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Intrada has announced its two latest limited edition CDs, featuring three never-before released scores.

KIDCO was a 1984 family comedy from 20th Century Fox (but given such a limited release that it never even opened in Los Angeles, thus dashing its Oscar chances), starring Scott Schwartz, the little boy from The Toy, who also memorably had his tongue frozen to a pole in A Christmas Story (and was the subject of an even more memorable E! True Hollywood Story). The warm orchestral score for this comedy was written by, of all people, Michael Small, the Master of Musical Paranoia. This release is limited to 1000 units.

Their other new release, which has already sold out, pairs two previously unreleased Western scores from 20th Century Fox. TWO FLAGS WEST was an early film from director Robert Wise, starring Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell, Jeff Chandler and Cornel Wilde. The score by Hugo Friedhofer was at one point thought to be lost, but the Intrada CD presents Friedhofer's score from stereo master tapes. The Two Flags West score is paired with the surviving stereo tracks from Lionel Newman's score (which was shortlisted for an Original Score nomination) for Henry Hathaway's lighthearted 1960 adventure film NORTH TO ALASKA, starring John Wayne, Stewart Granger and Ernie Kovacs, and featuring a memorable title song written by Mike Phillips.

La-La Land will present three new releases next week -- an eight-disc collection of music from the MEDAL OF HONOR video games (limited to 2000 units), featuring scores by Ramin Djawadi, Christopher Lennertz, and Oscar winner Michael Giacchino; a two-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's complete, epic, orchestral-and-choral score for the 1995 romantic swashbuckler FIRST KNIGHT (5000 units), starring Sean Connery as King Arthur, Richard Gere as Lancelot and Julia Ormond as Guinevere; and DC SHOWCASE (1000 units), with music from animated shorts composed by "The Track Team" (Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn).

Varese Sarabande will release the score to KUNG FU PANDA 2 by Hans Zimmer and John Powell on May 17.

Twilight Time's limited edition DVD of VIOLENT SATURDAY, complete with isolated Hugo Friedhofer score, will be released next week. Their next release will be the 1964 aviation thriller FATE IS THE HUNTER, due on May 10, but it is presumed that the film's Jerry Goldsmith score, for which the tapes were reported lost, will not be available as an isolated track.

The upcoming book MUSIC IN THE WESTERN: NOTES FROM THE FRONTIER, will feature an essay from our own Ross Care on the songs and score for John Ford's 1950 Wagonmaster.

For those who have been dying to learn pretty much everything there is to know about the making of Telefon and Hide in Plain Sight, my complete production notes for both films are now available online.


The Danny Elfman-Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box- Danny Elfman - Warner Bros.
- Stuart Hancock - MovieScore Media
Hotel - Mike Figgis - Burning Shed (import)
Kidco - Michael Small - Intrada Special Collection
- David Arnold, songs - Hip-O
The Princess of Montpensier - Philippe Sarde - Varese Sarabande
Pushing Daisies: Season Two - James Dooley - Varese Sarabande
Slipstream - Elmer Bernstein - Perseverance
Super - Tyler Bates, songs - Lakeshore
Tall Ships: The Privateer Lynx - David James Neilsen - MovieScore Media
Two Flags West/North to Alaska - Hugo Friedhofer/Lionel Newman - Intrada Special Collection
Your Highness- Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande


Arthur - Theodore Shapiro - Soundtrack CD due on Watertower
Born to Be Wild - Mark Mothersbaugh
Ceremony - Eric D. Johnson - Score CD due Apr. 26 on Lakeshore
Exodus Fall - Boris Zelkin
Hanna - The Chemical Brothers
Soul Surfer - Marco Beltrami - Song CD on Rhino Mod
Wrecked - Michael Brook
Your Highness
- Steve Jablonsky - Score CD on Varese Sarabande


April 12
DC Showcase - The Track Team (Jeremy Zuckerman, Benjamin Wynn) - La-La Land
First Knight - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Medal of Honor [box set] - Ramin Djawadi, Michael Giacchino, Christopher Lennertz - La-La Land
April 19
Hop - Christopher Lennertz - Varese Sarabande
Mildred Pierce - Carter Burwell - Varese Sarabande
Rio - John Powell - Varese Sarabande
Scream 4 - Marco Beltrami - Varese Sarabande
Water for Elephants - James Newton Howard - Sony Classics
April 26
Ceremony - Eric D. Johnson - Lakeshore
La Fille du Puisatier - Alexandre Desplat - Varese Sarabande (import)
May 3
Camelot - Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna - Varese Sarabande
Fast Five - Brian Tyler - Varese Sarabande
Fringe: Season Two - Chris Tilton - Varese Sarabande
Thor - Patrick Doyle - Disney
May 17
The Borgias - Trevor Morris - Varese Sarabande
I Am Number Four - Trevor Rabin - Varese Sarabande
Kung Fu Panda - Hans Zimmer, John Powell - Varese Sarabande
May 24
The Tree of Life - Alexandre Desplat - Lakeshore
Date Unknown
Adventures of Don Juan (re-recording) - Max Steiner - Tribute Film Classics
The Conspirator - Mark Isham - MIM
Grace Quigley - John Addison - Quartet
The Knack - John Barry - Quartet
Pirates - Philippe Sarde - Kritzerland
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne
- Nick Glennie-Smith - Perseverance
Taras Bulba (re-recording) - Franz Waxman - Tadlow


