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Film Score Friday 5/29/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/28/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week.

3-D films received a new mini-boom in the early 1980s thanks to the new Arrivision 3-D process that allowed two widescreen images to be paired on one 35mm frame. Used for such films as Friday the 13th Part 3, Parasite and Metalstorm, it had its highest profile demonstration in JAWS 3-D, in which Jaws production designer Joe Alves made his directorial debut from a script co-written by the great Richard Matheson and starring Dennis Quaid (as one of Chief Brody's grown-up sons), Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, Simon Macorkindale, and then-new Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. The film may not have been a worthy successor to Spielberg's universally beloved original, but it was a first-rate guilty pleasure making use of 3-D effects in that wonderfully "in your face" way that's largely gone out of fashion in the current 3-D boom. TV composer Alan Parker had his first major feature assignment with this score, which of course incorporates John Williams' classic shark theme while using a wealth of new Parker material. MCA originally released sections of the score on LP, and decades later Intrada released a CD with the same sequencing. The new Intrada two-disc set features Parker's complete score as well as a wealth of alternate cues (Parker had to rewrite and re-record major sections of the score late in the post-production process). The liner notes include a detailed production history writen by me, as well as excerpts from Daniel Schweiger's exhaustive interview with the composer from Intrada's earlier release of the score.

Their other new release presents the score for the latest collaboration between composer Christopher Young and director Mark Steven Johnson, who previously worked together on Ghost Rider and When in Rome. KILLING SEASON, a drama about the aftermath of the Bosnian War, was a change of pace project for the director, who first broke out in Hollywood as the writer of the Grumpy Old Men films, and the limited U.S. release it received in 2013 is a particular surprise given that the film stars Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Intrada's CD features 43 minutes of Young's score with the cues sequenced into four movements.


La-La Land has announced their planned slate of releases for June 2015. On June 2nd they will release a second volume of Mark Snow's music from the TV series MILLENNIUM, and re-release their out-of-print first volume. On June 16 they will release an expanded edition of James Horner's charming score for 1993's SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISHCHER (one of TEN Horner-scored films released in the U.S. that year). But most notably, on June 16 they will also release an expanded, three-disc (!) version of what gets my vote for the greatest score of the current century.

Fittingly enough, it was the year 2001 that saw the release of a science-fiction project initiated by Stanley Kubrick, but realized for the screen by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick's death in 1999. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is one of Spielberg's most controversial films -- a box-office disappointment, it is lauded by some (including myself) as one of his most striking and greatest achivements. Along with the typically impeccable craft (ILM's visual effects are especially dazzling) and Haley Joel Osment's stunning lead performance, John Williams provided a truly remarkable and varied score, arguably his finest since Schindler's List (I'd argue it's even finer). The original soundtrack CD for the film was a frustrating assemblage leaving out some major musical material (including the theme for Osment's principal character) while including two versions of the "mother" theme with lyrics not featured the film. The La-La Land A.I. will present the original score on two discs plus a third disc featuring alternates including the album versions of several of the tracks.


On June 23, Varese Sarabande will release a CD of music from the TV series THE LIBRARIANS. The music is composed by genre veteran Joseph LoDuca, whose resume includes Sam Raimi's three Evil Dead features as well as the Librarian TV movies that spawned the series. 

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Film Score Friday 5/22/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/21/2015 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced a new subscription series of limited edition soundtrack CDs. Once a month for the next year, beginning with Charles Bernstein's score for the 1986 horror film APRIL FOOL'S DAY, the label will release a CD featuring the contents of one of their earlier soundtrack LPs that had yet to be released on CD.


Music Box has announced two new releases --  a remastered edition (with the same cues from the earlier Milan release) of Antoine Duhamel's score for Francois Truffaut's romantic thriller MISSISSIPPI MERMAID, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve and based on Cornel Woolrich's Waltz Into Darkness (and later remade as Original Sin, with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie and a score by Terence Blanchard); and an expanded version of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1971 heist thriller LE CASSE (THE BURGLARS).


