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Missing Movie Music – Nightmare On Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master (1988)

The year was 1988, the rock hair bands that once dominated the music scene were slowly being pushed aside for a new type of music. The 4th entry into the immensely popular Nightmare on Elm Street series marked a notable change musically. The MTV generation was now in full swing and Elm Street 4 embraced both its cultural influences and its new variety of international music.

The soundtrack album for part 4 is one of, if not the best in the series, featuring bands such as The Divinyls, Go West , Blondie and a few lesser known bands that provided some very memorable music.

But when watching the film, you notice that some of the most memorable tracks didn’t actually make it to the soundtrack album.

There were some weird choices made for this album. Whether these were down to time restraints, cost or licensing remains unknown.

However in this edition of Missing Movie Music, we are going to highlight some of those missing tracks.

Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure (1987) 4K Ultra HD Review – Excellent or Bogus?

Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure hits 4K Ultra HD Bluray from Studio Canal in anticipation of the 3rd film in the series "Bill & Ted Face The Music".But is this an Excellent 4K transfer, or Bogus?

Watch the video review below to find out!

The Running Man Deluxe Edition Soundtrack Vinyl Review – Varese Sarabande

The Running Man: The Deluxe Edition, was composed by Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Cop Out, and the upcoming film Top Gun, Maverick). The original (1987) 17 track album has been expanded to 35 tracks, which includes additional music and unreleased and alternate cues. The album was remastered by Chas Ferry from the original Paramount Pictures sources.The 2 LP gatefold package features original artwork created by Florian Mihr and includes images from the film and extensive liner notes by Daniel Schweiger on the inner sleeves.In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is The Running Man -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson) has no intention of letting him escape. 

Flash Gordon (1980) 4K Ultra HD Review – Is it worth it?

Flash Gordon finally hits 4K Ultra HD Bluray in a special 40th anniversary collectors edition from Studio Canal.But is it worth the upgrade if you already own it?

Watch the video review below to find out!

Missing Movie Music – Creepshow 2 & The Living Daylights – “Sacred Heart”

What do The Living Daylights & Creepshow 2 have in common? Both of these 1987 films use the same piece of music that was absent from their respective soundtrack / score releases. "Sacred Heart" was a stock piece of music by Christopher Blackwell which was used for both films from production music company Dewolfe.

Library music is often used in film and television when it is quicker or cheaper to use existing music rather than comppose and record new music. Back in the day, the film studios would get sent catalogues of Library music to use in their productions. Once the had selected a suitable piece of music they would then order a master tape from the music company.

The music in this case was the track "Sacred Heart", taken from the library album "See The Day" from back in 1986.

These industry catalogue records were not available for sale to the public, however they can be found easily on the 2nd hand market such as ebay.

Missing Movie Music – The Running Man – “Paula’s Theme”

The track credited at the end of the movie - "Paula's Theme" has never appeared on any of the soundtrack releases of The Running Man, including the new expanded edition released in 2020.The track was named so as it was played during the opening of the show in the movie - for which Paula Abdul choreographed the dance routines for.

"Paula's Theme".

Written & Produced by Jackie Jackson and Glen Barbee

Published by Siggy Music

Teco / Barish MusicThe Production Network, Inc.

d/b/a The Production Network MusicTaft / Barish Music

Performed by Jackie Jackson and Glen Barbee

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984): Retro Review

From its initial production to its genre defining legacy, we take a look back at Wes Cravens 1984 Horror Classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street".

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Predator Ltd Edition Soundtrack Vinyl Review – Real Gone Music

Alan Silvestri's masterful score to the 1987 film Predator has been one of the most sought-after action film soundtracks of all time, sparking no less than three limited-edition CD releases that all successively sold out in short order. And it's little wonder; fresh from back-to-back triumphs with Romancing the Stone and Back to the Future, Silvestri employs a full orchestra, occasional, deft electronic touches, and most of all bruising percussion to fashion a score every bit as muscular and hard-hitting as the film itself. Among the truly inspired touches are the eerie, descending strings as the Predator descends to earth, the propulsive military march that introduces the commando team, and the simple trumpet fanfare in "He's My Friend" that laments the loss of a fallen comrade. The sound to our release is taken from Intrada's 2012 complete and definitive edition of the score, and it comes on blood red and neon green "Predator Blood" splatter vinyl limited to 1000 copies. Get it before it disappears into the jungle!Real Gone Music - https://shop.realgonemusic.com/products/predator-soundtrack-lp#:~:text=Real%20Gone%20is%20proud%20to,production%20decorating%20the%20gatefold%20package.Amazon UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Predator-Original-Picture-Soundtrack-Splatter/dp/B085RRP31C/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=predator+lp&qid=1592410497&sr=8-1Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Predator-Original-Picture-Soundtrack-Splatter/dp/B085RRP31C/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=predator+lp&qid=1592410537&sr=8-1


Beetlejuice (1988): Retro Review

From its production, cast and long living legacy, we take a look back at the 1988 Horror Comedy Classic Beetlejuice!

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Commando (1985): Retro Review

Join us as we take a look back at the 80's action classic Commando!

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