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Film Score Friday 11/27/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/26/2015 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land is announcing their latest group of "Black Friday" releases today. They are currently planned to include four 2-disc sets and one single-disc release, and will be available to order beginning next Tuesday at noon.

I am currently on vacation, so if any important film music news has broken in the last few days, I will rely on you to tell each other, perhaps through the Message Board to the right of this column.

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Aisle Seat 11-24: The Thanksgiving Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/23/2015 - 9:00 PM
An exciting Fox Cinemascope western, a superb Jane Austen rendering from Ang Lee, a ‘70s political-conspiracy thriller, and vintage efforts by filmmakers Woody Allen and Ken Loach comprise Twilight Time’s varied Blu-Ray limited-editions for the month of November.
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Film Score Friday 11/20/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/19/2015 - 9:00 PM
This week's release from Intrada is a deluxe, two-disc edition of one of the most popular films and film scores of all time -- Steven Spielberg's superlative entertainment JAWS, whose John Williams score is one of the undying classics of movie music and helped to make its composer a household name. The score has received several CD incarnations -- a release of the original LP tracks, a complete release of the score tracks, and a Varese re-recording of the complete score. The Intrada edition includes the original LP tracks, a remastered version of the complete score tracks (including the unused cue for a major character's death), 15 minutes of previously unreleased alternates and several source tracks. The liner notes recounting the film's famously difficult production history were written by me.

The latest LP to CD release in Varese Sarabande's limited edition subscription series is SISTER SISTER, the 1988 psychological thriller starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eric Stoltz and Judith Ivey. The film was the feature directing debut of Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter whose eclectic directing resume includes Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls, the final two Twilight films, The Fifth Estate, Mr. Holmes and the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The music was composed by Richard Einhorn, whose other scores include Shock Waves and Dead of Winter, though he's best known as a concert composer whose works include Voices of Light, composed to be performed to screenings of The Passion of Joan of Arc.

As part of their 1985 tribute, the label is releasing their recent re-recording 1985 AT THE MOVIES as a stand-alone CD on December 4. And continuing that theme, their latest CD Club releases are a re-release of Elmer Bernstein's wonderful SPIES LIKE US score, and a disc of highlights from Bill Conti's epic NORTH AND SOUTH, previously released as a four-disc set.

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The November Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 11/19/2015 - 2:00 AM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover stories are a trio of awards-season treats: CARTER BURWELL makes us fall for CAROL; MICHAEL BROOK sets sail for BROOKLYN; and THEODORE SHAPIRO testifies on behalf of TRUMBO. Also this issue, enter deep waters with Mike Matessino for Intrada's JAWS releases; an interview with CRAIG ARMSTRONG about his score to the monstrous VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN; GEORGE FENTON and pianist CLARE HAMMOND chat about THE LADY IN THE VAN; Cary Wong’s annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; discover an alternate history with DOMINIC LEWIS and Amazon’s new series, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; a review of the London concert premiere of STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE; AUSTIN WINTORY tackles ASSASSIN’S CREED SYNDICATE; a look at Berklee College of Music’s new score to NOSFERATU, featuring Boston Pops maestro KEITH LOCKHART; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 11-17: Kino Lorber Studio Classics & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/16/2015 - 9:00 PM
No label has output as much catalog content for film buffs on Blu-Ray over the last couple of years as Kino Lorber. Their attractively packaged Studio Classics releases, often re-using original poster art, have mostly been comprised of titles from the vast MGM library, bringing high-def owners starved for archival content a wealth of titles from the ‘30s and ‘40s as well as the relatively recent past. That recipe has served the label well, as it does again this month with five fascinating titles hailing from a handful of eras across the filmmaking spectrum.
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Film Score Friday 11/13/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/12/2015 - 9:00 PM
For those who would like some strong hints as to what Intrada's release next week will be, go to this link

On November 20, Varese Sarabande will release XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY, a limited edition boxed-set containing the seven CDs the label previously released of Joseph LoDuca's music for the popular fantasy adventure TV series, including new liner notes and a flag (yes, a flag). The label also plans to announce their new CD Club releases this coming Monday but warns "no grails or Deluxe Editions." 

