Intrada has announced two new CDs this week, featuring three previously unreleased scores by three top composers.
Elmer Bernstein's classic score for The Magnificent Seven made him Hollywood's most in-demand composer for Westerns in the 1960s, so it was only fitting that he should become John Wayne's composer of choice for the final decade of his film career. The many Bernstein/Wayne films include True Grit, which earned Wayne the Best Actor Oscar, The Shootist, the star's final film, and the 1973 Western CAHILL UNITED STATES MARSHAL, with Wayne as the title character who has to cope with two young sons who become bank robbers. Bernstein re-recorded eight minutes of his Cahill score for a Varese compilation in the mid-1980s, but the Intrada Special Collection CD is the first release of the complete original score tracks.
Director Don Siegel's resume included such classics as the original Inavsion of the Body Snatchers and the first Dirty Harry, and Intrada's second new CD features the scores from two of his films: the 1979 true-life prison drama ESCAPE FROM ALACATRAZ, his final film with Clint Eastwood -- the Jerry Fielding score was short-listed for an Original Score nomination; and the 1962 World War II drama HELL IS FOR HEROES, which featured a score by Leonard Rosenman and an eclectic cast including Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, Bobby Darin and Bob Newhart.
The label has also announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to one of this spring's most high-profile new films -- Sam Raimi's 3D prequel OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, with James Franco as the Wizard exploring the magical land of Oz, with an stellar supporting cast including Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams. The original music was composed by four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman, scoring his fifth film for the director.
The latest release from Kritzerland is a complete release of a film music masterpiece -- David Raksin's immortal score for Otto Preminger's Oscar winning romantic mystery LAURA, staring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Judith Anderson, VIncent Price, and in his career-making, Oscar-nominated performance, Clifton Webb as "Waldo Lydecker." Decades ago, Fox released 27 minutes of the score (as a continuous suite) on a CD paired with selections from Bernard Herrmann's Jane Eyre. The Kritzerland Laura, limited to 1000 units, features the complete score, sequenced into individual cues.
In one of the least surprising pieces of soundtrack news of the year, on April 2 Varese Sarabande will release Joseph LoDuca's score to the new miniseries SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED, which concludes the Spartacus saga.
Along with their release of Bear McCreary's score for the Battlestar Galactica prequel movie Blood and Chrome, La-La Land will release a multi-disc set of his music for the short-lived prequel series CAPRICA.
Michel Legrand will be appearing in person tonight and tomorrow night at screenings of his films at American Cinematheque in Los Angeles -- tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) at the Egyptian in Hollywood for Barbra Streisand's YENTL, for which Legrand won an Oscar for his song score, and tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 9) at the Aero in Santa Monica for a double feature of Jacques Demy's THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (for which Legrand earned an Oscar nomination) and the composer's autobiographical directorial debut FIVE DAYS IN JUNE.
The label I Am Shark is releasing a two-LP set of John Williams’ score for STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE, featuring the same cues and sequencing as the score’s first, one-disc CD release. The LP set is currently expected to begin shipping in early March.
Singer-violinist Petra Haden has just released a CD on the ANTI label titled PETRA HADEN GOES TO THE MOVIES, in which she performs a capella version of such classic movie themes as the main titles to Cool Hand Luke, Psycho, Rebel without a Cause and The Social Network.
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days - Patrick Williams - Kritzerland
Cahill: United States Marshal - Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
Escape from Alcatraz/Hell Is for Heroes - Leonard Rosenman, Jerry Fielding - Intrada Special Collection
Microcosmos - Bruno Coulais - Varese Sarabande
Parker - David Buckley - Varese Sarabande
Who's Got the Action - George Duning - Kritzerland
IN THEATERS TODAY
Clandestine Childhood - Marta Roca Alonso, Pedro Onetto
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III - Liam Hayes - Score CD due March 19 on Alternative Distribution Alliance
Identity Thief - Christopher Lennertz - Score CD due March 5 on La-La Land
Lore - Max Richter
The Playroom - Bruce Richardson
Side Effects - Thomas Newman - Score CD due Feb. 19 on Varese Sarabande
Beautiful Creatures - The Newno2 - Watertower
Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash - Marc Shaiman - Columbia
John Dies at the End - Brian Tyler - La-La Land
La Migliore Offerta - Ennio Morricone - Warner (import)
Magic City - Daniele Lupi - Silva
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - various - La-La land
Bullet to the Head - Steve Mazzaro - Varese Sarabande
Four Assassins - Andrea Matthias - Kronos
A Good Day to Die Hard - Marco Beltrami - Sony
Side Effects - Thomas Newman - Varese Sarabande
Phantom - Jeff Rona - Milan
Stoker - Clint Mansell - Milan
Identity Thief - Christopher Lennertz - La-La Land
Snitch - Antonio Pinto - Lakeshore
Frozen Planet - George Fenton - Silva
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III - Liam Hayes - Alternative Distribution Alliance
S.O.S. Titanic - Howard Blake - Silva
Silent Hill: Revelation - Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani - Roger Limb - Silva
Spartacus: War of the Damned - Joseph LoDuca - Varese Sarabande
Caprica (the series) - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous - Georges Delerue - Universal France
L'Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic - Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier - Universal France
Laura - David Raksin - Kritzerland
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur - Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg - Universal France
Murder on the Orient Express - Richard Rodney Bennett - Quartet
Una Pura Formalita [A Pure Formality] - Ennio Morricone - GDM
War-Gods of the Deep/Crossplot - Stanley Black - Quartet
THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY
February 8 - John Williams born (1932)
February 8 - Joe Raposo born (1937)
February 8 - Johnny Mandel records his score for Drums of Africa (1963)
February 8 - Planet of the Apes released (1968)
February 8 - Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score for Earth II (1971)
February 8 - Akira Ifukube died (2006)
February 9 - Barry Mann born (1939)
February 10 - Larry Adler born (1914)
February 10 - Gordon Zahler born (1926)
February 10 - Jerry Goldsmith born (1929)
February 10 - Billy Goldenberg born (1936)
February 11 - The Adventures of Robin Hood released (1938)
February 11 - Recording sessions begin for Leigh Harline's score for The Desert Rats (1953)
February 11 - Heinz Roemheld died (1985)
February 12 - Howard Blake born (1938)
February 12 - George Antheil died (1959)
February 12 - Benjamin Frankel died (1973)
February 12 - Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score for Sky Riders (1976)
February 13 - Gerald Fried born (1928)
February 13 - Peter Gabriel born (1950)
February 13 - William Axt died (1959)
February 13 - Fred Myrow begins recording score to Soylent Green (1973)
February 14 - Werner Heymann born (1886)
February 14 - Elliot Lawrence born (1925)
February 14 - Ken Thorne begins recording his score for Superman III (1983)
February 15 - Georges Auric born (1899)
February 15 - Miklos Rozsa records his replacement score for Crest of the Wave (1954)
DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?
