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Intrada has announced two new score releases this week, including one long-rumored three-disc set that has been desired by fans for many years.

Basil Poledouris was mostly known for The Blue Lagoon and Big Wednesday when writer-director John Milius signed him to score his long-awaited fantasy adventure CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and any doubters had their reservations silenced when Poledouris' Conan score turned out to be a thrilling and epic musical achievement. MCA released highlights from the score on LP back in 1982, and a decade later Varese Sarabande released the score on CD with additional cues. The complete tapes were thought to be lost, so Tadlow recently recorded and released a first-rate new recording of the complete score (and did the same for Poledouris' sequel score, Conan the Destroyer), but Intrada has located the complete original tracks and this week releases a three-disc definitive edition, with the first two discs featuring the complete 108 minutes score plus several extra cues, and the original LP sequencing on Disc Three.

The other new Intrada is the first official soundtrack release for director Don Siegel's 1968 cop thriller COOGAN'S BLUFF, which set Arizona deputy Clint Eastwood at loose in New York City. The film marked the transition between the Westerns that made Eastwood a star and the Dirty Harry thrillers that turned him into an American icon. It was also Eastwood's first film for Dirty Harry director Siegel; the first of five films that Lalo Schfirin scored for Siegel; and the inspiration for NBC's long-running series McCloud. The Intrada CD features Schfirin's complete music for the film, including the psychedelic disco songs (like "Pigeon Toed Orange Peel") and extras including alternate main titles. The liner notes feature a discussion of the film's music by Doug Fake, as well as a production history by me.


Last week La-La Land made their yearly Black Friday announcement of their remaining releases for the year, due next Tuesday, December 4th. Along with their epic, 15-disc set of music from the original '60s Star Trek series, they will release three expanded, two-disc editions of previously released scores - Ennio Morricone's Oscar-nominated score for Brian DePalma's hit THE UNTOUCHABLES; John Williams' score for the inevitable, high-grossing sequel HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK; and Michael Kamen's final score for the Die Hard series, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, featuring over two hours of music (the original With a Vengeance CD was produced before the scoring was finished and bore little relation to the music as heard in the film).


The latest CD announced by Kritzerland presents the first-ever release of Franz Waxman's score for the 1959 show business drama CAREER, starring Dean Martin, Tony Franciosa and Shirley MacLaine, which received Oscar nominations for its Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Breaking Dawn, Part 2 
- Carter Burwell - Atlantic
Conan the Barbarian - Basil Poledouris - Intrada
Coogan's Bluff - Lalo Schifrin - Intrada Special Collection
Courts Metrages
- Francois De Roubaix - Music Box
The House on Carroll Street
- Georges Delerue - Music Box
La Gitane/Le Leopard - Claude Bolling - Music Box


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Central Park Five - Doug Wamble
The Collection - Charlie Clouser
Killing Them Softly - Marc Streitenfeld - Soundtrack CD on Lakeshore with 1 Streitenfeld cue


COMING SOON

December 4
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer - Thirty3anda3rd
Die Hard with a Vengeance - Michael Kamen - La-La Land
Hitchcock - Danny Elfman - Sony
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - John Williams - La-La Land
Invader - Lucas Vidal - Lakeshore
Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection - Alexander Courage, George Duning, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Samuel Matlovsky, Joseph Mullendore, Fred Steiner - La-La Land
The Untouchables - Ennio Morricone - La-La Land
December 11
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Howard Shore - Watertower
Witchfinder General - Paul Ferris - De Wolfe (import)
December 18
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes - Robert Gulya - Howlin' Wolf
Jack Reacher - Joe Kraemer - La-La Land
Quartet - Dario Marianelli, various - Decca
Silent Hill: Revelation - Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
January 8
Gangster Squad - Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
February 5
Microcosmos - Bruno Coulais - Varese Sarabande
Date Unknown
Career - Franz Waxman - Kritzerland
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous - Georges Delerue - Universal France
Hawk the Slayer - Harry Robinson - Buysoundtrax
L'Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic - Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier - Universal France
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur - Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg - Universal France
Los Angeles, 1937
 - Phillip Lambro - Perseverance
Shanks - Alex North - Quartet
What's the Matter with Helen? - David Raksin - Quartet


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

November 30 - Gordon Parks born (1912)
November 30 - Edward Artemyev born (1937)
December 1 - Laurence Rosenthal begins recording his score to Heart Like a Wheel (1982)
December 1 - Stephane Grappelli died (1997)
December 2 - Harry Sukman born (1912)
December 2 - Eddie Sauter born (1914)
December 2 - Milton Delugg born (1918)
December 2 - Artie Butler born (1942)
December 2 - Gerald Fried's score to the Star Trek episode "Shore Leave" is recorded (1966)
December 2 - Aaron Copland died (1990)
December 3 - Nino Rota born (1911)
December 3 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score to McQ (1973)
December 3 - Hoyt Curtin died (2000)
December 3 - Dee Barton died (2001)
December 4 - Alex North born (1910)
December 4 - Richard Robbins born (1940)
December 4 - Benjamin Britten died (1976)
December 4 - Harry Sukman died (1984)
December 5 - John Altman born (1949)
December 5 - Richard Gibbs born (1955)
December 5 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score for the Room 222 pilot (1968)
December 5 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score to Coma (1977)
December 5 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Outrageous Okona" (1988)
December 5 - Masaru Sato died (1999)
December 6 - Mort Glickman born (1898)
December 6 - Lyn Murray born (1909)
December 6 - Piero Piccioni born (1921)
December 6 - Richard Markowitz died (1994)
December 6 - Lalo Schifrin begins recording the original soundtrack LP to Bullitt (1968)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC