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Aisle Seat 11-11: The November Rundown
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/10/2015 - 9:00 PM
After the triumph of “Skyfall” one might’ve thought that director Sam Mendes and resident 007 Daniel Craig would have been invigorated with the subject matter of SPECTRE (**) – the 24th James Bond film but the first in several decades to incorporate one of Bond’s chief nemesis from the earliest days of the series. With Bond back in action and taking on the nefarious, secretive organization behind the likes of “Dr. No” and “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in an official Eon film for the first time in forever, what could go wrong? Unfortunately, pretty much everything.
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Film Score Friday 11/6/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/5/2015 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada, expected to begin shipping next week, is a two-disc edition for 1978's blockbuster summer hit JAWS 2. When the original Jaws broke box-office records in the summer of 1975, a sequel was inevitable, and even more inevitable was that John Williams -- whose score earned him a second Oscar and whose shark theme instantly became one of the most famous musical motifs in movie history -- would return to score it. MCA released the soundtrack on LP when the film came out, and Varese Sarabande later released the same tracks on CD. The Intrada Jaws 2 is a two-disc set featuring both the original LP sequencing as well as the complete score; the liner notes, which tell of the film's complicated production history that included a change in director and certain cast members (Dana Elcar and Ricky Schroder -- originally cast as the younger Brody son -- were replaced), were written by me.

La-La Land has announced their scheduled slate of film music releases for November. 

This week they are releasing a limited edition of the score to the just-released horror comedy SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, with music by Matthew Margeson (Skyline, Kick-Ass 2, Kingman: The Secret Service).

They are also currently making available autographed copies of two Bear McCreary CDs released on his Sparks & Shadows label -- DA VINCI'S DEMONS SEASON 2 and DA VINCI'S DEMONS SEASON 3, and releasing their very first LP, featuring Carmen Dragon's score to Don Siegel's classic original version of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (La-La Land's recent CD of that score was its first soundtrack release ever).

On November 17 they will present the first-ever release of the music from AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL, scored by Richard Hazard and including tracked-in music from Elmer Bernstein's original Airplane score; and the previously announced release of Craig Armstrong's score to the new revisionist horror thriller VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, with James McAvoy as the doctor and Daniel Radclfife as Igor.

Quartet is releasing the soundtrack to writer-producer-director Guillermo del Toro's just-released, gorgeously crafted Gothic romance (with ghosts) CRIMSON PEAK. The score was composed by Fernando Velazquez (The Impossible, Devil); this is the first time del Toro has worked with Velazquez as a director, but Velazquez scored the del Toro-produced horror hits Mama and The Orphanage.

Music Box has announced two new releases: a CD pairing Georges Delerue's music for two films from writer-director Christopher Frank, JOSEPHA, starring Miou-Miou (the French actress with the best name ever) and FEMMES DE PERSONNE, starring Marthe Keller and Jean-Louis Trintingnant, the latter score featuring previously unreleased cues; and an expanded version of the 1989 miniseries remake of A TALE OF TWO CITIES, starring James Wilby (Maurice, Howards End) as Sydney Carton, with Xavier Deluc, Serena Gordon, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Anna Massey and John Mills, with music by Serge Franklin.

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Aisle Seat 11-3: November Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
At last available on Blu-Ray courtesy of Twilight Time, STRANGE INVADERS (***½, 97 mins., PG) is director Michael Laughlin’s terrific 1983 homage to ’50s sci-fi. In Laughlin and Bill Condon’s original script, Columbia professor Paul LeMat searches for his ex-wife (Diana Scarwid), whose disappearance leaves their young daughter in his care, and a tabloid news journalist (Nancy Allen) hot on the trail. Turns out the quaint little Midwestern town Scarwid hails from harbors a deep, extraterrestrial secret – as does Scarwid herself!
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November 29
Alexander Courage's score to the second Star Trek pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," is recorded (1965)
Carl Stalling died (1972)
Chuck Mangione born (1940)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold died (1957)
George Harrison died (2001)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Moonfleet (1954)
Recording sessions begin on Herbert Stothart’s score for Hills of Home (1947)
Russell Garcia begins recording his score for Atlantis the Lost Continent (1960)
Shirley Walker died (2006)
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