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Aisle Seat Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/9/2013 - 9:00 PM
One of the groundbreaking classics of the ‘70s, Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE (****, 160 mins., 1975, R) is at last available on Blu-Ray in a marvelous Criterion Collection package. Following an offbeat collage of 24 characters who descend upon a music festival in Music City, “Nashville” today plays as a travelogue, a time capsule, a social commentary on America’s obsession with fame, a musical and a rich character study, and is equally successful in all of those facets.
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Film Score Friday 12/6/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/5/2013 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land announced four new releases last week in their end-of year "Black Friday" batch: an 8-disc set of all four of the LETHAL WEAPON scores by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn, featuring both the full scores and original soundtrack sequencing for the first three as well as the first ever release of the final score in the series; Dimitri Tiomkin's score for the John Sturges' Western GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL, teaming Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; Robert Folk's score for the first film in the POLICE ACADEMY franchise; and an expanded, two-disc version of John Ottman's score for SUPERMAN RETURNS. The label also currently has autographed copies of the two-disc set of Bear McCreary's DEFIANCE.

Kritzerland has just announced three new CDs -- the first ever release of two scores for Humphrey Bogart comedies from Paramount, both composed by Frederick Hollander, SABRINA and WE'RE NO ANGELS; JOHN WAYNE AT FOX - THE WESTERNS, featuring remastered versions of three previously released scores -- THE COMANCHEROS by Elmer Bernstein, NORTH TO ALASKA by Lionel Newman, and THE UNDEFEATED by Hugo Montenegro; and a re-release of the label's long out-of-print CD of two TV Christmas musicals by none other than Bernard Herrmann -- A CHRISTMAS CAROL and A CHILD IS BORN.

Quartet has announced three new CDs -- an archival release of the original score tracks from Miklos Rozsa's THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, taken from a variety of sources; an expanded version of Maurice Jarre's Oscar-winning score for David Lean's final film, A PASSAGE TO INDIA; and a two-disc, expanded version of Lee Holddridge's score for the 1982 cult fantasy adventure hit THE BEASTMASTER, which is probably showing on cable as you read this.

Varese Sarabande will announce their long-awaited new batch of CD Club releases this coming Monday, December 9th. The label has also announced a January 14 release date for Christopher Lennertz' score for the upcoming cop comedy RIDE ALONG, pairing Ice T and Kevin Hart.

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Film Score Friday 11/29/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/28/2013 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced three brand new CD releases -- the first-ever release of the original score tracks to Henry Mancini's classic BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, which won the composer Oscars for his score as well as for the original song "Moon River"; Bruce Broughton's score for the cult hit comedy thriller SO I MARRIED AN AX MURDERER, starring Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthonly LaPaglia and Alan Arkin; and a CD pairing two TV scores by Craig Safan -- MISSION OF THE SHARK, which told the true story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the tale made famous by Robert Shaw's monologue in Jaws, and the unsold pilot for the proposed TV series version of REMO WILLIAMS.

I am on vacation for much of the period surrounding Thanksgiving, so the latest news in film music will have to wait (and I won't get to the backlog of Did They Mention the Music? entries like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World and Philomena until much later in December.)

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Aisle Seat 11-26: A Thanksgiving Feast!
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/25/2013 - 9:00 PM
Shout’s November roster of horror/sci-fi favorites includes a bevy of tantalizing titles for genre addicts, with one of my favorite cult sci-fi films of the ‘80s among them. Needing little introduction for its fans, Thom Eberhardt’s NIGHT OF THE COMET (***, 95 mins., 1984, PG-13) is a goofy, highly entertaining cinematic brew that’s more fun than most gloomy films about The End of Civilization As We Know it, and as such has dated better than the majority of its genre brethren.
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Film Score Friday 11/22/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/21/2013 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced a new CD featuring two scores by three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre -- the military caded drama TAPS, starring Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise, which had been previously as an out-of-print CD from the Varese Club; and the first-ever release of the surviving score tracks for Oscar-winner George Stevens' final feature, THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN, a romance set in Las Vegas (but filmed in France -- such are the whims of '60s movie stars) pairing Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty.

