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Film Score Friday 2/17/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Caldera is the first ever release of Gabriel Yared's score from director Paul Schrader's 2008 Holocaust drama ADAM RESURRECTED, starring Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe.


Kritzerland's latest is the first-ever release of the score from 1957's MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL, about scientists menaced by giant, radiation-mutated wasps in Africa. The score was composed by B-movie great Albert Glasser (The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs. the Spider, Tormented).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Varese Sarabande plans to announced three new Limited Edition CDs next week.


John Williams won this year's Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; this is his 23rd Grammy. The soundtrack to MILES AHEAD won Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, while TROLLS' "Can't Stop the Feeling" won for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Justin Hurwitz won BAFTA's award for Original Music for his LA LA LAND score.

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Film Score Friday 2/10/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
This week's new CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of David Newman's score for the 1990 animated feature DUCKTALES THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP.


This month, La-La Land plans to release Robert J. Kral's score for the animated direct-to-video movie JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK (on February 14th) and a four-disc set of music from STAR TREK: VOYAGER (on Feburary 28), with episode scores by Paul Bailllargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy, as well as the Emmy-winning theme by Jerry Goldsmith

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Film Score Friday 2/3/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
 Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Cliffhanger Trevor Jones - La La Land
Guy Farley Film Music Collection
 - Guy Farley - Caldera
The Lego Batman Movie - Lorne Balfe - WaterTower [CD-R]
Veeram - Jeff Rona - Sony (import)
Westworld: Season 1
 - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower 

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Film Score Friday 1/27/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/26/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents two scores by one of America's most beloved composers -- Aaron Copland's classic score for the 1947 film version of John Steinbeck's THE RED PONY, and his Oscar winning score for William Wyler's classic 1949 film of Henry James' Washington Square, THE HEIRESS. Copland famously adapted cues from his Red Pony into a popular concert suite, and the Intrada release features some Red Pony cues that weren't included in Varese Sarabande's excellent LP release from the 1980s, while the Heiress selection features music not included in the final film, though the Heiress music is taken from more "archival" sounding sources.


For those who missed the earlier column on the topic (visible just below this one on the main page), here again are this year's nominations for Oscar's music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JACKIE - Mica Levi
LA LA LAND - Justin Hurwitz
LION - Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
MOONLIGHT - Nicholas Britell
PASSENGERS - Thomas Newman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"CAN'T STOP THE FEELING" - Trolls - Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster
"CITY OF STARS" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"THE EMPTY CHAIR" - Jim: The James Foley Story - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph, Sting
"HOW FAR I'LL GO" - Moana - Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Film Score Friday 1/20/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/19/2017 - 9:00 PM
This week, as the second in their new We Hear You series, Varese Sarabande is releasing a limited edition "Enhanced Edition" CD of one their rarest and most in-demand LPs, REVENGE OF THE NINJA, with music composed, arranged and performed by Rob Walsh (Young Warriors, Necromancy).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Tomorrow, January 21st, at 1:00 p.m., composer Mark Mancina and director Jan de Bont will be at Creature Features in Burbank to discuss their collaboration on the 1996 hit TWISTER, with copies of La-La Land's new expanded CD release of the score on hand.

And the following day at 1:00 p.m., also at Creature Features, composer Rob Walsh and director Sam Firstenberg will have a Q&A moderated by Daniel Schweiger to promote Varese's new REVENGE OF THE NINJA CD.

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Film Score Friday 1/13/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/12/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the first ever score CD release of one of Michael Giacchino's first feature scores, the 2005 superhero comedy adventure SKY HIGH, starring Michael Angarano, Kelly Preston and Kurt Russell.


Music Box is releasing an expanded version of Georges Delerue's typically beautiful score for the 1988 period romance A SUMMER STORY, starring James Wilby and Imogen Stubbs.


This month, along with their previously announced expansion of Mark Mancina's Twister, La La Land plans to release the score for the documentary AN ACT OF LOVE, composed by animation veterans Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Kristopher Carter, and a two-disc expanded/remastered version of Trevor Jones' CLIFFHANGER.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced this year's nomination for their film awards, including Original Music:

ARRIVAL - Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE - Mica Levi
LA LA LAND - Justin Hurwitz
LION - Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS - Abel Korzeniowski

Justin Hurwitz and La La Land won the Golden Globes for original score and original song ("City of Stars," lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul).

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Film Score Friday 1/6/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/5/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 
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Film Score Friday 12/30/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2016 - 9:00 PM
On January 17, La-La Land will release an expanded version of Mark Mancina's score for the 1996 hit TWISTER, co-written by Michael Crichton and directed by Jan de Bont, starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes and the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in what may be his least memorable role.
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Film Score Friday 12/23/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
La La Land won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Music/Score (for Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), while Jackie (Mica Levi) was the runner-up.

The Chicago Film Critics gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi).

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi). Their other nominees were Arrival (Johann Johannsson), Hell or High Water (Nick Cave, Warren Ellis), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Moonlight (Nicholas Britell).

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association gave their Original Score award to La La Land (Hurwitz).

Among the London Film Critics' Circle nominations this year for "Technical Achievement of the Year" were the music for Jackie (Levi), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Sing Street (Gary Clark, John Carney).

The nominees for the Golden Globe music categories:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Arrival
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
 
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Can't Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

At the end of this column I have included the "shortlists" which have been announced for some of the Academy Awards categories. 
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Film Score Friday 12/16/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/15/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande's final CD Club release of 2016 is, as many predicted, a two-disc, expanded Deluxe Edition of STAR TREK BEYOND, Michael Giacchino's third score for the Trek franchise.

Varese is also re-releasing George Delerue's Oscar-nominated score for director Norman Jewison's film version of the play AGNES OF GOD, this time with cue titles, as the start of their new limited edition "500 Series." (The label has already sold out of their copies).


Quartet has just announced a three-disc set featuring all three scores in the Bad News Bears kids comedy series -- THE BAD NEWS BEARS, adapted and scored by Jerry Fielding; THE BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKING TRAINING, scored by Craig Safan; and THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN, scored by Paul Chihara.

Other new Quartet releases are EL FARO DE LAS ORCAS (Pascal Gaigne), FANTASMA D'AMORE (Riz Ortolani) and LE DUE STAGIONE DELLA VITA (Ennio Morricone)


The Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year's lists of scores and songs eligible for Oscar consideration. Those lists are featured at the end of this column. 

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