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Film Score Friday 5/24/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/23/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD release from Intrada is a remastered and resequenced release of Jerry Fielding's score for the 1971 Western LAWMAN, with Michael Winner directing an impressive cast led by Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb and Robert Duvall.  


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Aladdin - Alan Menken - Disney
Avengers: Endgame
 - Alan Silvestri - Hollywood
Black Mirror: Hang the DJ
 - Alex Somers, Sigur Ros - Invada 
Hakkodasan
 - Yasushi Akutagawa - Cinema-Kan (import)
Lawman
- Jerry Fielding - Intrada Special Collection
Philip Glass Soundtracks Vol. II - Philip Glass - Orange Mountain
The Sun Is Also a Star - Herdis Stefansdotir - Sony (import) 

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Aisle Seat 5-21: May Mania Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/20/2019 - 9:00 PM
Whatever happened to Richard Franklin? The Australian auteur became a hot commodity for a while in the ’80s thanks to genre films like “Psycho II” and the kid fantasy “Cloak and Dagger,” but he saw his career fizzle out after misfires like the barely released 1986 ape thriller LINK (103 mins., R; Kino Lorber). Produced for Thorn EMI before their film division went belly-up and was sold to Cannon, “Link” stars Terence Stamp as a daffy college professor whose work with intelligent simians results in one of those predictable “don’t mess with nature” plots, forcing grad student Elisabeth Shue to battle a chimp gone wild in Stamp’s isolated British manor.
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Film Score Friday 5/17/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/16/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced their updated rules for the 92nd Academy Awards, to be presented in 2020. As with the most recent Awards, there will be 15-entry shortlists for both the Original Score and Original Song categories. There is still the option of an Original Musical category which "may be activated only by special request of the Music Branch Executive Committee to the Board of Governors in a year when the field of eligible submissions is determined to be of sufficient quantity and quality to justify award competition."

The Foreign Language Film award will now be known as International Feature Film, and its shortlist has been increased from seven to ten films but otherwise the category rules will remain the same. Makeup and Hairstyling will now have five nominations instead of three, and a shortlist of ten films instead of seven.

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Le Plus Beau Pays Du Monde/Le Sanctuaire - Rob - Music Box 
Louisiane
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box 
Maniac [re-issue] 
- Rob - Music Box
The Professor and the Madman - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
The Sentinel - Gil Melle - La-La Land 
The Son
 - Nathan Barr - Varese Sarabande 

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Film Score Friday 5/10/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/9/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest score CD from Intrada is the direct-to-video sequel BACKDRAFT II, which brings back two stars, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, from the 1991 Ron Howard-directed firefighter mystery-thriller. Hans Zimmer scored the original film, but the new sequel features a score by veteran composer Randy Edelman, whose feature career began in the 1970s but is best remembered for a streak of hits in the 1990s including Kindergarten Cop, My Cousin Vinny, Beethoven, The Last of the Mohicans (a shared credit with Trevor Jones), Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Gettysburg, The Mask and While You Were Sleeping.
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Backdraft II - Randy Edelman - Intrada Special Collection
Bomber - Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat
The History of Eternity
 - Zbigniew Preisner - Caldera
The Hustle - Anne Dudley - Sony (import)
Lancaster Skies
 - James Griffiths - Quartet 
L'Ossessa
 - Marcello Giombini - Digitmovies
Malevolence 3: Killer
 - Stevan Mena - Howlin' Wolf 
Nunzio
 - Lalo Schifrin - Quartet 
Ruba Al Prossimo Turo
 - Ennio Morricone - Digitmovies
Shazam! - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower
Un Amore
 - Giorgio Gaslini - Quartet  
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Aisle Seat 5-7: Alien 4K, Scream & Twilight Time New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/6/2019 - 9:00 PM
One of the wonderful things about watching classic films in a remastered presentation, and especially at a higher resolution than you’ve seen before, is that you can appreciate them anew, on their own terms. Not as the start of a franchise, not as a genre benchmark that was copied hundreds of times over – but a solitary work of cinema that remains contemporary even though it was released some 40 years ago. That’s the case with ALIEN (****, 116 mins., 1979, R), Ridley Scott’s classic which rode the sci-fi wave that “Star Wars” ignited and became a classic in its own right thanks to Scott’s direction, the film’s evocative production design and striking H.R. Giger creature effects.
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Film Score Friday 5/3/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/2/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced a handful of new score CDs -- Lalo Schifrin's score for the 1978 urban drama NUNZIO, featuring the same cues as the original MCA LP; Bruno Coulais' score for BLANCHE COMME NEIGE (White as Snow), the new film from director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Adore, Gemma Bovery), starring Isabelle Huppert; Giorgio Gaslini's score for the 1965 Italian romantic drama UN AMORE; and James Griffiths' score for the WWII drama LANCASTER SKIES.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Laurette/Rashomon/Death of a Salesman - Elmer Bernstein, Laurence Rosenthal, Alex North - Kritzerland 
Pokemon Detective Pikachu - Henry Jackman - Sony
Tolkien
 - Thomas Newman - Sony 

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Alien released in theaters (1979)
Elmer Bernstein wins the Outstanding Music Composition Emmy for The Making of the President 1960 (1964)
Miklos Rozsa begins Los Angeles recording sessions for Ben-Hur (1959)
Pierre Bachelet born (1944)
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