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Aisle Seat 11-24: Kino Lorber Thanksgiving Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
One of the first major Italian productions to import U.S. stars, ULYSSES (94/103 mins.), offered Kirk Douglas as the titular sailor of Homer’s poem, trying to get home to Ithaca and his beloved wife Penelope, but whose adventures at sea bring him into confrontations with the horrifying Cyclops, dangerous Sirens and alluring Circe. Not as broadly performed as subsequent Hercules fantasies starring the likes of Steve Reeves, this Dino DeLaurentiis/Carlo Ponti production has long been viewed in substandard home video releases in North America, but has at last been restored in a new Kino Lorber Blu-Ray featuring a spectacular 4K Studio Canal remaster.
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Film Score Friday 11/20/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/19/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a greatly expanded release of the score for the 1998 sci-fi horror sequel SPECIES II, in which Natasha Henstridge reprised her role as the beautiful alien Sil, with Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger also returning from the original film. The director was Peter Medak (The Ruling Class, The Changeling), and the music was composed by Edward Shearmur.

The label's previously announced release of the Newton Brothers' score for the new miniseries THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR is also now available.


Quartet has announced two new releases -- NEL CINEMA E NELLA CLASSICA, with Pino Donaggio conducting his own concert and film music, including the "New York Suite," which incorporates his music for Blow Out and Carrie as well as the first release of music from one of his most sought-after scores, The Fan; and Dominik Scherrer's music for the series MARPLE, based on Agatha Christie's beloved character.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bill & Ted Face the Music
- Mark Isham - Rambling (import)
Dark: Cycle 3 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
The Haunting of Bly Manor - The Newton Brothers - Intrada
Species II - Edward Shearmur - Intrada Special Collection
The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Daniel Pemberton - Varese Sarabande 

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Aisle Seat 11-17: Another Gem From Fun City Editions
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
Fun City Editions mined an ’80s gem with the Vincent Spano vehicle “Alphabet City” in September, and now they’re back with a Blu-Ray premiere of an even more offbeat – and also much more satisfying – film in David Greene’s I START COUNTING! (105 mins., 1970). This British production served as a springboard for young actress Jenny Agutter, here playing a teenager in a fractured family who’s infatuated with her older adopted brother (Bryan Marshall) while hanging out with her friends, going to church, and trying to make amends with the dissolution of her childhood, as embodied by her frequent visits to her family’s dilapidated village home, which is on the docket for razing. If that weren’t enough, there’s a serial killer preying upon young women in their town – leading Agutter’s heroine to wonder if her “impure thoughts” are being directed at the killer himself.
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Film Score Friday 11/13/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/12/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For those who don't mind "spoilers" about upcoming releases, go to this Message Board thread.


Quartet is re-releasing their two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's thrilling score for TOTAL RECALL with new packaging to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary. They are also releasing the score on a 3-LP vinyl set.


Kritzerland is releasing a CD of music from the TV* documentary series THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, which ran from 1957 to 1970 (its final three seasons as The 21st Century). The Kritzerland disc features music from the show's first two seasons, composed by George Antheil, Paul Creston, Gail Kubik, Darius Milhaud and Harold Shapero. (*When this column was originally posted I inexplicably referred to this as a radio program. Thanks to poster "scifiguy" for the correction. As a wise and great American once said, "D'oh!")


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Albert Glasser Collection vol. 1: Huk!/Tokyo File 212 - Albert Glasser - Dragon's Domain
Demon in the Bottle
- John Morgan - Dragon's Domain
From Beyond
- Richard Band - Dragon's Domain

Interstellar: Expanded Edition - Hans Zimmer - WaterTower
Munchie
- Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Over the Moon
- Steven Price - Milan


IN THEATERS TODAY

Freaky, the new dark horror comedy from Christopher Landon, the director of the Happy Death Day films (and starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton) opens this week, with a score by Bear McCreary. Due to the spike in coronavirus rates, some theaters that had re-opened are closing again for the time being.

