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Film Score Friday 1/29/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/28/2016 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land announced two new CDs for release this week: a remastered edition of Jerry Goldsmith's action-packed score for the 1975 Western TAKE A HARD RIDE, with an eclectic cast including Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, Lee Van Cleef, Barry Sullvan and Dana Andrews; and a greatly expanded version of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for the 1995 "real time" thriller NICK OF TIME, with Johnny Depp (in perhaps the most normal role he ever played in a feature) as a loving father pressured into performing an assassination, featuring 38 more minutes of score than the original Milan release.

Next week Intrada plans to release one new CD as well as an LP of a previously released CD.

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest batch of limited edition releases this coming Monday.

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Aisle Seat 1-26: Twilight Time, New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time kicks off the new year with a handful of fine new Blu-Ray additions, from a pair of glossy, widescreen studio productions to more adult, frank character studies from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
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Film Score Friday 1/22/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/21/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs this week -- the first commercial release of Charles Bernstein's emotional orchestral score for the surprisingly good 1983 film version of Stephen King's CUJO, featuring cues not included on the previously released composer promo of the score, which paired it with Bernstein's Covenant; and the LP tracks from Paul Glass's score for director Otto Preminger's stylish psychological thriller BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, starring Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea and Laurence Olivier (as a police detective, no less -- what a franchise that could have made).

Quartet has announced their slate of January releases. The latest releases are a two-disc set of Gato Barbieri's jazzy score for the controversial modern classic LAST TANGO IN PARIS, featuring both the complete score recorded for the film and the album tracks; and Diego Navarro's score for the recently released animated feature CAPTURE THE FLAG. Next week they are releasing Gabriel Yared's score for the brand-new French drama CHOCOLAT, starring Omar Sy (Jurassic World, The Intouchables), and the soundtrack to the new Danish film TORDENSKJOLD & KOLD, scored by Henrik Skram.

The latest release in Varese Sarabande's subscription LP-to-CD series is John Scott's music for the 1986 miniseries (which aired on Masterpiece Theater) MOUNTBATTEN: THE LAST VICEROY, with Nicol Williamson and Janet Suzman as Lord and Lady Mountbatten, and Ian Richardson (in the kind of color-blind casting we don't see any more, for good reason) as Nehru. 

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FSMO Turns 10 With January Issue!
Posted By Tim Curran 1/20/2016 - 2:00 AM
The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live, marking 10 YEARS of digital publication! In this issue, enjoy our many annual YEAR IN REVIEW features, with contributions from Kyle Renick, Jon & Al Kaplan, Tim Burden, Cary Wong and Chris Hadley. Also this month, NICHOLAS BRITELL gives us the long and the short of THE BIG SHORT; a spotlight on Tadlow Music and its founder, James Fitzpatrick; an interview with CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ about AGENT CARTER and GALAVANT; a DIMITRI TIOMKIN Gold Rush on his score to LOST HORIZON; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 1-19: January Chiller Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/18/2016 - 9:00 PM
We may be just a few days into 2016 but already there’s a candidate for “Unknown Movie Discovery of the Year” on Blu-Ray: FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE (**½, 110 mins., 1970, R), an altogether weird film that, by my count, has never been released on home video in any format in this country. Joseph Losey’s strikingly shot tale of two prisoners (played by Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell) trying to escape a country with a helicopter in endless pursuit has never received wide distribution since its original Cinema Center Films release over 45 years ago, making Kino Lorber’s Blu-Ray a stunning visceral experience for first-time viewers.
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Film Score Friday 1/15/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/14/2016 - 9:00 PM
As listed in my column yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, including the music categories:
BRIGDE OF SPIES - Thomas Newman
CAROL - Carter Burwell
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Ennio Morricone
SICARIO - Johann Johannsson
"Earned It" - Fifty Shades of Grey - Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville, Stephan Moccio
"Manta Rey" - Racing Extinction - Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Antony Hegarty
"Simple Song #3" - Youth - Music and Lyric by David Lang
"Til It Happens to You" - The Hunting Ground - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
"Writing's on the Wall" - Spectre - Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

In other awards news, Ennio Morricone won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for THE HATEFUL EIGHT, while Sam Smith and James Napier (aka Jimmy Napes) won Best Original Song for SPECTRE's "Writing's on the Wall" (just when I thought I was the only one who actually likes that song, both AMPAS and HFPA prove me wrong).

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their nominations for Best Original Music:


Music Box has announced three new releases -- Georges Delerue's score for GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS, Bertrand Blier's comedy which won the 1978 Oscar for Foreign Language Film; an expanded, two-disc version of Maurice Jarre's music for the Robinson Crusoe-inspired VENREDI OU LA VIE SAUVAGE; and COMMISSAIRE MOULIN ET AUTRES SCENES DE CRIME, which features music composed by Francois De Roubaix for the French TV series Commissaire Moulin shortly before his death, as well as additional music by the composer.

The latest release from Kritzerland presents Bernard Herrmann's romantic music for the 1952 Hemingway adaptation THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO, which was short-listed for an Original Score nomination. (The CD features the same tracks as those included on Varese's Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox boxed set)

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. 

