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 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Seddok/Lycanthropus - Armando Trovajoli (CDDM249)



"Digitmovies ventures, again, in the field of the horror genre, publishing for the first time on CD, the complete OST by Armando Trovajoli for the films "Atom Age Vampire" and "Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory." For our CD (duration 73:32) we used the mono master tapes of the original recording session. A CD to keep in its consecrated the Art of Music Armando Trovajoli and for those who love the genre of cinema."

Anonimo Veneziano - Stelvio Cipriani (DPDM013)



"Digitmovies is pleased to present, in de-luxe digipack edition, the OST by Stelvio Cipriani, complete and in full stereo, to the classic movie “The Anonymous Venetia." For our new CD with a duration of 71:52 we used first-generation master tapes on a full stereo album and the original recording sessions, and with the approval of the author, it is divided into three sections: the first, containing the album of the era, the second, film versions and alternate takes published for the first time, and the third, two pieces of which the author took a new version for piano and keyboards. The disc closes with a nice audio message from the great composer to his fans in Italian and English. This CD wants to pay tribute to a cult film of international cinema and the fabulous music art of the legendary Cipriani."

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Terrific! The Cipriani is a classic and I'm always eager to discover new Trovaioli. Especially in the horror genre!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

This is about the eighth CD release of THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN, but it seems to be the best yet. And the first time release of ATOM AGE VAMPIRE / WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY is welcome as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN was a 1970 Italian film that Allied Artists released in an English-language version in the U.S. on 14 September 1971. It starred Tony Musante and Florida Bolkan as an unsuccessful musician-conductor and his estranged wife. As its title suggests, the production was filmed on location in Venice. The film was the first of five directorial efforts by Enrico Maria Salerno, who as an actor appeared in over 100 productions. He also co-wrote the script.

When THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN opened in Italy, Variety’s Rome correspondent said that although the film was “a two-character dramatic promenade through Venice,” it also had a “soap opera quality that, while not haunting, [could] bring tears to the eyes of many” and perhaps account for “boxoffice at home.” That prediction proved accurate, as THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN quickly became one of 1970’s top grossers in Italy. But not so in the U.S., where most critics agreed with Newsday’s Jerry Parker that “what we get is an expensive tour of Venice” burdened with “sometimes irreverent commentary (“My God the water stinks.”) and a plot that reminded one of “a kind of Venetian LOVE STORY.”

In fact, a number of critics compared the film to LOVE STORY, even though THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN was produced first. The Village Voice called it “a mongoloid offspring of LOVE STORY and DEATH IN VENICE.” Cue magazine’s William Wolf said “Even the music to this intended tearjerker has the familiar ring of the theme from LOVE STORY.” But in a mixed notice, the New York Daily News’ Kathleen Carroll declared that a comparison to LOVE STORY was “unfair.” “There is nothing mawkish about this film, nor is it the sleek, well-manufactured tearjerker that LOVE STORY was,” she wrote. Carroll particularly liked Florinda Bolkan, whom she called “the film’s greatest asset . . . who with her striking—if not beautiful—features looks like a woman who has suffered through loving well, if not wisely.”

Those critics who didn’t compare the film to LOVE STORY just found THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN to be “completely worthless” (Roger Ebert) and “bad enough to be quite funny” (Vincent Canby).

The most appreciated aspect of the film has been its Stelvio Cipriani score, which has been released on CD many times. The film itself was released on a hard-to-find cassette in 2000, and on an even-harder-to-find PAL DVD, that had no English-subtitles.


 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

poor marketing. Add some guns and an out-of-control gondola, that's what sells Venetian films in the USA.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Seddok/Lycanthropus - Armando Trovajoli (CDDM249)



"Digitmovies ventures, again, in the field of the horror genre, publishing for the first time on CD, the complete OST by Armando Trovajoli for the films "Atom Age Vampire" and "Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory." For our CD (duration 73:32) we used the mono master tapes of the original recording session. A CD to keep in its consecrated the Art of Music Armando Trovajoli and for those who love the genre of cinema."


What the ... ? This has got to be the most pleasant surprise so far in 2014!

By the way, SEDDOK is from 1960 & LYCANTHROPUS is 1961.

Is there any hope for Trovajoli's IL MITO (with Lisa Gastoni)???

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN was a 1970 Italian film that Allied Artists released in an English-language version in the U.S. on 14 September 1971. It starred Tony Musante and Florida Bolkan as an unsuccessful musician-conductor and his estranged wife. As its title suggests, the production was filmed on location in Venice. The film was the first of five directorial efforts by Enrico Maria Salerno, who as an actor appeared in over 100 productions. He also co-wrote the script.

When THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN opened in Italy, Variety’s Rome correspondent said that although the film was “a two-character dramatic promenade through Venice,” it also had a “soap opera quality that, while not haunting, [could] bring tears to the eyes of many” and perhaps account for “boxoffice at home.” That prediction proved accurate, as THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN quickly became one of 1970’s top grossers in Italy. But not so in the U.S., where most critics agreed with Newsday’s Jerry Parker that “what we get is an expensive tour of Venice” burdened with “sometimes irreverent commentary (“My God the water stinks.”) and a plot that reminded one of “a kind of Venetian LOVE STORY.”

