Legendary composer/conductor Elmer Bernstein provided scores for some of Hollywood's greatest dramas (Cecil B. DeMille's Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven) but he was equally at home playing the straight man to comedy classics like Animal House, Airplane, and Ghostbusters. In 1980 he took on the Ivan Reitman military spoof Stripes with the utmost seriousness, crafting a rousing Patton-esque march that registered as one of his more memorable cues. The composer used his work on the Steve McQueen classic The Great Escape as a template for Stripes. The film was a huge success, launching the careers of Bill Murray and John Candy, but Bernstein's terrific soundtrack was never made available. In 2005, Varese Sarabande released the full remastered score to coincide with the release of the newly expanded DVD.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger