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Aisle Seat 5-6: May Catalog Mania
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/5/2014 - 9:00 PM
It’s curious how some of Steven Spielberg’s movies are occasionally dumped on because of the director’s past successes. “Empire of the Sun” contained lyrical, powerful moments that still rank with Spielberg’s most indelible cinematic images, yet many critics came down hard on the movie in the wake of the inferior “The Color Purple,” which managed multiple Oscar nominations and widespread critical praise. The same phenomenon happened again after the release of “Schindler’s List,” where many critics seemed unnecessarily harsh on AMISTAD (***½, 155 mins., 1997, R; Paramount), Spielberg’s underrated 1997 film that rode a storm of “controversy” over the changing of factual events and a plagiarism lawsuit that was ultimately withdrawn.
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Film Score Friday 5/2/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/1/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will release a second volume of music from the 60s WWII TV series THE RAT PATROL, featuring not only library cues composed for the show by Dominic Frontiere but also Alex North's unused score for the series pilot.

Quartet has announced three new CDs -- Alan Silvestri's score for the notorious E.T.  um...homage, MAC AND ME (co-starring Ronald McDonald!); Pino Donaggio's score for the telekinesis thriller PATRICK, a remake of Richard Franklin's Australian late-70s cult classic (scored by Brian May in most countries but featuring a Goblin score in other areas); and an expanded version of Riz Ortolani's score for 1977's Australia-set giallo LA RAGAZZA DAL PIGIAMA GIALLO (aka The Pyjama Girl Case), starring Ray Milland and Mel Ferrer.

Music Box has announced three upcoming, limited edition soundtrack CDs -- reissues of Ennio Morricone's scores for LE PROFESSIONEL and LE MARGINAL; and a disc pairing two scores by Pierre Bachelet, LE DERNIER AMANT ROMANTIQUE and CAPITAINE X.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new upcoming score CDs -- STRIKE BACK, featuring music from the third and fourth seasons of the action TV series, scored by Scottish composer Scott Shields (Waking the Dead) and due on May 27; THE SIGNAL, the new science-fiction thriller starring Laurence Fishburne, Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, The Quiet Ones) and young Australian hunk du jour Brenton Thwaites (Oculus, Maleficent, The Giver), with music by Nima Fakhrara; and HIDDEN MOON, a romantic drama starring Wes Bentley and Ana Serradilla which received a brief L.A. release in 2012, with music by Oscar winner Luis Bacalov (Il Postino, Django).

The latest release from Buysoundtrax presents Maurice Jarre's electronic score for the 1986 HBO thriller APOLOGY, starring Lesley-Ann Warren and Peter Weller. The limited edition CD features one cue not included in the original Varese Sarabande LP.(Correction: the contents of the CD are actually the same as the LP - the orignial Varese LP cover erroneously omitted one of the cues. Thank you, "GoblinScore," for the updated information)

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Aisle Seat 4-29: Twilight Time, Lucy & Mayberry on Blu-Ray
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
These days it seems as if every new studio movie is a $100 million+ plus blockbuster starring a super-hero, CGI creature, or cartoon character in some type of “franchise” picture. Whatever happened to the family comedy – the one where the laid-back star brings his clan on a vacation gone awry? Whether it was Chevy Chase, or John Candy, or Jimmy Stewart long before them in MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION, it seems Hollywood has lost interest in producing the kinds of genial, star-driven comedies that once entertained audiences of generations past.
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Film Score Friday 4/25/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has just announced a limited edition CD release (number of units unspecified, currently available only on-line) of the LP tracks from the 1978 comedy-mystery WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE?, starring George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Morley, and directed by Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, First Blood, Weekend at Bernie's -- there's an eclectic resume for you). The score was one of Henry Mancini's most delightful works of the 70s, with charming main themes and elegant suspense music, and the LP was one of the rare Mancini soundtrack albums (before the CD era) that was dominated by score cues, rather than source pieces and more album-friendly arrangements of the main themes. Highly recommended, while it lasts.
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Aisle Seat 4-22: SORCERER Resurrected
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
A notorious box-office flop that signaled a fast downward spiral in director William Friedkin’s filmography, SORCERER (***, 121 mins., 1977, PG)has been resurrected by Warner Home Video in a gorgeously restored – albeit extras-free – Blu-Ray digibook release this week. For fans of the movie who’ve had to make do with a litany of faded old video transfers over the years, the disc’s new 1080p transfer should prove to be a revelation, offering bold colors and almost three-dimensional detail.
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Film Score Friday 4/18/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Kritzerland brings together scores for three projects directed by Stuart Cooper -- the 1975 World War II drama OVERLORD, scored by Paul Glass (Bunny Lake Is Missing, Lady in a Cage); the 2000 TV movie HUSTLE, also scored by Glass; and the 1977 Donald Sutherland thriller THE DISAPPEARANCE, scored by Robert Farnon (Captain Horatio Hornblower, Bear Island).

