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By Scott Bettencourt



We're almost there, friends. The blue box will go on sale beginning at 3:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on Thursday, February 21, 2008.

FSM's 8-CD box set, SUPERMAN: THE MUSIC (1978-1988), encompasses a new fully remastered and complete edition of John Williams's SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE along with previously unreleased presentations of the complete scores for its three sequels: SUPERMAN II & SUPERMAN III (adapted and conducted by Ken Thorne) and SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (adapted and conducted by Alexander Courage and featuring new themes by John Williams). The latter is spread across two full CDs of never-before-released music and songs. Also included in the set is a bonus disc of additional alternates, source music and songs, plus a full disc of Ron Jones's music for the 1988 Superman animated series, rounding out a full decade of Superman music. The 8 CDs are accompanied by an in-depth, full-color 160 page hard-bound book, all housed in an elegant blue slipcase box with the Superman "S" embossed in sliver.

The set is available as a limited edition of 3,000 copies priced at $119.95 each, and may be ordered beginning at 3:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on Thursday, February 21, 2008 via Additional information and sound samples will be available at that time.

Why announce the announcement? Because we have a limited number of autographed copies and want everybody to have the same chance at reserving one: Fifty (50) copies of the enclosed book have been signed by composers Ken Thorne and Ron Jones. These autographed editions will be available for $199.95 each on a first come-first served basis and with a limit of one (1) per person -- also through Screen Archives Entertainment at the same date and time.

SUPERMAN: THE MUSIC (1978-1988) is produced by Mike Matessino and Lukas Kendall and celebrates the Man of Steel's official birthday of February 29 as well as a triple anniversary year.... The character made his debut 70 years ago when Action Comics #1 hit newsstands, and 30 years ago, on December 15, 1978, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE was released, introducing audiences to Christopher Reeve's indelible portrayal and John Williams's classic themes. Additionally, Warner Bros., the studio behind the Superman series, celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2008. With SUPERMAN: THE MUSIC, Film Score Monthly delivers a release befitting this multi-tiered celebration.

See you next Thursday!

New FSM ONLINE Issue Coming Today!

The Valentine edition of FSM ONLINE will be live by the end of the day today. In this issue, you'll find Part 1 of our extensive bonus coverage of FSM's release of the SUPERMAN BOX SET, beginning with the lion's share of the brand new material: the cue sheets for SUPERMAN II and III, a SUPERMAN II and III SCORE RESTORE, and a new in-depth interview with KEN THORNE. Also in this issue are Jim Lochner's article on JOHN CORIGLIANO and his score to the controversial 1985 box-office bomb REVOLUTION; a special secret video; Part 1 of BASIL POLEDOURIS' last-known interview, in which he reminisces about Conan, Flesh + Blood and Robocop; an interview with one-time Poledouris protege CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ on his recent hits ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and MEET THE SPARTANS; more embedded audio clips, downloadable video and a lot more.

Subscribers, you'll get notification by email as soon as the issue is live. Or, come end of day, just go here to log in with your email and password. For those who want to subscribe to FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the big "Click to Subscribe!" button and follow the instructions. And email us at if you have any questions.


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Intrada has announced two new limited edition releases. Their latest Special Collection release presents Bruce Broughton's complete, Emmy-nominated score for the 1982 Civil War miniseries THE BLUE AND THE GRAY on a two-disc set, limited to 2000 copies.

Their latest Signature Edition presents Jay Chattaway's score for the 1985 Chuck Norris action film INVASION U.S.A., in which Norris defends the nation from a secret invasion of foreign people blowing things up. Varese Sarabande released an LP of the score over two decades ago, but Intrada's release presents the 73-minute score for the first time in complete form. This disc is limited to 1000 copies.

