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Aisle Seat 4-23: Criterion's Police Story, Kino Lorber April Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/22/2019 - 9:00 PM
Though not strictly classified as a horror movie, Universal’s 1940 production of THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES (89 mins.) fits comfortably alongside some of its strongest monster rallies. In fact, this Nathaniel Hawthorne adaptation falls somewhere between an A-grade studio project and a superior B-effort, sporting George Sanders as the conniving member of a colonial New England family who dreams of lost treasure laying about their ancestral home. Vincent Price, meanwhile, contributes one of his most sympathetic turns as Sanders’ brother, framed for their father’s death and sent to waste away in prison, leaving his beloved fiancée (Margaret Lindsay) behind.
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Film Score Friday 4/19/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/18/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new soundtrack releases -- Michael Giacchino's score for the 2017 drama THE BOOK OF HENRY; Rachel Portman's music for the hit family film A DOG'S PURPOSE (both of these score were previously released as downloads by Backlot Music); and Fernando Velazquez' score for the comedy-thriller 70 BINLADENS.


The latest limited edition CD from Varese Sarabande is a two-disc set of Stu Phillips' music for the hit-TV 80s series KNIGHT RIDER, featuring the cues featured on the original, out-of-print Film Score Monthly release as well as a second disc of additional material chosen by the composer.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

High Life
 - Stuart Staples - Milan 
The Highwaymen - Thomas Newman - Sony (import)
Knight Rider
- Stu Phillips - Varese Sarabande
976-Evil II
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
The Paul Chihara Collection vol. 2
 - Paul Chihara - Dragon's Domain
Under the Silver Lake - Disasterpeace - Milan 

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Aisle Seat 4-16: April Assault '19
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/15/2019 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off this week’s Aisle Seat are two new, impressive restorations of vintage – and rarely screened – widescreen films from Flicker Alley: the German-produced 70mm travelogue FLYING CLIPPER, known as MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY upon its U.S. theatrical run (158 mins., 1962), and the once long-lost Cinerama feature THE GOLDEN HEAD (115 mins., 1965). The latter was never released in North America and ended its London theatrical run early, where it was replaced by “Flying Clipper” – now both of them have been collected in a pair of terrific new Blu-Ray combo packs, the latter with a 4K UHD presentation as well.
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Film Score Friday 4/12/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/11/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set featuring an expanded version of what may not be Craig Safan's best known score but is arguably his finest work, SON OF THE MORNING STAR, the ambitious two-part CBS TV adaptation of Evan Connell's novel about General Custer and Little Big Horn, starring Gary Cole as Custer and adapted by Melissa Mathison (E.T.).


Varese Sarabande is expected to announce one new limited edition CD today.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Clowns - Nino Rota - Quartet 
The Curse of La Llorna - Joseph Bishara - WaterTower [CD-R]
Hellboy - Benjamin Wallfisch - Sony 
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot - Joe Kraemer - La-La Land
Son of the Morning Star - Craig Safan - Intrada Special Collection 

Terra Willy: Unexplored Planet
 - Olivier Cussac - Music Box 

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Film Score Friday 4/5/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/4/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new two-disc set next week.


La-La Land has announced a tentative schedule of releases for the next several weeks.

On April 9, they plan to release the score for the 2019 indie THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT, starring newly minted Oscar nominee Sam Elliott with music by Joe Kraemer (The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation). That day they will also release John Williams' SAVING PRIVATE RYAN on vinyl.

On April 23, they will release Gil Melle's previously unreleased score to director Michael Winner's 1977 demonic horror thriller THE SENTINEL, as part of their recent partnership with Universal.

On May 14, they plan to release Dario Marianelli's score for the recent Transformers prequel BUMBLEBEE, and a two-disc set titled THE QUINN MARTIN COLLECTION VOL 1., featuring music from many of the TV productions from the 60s/70s small-screen icon, which included Barnaby Jones, Cannon, The F.B.I., The Fugitive, The Invaders, The Streets of San Francisco, Twelve O'Clock High, and the anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected, as well as several movies-of-the-week (his only theatrical feature was The Mephisto Waltz). Composers represented on this set will be Bruce Broughton, Jerry Goldsmith, Dave Grusin, John Parker, Nelson Riddle, Lalo Schifrin, David Shire, Duane Tatro and Patrick Williams

On May 28 they will release another score from their Universal partnership, Harold Faltermeyer's music for the comedy-mystery sequel, FLETCH LIVES.

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Aisle Seat 4-2: April Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/1/2019 - 9:00 PM
If you’ve been a regular Aisle Seat reader over the years, you know that one of my sources of cinematic kryptonite is the over-the-top horror/sci-fi extravaganza. Gems like “Lifeforce,” “Dreamcatcher” and John Frankenheimer’s “Prophecy” have gotten a fair shake in these quarters, even if my reasons for enjoying all of them have little to do with how the pictures were intended to be appreciated. In just a few weeks Scream Factory brings us another of these guilty pleasures — William Girdler’s massively entertaining, bizarre horror epic THE MANITOU (103 mins., 1977, PG), which answers the question “what might’ve happened if Blake Edwards directed a horror movie in the style of ‘The Exorcist’ the year after ‘Star Wars’ was released?”
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