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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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Oscar Nominations 2016
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/25/2017 - 11:00 AM
Early Tuesday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards, most importantly (for us) in the 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

The biggest surprise among the scores is Passengers -- even though Newman is an Academy favorite (this is his fourteenth nomination), the film was not especially well regarded, and has only done decent boxoffice considering its budget and stellar cast. Newman of course still has yet to win, and he probably won't win for Passengers; his cousin Randy didn't even win until his fifteenth nomination. Personally, I'd expected the younger Newman to be nominated for Finding Dory instead, but that blockbuster hit was shut out entirely -- more on that later.

For those who feel the Academy's Music Branch isn't eager to recognize new composers, the other five nominated composers this year are such newcomers that, in comparison to Newman's 14 nominations, they may have only composed roughly 14 scores between them. (Okay, I looked them up and they've done more than that) La La Land seems the surefire winner of the bunch, especially since the "incidental" music gets much more focus in this film than it usually does in movie musicals.

The songs are a similarly unsurprising group. I thought that Timberlake's Trolls song might be omitted, despite all the hype, since it's so familar sounding that I didnt think it would stand out for music branch voters. "The Empty Chair" is the third nomination for J. Ralph (and the fourth for Sting), who, following his scoring of the thriller Lucky Number Slevin, has specialized in documentary scores and songs, previously receiving nominations for his songs "Before My Time" (Chasing Ice) and "Manta Ray" (Racing Extinction).

"City of Stars" seems the likely winner, especially since La La Land is likely to sweep and that's the song you walk out of the film humming (or, more likely, whistling).

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Aisle Seat 1-24: Twilight Time, New Peanuts & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
A pair of interesting, if commercially unsuccessful, Jane Fonda vehicles grace Twilight Time’s roster of limited-edition Blu-Ray releases this month, along with Stanley Donen’s memorable ‘60s road trip romance TWO FOR THE ROAD with Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn, plus a spectacular release for 3D enthusiasts.
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