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Dragon's Domain has announced three new releases -- THE PETER BERNSTEIN COLLECTION VOLUME 2, featuring Bernstein's scores for two TV movies, Kicks and She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal; Craig Safan's score for the dark comedy OVER HER DEAD BODY (aka Enid Is Sleeping); and Richard Band's score for the 1990 Christmas slasher sequel SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 4: INITIATION

And Buysoundtrax has just re-released Tangerine Dream's score for the 1985 TV movie THE PARK IS MINE, starring Tommy Lee Jones. 


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Park Is Mine
- Tangerine Dream - Buysoundtrax


IN THEATERS TODAY

DC League of Super-Pets - Steve Jablonsky
A Love Song - Ramzi Bashour
Medusa - Bernardo Uzeda
My Old School - Shelly Poole
Resurrection - Jim Williams
Sharp Stick - Luis Felber, Matt Alchin
Skies of Lebanon - Bachar Mar-Khalife 
Thirteen Lives - Benjamin Wallfisch
Vengeance - Finneas O'Connell


COMING SOON

August 12
Over Her Dead Body
- Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain
The Peter Bernstein Collection Vol. 2
- Peter Bernstein - Dragon's Domain
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation
- Richard Band - Dragon's Domain
August 31
The Innocents - Pessi Levanto - Svart
Coming Soon
Force to Fear
 - Matt Cannon - Howlin' Wolf
L'amica di mia madre/Ecco lingua d'argento
 - Alberto Baldan Bembo - Quartet 
Psycho Storm Chaser - Andrew Scott Bell - Howlin' Wolf
Short Cuts 2020
 - various - Quartet

Velluto nero
 - Alberto Baldan Bembo, Dario Bembo - Quartet   


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

July 29 - Mikis Theodorakis born (1925)
July 29 - Gian Piero Reverberi born (1939)
July 29 - Michael Holm born (1943)
July 29 - Bronislau Kaper begins recording his score for Quentin Durward (1955)
July 29 - Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score for The Venetian Affair (1967)
July 29 - Lee Holdridge records his score for The Explorers: a Century of Discovery (1988)
July 29 - Doug Timm died (1989)
July 29 - Giorgio Gaslini died (2014)
July 30 - Guenther Kauer born (1921)
July 30 - Antoine Duhamel born (1925)
July 30 - Paul de Senneville born (1933)
July 30 - David Sanborn born (1945)
July 30 - Alexina Louie born (1949)
July 30 - Recording sessions begin for Frederick Hollander’s score for Remember the Night (1949)
July 30 - Leith Stevens records his score for the Land of the Giants episode “Manhunt” (1968)
July 30 - John Williams begins recording his score for Earthquake (1974)
July 30 - Peter Knight died (1985)
July 30 - Richard Band begins recording his score for Zone Troopers (1985)
July 31 - Barry De Vorzon born (1934)
July 31 - Michael Wolff born (1952)
July 31 - Lionel Newman begins recording his score for The Last Wagon (1956)
July 31 - John 5 born as John Lowery (1971)
July 31 - Richard Band records his score for The Alchemist (1981)
July 31 - Lennie Niehaus records his score for the Amazing Stories episode “Vanessa in the Garden” (1985)
August 1 - Walter Scharf born (1910)
August 1 - Jerome Moross born (1913)
August 1 - Lionel Bart born (1930)
August 1 - Paddy Moloney born (1938)
August 1 - Michael Penn born (1958)
August 1 - Dean Wareham born (1963)
August 1 - Antony Partos born (1968)
August 1 - Martin Phipps born (1968)
August 1 - Dhani Harrison born (1978)
August 1 - Paul Sawtell died (1971)
August 1 - Arthur B. Rubinstein records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Remote Control Man" (1985)
August 1 - Barrington Pheloung died (2019)
August 2 - Carlo Savina born (1919)
August 2 - Joe Harnell born (1924)
August 2 - Phillip Lambro born (1935)
August 2 - Arthur Kempel born (1945)
August 2 - Dimitri Tiomkin begins recording his score for Gunfight at the OK Corral (1956)
August 2 - Recording sessions begin on Leigh Harline’s score for No Down Payment (1957)
August 2 - Robert Drasnin records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Man-Eating House” (1966)
August 2 - Lalo Schifrin records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “The Miracle” (1971)
August 2 - Muir Mathieson died (1975)
August 2 - John Williams begins recording his score for Monsignor (1982)
August 2 - Irwin Bazelon died (1995)
August 2 - Daniel Licht died (2017)
August 3 - Louis Gruenberg born (1884)
August 3 - David Buttolph born (1902)
August 3 - Robert Emmett Dolan born (1906)
August 3 - Ira Newborn begins recording his score for The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
August 3 - Alfred Schnittke died (1998)
August 3 - Warren Barker died (2006)
August 4 - Bernardo Segall born (1911)
August 4 - David Raksin born (1912)
August 4 - Egisto Macchi born (1928)
August 4 - Recording sessions begin for The Prisoner of Zenda remake, with Conrad Salinger adapting Alfred Newman's original score (1952)
August 4 - Nathan Johnson born (1976)
August 4 - Michael Small begins recording his score for Firstborn (1984)
August 4 - Egisto Macchi died (1992)
August 4 - Adam Walacinski died (2015)
August 4 - Billy Goldenberg died (2020)

DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

APPLES - The Boy (Alexander Voulgaris)

"Furthermore, despite falling into the oversaturated cinematic trend of revitalizing the 4:3 aspect ratio -- thanks a lot, A24 -- its inclusion here remains justified throughout by highlighting the oppressive constraints of uncertainty and the sentiment of being forced into a lifestyle outside of one’s control. Bolstered by Bartosz Swiniarski’s cinematography and Alexander Voulgaris’ score, 'Apples' adopts a frigid, albeit memorable aesthetic that, directly comparable to its plot structure, succeeds in simplicity. Much of the film’s mindedly constructed momentum should be credited to Giorgos Zaferis’ editing, whose talents ensure 'Apples' retains its ripe magnetism throughout its, relatively short, runtime."
 
Jonathan Christian, The Playlist 

"If Nikou is never shy about following in Yorgos Lanthimos’ footsteps (the first-time helmer served as assistant director on 'Dogtooth'), that signature deadpan strangeness only grows more pronounced as 'Apples' starts to ripen. But this dry modern fable is softer and more delicate than 'Alps,' 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer,' and the rest of its unmistakable blood relatives. It’s hazy where Lanthimos’ work is razor-sharp; vague instead of violently literal. There’s even a twinkly music box-like score that wouldn’t be out of place in a Drake Doremus movie (composer The Boy gilding the images with string flourishes that sound like synapses fusing together)."
 
David Ehrlich, IndieWire 
 
"Nikou strikes a pleasing balance between ironic observation and melancholy reality, subtly modulating the tone with his use of a pensive score by Alexandros Voulgaris, who records as The Boy, and with dense soundscapes of traffic and birdsong. The clinical detachment of the doctors is played to arch extremes, and odd dreamlike interludes like a costume party where the man pads around in an outsize astronaut suit convey an off-kilter world. Pain and isolation, it seems, are essential parts of our existence, and accepting them can be both traumatic and curative."
 
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter 

BRIAN AND CHARLES - Daniel Pemberton

"On the screen, the duo are equally committed to portraying their characters with disarming sincerity, a disposition aided by Daniel Pemberton’s whimsical score that elevates their uplifting fable. As Charles, a peculiar talking robot and pretty much Brian’s only substantial invention that works, Hayward’s performance lands somewhere between mechanical (he short-circuits on occasion) and humanoid." 
 
Tomris Laffly, Variety
 
"Cowed at first, Brian wades into danger to save Charles from these villains, but more important than Eddie’s comeuppance or the action heroics -- the gentle pluckiness of Daniel Pemberton’s score giving way to a taut suspense pulse -- is the encouragement and serious help Brian receives in this hour of need from Hazel (Louise Brealey), a neighbor who lives with her controlling grouch of a mother (Lynn Hunter). She’s as shy, socially clumsy and lonely as Brian, their fumbling conversations signaling that they’d both like to take things a step further, but neither knows how. It’s Charles, whether in his robot intuition or sheer gregariousness, who breaks the ice and draws her into Brian’s life.
 
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter 

ELVIS - Elliot Wheeler
 
"But throughout 'Elvis,' Presley is called more of a sideshow attraction than an artist, and Luhrmann’s approach certainly feels like he agrees with this assessment. For most of 'Elvis,' the music itself is almost irrelevant, with the act of performance taking center stage instead. Luhrmann’s direction seems like it belongs in a carnival funhouse -- always in motion, flying and drawing attention to itself, an act that almost plays like misdirection as opposed to a way to enhance this story: Keep your eyes on the fancy tricks, as we distract from how one-dimensional 'Elvis' too often is. Luhrmann is constantly balancing between showing off through his direction, or mishandling cloying musical biopic clichés. For example, as Presley’s life starts to crumble around him, Luhrmann knows he can’t rely on his usual bag of tricks, and instead, holds on the actors, while adding a saccharine string soundtrack to these scenes, trying to motivate the audience to emotion. Luhrmann isn’t known for his tact or nuance—and that often fits perfectly with his other stories that trade in the bombastic -- but when 'Elvis' needs to calm down and focus on true human emotions, Luhrmann doesn’t know how to contain himself."
 
