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Aisle Seat 12-5: Holiday Gift Guide
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
It’s entirely likely that either you or a movie buff you know is ready to make the leap into the world of 4K this holiday season. Having spent the last year extensively researching the format and eventually jumping onboard (mostly because of the 4K UHD discs I’ve received for review), I have a few suggestions to keep in mind as visions of Ultra High Definition images dance around in your heads.
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Film Score Friday 12/1/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/30/2017 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their latest batch of "Black Friday" titles, now available to order, and even by the standards of La-La Land Black Fridays this is a "wow!" bunch -- the first-ever release of David Shire's unused score for Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning Vietnam epic APOCALYPSE NOW; a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of David Arnold's score for the final Pierce-Brosnan-as-James-Bond movie, DIE ANOTHER DAY (not, however, including Madonna's title song); an expanded, two-disc edition of one of John Williams' first masterpieces, Steven Spielberg's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND; a two-disc expanded version of the lavish 1967 musicalDOCTOR DOLITTLE, with both the Leslie Bricusse songs and the Oscar-nominated adaptation underscoring by Alexander Courage and Lionel Newman (Bricusse was nominated for the film's score and won for the song "Talk to the Animals); and last but not least, a four-disc set of James Horner's phenomenally popular, Oscar-winning score for TITANIC, with three discs of Horner music (though not Celine Dion's song) and one disc of source cues.

The label has also announced plans to release John Powell's for the new animated FERDINAND in a couple weeks. (Parental advisory -- my boss at my day-job said that his six-year-old daughter ran out screaming during one light-hearted slaughterhouse scene, so be warned.)


Intrada plans two new releases for next week, including one which, if the hints are any indication, means that my own last remaining "Holy Grail" soundtrack may finally be available. (Which doesn't mean there aren't still unreleased scores I'd love to own -- everything from the Columbo TV scores to a host of unused scores including Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Casey's Shadow, Distant Drums, Five Days One Summer, Frenzy, The Go-Between, Goodbye Lover, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, I Love Trouble, Interview with the Vampire, Kramer vs. Kramer, The New Centurions, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, Peeper, The Reivers, A River Runs Through It, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, See No Evil and The 13th Warrrior.)

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Film Score Friday 11/24/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so if there is any important film music news that has transpired in the last week or so, you will have to learn about it from each other on our Message Board (or perhaps, instead, from the rest of the Internet, whose name is Legion for it contains multitudes).

La-La Land was scheduled to announce its latest batch of end-of-year, "Black Friday" CD releases today.  
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November Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/22/2017 - 2:00 AM
Happy Thanksgiving! The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT delves deep into his score for Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER. Also this month, PATRICK DOYLE climbs aboard for Kenneth Branagh’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS; MYCHAEL DANNA and JEFF DANNA discuss THE BREADWINNER and Netflix’s ALIAS GRACE; an interview with MARCELO ZARVOS on his score to WONDER, starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay; Part 2 of our series “Directors Who Yield Great Scores,” this time featuring WOLFGANG PETERSEN and SAM RAIMI; a chat with NITIN SAWHNEY about BREATHE and THE JUNGLE BOOK; Cary Wong’s 2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; the final installment of our latest series on MIKLÓS RÓZSA; GARETH COKER brings the thunder with the video game ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED; a concert review of JAMES NEWTON HOWARD at the Royal Albert Hall; a JOHN CARPENTER Ear of the Month; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 11-21: Thanksgiving Feast Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
There aren’t a lot of film music concerts available in high definition, something that makes Eagle Rock’s new edition of HANS ZIMMER: LIVE IN PRAGUE the kind of title that’s well worth savoring. Though I’ve never been the biggest fan of Zimmer’s scores, especially over the last 15 years or thereabouts, this concert performance offers a generous helping of the composer’s film music output in a program that should delight fans.
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The 2017 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version)
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/17/2017 - 9:00 PM
40. MARCELO ZARVOS
 