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November Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 11/11/2020 - 3:00 AM
The jam-packed November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story, POLITICS AND THE AMERICAN FILM SCORE, delves into some of the most noteworthy soundtracks for films about American presidents and politics, including the likes of LINCOLN, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, DAVE and more. Also this issue is an OVER THE MOON blowout, featuring an interview with STEVEN PRICE (who also discusses his work on the new Attenborough doc, A LIFE ON OUR PLANET), plus a separate chat with the songwriters of the Netflix animated musical; JOHN DEBNEY tackles two holiday treats in COME AWAY, with Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo, and JINGLE JANGLE, with Forest Whitaker; ERRAN BARON COHEN talks about his music for Amazon's surprise BORAT sequel; a piece on master composer HENRY MANCINI, covering career highlights like BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S and VICTOR/VICTORIA; a Mancini-themed EAR OF THE MONTH; Cary Wong's annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (yes, there are still holidays this year); DARA TAYLOR scores ECHO BOOMERS, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger; BRIAN TYLER scores the inspirational Disney+ drama CLOUDS; lots of album reviews, including THE WITCHES, WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005) and THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Thank you for support, especially during these trying times. Enjoy the issue, and stay safe!

Sincerely,
Your Friends at FSM ONLINE

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Aisle Seat 11-10: 4K UHD Blockbusters
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/9/2020 - 10:00 PM
We’ve had 25th and 30th Anniversary Editions on Blu-Ray of BACK TO THE FUTURE, and now Universal debuts the series on 4K UHD for the first time in their ULTIMATE TRILOGY box-set – as well as on remastered Blu-Ray – to commemorate the hit 1985 movie’s 35th Anniversary. This seven-disc box-set boasts brand-new 4K transfers with Dolby Vision enhancement and Dolby Atmos audio mixes, while incorporating all the extras from both previous Blu-Ray releases and even a few new goodies. The package includes, of course, 1985’s highest-grossing film, “Back to the Future,” along with its two sequels, shot back-to-back and released in Thanksgiving 1989 and May 1990, respectively.
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Film Score Friday 11/6/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/5/2020 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new releases -- an expanded, two-disc edition of Maurice Jarre's score for the 1990 thriller JACOB'S LADDER, directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Pena; and the 2020 sci-fi comedy-thriller LOVE AND MONSTERS, starting Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick and Michael Rooker, with music by Marco Beltrami and Marcus Trumpp.


Music Box has announced two new CDs continuing their series of releases of TV scores, this time featuring the works of two of France's top film composers -- Georges Delerue's music for LA CLOCHE TIBETAINE (1974) and SPLENDEURS ET MISERES DES COURTISANES (1975); and Claude Bolling's scores for L'ETRANGE MONSIEUR DUVALLIER and MISS (both 1979).


Caldera has announced a second CD of music composed by Andrew Dickson for the films of Mike Leigh, this one featuring his scores for 2004's period drama VERA DRAKE, which earned Oscar nominations for star Imelda Staunton as well as Leigh's script and direction, and ALL OR NOTHING, the 2002 ensemble drama featuring plenty of Leigh's usual actors -- Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Sally Hawkins and Martin Savage -- as well as James Corden as Spall and Manville's teenage son. The disc also features music from the two non-Leigh films which Dickson scored, Someone Else's America and Oublie-moi (Forget Me).


Kritzerland is releasing two new CDs of stage music, but one of them will be of interest to many film music fans. LOLITA, MY LOVE was a 1971 stage musical based on Vladimir Nabokov's classic, controversial novel, with music by John Barry and book and lyrics by Broadway legend (and three-time Oscar winner) Alan Jay Lerner. The show, starring John Neville (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) as Humbert Humbert, Denise Nickerson as Lolita, Dorothy Loudon (later Tony winner for creating the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie) as Lolita's mother Charlotte, and Leonard Frey (Oscar nominated that same year for Fiddler on the Roof) as Clare Quilty, closed out of town during its pre-Broadway run, and until now the only way to hear the score was an LP of questionable provenance from a live recording with dodgy sound. Kritzerland's release is a two-disc set of a live recording of the complete show (with songs and dialogue cued separately) with better sound.

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November 25
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Daniele Amfitheatrof begins recording his score for The Last Hunt (1956)
Eleni Karaindrou born (1941)
Maurice Jarre begins recording his score for Grand Prix (1966)
Michael Small begins recording his score for The Postman Always Rings Twice (1980)
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