Review: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – The Complete Score

Star Trek VI - Expanded Soundtrack

Fans of the music from the Star Trek films yet again have a lot to be grateful for, as Intrada Records, a company that specializes in the production of film soundtracks, has released the complete score to Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

This superb release comes packed with every cue from the film, plus alternates, the original trailer music, in addition to a re-mastered reproduction of the original soundtrack album.

Star Trek VI - Expanded Soundtrack

Until now, Star Trek fans were treated to the talents of film scoring legends as Jerry Goldsmith, Alexander Courage, and James Horner. Now in what was to be the final voyage of the original Enterprise crew, Nicholas Meyer chose Cliff Eidelman to compose a score that would soon take its own place in in the Star Trek mythos.

While dark, powerful, bombastic, and heavy in percussion at times (see track 12 Alien Fight on Disc 1 for an example), the score mirrored the events and the emotions of the Enterprise crew.This score also features many light, warm and colorful moments, and even Alexander Courage’s familiar Star Trek theme is included. While it may be considered as too dark for some, I thoroughly enjoyed this different approach to Star Trek film scoring.

Star Trek VI - Expanded Soundtrack

Star Trek VI - Expanded Soundtrack

With a remastered score produced by Lukas Kendall, editing by Neil S. Bulk and album mixing by Mike Matessino, the score sounds better then ever!

This 2-CD set is not to be missed, as Intrada has done it again with a fantastic presentation! This set comes with a wonderful booklet by the famous Jeff Bond, and album artwork which matches the previous releases of expanded Star Trek scores by record labels Film Score Monthly, and La-La-Land Records.

This is truly the scoring treatment this film deserves.

The battle for peace has begun. So grab these CDs before regret sets in, and sit back and let Cliff Eidelman take you on a different, yet familiar musical journey into our beloved Star Trek Universe.

Available now at Intrada for $24.99.