. Some of the technological concepts conveyed almost in jest in the film have become industry norms, including firewalls and brute force password attacks. When Badham took control of the picture, he brought along his regular composing collaborator at the time, Arthur B. Rubinstein.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 69:18
• 1. WarGames (3:38)
• 2. Video Fever (2:22)
• 3. Principal's Office (1:49)
• 4. A New Grade (2:07)
• 5. The Game Begins (2:44)
• 6. History Lesson (1:44)
• 7. Home Movie (1:26)
• 8. A Game of Chess? (3:03)
• 9. Nuclear Alert (2:58)
• 10. Walk Thru NORAD (2:15)
• 11. David Captured (3:53)
• 12. David Searches (1:33)
• 13. The Sneak (2:20)
• 14. NORAD (0:57)
• 15. It Could Be War (0:41)
• 16. Confidence is High (1:08)
• 17. Off to See Faulken (1:07)
• 18. WOPR (2:13)
• 19. Maneuvers (1:36)
• 20. Faulken's House (1:54)
• 21. Time's Up (0:17)
• 22. "I Can't Swim" (1:29)
• 23. David's Concern (2:21)
• 24. Helicopter Pursuit & Launch Detected (2:46)
• 25. Closing the Mountain (1:51)
• 26. Who's First? (2:06)
• 27. Joshua! (2:37)
• 28. It Might Be Real (0:58)
• 29. Tic Tac Toe (1:32)
• 30. Winner None (1:45)
• 31. End Credits (3:21)
• 32. Edge of the World (Choral Version) (2:03)

Bonus Tracks:
• 33. Winner None (Original Version) (1:46)
• 34. Edge of the World - performed by Yvonne Elliman (1:51)

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The insert includes a list of performers and detailed information about the score and film.
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