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Aisle Seat 10-13: Shout's October Harvest
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/12/2015 - 9:00 PM
The “Tales From the Crypt” movie franchise traveled down something of a rocky big-screen road, with two productions released to mixed results in the mid ‘90s (a third – “Ritual” – was eventually shelved by its distributor and eventually, initially, released sans any connection with the “Crypt” franchise). By far the most successful film in the series was its first, which winds its way onto Blu-Ray next week – along with its immediate successor – courtesy of Shout! Factory.
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Film Score Friday 10/9/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/8/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to anounce at least one new CD next week.
Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new CD Club releases next week.

Bruce Broughton joins Creature Features' cast & crew reunion screening of THE MONSTER SQUAD at Downtown L.A.'s 1,600 seat Theatre at the Ace Hotel to help celebrate the release of La-La Land Records' newly expanded soundtrack.  Broughton will be joined by actors Stephen Macht, Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, Ashley Bank, cinematographer Bradford May and make-up FX artists Alec Gillis & Tom Woodruff.  Tickets are available here.
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Aisle Seat 10-6: Early October Fright Fest
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/5/2015 - 9:00 PM
October’s arrival usually carries with it a handful of new genre releases. One of the major new catalog titles this month is a 4K remastered presentation of BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (***, 1992, 127 mins., R; Sony), a film could’ve easily been titled “Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula” for as much as this 1992 adaptation utilizes elements from the Stoker book that other cinematic versions omitted, it also takes numerous liberties with the original text – including turning the beloved vampire tale into a love story, a conscious artistic decision the filmmaker made partially to capitalize on a younger audience (which he, in turn, accomplished by casting more youthful leads than your traditional Dracula rendition).e
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FSM Liner Notes Instructions
Posted By Lukas Kendall 10/5/2015 - 9:00 PM
You would think that working with the music is most of what you do when you have a film music CD label. It’s maybe a third. There’s also the business side—that’s another third. The final third is dealing with the packaging…and it can be the most exhausting of all. At least it was for me.

I can say this now because I no longer have a label: I hate liner notes. I almost never read them. Like a lot of things, they are easy to do poorly, and hard to do well. The writer needs a knowledge of film, of music, of film music (not the same thing), the ability to write clearly, an understanding that it’s a commercial product (no trashing the movie), and a willingness to do research and check facts—like looking up the years of the movies and not just pulling them from memory (Jeff Bond!).

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Aisle Seat 11-3: Twilight Time, November Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
At last available on Blu-Ray courtesy of Twilight TimeSTRANGE INVADERS (***½, 97 mins., PG) is director Michael Laughlin’s terrific 1983 homage to ’50s sci-fi. In Laughlin and Bill Condon’s original script, Columbia professor Paul LeMat searches for his ex-wife (Diana Scarwid), whose disappearance leaves their young daughter in his care, and a tabloid news journalist (Nancy Allen) hot on the trail. Turns out the quaint little Midwestern town Scarwid hails from harbors a deep, extraterrestrial secret – as does Scarwid herself!
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Film Score Friday 10/2/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/1/2015 - 9:00 PM
The first release in Intrada's new series of soundtrack LPs presents Richard Band's orchestral score for the 1986 horror fantasy TROLL, released on 180 gram Audiophile vinyl with a deluxe gatefold presentation and custom cover art.
La-La Land has announced their current slate of October releases. On October 6 they will release their previously announced 12-disc boxed set of music from the original LOST IN SPACE TV series, a new release of Bruce Broughton's wonderful score for THE MONSTER SQUAD, and TIME'S UP, featuring music compsed by Michael McCuistion for the observatory at L.A.'s Griffith Park. On October 20 they will release two 2-disc sets of Blake Neely's music for hit superhero TV series, ARROW: SEASON 3 and THE FLASH: SEASON 1, and a CD pairing two horror scores by Richard Band, PUPPET MASTER: AXIS RISING and THE EVIL CLERGYMAN.  
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Aisle Seat 9-29: Late September Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/28/2015 - 9:00 PM
Director Wes Anderson’s films are an acquired taste and only a few of them have connected beyond his core group of fans. His 2012 effortMOONRISE KINGDOM (***½, 94 mins., PG-13), though, brought Anderson one of his most successful commercial films that’s also one of his sweetest and more accessible pictures: a visually captivating tale of two young teens (Kara Hayward and Jared Gillman, both making impressive feature debuts here) from a fictional coastal New England community in the ’60s who run away from their environmental confines (the girl from a pair of bickering parents played by Frances McDormand and Bill Murray; the boy from a foster home that’s already said they won’t be taking him back).
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Film Score Friday 9/25/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/24/2015 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced the four new CDs in their series of limited edition releases of contemporary scores, which will begin shipping next week -- Marco Beltrami's epic symphonic score for this year's elaborate fantasy adventure SEVENTH SON, starring Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore along with Ben Barnes, Kit Harrington, and the ubiquitous Alicia Vikander; Dirk Brosse's score for the romantic adventure THE LOVERS, starring Josh Hartnett and directed by Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields); Patrick Jonsson's score for 2014's Oscar-nominated documentary VIRUNGA; and the apocalyptic thriller EXTINCTION, starring Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donovan, with music by Sergio Moure De Oteyza.

