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Aisle Seat 5-20: Wind and the Lion, Pompeii 3D
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/19/2014 - 9:00 PM
The cinematic equivalent of a losing baseball team that comes up to bat and delivers a game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the much-anticipated new GODZILLA proves to be a rare beast indeed: a film that seemed to generate audible frustration among the fans I saw the movie with for nearly two-thirds of its running time. However, when director Gareth Edwards delivers the goods –at long last – during the movie’s climax, those same naysayers beamed with exaltation, cheering on the Big G and furiously applauding as the end credits rolled.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/19/2014 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an exciting audio interview with the refreshingly outspoken JOHN POWELL on his work on the upcoming blockbuster HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, plus EXCLUSIVE AUDIO and COMPOSER COMMENTARY. Also in this issue are an interview with JOHN OTTMAN on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, in which he discusses Bryan Singer’s goal to “compete with modern scoring”; JOEL McNEELY details his western comedy score for Seth MacFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST; NATHAN BARR chats about THE AMERICANS Season 2 and the final season of TRUE BLOOD; JOE KRAEMER goes from Tom Cruise to a FAVOR; BEN FOSTER scores the BBC doc HIDDEN KINGDOMS; MATTHEW LLEWELLYN digs DEEP IN THE DARKNESS; a concert review of the Belfast Film Festival’s celebration of PATRICK DOYLE; a very nerdy Wong’s Turn; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 5/16/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/15/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- Maurice Jarre's score for the little-seen sci-fi thriller SOLAR CRISIS, starring Tim Matheson, Charlton Heston, Peter Boyle, Corin Nemec and Jack Palance (the film was directed by Richard C. Sarafian, who ultimately used the DGA's "Alan Smithee" pseudonym on the released film); and a two-disc release of Sol Kaplan's score for the 1966 drama JUDITH, starring Sophia Loren as a concentration camp survivor trying to track down the man who betrayed her. The set features both the original score tracks and the LP re-recording.
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Aisle Seat 5-13: Her, Chances Are, Happy Days
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/12/2014 - 9:00 PM
With the highly anticipated new “Godzilla” opening in theaters this Friday, a number of epics starring the Big G and assorted giant monsters have been newly released on Blu-Ray. These run the gamut from Universal’s “King Kong Vs. Godzilla” (covered here) to Mill Creek’s low-priced Gamera anthologies. Now Sony has thrown their hat into the ring with four Double Feature Blu-Rays featuring eight of Toho’s more contemporary Godzilla pictures.
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Film Score Friday 5/9/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/8/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new releases for May 20 -- a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of Hans Zimmer's score for the 1997 race-against-time thriller THE PEACEMAKER, which was the first film released by DreamWorks and gave George Clooney his first major studio lead movie role, teaming him with Nicole Kidman as well as with E.R. director Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, Pay It Forward); and Frederik Wiedmann's score for the direct-to-video animated film SON OF BATMAN.

Walt Disney Records has announced a new "Legacy Collection" series of new editions of the soundtracks to some of their classic films. June 24th will see the first of these releases, a two-disc, greatly expanded 20th anniversary edition of the music from one of their most popular contemporary films (if 1994 can still be considered "contemporary") -- THE LION KING. Hans Zimmer fans should be especially pleased -- the composer won his only Oscar to date for this film, and while the original soundtrack CD featured less than 17 minutes of his score, the new release will feature a generous amount of previously unreleased score cues.

Other planned Legacy Collection anniversary releases from Disney over the next year or so include Fantasia, The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins, though it is not yet known how much if any previously unreleased score music they will feature.