April 8 - Victor Schertzinger born (1890)
April 8 - Maurice Jarre wins his first Oscar, for his Lawrence of Arabia score (1963)
April 8 - From Russia with Love opens in New York (1964)
April 8 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
April 8 - Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola win the score Oscar for Godfather Part II; Jerry Goldsmith loses for the seventh time, for Chinatown, reportedly wonders why he bothers to show up (1975)
April 8 - Eric Rogers died (1981)
April 9 - Toots Thielemans born (1922)
April 9 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Diane (1955)
April 9 - Toshiyuki Honda born (1957)
April 9 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The Seventh Sin (1957)
April 9 - Arthur Benjamin died (1960)
April 9 - Henry Mancini wins song and score Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1962)
April 9 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score to The Gypsy Moths (1969)
April 9 - Giorgio Moroder wins his first Oscar, for his Midnight Express score (1979)
April 9 - Bill Conti wins his first Oscar, for The Right Stuff score; Michel Legrand wins his third Oscar, for Yentl's song score (1984)
April 10 - Claude Bolling born (1930)
April 10 - Shirley Walker born (1945)
April 10 - Peter Bernstein born (1951)
April 10 - John Barry wins his first two Oscars, for the score and song Born Free (1967)
April 10 - Elmer Bernstein wins his only Oscar for, of all things, Thoroughly Modern Millie's score; Alfred Newman wins his final Oscar for Camelot's music adaptation (1968)
April 10 - Michel Legrand wins his second Oscar, for the Summer of '42 score; John Williams wins his first Oscar, for Fiddler on the Roof's music adaptation; Isaac Hayes wins his only Oscar, for the song "Theme From 'Shaft'" (1972)
April 10 - Nino Rota died (1979)
April 11 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score to Dragon Seed (1944)
April 11 - John Williams wins his fourth Oscar, for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial's score; Jack Nitzsche wins his only Oscar for Officer and a Gentleman's song "Up Where We Belong"; Henry Mancini wins his fourth and final Oscar, for Victor/Victoria's song score (1983)
April 11 - Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su win Oscars for their Last Emperor score (1988)
April 12 - Russell Garcia born (1916)
April 12 - Edwin Astley born (1922)
April 12 - Ronald Stein born (1930)
April 12 - Herbie Hancock born (1940)
April 12 - David Raksin begins recording his score for Right Cross (1950)
April 12 - Hugo Friedhofer begins recording his score to Soldier of Fortune (1955)
April 12 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Lust for Life (1956)
April 12 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for One Little Indian (1973)
April 12 - Bruce Broughton begins recording his score to Eloise at the Plaza (2003)
April 13 - Vladimir Cosma born (1940)
April 13 - Bill Conti born (1942)
April 13 - John Addison wins his only Oscar, for Tom Jones's score (1964)
April 14 - Shorty Rogers born (1924)
April 14 - John Barry wins his third Oscar, for The Lion in Winter score; Jerry Goldsmith, nominated for groundbreaking Planet of the Apes score, probably bitterly disappointed (1969)
April 14 - Georges Delerue wins his only Oscar, for A Little Romance's score; David Shire wins song Oscar for Norma Rae's "It Goes Like It Goes" (1980)


INSIDIOUS - Joseph Bishara

"'Insidious' is a respectable attempt at a type of horror movie they don't make anymore - that is, horror that is scary and not merely disgusting. From the opening credits, in which the title appears in blood-red letters to the accompaniment of blaring, dissonant music, the movie tries to get under your skin and inside your mind. Sometimes it does."

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"Wan and Whannell are not seeking to reinvent the tropes that have served haunted-house movies for decades, but they invest them with a deranged energy that's both bracing (Joseph Bishara's screeching score is especially mad) and silly."

Scott Tobias, The Onion

"The film begins with promise. As Hitchcockian violin screeches jolt us from boo! to boo! and apparitions that began as flashes in Renai's peripheral vision leave bloody handprints on the bedsheets, the first reel builds up genuine heebie-jeebies."

Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe

"For about half its length 'Insidious,'a haunted-house picture starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson as embattled parents facing shadowy presences in their new home, is a suggestive bump-in-the-night thriller with a few honest scares. It relies too heavily on sound effects and Joseph Bishara's almost comically foreboding music to make up for pedestrian camerawork, but it still shows Mr. Wan aspiring to the kind of B-movie auteurship represented by Joseph Ruben ('The Stepfather') or Jack Clayton ('The Innocents')."

Mike Hale, New York Times

"The grandfather clock in the hall tick-tocks in time to the dripping water from the kitchen faucet, and the cumulative cacophony is unsettling on a level you may not even actively recognize — but, at the same time, it's kind of a kick. (The titles are also super noisy, with their frantic, screechy strings, which one can only assume was meant as parody. At least, we hope.)"

