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Film Music Friday 10/23/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/22/2020 - 10:00 PM
Next month, Intrada plans to release the score for THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the new miniseries inspired by Henry James' classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw, which has previously been adapted into such diverse works as the 1961 classic The Innocents, this year's The Turning, a two-person play by Jeffrey Hatcher, a ballet, a chamber opera by Benjamin Britten, and Michael Winner's 1971 prequel The Nightcomers, starring Marlon Brando. Mike Flanagan, director of such acclaimed horror projects as The Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep, is the show's creator/executive producer but is apparently directing only one episode, while the score is provided by his usual composers, The Newton Brothers.

Quartet has announced four new film music CDs - SHORT CUTS 2019, featuring music for short films composed by an impressive variety of composers including Joe Kraemer, Bear McCreary, Rachel Portman, Frederik Wiedmann and Christopher Young; the Chinese science-fiction film THE SECRET OF IMMORTAL CODE, scored by Thai composer Pantawit Kiangsiri; Jerry Grant's score for the 1990 action movie HIRED TO KILL, featuring Oliver Reed, George Kennedy and Jose Ferrer; and the score for the Dominican family drama MALPASO, composed by Pascal Gaigne.

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Aisle Seat 10-20: Kino Lorber October Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/19/2020 - 10:00 PM
Kino Lorber’s October Blu-Rays kick off with a pair of post-”Back to the Future” vehicles tailored for star Michael J. Fox at Universal – movies which met with contrasting levels of box-office appeal. Leading things off is John Badham’s NYC cop-buddy movie THE HARD WAY (111 mins., 1991, R), a good-looking Spring ’91 release that pairs Fox with James Woods and is just, for lack of a better term, “missing something.” Woods plays the quintessential “James Woods role” of a fast-talking, intense, nervous Big Apple cop saddled with a glib movie star (Fox) who’s shadowing him for his latest role. While the duo track a real psychotic killer (Stephen Lang), they spar over the nature of police work as well as Woods’ relationship with a single mom (Annabella Sciorra).
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Film Music Friday 10/16/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/15/2020 - 10:00 PM

The Chosen - Ennio Morricone - Beat
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - Steven Price - Decca (import)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood - Harry Manfredini, Fred Mollin - La-La Land
Graveyard Shift - Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks - La-La Land
How to Train Your Dragon: The Deluxe Edition - John Powell - Varese Sarabande CD Club


Honest Thief, with Liam Neeson and a score by Mark Isham, is opening in U.S. theaters this week in cities where theaters are allowed to be open.

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The October Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 10/13/2020 - 3:00 AM
The spooky October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. The decidedly unspooky cover story is a look at the fall TV season, including an interview with JEFF RUSSO on the music for the latest seasons of FARGO, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and STAR TREK PICARD; CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA makes his move with the Netflix mini-series THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT, starring Anya Taylor-Joy; REINHOLD HEIL recalls his Berlin days with DEUTSCHLAND 89; and GIL TALMI and ANDREW GROSS attempt to do justice to ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY, the Amazon Prime voter suppression doc. Also this issue is a chat with ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL about his new score for Julie Taymor's Steinem biopic GLORIAS; the Top 10 entries are revealed in Erik Heine's 1990 IN FILM MUSIC: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY REVIEW; Wong's Turn helps you VOTE TO THE SOUND OF JOHN WILLIAMS; a new installment of SOUNDTRACK OBSCURITIES 2.0, featuring DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING and more; a 1990 IN FILM MUSIC-based Ear of the Month contest; MIKOLAI STROINSKI and GARRY SCHYMAN team up to score the Kafkaesque video game METAMORPHOSIS; a Spitfire COMPOSER'S CORNER; a downbeat on documentary composer GRAHAM HADFIELD; lots of album reviews, including HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE DELUXE EDITION,ALEXANDRE DESPLAT: AIRLINES, TENET, MULAN and THE SECRET GARDEN; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Aisle Seat 10-13: Mid-October Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/12/2020 - 10:00 PM
Mill Creek has been opening up the Morgan Creek vaults with the premiere release of several ’90s properties from the studio on Blu-Ray, all previously distributed by Warner Bros. One of them, SILENT FALL (101 mins., 1994, R), was a particularly expensive failure – one of several flops from director Bruce Beresford, who struggled in the Hollywood system after his 1989 Oscar triumph “Driving Miss Daisy.”
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Film Score Friday 10/9/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/8/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded, two-disc edition of the score for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster 2005 remake of H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS. The music was composed by, of course, John Williams (one of four scores he recorded that year, along with Revenge of the Sith and the Oscar-nominated Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich), and Disc One features the full 79-minute score with Disc Two featuring the original 2005 CD sequencing -- including Morgan Freeman's opening and closing narration -- and 15 minutes of alternates.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new two-disc Deluxe Edition expanded scores as their latest CD Club releases -- John Powell's Oscar-nominated score for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, with the full score plus bonus tracks including demo cues; and John Carpenter's 1995 remake of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, starring Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley with a score composed by (of course) Carpenter himself and Dave Davies, featuring the full film score on Disc One and the original 1995 CD sequencing plus bonus cues on Disc Two.

