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Aisle Seat 3-31: Quarantine Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/30/2020 - 10:00 PM
Anything going on in the world over the last two weeks? With our now 6-year-old being home schooled a few inches away from me — by me — the Aisle Seat has gone into full quarantine mode, all the while my wife is dealing with assorted daily issues at our local hospital. Undaunted, this column will continue — as will our daily discussions on the Aisle Seat Message Board — particularly because home entertainment isn’t taking a break…in fact, it’s the only mode of entertainment left at this point! So, here’s my latest rundown of new & upcoming releases, which should be available to purchase now….especially if you bundle an Amazon order with a coveted box of toilet paper, which as we’re all too aware, is a “hot” commodity at this point in time.
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Film Score Friday 3/27/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/26/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-mastered edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1965 WWII spy thriller MORITURI, starring Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, and Janet Margolin, which received Oscar nominations for its black-and-white cinematography (Conrad Hall) and costume design.

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

Dragon's Domain has announced three new upcoming CD releases: FRANZ WAXMAN: THE DOCUMENTARIES, featuring two scores by the two-time Oscar winner and film music legend composed for the TV documentary series The Twentieth Century, "The Mysterious Deep" (1960) and "Lenin and Trotsky" (1964); SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL POTRAIT, featuring music for the NBC daytime soap composed by Joe Harnell (V, The Incredible Hulk); and THE LOUIS FEBRE COLLECTION: VOL. ONE, featuring the composer's music for the documentary The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. and the juvenile adventure Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter.


Morituri - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
 - Barry Gray - Silva 

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Film Score Friday 3/20/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/19/2020 - 10:00 PM
Some of the on-line soundtrack scores, including Kritzerland and Quartet, are currently going on hiatus due to the global pandemic situation.

Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For those not concerned about "spoilers," the title is identified in this Message Board thread.

Carter Burwell's music for the all-star Apple + series THE MORNING SHOW is yet another current score that is being released on vinyl (and not, for the time being, on CD).  Other upcoming vinyl score releases include THE GENTLEMEN (Christopher Benstead) and TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (Jed Kurzel)


Le Dolci Signore
 - Armando Trovajoli - Digitmovies  
Orchestra Rehearsal
 - Nino Rota - Music Box
 - Carlo Savina - Quartet 
Sbirro, La Tua Legge E Lenta...La Mia...No!
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies


As of Sunday evening, March 15th, the mayor of Los Angeles has ordered all movie theaters to be closed for the time being, so this section of the Friday column will be temporarily discontinued.

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Aisle Seat 3-17: March Madness Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
One of those titles – along with “Time Bandits” and “Jaws” – that my parents rented for me on VHS frequently when I was growing up, VICTORY (117 mins., 1981, PG) stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and Pele in a hugely entertaining, if highly improbable, melding of “The Great Escape” with the sports thrills of international soccer. Despite being one of the earliest Warner releases in the DVD format, it’s taken years for the film to finally receive a high-definition remaster, which Warner Archive has at last brought to us in the form of a splendid, impressive new Blu-Ray.
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Film Score Friday 3/13/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/12/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents Bill Conti's score for the 1985 romantic comedy thriller GOTCHA!, with Anthony Edwards as a college student whose trip to Europe leads to intrigue and romance, courtesy of the mysterious Linda Fiorentino. Upon the film's original release, MCA put out a soundtrack LP which featured songs plus two Conti cues; Intrada's CD features the full 28-mintue score plus 22 minutes of alternates and additional cues.

Varese Sarabande CD Club is re-releasing Joseph LoDuca's score for the final Evil Dead film, ARMY OF DARKNESS.


Agatha [unused score]
 - Howard Blake - Dragon's Domain 
 - Carlo Rustichelli - Quartet
Charles Gerhardt Conducts Classic Film Scores [12-disc set] - various - Sony 
The Conrad Pope Collection, vol. 1
 - Conrad Pope - Dragon's Domain 
Days of Thunder [re-release]
 - Hans Zimmer - La-La Land
El Cuento de la Comadrejas - Emilio Kauderer - Sony (import)  
Far and Away
 - John Williams - La-La Land
- Bill Conti - Intrada Special Collection
Lo Strano Vizio Della Signora Wardh
 - Nora Orlandi - Quartet  
The Matrix Symphony 
- Don Davis - Perseverance 
Radioactive - Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine - Milan [import]
The Story of O - Part 2
 - Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer - Music Box
 - Henry Mancini - Quartet  
Wings over Everest - Kenji Kawai - Milan [import]   

