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Film Score Friday 1/18/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/17/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set of James Horner's score for director Ron Howard's Oscar-winning 1995 docudrama APOLLO 13. Horner was nominated for the film's score as well as for Best Picture winner Braveheart, but the disappointment of losing the Oscar to Luis Bacalov's Il Postino was probably pretty well forgotten two years later due to his work on a little film called Titanic. MCA's original soundtrack release of Apollo 13 was a frustrating mixture of score cues, period songs and dialogue excerpts, while a score-only CD was available only as a hard-to-find promotional release. Disc One of Intrada's Apollo 13 features the complete film orchestral film score followed by Horner's electronic cues, totalling 76 minutes, while Disc Two features the cue sequencing of the promotional CD.


The latest soundtrack CD from Kritzerland presents the first-ever release of the score for the 1971 horror film THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. The film was produced by Amicus Productions, which specialized in anthology horror films like Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. Despite its title, The House that Dripped Blood was a not-especially-gory entry from the studio and told four horror tales, written by Psycho novelist Robert Bloch, revolving around the same house -- Denholm Elliot played a thriller writer who believes his murderer character has come to life; Peter Cushing becomes obsessed with a wax museum; Christopher Lee has a mysterious relationship with his seemingly innocent young daughter; and Jon Pertwee plays the star of a vampire film whose costume causes him to take a "method" approach to his role. The score was composed by Michael Dress [1935-1975], whose few other scores include the Amicus-produced science-fiction drama The Mind of Mr. Soames, starring Terence Stamp and Robert Vaughn.


Next week, La-La Land will be releasing a two-disc set of music from Seth McFarlane's hit sci-fi comedy series THE ORVILLE, featuring the show's main theme by nine-time Emmy winner Bruce Broughton, plus selections from the episode scores by Broughton, Andrew Cotttee, John Debney and Joel McNeely.


The latest limited edition release from Varese Sarabande presents the LP tracks from Lee Holdridge's score for the 1978 romantic docudrama sequel THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, PART 2. Marilyn Hassett reprised her role as Jill Kinmont, a champion skier paralyzed in an accident, and the sequel depicts her romance with her eventual husband, played by Timothy Bottoms. (Beau Bridges played her ill-fated love interest in the first film, scored by Charles Fox who received an Oscar nomination for its song, "Richard's Window." Fun biopic trivia: the first film, released in 1975, takes place in the mid-late 1950s, while its sequel was made only 3 years later but takes place 20 years later) 

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Film Score Friday 1/11/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/10/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their latest nominations for their movie awards, including Original Music:

BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk - Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs - Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns - Marc Shaiman
A Star Is Born - Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson


Justin Hurwitz won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, Motion Picture for First Man, and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born won Best Original Song, Motion Picture.

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Film Score Friday 1/4/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/3/2019 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bernie the Dolphin - Joshua Mosley - Lakeshore
The Box of Delights - Roger Limb - Silva (import)
I Familiari Delle Vittime Non Saranno Avvertiti
 - Francesco De Masi - Beat
The Sisters Brothers - Alexandre Desplat - Lakeshore (U.S. release) 
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Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2018 Lists
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth, though more and more I try to pay attention to sound in particular. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which are not actually eligible in those categories are marked with an asterisk.
 

BEST PICTURE
 
(This year, there will be anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominees, so I will rank them in order of likeliness -- my guess is that there will be eight.)

1. A Star Is Born 
2. Roma
3. Green Book
4. The Favourite
5. First Man
6. Black Panther
7. Mary Poppins Returns
8. BlacKkKlansman
9. If Beale Street Could Talk
10. Widows

 
1. Roma
2. Burning
3. Shoplifters
4. Isle of Dogs
5. Lean on Pete*
6. Cold War
7. The Favourite
8. First Man
9. Hereditary
10. Girl 
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CD Checklist 2018
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
AALTIO, PANU
 
95 (Quartet)
SUPER FURBALL (Quartet)

ABENI, MAURIZIO
 
RABBIA FURIOSA (Digitmovies)
ABRIL, ANTON GARCIA

EL HOMBRE Y LA TIERRA (Quartet)
AKINOLA, SEGUN

DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 11 (Silva)

ALIAGA, JORGE
 
ATONIA (Rosetta)
SHADOW GIRL (Rosetta)

ALLEN, MICHAEL
 
LAST DANCE (Dragon’s Domain)
ALLOUCHE, HARRY

AU BOUT DES DOIGTS (Milan - import)
AMAR, ARMAND

MIA AND THE WHITE LION (Milan - import)

AMARANTE, RODRIGO
 
7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE (Lakeshore)
ARNALDS, OLAFUR

PHILIP K. DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS (La-La Land) 
ARNOLD, DAVID

