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Aisle Seat 12-6: December Rundown Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/5/2016 - 9:00 PM
A film that unexpectedly frightened the daylights out of me, Richard Fleischer’s THE BOSTON STRANGLER (***½, 116 mins., 1968, R) is that rare thing: a Hollywood-produced film made at an odd time when the business of moviemaking was beginning a radical change, shifting away from the mostly sanitized studio product of the ‘50s and towards the more explicit “realism” of the 1970s. In fact, “The Boston Strangler” can be looked upon as a turning point in Hollywood, a crackerjack and disturbing thriller that clearly influenced director William Friedkin in his later works.
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Film Score Friday 12/2/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/1/2016 - 11:00 PM
 Intrada has announced their final three CD releases for 2016, which are now available to order -- the first CD release of concert composer (and musical humorist, as "PDQ Bach") Peter Schickele's beloved score for director Douglas Trumbull's 1972 sci-fi cult classic SILENT RUNNING, featuring the same tracks as the original MCA (and later Varese Sarabande) LP, taken from a vinyl source since the original score tapes remain lost (the LP featured virtually the entire score); the first-ever release of Basil Poledouris' lush sequel score RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON; and the first full release of Bruce Broughton's score for the family comedy ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, whose previous CD release was a mixture of songs and 15 minutes of Broughton cues.

A week ago La-La Land announced a whopping five new Black Friday releases -- the long-promised, four-disc STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, whose contents include library music from the original series, unreleased cues from the later series, and, most notably, the first-ever release of score cues from the well-regarded animated series from the 1970s; a four-disc set featuring John Williams' complete scores for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hits JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK; a two-disc set featuring remastered versions of Don Ellis' scores for THE FRENCH CONNECTION and its sequel (previously released by Film Score Monthly), as well as Brad Fiedel's previously unreleased score for the unsold TV pilot POPEYE DOYLE, in which Ed O'Neill played the role which won Gene Hackman his first Oscar in 1971; and separate, first-ever score CD releases for Harold Faltermeyer's BEVERLY HILLS COP and BEVERLY HILLS COP II.  

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Film Score Friday 11/25/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/24/2016 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land is scheduled to announce this year's set of "Black Friday" releases today.

I am currently on vacation, so if any important film music news has occurred in the last few days, you'll have to share it with each other. 

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November FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/22/2016 - 2:00 AM
The Thanksgiving edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, JUSTIN HURWITZ shares a song and dance about Damien Chazelle's upcoming musical LA LA LAND, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Also this issue, RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS marches into battle on Mel Gibson's HACKSAW RIDGE; ANNE DUDLEY talks about her score to Paul Verhoeven’s ELLE; we take a trip to the MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL, where HENRY JACKMAN was on hand as this year's Distinguished Composer; just in time for Black Friday—Cary Wong’s annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; a JERRY GOLDSMITH Score Restore looks at THE OMEN on the film's 40th anniversary; Gold Rush inspects ERNEST GOLD’s 1960 classic INHERIT THE WIND; MICHAEL A. LEVINE digs up treasure for LANDFILL HARMONIC; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 11-22: Thanksgiving Feast Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/21/2016 - 9:00 PM
Finally restored after falling into the public domain, Marlon Brando’s troubled western ONE-EYED JACKS (***, 141 mins., 1961) has at last been rescued and given new life by Universal and the Criterion Collection. The most revelatory component to the film’s resurrection is that, unlike, say, Michael Cimino’s gorgeous but flaccid “Heaven’s Gate,” “One-Eyed Jacks” is a compulsively watchable film, gorgeously shot and intriguing from start to finish.
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Film Score Friday 11/18/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/17/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week, both featuring expanded versions of the scores to hit films by beloved composers -- 1980's THE BLUE LAGOON, which gave Basil Poledouris his first big box-office hit (for old friend and frequent collaborator Randall Kleiser) and first soundtrack LP, with the Intrada release adding 22 minutes of previously unreleased score and six minutes of alternates; and a two-disc set of Danny Elfman's score for director-star Warren Beatty's visually dazzling, all-star 1990 film version of DICK TRACY, with the original 35-minute CD sequencing followed by the complete 68-minute score (but not Stephen Sondheim's original songs)  
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Film Score Friday 11/11/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/10/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest re-recording from Prometheus is a two-disc set featuring the first ever complete recording of Miklos Rozsa's beloved, Oscar-nominated score for the lavish fantasy THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.

