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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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July FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 7/21/2016 - 2:00 AM
The July edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's controversial cover story is an interview with THEODORE SHAPIRO on his score for Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. Also this issue, ALEX SOMERS discusses the Viggo Mortensen-led CAPTAIN FANTASTIC; a chat with CHRIS HAJIAN about his music for the '80s-themed undercover narcotics saga THE INFILTRATOR, starring Bryan Cranston; JEFF RUSSO scores HBO's THE NIGHT OF for Steven Zaillian; MAC QUAYLE tackles Season Two of USA's acclaimed MR. ROBOT; the fourth and final part of GOLD RUSH’s retrospective on the life and times of DIMITRI TIOMKIN; WONG'S TURN chronicles the latest season on BROADWAY; a NEW SCORES edition of EAR OF THE MONTH; reviews of THE BFG, FINDING DORY and more; plenty of embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 7-19: Scorpion, Superman & The New World
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/18/2016 - 9:00 PM
Before it becomes a wan recycling of its classic 1984 predecessor, Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS (**½, 117 mins., PG-13) is, if nothing else, an energetic attempt at revitalizing one of the most popular – and certainly groundbreaking for its genre-bending mix of humor and cutting-edge special effects – comedies of all-time.
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