The label is also releasing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, an 8-disc boxed set of the music for the original eight Freddy Kreuger films, with most of them including previously unreleased cues. It is expected to begin shipping the week of October 16th, and the scores (and their composers -- it's the rare franchise that used a different composer for every film) are:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (Charles Bernstein)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (Christopher Young)
A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors (Angelo Badalamenti)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (Craig Safan)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (Jay Ferguson)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (Brian May)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (J. Peter Robinson)
Freddy vs. Jason (Graeme Revell)

Next week, Intrada will release the first in their new series of soundtrack LPs. 

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Did They Mention the Music 2014
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/23/2015 - 9:00 PM
Okay, when I posted this at the end of last year--

Due to the increasing time demands of my day job (yes, I have one, and I'm not giving it up), this year's CD Checklist and my compliation of Did They Mention the Music? highlights will not be posted until January. However, I am working on an expanded, and probably final, edition of my Top 40 Composer Countdown series, which should also begin next month.

--I was not technically lying, since at the time I genuinely did intend to post the 2014 wrap-up of Did They Mention the Music in January, and not in...oh, jeez, it's September already?

And I am firmly intending to post what will almost certainly be the last Top 40 Composer Countdown series, starting in I hope just a few weeks.

Of course, that's what I hoped last December...


AMERICAN SNIPER - "Taya's Theme" by Clint Eastwood, additional music by Joseph DeBeasi

"While Eastwood’s musical compositions have sometimes been hit-or-miss, he’s never written a subtler score than the one here, providing faint, almost imperceptible accompaniment; in a film that encourages us to reflect as well as feel, it’s a choice that speaks volumes."

Justin Chang, Variety

BAD TURN WORSE - Jonathan Keevil

"Gorgeously photographed and featuring a strong and consistently well-pitched score, the Hawkins’ film is a great calling card for securing them future work."

Todd Gilchrist, The Playlist

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP - Edward Shearmur

"'Before I Go To Sleep' also boasts a superb thriller score from Ed Shearmur, one where loud cymbal crashes mix with creaks in a quiet house, with slashing violins to go with the slashing violence. And the film’s ratio of build-up to finale is also nicely modulated, with Christine’s voyage of self-discovery slowly sailing into uncharted waters before it drops, fast and hard, off the edge of the world she knows."

James Rocchi, The Wrap

BELOVED SISTERS - Sven Rossenbach, Florian Van Volxem

"Pic was shot primarily on real locations, carefully augmented by production designer Claus Jurgen Pfeiffer to achieve historical accuracy. Barbara Grupp’s striking but never unduly lavish costumes, and co-composers Sven Rossenbach and Florian Van Volxem’s vibrato string score, are other standouts of a topnotch tech package."

Scott Foundas, Variety

THE BEST OFFER - Ennio Morricone

"The film’s Old World atmospherics -- decaying mansions, elegantly appointed auction rooms, etc. -- help draw us in, to be sure. But it’s Rush’s performance, pitched at the nervous edge between scared uncertainty and romantic possibility, that keeps things emotionally grounded. (It also helps that the film sports a soundtrack by the great Ennio Morricone, whose versatility is in full force here; his lovely score veers between lush romanticism and creeping dread.)"

Bilge Ebiri, Vulture 

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Aisle Seat 9-22: Autumn Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/21/2015 - 9:00 PM
The 1970s were marked by great films and the corresponding rise of fresh filmmaking voices, as profiled in countless books and documentaries on the landmark pictures the decade produced. It was also a time for veteran filmmakers to augment their already legendary careers, with Robert Aldrich’s EMPEROR OF THE NORTH and John Huston’s FAT CITY – both newly available on Blu-Ray this month from Twilight Time – providing evidence that neither director was past their prime.
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