2016 RANKING: Not ranked
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Fences
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Good Shepherd--59 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Fences--57
3. Beastly--27
4. Brooklyn’s Finest--27
5. Remember Me--19
6. The Choice--18  
7. American Ultra--14
8. Hollywoodland--14
9. Friends with Kids--14
10. Kissing Jessica Stein--7
 
Fences proved to be his highest-grossing solo scoring credit as well as his first Best Picture nominee and major award contender in other categories, winning a long-expected Oscar for Viola Davis. His latest is an adaptation of the bestseller Wonder, and upcoming is another racially-themed drama, The Best of Enemies (no relation to the Vidal/Buckley documentary)
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Best of Enemies, The Land of Steady Habits, Wonder 
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Film Score Friday 11/17/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a third volume of Alan Silvestri's music for the TV series COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY.
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Film Score Friday 11/10/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new soundtrack releases -- the first CD release of Henry Mancini's score for actor-director Paul Newman's 1970 film version of Ken Kesey's logging drama SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION (sometimes screened as Never Give an Inch), featuring the same cues as the original MCA LP, which itself featured all of Mancini's brief score except for one 90-second cue -- the film received Oscar nominations for Richard Jaeckel's supporting performance and Mancini's original song "All His Children"; Lalo Schifrin's score for Jackie Chan's American starring debut, 1980's THE BIG BRAWL, directed by Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon, Game of Death), and featuring the same cues as the original Japanese LP; and Victor Reyes' score for the new sci-fi horror film COLD SKIN.
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Aisle Seat 11-7: Zimmer Live, Rock-a-Doodle & 4K Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/6/2017 - 9:00 PM
There aren’t a lot of film music concerts available in high definition, something that makes Eagle Rock’s new edition of HANS ZIMMER: LIVE IN PRAGUE the kind of title that’s well worth savoring. Though I’ve never been the biggest fan of Zimmer’s scores, especially over the last 15 years or thereabouts, this concert performance offers a generous helping of the composer’s film music output in a program that should delight fans.
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Film Score Friday 11/3/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada pairs the LP tracks from two Quincy Jones scores from the 1960s -- the star-laden Western MACKENNA'S GOLD, a film produced by none other than Dimitri Tiomkin, and his Oscar-nominated score for Richard Brooks' classic film version of Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new CD Club releases, which can be pre-ordered now and are expected to begin shipping the week of November 20 -- a greatly expanded Deluxe Edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for director Jan de Bont's lavish remake of THE HAUNTING, starring Liam Neeson, Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson; a Deluxe Edition of Maurice Jarre's score for the Paul Hogan fantasy-comedy ALMOST AN ANGEL, featuring both the full score tracks and the original CD sequencing; and an Encore Edition re-release of Craig Safan's score for the uplifting true-life drama STAND AND DELIVER, which earned Edward James Olmos a Best Actor Oscar nomination (Olmos and other cast-and-crew members are currently expected to take part in a November 18th public screening of the film at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, as part of the ongoing Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at the Academy series.)

The label has also announced an upcoming boxed set -- STEPHEN KING SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, an eight-disc set featuring two discs of W.G. Snuffy Walden's Emmy-nominated music from the epic miniseries adaptation of THE STAND (previously released by Varese as a single-disc CD); three discs of Nicholas Pike's score for the miniseries remake of THE SHINING (previously available only as a one-disc composer promo); a Deluxe Edition of James Newton Howard's DREAMCATCHER, his fifth score for writer-director Lawrence Kasdan; and Tangerine Dream's score for the 1984 film version of FIRESTARTER.


The latest release from Kritzerland is a two-disc set titled THE RED SHOES: MUSIC FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF BRITISH CINEMA, featuring remastered versions of music from such scores as William Walton's Henry V, Arthur Bliss's Things to Come, and Brian Easdale's Oscar winner The Red Shoes.

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