COMPLETE SCORE

COMMANDO

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2003
8
43:26
Varèse Sarabande

COMMANDO: Expanded Score

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2011
24
61:48
La La Land Records

REVIEW

Commando (ENGLISH)

Commando (James Horner). Although the movie premiere was in 1985, it was not until 2003 when Varèse released a short edition of 8 tracks and 43 minutes. The La La Land edition of 2011 adds 18 more minutes, not many for an expanded edition, but in the line of what are used to last the soundtracks of action movies with a length of an hour and a half. Both releases were commercialized as limited editions.

Undoubtedly, Commando is one of the James Horner's most insipid and dispensable scores, more accustomed to impressing with his melodies in movies with a minimum of dramatic subgenre (either in adventure, science fiction, thriller, drama, etc.), and this tape of pure action does not allow him to explore his immense talent to extract a melodic leitmotiv. The repetitive percussive theme present along the whole score ends turning out to be some boring by its omnipresence. With this we do not want to say that this soundtrack should not be worth it, simply it accomplish with the aim to support the impression of its main star, though it does not allow the composer to find a melodic chink, not even exploring the father-daughter relationship. Only in the Main Title the composer leaves of the main action thematic to introduce the second theme in the unique melodic license of this soundtrack. Though it is true that the movie does not go in this melodic direction, and, for it, does not allow this kind of melodic development. In any case, Commando is a score that leaves from the most known style of Horner, and only for it, it is interesting to listening.

Commando (ESPAÑOL)

Commando (James Horner). Aunque la película es de 1985, no fue hasta 2003 cuando Varèse editó una corta edición de 8 pistas y 43 minutos. La edición de La La Land de 2011 aporta 18 minutos más, no muchos para una edición expandida, pero en la línea de lo que suelen durar las bandas sonoras de cintas de acción de apenas hora y media de duración. Ambas ediciones se comercializaron con tiradas limitadas.

Sin duda, Commando es uno de los scores más insípidos y prescindibles de James Horner, acostumbrado más a impresionar con sus melodías en películas con un mínimo de subgénero dramático (ya sea aventura, ciencia ficción, thriller, drama, etc.), y esta cinta de acción pura no le permite explorar su inmenso talento para extraer un leitmotif melódico. El repetitivo tema percusivo presente a lo largo de todo el score termina resultando algo pesado por omnipresencia. Con esto no queremos decir que esta banda sonora no merezca la pena, simplemente cumple con el objetivo de soportar el lucimiento de su estrella principal, aunque no permite al compositor encontrar un resquicio melódico, ni tan siquiera explorando la relación padre-hija. Tan solo en el Main Title el compositor se sale de la temática de acción para introducir un segundo tema en la única licencia melódica de esta banda sonora. Bien es cierto que la película no va de eso, y por ello no lo permite. En cualquier caso, Commando es una partitura que se sale del estilo más conocido de Horner, y sólo por eso es interesante de escuchar.

TRACK LISTINGS
COMMANDO (2003)
Total Time: 43:26
  1. Prologue / Main Title (3:58)
  2. Ambush And Kidnapping (2:35)
  3. Captured (2:14)
  4. Surprise (8:19)
  1. Sully Runs (4:34)
  2. Moving Jenny (3:44)
  3. Matix Breaks In (3:29)
  4. Infiltration, Showdown And Finale (14:33)
COMMANDO: Expanded Score (2011)
Total Time: 61:48
  1. The Trashmen / The Agency (0:46)
  2. Main Title (3:45)
  3. The Helicopter Arrives (0:55)
  4. Run to the Shed and Chase (2:38)
  5. Matrix Captured / Jenny Tied Up (1:50)
  6. Into the Plane (0:53)
  7. Don’t Disturb My Friend (3:36)
  8. Matrix Hits the Swamp (1:14)
  9. Matrix Walks in the Terminal (0:27)
  10. Matrix on the Move (0:48)
  11. Don’t Move (6:30)
  12. Sully Starts to Run (4:33)
  13. Drive Away From Pier (3:41)
  14. Matrix Breaks Lock (2:13)
  1. Matrix Jumps to Floor (1:40)
  2. Cut to Val Verde (1:23)
  3. Matrix Climbs Up Bank (3:15)
  4. Soldier Gets Pitchfork / Matrix Runs Up Steps (3:47)
  5. Arius Crashes Through Window (3:20)
  6. Matrix Approaches General (0:56)
  7. Someday, Somehow, Someone’s Gotta Pay (4:36)
  8. Performed by The Power Station

    BONUS TRACKS
  9. Soldier Gets Pitchfork (alternate) (1:29)
  10. Don’t Disturb My Friend (alternate) (3:21)
  11. Don’t Disturb My Friend (alternate mix) (3:56)

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