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RoboCop (1987)

Basil Poledouris 

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An Outstanding Score.
Shawn Watson (February 7, 2004)
With the monolithical achievement of Conan already behind him, Basil Poledouris served up powerful and emotional score for Robocop. The movie was already great but with such amazing music to stand alongside it how can you NOT get this CD?

With two separate themes, one for Murphy and one for Robocop Poledouris bridges together the score with snazzy synthesizer cues and a large orchestra. My fave track is 'Rock Shop'. Robocop's theme makes its first bombastic appearance here. 'Home' features some very sad cues of strings mixed with synthesizer. It perfectly defines Murphy's pain and longing for his old life. 'Showdown' is just pure action, as Murphy takes down his own assassins Poledouris throws all the themes together for a big send off.

This is big improvement on the old, out of print CD. Varese Sarabande no offers this score with digitally remastered sound (it's great on a home theatre) liner notes and a few extra tracks of TV jingles featured in the movie that were also composed by Basil Poledouris. Any serious collector of film music should by this score.

Luis M. Ramos (November 23, 2003)
I have always considered Basil Poledouris' "Robocop" an intriguing, yet interesting, listen. Sometimes this score sounds a bit like "Conan The Barbarian", but the use of electronics fits fine, thus producing a the right tone for a character who is part man, part machine.
Robocop's theme is quite neat; it's Conan-like heroic, but catchy. The action music is very good, especially 'Rock Shop' and 'Showdown'. This score also has great dramatic moments such as 'Murphy's Death', 'The Dream', and 'Betrayal'; all of them showcasing the tragic moments of Murphy/Robocop. However, I'm not quite satisfied with the family motif as evidenced in 'Home' and 'Robo Tips His Hat'; in my opinion, they don't quite catch the emerging feelings of the main character; of course we're talking about a character who is part man, part machine.
It's also noteworthy that this CD contains misplaced track titles because, in the movie, we hear the cue 'Directive IV' in the scene where bad guy Emil (Paul McCrane) yells at Robo (Peter Weller) 'We Killed You', itself a cue heard when Robo goes to Dick Jones' offiice.
All in all, "Robocop" is a composition by Basil Poledouris that's worth it.

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