Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (found John Du Prez score of superhero film; 1990)

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The film's DVD cover.

Status: Found

Date found: 19 Oct 2018

Found by: Waxwork Records

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a live-action adaptation of the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comic book series of the same name and uses several elements from the popular animated series that was airing at the time. It was directed by music video director Steve Barron on a budget of thirteen million dollars[1] and was released by New Line Cinema on March 30th, 1990, to mostly positive reviews from fans of the series[2] but received mixed reviews from critics[3][4]. With a box office haul of two hundred and two million dollars, it became the highest grossing independent film until The Blair Witch Project nine years later[5]. The film's score was one of the film's highlights, but for years, it was unavailable.


Crime is on the rise in New York City and news reporter April O'Neil theorizes the mysterious ninja clan called the Foot Clan is behind the chaos. In the sewers, a group of mutated reptiles named the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" live with their master Splinter (both were ordinary animals before behind exposed to toxic waste and Splinter would train the turtles) and one night they emerge from the shadows to protect New York from the Foot Clan and their master Shredder[6].

Production & Resurfacing

The film's director Steve Barron originally wanted Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren to compose the score to the film. Even going as far to add his song "House of the Blue Danube" to the film's trailer[7]. However A Fish Called Wanda composer John Du Prez was brought in at the last minute and by that point, Barron was no longer involved with post-production[8]. A soundtrack album for the film was released just two weeks before the film came out and four tracks from Du Prez's score were included on the album[9], the rest of the soundtrack had escaped any sort of release. Fans have tried for decades to find the rest of the score but only low-quality rips from the DVD's soundtrack were the only ways fans could listen to the soundtrack. By the early 2010s bootlegs of the score began to emerge online[10]. It wasn't until October 15th, 2018, when it was announced that Du Prez's complete score for the film would finally get a release by Waxwork Records on October 19th[11][12]. Although the score has been out of stock for years[13], all 24 tracks would later be uploaded by Du Prez's official YouTube channel in January 2020[14]. The score can now be heard in its entirety online.


John Du Prez's full score to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.