The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (partially lost film soundtrack; 1984)
Theatrical poster for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
Status: Partially Lost
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension is a 1984 feature film starring Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, and John Lithgow with the main score composed and performed by Michael Boddicker.
The film details the efforts of Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and musician, to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10.
Release and Soundtrack
Premiering on August 15th of 1984, Buckaroo Banzai completely crashed at the box office. Making less than half of its budget the film was quickly forgotten along with other failures such as Rock & Rule. There was a slow resurgence in popularity by the mid-1990s, ran by a small majority of fans that still remembered the film, along with its soundtrack by Michael Boddicker. Boddicker is well known for his work with Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, and Olivia Newton-John. Though the director had many offers from various labels, it became too late to make a choice by December, as the film had already lost what small publicity it had. The scarcity of the soundtrack became a subject among many die-hard fans, who attempted to create their own bootleg versions. The bootlegs, being old and likely created by those without the best equipment, are of extremely low quality. As of this writing, none of the original tracks in the film's score have been released in their entirety, officially or by any leaks. It only exists within the film itself. Currently, the highest quality fan attempt at a soundtrack is an edit from the audio track to a copy of a 5.1 mixed version of the film.
- Wikipedia page on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Retrieved 06 Apr '20
- Wikipedia page on Michael Boddicker, which has a subsection on his film music career. Retrieved 06 Apr '20
- The first Figment Fly page on the film's soundtrack. Retrieved 06 Apr '20
- The second Figment Fly page on the film's soundtrack. Retrieved 06 Apr '20