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Aisle Seat 17th Anniversary Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/8/2014 - 9:00 PM
I wasn’t up watching THE EQUALIZER when it aired back in the ’80s, so I didn’t really know what to think of the series when I popped in VEI’s limited edition DVD box-set that’s newly available this week. After just a few minutes, though, I could tell why fans have long raved about the CBS series, which set the standard – alongside “Wiseguy” and “Miami Vice” – for television crime dramas in the mid-late ‘80s.
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Film Score Friday 9/5/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
I have only just got back from vacation, so in all likelihood I have not had time to update this column since I last dealt with it eleven days ago, so to you people in the future I send my apologies, and hope that the future utopia of September 5, 2014 is as glorious as we all had imagined, and not as squalid and depressing as the one in my beloved Snowpiercer


Hannibal: Season 1, Vol. 1 - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore
Hannibal: Season 1, Vol. 2 - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore 

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Aisle Seat 9-2: Back to School Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/1/2014 - 9:00 PM
A few months ago I was watching TCM when they ran one of those archival, fluffy promotional “Making Of” featurettes inbetween movies. I was captivated by it because I had never heard of the film – an early ‘70s MGM “hayseed drama” named LOLLY-MADONNA XXX – despite the film offering an amazing array of talent, including Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan and a dynamite young cast comprised of Jeff Bridges, Scott Wilson, Gary Busey, Randy Quaid, Ed Lauter and Season Hubley. This rarely-screened picture – which has never been released on video in any format – has finally made its way back into circulation courtesy of the Warner Archives, restoring the scope dimensions of cinematographer Philip Lathrop and director Richard C. Sarafian.
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Film Score Friday 8/29/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so I apologize in advance for any updates I may have missed (and the likely very ragged state of this week's "The Next Ten Days in L.A.", which will likely be even more ragged next week, when I've only just returned to work).

On September 30, Varese Sarabande will release a CD of music from the animated TV series NINJAGO MASTERS OF SPINJITZU, composed by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer.

On October 7, they will release Aaron Zigman's score for the romantic thriller ADDICTED (which from the Varese description sounds like a Tyler Perry movie without Tyler Perry), and the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed music drama WHIPLASH, featuring score cues and big band songs by Justin Hurwitz (who scored Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle's earlier film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), and big band competition pieces by Tim Simonec (a veteran orchestrator-conductor who's worked on countless Graeme Revell and Michael Giacchino scores). 

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Aisle Seat 8-26: Shout! Summer Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/25/2014 - 9:00 PM
The writers of “Unforgiven” and “The Fugitive.” The director of “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” A cast comprised of Peter Weller, Richard Crenna and Hector Elizondo. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Cinematography from Oscar-nominee Alex Thomson. Creature design by Stan Winston. Add it all up and what do you get? The laughably bad 1989 MGM turkey LEVIATHAN (*½, 98 mins., R), which surfaces from the depths as a Shout Factory Blu-Ray just in time to bid adieu to the summer of 2014.
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Film Score Friday 8/22/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
On October 14, Howard Shore's Howe label will release expanded, remastered editions of three of his scores for director David Cronenberg -- the J.G. Ballard adaptation CRASH (not to be confused with Paul Haggis' 2005 Best Picture winner); his jazz-inflected score for the film version of William Burroughs' classic NAKED LUNCH, featuring solos by Ornette Coleman; and his haunting score for Cronenberg's masterpiece, DEAD RINGERS.

Intrada has announced two new releases this week - a remastered edition of Pino Donaggio's fourth score for director Brian DePalma, the 1981 conspiracy thriller BLOW OUT, starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz; and the 2012 action comedy THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS, featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria, music by Christopher Young and Kostas Christides.

On September 23, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the new mystery A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. The film is based on one of Lawrence Block's first-rate novels about an alcholic cop-turned unlicensed private eye named Matthew Scudder -- the only previous film incarnation of the character was Jeff Bridges in Hal Ashby's final film, 8 Million Ways to Die. This time, Liam Neeson takes on the role, with one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters, Oscar nominee Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), writing and directing, and a score by newcomer Carlos Rafael Rivera.