On November 20, Varese plans to release the score for Netflix's critically acclaimed new docudrama THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. The film is the second to be directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and reunites him with composer Daniel Pemberton, following Steve Jobs and Molly's Game. (The film is already considered to be a major Oscar contender, but in this year of films released only on streaming or in drive-ins, it's hard to know what will be a contender. Tenet could get nominated just for actually showing up in theaters).

The latest release from Music Box pairs two scores by Oscar nominee and European film music legend Philippe Sarde - UN TAXI MAUVE, and an expanded version of J'AI EPOUSE UNE OMBRE (released in the U.S. as I Married a Shadow), the 1983 version of Cornell Woolrich's classic I Married a Dead Man, which has also been filmed as the noir No Man of Her Own with Barbara Stanwyck and the romcom Mrs. Winterbourne with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser.

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Film Score Friday 10/2/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/1/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Caldera presents the music from ANGELICA, the 2015 supernatural drama starring Jena Malone and Janet McTeer, from actor-turned-filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth, Happy Tears), the son of Pop Art painter Roy Lichtenstein. The score was composed by Zbigniew Preisner, best known for his collaborations with the late director Krzysztof Kieslowski, which resulted in such internationally acclaimed films as The Decalogue, The Double Life of Veronique, and the Three Colors trilogy.

La-La Land has announced its current slate of releases for this month. Next week, they plan to release an expanded version of Bill Conti's score for THE KARATE KID PART II, Harry Manfredini and Fred Mollin's music for FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (that's the one where Jason battles a girl with telekinetic powers), and the first release of the score for the 1990 Stephen King adaptation GRAVEYARD SHIFT (it's the one with rats), with music by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks (Young Guns). Three weeks later, they plan to release two separate CDs of Christopher Lennertz' music for Amazon's revisionist superhero series THE BOYS, one for each season.

Silva has two upcoming film music releases planned for October 30: Colin Towns' score for the 1986 Clive Barker adaptation RAWHEAD REX; and WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS TRIBUTE TO THE FILM COMPOSER, with Dirk Brosse conducting the Brussels Philharmonic in re-recordings of music by such top composers as Angelo Badalamenti, Nicholas Britell, Mychael Danna, Alexandre Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Michael Giacchino, Elliot Goldenthal, James Newton Howard, Alberto Iglesias and John Williams, as well as the first commercial release of music from Gabriel Yared's unused score for Troy.

Next week Intrada plans to release a new edition of the score for a blockbuster hit from cinema's most popular composing/directing team. If you want more information, go to this Message Board thread.

Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.

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October 23
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David Kitay born (1961)
Duane Tatro records his only Mission: Impossible score, for the episode “Ultimatum” (1972)
Duane Tatro’s score for The Invaders episode “The Prophet” is recorded (1967)
Gary McFarland born (1933)
Graeme Revell born (1955)
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Manos Hadjidakis born (1925)
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