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Intrada has released two new CDs this week, both featuring scores for Walt Disney Studios productions by top composers, spanning five decades of Hollywood filmmaking.

Disney had a stable of composers like Buddy Baker, Paul Smith and Oliver Wallace who are most commonly associated with the scores for the studio's Golden Age films, but the studio did at times hire outside the lot. For THOSE CALLOWAYS, the 1965 family starring Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Brandon de Wilde and Walter Brennan, the studio hired one of the all-time masters, Max Steiner, who wrote one of his final scores for the film. The Intrada CD features Steiner's complete 74 minute score, never before released, in stereo.

The label has also released a brand new score (couldn't be newer -- the film opens today), for the lavish prequel OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, starring James Franco as the Wizard, with Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the ladies of Oz. The film's director is Sam Raimi, and the score was composed by his frequent collaborator, four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman, who previously scored Darkman, A Simple Plan and the first two Spider-Man films for Raimi (as well as providing the "March of the Dead" for Army of Darkness and making a cameo appearance in The Gift). Oz is the first Elfman feature score released by Intrada, a co-production with the Disney label, and features 66 minutes of his music.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new releases for April 16 -- Steve Jablonsky's score for the fact-based caper thriller PAIN & GAIN, starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Dwayne Johnson, and directed by Jablonsky's usual collaborator, Michael Bay; an original orchestral piece from two-time Oscar nominee Patrick Doyle, IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA; and a low-priced, five-disc set celebrating the label's 35th anniversary, featuring an assortment of cues from the last five years of releases from the prolific label.


Quartet has announced three upcoming releases -- Alberto Iglesias's score for Pedro Almodovar's new film, I'M SO EXCITED (aka Los Amantes Pasajeros), starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz; Henry Mancini's Oscar-nominated score for the romantic drama SUNFLOWER, featuring both the complete film score in mono and the LP tracks in stereo; and Philippe Sarde's score for the 1985 film HAREM, starring Ben Kinsgley and Nastassja Kinski.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Bible
- Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, Lisa Gerrard - Provident
Oz, the Great and Powerful - Danny Elfman - Intrada/Disney
Side Effects - Thomas Newman - Varese Sarabande
Snitch - Antonio Pinto - Lakeshore
Those Calloways - Max Steiner - Intrada


IN THEATERS TODAY

Dead Man Down - Jacob Groth - Score CD due April 2 on Varese Sarabande
Emperor - Alex Heffes
Greedy Lying Bastards - Michael Brook
Gregory Crewdon: Brief Encounters - Dana Kaproff - Score CD on Perseverance
Hello Herman - Jeff Beal
The Monk - Alberto Iglesias - Score CD on Quartet
Oz the Great and Powerful - Danny Elfman - Score CD on Intrada
The Silence - Pas de Deux


COMING SOON

March 12
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
God of War: Ascension - Tyler Bates - La-La Land
Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead - Diego Navarro - Varese Sarabande
Napoleon et l'Europe - Wojciech Kilar - Music Box
The Outsiders - Carmine Coppola - Music Box
Riddle - Scott Glasgow - Varese Sarabande
March 19
Gears of War: Judgment - Steve Jablonsky, Jacob Shea - Sumthing Else
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III - Liam Hayes - Alternative Distribution Alliance
Les Miserables (2-disc Deluxe Edition) - Claude-Michel Schonberg - Universal Republic
Spring Breakers - Cliff Martinez, Skrillex - Big Beat/Atlantic
March 26
The Challenge - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
The Croods - Alan Silvestri - Sony
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani
- Roger Limb - Silva
The Hole - Javier Navarrete - La-La Land
S.O.S. Titanic
 - Howard Blake - Silva
April 2
Dead Man Down - Jacob Groth - Varese Sarabande
The Diary of Anne Frank
- Alfred Newman - Real Gone
G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Henry Jackman - Varese Sarabande
House of Cards - Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
La Dottoressa Del Distretto Militare
- Piero Umiliani - Cometa
Spartacus: War of the Damned
- Joseph LoDuca - Varese Sarabande
Trance - Rick Smith - UMe
April 9
Oblivion - Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese - Back Lot
The Place Beyond the Pines - Mike Patton - Milan
April 16
The Call - John Debney - Lakeshore
Pain & Gain - Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
Patrick Doyle: Impressions of America - Patrick Doyle - Varese Sarabande
Promised Land - Danny Elfman - Sony (import)
Varese Sarabande: A 35th Anniversary Celebration - various - Varese Sarabande
April 30
Iron Man 3 - Brian Tyler - Hollywood
Date Unknown
Caprica (the series) - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
Harem - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
I'm So Excited
- Alberto Iglesias - Quartet
My Geisha
- Franz Waxman - Kritzerland
Quando Le Donne Si Chiamavano Madonne
- Giorgio Gaslini - Saimel
Sunflower - Henry Mancini - Quartet