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Aisle Seat 5-6: May Catalog Mania
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/5/2014 - 9:00 PM
It’s curious how some of Steven Spielberg’s movies are occasionally dumped on because of the director’s past successes. “Empire of the Sun” contained lyrical, powerful moments that still rank with Spielberg’s most indelible cinematic images, yet many critics came down hard on the movie in the wake of the inferior “The Color Purple,” which managed multiple Oscar nominations and widespread critical praise. The same phenomenon happened again after the release of “Schindler’s List,” where many critics seemed unnecessarily harsh on AMISTAD (***½, 155 mins., 1997, R; Paramount), Spielberg’s underrated 1997 film that rode a storm of “controversy” over the changing of factual events and a plagiarism lawsuit that was ultimately withdrawn.
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Film Score Friday 5/2/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/1/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will release a second volume of music from the 60s WWII TV series THE RAT PATROL, featuring not only library cues composed for the show by Dominic Frontiere but also Alex North's unused score for the series pilot.

Quartet has announced three new CDs -- Alan Silvestri's score for the notorious E.T.  um...homage, MAC AND ME (co-starring Ronald McDonald!); Pino Donaggio's score for the telekinesis thriller PATRICK, a remake of Richard Franklin's Australian late-70s cult classic (scored by Brian May in most countries but featuring a Goblin score in other areas); and an expanded version of Riz Ortolani's score for 1977's Australia-set giallo LA RAGAZZA DAL PIGIAMA GIALLO (aka The Pyjama Girl Case), starring Ray Milland and Mel Ferrer.

Music Box has announced three upcoming, limited edition soundtrack CDs -- reissues of Ennio Morricone's scores for LE PROFESSIONEL and LE MARGINAL; and a disc pairing two scores by Pierre Bachelet, LE DERNIER AMANT ROMANTIQUE and CAPITAINE X.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new upcoming score CDs -- STRIKE BACK, featuring music from the third and fourth seasons of the action TV series, scored by Scottish composer Scott Shields (Waking the Dead) and due on May 27; THE SIGNAL, the new science-fiction thriller starring Laurence Fishburne, Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, The Quiet Ones) and young Australian hunk du jour Brenton Thwaites (Oculus, Maleficent, The Giver), with music by Nima Fakhrara; and HIDDEN MOON, a romantic drama starring Wes Bentley and Ana Serradilla which received a brief L.A. release in 2012, with music by Oscar winner Luis Bacalov (Il Postino, Django).

The latest release from Buysoundtrax presents Maurice Jarre's electronic score for the 1986 HBO thriller APOLOGY, starring Lesley-Ann Warren and Peter Weller. The limited edition CD features one cue not included in the original Varese Sarabande LP.(Correction: the contents of the CD are actually the same as the LP - the orignial Varese LP cover erroneously omitted one of the cues. Thank you, "GoblinScore," for the updated information)

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Aisle Seat 4-29: Twilight Time, Lucy & Mayberry on Blu-Ray
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
These days it seems as if every new studio movie is a $100 million+ plus blockbuster starring a super-hero, CGI creature, or cartoon character in some type of “franchise” picture. Whatever happened to the family comedy – the one where the laid-back star brings his clan on a vacation gone awry? Whether it was Chevy Chase, or John Candy, or Jimmy Stewart long before them in MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION, it seems Hollywood has lost interest in producing the kinds of genial, star-driven comedies that once entertained audiences of generations past.
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Film Score Friday 4/25/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has just announced a limited edition CD release (number of units unspecified, currently available only on-line) of the LP tracks from the 1978 comedy-mystery WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE?, starring George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Morley, and directed by Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, First Blood, Weekend at Bernie's -- there's an eclectic resume for you). The score was one of Henry Mancini's most delightful works of the 70s, with charming main themes and elegant suspense music, and the LP was one of the rare Mancini soundtrack albums (before the CD era) that was dominated by score cues, rather than source pieces and more album-friendly arrangements of the main themes. Highly recommended, while it lasts.
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Aisle Seat 4-22: SORCERER Resurrected
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
A notorious box-office flop that signaled a fast downward spiral in director William Friedkin’s filmography, SORCERER (***, 121 mins., 1977, PG)has been resurrected by Warner Home Video in a gorgeously restored – albeit extras-free – Blu-Ray digibook release this week. For fans of the movie who’ve had to make do with a litany of faded old video transfers over the years, the disc’s new 1080p transfer should prove to be a revelation, offering bold colors and almost three-dimensional detail.
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