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 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Roger Feigelson   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:



WARGAMES
Composed and Conducted by ARTHUR B. RUBINSTEIN

INTRADA Special Collection Volume 65

John Badham's 1983 film WarGames brought a somewhat lighter touch to the series of World War III genre of movies coming out then, yet made a simple and elegant point about the futility of nuclear war. In WarGames, David Lightman (Matthew Broderick), a flippant high school student who's failing his classes, is a natural expert at hacking into computer systems. Mistakenly believing he's stumbled upon a new computer game in development, he inadvertently contacts a mysterious US military computer system, where he engages the supercomputer in a war game that brings the world to the brink of a true World War III.

Arthur B. Rubinstein's WarGames score is thematically complex, showcasing the composer's skill for rapid-fire rhythmic material, idiosyncratic melodies, and sophisticated orchestration. The NORAD scenes and the specter of nuclear war get a mixture of militaristic effects from pounding, ominous percussion, but also feature an energetic main title march, as well as a haunting chordal motive for brass that calls to mind both Bernard Herrmann and Phillip Glass. Rubinstein juxtaposes the large, brassy military score with an uncanny, playful approach to the electronic scoring prevalent at the time for the early scenes as we witness Lightman's care-free budding hacker career, building motifs that eventually translate into the orchestral score. His mysterious, elegant theme for Joshua/WOPR computer forms the basis for most of the score's driving action music, particularly for the spectacular climatic moments. Rubinstein also wrote three tunes that were developed into songs for the score, one of which was turned into an instrumental version featuring solo harmonica beautifully plays out over the end title.

An LP issued at the time of the film featured 37 minutes of highlights from the score, heavily mixed with dialog. This release features the complete score, adding another 30 minutes of music, re-mixed from the original multi-track elements -- and completely dialog free!


This CD is limited to 2500 copies.


INTRADA Special Collection - Volume 65
Retail Price: $19.99
IN STOCK NOW
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.5797/.f

Also Released by INTRADA in 2008:



 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG...

And that's all I'm saying!!!

Thank yoooooooooooou!!

:-)

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Wow, didn't see that one coming. OUTSTANDING! What a nice surprise!!!

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

wow, a dream come true: expanded and dialogue-free!!!!

thanks so much, guys

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   nekromantik   (Member)

Soooooo ordered!
Gotta be one of the coolest Intrada releases ever!
Hamsters---> you did it again! Congrats and many thanx! Woah woah woah!

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   MarkB   (Member)

Time to get a second job!

I'm both sincere and sarcastic when I say, "Thanks a lot, Intrada!"

smile

Mark

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

hearing the clips reminded me how I know the score by viewing the film over the last 20 years. I love the textures, the militaristic rythms along with the playful 80's melodic music, the final harmonica rendition and all the orchestration, at once complex and fun. One can almost hear his great SCARECROW AND MRS KING theme there!

I see mr Rubinstein has been mostly a TV composer and he only went to movies when Badham hired him. So can you recommend similar scores like this by him (well, also by others)? BLUE THUNDER maybe?

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Jeff M   (Member)

A holy grail for me!!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU INTRADA TEAM!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

BLUE THUNDER maybe?

BLUE THUNDER definitely. That and WARGAMES are two of my fave scores from the 80s, and two of my fave movies from the 80s actually.

This CD is actually nicely timed because there's a special edition DVD of WG out on 10th June (I'm sure this isn't a coincidence) :-)

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Thanks Intrada. Always wonderful to have more of Rubenstein's canon represented on CD.

If you fellows could see to releasing Whose Life is it Anyway? I think a lot of fans would freak out in pure joy.

But until then, this is a fantastic release!

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

ORDERED.

Can't wait to hear "Closing The Mountain" in all its remastered pristine glory... thanks Intrada!

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

"Turn your key, Sir!!!"

Ordered in a heartbeat.

I loved this movie as a kid.


 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

ORDERED.

Can't wait to hear "Closing The Mountain" in all its remastered pristine glory... thanks Intrada!



WOW nice cue , reminds me of Twilight's Last Gleaming, this cue made my mind up, Ordered!


sd smile

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2008 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   pacey1899   (Member)

Wow!

I was not expecting this, this is one of my favorite scores from one of my favorite movies growing up. I hope to order this soon!

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2008 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

Another Holy Grail! Intrada are incredible. But we knew that all ready. Well done to all for doing this score justice, finally!

Thank you!!!!

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2008 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

Great release! I was half-asleep when I finally got to the computer to check the new releases, but I perked right up and ordered both this and the new Fielding album right away.

As an aside, I really dug the fact that this release was a complete surprise. No clues, no guessing game.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2008 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

OK, 2500 copies...bad timing for me since I'm recently unemployed, but maybe this will be around a month or two so I can scrape some pennies together.

But it's on my to-get list once I get some funds!

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2008 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

Awesome news, Intrada! Thank you!

This movie has one of my favorite quotes of all time, spoken by the inimitable Barry Corbin...

"Goddammit, I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it would do any good! General, let that boy in there!"

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2008 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Guy   (Member)

Talk about a WOPR !!!! :-)

Great job

Guy

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2008 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Grabbed this more for nostalgia of the movie than actually remembering anything from the score. I only have one other Rubenstein CD (Nick Of Time) and think its high time I change that...

 
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