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

March 8 - Dick Hyman born (1927)
March 8 - Bruce Broughton born (1945)
March 8 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score for the pilot to Dr. Kildare (1961)
March 8 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording orchestral cues for Logan's Run score (1976)
March 8 - William Walton died (1983)
March 9 - John Cale born (1940)
March 9 - Richard Stone died (2001)
March 10 - Arthur Honegger born (1892)
March 10 - Lost Horizon premieres in Los Angeles (1937)
March 10 - Charles Previn, head of the Universal Music Department, wins the Score Oscar for One Hundred Men and a Girl, for which no composer is credited (1938)
March 10 - Brad Fiedel born (1951)
March 10 - Marc Donahue born (1953)
March 11 - Recording sessions begin for Bronislau Kaper's score to Lili (1952)
March 11 - David Newman born (1954)
March 11 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Heart of Glory" (1988)
March 12 - Georges Delerue born (1925)
March 12 - David Shire begins recording his score for Short Circuit (1986)
March 13 - Hugo Friedhofer wins his only Oscar for The Best Years of Our Lives score (1947)
March 13 - Terence Blanchard born (1962)
March 13 - Carl Davis begins recording his score to The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
March 14 - Les Baxter born (1922)
March 14 - Quincy Jones born (1933)
March 14 - Roy Budd born (1947)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

THE BIBLE [TV] - Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, Lisa Gerrard

"'The Bible' according to Burnett and Downey is a handsome and generally expensive-looking production, but it is also flat and often tedious, evne when it tends to the hysterical, and as hard as the Hans Zimmer soundtrack strains to keep you on the edge of your sofa."

Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

"Told with great earnestness, and a Hans Zimmer score (think ‘The Lion King’), ‘The Bible’ hits only a few conspicuously awkward notes."

Brian Lowry, Variety

PHANTOM - Jeff Rona

"Additionally, Jeff Rona’s score has a strong, old-fashioned sense of thematic drive that ushers the proceedings along as propulsively as possible."

Justin Chang, Variety

STOKER - Clint Mansell

"Chan-wook clearly has off-the-charts talent, which he can't help flaunting to the point of distraction in some instances. Some shots, e.g., the close-up of a bright-red curlicue of a pencil shaving after the pencil has been used as a weapon, are darkly funny and brilliantly executed. Other times, you wish he had a friend in the editing room to ask, 'Do we really need this guitar solo right here?'"

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"Park’s regular d.p. Chung-hoon Chung appears to be chanelling photogarpher Gregory Crewdwon’s eerily high-key Americana in his lighting schemes, while Clint Mansell’s score is embellished  with haunting piano duets compsoed for the film by Philip Glass."

Guy Lodge, Variety

THE SWEENEY - Lorne Balfe

"Still, the movie has a certain integrity and creates an interesting atmosphere, largely thanks to the soundtrack, of all things, which gives most moments a dreamy undertone."

Mick La Salle, San Francicso Chronicle

"Marred by an overbearing musical score and an undercooked plot (by the director, Nick Love, and John Hodge), 'The Sweeney' nevertheless looks a lot classier than its characters."

Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times

"From its lone-wolf mythology to the high, pealing guitar wails in its score, 'The Sweeney' plays like a forgotten ’80s action movie recently discovered in a dusty vault. A treat, perhaps, for those who prefer their cop thrillers pre-meta, but tiresomely plodding for everyone else."

Sam Adams, The Onion


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.

March 8
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (Allan Gray) [Silent Movie Theater]
MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS (Philippe Sarde), LE CIRCLE ROUGE (Eric Demarsan) [New Beverly]
THE THING (Ennio Morricone) [Nuart]

March 9
EASY RIDER, FIVE EASY PIECES, THE LAST DETAIL (Johnny Mandel) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS (Philippe Sarde), LE CIRCLE ROUGE (Eric Demarsan) [New Beverly]
MIAMI CONNECTION (Jon McCallum) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE STING (Marvin Hamlisch) [Cinematheque: Aero]

March 10
ARTISTS AND MODELS [Silent Movie Theater]
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE, TEMPLE TOWER [UCLA]
LOOPER (Nathan Johnson), BRICK (Nathan Johnson) [New Beverly]
THE PASSENGER (Ivan Vandor), WALKABOUT (John Barry) [Cinematheque: Aero]

March 11
JOHNNY COME LATELY, THE INSIDE STORY (Nathan Scott) [UCLA]
LOOPER (Nathan Johnson), BRICK (Nathan Johnson) [New Beverly]
THE SEARCHERS (Max Steiner) [Cinematheque: Aero]

March 12
MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT? (Henry Mancini) [LACMA]
STOP MAKING SENSE, TRUE STORIES (David Byrne) [New Beverly]

March 13
STOP MAKING SENSE, TRUE STORIES (David Byrne) [New Beverly]

March 14
STOP MAKING SENSE, TRUE STORIES (David Byrne) [New Beverly]
WILD AT HEART (Angelo Badalamenti), THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (John Williams) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

March 15
THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
MULHOLLAND DRIVE (Angelo Badalamenti) [New Beverly]
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (Billy Justis, Jerry Reed), THE CANNONBALL RUN [Cinematheque: Aero]
SPANKING THE MONKEY (David Carbonara), I HEART HUCKABEES (Jon Brion) [New Beverly]

March 16
FINAL DESTINATION 2 (Shirley Walker) [New Beverly]
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Howard Shore), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (Howard Shore), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (Howard Shore), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (Howard Shore) [Cinematheque: Aero]
LOST HORIZON (Dimitri Tiomkin) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
SPANKING THE MONKEY (David Carbonara), I HEART HUCKABEES (Jon Brion) [New Beverly]
THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK (Johnny Mandel) [UCLA]
VANISHING POINT, DUEL (Billy Goldenberg) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

March 17
THE CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE (Randy Edelman), THE SECRET OF NIMH (Jerry Goldsmith) [New Beverly]
DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE (Oliver Wallace) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE QUIET MAN (Victor Young) [Cinematheque: Aero]
ROAD TO MOROCCO (Victor Young), ROAD TO UTOPIA (Leigh Harline) [Cinematheque: Egyptian}

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THE CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE (Randy Edelman), THE SECRET OF NIMH (Jerry Goldsmith) [New Beverly]

That's an... interesting double bill. The former is still one of the best films Randy Edelman's ever worked on.

Pretty sure that the "guitar solo" mentioned by Richard Roeper in his review for "Stoker" had nothing to do with the score, but referred to the director's visual style calling attention to itself in the manner of a guitar solo.

Pretty sure that the "guitar solo" mentioned by Richard Roeper in his review for "Stoker" had nothing to do with the score, but referred to the director's visual style calling attention to itself in the manner of a guitar solo.

I haven't seen the film yet, so I had to assume he was referring to actual music and not just making an analogy.

MAX ET LES FERREILEURS

That's MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS Scott. :)

MAX ET LES FERREILEURS

That's MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS Scott. :)


Fixed. Thanks.

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