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Aisle Seat 11-11: The November Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/10/2015 - 9:00 PM
After the triumph of “Skyfall” one might’ve thought that director Sam Mendes and resident 007 Daniel Craig would have been invigorated with the subject matter of SPECTRE (**) – the 24th James Bond film but the first in several decades to incorporate one of Bond’s chief nemesis from the earliest days of the series. With Bond back in action and taking on the nefarious, secretive organization behind the likes of “Dr. No” and “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in an official Eon film for the first time in forever, what could go wrong? Unfortunately, pretty much everything.
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Film Score Friday 11/6/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/5/2015 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada, expected to begin shipping next week, is a two-disc edition for 1978's blockbuster summer hit JAWS 2. When the original Jaws broke box-office records in the summer of 1975, a sequel was inevitable, and even more inevitable was that John Williams -- whose score earned him a second Oscar and whose shark theme instantly became one of the most famous musical motifs in movie history -- would return to score it. MCA released the soundtrack on LP when the film came out, and Varese Sarabande later released the same tracks on CD. The Intrada Jaws 2 is a two-disc set featuring both the original LP sequencing as well as the complete score; the liner notes, which tell of the film's complicated production history that included a change in director and certain cast members (Dana Elcar and Ricky Schroder -- originally cast as the younger Brody son -- were replaced), were written by me.

La-La Land has announced their scheduled slate of film music releases for November. 

This week they are releasing a limited edition of the score to the just-released horror comedy SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, with music by Matthew Margeson (Skyline, Kick-Ass 2, Kingman: The Secret Service).

They are also currently making available autographed copies of two Bear McCreary CDs released on his Sparks & Shadows label -- DA VINCI'S DEMONS SEASON 2 and DA VINCI'S DEMONS SEASON 3, and releasing their very first LP, featuring Carmen Dragon's score to Don Siegel's classic original version of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (La-La Land's recent CD of that score was its first soundtrack release ever).

On November 17 they will present the first-ever release of the music from AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL, scored by Richard Hazard and including tracked-in music from Elmer Bernstein's original Airplane score; and the previously announced release of Craig Armstrong's score to the new revisionist horror thriller VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, with James McAvoy as the doctor and Daniel Radclfife as Igor.

Quartet is releasing the soundtrack to writer-producer-director Guillermo del Toro's just-released, gorgeously crafted Gothic romance (with ghosts) CRIMSON PEAK. The score was composed by Fernando Velazquez (The Impossible, Devil); this is the first time del Toro has worked with Velazquez as a director, but Velazquez scored the del Toro-produced horror hits Mama and The Orphanage.

Music Box has announced two new releases: a CD pairing Georges Delerue's music for two films from writer-director Christopher Frank, JOSEPHA, starring Miou-Miou (the French actress with the best name ever) and FEMMES DE PERSONNE, starring Marthe Keller and Jean-Louis Trintingnant, the latter score featuring previously unreleased cues; and an expanded version of the 1989 miniseries remake of A TALE OF TWO CITIES, starring James Wilby (Maurice, Howards End) as Sydney Carton, with Xavier Deluc, Serena Gordon, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Anna Massey and John Mills, with music by Serge Franklin.

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Aisle Seat 11-3: November Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
At last available on Blu-Ray courtesy of Twilight Time, STRANGE INVADERS (***½, 97 mins., PG) is director Michael Laughlin’s terrific 1983 homage to ’50s sci-fi. In Laughlin and Bill Condon’s original script, Columbia professor Paul LeMat searches for his ex-wife (Diana Scarwid), whose disappearance leaves their young daughter in his care, and a tabloid news journalist (Nancy Allen) hot on the trail. Turns out the quaint little Midwestern town Scarwid hails from harbors a deep, extraterrestrial secret – as does Scarwid herself!
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Film Score Friday 10/30/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/29/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

Am I the only one who didn't know that Lorne Balfe's score for TERMINATOR: GENISYS had been released on CD earlier this year by CD Baby and is available at both Amazon and eBay? I only discovered this when I picked up a used copy of the score at a local store with a different cover, from "Paramount Records."

I don't know why the soundtrack release was kept such a virtual secret, but on the other hand this is a film whose poster credit block had room for "Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions Present a Skydance Production" but no room for the names Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke or Jai Courtney (of course, anyone who's seen A Good Day to Die Hard will understand how you might not want to mention Jai Courtney, though the remarkable, soul-crushing terribleness of Good Day is hardly his fault).

