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Film Score Friday 11/11/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/10/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest re-recording from Prometheus is a two-disc set featuring the first ever complete recording of Miklos Rozsa's beloved, Oscar-nominated score for the lavish fantasy THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.


Quartet has announced their current schedule of November CD releases. This week they are presenting the first-ever soundtrack release of what is arguably Jack Nitzsche's finest score (it gets my vote, anyway), for the critically acclaimed, 1981 modern-day noir CUTTER'S WAY, starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard, as well as re-releases of John Barry's masterful THE LAST VALLEY (featuring the same contents as Intrada's earlier release) and their own three-disc version of Henry Mancini's SANTA CLAUS. On November 25 they plan to release LA REINA DE ESPANA, starring Penelope Cruz and directed by Fernando Trueba, with music by Zbigniew Preisner, and Frank Ilfman's score for KILLING GIRLS.


The latest releases from La-La Land are the score to the animated feature BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS, which featured the voices of the stars of the original 60s Batman TV series, with music by Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis and Michael McCuistion, and a re-release of Nelson Riddle's score for BATMAN: THE MOVIE, featuring the same audio contents as La-La Land's previous release but with new artwork and liner notes.


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. If you don't mind having advance knowledge of new releases, Roger Fiegelson gave some pretty explicit hints about them included in this message board thread

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Aisle Seat 11-8: Election Day Special
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/7/2016 - 9:00 PM
Fans of James Horner still reeling from his shocking, untimely passing last year have bittersweet reason to rejoice as one of the composer’s final scores, written for the National Geographic IMAX production LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES (47 mins.), is now available on Blu-Ray. The disc will give many viewers their first chance at not just seeing this entertaining effort but also hearing Horner’s lovely music, one of the final completed works by the maestro prior to his passing in a single-engine plane crash at age 61.
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Film Score Friday 11/4/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/3/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded version of John Barry's score for director John Schlesinger's lavish 1975 film version of Nathaniel West's classic Hollywood novel THE DAY OF THE LOCUST. Intrada previously released the original LP tracks for the film, a combination of Barry cues and period songs, but the new Intrada Locust features the complete 34 minute score, plus several alternate cues (including three original John Barry songs written with Don Black) and source pieces.


On November 18, Varese Sarabande will release a collection titled LITTLE BOX OF HORRORS, a boxed set (with an emphasis on the films of the late Wes Craven) which will include the never-before released PUMPKINHEAD (Richard Stone) and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Robert Cobert); DRACULA 2000 (Marco Beltrami), previously released only as a composer promo; the Varese LP tracks for DEADLY FRIEND (Charles Bernstein); and the previously released THE FLY (Howard Shore), THE HIDDEN (Michael Convertino), MANIAC (Jay Chattaway), THE MEPHISTO WALTZ/THE OTHER (Jerry Goldsmith), MIMIC: THE DELUXE EDITION (Beltrami), A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Charles Bernstein), SCREAM: THE DELUXE EDITION (Beltrami) and THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (Brad Fiedel), many of which have been long out of print. 
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Aisle Seat 11-1: November Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/31/2016 - 9:00 PM
It’s hard to find a more divisive film from the 1980s than RUNAWAY TRAIN (111 mins., 1985, R), the Cannon Group’s closet shot at Oscar glory that can be best described as a “quasi-existential” action film from Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky. A movie that generated Oscar nominations for both of its stars, Jon Voight and Eric Roberts, it’s also a film that made appearances on both “Best of the Year” and “Worst of the Year” critic lists in 1985, with critics falling on either side of a movie that polarized viewers with its “method” performances and outlandish story.
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Film Score Friday 10/28/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/27/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest new release from La-La Land is THE X-FILES, VOLUME 3, featuring four discs of Mark Snow's music from the TV series; it is expected to begin shipping next week.


Just in time for Halloween, Varese Sarabande has released two newly expanded horror themed limited edition CD Club releases, expected to begin shipping this week -- an expanded, 40th anniversary edition of Jerry Goldsmith's (only!) Oscar-winning score, for the Satanic horror classic THE OMEN, and a Deluxe Edition of Marco Beltrami's score for Wes Craven's hit sequel SCREAM 2 (a smaller selection of cues were previously released on a Varese disc along with cues from the first Scream).


The latest release from Kritzerland is a two-disc set featuring Nelson Riddle's score for the 1964 romantic comedy PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES, reteaming Sabrina stars William Holden (as a screenwriter) and Audrey Hepburn (as his assistant). The Kritzerland Paris features the complete score, plus alternate cues and the original LP sequencing.

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Aisle Seat 10-25: 4K, Twilight Time & Waxwork
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/24/2016 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off this month’s Twilight Time releases is a splendid Blu-Ray of REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS (121 mins., 1985, PG-13).Regrettably, the “Adventure” for Remo began and promptly ended with this big-budget Orion adaptation of the popular “Destroyer” novels by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy, here adapted by veteran James Bond series writer Christopher Wood (“The Spy Who Loved Me”) and director Guy Hamilton (“Goldfinger”).
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October FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 10/23/2016 - 2:00 AM
The October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, Kyle Renick takes us inside the 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, covering early awards favorites like MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (LESLEY BARBER), MOONLIGHT (NICHOLAS BRITELL), BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK (THE DANNAS) and JACKIE (MICA LEVI), along with much more. Also this issue, SIMON FRANGLEN discusses the work and legacy of JAMES HORNER, and their score to Antoine Fuqua's THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN; ABEL KORZENIOWSKI details his dark score to Tom Ford’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS; STEVE JABLONSKY dives deep with Peter Berg's DEEPWATER HORIZON; ALEX HEFFES weighs in on his score to Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE; a spooky Gold Rush looks back at FRANZ WAXMAN and DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE; a nightmarish Score Restore digs up a lost CRAIG SAFAN cue from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 10/21/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/20/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set featuring the first-ever commercial release of the score for 2003 horror comedy THE HAUNTED MANSION, which failed to match the success of Disney's other theme park-based film from that year, the first Pirates of the Caribbean. The film, starring Eddie Murphy and Terence Stamp, was scored by Mark Mancina, and the Intrada set features 83 minutes of score including unused cues and interpolations of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the original ride.


Next Monday, the Varese Sarabande CD Club plans to announce two new releases.

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Aisle Seat 10-18: A Harvest of Discs!
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/17/2016 - 9:00 PM
The magic’s gone in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (**, 144 mins., 2016, PG-13; Fox), the ninth (is that even possible?) X-Men film that’s easily the weakest from director Bryan Singer, who seemingly remained too long at the franchise party this time around.
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Film Score Friday 10/14/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/13/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from BYU features the first-ever release of Max Steiner's score for Raoul Walsh's 1948 World War II adventure FIGHTER SQUADRON, starring Edmond O'Brien and Robert Stack.


This week, along with their previously announced release of Mike Higham & Matthew Margeson's score for Tim Burton's brand new MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, La-La Land has released a two-disc set of music from the classic 60s animated TV series JONNY QUEST, scored by Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and a CD of Blake Neely's music for season four of TV's ARROW.


Intrada plans to release one new CD (a two-disc set) next week. 

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