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Film Score Friday 11/21/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing two new CDs this week, featuring three scores by two composers.

The critical and commercial success of The Ipcress File, director Sidney J. Furie's 1965 film version of the first in Len Deighton's series about an unnamed spy (dubbed "Harry Palmer" for the films), led to two feature sequels based on Deighton's novels, with Michael Caine returning to play Palmer (for politeness sake, we can ignore the two miserable cable movies that later featured Caine as in the role). Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Evil Under the Sun) directed the second and hugely underrated Palmer film, FUNERAL IN BERLIN, which featured one of the most wonderfully complicated plots ever to grace a thriller and brought back some key personnel from Ipcress, including actor Guy Doleman, cinematographer Otto Heller and the master himself, production designer Ken Adam. One newcomer to the series was composer Konrad Elfers, whose lively, droll score is in somewhat in the vein of Dominic Frontiere's The Stunt Man. Intrada's CD, with liner notes by Jeff Bond, features the score tracks featured on the original LP plus a handful of previously unreleased cues including the film's opening.

Three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre is represented by a CD pairing two previously unreleased scores from wildly different films -- his music for director Richard Fleischer's controversial plantation drama MANDINGO, including the song "Born in This Time," co-written by Jarre and performed by Muddy Waters; and his brief score for Neil Simon's comedy PLAZA SUITE, with Walter Matthau in multiple roles.


The latest re-recording by Prometheus/Tadlow, due on November 25, is the first commercial release of John Barry's score for the 1978 film of Harold Robbins' novel THE BETSY. Daniel Petrie directed the all-star cast including Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Lesley Anne Down, Katharine Ross, and the stars of Petrie's Barry-scored TV hit Eleanor and Franklin, Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann. Despite the impressive cast, the film is no lost classic, but Barry remarkably managed to stay awake through the scoring process and contributed a typically melodic and varied work, a welcome addition the expanding Prometheus/Tadlow repertoire of new recordings.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest batch of CD Club releases on December 1.


La-La Land currently plans to announce five new CD releases on November 28, aka "Black Friday" -- two individual CDs, one two-disc set, and two four-disc sets (whew!).

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Film Score Friday 11/14/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing two new CDs this week -- the first commercial release of the soundtrack to the 1988 military mystery-thriller THE PRESIDIO, the first of three scores Bruce Broughton composed for director Peter Hyams (and featuring additional cues not included on the limited edition composer promo); and Peter Bernstein's score for the 1985 teen sci-fi comedy MY SCIENCE PROJECT.


Music Box has announced two new, upcoming CDs -- an expanded version of one of Georges Delerue's rarest CDs, his score for director Agnieszka Holland's fact-based political thriller TO KILL A PRIEST, starring Christopher Lambert and Ed Harris; and a compilation of score cues by Russian born composer Alexei Aigui.

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Film Score Friday 11/7/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their December scheduled of CD releases (not including the CDs they will announce on "Black Friday" to be releaesed in December).

This week they have released the score for the brand new horror film JESSABELLE. The screenplay was written by, of all people, Robert Ben Garant (co-writer of the Night at the Museum films and best known as "Deputy Travis Junior" on the long-running Reno 911!, which he co-created), and the film was scored by Anton Sanko, whose eclectic resume includes Party Girl, Rabbit Hole, and the just-released Ouija.

On November 18 they will release a two-disc set featuring the scores for both versions of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, scored by Cyril Mockridge and Bruce Broughton respectively, as well as the score for COME TO THE STABLE by Mockridge; a two-disc set featuring James Dooley's music for the games SOCOM 3: U.S. NAVY SEALS and SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALS COMBINED ASSAULT; and Vincent Diamante's music for the game FLOWER.


The latest CD from Kritzerland is the first-ever release of Dave Grusin's jazzy score for the 1984 romantic drama FALLING IN LOVE, pairing B-movie hacks Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep.


Quartet has announced three upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of Philippe Sarde's score for JOSHUA THEN AND NOW, the 1986 adaptation of Mordechai Richter's novel directed by the ever-eclectic Ted Kotcheff (Outback, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, First Blood, Weekend and Bernie's), and two score CD composed by Oscar-winner Nicola Piovani, THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS and DANIELE E MARIA.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Film Score Friday 10/31/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- Richard Band's score for the 1996 sci-fi action movie ROBO WARRIORS, a followup to Stuart Gordon's Robotjox; and a disc featuring three previously unreleased scores for Paramount films composed by Oscar winner Hugo Friedhofer: the adventure WILD HARVEST, the romantic suspense drama NO MAN OF HER OWN*, and the India-set drama THUNDER IN THE EAST.


Full Moon is beginning a series of CD releases of scores from their productions such as TOURIST TRAP (Pino Donaggio) and BAD CHANNELS (Blue Oyster Cult).

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Film Score Friday 10/24/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Buysoundtrax is a new recording titled THE JERRY GOLDSMITH COLLECTION VOLUME 2: PIANO SKETCHES, featuring solo piano performances of themes spanning Goldsmith's lengthy career, from 1963's The Prize to one of his last great scores, 1997's The Edge.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new releases for December 9 -- Marco Beltrami's score for the Western THE HOMESMAN, starring Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed) and Hilary Swank; the Mike Leigh-directed biopic MR. TURNER, with the great Timothy Spall as painter J.M.W. Turner and a score by Gary Yershon (Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year); and a new recording of Elmer Bernstein's movie jazz, ELMER BERNSTEIN: THE WILD SIDE. And on December 16, the label will release Alan Silvestri's score for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB.