Ross Bonaime, Collider 

THE GRAY MAN - Henry Jackman
 
"The main issue is that if you're going to launch a new franchise, it helps if it actually feels new. 'The Gray Man' doesn't. It's not just that the hero's code name, Sierra Six -- or Six for short -- is strangely familiar ('007 was taken,' he admits), and it's not just that the brassy score always seems to be building up to the signature riffs from the James Bond theme and the 'Mission: Impossible' theme. The truly hackneyed part is that Six is on the run from the very people who trained him. The Russos pretend that their plot is complicated: they keep interrupting the story with flashbacks, cuts to other characters, and captions explaining that we're in Bangkok or Monaco or London or Vienna or Berlin (so many locations, so few memorable shots of those locations). But in fact, the scenario is boringly simple. A secret agent's employers are after him: will he be able to deal with them before they deal with him?"
 
Nicholas Barber, BBC.com 

THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films in Los Angeles-area theaters.

July 29
BOUND (Don Davis) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE BROWN BUNNY [New Beverly]
THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Ennio Morricone) [Aero]
THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Ennio Morricone) [New Beverly]
JERRY MAGUIRE (Nancy Wilson) [Academy Museum]
JUBILEE [BrainDead Studios]
THE MASK (Randy Edelman) [New Beverly]
ROBOCOP (Basil Poledouris) [Landmark Westwood]
RUBY IN PARADISE (Charles Engstrom) [UCLA/Hammer]
SORCERER (Tangerine Dream) [Los Feliz 3]
SPACE IS THE PLACE [BrainDead Studios]
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (Frank DeVol) [Los Feliz 3]

July 30
THE BROWN BUNNY [New Beverly]
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (John Williams) [New Beverly]
DUTCHMAN (John Barry) [UCLA/Hammer]
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Stephen Trask) [BrainDead Studios]
IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (Ernest Gold) [Aero]
THE LAST UNICORN (Jimmy Webb) [Academy Museum]
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (Hans Zimmer) [Alamo Drafthouse]
MALA NOCHE (Creighton Lindsay) [BrainDead Studios]
PULP FICTION [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE RED TURTLE (Laurent Perez Del Mar) [Academy Museum]
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley) [Landmark Westwood] 
SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS (Stanley Myers) [Los Feliz 3]
SLEEPAWAY CAMP (Edward Bilous) [New Beverly]
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (James Horner) [Alamo Drafthouse]
STRICTLY BALLROOM (David Hirschfelder), WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET (Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries) [Academy Museum]
STROSZEK (Chet Atkins, Sonny Terry) [Los Feliz 3]
VELVET GOLDMINE (Carter Burwell) [BrainDead Studios]
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (Frank DeVol) [Los Feliz 3]

July 31
BEETLEJUICE (Danny Elfman) [Fine Arts]
BORDER RADIO [UCLA/Hammer]
THE BROWN BUNNY [New Beverly]
CAREER GIRLS (Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy) [Los Feliz 3]
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (John Williams) [New Beverly]
THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE...  (Oscar Straus, Georges Van Parys) [Los Feliz 3]
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (Hans Zimmer) [Alamo Drafthouse]
INTO THE INFERNO [Los Feliz 3]
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Tom Holkenborg) [Academy Museum]
THE PROPOSITION (Nick Cave, Warren Ellis) [BrainDead Studios]
RADIO ON [BrainDead Studios]
THE STENDAHL SYNDROME (Ennio Morricone) [Alamo Drafthouse]
SUPERMAN (John Williams) [Alamo Drafthouse]
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (John DuPrez) [BrainDead Studios]
THE THIRD GENERATION (Peer Raben) [BrainDead Studios]
THE WILD BUNCH (Jerry Fielding) [Aero] 

August 1
BOUND (Don Davis) [Alamo Drafthouse]
DARK STAR (John Carpenter), LIFEFORCE (Henry Mancini) [New Beverly]
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA (Mark Mothersbaugh) [Alamo Drafthouse]
ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (Romeo Diaz, James Wong) [Alamo Drafthouse]
PULP FICTION [Alamo Drafthouse] 
SECONDS (Jerry Goldsmith) [Los Feliz 3]

August 2
DARK STAR (John Carpenter), LIFEFORCE (Henry Mancini) [New Beverly] 
IRMA VEP (Philippe Richard) [BrainDead Studios]
LOVE LETTER (Ichiro Saito) [Los Feliz 3]
PULP FICTION [Alamo Drafthouse] 
SAMURAI COP (Alen Dermaderossian) [Alamo Drafthouse] 
SUPERMAN (John Williams) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (Mark Isham) [Academy Museum]

