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The Hunt For Red October [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. Hymn To Red October
2. Nuclear Scam
3. Putin's Demise
4. Course Two-Five-Zero
5. Ancestral Aid
6. Chopper
7. Two Wives
8. Red Route I
9. Plane Crash
10. Kaboom!!!

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The Hunt for Red October and Crimson Tide mark the swan songs of a long-standing genre: the cold-war-theme action thriller (and its subgenre, the nuclear-submarine-threat potboiler). Given the music here, composer Basil Poledouris must have sensed the end was nigh, for he pulls no punches. Poledouris (who seemingly wrote the score to Red Dawn as a warm-up exercise) has created a full-bodied orchestral swashbuckler with a male chorus (singing in Russian, of course) to boot; a modern take on the Erich Korngold/Errol Flynn film sensibility that ably demonstrates there's still life in those traditions. --Jerry McCulley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought Nov. 11 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this movie. Its a mans movie and great action and effects, but to just have the music leave it wanting...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One hit wonder Soundtrack Nov. 18 2011
Format:Audio CD
The use on the YouTube video "PAK-50" by IronFalcon100, has renewed interest in the title track. The Basil Poledouris soundtrack has the usual forgettable movie music but the title track stands out. Conceived as American gloating about the demise of the Soviet Union, the title track takes on new significance in the PAK-50 video. The music itself is what you would expect from boisterous Russian-based Soviet Propaganda. Perhaps ironically, the music sounds best in the confined space of a car.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A most underrated score July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
For people who know Basil Poledouris, most consider this his best score to date. Each track has it's own unique charcteristics and creative motifs which makes it such an enjoyable listen; even the last two tracks which are mostly synth, but still very effective. He perfectly captures the mood of each scene and the spirit of intrigue and adventure. He also weaves the Russian style into the score very well.
I used to collect soundtracks and this was one of my favorites. I miss it every time I hear the main them or see the movie.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of five is because it is one of the shortest soundtracks you will ever hear. I believe it is only about 30 minutes long. However, I believe it is well worth the $10 or less you'll pay for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack but very short April 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love Basil Poledouris. He has written some terrific movie scores and this another one.
The Hymn to Red October is the reason to buy this soundtrack. The russian chorus like somebody said earlier is awe inspiring. They sound absolutely terrific. You'd think they were the mormon tabernacle choir singing in Russian. It's fantastic.
The rest of the soundtrack is ok. No other songs really jump to you and they are very short. Some of the songs are under minute long which is very disappointing. The music was so good in the movie.
I was disappointed the song the russians sing on the sub was left off the soundtrack. I don't know the name of it, but I love the song. It sounded terrific in the movie and it would have been nice to hear it here.
Like I said earlier Basil has written another fantastic movie score. His fans will definetly want to pick this one up. Fans of the movie might want to consider it to. Fans of movie scores should also pick it up, just be expected to be disapointed by the short length.
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3.0 out of 5 stars " Hunt For Red October" Reivew Jan. 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hunt For Red October is a great soundtrack but there's some wierd things about it so I'd get as a gift Because It isin't THe best Thing In the world. bye From,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is This All The Music That Was In The Film???? March 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
As usual, Basil Poledouris delivers an exceptional score. The UNUSUAL is that there is barely 29 minutes worth of music on the CD. Is that EVERY bit of music that was in the movie? I don't think so.....So why the selective editing? Some of the cuts on the Disc are less than a minute long!
The music is great, and for the price Amazon is selling for, I guess it's worth it. But I can't go higher than 3 Stars for what amounts to a sampler disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do sivydaniye... Jan. 11 2002
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Wow. This is a must have. You like Conan the Barbarian? Well, you'll like this one too. What that score did for fantasy adventure, this does for Russian patriotism and action.
From the rousing and beautiful "Hymn to Red October" to the great variation of the theme in "Nuclear Scam", which also serves as the end credits music from the movie I believe, each piece is a pleasure to listen to. "Putin's Demise" has a dreamy quality to it, despite being way too short, and "Chopper" is probably the most electronic sounding of the selection. "Ancestral Aids" also has a great variation of the main theme as it is played along, and "Red Route 1", being one of the longer tracks, has some beautiful tunes as well. There is a great lyrical quality to it at parts and some harps can be heard in it. I believe this music plays in the film as the submarine is maneuvering itself along the bottom of the ocean, but unfortunately it ends pretty abruptly. "Plane Crash" starts out quiet and has a very loud and harsh part that just screams disaster.
Even if you don't like the briefness of the short tracks (two are under one minute), you still must get this CD if only for the main theme in "Hymn to Red October" and "Nuclear Scam". Its for any fan of Poledouris, any fan of the movie, any fan of Russian sounds, and any fan of great film score music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative score about a silent boat Dec 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
Considering that the movie was about a ship that that was "invisible" (submarines are never seen, only tracked by the noise they emit while submerged) Basil Poledouris's score for "Oktober" stands out. Incredibly evocative of the cold war and the cold and dark places where it was fought (here, the North Atlantic), Poledouris's score uses electronic and orchestral movements that track the movie perfectly. I prefer the first side to the second, though the recording concludes with a double climax: the shoot-out in the Red October's missile room and the submarine dogfight with Captain Tupolev (Stellan Skaarsgard). In the film, the final cut of the battle scene seemed almost anti-climactic, but the soundtrack makes every last note almost deafening - well worth the price of the disc. One caveat - I was hoping the disc would include "The Internationale" sung by Red October's patriotc crew as Sean Connery ordered ahead-full on the ship's silent drive, but it never made the cut. Even if you only liked the film, this disc is a crucial addition to your soundtrack collection.
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