In fact, a number of critics compared the film to LOVE STORY, even though THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN was produced first. The Village Voice called it “a mongoloid offspring of LOVE STORY and DEATH IN VENICE.” Cue magazine’s William Wolf said “Even the music to this intended tearjerker has the familiar ring of the theme from LOVE STORY.” But in a mixed notice, the New York Daily News’ Kathleen Carroll declared that a comparison to LOVE STORY was “unfair.” “There is nothing mawkish about this film, nor is it the sleek, well-manufactured tearjerker that LOVE STORY was,” she wrote. Carroll particularly liked Florinda Bolkan, whom she called “the film’s greatest asset . . . who with her striking—if not beautiful—features looks like a woman who has suffered through loving well, if not wisely.”

Those critics who didn’t compare the film to LOVE STORY just found THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN to be “completely worthless” (Roger Ebert) and “bad enough to be quite funny” (Vincent Canby).

The most appreciated aspect of the film has been its Stelvio Cipriani score, which has been released on CD many times. The film itself was released on a hard-to-find cassette in 2000, and on an even-harder-to-find PAL DVD, that had no English-subtitles.



A film I have never seen. As far as I am aware it didn't get a release in Ireland and I don't think it was shown in the UK either? The music by Cipriani is very nice and this latest reissue seems to be worth getting, especially for anyone who doesn't already have it of course.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Great news about the Trovajoli the opening theme from Seddok (1960) seems to be the same as what he used later in Una Magnum Special Per Tony Saitta (1976)

Anonimo Veneziano was one of my first Cipriani scores along with Mark Il Poliziotto it is very good great piano playing from Arnaldo Graziosi wish Digit would stop using those Digi pak's. Not sure if I will pick this one up since I am already happy enough with the length of the previous release.

With so many of these scores getting expanded releases on cds it is impossible to really tell until you buy them to discover if those extra tracks are worthwhile. Have picked up less of them as time has went on still I'm always left curious.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

can anyone provide a link to a site with sound samples of ATOM AGE VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS ? Searched but didnt find any.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   JimWynorski   (Member)

Both films can be found on YouTube.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

can anyone provide a link to a site with sound samples of ATOM AGE VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS ? Searched but didnt find any.

Here's 2 versions of SEDDOK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8fSmtQj8-Jk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9bwQAM7vHk&feature=player_detailpage


Sounds like a blend of Hammer horror with North's STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)



This was my first purchase of year 2014!

I ordered this album from Dusty Groove along with Piero Piccioni's Le Evasioni Celebri.

By the way, Seddok L'Erede Di Satana/Lycanthropus is copyrighted 2013 by Digitmovies; so, like Intrada's CROMWELL from '12/'13, this Trovajoli disc was all completed and in the can by the end of the year (but not announced until January of the following year).
[the soundtrackcollector.com site lists January 31 2014 as this album's release date]

Listened to it several times in a row yesterday evening. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

can anyone provide a link to a site with sound samples of ATOM AGE VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS ? Searched but didnt find any.

Here's 2 versions of SEDDOK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8fSmtQj8-Jk


youtube clips wont give an indication of the CD sound quality, and in terms of content, they might not reflect the original score as some foreign films were re-scored in USA. For example, is the main title for WEREWOLF really the pop tune GHOUL IN SCHOOL?

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

For example, is the main title for WEREWOLF really the pop tune GHOUL IN SCHOOL?


Nope.

We can be grateful that the "Ghoul in School" number is NOT on this Digitmovies album!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

For example, is the main title for WEREWOLF really the pop tune GHOUL IN SCHOOL?


Nope.

We can be grateful that the "Ghoul in School" number is NOT on this Digitmovies album!


That's a relief (for me, at least). I imagine the original is online somewhere, but I only found the English-dub with that tune.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

youtube clips wont give an indication of the CD sound quality, and in terms of content, they might not reflect the original score as some foreign films were re-scored in USA.


As for the sound quality, we already know both of these items are mono.

SEDDOK, in particular, seems (to my ears anyway) to have some volume control issues.
The quiet passages are at a lower level than the crescendos (which sometimes sound a little distorted as if the volume was to high).

LYCANTHROPUS, though, sounds consistent throughout.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

I have received the Trovajoli today love the mix of those jazz cues throughout Seddok they seem to fit in quite well and Lycanthropus is very enjoyable love those scores that you can get immersed in atmosphere.

Also received Danza Macabra not got around to listening to that one yet.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I have received the Trovajoli today love the mix of those jazz cues throughout Seddok they seem to fit in quite well

Plus Digitmovies used a couple of photos of the disfigured Susanne Loret!



A better quality snap of this one is inside the booklet, whilst another one of Loret in her hospital bed graces the back cover.

Any body who likes black-and-white horror movies with blondes in black lingerie stripping to big band jazz should buy SEDDOK! smile

 
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