August 3
CAREER GIRLS (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) [Los Feliz 3]
COBRA VERDE (Popol Vuh) [Los Feliz 3]
THE KILLING (Gerald Fried), KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (Paul Sawtell) [New Beverly]
THE PLAYER (Thomas Newman) [BrainDead Studios]
SAMURAI COP (Alen Dermaderossian) [Alamo Drafthouse]

August 4
THE KILLING (Gerald Fried), KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (Paul Sawtell) [New Beverly]

August 5
APRIL IN PARIS (Vernon Duke, Ray Heindorf) [Academy Museum]
BAD LIEUTENANT (Joe Delia), MEAN STREETS [New Beverly]
BEAU TRAVAIL (Charles Henri de Pierrefeu, Eran Tzur), JACQUOT DE NANTES (Joanna Bruzdowicz) [UCLA/Hammer]
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS [New Beverly]
RIDE YOUR WAVE (Michiru Oshima) [Aero]
THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (Ralph Jones) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE THING (Ennio Morricone) [Alamo Drafthouse]
UNFORGIVEN (Lennie Niehaus) [New Beverly]

August 6
BAD LIEUTENANT (Joe Delia), MEAN STREETS [New Beverly]
CALAMITY JANE (Sammy Fain, Ray Heindorf) [Academy Museum]
CINDERELLA (Oliver Wallace, Paul Smith) [New Beverly]
THE DARK CRYSTAL (Trevor Jones) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE GAME (Howard Shore) [BrainDead Studios]
JUMANJI (James Horner) [BrainDead Studios]
MIND GAME (Feyrey, Seiichi Yamamoto) [Los Feliz 3]
MONSIEUR HULOT'S HOLIDAY (Alain Romans) [Academy Museum]
NENETTE AND BONI (Tindersticks), 35 SHOTS OF RUM (Tindersticks) [UCLA/Hammer]
THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (Michiru Oshima) [Los Feliz 3]
THE SEVENTH SEAL (Erik Nordgren) [BrainDead Studios]
THE THING (Ennio Morricone) [Alamo Drafthouse]
TWO-LANE BLACKTOP [New Beverly]

August 7
ABOVE THE RIM (Marcus Miller) [BrainDead Studios]
ALMA'S RAINBOW (Jean-Paul Bourelly) [Los Feliz 3]
BAD LIEUTENANT (Joe Delia), MEAN STREETS [New Beverly]
BLUE (Zbigniew Preisner), WHITE (Zbigniew Preisner), RED (Zbigniew Preisner) [Aero]
CALIFORNIA SPLIT [BrainDead Studios]
CINDERELLA (Oliver Wallace, Paul Smith) [New Beverly] 
THE DARK CRYSTAL (Trevor Jones) [Alamo Drafthouse] 
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (John Williams) [Fine Arts]
HIGH HOPES (Andrew Dickson) [Los Feliz 3]
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS [Los Feliz 3]
LU OVER THE WALL (Takatsugu Muramatsu) [Los Feliz 3]
MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME (Maurice Jarre) [BrainDead Studios]
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Bernard Herrmann) [Academy Museum]
MEET JOHN DOE (Dimitri Tiomkin), MAGIC TOWN (Roy Webb) [UCLA/Hammer]
ROCKY III (Bill Conti) [Alamo Drafthouse]
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Alex North) [Academy Museum]
THE THING (Ennio Morricone) [Alamo Drafthouse]


THINGS I'VE HEARD, READ, SEEN OR WATCHED LATELY

Heard:
Pete's Dragon (Hart); Something to Talk About (Zimmer/Preskett); Sonorama (various); Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Horner); Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who (Powell); Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (Powell); Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (Elfman); Tapestry (Carole King); Music (Carole King); Stormy Weather (Lena Horne); The Best of the Complete RCA Victor Mid-Forties Recordings 1944-1946 (Duke Ellington); Best of the Big Bands (Cab Calloway); Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook Vol. 1 (Ella Fitzgerald); Love Is the Thing (and More) (Nat King Cole); 16 Most Requested Songs (Johnny Mathis); All-Time Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Harry Belafonte); The Wham of Sam (Sammy Davis Jr.); Cabin in the Sky (various)

Read: The Threateners, by Donald Hamilton

Seen: Airport; Tim Burton's Corpse Bride; Brief Encounter; Armageddon; Breathless [1983]; The Big Easy; Nope

Watched: The House on Skull Mountain; Children's Hospital ("Party Down"); Star Trek ("Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"); What We Do in the Shadows ("Animal Control"); You're the Worst ("Born Dead"); The Boys ("Get Some"); Hotel [2001]

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