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Aisle Seat 5-24: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/23/2016 - 9:00 PM
Exploitation buffs, ‘70s action fans and those with a taste for bombastic film scoring ought to eat up KILLER FORCE (101 mins., 1975, R), also known as “The Diamond Mercenaries.” This Val Guest-directed action thriller is set in the diamond mines of the South African desert, where security expert Telly Savalas is charged with stopping a heist led by a team of experts – Hugh O’Brian, Christopher Lee and O.J. Simpson – while fellow company man Peter Fonda gets a covert invitation from his boss to join the villains by smuggling a single diamond out of the heavily guarded compound. If he succeeds, he’ll be able to infiltrate the group before they can steal millions in diamonds out of the company vaults…but there are surprises to be found in the script, credited to Guest, Michael Winder and Gerald Sanford, where the bad guys and good guys seem to switch places by the film’s end.
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May Issue of FSM Online Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/23/2016 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, Kyle Renick takes us inside the TRIBECA Film Festival, where he caught up with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (making his film scoring debut), NICO MUHLY and many more. Also this issue, JOHN OTTMAN and HENRY JACKMAN kick off the summer blockbuster season with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR; an interview with horror master JOHN CARPENTER about his live tour; BROOKE BLAIR and WILL BLAIR rock out with GREEN ROOM; EVAN WISE discusses his feature debut, RATCHET & CLANK; WONG'S TURN digs into the latest biopics; a JOHN BARRY Score Restore; more embedded audio clips, and more.


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Film Score Friday 5/20/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/19/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- the first-ever expanded release of one of Jerry Goldsmith's masterpieces (which is also arguably the most critically acclaimed film he ever scored), the classic 1974 noir mystery CHINATOWN, featuring both the original stereo tracks included on the LP as well as the complete score in mono; and an expanded version of Bruce Broughton's score for the family film sequel HOMEWARD BOUND 2: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO (a San Francisco that, much like the Bronx in Rumble in the Bronx, looks suspicously Canadian).


The final release in Varese Sarabande's year-long LP to CD monthly subscription series is for a score first released on Decca in the 1950s before its LP re-release in the early years of the Varese Sarabande label -- Douglas Sirk's 1954 remake of the romantic tearjerker MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, teaming Rock Hudson and an Oscar-nominated Jane Wyman, with music (adapted from themes by Beethoven, Chopin and Strauss) by five-time Oscar nominee Frank Skinner

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Aisle Seat 5-17: May Horrors!
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/16/2016 - 9:00 PM
There are a handful of different trailer compilations available on Blu-Ray, with Garagehouse’s first volume of vintage “Coming Attractions,” “Trailer Trauma,” one of the best. Now the label is back with TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA, which includes a whopping 3½ hours of horror, shlock, and vintage exploitation trailers that should warm the hearts of genre buffs everywhere.
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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Four
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/13/2016 - 9:00 PM
10. HOWARD SHORE
 
2011 RANKING: 11
AGE: 69
BIRTHPLACE: Toronto, Canada
REPRESENTATION: Columbia Artists Management
3 OSCARS, 4 NOMINATIONS
4 GRAMMYS, 8 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: The Silence of the Lambs, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, The Return of the King, The Aviator, The Departed, Hugo, Spotlight
ONGOING FILMMAKER RELATIONSHIPS: David Cronenberg, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese
BACKGROUND: Pop musician, Saturday Night Live bandleader
FAN FAVORITES: Lord of the Rings trilogy
TYPECAST IN: Thrillers
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King--377 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers--339
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring--313
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--303   
5. Eclipse--300
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug--258  
7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies--255   
8. Mrs. Doubtfire--219
9. The Departed--132
10. The Silence of the Lambs--130 
 
With both of the Tolkein trilogies finally finished, it’s not known what Peter Jackson will be making next (another Tintin film is possible), or whether Shore will be on board. Shore’s partnership with David Cronenberg has lasted since 1979 -- only five years less than the Williams-Spielberg team -- and while their most recent films together, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars, haven’t received nearly the attention of such Cronenberg efforts as A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, Shore’s offbeat scores demonstrated that he’s still eagerly pursuing new approaches to film music. He continues to be Martin Scorsese’s primary composer and earned his first non-Tolkein nomination for 2011’s lavish Hugo. While Scorsese took the song-based approach for 2013’s underrated The Wolf of Wall Street (which did feature some source cues by Theodore Shapiro), Shore and Scorsese are currently expected to reunite for the director’s long-in-development Silence, starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.  The rest of Shore’s upcoming output is uncertain -- he was originally announced for two new films, Gary Ross’s Civil War adventure drama Free State of Jones and the remake of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, but The Big Short’s Nicholas Britell has since been announced to score Jones, and IMDB currently lists Daniel Hart for Dragon (Hart scored Ain’t Them Bodies Saints for Dragon director David Lowery), an assignment recently confirmed by Film Music Reporter. Either way, his ongoing director relationships -- and the recent achievement of having scored his fourth Best Picture winner, 2015’s Spotlight -- should mean that Shore can still write his own ticket. 
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Film Score Friday 5/13/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/12/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced five new releases in their limited edition CD Club, which are expected to begin shipping the week of May 30.