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Aisle Seat 10-27: Back to the Future, Jurassic World
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/26/2015 - 9:00 PM
Back on Blu-Ray, Universal’s BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION reprises the same contents as the studio’s 2010 Blu-Ray release, with the addition of a new “Bonus Disc” featuring an assortment of extras that will likely appeal only to the hardcore BTTF fan.
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Film Score Friday 10/23/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/22/2015 - 9:00 PM
On November 20, Varese Sarabande plans to release the soundtrack to CAROL, the criticially acclaimed adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt," starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film reunites director Todd Haynes with composer Carter Burwell, who scored Haines' Velvet Goldmine and Mildred Pierce. Based on festival reviews the film is considered a major Oscar contender, so it would be nice if it earned Burwell his first nomination, especially as he's already scored one Best Picture winner and five other Best Picture nominees. 
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October FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 10/21/2015 - 2:00 AM
The October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story features in-depth coverage of music at the 53rd NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, including a look at Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES by THOMAS NEWMAN. Also this issue, JOHN POWELL chats about his adventure with PAN; BRIAN TYLER goes in search of TRUTH; an interview with DAN ROMER about the Netflix-produced BEASTS OF NO NATION; eight composers, including LALO SCHIFRIN, dish on TALES OF HALLOWEEN; the authors of THE JAMES BOND SONGS: POP ANTHEMS OF LATE CAPITALISM talk about the music of our favorite spy; MAC QUAYLE scores SCREAM QUEENS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL; a GOLDENEYE Score Restore pits ERIC SERRA against JOHN ALTMAN; Gold Rush checks out the obscure B classic THE TWONKY; MATTHEW LLEWELLYN finds himself in THE MURDER PACT; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 10-20: Remastered ARMY Marches On
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/19/2015 - 9:00 PM
“Trapped in Time. Surrounded by Evil. Low on Gas.” So reads the tag line for ARMY OF DARKNESS (***, 80 mins., 1993, R), the third film in Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s “Evil Dead” series, which brought a wild, Ray Harryhausen-like fantasy flair to the continuing adventures of Deadite-slayer Ash (Campbell), here trapped in a medieval setting.
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Film Score Friday 10/16/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/15/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced three new CDs this week -- a new edition of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score for director Otto Preminger's underrated World War II epic IN HARM'S WAY, featuring both the original LP version as well as a remastered version of the same cues plus a previously unreleased score cue and two new source cues; an expanded, two-disc version of Alan Silvestri's action-packed BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II, with the complete score on Disc One and alternate cues on Disc Two; and a one-disc re-release of Silvestri's original BACK TO THE FUTURE, featuring the complete score the film but not including the many alternate cues featured in Intrada's previous two-disc release of the score (the two Back to the Future CDs may be pre-ordered now and will ship the week after next).

Varese Sarabande announced three new limited edition CD Club releases this week which are expected to ship the week after next -- an expanded Deluxe Edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1995 action thriller CHAIN REACTION, starring Keanu Reeves and Oscar winners Rachel Weisz and Morgan Freeman; a straight re-release of James Horner's score for the little seen 1986 drama WHERE THE RIVER RUNS BLACK; and, fittingly enough given Intrada's new releases, an expanded, two-disc Deluxe Edition release of Alan Silvestri's lovely, Western-themed BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III, with the full score on Disc One and alternates and source cue on Disc Two.

This month's release in Varese Sarabande's LP-to-CD subscription series is Maurice Jarre's score for the TV docudrama ENOLA GAY, with Billy Crystal as one of the crew of the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima

Quartet has announced two new, expanded, multi-disc re-releases of hit thrillers from the 1990s -- a two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated score for director Paul Verhoeven's stylish erotic mystery BASIC INSTINCT, featuring the complete score, the original soundtrack sequencing, and alternate cues; and a three-disc set of KISS THE GIRLS, the serial killer mystery starring Morgan Freeman as James Patterson's popular character Alex Cross (Freeman reprised the role in Along Came a Spider, which featured one of Jerry Goldsmith's final scores, and Tyler Perry starred in the 2012 reboot Alex Cross, scored by John Debney) -- the new release will feature not only the Mark Isham cues featured in the original Milan soundtrack release but also Isham's complete score as well as Carter Burwell's unused score.

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Aisle Seat 10-13: Shout's October Harvest
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/12/2015 - 9:00 PM
The “Tales From the Crypt” movie franchise traveled down something of a rocky big-screen road, with two productions released to mixed results in the mid ‘90s (a third – “Ritual” – was eventually shelved by its distributor and eventually, initially, released sans any connection with the “Crypt” franchise). By far the most successful film in the series was its first, which winds its way onto Blu-Ray next week – along with its immediate successor – courtesy of Shout! Factory.
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