Quartet has announced their current schedule of November CD releases. This week they are presenting the first-ever soundtrack release of what is arguably Jack Nitzsche's finest score (it gets my vote, anyway), for the critically acclaimed, 1981 modern-day noir CUTTER'S WAY, starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard, as well as re-releases of John Barry's masterful THE LAST VALLEY (featuring the same contents as Intrada's earlier release) and their own three-disc version of Henry Mancini's SANTA CLAUS. On November 25 they plan to release LA REINA DE ESPANA, starring Penelope Cruz and directed by Fernando Trueba, with music by Zbigniew Preisner, and Frank Ilfman's score for KILLING GIRLS.

The latest releases from La-La Land are the score to the animated feature BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS, which featured the voices of the stars of the original 60s Batman TV series, with music by Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis and Michael McCuistion, and a re-release of Nelson Riddle's score for BATMAN: THE MOVIE, featuring the same audio contents as La-La Land's previous release but with new artwork and liner notes.

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. If you don't mind having advance knowledge of new releases, Roger Fiegelson gave some pretty explicit hints about them included in this message board thread

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Aisle Seat 11-8: Election Day Special
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/7/2016 - 9:00 PM
Fans of James Horner still reeling from his shocking, untimely passing last year have bittersweet reason to rejoice as one of the composer’s final scores, written for the National Geographic IMAX production LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES (47 mins.), is now available on Blu-Ray. The disc will give many viewers their first chance at not just seeing this entertaining effort but also hearing Horner’s lovely music, one of the final completed works by the maestro prior to his passing in a single-engine plane crash at age 61.
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Film Score Friday 11/4/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/3/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded version of John Barry's score for director John Schlesinger's lavish 1975 film version of Nathaniel West's classic Hollywood novel THE DAY OF THE LOCUST. Intrada previously released the original LP tracks for the film, a combination of Barry cues and period songs, but the new Intrada Locust features the complete 34 minute score, plus several alternate cues (including three original John Barry songs written with Don Black) and source pieces.

On November 18, Varese Sarabande will release a collection titled LITTLE BOX OF HORRORS, a boxed set (with an emphasis on the films of the late Wes Craven) which will include the never-before released PUMPKINHEAD (Richard Stone) and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Robert Cobert); DRACULA 2000 (Marco Beltrami), previously released only as a composer promo; the Varese LP tracks for DEADLY FRIEND (Charles Bernstein); and the previously released THE FLY (Howard Shore), THE HIDDEN (Michael Convertino), MANIAC (Jay Chattaway), THE MEPHISTO WALTZ/THE OTHER (Jerry Goldsmith), MIMIC: THE DELUXE EDITION (Beltrami), A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Charles Bernstein), SCREAM: THE DELUXE EDITION (Beltrami) and THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (Brad Fiedel), many of which have been long out of print. 
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Aisle Seat 11-1: November Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/31/2016 - 9:00 PM
It’s hard to find a more divisive film from the 1980s than RUNAWAY TRAIN (111 mins., 1985, R), the Cannon Group’s closet shot at Oscar glory that can be best described as a “quasi-existential” action film from Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky. A movie that generated Oscar nominations for both of its stars, Jon Voight and Eric Roberts, it’s also a film that made appearances on both “Best of the Year” and “Worst of the Year” critic lists in 1985, with critics falling on either side of a movie that polarized viewers with its “method” performances and outlandish story.
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Antonio Carlos Jobim died (1994)
Bruce Kimmel born (1947)
John Rubinstein born (1946)
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