Another great contemporary crime writer, Elmore Leonard, will shortly be represented on movie screens by the comedy thriller LIFE OF CRIME, an adaptation of his book The Switch, with Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins. The score is by The Newton Brothers (Oculus), and though Varese is releasing it first as a download-only, they plan to eventually make it available as a CD-R, as they previously did with Atli Orvarsson's Evidence.

The latest release from Kritzerland presents the music from the 2000 Danish miniseries THE SPIDER, scored by Soren Hyldgaard (The Chaplin Puzzle)

The TV Academy announced the Emmy winners in the Creative Arts categories last weekend, including the music categories. Alan Silvestri won two Emmys, for his score and theme for the new version of COSMOS; David Arnold and Michael Price won for their score to the most recent SHERLOCK episode, "His Last Vow;" Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda won for their song "Bigger!" from the Tony Awards; and Don Was won for his music direction of THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA.

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Aisle Seat 8-19: Twilight Time, Muppets & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Overstuffed with villains, bombastic action and quite possibly one of the most obnoxious music scores ever written for the genre, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (**, 141 mins., 2014, PG-13; Sony) spins a web of mediocrity that might test the patience of even the most ardent fan of Your Friendly Neighborhood Webslinger.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/18/2014 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with TYLER BATES on his prominent work for the Marvel blockbuster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Also in this issue are an interview with BRIAN TYLER about his scores to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, INTO THE STORM and THE EXPENDABLES 3; MARCELO ZARVOS discusses his writing on EXTANT and RAY DONOVAN; a shocking SCORE RESTORE from ALAN SILVESTRI’S THE ABYSS; MARCO BELTRAMI scores THE GIVER; CARL THIEL co-composes SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; an audio interview with STEPHAN EICKE concerning his new soundtrack label CALDERA; LAURA KARPMAN, MIRIAM CUTLER and LOLITA RITMANIS discuss the ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN FILM COMPOSERS; WONG’S TURN's Fall 2014 Preview; FREDDY SHEINFELD and ELIK ALVAREZ discuss their contributions to Venezuelan film music; an utterly ANONYMOUS Torn Pages; more embedded audio clips, and more.
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Film Score Friday 8/15/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
On August 26, MovieScore Media plans to release the soundtrack for the 1998 TV remake of Hitchcock's classic REAR WINDOW, starring Christopher Reeve and Daryl Hannah. The Emmy-nominated score was composed by Oscar winner David Shire. They have also announced plans to finally release the long-delayed  CD soundtrack to one of the year's most music-dominated films, the stylish thriller GRAND PIANO, scored by Victor Reyes.

Monstrous Movie Music has announced four upcoming CDs of vintage film music -- Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter's score for the 1971 Western THE GATLING GUN, starring Guy Stockwell and Robert Fuller; Nicholas Carras' score for the female-centric action film THE DOLL SQUAD; WESTERN MEDLEY, a two-disc set featuring music from The Great Jesse James Raid (Bert Shefter), The Baron of Arizona (Paul Dunlap), and MST3K fave The Last of the Wild Horses (Albert Glasser); and another two-disc set, JUVENILE JIVE, featuring Date Bait (Nicholas Carras), High School Big Shot (another MST3K fave, scored by the great Gerald Fried) and High School Caesar (Nicholas Carras).

Kronos is releasing two limited edition CDs of scores for contemporary films - the drama STILL LIFE, directed by Oscar nominated producer Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty) and scored by his wife, Oscar winner Rachel Portman; and the just-released psychological thriller THE MAID'S ROOM, scored by Arturo Rodriguez

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Aisle Seat 8-12: Disney, Divergent & New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Disney fans hoping the studio would open up their back catalog more frequently have a quartet of new releases to choose from this week, all in respectable Blu-Ray transfers.
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