Intrada is postponing their previously announced release of Bruce Broughton's score for THE RESCUE to April 29th. The same day, they will release Christophe Beck's score for MUPPETS MOST WANTED, which will also feature cues from Beck's score for the film's Oscar-winning predecessor, THE MUPPETS.

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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/16/2014 - 2:00 AM
The chock-full April edition of FSM ONLINE -- the DIRECTORS ISSUE -- is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an exclusive interview with KENNETH BRANAGH, discussing his 25-year collaboration with PATRICK DOYLE. Also in this stunning issue, the one and only SETH MACFARLANE discusses ALAN SILVESTRI’S COSMOS, plus film music in general; a refreshingly candid interview with CLINT MANSELL on Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH; THE NEWTON BROTHERS tackle the spooky OCULUS; SÉRGIO MENDES talks about working with John Powell on RIO 2; ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL discusses his concert works, including a new symphony premiering in May with the Pacific Symphony; HENRY JACKMAN dishes on CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER; JESPER KYD scores METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES; a USED CARS-themed Score Restore AND Torn Pages; FABIAN RÖMER discusses his music for the German event GENERATION WAR; more features, embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 4-15: Spring Fever Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s March releases offer an eclectic array of titles from the ‘40s, ‘70s and ‘90s. Chief among them – particularly considering it inexplicably never generated a DVD release – is CONRACK (106 mins., 1974, PG), a somewhat underwritten but flavorful Martin Ritt film that follows the autobiographical tale of bestselling novelist Pat Conroy.
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Film Score Friday 4/11/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
Along with their previously announced CD of Henry Jackman's score for the current number one hit CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, next week Intrada plans to release Bruce Broughton's exciting action adventure score for 1988's THE RESCUE, about a group of teenaged children of Navy Seals who try to save their captured fathers, and a CD pairing two scores by Michael Small -- one of director Sidney Lumet's most atypical projects, the 1972 film version of the stage thriller CHILD'S PLAY (no relation to the killer doll franchise), starring two acting greats, James Mason and Robert Preston, as teachers at a boys' school where sinister things are afoot; and Michael Apted's underrated 1984 domestic drama/thriller FIRSTBORN, about two young brothers (Christopher Collett and Corey Haim) who try to protect their irresponsible mother (Teri Garr) from her untrustworthy new boyfriend (Peter Weller), with a supporting cast including Sarah Jessica Parker and an 18-year-old Robert Downey Jr.

On May 13, Varese Sarabande will release the score to DAN CURTIS' DRACULA (also known as Bram Stoker's Dracula or just Dracula), the producer-director's 1974 TV remake of Stoker's classic novel, with a clever script by the great Richard Matheson and a cast including Jack Palance as the Count, Simon Ward as Arthur, Fiona Lewis as Lucy, and Nigel Davenport as Van Helsing. The score, as with nearly every project produced or directed by Curtis, was composed by Robert Cobert (Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker, The Winds of War). And in news that will probably be of much less interest to our readers, on April 22 the label will be releasing the LP tracks from the song soundtrack to 1985's PORKY'S REVENGE.

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Film Score Friday 4/4/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
This week, along with their previously announced two-disc release of Bruce Broughton's spectacular YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES and a new collection of Miklos Rozsa re-recordings, Intrada has released a greatly expanded CD of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the stylish 1983 sequel PSYCHO II, featuring his complete 56-minute score plus extras including source cues and an alternate version of his end title music.

The Rozsa re-recording, THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET, features seven cues from the eponymous thriller (remade by Hammer as The Man Who Could Cheat Death with a score by Richard Rodney Bennett), the overture from Valley of the Kings, the main title from the documentary Jacare, and suites from The Strange Love of Martha Ivers and Sahara.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of April releases -- next week they will release a two-disc set of John Debney's music for the videogame LAIR and Danny Elfman's score for Errol Morris's just-released documentary THE UNKNOWN KNOWN; and two weeks later the first ever-release of David Arnold's score for the comedy remake of THE STEPFORD WIVES and an expanded release of Jerry Goldsmith's DENNIS THE MENACE.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new score CDs to be released on May 13 -- CALVARY, the critically acclaimed drama from writer-director John Michael McConagh (The Guard), starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Aidan Gillen, with music by Patrick Cassidy, who contributed to Hans Zimmer's score for Hannibal; and THE RAILWAY MAN, a fact-based drama with Colin Firth as a WWII veteran traumatized by his memories of torture in a Japanese POW camp, with Nicole Kidman as his love interest and a score by two-time Oscar nominee David Hirschfelder (Shine, Elizabeth).

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