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 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Danza Macabre - Riz Ortolani (CDDM 242)



"Digitmovies, in collaboration with the Sugar Group, is pleased to present, for the first time on CD the complete OST by Riz Ortolani from the gothic black and white film "Blood Castle", directed in 1964 by Antonio Margheriti. To make this CD (53:10) we were able to access the mono master tapes of the original recording session, publishing every note recorded at the time. Riz Ortolani composed a perfect OST to describe the gothic atmosphere of the story."

La Regina dei Tartari - Bruno Canfora (CDDM 251)



"Digitmovies continues it's musical journey in the Italian Peplum by publishing volume XXIX of the series; the complete OST by Bruno Canfora from the movie "La Regina dei Tartari" (aka "The Huns" - "Queen of the Tartars") directed in 1960 by Sergio Grieco. For our CD, which lasts 45:18 minutes, we used every note contained in the mono master tapes of the original recording session. Maestro Canfora, for this particular OST, removed the strings and used only the brass, woodwind and percussion (same artistic choice by Mario Nascimbene for "Alessandro il Grande"). These create atmospheres with an ancient flavour, between heroic and mysterious, alternating with vigorous music for battle, and the recurring presence of a delicate love theme."

Trinità e Sartana figli di... - Carlo Savina (CDDM 253)



"Digitmovies continues it's musical journey, through the scorching desert lands of the Italian Western, by publishing for the first time in it’s entirety on CD and in full stereo, the OST by Carlo Savina for the movie “Trinità e Sartana figli di…” (aka "Trinity and Sartana are coming") directed in 1972 by Mario Siciliano. For this CD, which lasts 50:53 minutes, we used every note preserved in the master tapes, in stereo from the original recording session. Carlo Savina has written a nice OST based on a recurring funny and light-hearted theme in a beat key, which is a good representation of the two hapless protagonists. The author alternates this motive with mysterious music, saloon style pieces and a romantic love theme with a Lounge flavour."

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

March Madness!

Find it hard to believe nobody's commented yet on these upcoming titles.

Only this past weekend, I was pondering why there aren't more soundtrack albums from Barbara Steele's Italian horrors from the early/mid-1960s ... and here's one being announced!

Folks ... this DANZA MACABRA is known as CASTLE OF BLOOD on American DVD:




And this 1960 peplum is a pleasant surprise, too - never heard of that composer before.

Releasing 2 albums of film music from the 1960s during the same time is getting to be a rare thing. Digitmovies is doing what the December/January Varese Club did not do - issue pre-1975 film music. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

I agree. It is difficult to understand why there are very few comments on these topics.

Some have mentioned the lack of sound samples, but if one has more than a few Digitmovies releases already, it is fairly easy to guess the style of these releases. The Italian editions may be only 500 copies, but that's not too far from the number of U.S. soundtracks, so I would not expect this dramatic decrease of comments.

My favorite composer and style in the batch is the Carlo Savina western, but of course, it is difficult to know in advance which one will be the best listening experience.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Since I know nothing about these films and will only be purchasing them because of the composers/ genres I have very little to add.

I'm excited about getting em! How's that? smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 2:03 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Will get the Ortolani for sure. Cool.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   JimWynorski   (Member)

You can watch both CASTLE OF BLOOD and TRINITY/SARTANA film on YouTube.

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

I have just finished watching Danza Macabra on YouTube very enjoyable can't wait to get Ortolani's atmospheric score.

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   serifiot   (Member)

Once again, congratulations to this wonderful Italian label for bringing us more excellent film scores. I could not believe it when I first saw that Ortolani's music to the original Danza Macabra aka Castle Of Blood from 1964 which I have been inquiring for years was finally unearthed and made available. The score perfectly captures the eerie and chilling atmosphere of this excellent Barbara Steele gothic thriller.

Thank you Digitmovies!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2014 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

The Savina western is a definitive purchase, the other two look very good as well. It's just, as others stated, it's hard to comment in more depth since the only thing I am familiar with are the composer names and their other works within these genres.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Since I know nothing about these films and will only be purchasing them because of the composers/ genres I have very little to add.

I'm excited about getting em! How's that? smile


Thanks for supporting such releases, Michael M!

Keep these comin', Digitmovies. smile

I watched my DVD of CASTLE OF BLOOD the other night simply because this CD of DANZA MACABRA is on the horizon.

