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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:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
The Night Manager, Episode 2 - Victor Reyes

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Mr. Robot: "eps1.0_ hellofriend.mov" - Mac Quayle
 
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
Marvel's Jessica Jones - Sean Callery
 
OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Danny Elfman's Music From The Films Of  Tim Burton (Live From Lincoln Center) - Danny Elfman
 
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
"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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Film Score Friday 8/26/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has temporarily postponed their planned multi-disc set originally announced for this week, and instead has released a remastered version of their expanded release of one of Pino Donaggio's finest scores, for Brian DePalma's 1980 hit DRESSED TO KILL.


La-La Land plans to release two new TV soundtracks next week, both from composer Blake Neely -- for the DC supehero series LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and for the mystery series BLINDSPOT

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Film Score Friday 8/19/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/18/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a new multi-disc set next week.
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Film Score Friday 8/12/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/11/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc, complete and remastered version of one of Jerry Goldsmith's biggest box-office hits, the 1985 blockbuster sequel RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II.


Howard Shore has announced two upcoming CDs on his Howe label -- a complete version of one of his most chilling scores, for David Fincher's 1995 classic SEVEN, due on September 16, and the fact-based drama DENIAL, starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall, on September 30.


Next week, La-La Land will release an expanded version of James Newton Howard's score for the 1996 thriller PRIMAL FEAR, with Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and an Oscar-nominated performance by Edward Norton, and a two-disc set of two animation scores by Frederik Wiedmann -- JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS and BATMAN BAD BLOOD.

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Film Score Friday 8/5/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/4/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The latest CD from Kritzerland pairs the first-ever release of Maurice Leroux's score for the classic short film THE RED BALLOON, which won the Oscar for Original Screenplay, with the score for Red Balloon director Albert Lamorisse's first feature LE VOYAGE EN BALLON, by Jean Prodromides.

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Film Score Friday 7/29/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/28/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set of the 1990 Chuck Norris action sequel DELTA FORCE 2, with music by Frederic Talgorn (Fortress, Robot Jox, The Temp), featuring both the complete score as well as the original soundtrack sequencing, which divided the score into orchestral and electronic suites.


For those who feel the Friday columns have not had enough random film music lists lately, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Film Score Friday 7/22/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/21/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The recent decision of the mainstream CD labels to change their weekly release dates from Tuesdays to Fridays has made it tougher to present an accurate list of new releases each Friday. I try to double-check each Thursday to make sure that the schedule of release in my Friday column is up to date, but unfortunately sometimes it won't become clear that a CD isn't actually getting released until after the fact.

So despite the fact that Lakeshore Records has been remarkably prolific with score CD releases in the last few years, some of the releases they have announced -- Pawn Sacrifice (Howard), Elvis & Nixon (Shearmur), Zoolander 2 (Shapiro) -- were seemingly canceled at the very last minute, so I apologize for mistakenly including them in the CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK section of this column. (though Amazon now claims that Elvis & Nixon will still be coming out -- on May 5th of next year).

On the hand, some other Lakeshore releases (specifically Portman's Dolphin Tale 2) are merely difficult to find, while sometimes I've been able to find used/cutout copies of other ones (A Hologram for the King, The Young Messiah) even before their official release dates).

With Varese CDs, I wait until they are announced on the Varese site, since ostensible Varese releases keep popping up on Amazon long before they are actually released -- Ray Donovan only just came out, Jesse Stone: The Ultimate Collection got moved back again, to August 5, and it's been years since Amazon first listed a Varese soundtrack for HBO's The Newsroom, with no actual CD in sight. 

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