FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there a soundtrack to...
... "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" by Michael Boddicker
No official one, just a series of bootlegs. According to Michael Boddicker himself, the first bootleg, the Gold Edition, actually contains two demos he did for a Honda commercial, music that wasn't in the movie at all! For the complete story go here.
... "Blade Runner" by Vangelis
There are actually two official ones and five bootlegs. For the complete story go here.
... "Highlander" by Michael Kamen and Queen
Not an official one. At least not yet. We are currently working with Brian May on a release. This will take a long time, though.
Although it was mentioned in the end credits of the movie that there would be an official soundtrack released on EMI, the only official release was the Queen album "A Kind of Magic", which had six songs from the movie in slightly different versions.
There is a bootleg of Michael Kamen's score, which has 72 minutes of original music. There is no official release yet, because the rights lie with Davis/Panzer productions, who have no interest in releasing the score. We have checked with them.
To date, there is no release of the Queen songs as they actually appear in the movie, including their version of "New York, New York".
... "The Keep" by Tangerine Dream
Actually, there are several bootlegs and one official one. There are rumors that an official LP was released at the initial release of the movie in 1983, but that has never been confirmed.
In 1999, Edgar Froese released a limited edition of 150 CDs to the fan club. This CD goes for as high as $180. The music is VERY different from the Blue Moon bootleg, which clocks in at a little over 66 minutes.
6 tracks also appeared on the Tsunami collection "The Keep - Film Music of Tangerine Dream, performed by the Fantasy Merchants.
What's that music in this trailer?
Oftentimes, when the original music for a film has not been composed yet, the filmmakers or marketing people use music from other movies for their trailers. A list of which music was used for which movie can be found here. They also have a listing of studio logo music and who composed it, along with some QuickTime files to listen to. Amazing feature.
Sometimes, original music is composed specifically for a trailer. The man to do this is John Beal. There is a fantastic double CD out with original music, composed specifically for trailers that is not available anywhere else. Check it out, you won't regret it.
For a more detailed listing of what music by the Media Ventures people was used in other trailers or promotions, go here. No idea, how he got that information.