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The March Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 3/11/2020 - 3:00 AM
The March edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story is an interview with the DANNA BROS., MYCHAEL AND JEFF, who embarked on a quest to score Disney - Pixar's ONWARD. Also the issue, the completion of our SUNDANCE 2020 coverage includes interviews with JOHN DEBNEY (Come Away), ALEX SOMERS (Charm City Kings), JOHN SWIHART (Dinner in America), ALEX WESTON (Wander Darkly) and more; the second and final part of Erik Heine's FILM COMPOSERS WHO ROCK, featuring titans like Zimmer, Elfman and JNH; a chat with the orchestrating team behind TUTTI MUSIC PARTNERS; WONG'S TURN looks at the Academy's recent love affair with foreign-born film composers; a downbeat with British composer SAM WATTS; a Film Composer Who Rock-themed EAR OF THE MONTH CONTEST; lots of album reviews, including Howard Shore's THE LOST PRINCE, THE CALL OF THE WILD, EMMA. and COLOR OUT OF SPACE; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

Subscribers, you’ll get notification by email shortly. Or, just go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.

Your Friends at FSM ONLINE

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Film Score Friday 3/6/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/5/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For those who don't mind "spoilers" it is revealed on this Message Board thread.

La-La Land has announced three new limited edition score releases -- a two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's thrilling score for Irwin Allen's all-star 1978 killer bee disaster movie flop THE SWARM (one of the prime examples of Goldsmith's extraordinary ability to write amazing music for lousy movies), featuring both the full score from the film as well as the original LP sequencing; an expanded, two-disc edition of John Williams' popular score for Ron Howard's 1992 70mm romantic epic FAR AND AWAY, with the full 82-minute score plus several alternate cues; and a 30th anniversary re-release of Hans Zimmer's score for Tony Scott's racing drama DAYS OF THUNDER.

Quartet has announced two new releases -- a newly remastered 50th anniversary edition of Henry Mancini's Oscar-nominated score for SUNFLOWER, the romantic drama which re-teamed international screen legends Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni; and a re-release of Carlo Rustichelli's score for Billy Wilder's 1972 comedy AVANTI!, starring Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills.

Music Box has announced two new releases -- an expanded release of Nino Rota's final score for director Federico Fellini, ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL, and an expanded, two-disc edition of THE STORY OF O - PART 2, with music by Stanley Myers and additional music by his then-protege, a young fellow named Hans Zimmer.

Mondo will be releasing a two-disc LP of Benjamin Wallfisch's score for the just-released THE INVISIBLE MAN; no CD release has yet been announced.

Other recent or upcoming vinyl-only (so far) score soundtracks include Beach Rats (Leone) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Heller), Bird Box (Reznor/Ross), The Boys (Lennertz), Dolemite Is My Name (Bomar), Don't Go in the House (Einhorn), Earthquake Bird (Ross/Ross/Sarne), Freaked (Kiner), Honey Boy (Somers), Knives Out (Johnson), The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Mosseri), Luce (Barrow/Salisbury), Maniac (Romer), Ozark: Seasons 1 & 2 (Bensi/Jurriaans), and Rambo: Last Blood (Tyler).

Presumably due to concerns over the coronavirus impacting the international box-office, the release of the new James Bond film, NO TIME TO DIE, has been rescheduled from April 10 to November 25 of this year; one can assume that the Hans Zimmer score CD, currently announced for March 27, will also be delayed.  

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Aisle Seat 3-3: March Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/2/2020 - 10:00 PM
The sequel to the highest-grossing ‘toon feature of all-time – FROZEN II 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray (103 mins., 2019, PG; Disney) – quickly became the, well, highest-grossing ‘toon feature of all-time. Despite some clunky and disposable songs, “Frozen II” is a visual feast and a commendable effort in that the picture doesn’t at all recycle the plot of its predecessor. Here, Arendelle royalty Princess Elsa and Anna head out into the Enchanted Forest on a journey that continues Elsa’s spiritual awakening while answering a mysterious “call” that leads them into uncovering truths about their parents. There, they counter both Arendelle soldiers and native people – plus plenty of magic – as they attempt to save their kingdom and right previous “ancestral wrongs.”
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