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

"Let me introduce this more-or-less positive review of 'Insidious' with a couple of caveats. 1) This competent but derivative spook-tacle comes from the team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, the Aussies who invented the 'Saw' franchise, and while you could argue that their first installment (the only one they personally supervised) was superior to the later films you wouldn't actually be right about that. 2) I'm not convinced that Wan and Whannell know what the word 'insidious'means, since the title card comes in enormous boldface type, accompanied by screechy, dissonant, Arnold Schoenberg-style strings. I think they think it means really, really evil, plus kind of awesome, as in, 'Dude, that's insidious!' Either that or they're capitalizing on the possibility that the audience doesn't know what it means, which might be worse."

Andrew O'Hehir,

"The likable Wilson and Byrne play it largely straight as a couple besieged by more child-rearing challenges than they ever imagined, and the swirling, string-based score by Joseph Bishara is both patently ridiculous and rather effective. As good humor would have it, Bishara also serves the production by appearing as a 'character' listed in the credits as 'Lipstick-Face Demon.'"

Rob Nelson, Variety

RUBBER - Gaspard Auge, Mr. Oizo

"Fans of avant-garde music know [writer-director] Dupieux as Mr. Oizo, an icon of the French electro/house scene, and it's perhaps no surprise that the mesmerizing, multi-layered soundtrack is 'Rubber''s best feature, enforcing a tone far cooler and more removed than other genre fare."

Scott Tobias, The Onion

SOURCE CODE - Chris Bacon

"Jones and screenwriter Ben Ripley also reward attentive viewers with clues and references. They know their way around genre riffs: Jeffrey Wright's a hoot as an almost-mad scientist, Farmiga has a HAL-9000 lull to her voice, and Chris Bacon's music occasionally recalls the classic sci-fi scores of Jerry Goldsmith."

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

"The score is a little insistent and intrusive, especially compared to the gorgeous and haunting score from 'Moon,'and Jones could have made more of an impact at times with silence."

Christy Lemire, Associated Press


Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPAS, American Cinematheque: Aero, American Cinematheque: Egyptian, LACMA, New Beverly, Nuart, Silent Movie Theater and UCLA.

April 8
BATMAN (Danny Elfman) [Nuart]
THE GREAT GATSBY (Nelson Riddle), EYES OF LAURA MARS (Artie Kane) [Cinematheque: Aero]
JOURNEY INTO FEAR (Roy Webb), THE BRIBE (Miklos Rozsa) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 9
BREAKING POINT (David McLey) [New Beverly]
THE GODFATHER (Nino Rota) [Cinematheque: Aero]
LOOPHOLE (Paul Dunlap), KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE (Carmen Dragon) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
SLACKER, SUBURBIA [Silent Movie Theater]

April 10
THE DEER HUNTER (Stanley Myers) [New Beverly]
THE GODFATHER, PART II (Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper)[Silent Movie Theater]
THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (Roy Webb), A WOMAN'S SECRET (Frederick Hollander) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 11
THE DEER HUNTER (Stanley Myers) [New Beverly]

April 12
THE DEER HUNTER (Stanley Myers) [New Beverly]

April 13
FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! (Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter), THE DOLL SQUAD (Nicholas Carras) [New Beverly]
FEMALE ON THE BEACH, HAZARD (Frank Skinner) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE GAMBLER (Jerry Fielding) [Cinematheque: Aero]

April 14
CAUGHT (Frederick Hollander), BEWARE, MY LOVELY (Leith Stevens) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! (Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter), THE DOLL SQUAD (Nicholas Carras) [New Beverly]
HARRY AND WALTER GO TO NEW YORK (David Shire), CINDERELLA LIBERTY (John Wililams) [Cinematheque: Aero]

April 15
BODY PARTS (Loek Dikker) [Silent Movie Theater]
RED HEADED WOMAN, LIBELED LADY (William Axt) [New Beverly]
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Nigel Godrich) [New Beverly]
THIEF (Tangerine Dream), HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT (Leonard Rosenman) [Cinematheque: Aero]

April 16
FRAMED (Marlin Skiles), MR. SOFT TOUCH (Heinz Roemheld)[Cinematheque: Egyptian]
FUNNY LADY (Peter Matz), MISERY (Marc Shaiman) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
GRACE OF MY HEART (Larry Klein) [Silent Movie Theater]
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (John Carpenter, Jim Lang) [New Beverly]
THE LAND BEFORE TIME (James Horner) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE LAST UNICORN (Jimmy Webb) [Silent Movie Theater]
RED HEADED WOMAN, LIBELED LADY (William Axt) [New Beverly]
WHITE SAVAGE (Frank Skinner), KEY LARGO (Max Steiner) [UCLA]

April 17
GAS FOOD LODGING (Barry Adamson), MI VIDA LOCA (John Taylor) [Silent Movie Theater]
GIGI (Frederick Loewe, Andre Previn), LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (Franz Waxman) [New Beverly]
WENDY AND LUCY, OLD JOY (Yo La Tengo) [Cinematheque: Aero]

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