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FILM SCORE FRIDAY 12/12/08

By Scott Bettencourt

Two new releases from Film Score Monthly each pair two vintage Warner Bros. soundtrack LPs.

The first release features the LP re-recording of Max Steiner's score for JOHN PAUL JONES, the 1959 historical adventure with Robert Stack as the Revolutionary War hero, co-starring Marisa Pavan, Peter Cushing, Charles Coburn as Benjamin Franklin, and Bette Davis as Catherine the Great (the score was also re-released on LP in the 1980s by Varese Sarabande). The score is paired with the LP tracks for Steiner's PARRISH, which featured re-recorded themes from the film as well as various Steiner themes played on piano by George Greeley.

The second release features the LP tracks to Bronislau Kaper's popular score for the 1958 film version of AUNTIE MAME, which was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture and Actress (Rosalind Russell), featuring selections from the score as well as piano renditions of classic Kaper themes. The disc concludes with the LP tracks of Max Steiner's 1962 ROME ADVENTURE, featuring themes from the score as well as additional Italian-themed cues.


Prometheus has announced three new releases, expected by the end of the year, which may be among the most desired discs of an already impressive soundtrack year.

THE CASSANDRA CROSSING was a Lew Grade/ITC production from 1977, with George Cosmatos (Rambo, Tombstone, Of Unknown Origin) directing an all-star cast (including Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, O.J. Simpson, Ava Gardner, and Martin Sheen as a drug-smuggling gigolo) in a paranoid disaster thriller about a passenger train quarantined due to a deadly virus. Jerry Goldsmith's energetic score featured some of his most exciting action cues (which for Goldsmith is saying a lot), and the two-disc set features the original LP tracks (previously released on CD as an import) in stereo, and the complete score tracks in mono.

ROBIN AND MARIAN features the first release (in mono) of the original John Barry score tracks for Richard Lester's underrated romantic adventure, pairing Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn (in her first film after her nine-year temporary retirement) as Robin Hood and Maid Marian, with a remarkable supporting cast including Robert Shaw, Nicol Williamson, Ian Holm, Denholm Elliott and Richard Harris. The score had only previously been released on a fine Silva re-recording, and the disc is limited to 3000 units.

Miklos Rozsa's wonderful score for Ray Harryhausen's 1974 hit THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD helped bring this Golden Age great's music to a new generation, and the new two-disc set features both the original LP tracks in stereo as well as the complete original score in mono.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Music Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reversed its earlier decision, and will now consider Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's score for THE DARK KNIGHT to be eligible in the Original Score category.


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced their nominations for this year's Golden Globes, including the following film music categories:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE

CHANGELING - Clint Eastwood
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Alexandre Desplat
DEFIANCE - James Newton Howard
FROST/NIXON - Hans Zimmer
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - A. R. Rahman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE

"DOWN TO EARTH" - WALL-E - Music by Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman; Lyrics by Peter Gabriel
"GRAN TORINO" - Gran Torino - Music by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens; Lyrics by Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
"I THOUGHT I LOST YOU" - Bolt - Music & Lyrics by Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele
"ONCE IN A LIFETIME" - Cadillac Records - Music & Lyrics by Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street
"THE WRESTLER" - The Wrestler - Music & Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has announced this year's awards, including A.R. Rahman's Slumdog Millionaire for Score, with Alexandre Desplat's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as runner-up.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Auntie Mame/Rome Adventure - Bronislau Kaper/Max Steiner - Film Score Monthly
The Dark Knight: Special Edition - Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard - Warner Bros.
The Day of the Dolphin - Georges Delerue - Percepto
Defiance - James Newton Howard - Sony Classical
John Paul Jones/Parrish - Max Steiner - Film Score Monthly
Mesrine - Marco Beltrami, Marcus Trumpp - EMI (import)
9 to 5 - Charles Fox - Intrada Special Collection
The President's Lady - Alfred Newman - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Report to the Commissioner - Elmer Bernstein - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Sex and the City - Aaron Zigman - New Line
Short Circuit - David Shire - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Silver Bullet - Jay Chattaway - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Twilight - Carter Burwell - Atlantic
W. - Paul Cantelon - Lionsgate/Amazon [CDR]