STARSHIP TROOPERS: THE DELUXE EDITION is a greatly expanded, two-disc set of Basil Poledouris' rousing orchestral score for Paul Verhoeven's cult classic 1997 adaptation of Robert Heinlein's intergalactic war novel. VOLCANO: THE DELUXE EDITION is an expanded version of Alan Silvestri's lively score for the second of 1997's two competing volcano disaster movies. JOE  VS. THE VOLCANO: THE BIG WOO EDITION is a remastered re-release of Georges Delerue's typically lovely score for writer John Patrick Shanley's 1990 directorial debut, the first film to team Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (giving one of her best performances in a triple role), including some previously unreleased music. SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE ALBUM MASTERS is a re-release of Disc One from Varese's massive boxed-set of one of Alex North's film music masterpieces, featuring all the surviving stereo tracks from the score. ZELLY AND ME is an "encore" release of their out-of-print CD of Pino Donaggio's score for the 1988 family drama starring Isabella Rosselini, Glynis Johns and, in a rare acting role, Rosselini's then-partner David Lynch.
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.
 
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Aisle Seat 5-10: Shout May Wrap, Flicker Alley Noir
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/9/2016 - 9:00 PM
A minor but memorable early ‘70s chiller has been unearthed by Shout Factory this month on Blu-Ray. YOU’LL LIKE MY MOTHER (**½, 93 mins., 1972, PG) stars Patty Duke as an expectant single mother who takes a bus, in the middle of winter, to the Minnesota home of her mother-in-law (Rosemary Murphy) following the death of her military husband.
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Film Score Friday 5/6/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/5/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CD releases for this week.

Director Michael Mann's 2004 hit COLLATERAL starred Tom Cruise (in a rare villain role) as a hit man who forces a a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx, earning a Supporting Actor nomination the same year he won Best Actor for Ray) to be his chauffuer for an all-night killing spree. The original score was composed by James Newton Howard, but in typical Michael Mann fashion, he took a mix-and-match approach to the music, using only a limited amount of Howard's contribution while tracking in cues from a variety of composers, including pieces from Mann's own earlier films like The Insider and Heat. The fllm's original soundtrack release on Hip-O featured only four relatively brief Howard cues (as well as two cues by Antonio Pinto), but the Intrada Collateral features nearly 53 minutes of Howard music.

Their other new release is a two-disc set presenting the score for director Otto Preminger's 1967 Georgia-set melodrama HURRY SUNDOWN, with an eclectic cast including Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll, Robert Hooks, George Kennedy, Burgess Meredith and Faye Dunaway. The film's score was composed by Hugo Montenegro (The Undefeated, The Ambushers), and RCA released 33 minutes of his music on LP at the time of the film's release. The Intrada release presents the complete 74-minute score, including music not heard in the final film, as well as 27 minutes of alternates and extras plus the original LP sequencing.


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for the rest of May.

On May 17th, they will release a CD pairing two scores for sci-fi apocalypses -- 1965's CRACK IN THE WORLD, starring Dana Andrews and Janette Scott (the Day of the Triffids star immortalized in a Rocky Horror lyric), scored by Johnny Douglas (The Railway Children); and Brian Gascoigne's score to PHASE IV, the 1974 thriller about super-intelligent ants that marked the feature directing debut of master title sequence designer Saul Bass (Waxworks released the Phase IV score for the first time on vinyl last year, but this is its first CD release). That same day they will release the score to the game UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF'S END, composed by A-list feature composer Henry Jackman.

On May 31, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of one of Thomas Newman's most beloved scores, for the modern classic THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (which earned the composer his first Oscar nomination, competing against himself for his wonderful Little Women).


Varese Sarbande plans to announce their latest set of limited edition CD Club releases next Monday. 

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Aisle Seat 5-3: May Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/2/2016 - 9:00 PM
Aaah, the summer of ’86. I still have Fox’s ad touting their slate of big sci-fi/fantasy films that were all released within a period of three short months: “Aliens,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Spacecamp,” “The Fly,” and THE MANHATTAN PROJECT (***, 117 mins., 1986, PG-13). Director Marshall Brickman’s entertaining “WarGames” clone manages to promote a no-nukes message at the same time that it wants us to sympathize with its brilliant yet misguided teen protagonist who builds an atomic bomb with materials stolen from quasi-befuddled scientist John Lithgow’s secret Ithaca, N.Y. lab.
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Film Score Friday 4/29/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/28/2016 - 9:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will release a 30th anniversary edition of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to Carpenter's cult classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, featuring the same tracks as the previous expansion of the score.

The label will also be making available Bear McCreary's score for this year's hit 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, released on the composer's Sparks & Shadows label.


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. 

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