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03 Nov 2018 7:15 p.m. PST
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Patrick R07 Mar 2018 3:48 a.m. PST

I found a DVD copy of Red Sonja for little more than the change in my pocket. Now it's a stinker with some stuff that might be a great idea in a game, but the feature that really stood out was the soundtrack. And it's a blast, it's not on the same level as the one for Conan, but it's Ennio Morricone going full fantasy epic and it's pretty good overall, the opening trumpet music hearkens back to his Western days, but has a clear fantasy tinge. It's extremely catchy too.

YouTube link

So underrated soundtracks, got any to share ?

Chalfant07 Mar 2018 4:36 a.m. PST

Not sure about underrated or not, but…

Conan (as you already mentioned)
Blade Runner
Only Lovers Left Alive
Cold Mountain

I guess it all depends on your perspective.


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 4:51 a.m. PST

The soundtrack of Alexander is great. (Pun very much intended)

Sunshine has a fantastic soundtrack (only good thing about the movie)

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 5:04 a.m. PST

Army of darkness
original Lord of the rings (1970's)

rick3207 Mar 2018 5:32 a.m. PST

Could a soundtrack be overrated and underrated at the same time? Then I would say:
To Live and Die in LA
A Bridge too Far
Les Miz

However, I have painted hundreds if not thousands of figures listening to the above plus these gems;
Last of the Mohicans
Conan the Barbarian

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 5:47 a.m. PST

The Rocketeer. A terrific, uplifting main theme, solid action scene bits, and two classic romantic '30s dance songs, too!

zoneofcontrol07 Mar 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

FM (but I guess that was kinda the point)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (some songs are played regularly but the entire work is awesome)

Pictors Studio07 Mar 2018 7:16 a.m. PST

Less Than Zero.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

Speed Racer soundtrack by Michael Giacchino is just pure brilliance! One of my top CDs in the car for long driving trips ^,^

Starting with the Introduction track wherein they play the first 3 notes of the primary Speed Racer theme. You have now been introduced. As the movie goes along, more and more of the theme gets added, but it's well into the movie before the full theme rips loose.

The original series had quite a lot of different music, all of which are well worked into the movie arrangements too.

Here's one track: YouTube link

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 7:50 a.m. PST

Not sure what you mean by underrated.

2001: A Space Odyssey
The Graduate
Full Metal Jacket
Good Morning Vietnam
American Hot Wax
American Graffiti
The Buddy Holly Story
The Doors
A Hard Days Night
The Glenn Miller Story
Lawrence of Arabia
Jersey Boys
Memphis Belle

I have more that I like but not sure if they are underrated.

Winston Smith07 Mar 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

I dislike the term "underrated", and I wish it would just go away. What does it mean? I like it but Mikey doesn't?
Having said that, I find that the music really enhanced the action in;
Last of the Mohicans, final chase scene. Best ever mating of action with music.
Game of Thrones, "The Light of the Seven", where Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor with wildfire.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

Major Dundee (the original by Amfitheotrof)
Lionheart (the 1987 medieval piece. Jerry Goldsmith)
The Train Robbers (The John Wayne movie. Dominic Frontiere)

Bonus points for anyone who can find my an instrumental version of the Major Dundee March or The Train Robbers main score on CD.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 9:08 a.m. PST

In Harms Way.
The Blue Max.

USAFpilot07 Mar 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

I agree. That is nice lively theme music to Red Sonja.

I listen to a lot of classical music. Everyone knows the names Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. But what are the names of modern classical composers. Few people know, but they have probably heard their music, because contemporary composers write for the movies.

Conan – Basil Poledouris
Star Wars – John Williams
Last of the Mohicans – Dougie Maclean & Trevor Jones
Aliens – James Horner
First Knight – Jerry Goldsmith

Excalibur – (19th century composer Richard Wagner and Carl Orff)

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 10:03 a.m. PST

I am thinking the intention was soundtracks for 'obscure' movies. Like Krull or Captain From Castille.

Pizzagrenadier07 Mar 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

A very poor war movie (but an interesting and beautifully made film) The Thin Red Line has an excellent soundtrack. Especially to paint miniatures to.

Winston Smith07 Mar 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

I think that one of the most annoying things about The Thin Red Line is the music. grin

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

I like the Guardians of the Galaxy sound track myself

JimSelzer07 Mar 2018 1:49 p.m. PST

blue max
star wars
lorf of the rings
heavy metal

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian07 Mar 2018 2:14 p.m. PST

One composer to look at:

Wrote the music for Ray Harryhausen movies

Rich Bliss07 Mar 2018 2:51 p.m. PST

Joe vs the Volcano

haywire08 Mar 2018 1:54 p.m. PST

Any Guy Ritchie movie

CalypsoCommando08 Mar 2018 2:46 p.m. PST

I'm not sure how "underrated" a lot of the above are considering all the Oscar and Golden Globe nominee soundtracks there are included…

If you're looking for hidden gems I'd suggest perhaps looking at documentary soundtracks. The BBC and National Geographic seem to be especially strong in this area (possibly b/c of the resources they've got to apply.)

Along these lines you might try the National Geographic "Mars" soundtrack – it's a little plodding and atmospheric and so not to everyone's taste, but that's true of many interesting things.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 4:59 p.m. PST

The Crow
Batman and Robin

DontTreadOnMe09 Mar 2018 6:14 a.m. PST

Kagemusha, Ran, Seven Samurai. You can see where I'm coming from but they all have really good soundtracks nonetheless.

14Bore09 Mar 2018 2:14 p.m. PST

My favorites right now are
Last of the Mohicans
Magnificent Seven

wrgmr110 Mar 2018 9:10 a.m. PST

Oldie but goodie, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Band of Brothers
Blue Max

deephorse10 Mar 2018 11:17 a.m. PST

The Sound of Music, or maybe Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. So much to sing along to.

Tom D120 Mar 2018 8:06 a.m. PST

To play during games,or paint to:
Wayne's Alamo
Major Dundee
The Warlord
The Horse Soldiers
Lawrence of Arabia

PVT64102 Apr 2018 5:34 a.m. PST

Henry V (1989)

Centurio Prime06 Apr 2018 4:07 a.m. PST

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures original soundtrack

I have this and its amazing for Fantasy RPG or wargames background music.

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 5:35 p.m. PST

The Long Riders (music by Ry Cooder).


arsbelli17 Apr 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

"Underrated" is such a highly subjective term, and since this thread appears to have morphed into a list of everyone's favorite miniatures and wargaming-related soundtracks, here are mine:

Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) (1953) Fumio Hayasaka YouTube link
The Magnificent Seven (1960) Elmer Bernstein YouTube link
Yojimbo (1961) Sato Masaru YouTube link
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Maurice Jarre YouTube link
Zulu (1964) John Barry YouTube link
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Ennio Morricone YouTube link
The Lion in Winter (1968) John Barry YouTube link
Patton (1970) Jerry Goldsmith YouTube link
Shogun (1980) Maurice Jarre YouTube link
Conan the Barbarian (1982) Basil Poledouris YouTube link
Henry V (1989) Patrick Doyle YouTube link
Rome (2005) Jeff Beal YouTube link
The Avengers (2012) Alan Silvestri YouTube link

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2018 9:58 a.m. PST
Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2018 9:51 a.m. PST

Sorry, those weren't very military related!

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 8:52 a.m. PST

'All You Need is Cash' YouTube link not the best of movies but some exelent songs.


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