IN THEATERS TODAY

Che - Alberto Iglesias - Score CD due Dec. 16 from Varese Sarabande
Dark Streets - George Acogny
The Day the Earth Stood Still - Tyler Bates - Score CD due Dec. 16 from Varese Sarabande
Delgo - Geoff Zanelli
Doubt - Howard Shore
Gran Torino - Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
Nothing Like the Holidays - Paul Oakenfold - Song CD on Hip-O with one score cue
The Reader - Nico Muhly - Score CD due Jan. 13 from Lakeshore
Were the World Mine - Jessica Fogle, Tim Sandusky - Soundtrack CD on P.S. Classics
What Doesn't Kill You - Alex Wurman


COMING SOON

December 16
Batman: The Animated Series - Shirley Walker, Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion - La-La Land
Che - Alberto Iglesias - Varese Sarabande
The Day the Earth Stood Still - Tyler Bates - Varese Sarabande
Frost/Nixon - Hans Zimmer - Varese Sarabande
Marley and Me - Theodore Shapiro - Lakeshore
Millennium - Mark Snow - La-La Land
Seven Pounds - Angelo Milli - Varese Sarabande
The Tale of Despereaux - William Ross - Intrada
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
Valkyrie - John Ottman - Varese Sarabande
December 23
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat - Concord
Pushing Daisies - James Dooley - Varese Sarabande
Revolutionary Road - Thomas Newman - Nonesuch
Slumdog Millionaire - A.R. Rahman - Interscope
January 13
The Dead Pool - Lalo Schifrin - Aleph
The Reader - Nico Muhly - Lakeshore
February 24
Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams - Concord
Date Unknown
The Cassandra Crossing - Jerry Goldsmith - Prometheus
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad - Miklos Rozsa - Prometheus
Le Cinema de Georges Delerue - Georges Delerue - Universal France
Le Cinema En Chante: Michel Legrand/Jacques Demy - Michel Legrand - Universal France
Quest for Fire - Philippe Sarde - Universal France
Robin and Marian - John Barry - Prometheus


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

December 13 - Harry Gregson-Williams born (1961)
December 14 - John Lurie born (1952)
December 14 - Alfred Newman begins recording his score for Hell and High Water (1953)
December 15 - Gone with the Wind premieres (1939)
December 15 - The Man with the Golden Arm opens in New York (1955)
December 16 - Lud Gluskin born (1898)
December 16 - Noel Coward born (1889)
December 16 - Camille Saint-Saens died (1921)
December 16 - Adam Gorgoni born (1963)
December 16 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his Timeline score (2002)
December 17 - Leo Erdody born (1888)
December 17 - Don Ellis died (1978)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

FROST/NIXON - Hans Zimmer

"[Director Ron] Howard keeps the filmmaking simple and succinct, with no fancy cutting or obtrusive music (the score is by an uncharacteristically restrained Hans Zimmer)."

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

"Hans Zimmer's background score provides some extra zing, while the R rating, earned no doubt by a number of vulgarities, is unfortunate, as it will further limit the number of younger people who might see the film."

Todd McCarthy, Variety

NOBEL SON - Paul Oakenfold, Mark Adler

"The movie wants to be a pulse-quickening genre knuckleball, part 'Zero Effect,' part 'Lucky Number Slevin,' part dysfunctional family dramedy. But the tone isn't at all a match with the material, and imprinted upon every frame, under the electro-throb score from Paul Oakenfold and Mark Adler, is effort with a capital E."

Brett Simon, Los Angeles Citybeat

"Randall Miller's obnoxious new thriller 'Nobel Son' is a cringe-inducing throwback to the bad old days of the mid-'90s, when video-store shelves overflowed with gleefully profane, self-consciously hip, proudly transgressive thrillers that worshipped at the Church Of Quentin Tarantino, yet were blessed with none of their deity's gifts, and all of his weaknesses. Filled with freeze-frames and set to a deafening techno score, the film isn't populated by human beings, but by random, half-assed assemblages of writerly quirks."

Nathan Rabin, The Onion

"Also, a grating techno score by Paul Oakenfold gives the same thumping sonic import to inconsequential moments as it does to tense action, which makes enjoying the comic thriller's eccentric genre blend all the more difficult."

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"The dialogue clunks along like a car with a flat tire while the plot zooms back and forth in time and the soundtrack blasts electronic music in an attempt to make the farcical kidnapping scheme seem credible."

Kyle Smith, New York Post

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE - Michael Wandmacher

"You used to be able to depend on a bad film being poorly made. No longer. 'The Punisher: War Zone' is one of the best-made bad movies I've seen. It looks great, it hurtles through its paces and is well-acted. The soundtrack is like elevator music if the elevator were in a death plunge. The special effects are state of the art. Its only flaw is that it's disgusting."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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