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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)

Varèse Sarabande
(May 9th, 2016)
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The 1997 album was a regular U.S. release. The 2016 album is a Varèse Club title limited to 3,000 copies valued initially at $25 and available through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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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 that mask an otherwise intelligently designed core of themes.

Avoid it... if the score's intentionally abrasive attitude and inability to really enunciate its secondary themes deter 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 7/8/16
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1997 Album

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 violence 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 while the movie's ultimate punch to the gut is the near revelation at its conclusion that humans are the villains of the tale (their attack on a civilization of nasty bugs on another planet is perhaps not for our self-protection but to plunder new technologies), no attempt is made to hide the tongue-in-cheek nature of the production. The film was a substantial fiscal failure, though its cult recognition led to several sequels off the big screen. 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 for the assignment. 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 (the melody originally for the Rodger Young spaceship), and Poledouris adapted it into fuller statements throughout the film. Variations on this title theme in several key cues ultimately become one of the most curious aspects of the score.

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Average: 3.23 Stars
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Beautiful score
Bryan Waters - November 10, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
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This soundtrack is outstandingly bombastic,heroic,patriotic and beautiful
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Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Album Tracks   ▼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)
2016 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 104:32

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The insert of the 1997 album includes a pictorial of the recording sessions and a lengthy note from writer Jeff Bond about the production and score, including the quotes below from Basil Poledouris. The insert of the 2016 album contains even more extensive analysis.

    "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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