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Oscar Nominations 2015
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/14/2016 - 1:00 PM
This morning at 5:30, AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actor John Krasinski, and filmmakers Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee announced this year's Oscar nominations, including the following music categories:


BRIGDE OF SPIES - Thomas Newman
CAROL - Carter Burwell
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Ennio Morricone
SICARIO - Johann Johannsson


"Earned It" - Fifty Shades of Grey - Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville, Stephan Moccio
"Manta Rey" - Racing Extinction - Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Antony Hegarty
"Simple Song #3" - Youth - Music and Lyric by David Lang
"Til It Happens to You" - The Hunting Ground - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
"Writing's on the Wall" - Spectre - Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

No big surprises in Original Score, but I was relieved that Carter Burwell is finally an Oscar nominee. The nominations for Newman (his 13th) and Morricone (6th) were expected, and since the Weinsteins released Hateful Eight, there's no one around to start a whispering campaign about how the tracked-in cues from previous Morricone scores should make his work ineligible (and apparently I'm the only one who feels that way, so I'll finally shut up about it now, just glad that Morricone got another nomination and a plausible win). This is Williams' 45th nomination (UPDATE/CORRECTION: as keen-eyed readers like "jgrabner" have pointed out, this is actually Williams' FIFTIETH Oscar nomination!! 45 original-or-adapted score -- mostly originals -- and 5 songs), and his first for a Star Wars film since Jedi 32 years ago -- however, he was nominated for other scores each year of the prequel trilogy (specifically for Angela's Ashes, Catch Me If You Can and Memoirs of a Geisha), so he probably wasn't sad when he heard the news those years. Johannsson received his first nomination last year, for the very different Theory of Everything score.

As a Bond geek, I'm thrilled that Spectre's song got in (the film's only nomination). Not a fan of the Lady Gaga song, while this is the first year that two of the nominated songs are from documentaries. The "Earned It" nomination makes Fifty Shades officially the worst film of 2015 to get a nomination, following in the hallowed footsteps of films like The Swarm and Norbit. Youth's "Simple Song #3" is gorgeous, and one has to appreciate a category that has room for both David Lang and Gaga. I am a bit bummed that Shaun the Sheep Movie's "Feels Like Summer" and Meru's "The Light That Never Fails" didn't get in. 
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Film Score Friday 1/8/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/7/2016 - 9:00 PM
 Intrada has announced two new releases this week, both featuring previously unreleased scores -- the soundtrack to UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL (aka The Spaceman and King Arthur), Disney's sci-fi-tinged 1979 remake of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, starring Dennis Dugan, Jim Dale and Ron Moody, with music by Ron Goodwin (Where Eagles Dare, Frenzy, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines); and one of Maurice Jarre's most obscure scores, for 1992's little seen Japanese romantic drama THE SETTING SUN, featuring Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland.

Next week La-La Land will present their only release for January, the three-disc set STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, VOL. 2. Disc One will feature cues from episodes scored by Dennis McCarthy, Disc Two will feature Jay Chattaway scores, and Disc Three will feature more McCarthy as well as music from George Romanis' only score for the series, the first season episode "Too Short a Season."

Tadlow has announced two brand new re-recordings: THE BLUE MAX, a two-disc set featuring a re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith's poplular score as well as re-recorded suites and themes from Goldsmith's The Chairman, The Final Conflict, A Gathering of Eagles, Inchon, MacArthur, The Mummy, Patton, The Sand Pebbles, and Tora! Tora! Tora!; and EPIC HOLLYWOOD: THE FILM MUSIC OF MIKLOS ROZSA, a recording of the concert in which Nic Raine conducted the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in a selection of pieces from Rozsa's scores for Ben-Hur, El Cid, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Ivanhoe, King of Kings, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,  Providence, Quo Vadis, Sodom and Gomorrah and The Thief of Bagdad

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Timeless Film Music
Posted By Tim Burden 1/5/2016 - 9:00 PM

Happy New Year!

I think it's worth reminding all film score enthusiasts how uniquely special Patrick Doyle's score to Branagh's Cinderella is. As Patrick himself says at the start of this 17 minute audio feature: "My job was to make the music sound timeless, as if the music was always there." He does just that and weaves some of the familiar in and out seamlessly. Not just tipping his hat affectionately to the Disney canon, but de

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Aisle Seat 1-5: 2016 Premiere Edition!
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/4/2016 - 9:00 PM
There’s noting more exciting for me than opening up a fresh batch of new Blu-Rays from Twilight Time and Kino Lorber and seeing, for the first time in high-def, catalog titles I had only previously experienced on DVD (or TV) in standard-definition. In fact, the collective efforts of labels like TT, Kino, Shout and Olive has been one of the great assets for Blu-Ray in the last year, especially as major studios license out more of their back catalog, shunning in many instances the very format they helped to establish.
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Bernard Herrmann records his score for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode "Body in the Barn" (1963)
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