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Aisle Seat Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/16/2013 - 9:00 PM
A movie that’s going to carry around a dubious reputation for years to come, Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer’s THE LONE RANGER (**, 148 mins., 2013, PG-13) manages to be entirely watchable, occasionally inspired and yet so thoroughly miscalculated that it ranks as the most violent film to ever carry the Disney brand name.
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Much Ado About Patrick Doyle
Posted By Tim Burden 12/14/2013 - 9:00 PM

The music of Patrick Doyle is anything but nonsense or silly, like Shakespeare's "Hey Nonny Nonny" phrase suggests. It is, however, playful at times. Much like the man himself. Most of Patrick's character is in his music, so naturally this makes for an endlessly entertaining platform for a concert experience.

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Film Score Friday 12/13/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/12/2013 - 9:00 PM
Intrada's latest CD (and apparently final release of 2013) is the first-ever release of Alan Silvestri's score for BLOWN AWAY, the 1994 thriller pitting bomb squad officer Jeff Bridges against IRA veteran Tommy Lee Jones, which was the third consecutive film Silvestri scored for director Stephen Hopkins, following Predator 2 and Judgment Night.

Varese Sarabande has just announced six new limited edition CD Club releases, which will begin shipping in early January -- STAR TREK NEMESIS: THE DELUXE EDITION, a two-disc, greatly expanded version of Jerry Goldsmith's final score for the franchise and the final film starring the Next Generation crew, pitting Picard and the gang against an evil Romulan clone played by Tom Hardy, a decade before he menaced Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises (with this release, Star Trek Into Darkness is now the only Trek feature score which has not received an expanded re-release); THE ABYSS: THE DELUXE EDITION, a two-disc, expanded edition of Alan Silvestri's score for James Cameron's Oscar-winning 1989 underwater sci-fi epic; the first CD release of Laurence Rosenthal's exciting, romantic score to BRASS TARGET (previously released on LP by Varese, at the time their very first release of a new score), a conspiracy thriller about the allegedly accidental death of General George Patton; and three straight re-releases of out-of-print CDs, James Horner's VIBES (one of the first and rarest from the original Varese CD Club), Michael Kamen's SUSPECT, and Jerry Goldsmith's RUNAWAY: THE DELUXE EDITION

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Film Music Is Dead
Posted By Kjell Neckebroeck 12/9/2013 - 9:00 PM
Film music is dead

The title is a gross exaggeration, to be sure. Sometimes, though, that’s just what it feels like.

Right out of the gate, allow me to supply you with the one argument you need to write me off quickly and summarily: I am old. I was a kid in the eighties, brought to film music by Alan Silvestri’s rousing Back To The Future. When I first stepped into it, the film scoring field was pretty much dominated by the three J’s: John (Williams), Jerry (Goldsmith) and, to a lesser degree, James (Horner). Even at the dawn of the nineties, Hans Zimmer had barely left Germany and was working with Stanley Myers on such obscure fare as Castaway.

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Aisle Seat Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/9/2013 - 9:00 PM
One of the groundbreaking classics of the ‘70s, Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE (****, 160 mins., 1975, R) is at last available on Blu-Ray in a marvelous Criterion Collection package. Following an offbeat collage of 24 characters who descend upon a music festival in Music City, “Nashville” today plays as a travelogue, a time capsule, a social commentary on America’s obsession with fame, a musical and a rich character study, and is equally successful in all of those facets.
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Film Score Friday 12/6/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/5/2013 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land announced four new releases last week in their end-of year "Black Friday" batch: an 8-disc set of all four of the LETHAL WEAPON scores by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn, featuring both the full scores and original soundtrack sequencing for the first three as well as the first ever release of the final score in the series; Dimitri Tiomkin's score for the John Sturges' Western GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL, teaming Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; Robert Folk's score for the first film in the POLICE ACADEMY franchise; and an expanded, two-disc version of John Ottman's score for SUPERMAN RETURNS. The label also currently has autographed copies of the two-disc set of Bear McCreary's DEFIANCE.

