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Intrada has announced two new CD releases this week.

The enormous commercial success of Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park and particularly Steven Spielberg's 1993 film version inspired filmakers to bring such previously unfilmed Crichton novels as Sphere and Eaters of the Dead (released in 1999 as The 13th Warrior) to the screen. His 1980 novel CONGO was his own contempoary take on King Solomon's Mines, with scientists looking for a jungle treasure guarded by intelligent but deadly apes. Veteran producer Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark) took on the directing duties, with an eclectic cast including Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry and, in her first leading Hollywood role, Laura Linney -- the sight of Linney fighting off deadly apes with a diamond-powered laser rifle and quipping "Put 'em on the endangered species list" proved not to be a harbinger of doom for the actress, who has since earned three Oscar nominations. Marshall's Alive composer James Newton Howard was originally on board for the 1995 film, but as with many major films of that era, schedudling conflicts intervened and the assignment went to longtime Crichton collaborator Jerry Goldsmith, who had scored Crichton's directorial debut, the TV movie Pursuit, as well as his features Coma, The Great Train Robbery and Runaway. Goldsmith programmed a disappointingly short cue selection for the film's original CD release on Sony, emphasising the African choral music on which he collaborated with Lebo M., who performed similar duties on The Power of One, The Lion King and Mighty Joe Young. The Intrada CD features the complete score including several exciting and previously unreleased action cues, as well as alternate cues and a source cue composed by Lebo M. and James Newton Howard during his tenure on the project.

British composer Frank Cordell (Khartoum, Mosquito Squadron, Ring of Bright Water, Demon) earned his only Oscar nomination for the 1970 historical biopic CROMWELL, starring Richard Harris as Oliver Cromwell and Alec Guinness as King Charles I, with writer-director Ken Hughes bringing together an impressive supporting cast including Robert Morley, Frank Finlay, Charles Gray, Patrick Magee, and Timothy Dalton. The original soundtrack LP featured dialogue dominating the music; the Intrada CD is a two-disc set with the complete score on Disc One and the LP sequencing on Disc Two.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their nominations in the film categories this week, including Original Film Music:

ANNA KARENINA - Dario Marianelli
ARGO - Alexandre Desplat
LIFE OF PI - Mychael Dann
LINCOLN - John Williams
SKYFALL - Thomas Newman


An article in the New York Times has announced that Varese Sarbande has been bought by the London-based Cutting Edge Group, which represents composers and manages music rights. Cutting Edge plans to keep executives Chris Kuchler and Robert Townson on and expects to actually increase the number of soundtracks Varese releases, including scores which Cutting Edge is already involved with such as Thomas Newman's score for Steven Soderbergh's upcoming thriller Side Effects.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Congo - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Cromwell
- Frank Cordell - Intrada Special Collection
Quartet - Dario Marianelli, various - Decca
Tron Uprising - Joseph Trapanese - Disney [CD-R]
Uncovered
- Philippe Sarde - Quartet


IN THEATERS TODAY

Gangster Squad - Steve Jablonsky - Score CD due Jan. 22 on Varese Sarabande
A Haunted House - Music Supervisor: Andy Ross


COMING SOON

January 22
Gangster Squad Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
Parker - David Buckley - Varese Sarabande
January 29
Boss - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore
Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score - various - Lakeshore
Magic City - Daniele Lupi - Silva
Silent Hill: Revelation - Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
Stand Up Guys - Lyle Workman - Lakeshore
February 5 
Bullet to the Head
 - Steve Mazzaro - Varese Sarabande
Microcosmos - Bruno Coulais - Varese Sarabande
February 12
Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash - Marc Shaiman - Columbia
A Good Day to Die Hard - Marco Beltrami - Sony
Date Unknown
Attention, Les Enfants Regardent/L'Indiscretion - Eric Demarsan - Music Box
Carrie - Pino Donaggio - Kritzerland
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous
- Georges Delerue - Universal France
The Conformist/The Little Girl in Blue Velvet
- Georges Delerue - Music Box
Hot Spell/The Matchmaker - Alex North, Adolph Deutsch - Kritzerland
Hud/The Lonely Man - Elmer Bernstein, Nathan Van Cleave - Kritzerland
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes - Robert Gulya - Howlin' Wolf
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
Vendredi Ou La vie Sauvage (Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday) - Maurice Jarre - Music Box


