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Film Score Friday 3/10/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the first-ever commercial release of Bruce Broughton's charming score for writer-producer John Hughes' 1994 comedy BABY'S DAY OUT. In one of the many composer shuffles that were common in the mid-90s, Jerry Goldsmith was originally announced to score the film but had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict, and Broughton (who famously had to back out of Hughes' Home Alone due to a conflict with The Rescuers Down Under) contributed his usual melodic gift and light orchestral touch, even later remarking in an interview on his fondness for the film. A rare, 38-minute promotional CD of Broughton's score was released around the time of the film, but Intrada's Baby's Day Out features more than twice as much Broughton music.


The latest CD from Kritzerland presents the first-ever release of the original score tracks from one of Henry Mancini's loveliest scores of the 1960s, for the time-jumping marital romantic comedy-drama TWO FOR THE ROAD, starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, directed by the great Stanley Donen, and featuring an Oscar-nominated screenplay by Frederic Raphael (Darling). Mancini's score was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination that year (as was his Wait Until Dark), and as with nearly all Mancini scores from that era, the commercially released soundtrack LP, later released on CD, was a re-recording emphaszing source cues.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their next batch of limited edition CD Club releases next Monday. 

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Aisle Seat 3-7: March Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/6/2017 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s quartet of February releases offer a fantastic Fox film noir, a return trip to Woody Allen territory, a Columbia Cinemascope vehicle starring Cornel Wilde, and a moody 1979 “anti rom-com” that’s the kind of film major studios wouldn’t touch these days.
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Film Score Friday 3/3/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
As expected, LA LA LAND won Oscars for Original Score (Justin Hurwitz) and Original Song ("City of Stars" - Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul).

Unless it was actually Moonlight. We're waiting for further updates.


The latest edition in Varese Sarabande's limited edition "We Hear You" series of CD releases of older scores pairs the LP tracks from two Neal Hefti scores for Oscar-nominated adaptations of Neil Simon comedies -- 1967's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, and 1968's THE ODD COUPLE, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. (The Odd Couple LP's contents included the main theme later popularlized by the long-running TV series, and dialogue tracks with -- gasp -- a laugh track).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


On March 14, La La Land plans to release a two-LP set of one of Jerry Goldsmith's masterpieces, 1979's Oscar-nominated STAR TREK -- THE MOTION PICTURE. On March 28 they will re-release their 2-CD edition of Michael Kamen's original DIE HARD.


Composer Ibrahim Maalouf (Yves St. Laurent) won this year's Cesar award for Original Score for IN THE FORESTS OF SIBERIA

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Aisle Seat 2-28: Late Winter Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/27/2017 - 9:00 PM
Bad-movie buffs have cause for celebration this month thanks to a pair of infamous star vehicles making their Blu-Ray debuts this month from Olive. Certainly THE KLANSMAN (112 mins., 1974, R) has all the ingredients one could possibly anticipate for a so-bad-it’s-good view: Lee Marvin and Richard Burton – the latter apparently so sloshed during filming that he’s mostly seen sitting down, in bed, or driving a car – starring opposite O.J. Simpson in the story of a small Alabama town teetering on the edge after a local woman (Linda Evans) is raped, with the KKK-populated town’s denizens targeting a black man for the crime.
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Film Score Friday 2/24/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the score for an early 1960s classic -- writer-director Robert Rossen's pool hall drama THE HUSTLER (based on the novel by Man Who Fell to Earth novelist Walter Tevis), which featured unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performances by Paul Newman (as "Fast Eddie" Felson, a role he reprised to Oscar glory in Martin Scorsese's 1986 sequel The Color of Money), Piper Laurie, George C. Scott and a remarkable Jackie Gleason. The film's score was composed by jazz and film composer Kenyon Hopkins, who scored many high-profile projects in his heyday (including Baby Doll, 12 Angry Men and The Fugitive Kind) but is nearly forgotten by many film music fans today, possibly because so few of his scores have been released on CD. The Intrada Hustler features the cues from the original soundtrack LP plus a plethora of extras. (Best Picture nominee The Hustler won two Oscars, including one for production designer Harry Horner, father of James)


Varese Sarabande has announced three new CDs in their Limited Edition series of contemporary scores -- the romantic drama BITTER HARVEST (due in Los Angeles theaters this Friday), set in Stalinist Russia in the years leading up to World War II, with a score by the suddenly ubiquitous Benjamin Wallfisch (Hidden Figures, A Cure for Wellness); the 2016 World War II naval docudrama USS INDIANAPOLIS: MEN OF COURAGE, recounting the fateful mission described so memorably by Robert Shaw in Jaws, starring Nicolas Cage as the ship's captain, with a score by Laurent Eyquem (Copperhead, Momentum, Winnie Mandela); and the score for the horror film BEFORE I WAKE, starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane and Room's Jacob Tremblay, (which was set to be released in theaters last fall but pulled at the last minute), music by The Newton Brothers (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) with themes and additional music by Danny Elfman (I don't think anyone reading this column needs to be told what films he's scored). 

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Feb. Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 2/21/2017 - 2:00 AM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month's cover story, JEFF RUSSO discusses the sounds of insanity for the acclaimed FX Marvel series LEGION. Also this month, LORNE BALFE dishes on his score to THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE; ANDREW LOCKINGTON explores life on Mars for THE SPACE BETWEEN US; conversation and commentary on MOONLIGHT with NICHOLAS BRITELL; SIDDHARTHA KHOSLA scores the ABC hit drama THIS IS US; a Wong's Turn OSCAR SPECIAL; inside a scoring session with JEFF BEAL and BOSTON; a new score for THEY CAUGHT THE FERRY courtesy of FRANS BAK; a NOTORIOUS Gold Rush looks at Roy Webb; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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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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