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Film Score Friday 10/28/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/27/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest new release from La-La Land is THE X-FILES, VOLUME 3, featuring four discs of Mark Snow's music from the TV series; it is expected to begin shipping next week.

Just in time for Halloween, Varese Sarabande has released two newly expanded horror themed limited edition CD Club releases, expected to begin shipping this week -- an expanded, 40th anniversary edition of Jerry Goldsmith's (only!) Oscar-winning score, for the Satanic horror classic THE OMEN, and a Deluxe Edition of Marco Beltrami's score for Wes Craven's hit sequel SCREAM 2 (a smaller selection of cues were previously released on a Varese disc along with cues from the first Scream).

The latest release from Kritzerland is a two-disc set featuring Nelson Riddle's score for the 1964 romantic comedy PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES, reteaming Sabrina stars William Holden (as a screenwriter) and Audrey Hepburn (as his assistant). The Kritzerland Paris features the complete score, plus alternate cues and the original LP sequencing.

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Film Score Friday 10/21/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/20/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set featuring the first-ever commercial release of the score for 2003 horror comedy THE HAUNTED MANSION, which failed to match the success of Disney's other theme park-based film from that year, the first Pirates of the Caribbean. The film, starring Eddie Murphy and Terence Stamp, was scored by Mark Mancina, and the Intrada set features 83 minutes of score including unused cues and interpolations of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the original ride.

Next Monday, the Varese Sarabande CD Club plans to announce two new releases.

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Film Score Friday 10/14/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/13/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from BYU features the first-ever release of Max Steiner's score for Raoul Walsh's 1948 World War II adventure FIGHTER SQUADRON, starring Edmond O'Brien and Robert Stack.

This week, along with their previously announced release of Mike Higham & Matthew Margeson's score for Tim Burton's brand new MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, La-La Land has released a two-disc set of music from the classic 60s animated TV series JONNY QUEST, scored by Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and a CD of Blake Neely's music for season four of TV's ARROW.

Intrada plans to release one new CD (a two-disc set) next week. 

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Film Score Friday 10/7/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/6/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a pet project of the label's mogul Doug Fake, a complete, two-disc version of Alex North's powerful score for director John Ford's final Western epic, 1964's CHEYENNE AUTUMN, starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, and those noted Native American actors, Sal Mineo and Ricardo Montalban. The Intrada set features the complete 79-minute score as well as more than 30 minutes of extras.

Quartet has announced their currently planned slate of releases for October, including a five-disc collection of Alberto Iglesias film music and a disc pairing Philippe Sarde's score for Jerry Schatzberg's REUNION with Sarde's unused score for the director's MISUNDERSTOOD, starring Gene Hackman and Henry Thomas. 

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Film Score Friday 9/30/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/29/2016 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada will release what Doug Fake in his column calls "a complete 2-CD restoration to a magnificent score." 
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Film Score Friday 9/23/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
This week's release from Intrada is their long-awaited, definitive, six-disc edition of what is arguably Elmer Bernstein's masterpiece, his truly epic symphonic score for Cecil B. DeMille's final film as a director, the colossal remake of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. The complete score is featured on the first three discs, with the third disc also featuring alternate and unused cues and Bernstein's piano demos; disc four features the mono cues from the film's first soundtrack LP release, disc five has Bernstein's own 1960 stereo LP re-recording (previously released on CD), while disc six features Bernstein's 1966 LP re-recording.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new limited edition CD Club releases, currently expected to begin shipping this week -- ROBOCOP 3: THE DELUXE EDITION, a greatly expanded release of Basil Poleoduris's score for the 1993 sequel, which incoporated his themes from the original RoboCop as well as substantial new material; HELLBOY: THE DELUXE EDITION, a two-disc, expanded version of Marco Beltrami's score for Guillermo Del Toro's popular Satanic superhero adventure; and an "Encore Edition" of John Barry's electronic score for the 1985 hit thriller JAGGED EDGE starring Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges and an Oscar-nominated Robert Loggia, with the same music as the previous release but now for the first time with cue titles.

Varese Sarabande has also just announced a new, limited edition series which they are calling the "We Hear You Series," featuring scores requested by customers. Their first release, expected to begin shipping next week, will feature Lalo Schfirin's music from the 1979 gang drama BOULEVARD NIGHTS, with the same cues that were included on the original MCA soundtrack LP. 

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Film Score Friday 9/16/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/15/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest batch of limited edition CD Club releases next Monday.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded several of this year's Creative Arts Emmys last Saturday night, including the following music categories:

The Night Manager, Episode 2 - Victor Reyes

Mr. Robot: "eps1.0_" - Mac Quayle
Marvel's Jessica Jones - Sean Callery
Danny Elfman's Music From The Films Of  Tim Burton (Live From Lincoln Center) - Danny Elfman
"Til It Happens To You" - The Hunting Ground - Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren 
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Film Score Friday 9/9/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/8/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada's new CD this week presents the first release of Richard Band's score for the 1989 sci-fi action movie ARENA.

La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of CD releases for this month. On September 13, they will release the soundtrack to John Hughes' beloved 1986 high school comedy FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, featuring songs from the film as well as the score by Ira Newborn. On September 27, they will present three new releases -- the first ever soundtrack release of Thomas Newman's score for the 1987 film version of LESS THAN ZERO; a second volume of music from STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, with music by regular composers Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway as well as many guest composers including John Frizzell and Brian Tyler; and the soundtrack to director Tim Burton's new fantasy adventure, MISS PEREGRINE'S SCHOOL FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, starring homely character actress Eva Green, with music by Danny Elf-- sorry, I meant Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson.

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Film Score Friday 9/2/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/1/2016 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new CDs planned for release this month -- Fernando Velazquez's latest collaboration with director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), the children's fantasy A MONSTER CALLS (according to the label, Backlot will be handling the U.S. release of this score); Velazquez's score for the wartime romance GERNIKA; Gabriel Yared's score for Xavier Dolan's all-star family drama, IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD; and Eric Neveux's score for CEZANNE ET MOI.
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The "Last" Top Forty Countdown, Part Five: Composers On The Rise
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
AGE: Unavailable
BIRTHPLACE: Elkhorn, Wisconsin
REPRESENTATION: Gorfaine/Schwartz
BACKGROUND: McNally Smith College of Music, recipient of BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship, trailer composer
1. Elysium--93 (U.S. gross in millions)
It was Ryan Amon’s work as a trailer composer that rapidly transformed him from a virtual unknown to the composer of a $100 million-plus Matt Damon sci-fi action movie from an Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Neill Blomkamp, whose feature debut District 9 was a box-office smash and a surprise Best Picture nominee, was inspired to hire Amon when he heard one of the composer’s trailer pieces on a fan-posted YouTube video, and signed him to score his sophomore feature, Elysium. The pair worked closely on the score, with Amon giving the film what he called “a melding of organic synthesis and orchestral instrumentation.” While grossing a respectable $93 million in the United States (and a much more impressive $193 million in other countries), the film was considered a disappointment, especially compared to the lauded District 9, and while at one point Amon was announced to score Blomkamp’s third feature, Chappie, that troubled film ended up with a Hans Zimmer score and was released last year to weak box-office and worse reviews. Though he has not yet scored another feature, he was one of several composers whose music was featured in Michael Mann’s 2015 cyberthriller Blackhat, and last year he scored the videogame Bloodborne
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