HITCHCOCK - Danny Elfman

"'Hitchcock' errs in yoking its realistic showbiz narrative to a bizarre recurring fantasy that has Hitchcock sharing unsettling confidences with the psychotic grave robber Ed Gein (Michael Wincott). It’s unclear whether Hitchcock experiences these as creative daydreams, invasive nightmares, or both, but whatever tone of macabre whimsy Gervasi was shooting for in these scenes never quite lands, and you find yourself dreading the murky lighting and faux-Bernard Herrmann music (actually composed by Danny Elfman) that presages a Gein appearance."

Dana Stevens, Slate.com

"Pic manages a reasonable evocation of late ‘50s/early ‘60s Hollywood but still looks somewhat underrealized, and the occasional use of Bernard Herrmann’s screeching violins only accentuates the blandness of the film’s main score."

Justin Chang, Variety

"[Sacha] Gervasi, who directed the music documentary 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil,' displays abundant energy and visual tact at the helm, with great assists from cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, production designer Judy Becker, costume designer Julie Weiss, editor Pamela Martin and composer Danny Elfman, who does not ape [Bernard] Herrmann so much as weave around him to dexterous effect."

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

LIFE OF PI - Mychael Danna

"His childhood unfolds in this colorful setting, beautifully filmed by Claudio Miranda, inflected with a hint of exoticism by Mychael Danna’s score and graced with the presence of a handful of excellent Indian actors, notably Adil Hussain and Tabu as Pi’s parents."

A.O. Scott, New York Times

"For all the splendor of the crasftsmanship on display, from David Gropman’s eye-popping design to Mychael Danna’s Indian-inflected score, what’s missing is a certain-in-the-moment urgency."

Justin Chang, Variety

"At all times, the film, shot by Claudio Miranda and with production design by David Gropman, is ravishing to look at, and the 3D work is discreetly powerful. Mychael Danna composed the emotionally fluent score."

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS - Alexandre Desplat

"Scene after scene is liberally coated witih Sandy’s shimmering yellow dust, painstakingly animated so as to assume all manner of clever shapes and patterns, and continually backed by the surging accompaniment of Alexandre Desplat’s orchestral score."

Justin Chang, Variety

"Composer Alexandre Desplat really gets a workout here, dextrously blanketing the film with ever-changing tempos and motifs to suit the moment and propel the action."

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter


THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianLACMANew BeverlyNuartSilent Movie Theater and UCLA.

November 30
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (Laurie Johnson) [LACMA]
HOLD BACK THE DAWN (Victor Young), SWING HIGH, SWING LOW (Victor Young, Phil Boutelje) [UCLA]
MEGAFORCE (Jerrold Immel) [Nuart]
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (Jack Nitzsche) [Cinematheque: Aero]

December 1
AUDITION (Jiri Slitr), BLACK PETER (Jiri Slitr) [UCLA]
BACK TO THE FUTURE (Alan Silvestri), WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (Alan Silvestri) [Cinematheque: Aero]
BOY MEETS GIRL [Silent Movie Theater]
A BUCKET OF BLOOD (Fred Katz) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE DEVIL PROBABLY (Philippe Sarde), LE PONT DU NORD [New Beverly]
2001: SPACE ODYSSEY [LACMA]

December 2
BAD BLOOD [Silent Movie Theater]
CAST AWAY (Alan Silvestri) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE DEVIL PROBABLY (Philippe Sarde), LE PONT DU NORD [New Beverly]
NO MAN OF HER OWN (Hugo Friedhofer), THE MATING SEASON (Joseph J. Lilley) [UCLA]

December 3
SHADOWS [Silent Movie Theater]

December 4
NAKED LUNCH (Howard Shore) [Silent Movie Theater]
PUSHOVER (Arthur Morton) [LACMA]

December 5
THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE [Silent Movie Theater]

December 6
WHITE CHRISTMAS (Joseph J. Lilley) [AMPAS]

December 7
ALL OVER ME (Leisha Hailey, MIki Navazio) [UCLA]
ALTERED STATES (John Corigliano) [Nuart]
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Wendy Carlos) [LACMA]
DAGON (Carlos Cases) [Silent Movie Theater]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]
WHITE CHRISTMAS (Joseph J. Lilley) [AMPAS]

December 8
ALIEN (Jerry Goldsmith), ALIENS (James Horner), ALIEN 3 (Elliot Goldenthal), ALIEN RESURRECTION (John Frizzell), PROMETHEUS (Marc Streitenfeld) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
BARRY LYNDON (Leonard Rosenman) [LACMA]
MIAMI CONNECTION (Jon McCallum) [Silent Movie Theater]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

December 9
LADY IN THE DARK (Robert Emmett Dolan), TAKE A LETTER, DARLING (Victor Young) [UCLA]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

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