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Comments about the soundtrack for Commando (James Horner)
Not complete score.

Shawn Watson
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Shane C.
Not complete score.   Sunday, December 21, 2003 (3:01 a.m.) 

I got this thinking it would be way cool. I mean I like the music in the movie but not all of it is here. There this way cool track in the film when Arnie sneaks out of the airplane thru the landing gear that is not on the CD despite being the best take on the main theme.

I was real disappointed with this cd.:(

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Shane C.
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Re: Not complete score.   Monday, December 22, 2003 (8:01 a.m.) 

> I, too, was disappointed to discover that the CD was not the complete score. I agree with the last comment about the missing track. That was one of the better tracks from the film and it is unfortunate that it is not on the CD. But, hey, i have to give Varese Sarabande credit for finally releasing most of the score on CD.

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Re: Not complete score.   Wednesday, December 31, 2003 (4:00 a.m.) 

Well, yes and no...

You're right, the sneaking-out-of-airplane track is not on the CD, and I too was quite disappointed about it.

But... I can understand the decision not to include it, since the more than cheesy synth accents are what would date the whole score the most, in a very "A-ha / new romantic"-style... My guess is that this is why it was omitted.

Be it also mentioned that the complete score as in the film runs 47.10 with many themes repeating. I did a long direct film to CD comparison and came to the conclusion that there are all in all only 4 snippets/tracks in the film that did not make it on the CD. Apart from the 1.26 aforementioned airplane track, there is one 20 second track and two 40 second tracks that are all only very slight variations on other tracks on the CD. To include these would have meant to have even more of a "patchwork" feeling on one (or several) of the tracks. And I personally feel that the continuity and "feel" of a score when listening through it is more important than to include every second-long snippet from the film. As mentioned, I too would have loved the airplane track on it, but hey, this really is only a minor setback for THE score I personally have had on top of my wish list since coming out of the theatre in 1985.


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