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Film Score Friday 10/17/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/16/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week, featuring four scores.

The gigantic success of the James Bond films in the 1960s spawned a flood of imitations, and among the most popular were the two films starring James Coburn as Derek Flint, OUR MAN FLINT and IN LIKE FLINT, whose colorful, campy style was a huge inspiration for the Austin Powers comedies. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the light-hearted, pop-jazz scores for both films, and the original soundtrack LPs were actually Goldsmith-conducted re-recordings of his music. While Varese Sarabande had released the original score tracks on one CD, Intrada's Flint release is the first CD release of the LP re-recordings, taken from the original stereo masters and featuring the original cover art by the great Bob Peak (Apocalypse Now, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Trek 1-5).

Michel Legrand won his second Oscar, and his only one in the Original Score category, for 1971's nostalgic romantic drama SUMMER OF '42. When the soundtrack LP was release, the largely monothematic score was represented by only two cues, with the bulk of the LP consisting of Legrand's music for the barely released romance THE PICASSO SUMMER, starring Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux and co-written by Ray Bradbury. Intrada's new two-disc expansion of that release features the complete 17-minute Summer of '42 score, the "Picasso Suite" from the LP as well as the complete Picasso Summer score.
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Film Score Friday 10/10/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/9/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Kritzerland features one of Jerry Goldsmith's early feature Western scores, from 1964's RIO CONCHOS, which was shortlisted for an Original Score nomination. Intrada was responsible for the first release of the Conchos score, a contemporary re-recording conducted by Goldsmith himself, while Film Score Monthly released the first CD of the original score tracks. The Kritzerland Rio Conchos restores most of the original score tracks to stereo (most of the FSM release was mono).


Next week, Intrada plans to release two CDs featuring four scores.

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Film Score Friday 10/3/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/2/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced most of their releases for the rest of October.

Next week they will release Steve Jablonsky's score for this summer's epic sequel TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION; Alfred Newman's score for Fritz Lang's 1941 thriller MAN HUNT, based on Geoffrey Household's novel Rogue Male about a man who plots to assassinate Hitler; and a third, four-disc volume of their irreplaceable collection of music from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, by the late, great Shirley Walker and her amazing team of supercomposers.

Two weeks later, they will release the first ever score CD of Graeme Revell's music from 2000's animated sci-fi adventure TITAN A.E., as well as a CD to be named later.


The next releases from Music Box are a CD pairing two scores by Michel Colombier, LES ONZE MILLE VERGES (1975) and TAROT (1973), and Serge Gainsbourg's score for Bertrand Blier's 1986 comedy TENUE DE SOIREE (released in the U.S. as Menage).

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Film Score Friday 9/26/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/25/2014 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new, upcoming soundtrack CDs -- the first commercial release of Bill Conti's score for A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, director Mike Hodges' film of Jack Higgins' novel, starring Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis and Liam Neeson (John Scott previously released his own unused score on his JOS label); Pino Donaggio's score for the 2014 Italian comedy LA BUCA; and two new score CDs by Pascal Gaigne, the thriller LASA & ZABALA and the drama LOREAK.


On October 28, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtracks to the animated film THE HERO OF COLOR CITY, scored by Zoe Poledouris-Roche and Angel Roche Jr., and the Keanu Reeves thriller JOHN WICK, scored by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard.

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Film Score Friday 9/19/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing three CDs this week, including two by an all-time master film composer who passed on just ten years ago this summer.

SEE NO EVIL, the woman-in-jeopardy thriller directed by Hollywood vet Richard Fleischer and written by Brian Clemens (The Avengers, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter), has an unusually notorious scoring history. Mia Farrow played the lead role, a blind woman who doesn't realize all the people she shares her house with have been brutally murdered, and Farrow's then-husband, Andre Previn, was hired to compose the score. Previn's score was rejected (and, unusual for the era, Previn went public with his complaints about the experience) and replaced by one from British composer David Whitaker...which was also rejected, and replacd by a third score, by the great Elmer Bernstein. Intrada's CD represents the first release of any of Bernstein's See No Evil (but sadly, though unsurprisingly, none of Previn and Whitaker's unheard contributions).

Among the earliest Elmer Bernstein soundtrack LPs was THEMES FROM THE GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER, featuring Bernstein's music for the TV anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan. Intrada's Special Collection disc features the first CD release of the cues from the original Columbia LP, in stereo.

The label is also re-releasing its long out-of-print CD of Basil Poledouris' score for the cross-country adventure thriller SWITCHBACK, the directorial debut of screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, and (a phrase I'd never thought I'd ever type) Oscar-winner Jared Leto.


The latest re-recording from Prometheus and Tadlow presents the first-ever soundtrack release of John Barry's score for MISTER MOSES, the Africa-set 1965 adventure film from director Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), starring Robert Mitchum and Carroll Baker, and the score (the original tracks are considered lost) has been described as "Goldfinger meets Born Free," and that's good enough for me.


La-La Land has announced two new releases for next week -- a two-disc set pairing Mark Mothersbaugh's scores for the smash hit comedies 21 JUMP STREET and 22 JUMP STREET, and Blake Neely's music for the second season of the hit superhero TV series ARROW.


Thomas Newman has collaborated with composer-musician Rick Cox (a soloist on such Newman scores on Revolutionary Road, The Help, and Saving Mr. Banks) on an upcoming, non-film-score album titled 35 WHIRLPOOLS BELOW SOUND, which will be released on the Cold Blue label on October 14th.

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