The latest release from Quartet is a four-disc set titled ANTONIONI: SUONI DEL SILENZIO, featuring the scores from four of director Michelangelo Antonioni's early films -- L'Avventura (Givoanni Fusco), La Notte (Giorgio Gaslini), L'Eclisse, and Il Deserto Rosso [The Red Desert] (both Fusco)


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. 

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Film Score Friday 5/15/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/14/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new, two-disc soundtracks this week -- David Shire's gorgeous and imaginative music for Walter Murch's stylish 1985 fantasy sequel RETURN TO OZ, featuring Shire's complete score plus several alternates as well as the original album sequencing from the Sonic Atmospheres LP, later released on CD by Bay Cities; and Alan Silvestri's rousing sci-fi action score for the 1995 film version of JUDGE DREDD, which will include both his first recording of his score in London, selections of which were featured on the original soundtrack CD, as well as the Los Angeles re-recordings which were featured in the final film -- plus the original cue Jerry Goldsmith composed and recorded for the film's trailer before scheduling conflicts kept him from scoring the actual film.


The latest release from Kritzerland presents Bernard Herrmann's exciting, percussive score for the 1953 adventure film WHITE WITCH DOCTOR. Many film music fans were first exposed to this score in a suite conducted by Charles Gerhardt for RCA's great Herrmann compilation album in the 70s, and the full score was released for the first time just a few years ago with Varese Sarabande's epic Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox collection. The Kritzerland release features the same cues as the Varese box.

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Film Score Friday 5/8/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/7/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.
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Film Score Friday 5/1/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/30/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced three new CDs this week -- a two-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1996 adventure thriller THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, with Stephen Hopkins directing an original William Goldman screenplay (inspired by the true story that also inspired the early 3D film Bwana Devil) with Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer stalking a pair of man-killing lions in 19th century Africa, feauring both the full film score as well as the original CD sequencing; a CD featuring three previously unreleased David Newman scores for Paramount productions -- the Saturday Night Live sci-fi comedy spinoff CONEHEADS, the barely-released baseball drama TALENT FOR THE GAME, and the 1992 animated short THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER; and the new Disney Legacy release of the music from their 1955 classic LADY AND THE TRAMP, a two-disc set featuring the Oliver Wallace score and the Peggy Lee songs, which will receive wider distribution later this year.


The latest special release from Varese Sarabande is BACK IN TIME...1985 THE CONCERT EXPERIENCE, a $250 package that includes two tickets to the label's June 11 concert in Redondo Beach, California, premier passes to meet the composers, posters of the event, and a six-CD boxed set including newly recorded cues from the films of 1985 (conducted by David Newman), as well as previously released material including the soundtrack to The Goonies and the label's re-recordings of the Back to the Future trilogy, The Black Cauldron, Out of Africa and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.


La-La Land has announced two upcoming CDs due in May, both expanded releases of scores for Paramount productions from the 1990s, each an Oscar-nominated film with a score by an Oscar winning composer. On May 5 they will release an expanded version of Howard Shore's charming and melodic score for writer-director Robert Benton's wonderful 1994 film version of Richard Russo's novel NOBODY'S FOOL, with an Oscar-nominated Paul Newman leading an A-list cast including Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Philip Seymour Hoffman. On May 19 they will release a two-disc edition of Dave Grusin's Oscar-nominated score for director Sydney Pollack's hit 1993 film version of John Grisham's best-seller THE FIRM, starring Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, Wilford Brimley, Steven Hill, Hal Holbrook, and an Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter; the same day they will also present a 30th anniversary re-release of James Horner's COMMANDO

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Film Score Friday 4/24/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/23/2015 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada plans to release two new CDs.


This coming Monday at noon, Varese Sarabande plans to announce a new six-disc CD set.


The latest limited edition release from Dragon's Domain is a remastered and expanded edition of Richard Band's sequel score for BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR.

