In Review: ‘The Last Starfighter’ Soundtrack

The soundtrack was written and composed by Craig Safan and is the kind of soundtrack that instantly hooks you in and does not let you go.

Released and out now is a remastered version of the official soundtrack from the much loved 80s science fiction fantasy ‘The Last Starfighter,’ which was one of the earliest movies to use computer generated animation.

The soundtrack was written and composed by Craig Safan and is the kind of soundtrack that instantly hooks you in and does not let you go.

Its a good mix of Orchestral and Synthesized music, but for me it is the orchestral elements of the soundtrack that really stand out and have you humming or whistling along as you listen.

Like all good movie soundtracks the various music cues centre on specific characters or events from the film and blend seamlessly into the whole.

Among my favorite themes from this aside from the main opening theme is ‘Alex Dreams’ and ‘Centuri Into Space,’ which both turn up relatively early on the soundtrack, but have repetitive elements scattered throughout. ‘Target Practice’ which is toward the end of the CD is also pretty fun to listen too as it provides a real sense of drama and otherworldly feel.

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As soundtracks go from the 1980’s this one for me is amongst the least appreciated by fans and was often overshadowed by the brilliant work that John Williams did on ‘Star Wars’, ‘Superman’ and ‘Indiana Jones’.

I can’t remember how ‘Last Starfighter’ did at the cinema upon its release, but have seen the movie multiple times on VCR and on television and its a film I always try to revisit when it is on because it is great escapism and has what I would say is a very distinctive soundtrack that is a pleasure to listen to separate from the film, which is something I do not say about every soundtrack.

The packaging includes some fantastic photos from the movie contained within the inlay and some biographical materials about the composer.

‘The Last Starfighter’ soundtrack is available to own now and costs $19.99.

9.5
'The Last Starfighter' Soundtrack
  • Great orchestral work
  • Some elements repeat a little to often
  • Soundtrack
    9
  • Packaging
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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