Quartet has announced three new score CDs -- Lalo Schfrin's music for the thriller sequel F/X 2, reteaming Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy (Bill Conti scored the original); Ron Goodwin's music for the 1976 Disney adventure film ESCAPE FROM THE DARK (released in the U.S. as The Littlest Horse Thieves), including the score tracks released on the British soundtrack LP as well as previously unreleased cues; and the first release of Mario Nascimbene's complete score for the 1961 Italian comedy drama LA RAGAZZA CON LA VALIGIA (Girl with a Suitcase), starring Clauda Cardinale. 

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Aisle Seat 11-19: Twilight Time, We're the Millers, ST TNG Season 5
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/18/2013 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s November releases ought to be healthy sellers for the label, featuring two classics and one of the biggest hits of the early ‘70s offering something for every film buff.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/18/2013 - 2:00 AM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an ALEXANDRE DESPLAT double-header, with both a prose and audio interview covering a range of topics including PHILOMENA, MONUMENTS MEN, his recent GHENT CONCERT and original work for the CONCERT HALL. Also in this issue are an interview with ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL, who tackles Julie Taymor's latest incarnation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; BRIAN TYLER thunders his way into the THOR franchise; STEVE JABLONSKY plays with ENDER’S GAME; a report from the 2013 Billboard Film and TV Music Conference, including funny Randy Newman stories; a chat from Ghent with RIZ ORTOLANI; Cary Wong’s annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; a terrifying TORN PAGES; a review of JW’s THE BOOK THIEF and much more.
Subscribers, you’ll get notification by email shortly. Or, just go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.

ALSO, thanks to everyone who took part in our e-book survey. There was a lot of great feedback that we’ll be working on incorporating into future issues. Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Your Friends at FSM ONLINE

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Remembering and Celebrating Michael Kamen (featuring a concert report by Dirk Wickenden)
Posted By Tim Burden 11/17/2013 - 9:00 PM

Anniversaries are often celebrated and whilst some may find it odd to celebrate the anniversary of a death, it's really a good opportunity to reflect on and most importantly celebrate the legacy of the person concerned.

Michael Kamen always deserves to be celebrated and remembered, thankfully this is the case with continued new releases of his music by the soundtrack labels (a very special one is on the horizon!) and better still, a recent concert of Kamen's music perfor

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Film Score Friday 11/15/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/14/2013 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two upcoming limited edition CDs - the first-ever release of Georges Delerue's score AMERICAN FRIENDS, the 1991 period romantic comedy written by and starring Michael Palin, co-starring Connie Booth and Trini Alvarado; and an expanded version of Ennio Morricone's evocative score for Adrian Lyne's controversial 1998 remake of LOLITA, starring Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith and Frank Langella as Quilty.

On December 17, Varese Sarabande will release the score for the period martial arts fantasy 47 RONIN, starring Keanu Reeves and Rinko Kicuchi. Filmed over two years ago, the film had had a tumultous production (or at least post-production). Like the upcoming remake of Oldboy (another Varese release), 47 Ronin has gone through three composers -- Oscar winner Atticus Ross (The Social Network), Oscar nominee Javier Navarrete (Pan's Labyrinth) and finally Ilan Eshkeri, who is having a busy year, having also scored Austenland, Justin and the Knights of Valour, and the upcoming Dickens biopic The Invisible Woman.

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Aisle Seat 11-12: Man of Steel, Slipper & The Rose
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/11/2013 - 9:00 PM
Now available on Blu-Ray, there’s nothing in MAN OF STEEL (**½, 143 mins., PG-13; Warner) that hasn’t been executed before – just not with as much bombast as director Zack Snyder’s 143-minute, epic assault on the senses that, at least, manages to get more things right than Bryan Singer’s ill-conceived 2006 franchise-killer “Superman Returns.”
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