As usual for Monday Nights, Intrada Records Proudly always brings special soundtrack goodies on this day.
For this week we have:
And finally, I might add, a remastered and complete soundtrack to the hit 1993 action-thriller Cliffhanger starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow, definitely one of Stallone’s best action films of the 1990’s along with Demolition Man and Cop Land. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, who helmed the spectacular Die Hard 2 and gulity pleasure, The Long Kiss Goodnight. The film revolves around a grief stricken Stallone who’s forced back into climbing mountains when his former partner and friend (Michael Rooker) gets a destress call for an emergency plane crash. They reluctantly join forces when they are both abducted by the villianous Eric Qualen (Lithgow, filling in for Christopher Walken who dropped out) and his merry band of money hungry mercinaries. Stallone and Rooker are both forced to help them search for three suitcases filled with about ten million each. Of course things don’t always go according to plan as Stallone escapes and turns the tables on them.
The music was Composed by Trevor Jones, who wrote very special scores to The Dark Crystal, Excalibur and Nate and Hayes wrote a robust score here featuring a lovely main theme for solo trumpet. The rest of the material is terrific action music that goes for it all. Great musical sequences for the midair robbery sequence for example which makes it’s debut here along with some thirty minutes of newly released music that was not featured on the original Scotti Bros. album that came out during the film’s theatrical run. The music is completely remastered from the original 48 track tapes with the proper mixing featured in the film. The album sounded very thin and the full brunt of the orchestra wasn’t heard it as really should’ve been. Well, this two disc set running about 93 minutes should rectify things.
The other release is The Kremlin Letter by Robert Drasnin, a 1970’s film a John Huston thriller involving false treaty between U.S. & Soviet Union vs. Red China, starring Max Von Sydow, Richard Boone, Orson Welles. Drasnin scores with nods to locale, inherent action according to Intrada’s site. I’ve never seen the film personally to tell you anythng about it since it’s a little before my time and the DVD is finally coming out through www.screenarchives.com. So it’s perfect timing for the soundtrack to get it’s first release which is only limited to a 1000 copies and those might sell out quickly. The album was produced by the legendary Nick Redman and with liner notes by the wonderful Julie Kirgo.
They’re ready to order so please visit www.intrada.com for music samples and more information on each score, while they last along with other new and upcoming releases.