BULLET TO THE HEAD - Steve Mazzaro
"Tough guys with a code. Punishing bare-knuckled brawls. Broken glass. Some bluesy licks from Ry Cooder. These are the elements of a Walter Hill action movie, from great early films like 'The Long Riders' and 'Southern Comfort' to his paradigmatic buddy team-up '48 Hrs'. to recent effects like the mistreated' Undisputed' and his new two-fister, 'Bullet To The Head.' The non-Cooder scores in later Hill movies -- like Steve Mazzaro's, here -- are still Cooder-esque, but beyond such minor variations, little has changed about a filmmaker who makes modern Westerns with brute efficiency."
Scott Tobias, The Onion
THE GATEKEEPERS - Ab Ovo, Jerome Chassagnard, Regis Baillet
"'The Gatekeepers' doesn’t play like agitprop. The storytelling is strong, the images stark. The camera roams among multiple monitors showing multiple satellite views while an ambient score works on your nerves. Moreh edits riot footage with a shiv."
David Edelstein, New York
"The high-quality archival footage and operation simulations help the talking-head assembly play well on the bigscreen, and a brooding score rounds out the solid tech package."
Justin Chang, Variety
THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.
Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPAS, American Cinematheque: Aero, American Cinematheque: Egyptian, LACMA, New Beverly, Nuart, Silent Movie Theater and UCLA.
THE BROOD (Howard Shore) [Silent Movie Theater]
HOLY MOTORS [Nuart]
THE NAKED CITY (Miklos Rozsa), KISS OF DEATH (David Buttolph) [LACMA]
POINT BLANK (Johnny Mandel), THE KILLERS (John Williams) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE WILD PARTY [UCLA]
YENTL (Michel Legrand) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
FULL CIRCLE [THE HAUNTING OF JULIA] (Colin Towns) [Silent Movie Theater]
TAMING OF THE SHREW [Cinematheque: Egpytian]
THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Michel Legrand), FIVE DAYS IN JUNE (Michel Legrand) [Cinematheque: Aero]
KICK-IN, HER WEDDING NIGHT [UCLA]
NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (Joe Hisaishi), CASTLE IN THE SKY (Joe Hisaishi) [Cinematheque: Aero]
PONYO (Joe Hisaishi) [Cinematheque: Aero]
PRINCESS MONONOKE (Joe Hisaishi) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
ANNIE HALL [Silent Movie Theater]
DESERT FURY (Miklos Rozsa) [LACMA]
TWIN PEAKS FIRE WALK WITH ME (Angelo Badalamenti) [Silent Movie Theater]
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (Henry Mancini) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
CASABLANCA (Max Steiner) [Cinematheque: Aero]
CASABLANCA (Max Steiner) [Silent Movie Theater]
HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT, SECRETS [UCLA]
D.C. CAB (Giorgio Moroder) [Silent Movie Theater]
OUT OF THE BLUE (Tom Lavin) [Silent Movie Theater]
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Nigel Godrich) [Nuart]
SUNRISE [Cinematheque: Aero]
WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (Cyril Mockridge), THE THIEF (Herschel Burke Gilbert) [LACMA]
CAT BALLOU (Frank DeVol), THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (Cyril Mockridge) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
GONE WITH THE WIND (Max Steiner) [Cinematheque: Aero]
LITTLE FUGITIVE (Eddy Manson), THE WINDOW (Roy Webb) [LACMA]
OUT OF THE BLUE (Tom Lavin) [Silent Movie Theater]
RAIN OR SHINE [UCLA]
TARZAN OF THE APES, THE ADVENTURES OF TARZAN [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Michel Legrand), THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Michel Legrand) [Cinematheque: Aero]
BARAKA (Michael Stearns), SAMSARA (Michael Stearns, Lisa Gerrard, Marcello De Francisci) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
OUT OF THE BLUE (Tom Lavin) [Silent Movie Theater]
RAGGEDY ANN & ANDY (Joe Raposo) [UCLA]