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 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Arch Stanton   (Member)


Film Score Monthly goes warp factor 10 to bring out every note of the famous film composer’s beloved score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Linden, VA – July 20, 2009 – “I have been...and always shall be your...DREAM SOUNDTRACK CD!”

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) is beloved as arguably the finest Star Trek feature film. Directed by Nicholas Meyer (Time After Time), the film features the death of Spock, one of William Shatner's finest performances as Kirk, and an iconic villain in Ricardo Montalban as Khan. After the special effects-laden Star Trek: The Motion Picture, it was Star Trek II that set the franchise back on its feet with a rich, weighty narrative of youth-and-age and life-and-death that continues to be the yardstick against which future films are measured – it is the quintessential example of mining the series for all the drama it possesses while staying true to its essential themes and characterizations.

The film benefits enormously from a rich, sweeping symphonic score by a composer at the time virtually unknown, but who has since become one of the giants of the field: James Horner. Then 28 – with only a few films under his belt – Horner was personally selected by Meyer and his colleagues when the budget prohibited the hiring of a veteran like Jerry Goldsmith (who had done such a sensational score for the first film). Working closely with Meyer, Horner crafted flowing, nautical-sounding melodies for Kirk and the Enterprise that recalled the spirit of Captain Horatio Hornblower, one of creator Gene Roddenberry's inspirations for the series. Horner contrasted sweeping themes for the heroes against shorter, warlike music for the archvillain Khan – creating dynamic and memorable battle music for the film's WWII submarine-style spaceship confrontations. But it was the film's core story of the friendship between Kirk and Spock – and the separation of that bond at the story's end – that received Horner's most heart-tugging and emotional scoring.

Star Trek II was released on LP by Atlantic Records in a 45-minute program issued on CD by GNP/Crescendo (now long out of print). Although the album program featured the score's highlights, fans have long clamored for a complete-score presentation – adding such important cues as the mind-control sequences involving Chekov and Capt. Terrell being possessed by alien eels, the revelation of the Genesis Cave, the final battle between the Enterprise and Reliant, and Spock's death and funeral ("Amazing Grace").

In cooperation with Rhino Entertainment (who administer the Atlantic Records catalog) and Paramount Pictures (owners of the Star Trek film franchise), FSM delivers a remastering of the complete score from Dan Wallin's 1982 three-track film mixes, stored in the Paramount vaults in sterling sound quality. The 28-page CD booklet features commentary and track-by-track breakdowns including new and historical interview quotes by Horner, Meyer and others involved in the production – as well as our customary art direction by Joe Sikoryak featuring stills, rare artwork and behind-the-scenes photos.

To borrow a quote from a completely different movie – American Beauty – here at FSM we feel about this CD like Kevin Spacey when asked about the hotrod in his driveway: "It is the car I've always wanted and now it is mine."

Bless you, Scotty – go Sulu!

This dream-come-true CD is available now from Screen Archives Entertainment at

Check it out at

SPECIAL OFFER: SAE and FSM want to give you $5 off your order of $50 or more (before shipping and handling). Just enter the word startrek in the coupon box when you check out. This discount offer is good one time and one time only. Offer expires noon EDT on Monday, August 31, 2009.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

*/ faints /*

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

Wow! Wonderful release! After everyone was sold on this being GREMLINS, this is an utterly amazing surprise.

Thanks Lukas, SAE & Co.! Big props to you all!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Prospero   (Member)

Pardon my French:

Holy shit.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

I need a cigarette. smile

Best. Monday. Morning. Ever.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Dave Norris   (Member)

Never saw this one coming...Well done guys!!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


A dream come true, no doubt probably to be followed some day by TREK III. It's a great day in film score haven.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Yippee, Ordered!!!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Vincent Bernard   (Member)

What a pleasant surprise!

Thank you, Lukas and everyone else who made this release possible.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   Joe Brausam   (Member)

I need a cigarette. smile

Best. Monday. Morning. Ever.

Horner's really been getting some love from the specialty labels!

Awesome, awesome release. Thank you so much!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Facinating...and it is STAR TREK!!! Woooo!

so ordered...


 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   bdm   (Member)

Cool. Ordered.

...And it's not GREMLINS.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Cool. Ordered.

...And it's not GREMLINS.

Lukas pulled out a Kobyashee Maru on this....
Well Here's hoping an Expanded STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK Wont be far behind smile

well done to Lukas and team!!!


 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Glenn Butler   (Member)

Holy mother of all that is holy in this world!

I almost can't believe I just listened to a pristine-sounding sound clip of the "Amazing Grace" cue.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Definitely ordered!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Kakihara   (Member)

At last!! My LP is worn out. So ordered, can't wait!!!!!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Joe Brausam   (Member)

I also find it very interesting that today is the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing as well, to boldly go indeed!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I just peed all over myself. Man for me, being a HUGE Horner fan, this is THE YEAR to be one.

I'll buy it of course, you know what's funny, my friend and I took a short drive last night and I just happened to grab Star Trek pt.2 to play now I'll have a longer version.

Man Paramount sure has opened the flood gates and you labels haven't waisted anytime in going after the BIG titles.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Holy Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



 Posted:   Jul 20, 2009 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

Truly this is an age of wonders we live in! And just when I noticed that my Crescendo CD was scratched beyond repair right over the Main Titles. A big thank you to everyone involved!

I wonder if this means an expanded/complete ST3 may be in the cards, or any of the others for that matter.

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