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Film Score Friday 10/12/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new upcoming score CDs -- Alexandre Desplat's score for Jacques Audiard's just-released dark comedy Western THE SISTERS BROTHERS (reportedly, rights issues with a U.S. label may make this CD difficult to obtain for U.S.-based collectors); a remastered and slightly expanded version of John Barry's romantic suspense score for the 1988 mystery MASQUERADE; and Victor Reyes' score for the recently released horror film DOWN A DARK HALL, starring AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman.
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Film Score Friday 10/5/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/4/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest limited edition release from Intrada presents Richard Band's score for the 1993 kids-and-dinosaurs fantasy-comedy PREHYSTERIA!, starring Brett Cullen and Austin O'Brien (Last Action Hero).


The latest limited edition release from Varese Sarabande presents the LP tracks from the little-seen 1977 film 9/30/55 (ultimately released in theaters and on home video as September 30, 1955). The film from writer-director James Bridges (The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome, Mike's Murder) tells the story of a group of young people whose lives spin out of control when their hero, James Dean, dies in a car accident. The great Gordon Willis was the cinematographer, and the impressive cast includes Richard Thomas, Susan Tyrell, Lisa Blount, Tom Hulce, Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid. Composer Leonard Rosenman was a close friend of Dean's who scored his films Rebel without a Cause and East of Eden, and for 9/30/55 he adapted his music from those films for his score; the Varese release is limited to 1500 units.  

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Film Score Friday 9/28/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/27/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


La-La Land has announced two new releases this week -- a 25th anniversary expanded edition of David Newman's score for the cult favorite kids movie THE SANDLOT, featuring more than 40 minutes of music not included in Varese's earlier release of the score; and KING COHEN, a Blu-Ray of the new documentary on the life of genre filmmaker Larry Cohen which includes a CD of the film's original score by Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher, The Way of the Gun).


Intrada has successfully concluded their Kickstarter campaign to fund a new recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for Alfred Hitchcock's 3D thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, with 404 backers pledging an impressive $49,313 for the project, surpassing the label's goal. The final CD is hoped to be ready in June of next year. 

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Film Score Friday 9/21/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada (which will not ship for several weeks due to a pressing error) presents the score for the 1987 sci-fi/fantasy BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, which reteamed Cocoon's stars Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn with its composer, James Horner. The film was a Steven Spielberg production about a group of inner city apartment dwellers, threatened with eviction, who are aided by a race of tiny sentient spaceships. The story was originally conceived as an Amazing Stories episode, and one of the writers was future film director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Horner's score is very much in the Cocoon vein, mixing emotional melodical material, lively orchestral passages and a Big Band flavor. MCA released an LP and long out-of-print CD featuring 46 minutes of the film's score. The Intrada Batteries is a two disc set featuring both the full score, nearly 90 minutes, plus the original MCA sequencing. 
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Film Score Friday 9/14/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a two-disc set next week.

Next week La-La Land will begin shipping their previously announced two-disc set of Lorne Balfe's score for this summer's blockbuster hit sequel MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, as well as a two-disc set of Harry Manfredini's music for FRIDAY THE 13TH - THE GAME.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Creative Emmy winners in the following music categories:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step - Cyrille Aufort 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Game of Thrones: "The Dragon and the Wolf" - Ramin Djawadi

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC 
Godless - Carlos Rafael Rivera

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
"Come Back Barack," from Saturday Night Live: Host - Chance the Rapper - Music by Eli Bruggemann; Lyrics by Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Will Stephen

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Tony Bennett: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song - Greg Field

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - "Pilot" - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
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Film Score Friday 9/7/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an unusual entry in the career of one of the all-time great film composers. In 1984, Jerry Goldsmith had his usual assortment of high-profile genre projects -- the summer blockbuster Gremlins, the lavish attempted-franchise-starter Supergirl, and Michael Crichton's underrated near-future thriller Runaway -- but he also took a rare venture into comedy with THE LONELY GUY, a Steve Martin vehicle directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story, Silver Streak). A soundtrack was released by MCA at the same time as the film, but only as a "mini-LP" with three tracks on each side, and Goldsmith's contribution was limited to two score cues and the catchy theme song, "Love Comes Without Warning," performed by America. The Intrada CD allows Goldsmith's score to be heard as it's never been heard before, including both the score as heard in the film and a plethora of alternates and revisions.


