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Film Score Friday 8/19/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/18/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a new multi-disc set next week.
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Aisle Seat 8-16: Catalog Wrap & New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/15/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest Shout Select Blu-Ray title, MIDNIGHT RUN (***½, 127 mins., 1988, R) is a top-notch ‘80s action/buddy comedy with bounty hunter Robert DeNiro tracking down an accountant (Charles Grodin) who just embezzled a whole bunch of cash from the mafia and gave it to charity.
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Film Score Friday 8/12/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/11/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc, complete and remastered version of one of Jerry Goldsmith's biggest box-office hits, the 1985 blockbuster sequel RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II.

Howard Shore has announced two upcoming CDs on his Howe label -- a complete version of one of his most chilling scores, for David Fincher's 1995 classic SEVEN, due on September 16, and the fact-based drama DENIAL, starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall, on September 30.

Next week, La-La Land will release an expanded version of James Newton Howard's score for the 1996 thriller PRIMAL FEAR, with Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and an Oscar-nominated performance by Edward Norton, and a two-disc set of two animation scores by Frederik Wiedmann -- JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS and BATMAN BAD BLOOD.

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Aisle Seat 8-9: KL Studio Classics, Kino & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/8/2016 - 9:00 PM
If there was a fitting way to put a cap on what’s been the singular Worst Movie Summer in Hollywood history, it’s with Warner’s latest, confounding attempt to springboard their DC Comics characters into Marvel-sized box-office behemoths. This time it’s not Batman and Superman doing battle, but rather the villains of SUICIDE SQUAD (**, 123 mins., PG-13), a film that resembles Marvel’s “Avengers” less than it does a Warner August flop from years gone by: their ill-fated 1998 adaptation of TV’s “The Avengers,” which showed as many signs of post-production tinkering as this picture does.
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Film Score Friday 8/5/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/4/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

The latest CD from Kritzerland pairs the first-ever release of Maurice Leroux's score for the classic short film THE RED BALLOON, which won the Oscar for Original Screenplay, with the score for Red Balloon director Albert Lamorisse's first feature LE VOYAGE EN BALLON, by Jean Prodromides.

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Aisle Seat 8-2: August Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/1/2016 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s mid-summer offerings are highlighted by a delirious Busby Berkeley musical – the 1943 20th Century Fox extravaganza THE GANG’S ALL HERE (103 mins.) – that marked the director/choreographer’s first foray into the glory of Technicolor. The result is one of the more outlandish genre excursions one could anticipate, made all the more enthralling by the film’s first HD presentation in TT’s Limited Edition Blu-Ray.
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Film Score Friday 7/29/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/28/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set of the 1990 Chuck Norris action sequel DELTA FORCE 2, with music by Frederic Talgorn (Fortress, Robot Jox, The Temp), featuring both the complete score as well as the original soundtrack sequencing, which divided the score into orchestral and electronic suites.

For those who feel the Friday columns have not had enough random film music lists lately, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Aisle Seat 7-26: Revisiting the Body Snatchers
Posted By Andy Dursin , Andy Dursin 7/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
Philip Kaufman’s acclaimed remake of the ‘50s Don Siegel sci-fi classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (***, 115 mins., 1978, PG) hasn’t aged quite as well as its predecessor, in part because of its unrelentingly ‘70s bleak ending and commentary on the “Me” generation. Still, while I feel there’s a tendency to over-rate Kaufman’s film, it’s nevertheless a compelling, intelligently presented version of the Jack Finney tale, with Donald Sutherland starring as a health inspector who begins to wonder what’s going on with the body-switching paranoia overcoming the region.
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Film Score Friday 7/22/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/21/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

The recent decision of the mainstream CD labels to change their weekly release dates from Tuesdays to Fridays has made it tougher to present an accurate list of new releases each Friday. I try to double-check each Thursday to make sure that the schedule of release in my Friday column is up to date, but unfortunately sometimes it won't become clear that a CD isn't actually getting released until after the fact.

So despite the fact that Lakeshore Records has been remarkably prolific with score CD releases in the last few years, some of the releases they have announced -- Pawn Sacrifice (Howard), Elvis & Nixon (Shearmur), Zoolander 2 (Shapiro) -- were seemingly canceled at the very last minute, so I apologize for mistakenly including them in the CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK section of this column. (though Amazon now claims that Elvis & Nixon will still be coming out -- on May 5th of next year).

On the hand, some other Lakeshore releases (specifically Portman's Dolphin Tale 2) are merely difficult to find, while sometimes I've been able to find used/cutout copies of other ones (A Hologram for the King, The Young Messiah) even before their official release dates).

With Varese CDs, I wait until they are announced on the Varese site, since ostensible Varese releases keep popping up on Amazon long before they are actually released -- Ray Donovan only just came out, Jesse Stone: The Ultimate Collection got moved back again, to August 5, and it's been years since Amazon first listed a Varese soundtrack for HBO's The Newsroom, with no actual CD in sight. 

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Today in Film Score History:
March 29
Alan Menken wins his fifth and sixth Oscars, for the Aladdin score and its song "A Whole New World” (1993)
Alan Silvestri begins recording his score for Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Dave Grusin wins his first Oscar, for The Milagro Beanfield War score (1989)
Franz Waxman wins his first of two consecutive score Oscars, for Sunset Blvd. (1951)
James Horner begins recording his score for In Country (1989)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Strange Bedfellows” (1999)
Jerry Goldsmith wins his only Oscar, for The Omen score; the film music community presumably exclaims “Finally!” (1977)
John Williams wins his second Oscar and his first for Original Score, for Jaws (1976)
John Williams wins his third Oscar, for the Star Wars score (1978)
Maurice Jarre died (2009)
Richard Rodney Bennett born (1936)
Sam Spence born (1927)
Tito Arevalo born (1911)
Ulpio Minucci died (2007)
Vangelis born (1943)
Vangelis wins his first Oscar, for the Chariots of Fire score (1981)
William Walton born (1902)
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