There's a lot of music in this flick. Most of it sounds like suspended chords, but in the mid-section there's grand ballroom dance music in 1800s setting (I'm guessing the picture is set between the 1830s & 1850s).
Several of the lengthy 'exploring-the-castle-corridors-with-no-dialog' scenes contain the wailing of an electronic-sounding instrument (perhaps a Theremin) or singing saw during the cellar crypt passages involving undead ghosts. Those who appreciate Harry Lubin's similar-sounding music for the 2nd season of THE OUTER LIMITS ('64) should be very interested in this Riz Ortolani CD.

I don't have much Ortolani music in my collection because, to be honest, what I have doesn't grab my attention.
This DANZA MACABRA sounds very much like the exception and does not resemble any other Ortolani I've heard. I'm looking forward to it.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Do you have La Vergine Di Norimberga? While I haven't heard the new one, the genre seems similar.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

why why why no sound samples from Digitmovies?!?!

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

why why why no sound samples from Digitmovies?!?!

Apparently in italy it is prohibited to put copyrighted samples online. Annoying I know, but luckily you can get an idea from clips on youtube.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

why why why no sound samples from Digitmovies?!?!

Sound samples can probably be found at SAE and youtube (I mean song clips, not full movies) for half of the Digitmovies releases. I remember using that for composers I didn't know at the time (Micalizzi, de Luca, Gaslini, etc).

If you get that far, you probably don't need samples anymore, and like me, only the description, composer, year, movie genre will probably be enough to decide which one to buy first.

Although if course, it doesn't solve the problem for the newest releases. I agree it is difficult to discuss them, but they will not sell out immediately, and these threads could still be used to review/discuss them.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I buy all the peplum scores, though, by definition, this one is pretty marginal. Seems like a sequel to GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (U.S. title), if only because of the presence of Chelo Alonso.

Still, I get all the peplum scores. Used to love seeing these back in the early 60's. Great fun.

Still wish they'd release the scores for THE MINOTAUR, or THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES...

But I am grateful for any of these releases, since I had assumed they were all lost to time.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

why why why no sound samples from Digitmovies?!?!

Apparently in italy it is prohibited to put copyrighted samples online.


Amazon-Italy posts sound samples, so I dont think it's illegal there. Also, Sugar Music (which bought CAM) posts soundtrack samples on youtube and Italy itunes (you can preview the itune tracks). I would think Digitmovies would have the rights to do so, or make a similar effort.
http://www.sugarmusic.com/it/catalogo/colonne-sonore
https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/10.000-dollari-per-massacro/id624208657

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Do you have La Vergine Di Norimberga? While I haven't heard the new one, the genre seems similar.

Yes, I have THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBURG on a C.A.M. CD from the 1990s (coupled with his CASANOVA).
Also, I have Hexacord's Ortolani giallo disc of Fulci's DON'T TORTURE A DUCKING, & WEB OF THE SPIDER (which I read, but never saw, was a remake of DANZA MACABRA).

THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG is rather brassy in comparison to DANZA MACABRA, and it has a big band tune as its main title theme!

In DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, Ortolani uses plucked strings with echo-delay, which sounds to me like a 2nd-rate mimicking of Jerry Goldsmith's PLANET OF THE APES.
Whatever NELLA STRETTA MORSA DEL RAGNO sounds like, I don't remember.

Don't know how many folks are familiar with "The Duplicate Man" episode of THE OUTER LIMITS, but this one of the OL segments which come to my mind when hearing Ortolani's score for CASTLE OF BLOOD. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Don't know how many folks are familiar with "The Duplicate Man" episode of THE OUTER LIMITS, but this one of the OL segments which come to my mind when hearing Ortolani's score for CASTLE OF BLOOD. smile

you mentioned the OL before (partly why I'm curious) but without samples, maybe I'll just stick with the Harry Lubin cues.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I have just finished watching Danza Macabra on YouTube very enjoyable can't wait to get Ortolani's atmospheric score.

Hi, wayoutwest.

Did you get your disc of DANZA MACABRA and have you listened to it?

(This Ortolani title became my 2nd purchase of 2014 (from Dusty Groove), along with Piccioni's OSS 117.)

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2014 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Hi ToneRow I have received and listened to Danza Macabra it is just what I had hoped it might be. Tension and suspense in just the right balance and the dance makes it a pleasure to complete the loop one more time.

 
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