Lalo Schifrin will become the third film composer to receive an Honorary Oscar, at this year's Governors Awards ceremony on November 18th, following Alex North (1985) and Ennio Morricone (2006). The other honorees this year are actress Cicely Tyson and veteran publicist Marvin Levy, with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall recieving the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for their body of work as producers (the Thalberg used to be awarded more frequently; the last one went to Francis Ford Coppola in 2010). 

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Film Score Friday 8/31/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

The label has also announced their first Kickstarter campaign, to help finance a new recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for director Alfred Hitchcock's 3D suspense thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, with William Stromberg conducting the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. More details can be found at this link.


Along with two cast albums, Kritzerland is releasing a CD pairing two scores by Danish composer Soren Hyldgaard, who passed on this May at the age of 55 -- the American revenge thriller RED (not to be confused with the Bruce Willis action comedy), starring Brian Cox, Kyle Gallner, Tom Sizemore and Kim Dickens; and the 2001 Danish documentary FAMILY.


Music Box has announced three new film music CDs - a remastered edition of Georges Delerue's score for the French documentary TV series TOURS DU MONDE, TOURS DU CIEL, featuring an additional cue plus a 2010 recording of a Delerue string quartet; Francis Lai's score for the 1970 romantic drama MADLY (aka The Love Mates); and Eric Demarsan's score for the French documentary TV series LA LEGENDE DES SCIENCES.


On October 12, Varese Sarabande will release a CD featuring the LP tracks to the hit 1985 comedy-mystery FLETCH, starring Chevy Chase and directed by Michael Ritchie. The tracks include a handful of score cues by Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop, Tango & Cash) plus songs including the catchy main theme "Bit by Bit." (La-La Land and Universal are hoping to release Faltermeyer's score for the sequel, Fletch Lives, as part of their Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection series).

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Franchise and Sequel Composers
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/24/2018 - 9:00 PM
This is of course an incomplete list, missing most international cinema as well as most of the countless franchises of Golden Age Hollywood. The biggest omission I know of is Akira Ifukube, since I didn't have the heart to try to figure out the order and interrelation between all the Toho kaiju movies, as well as which ones had original Ifukube scores versus which were just tracked-in cues from earlier scores. I also did not include sequels yet to be released whose composers have been announced, like Halloween [2018], How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Star Wars episode 9.


MICHAEL ANDREWS
 
1. Daddy’s Home [2015]
2. Daddy’s Home 2 [2017]
 
1. Neighbors [2014]
2. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [2016]

DAVID ARNOLD
 
James Bond
18. Tomorrow Never Dies [1997]
19. The World Is Not Enough [1999]
20. Die Another Day [2002]
21. Casino Royale [2006]
22. Quantum of Solace [2008]

ALEXANDRE AZARIA
 
The Transporter
2. Transporter 2 [2005]
3. Transporter 3 [2008]
4. The Transporter Refueled [2015]
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Film Score Friday 8/24/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/23/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the soundtrack to the web horror series RAVENWOLF TOWERS, with music by genre veteran Richard Band (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Metalstorm).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Crazy Rich Asians - Brian Tyler - WaterTower [CD-R]
The Darkest Minds - Benjamin Wallfisch - Milan
Hurricane
 - Nino Rota - Varese Sarabande
Legion: Season 2
 - Jeff Russo - Lakeshore
100 Greatest Science Fiction Themes
- various - Silva
Operation Finale - Alexandre Desplat - Sony [CD-R]

Ravenwolf Towers - Richard Band - Intrada Special Collection
Westworld: Season 2 - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower 

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Film Score Friday 8/17/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/16/2018 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Accident Man
 - Sean Murray - Dragon's Domain
Advise and Consent 
- Jerry Fielding - Kritzerland
Firewalker - Gary Chang - Varese Sarabande
Giuda Uccide Il Venderi
 - Nico Fidenco - Kronos
Here We Go Again, Rubinot 
- Andrew Powell - Kronos
The Prisoner of Zenda - Henry Mancini - La-La Land
The Return of Swamp Thing
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Slender Man - Ramin Djawadi, Brandon Campbell - Sony [CD-R] 
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Bronislau Kaper begins recording his score to Home From the Hill (1959)
Franz Reizenstein died (1968)
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