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

January 11 - Charles Previn born (1888)
January 11 - Francesco De Masi born (1930)
January 11 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The High Ground" (1990)
January 12 - Franco Piersanti born (1950)
January 12 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
January 12 - Frank LaLoggia born (1954)
January 12 - John Williams begins recording his score for Family Plot (1976)
January 12 - Basil Poledouris begins recording his score to Amerika (1987)
January 12 - David Newman records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Such Interesting Neighbors" (1987)
January 13 - Richard Addinsell born (1904)
January 13 - Trevor Rabin born (1954)
January 14 - Hans J. Salter born (1896)
January 14 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording score to The Great Escape (1963)
January 14 - Dave Grohl born (1969)
January 14 - Harry Nilsson died (1994)
January 14 - Fred Myrow died (1999)
January 14 - Angela Morley died (2009)
January 15 - Alessandro Cicognini born (1906)
January 15 - Kenyon Hopkins born (1912)
January 15 - David Raksin begins recording his score for The Vintage (1957)
January 15 - Georges Delerue records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Dorothy and Ben" (1986)
January 15 - Georges Delerue records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Without Diana" (1987)
January 15 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "11001001" (1988)
January 15 - Les Baxter died (1996)
January 16 - John Carpenter born (1948)
January 16 - John Williams begins recording his score to The Fury (1978)
January 17 - Ryuichi Sakamoto born (1952)
January 17 - John Williams begins recording his score to Return of the Jedi (1983)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

The only brand new major release this week was Texas Chainsaw, and critics generally didn't mention John Frizzell's score, not even the usual complaints about loud stings and banging sounds that seem to greet every new horror score.


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.

January 11
CITIZEN KANE (Bernard Herrmann), THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Bernard Herrmann) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
IT, CHILDREN OF DIVORCE [UCLA]
MANDINGO (Maurice Jarre) [Nuart]
ZOMBIE (Fabio Frizzi) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 12
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (David Broekeman) [UCLA]
8 1/2 ((Nino Rota) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR [Silent Movie Theater]
2 DAYS IN NEW YORK (Julie Delpy), 2 DAYS IN PARIS (Julie Delpy, Gustaf Heden) [Cinematheque: Aero]

January 13
AMERICA, AMERICA (Manos Hadjidakis) [Cinematheque: Aero]
DYNAMITE [UCLA]
MARY POPPINS (Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Irwin Kostal) [UCLA]
SUMMER WARS (Akihito Matsumoto), PAPRIKA (Susumu Hirasawa) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

January 15
HIGH NOON (Dimiti Tiomkin), AIRPLANE! (Elmer Bernstein) [Cinematheque: Aero]
IT'S A GIFT [LACMA]

January 16
EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (Stephen Shing, Chen-hou Su) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 17
THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin, Meredith Willson)[Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE RED SHOES (Brian Easdale) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 18
BLUE VELVET (Angelo Badalamenti), ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Frank Skinner) [Cinematheque: Aero]
BUBBA HO TEP (Brian Tyler) [Nuart]
THE DEER HUNTER (Stanley Myers) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE NEVERENDING STORY (Klaus Doldinger, Giorgio Moroder) [Silent Movie Theater]
O SANGUE [LACMA]
TRUE TO THE NAVY [UCLA]

January 19
CARAVAGGIO (Simon Fisher-Turner) [LACMA]
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, ED WOOD (Howard Shore) [Cinematheque: Aero]
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HEAVEN'S GATE (David Mansfield) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]
HUMAN LANTERNS [Silent Movie Theater]
MAMMA ROMA (Carlo Rustichelli) [LACMA]
WINGS [UCLA]

January 20
FOLLOWING DESIRE [Silent Movie Theater]
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (Peter Gabriel) [LACMA]
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT (Dee Barton), YEAR OF THE DRAGON (David Mansfield) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
TRAILIN' TROUBLE [UCLA]

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