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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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Aisle Seat 10-18: A Harvest of Discs!
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/17/2016 - 9:00 PM
The magic’s gone in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (**, 144 mins., 2016, PG-13; Fox), the ninth (is that even possible?) X-Men film that’s easily the weakest from director Bryan Singer, who seemingly remained too long at the franchise party this time around.
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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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Aisle Seat 10-11: Of Exorcists, Slugs & Vamps
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/10/2016 - 9:00 PM
Late in August of 1990, William Peter Blatty’s anticipated THE EXORCIST III (***, 110 mins., R) arrived in theaters. The Morgan Creek production, released by Fox, drew strong initial interest from audiences – and even a few positive reviews – before crashing quickly in the dumping grounds of late summer. Now a cult favorite, Blatty’s own adaptation of his novel “Legion” has been resurrected as a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition, complete with a reconstruction – from the best surviving sources – of Blatty’s initial cut of the film, completed before anxious studio executives mandated a punchier, effects-laden conclusion be shot.
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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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Aisle Seat 10-4: THE THING Strikes Again
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/3/2016 - 9:00 PM
One of the fondest memories I have, growing up during the Summer of 1982, was going to see “E.T.” eight times in theaters – and being utterly freaked out by the trailer for John Carpenter’s THE THING (****, 109 mins., R), Universal’s other big movie that summer, which was attached to prints of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic. While Carpenter’s film would eventually become the classic in its own right that it deserved to be, “The Thing” was initially pegged as a major disappointment that threw the director’s career off-track to such an extent that it never entirely recovered.
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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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Aisle Seat 9-27: Stephen King, Vestron Video & Other Horrors!
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
For a kid growing up in the ‘80s, Stephen King movies – which were flooding multiplexes every few months – were just a little bit out of reach. Their R-rated horror made them the kind of thing most of us elementary school kids didn’t get to see back in the day, though every now and then, you might be able to attend a birthday party where someone’s lenient Dad would rent a VHS of, say, “Christine” or “Children of the Corn,” damaging our sleep patterns for days to come.
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September Issue of FSM Online Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/23/2016 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is a discussion with brothers MYCHAEL DANNA and JEFF DANNA about their score to the new Warner Bros. animated feature STORKS. Also this issue is an interview with JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON about his upcoming score to ARRIVAL and the early stages of BLADE RUNNER 2; GAVIN GREENAWAY discusses his career working with Hans Zimmer and John Powell, and his new solo piano album; PAUL LEONARD-MORGAN chats the short-lived CBS show LIMITLESS; Cary Wong recaps the summer and looks forward to upcoming 2016 releases; GREG EDMONSON reflects back on FIREFLY; Gold Rush digs up ARTHUR BLISS and THINGS TO COME; a GEOFFREY BURGON/SIRENS Score Restore; an interview with actor and film music aficionado REED BIRNEY; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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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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