What is arguably the best unreleased score of 2007 is finally being released on CD in a 500-disc limited edition on March 11th, thanks to MovieScore Media. JOSHUA is a Bad Seed-style suspense thriller about a Manhattan family disrupted when their prodigy son feels threatened by the arrival of a new sibling. The film was well regarded at Sundance but didn't get much attention when it was released by Fox Searchlight last summer. Nico Muhly, a 26-year-old composer who has worked as an editor, keyboardist and conductor for Philip Glass, wrote the striking original score.

The following week, they will release a CD featuring two scores by composer Jeff Grace (The Last Winter). TRIGGER MAN is a thriller about three hunters who find themselves being hunted, while THE ROOST is a horror film whose score was previously released by MovieScore Media as a download-only.

Varese Sarabande will announce its latest CD Club releases after midnight on February 25th, for all of you who will still be awake and furious after Gustavo Santaolalla wins his third consecutive Best Score Oscar despite not even being nominated this year.

The label has also announced releases of four new scores by major composers for late March and early April.

Three new releases are due on March 25. LEATHERHEADS is a comedy about the early days of professional football, directed by its star, George Clooney, and scored by Randy Newman, his first feature since Cars.

The same day, they will release two scores by John Powell for widely differing projects, the CGI film version of the Dr. Seuss classic HORTON HEARS A WHO, and the Iraq War vet drama STOP-LOSS, the first film from director Kimberly Peirce since her 1999 Oscar winner Boys Don't Cry.

One week later, they will release Patrick Doyle's score for NIM'S ISLAND, a children's adventure with elements of Romancing the Stone, starring Jodie Foster as an agoraphobic adventure novelist who tries to help a young girl (Abigail Breslin) and her father (Gerard Butler, who also plays the hero of Foster's novels).

Christopher Gunning won BAFTA's Music award for his original score to LA VIE EN ROSE.

Michael Giacchino has won the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for his score to Ratatouille. Siedah Garrett and Henry Krieger won for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for Dreamgirls' "Love You I Do." Terence Blanchard won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Bruce Springsteen won for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his rendition of Once Upon a Time in the West from the album We All Love Ennio Morricone.

Randall Larson's latest Soundtrax column features an interview with Brian Tyler about his new RAMBO score, as well as reviews of new soundtracks including Surf's Up and In Bruges.


The Blue and the Gray - Bruce Broughton - Intrada Special Collection
The Film Music of Phillip Lambro - Phillip Lambro - Perseverance
In Bruges - Carter Burwell - Lakeshore
Invasion U.S.A. - Jay Chattaway - Intrada Signature Edition
Klimt - Jorge Arriagada - MovieScore Media


Definitely, Maybe - Clint Mansell
Diary of the Dead - Norman Orenstein
Jumper - John Powell
The Spiderwick Chronicles - James Horner - Score CD on Lakeshore
Step Up 2 the Streets - Aaron Zigman - Song CD on Atlantic


February 19
American Gangster - Marc Streitenfeld - Varese Sarabande
February 26
The Legend of Butch and Sundance - Basil Poledouris - MovieScore Media
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Paul Englishby - Varese Sarabande
The Other Boleyn Girl - Paul Cantelon - Varese Sarabande
Vantage Point - Atli Orvarsson - Varese Sarabande
March 4
Best of Mark Isham - Mark Isham - Lakeshore
March 11
Fool's Gold - George Fenton - Varese Sarabande
Joshua - Nico Muhly - MovieScore Media
10,000 BC - Harald Kloser, Thomas Wander* - Decca
March 18
Justice League: The New Frontier - Kevin Manthei - La-La Land
Trigger Man/The Roost - Jeff Grace - MovieScore Media
March 25
Horton Hears a Who! - John Powell - Varese Sarabande
Leatherheads - Randy Newman - Varese Sarabande
Stop-Loss - John Powell - Varese Sarabande
April 1
Nim's Island - Patrick Doyle - Varese Sarabande
Date Unknown
Mutant - Richard Band - Perseverance

* 10,000 B.C.'s Austria-born co-composer Thomas Wander may be more familiar to fans of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and The Day after Tomorrow as Thomas Wanker. Hard to imagine why he'd change his professional name, isn't it?