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Film Score Friday 4/17/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/16/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs, of scores being commercially released for the first time -- David Shire's score for OLD BOYFRIENDS, the 1979 comedy-drama which marked the directorial debut of Nashville screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, starring the composer's then-wife Talia Shire as a woman who tracks down her ex-boyfriends, played by Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine and John Belushi; and the score for Wes Craven's 2005 hit RED EYE, with Rachel McAdams as a passenger on a flight who finds herself embroiled in an assassination plot by a handsome stranger (Cillian Murphy) -- Red Eye is the fifth of seven (to date) Craven films scored by two-time Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami.
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Film Score Friday 4/10/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/9/2015 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new, upcoming CD releases -- the music for the 2012 remake of the classic 1980 splatter film MANIAC, previously released only on LP but now with additional cues from the score by Robin Coudert, aka "Rob" (Horns); and a CD pairing two scores by Michel Legrand for films starring French star Annie Girardot: the marital drama LES FEUX DE LA CHANDELEUR (Hearth Fires), and the comedy LA VIEILLE FILLE (The Old Maid).


Varese Sarabande has announced plans to release the score for the upcoming miniseries THE DOVEKEEPERS, which retells the story of the siege of Masada (best known to less historically-minded film music fans from ABC's all-star 1981 miniseries Masada, with its Emmy-winning score by Jerry Goldsmith) from the piont of view of the women. The music was composed by three-time Emmy winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Roma, Appaloosa).


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

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CD Checklist 2014
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/7/2015 - 9:00 PM
Finally, more than three months late, the CD checklist for 2014. Alas, to add links for each CD would have meant another three-month-plus delay, so here it is, late and linkless:


ABRIL, ANTON GARCIA

FIN DE SEMANA AL DESNUDO (Quartet)


ADDISON, JOHN

JOSEPH ANDREWS (Kritzerland)


ADENOT, PIERRE

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Quartet)


AGRICANTO

PLACIDO RIZZOTTO (Intermezzo Media)


AHMAD, IRMIN

THE DEAD 2 (Howlin' Wolf)


AIGUI, ALEXEI

CHERCHEZ HORTENSE, ET AL (Music Box)


ALESSANDRONI, ALESSANDRO

IL TERRIFICANTE DEL DIAMANTE (Octave)


ALTMAN, JOHN

THE LOST EMPIRE (MovieScore Media)


ALVARIUS, THE

TUPA (Beat)


AMAR, ARMAND

BELLE ET SEBASTIAN (Gaumont)


AMRAM, DAVID

THE YOUNG SAVAGES (Intrada Special Collection)


APPL, FLORIAN

DONNA LEON (Alhambra)


ARGO, NEIL

P.J. (Kronos)


ARNALDS, OLAFUR

GIMME SHELTER (Milan)


ARNOLD, DAVID

SHAFT (La-La Land)
SHERLOCK: SERIES THREE (Silva)
THE STEPFORD WIVES (La-La Land)

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Film Score Friday 4/3/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- John Barry's score for the seagoing romance THE DOVE, featuring the tracks from the original soundtrack LP as well bonus material including previously unreleased cues from mono stems, and LP cues that featured sound effects presented without the effects; and a two-disc set pairing an expanded and remastered version of Laurence Rosenthal's stirring score for THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE with the first-ever release of his score for the 1999 TV remake of INHERIT THE WIND, starring Jack Lemmon and, in his final role, George C. Scott.


La-La Land has announced their current schedule of April releases. On April 7 they will release their two-disc set of music from the animated seies HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, composed by Shuki Levy, Haim Saban and Erika Lane, and on April 21 they will release ZOMBEAVERS by our own Al & Jon Kaplan, as well as an expanded and remastered edition of the score to the 2007 remake of 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, which earned Marco Beltrami his first Oscar nomination.


Though they aren't listed on the label's website yet, Varese Sarabande is reportedly releasing soundtrack CDs for two acclaimed current TV series -- the prison comedy ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, scored by Gwendolyn Sanford, Brandon Jay and Scott Doherty, on May 12; and the British sci-fi thriller ORPHAN BLACK, scored by Trevor Yuile, on May 19. According to Amazon, the label will release a two-disc CD of music from THE NEWSROOM on June 16.


Dragon's Domain is following up its first-ever release of Nick Glennie Smith's score for A Sound of Thunder with a release of the LP tracks for the 1973 children's film THE BELSTONE FOX, directed by James Hill (Born Free) and scored by the great Laurie Johnson (First Men in the Moon, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, The Avengers)

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