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Aisle Seat 5-9: WILLARD & BEN, Together Again
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/8/2017 - 9:00 PM
A box-office smash that succumbed to the ravages of both time and distribution woes, Shout Factory has at last resurrected the rambunctious rodent-revenge thriller WILLARD (95 mins., 1971, PG) as well as its quickly-produced sequel, BEN (94 mins., 1972, PG). The former stars Bruce Davison as a put-upon young man who tilts over the edge after his mother’s (Elsa Lanchester) death, leaving him to cultivate a relationship with a nest of mice who follow his every command – both for friendship and, eventually, revenge. The latter was best known for spawning a hit song that climbed the charts all the way to #1 thanks to none other than a young Michael Jackson.
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Film Score Friday 5/5/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the original LP tracks from the 1963 comedy PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND, starring Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers and Robert Conrad, including songs from the film (with one performed by Conrad himself) as well as score cues composed by Frank Perkins, a 1962 Oscar nominee for his adaptation of Gypsy's score.


The latest release from Kritzerland features the original LP tracks from the 1976 teen romance ODE TO BILLY JOE, based on the classic Bobbie Gentry song. The film, starring Glynnis O'Connor and Robby Benson, reteamed Summer of '42 screenwriter Herman Raucher with its Oscar-winning composer, Michel Legrand, and the Kritzerland CD features Legrand's original score cues plus the title song and source music.

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Aisle Seat 5-2: May Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/1/2017 - 9:00 PM
William Wyler’s wide-ranging filmography encompasses everything from “Ben-Hur” to “Funny Girl” and “The Big Country.” During the ‘60s he branched out with the downbeat psychological drama “The Collector” before switching gears, again, for the candy-coated romantic comedy caper HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (***, 1966, 123 mins.), which kicks off Twilight Time’s limited-edition Blu-Ray releases for the month of April.
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Film Score Friday 4/28/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/27/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc set featuring Mark Snow's music for the recent "Event Series" revival of THE X-FILES.
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Aisle Seat 4-25: April Assault Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/24/2017 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off this month’s new releases from our friends at Arrow Films is a features-packed Blu-Ray special edition of DONNIE DARKO (**, 132 mins., 2004, R). Some cult movie fans have turned Richard Kelly’s indie fave into a full-blown phenomenon, though my viewing of the “Director’s Cut” of “Donnie Darko” only confirmed my hesitation towards Kelly’s original theatrical version: namely, what’s the deal? This intentionally weird jigsaw puzzle of a film — complete with ‘80s tunes, pop culture references and a giant rabbit — gives you so little to go on that it’s not even up to sub-Lynchian standards, though some critics, and fans, have long proclaimed it a masterpiece so judge for yourself.
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April Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/22/2017 - 2:00 AM
The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, JEFF BEAL discusses his spirited score to BOSTON, the Boston Marathon documentary, and its live-to-film premiere. Also this month, BRIAN TYLER kicks off blockbuster season with POWER RANGERS and THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS; an interview with BARNABY TAYLOR about Disneynature’s BORN IN CHINA; reflections on BARRY LYNDON by LEONARD ROSENMAN, which was performed live to film in Brooklyn; JON EKSTRAND and JASON LAROCCA explain the meaning of LIFE; NATHAN BARR goes in-depth on THE AMERICANS; an ALFRED NEWMAN Score Restore for PRINCE OF FOXES; GEORGE KALLIS scores 93 DAYS, ALBION: THE ENCHANTED STALLION and THE BLACK PRINCE; musings on the Nonesuch Celebration concert; more embedded audio clips, and more.


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CineRadio Top 20 for March 2017
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 4/21/2017 - 3:00 PM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for March 2017, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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Film Score Friday 4/21/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release in Varese Sarabande's "500" series of limited edition re-releases is Bob Cobert's score for the epic 1983 miniseries THE WINDS OF WAR.

Along with several current scores, among Varese's upcoming wide releases is the first U.S. CD release of Bob Crewe and Charles Fox's memorable pop score for Roger Vadim's 1968 comic book sci-fi sex comedy BARBARELLA, starring Jane Fonda, John Philip Law, David Hemmings, Milo O'Shea, Ugo Tognazzi and Anita Pallenberg, the film which brought us, among many other things, the name "Duran Duran." 
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Film Score Friday 4/14/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/13/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Quartet presents the score for director J. Lee Thompson's off-beat 1977 monster Western THE WHITE BUFFALO, with Wild Bill Hickock (Charles Bronson) and Crazy Horse (Will Sampson) hunting the mythical beast (animatronic effects courtesy of three-time Oscar winner Carlo Rambaldi). Quartet's CD actually features two scores for the film -- the John Barry score used in the release version of the film (with sound improved from Prometheus' previous release of the Barry score) and the first-ever release of David Shire's original, unused score.
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Aisle Seat 4-11: April Horrors
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/10/2017 - 9:00 PM
One of the ’80s better horror-comedy hybrids was HOUSE (**½, 93 mins., 1986, R; Arrow), producer-director Sean S. Cunningham’s goofy haunted house thriller that met with solid box-office returns and even a few critical kudos when it was released in February 1986. Arrow Video has produced a lavish Blu-Ray set housing the high-def debut of “House” in the format, along with a massive 148-page accompanying book and the strange but fun sequel “House II: The Second Story.”
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