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Aisle Seat 10-8: House of Wax 3D, Twilight Time, Exorcist 40th Anniversary
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/7/2013 - 9:00 PM
It hasn’t been a great year for 3D enthusiasts. Shortly after ESPN dropped their dedicated 3D channel, Real 3D stocks sank over the course of the summer as revenues for theatrical 3D releases declined to their lowest ebb since the current “resurgence” in the format. With Disney opting to can their planned 3D theatrical re-issue of “The Little Mermaid” earlier this year, it’s admittedly been a rough go for 3D fans – though a pair of new 3D Blu-Ray releases from Warner Home Video should generate sufficient enthusiasm for format owners.
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Film Score Friday 10/4/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/3/2013 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new limited edition CDs to be released next week -- a deluxe, 2-disc edition of John Harrison's score for George Romero's 1985 sequel DAY OF THE DEAD, and an expanded version of Danny Elfman's score for the 1994 remake of BLACK BEAUTY, starring Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Peter Cook, Eleanor Bron, and Alan Cumming as the voice of Black Beauty (I did not make that up), featuring arguably the most gorgeous theme Elfman has ever written. And on October 22, the label plans to release a CD of music from the popular supernatural mystery series GRIMM, composed by Richard Marvin (U-571, Six Feet Under, Surrogates).

The latest release from Kritzerland -- now in stock and ready to ship -- is a specially priced two-disc set featuring two scores written for the same film -- the 1988 sci-fi thriller ALIEN NATION, which starred James Caan as an L.A. cop and Mandy Patinkin as his alien partner, co-starring Terence Stamp as, of course, the villain; the film also inspired a popular TV series. The Final Conflict's Graham Baker was the director, and the first score written and recorded for the film was composed by Jerry Goldsmith but went completely unused in the final cut; it was released for the first time a few years ago by the Varese Sarabande CD Club. The replacement score was composed by Curt Sobel -- best known as a music editor (Risky Business, La Bamba, The Monster Squad, The Bourne Ultimatum), but also the composer of such scores as Defenseless, Cast a Deadly Spell, and the Young Indiana Jones episode "Transylvania, January 1918." Kritzerland's Alien Nation features the Goldsmith score on Disc One and the Sobel score on Disc Two, and is limited to 1200 units.

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Aisle Seat 10-3: A Haunted October Arrival
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/1/2013 - 9:00 PM
Shout’s first year of releasing horror titles through their Scream Factory brand has yielded numerous treasures for genre fans, giving even B-tier titles like THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY their due on Blu-Ray.
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Scoring for a Silent Movie Classic: Patrick Doyle talks IT up.
Posted By Tim Burden 9/29/2013 - 9:00 PM
The 10th Syracuse Film Festival takes place on Thursday night in the state of New York. For this anniversary year, Patrick Doyle has been commissioned to write a new score for the classic 1927 silent film starring Clara Bow, IT.

He spoke with me about the challenge and what those attending on Thursday night can expect to hear. 

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John Barry and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Posted By Tim Burden 9/27/2013 - 9:00 PM

The musical legacy of John Barry is being celebrated by the orchestra that had such a significantly close association with him during his lifetime, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

There are countless recordings to highlight, but one of my favourites is the seminal 1972 album which was simply titled, The Concert. The quality of performance is exceptional and it's also special as it was the first symphonic concert of John Barry'

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Film Score Friday 9/27/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/26/2013 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced next week's two limited edition soundtrack CDs -- the first-ever release of the original score tracks for Elmer Bernstein's music for the 1959 religious drama THE MIRACLE, starring Carroll Baker and Roger Moore (Bernstein later re-recorded highlights from the score for his Film Music Collection LP set), and the first commercial release of John Debney's popular score for the 1993 fantasy comedy HOCUS POCUS, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of evil witches (Debney released the score decades ago as one of the first composer promo CDs).

The latest release from Kritzerland, already in stock and available to purchase, is a new, greatly expanded release of the score to director Philip Kaufman's 1993 RISING SUN, based on the Michael Crichton bestseller. Sean Connery (playing a character so clearly written for him that he's actually named "John Connor") and Wesley Snipes starred in this thriller focusing on the potential menace of Japanese business interests in the U.S. (I know, it was the nineties), and the score was composed by the enormously acclaimed concert and film composer Toru Takemitsu (Woman in the Dunes, Dodes'ka-den, Ran). The original soundtrack CD, from Fox Music, featured 27 minutes of Takemitsu's score plus additional music -- Kritzerland's release, limited to 1000 units, features the complete score, with over 40 minutes of previously unreleased music.

Monstrous Movie Music plans to release six new CDs shortly -- the first will be the score for the 1973 action film THE DOLL SQUAD, composed by Nichoas Carras (Missile to the Moon, Frankenstein's Daughter, She Demons).

On October 29, Varese Sarabande will release Mark Mothersbaugh's score to LAST VEGAS, the new comedy teaming up Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman.

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Aisle Seat 9-24: Halloween, Shout at the Devil, World War Z
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/23/2013 - 9:00 PM
Its mediocre trailers aside, WORLD WAR Z (***, 122 mins., Unrated, 2013; Paramount), the much-discussed, turbulent production from star-producer Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, is a big-time surprise — a smart, exciting popcorn muncher driven by a central star performance that’s both confident and relaxed.
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Film Score Friday 9/20/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/19/2013 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new CDs for next week -- the first-ever release of the original score tracks from Elmer Bernstein's beloved music to the Oscar-winning original version of TRUE GRIT, and the previously announced CD of Bill Conti's jazzy score for the 1982 remake of I, THE JURY.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's winners for the Creative Arts Emmys, including the following music awards:

WORLD WITHOUT END, "Medieval Life And Death" - Mychael Danna

DOWNTON ABBEY, "Episode 6” - John Lunn


66TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, "If I Had Time" - Music by David Javerbaum, Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger

66TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS - Elliot Lawrence

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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/17/2013 - 9:00 PM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with BEAR MCCREARY on Joss Whedon’s upcoming return to television, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Also in this issue are a detailed look at the N.Y. PHILHARMONIC’s current week-long ART OF THE SCORE film music event, including an interview with the world-famous ALEC BALDWIN, who spearheads the concert campaign; a chat with NATHAN JOHNSON, who discusses his eclectic work on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut DON JON; an audio interview with CHRISTOPHER GORDON, who scores the Naomi Watts/Robin Wright film ADORE; a GORDON-themed SCORE RESTORE; LORNE BALFE talks about his work on the new SALINGER documentary; the new film music-based documentary feature CHASING NOTES nears completion; JOHN SWIHART relives 10 seasons of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and moves on to WE ARE MEN; an audio interview with orchestrator and Tiomkin archivist PATRICK RUSS; a multi-faceted TORN PAGES; more embedded audio clips, and more.

And don't forget to check out the new ePub and PDF versions of FSMO to take with you on the go!

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Aisle Seat 9-17: A Scream-Tastic September
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/16/2013 - 9:00 PM
Following Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was going to be a tough task, but undaunted by the legacy of the 1960 classic, Universal went ahead and produced a pair of theatrical sequels in the 1980s. Now resurrected on Blu-Ray by Shout Factory, both “Psycho II” and “Psycho III” rank as intriguing continuations of the Norman Bates character, again embodied by Anthony Perkins in two contrasting sequels that have weathered the years surprisingly well.
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