February 15 - Georges Auric born (1899)
February 17 - Ron Goodwin born (1925)
February 17 - Alfred Newman died (1970)
February 17 - Jerry Fielding died (1980)
February 18 - Nathaniel Shilkret died (1982)
February 19 - Marvin Hamlisch begins recording his score for I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)
February 20 - William Lava died (1971)
February 20 - Recording sessions begin on Jerry Goldsmith's score for Alien (1979)
February 21 - Ron Grainer died (1981)
February 21 - Morton Gould died (1996)


FOOL'S GOLD - George Fenton

"[Kate] Hudson no longer seems to care that she hasn't come close to discovering how good she could be in movies. Instead, she spends a lot of screen time pointing out who in 'Fool's Gold' is dumb and who's dumber. (She never gets around to the composer whose brass-and-steel drum score says 'Weekend at Bernie's 5.') Of course, if Hudson were so smart she wouldn't be here, floating around a movie that makes the most beautiful waters seem like they've been colored with 2000 Flushes."

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

"Production values, from Don Burgess' sun-drenched cinematography to George Fenton's calypso-infused score, do their bit to set the breezy tone, but where's Jimmy Buffett when you really need him?"

Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

IN BRUGES - Carter Burwell

"Carter Burwell, who works with the Coen brothers, contributes a sad and beautiful little musical score, teasing out the dread and loss in the killers' hurry-up-and-wait circumstance."

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"[Colin] Farrell, who just played a remarkably similar tortured killer for hire in Woody Allen's 'Cassandra's Dream,' finds just the right tone for this twitchy, funny, emotionally volatile thug; for once, he seems to know exactly what movie he's in. So does Brendan Gleeson, the big, shambling, sad-eyed Irish actor known to American audiences mainly for his role in the last two Harry Potter movies. The problem is, the audience has no idea what movie we're in. 'In Bruges' is neck-deep in atmosphere, awash in music (an overheated score from Carter Burwell), and jam-packed with references and tropes from Orson Welles, Quentin Tarantino, and David Mamet."

Dana Stevens,

"But the action grows more ludicrous by the minute, and even the usually reliable and interesting composer Carter Burwell can't effectively pump things up."

Robert Koehler, Variety

"And assisted by the glowing cinematography of Eigil Byrld and plaintive music of Carter Burwell, it's a life even bad guys find worth living."

James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter

My predictions for this year's Oscar winners (followed by the nominees I personally would vote for in parentheses):

PICTURE: Juno (There Will Be Blood)
ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis (Tommy Lee Jones)
ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard (Ellen Page)
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Javier Bardem (Casey Affleck)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett (Saiorse Ronan)
DIRECTING: Joel & Ethan Coen (Paul Thomas Anderson)
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Atonement (No Country for Old Men)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Atonement (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
FILM EDITING: The Bourne Ultimatum (There Will Be Blood)
ART DIRECTION: Atonement (There Will Be Blood)
COSTUME DESIGN: Atonement (Sweeney Todd)
ORIGINAL SCORE: Atonement (Ratatouille)
ORIGINAL SONG: "Falling Slowly" ("That's How You Know")
SOUND MIXING: The Bourne Ultimatum (Ratatouille)
SOUND EDITING: The Bourne Ultimatum (No Country for Old Men)
VISUAL EFFECTS: Transformers (Transformers)
MAKEUP: La Vie en Rose (Norbit)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Sicko (No End in Sight)
DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Freeheld (Freeheld)
LIVE ACTION SHORT: The Mozart of Pickpockets (The Tonto Woman)
ANIMATED SHORT: Peter and the Wolf (Peter and the Wolf)
ANIMATED FEATURE: Ratatouille (Ratatouille)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE: The Counterfeiters (Beaufort)

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