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Film Score Friday 2/24/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the score for an early 1960s classic -- writer-director Robert Rossen's pool hall drama THE HUSTLER (based on the novel by Man Who Fell to Earth novelist Walter Tevis), which featured unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performances by Paul Newman (as "Fast Eddie" Felson, a role he reprised to Oscar glory in Martin Scorsese's 1986 sequel The Color of Money), Piper Laurie, George C. Scott and a remarkable Jackie Gleason. The film's score was composed by jazz and film composer Kenyon Hopkins, who scored many high-profile projects in his heyday (including Baby Doll, 12 Angry Men and The Fugitive Kind) but is nearly forgotten by many film music fans today, possibly because so few of his scores have been released on CD. The Intrada Hustler features the cues from the original soundtrack LP plus a plethora of extras. (Best Picture nominee The Hustler won two Oscars, including one for production designer Harry Horner, father of James)


Varese Sarabande has announced three new CDs in their Limited Edition series of contemporary scores -- the romantic drama BITTER HARVEST (due in Los Angeles theaters this Friday), set in Stalinist Russia in the years leading up to World War II, with a score by the suddenly ubiquitous Benjamin Wallfisch (Hidden Figures, A Cure for Wellness); the 2016 World War II naval docudrama USS INDIANAPOLIS: MEN OF COURAGE, recounting the fateful mission described so memorably by Robert Shaw in Jaws, starring Nicolas Cage as the ship's captain, with a score by Laurent Eyquem (Copperhead, Momentum, Winnie Mandela); and the score for the horror film BEFORE I WAKE, starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane and Room's Jacob Tremblay, (which was set to be released in theaters last fall but pulled at the last minute), music by The Newton Brothers (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) with themes and additional music by Danny Elfman (I don't think anyone reading this column needs to be told what films he's scored). 

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Feb. Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 2/21/2017 - 2:00 AM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month's cover story, JEFF RUSSO discusses the sounds of insanity for the acclaimed FX Marvel series LEGION. Also this month, LORNE BALFE dishes on his score to THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE; ANDREW LOCKINGTON explores life on Mars for THE SPACE BETWEEN US; conversation and commentary on MOONLIGHT with NICHOLAS BRITELL; SIDDHARTHA KHOSLA scores the ABC hit drama THIS IS US; a Wong's Turn OSCAR SPECIAL; inside a scoring session with JEFF BEAL and BOSTON; a new score for THEY CAUGHT THE FERRY courtesy of FRANS BAK; a NOTORIOUS Gold Rush looks at Roy Webb; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 2-21: Kino Lorber February, Manchester By The Sea
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
A cult favorite for many who grew up in the ‘80s, the “Karate Kid” knockoff NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER (84/95 mins., 1986, PG) has been dusted off, remastered and resurrected on Blu-Ray by Kino Lorber. Viewers resistant to the charms of adrenaline-pumping training montages, martial arts action and terrible acting might want to avoid it, but fans will find this US-shot Hong Kong production to be a blast of nostalgia, presented here in both its international release version and New World Pictures’ shorter US theatrical cut.
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Film Score Friday 2/17/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Caldera is the first ever release of Gabriel Yared's score from director Paul Schrader's 2008 Holocaust drama ADAM RESURRECTED, starring Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe.


Kritzerland's latest is the first-ever release of the score from 1957's MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL, about scientists menaced by giant, radiation-mutated wasps in Africa. The score was composed by B-movie great Albert Glasser (The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs. the Spider, Tormented).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Varese Sarabande plans to announced three new Limited Edition CDs next week.


John Williams won this year's Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; this is his 23rd Grammy. The soundtrack to MILES AHEAD won Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, while TROLLS' "Can't Stop the Feeling" won for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Justin Hurwitz won BAFTA's award for Original Music for his LA LA LAND score.

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Aisle Seat 2-14: It's Valentine's Day!
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/13/2017 - 9:00 PM
In terms of where the intergalactic drama ARRIVAL lies in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, “Sicario” helmer Denis Villenuve’s much praised picture falls somewhere between solid and not quite out of this world. Certainly the film provides Amy Adams with one of her strongest roles to date: a linguistics professor, suffering from the loss of her daughter, who’s tapped by the military to translate the sounds of extraterrestrial visitors, currently camped in over a dozen ships around the globe.
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Film Score Friday 2/10/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
This week's new CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of David Newman's score for the 1990 animated feature DUCKTALES THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP.


This month, La-La Land plans to release Robert J. Kral's score for the animated direct-to-video movie JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK (on February 14th) and a four-disc set of music from STAR TREK: VOYAGER (on Feburary 28), with episode scores by Paul Bailllargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy, as well as the Emmy-winning theme by Jerry Goldsmith

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Aisle Seat 2-7: February Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/6/2017 - 9:00 PM
A slick French production starring three big draws at their domestic box-office at the time – Jean Gabin, Alain Delon and Lino Ventura – THE SICILIAN CLAN (***, 118/125 mins., 1969) is an interesting, if sometimes too leisurely, crime drama that was co-produced by 20th Century Fox a few years before “The Godfather” would re-define the “mob movie.”
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Film Score Friday 2/3/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
 Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Cliffhanger Trevor Jones - La La Land
Guy Farley Film Music Collection
 - Guy Farley - Caldera
The Lego Batman Movie - Lorne Balfe - WaterTower [CD-R]
Veeram - Jeff Rona - Sony (import)
Westworld: Season 1
 - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower 

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Aisle Seat 1-31: Trailers, Poltergeists & Other Horrors
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/30/2017 - 9:00 PM
Do you like trailers? Are you a fan of ‘80s horror? Can you occasionally hear the dulcet tones of Percy Rodriguez dancing about in the air? It’s early, sure, but I believe I’ve already seen my favorite Blu-Ray of 2017. It’s Garagehouse’s latest endeavor: TRAILER TRAUMA 3: ‘80s HORRORTHON, an outstanding anthology of over 250 trailers on two Blu-Ray platters, housing 4K-mastered original trailers for virtually every single genre exercise produced between 1980-89. Everything one could possibly imagine is contained in this spectacular release, both major studio exercises and low-budget affairs from a decade chock full of classics – cult and otherwise.
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Film Score Friday 1/27/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/26/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents two scores by one of America's most beloved composers -- Aaron Copland's classic score for the 1947 film version of John Steinbeck's THE RED PONY, and his Oscar winning score for William Wyler's classic 1949 film of Henry James' Washington Square, THE HEIRESS. Copland famously adapted cues from his Red Pony into a popular concert suite, and the Intrada release features some Red Pony cues that weren't included in Varese Sarabande's excellent LP release from the 1980s, while the Heiress selection features music not included in the final film, though the Heiress music is taken from more "archival" sounding sources.


For those who missed the earlier column on the topic (visible just below this one on the main page), here again are this year's nominations for Oscar's music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JACKIE - Mica Levi
LA LA LAND - Justin Hurwitz
LION - Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
MOONLIGHT - Nicholas Britell
PASSENGERS - Thomas Newman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"CAN'T STOP THE FEELING" - Trolls - Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster
"CITY OF STARS" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"THE EMPTY CHAIR" - Jim: The James Foley Story - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph, Sting
"HOW FAR I'LL GO" - Moana - Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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