Kritzerland has just announced three new CDs -- the first ever release of two scores for Humphrey Bogart comedies from Paramount, both composed by Frederick Hollander, SABRINA and WE'RE NO ANGELS; JOHN WAYNE AT FOX - THE WESTERNS, featuring remastered versions of three previously released scores -- THE COMANCHEROS by Elmer Bernstein, NORTH TO ALASKA by Lionel Newman, and THE UNDEFEATED by Hugo Montenegro; and a re-release of the label's long out-of-print CD of two TV Christmas musicals by none other than Bernard Herrmann -- A CHRISTMAS CAROL and A CHILD IS BORN.

Quartet has announced three new CDs -- an archival release of the original score tracks from Miklos Rozsa's THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, taken from a variety of sources; an expanded version of Maurice Jarre's Oscar-winning score for David Lean's final film, A PASSAGE TO INDIA; and a two-disc, expanded version of Lee Holddridge's score for the 1982 cult fantasy adventure hit THE BEASTMASTER, which is probably showing on cable as you read this.

Varese Sarabande will announce their long-awaited new batch of CD Club releases this coming Monday, December 9th. The label has also announced a January 14 release date for Christopher Lennertz' score for the upcoming cop comedy RIDE ALONG, pairing Ice T and Kevin Hart.

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Film Score Friday 11/29/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/28/2013 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced three brand new CD releases -- the first-ever release of the original score tracks to Henry Mancini's classic BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, which won the composer Oscars for his score as well as for the original song "Moon River"; Bruce Broughton's score for the cult hit comedy thriller SO I MARRIED AN AX MURDERER, starring Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthonly LaPaglia and Alan Arkin; and a CD pairing two TV scores by Craig Safan -- MISSION OF THE SHARK, which told the true story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the tale made famous by Robert Shaw's monologue in Jaws, and the unsold pilot for the proposed TV series version of REMO WILLIAMS.

I am on vacation for much of the period surrounding Thanksgiving, so the latest news in film music will have to wait (and I won't get to the backlog of Did They Mention the Music? entries like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World and Philomena until much later in December.)

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Aisle Seat 11-26: A Thanksgiving Feast!
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/25/2013 - 9:00 PM
Shout’s November roster of horror/sci-fi favorites includes a bevy of tantalizing titles for genre addicts, with one of my favorite cult sci-fi films of the ‘80s among them. Needing little introduction for its fans, Thom Eberhardt’s NIGHT OF THE COMET (***, 95 mins., 1984, PG-13) is a goofy, highly entertaining cinematic brew that’s more fun than most gloomy films about The End of Civilization As We Know it, and as such has dated better than the majority of its genre brethren.
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Film Score Friday 11/22/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/21/2013 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced a new CD featuring two scores by three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre -- the military caded drama TAPS, starring Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise, which had been previously as an out-of-print CD from the Varese Club; and the first-ever release of the surviving score tracks for Oscar-winner George Stevens' final feature, THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN, a romance set in Las Vegas (but filmed in France -- such are the whims of '60s movie stars) pairing Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty.

Quartet has announced three new score CDs -- Lalo Schfrin's music for the thriller sequel F/X 2, reteaming Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy (Bill Conti scored the original); Ron Goodwin's music for the 1976 Disney adventure film ESCAPE FROM THE DARK (released in the U.S. as The Littlest Horse Thieves), including the score tracks released on the British soundtrack LP as well as previously unreleased cues; and the first release of Mario Nascimbene's complete score for the 1961 Italian comedy drama LA RAGAZZA CON LA VALIGIA (Girl with a Suitcase), starring Clauda Cardinale. 

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Aisle Seat 11-19: Twilight Time, We're the Millers, ST TNG Season 5
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/18/2013 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s November releases ought to be healthy sellers for the label, featuring two classics and one of the biggest hits of the early ‘70s offering something for every film buff.
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