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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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Aisle Seat 4-1: Early April Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/31/2014 - 9:00 PM
Peter Jackson’s second film derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (**½, 161 mins., 2013, PG-13; Warner),leaves no doubt that the filmmaker has extended the author’s original work into the bloated category — adding characters (including Evangeline Lilly‘s female elf, Tauriel), secondary subplots, and action sequences that never existed in the original text.
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Film Score Friday 3/28/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada will present the first-ever commercial CD release of Bruce Broughton's glorious score for YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, a two-disc set that will include alternate cues not featured in the super-rate composer promo, and a re-recording titled THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET: GREAT FILM MUSIC BY MIKLOS ROZSA, featuring Allan Wilson conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


Kritzerland is re-releasing their out-of-print, two-disc edition of Hugo Friedhofer's score for Marlon Brando's only feature directorial effort, 1961's ONE-EYED JACKS.


Varese Sarabande has announced upcoming CD releases for three brand-new scores: OCULUS, a horror film about an evil mirror, co-starring Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, with music by The Newton Brothers (High School, Detachment, Linsanity); THE QUIET ONES, a new, 70s set horror film produced by the recently revived Hammer Films, with music by Lucas Vidal (Furious 6, The Raven, The Cold Light of Day); and the period drama BELLE, scored by Oscar winner Rachel Portman.

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Aisle Seat 3-25: The Swimmer, Wolf of Wall Street
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
I was forced to read John Cheever’s short story THE SWIMMER not once or twice, but several times between 7th grade and high school graduation. While that may be somewhat of a damning indictment of growing up in the ‘80s and early ‘90s (between that and the handful of Toni Morrison novels I was forced to endure, you can understand why kids today have no familiarity with classic literature), Cheever’s story was an interesting read, and one that made for an equally fascinating 1968 film (***½, 94 mins., PG) starring Burt Lancaster. The movie – a commercial failure that eventually gained a cult following – is now available on Blu-Ray from Grindhouse Releasing in a sensational package that’s an early candidate for the year’s best.
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Film Score Friday 3/21/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of the score to the Meryl Streep-Roseanne Barr comedy SHE-DEVIL, composed by Howard Shore (Remember when Shore used to score comedies? Big, Mrs. Doubtfire, Analyze This...); and a disc pairing two Pierre Jansen scores, L'ETAT SAUVAGE and LE GRAND FRERE.


Quartet has just announced their four latest releases. Along with their previously announced release of Georges Delerue's PARTNERS (with a wealth of score not featured in the final film), they will also release Gabriel Yared's score for TOM AT THE FARM, the new psychological thriller from critically acclaimed Canadian twink auteur Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways); an expanded version of Angelo Badalamenti's score for Paul Schrader's film of Ian McEwan's thriller THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, starring Natasha Richardson, Rupert Everett, Helen Mirren and Christopher Walken; and Fernando Velazquez' score for the romantic comedy OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS.

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Aisle Seat 3-18: Book Thief, Frozen, Warner Archives
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
While director Steven Soderbergh’s films often feel cool and clinical instead of emotionally involving, his third picture – KING OF THE HILL (***½, 103 mins., 1993, PG-13) – remains one of his most satisfying on a number of levels, particularly for its wide spectrum of human emotion.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 3/17/2014 - 2:00 AM
The March edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with ROLFE KENT on his work with first-time director JASON BATEMAN in BAD WORDS. Also in this issue are an interview with CHRISTOPHE BECK, discussing his work on the underscore for MUPPETS MOST WANTED; a recap of the Academy's first OSCAR CONCERT; an audio chat with PATRICK CASSIDY, about his music for John Michael McDonagh's CALVARY, his collaborations with Lisa Gerrard, and more; JOSH KRAMON talks about his score for the VERONICA MARS feature; a Golden Age SCORE RESTORE presents two versions of Waxman's A PLACE IN THE SUN; TORN PAGES chronicles some infamous FAKE REJECTED SCORES; a veritable onslaught of album reviews; more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Film Score Friday 3/14/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Ennio Morricone has had to postpone both his L.A. concert appearance and his planned on-stage conversation with Quentin Tarantino at an Academy/LACMA event, as well as some other planned public appearances, due to recovery from his recent back surgery.


Next week, Intrada will present the first-ever release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1975 romantic drama ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (aka Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough), starring Kirk Douglas and Deborah Raffin, which received an Oscar nomination for Brenda Vaccaro's supporting performance (Mancini's title song was short-listed for a nomination), and Sol Kaplan's score for Martin Ritt's 1965 film version of John Le Carre's classic espionage drama THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, starring Richard Burton (in an Oscar-nominated performance), Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker and Oskar Werner.


The last CD from Kritzerland features the suriving score tracks from three Paramount films scored by Victor Young -- the 1951 thriller APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER, starring Alan Ladd; the 1949 film noir THE ACCUSED, starring film noir perennials Loretta Young and Robert Cummings; and the 1950 romantic drama SEPTEMBER AFFAIR, pairing Joseph Cotten and Loretta Young.


This week, Varese Sarabande is releasing the latest in their limited edition series of contemporary scores -- ENOUGH SAID, the 2013 romantic comedy-drama pairing Julia Louis-Dreyfuss with James Gandolfini in one of his last and most memorable performances. The film was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Walking and Talking), and reteams her with Please Give composer Marcelo Zarvos. The label is also releasing a CD of songs from the Showtime series SHAMELESS on April 15.


Quartet has announced that they will be presenting the first-ever soundtrack release of Georges Delerue's score to the 1982 comedy PARTNERS, which teamed straight cop Ryan O'Neal with gay cop John Hurt to investigate a murder in West Hollywood. While the final film featured only 12 minutes of Delerue music, Quartet's CD will feature the complete, 50-minute score.


Deutsche Grammophon has a released a CD with Andre de Ridder conducting the Cophenhagen Philharmonic in a six-movement suite from Jonny Greenwood's score to There Will Be Blood, as well as a concert piece titled St. Carolyn by the Sea, composed by Bryce Dressner of the group The National.

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