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (La-La Land)
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Film Score Friday 12/28/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/27/2018 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land plans to release a three-disc edition of John Williams' beloved, Oscar-nominated score for SUPERMAN in 2019. And according to Amazon, the label will be releasing a soundtrack for THE ORVILLE, Seth McFarlane's light-hearted homage to Star Trek, featuring music from the series by Bruce Broughton, Andrew Cottee, John Debney and Joel McNeely.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Aquaman
 - Rupert Gregson-Williams - WaterTower
Delitto Quasi Perfetto
 - Carlo Rustichelli - Digitmovies
Doctor Who: Series 11
 - Segun Akinola - Silva
Don Camillo
 - Pino Donaggio - Digitmovies
Fumo di Londra
 - Piero Piccioni - Beat
Once Upon a Time in the West
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat 

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Film Score Friday 12/21/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
As expected, Intrada is releasing a CD of Alan Silvestri's score for Robert Zemeckis' WELCOME TO MARWEN, starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae, which tells the same true story as the acclaimed 2010 documentary Marwencol.


For the first time since the 1979 Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists for nominations in their music categories:

ORIGINAL SCORE
Annihilation [Geoff Burrow, Ben Salisbury]
Avengers: Infinity War [Alan Silvestri]
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs [Carter Burwell]
Black Panther [Ludwig Goransson]
BlacKkKlansman [Terence Blanchard]
Crazy Rich Asians [Brian Tyler]
The Death of Stalin [Christopher Willis]
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald [James Newton Howard]
First Man [Justin Hurwitz]
If Beale Street Could Talk [Nicholas Britell]
Isle of Dogs [Alexandre Desplat]
Mary Poppins Returns [Marc Shaiman]
A Quiet Place [Marco Beltrami]
Ready Player One [Alan Silvestri]
Vice [Nicholas Britell]

ORIGINAL SONG
"All the Stars" - Black Panther
"The Big Unknown' - Widows
"Girl in the Movies" - Dumplin'
"I'll Fight" - RBG
"Keep Reachin'" - Quincy
"OYAHYTT" - Sorry to Bother You
"A Place Called Slaughter Race" - Ralph Breaks the Internet
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" - Mary Poppins Returns
"Revelation" - Boy Erased
"Shallow" - A Star Is Born
"Suspirium" - Suspiria
"Treasure" - Beautiful Boy
"Trip a Little Light Fantastic" - Mary Poppins Returns
"We Won't Move" - The Hate U Give
"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The score list has its share of surprises. Because the list had to be finished before the end of the calendar year, I was worried that the Music Branch voters would go for the obvious film-and-composer choices, but perhaps because such perennial nominees as Randy Newman, Thomas Newman and John Williams had no new scores this year, they went for a more eclectic group. Only two of the fifteen listed scores were composed by past winners (Alexandre Desplat and Justin Hurwitz) and five of the fifteen were scored by composers who have never been nominated. The most unexpected inclusions were Annihilation and The Death of Stalin, and it's reassuring that the shortlist voters would show their support for such relatively obscure composers as Christopher Willis and the Burrow/Salisbury team, especially with heavy hitters like Giacchino and Zimmer not making the cut.

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The 2018 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version)
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/17/2018 - 9:00 PM
40. STEVE JABLONSKY  
 
2017 RANKING: 38
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen--402 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon--352   
3. Transformers--319
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction--245  
5. Transformers: The Last Knight--130
6. Lone Survivor--125  
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows--81  
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre--80
9. Skyscraper--67  
10. Battleship--65  
 
Skyscraper was a box-office disappointment in the U.S. (maybe setting a Die Hard ripoff in a skyscraper is a little too on-the-nose), and Bumblebee will be the first Transformers-related live-action feature without a Jablonsky score (director Travis Knight went with his usual composer, Dario Marianelli).  He is currently attached to a Vin Diesel thriller and a Mark Wahlberg/Peter Berg film of one of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Bloodshot, Wonderland 
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Film Score Friday 12/14/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced several new soundtrack CDs -- a brand-new recording of Bernard Herrmann's score for the thriller THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, which Francois Truffaut directed from the Cornel Woolrich novel, featuring Fernando Velazquez conducting the Basque National Orchestra; an expanded, two-disc edition of Nino Rota's classic score for Federico Fellini's 8 1/2; a 60th anniversary two-disc edition of Jerome Moross' classic, Oscar-nominated score for the Western epic THE BIG COUNTRY, feauring the full score tracks as well as (in mono and processed "stereo") the original LP tracks; a two-disc, 35th anniversary edition of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for the hit WARGAMES, featuring both a remastered version of the original score tracks and the tracks from the original soundtrack LP (which featured both score and dialogue excerpts); the first release of the full Bernardo Bonezzi score for Pedro Almodovar's comedy classic WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN; a remastered anniversary edition of Ennio Morricone's beloved score for CINEMA PARADISO; and EL HOMBRE Y LA TIERRA, a four-disc set of Anton Garcia Abril's music for the documentary TV series that ran from 1974 to 1981.


Kritzerland has announced two new CDs -- the music from the 1949 Western THE CISCO KID IN THE GAY AMIGO, scored by B-movie veteran Albert Glasser (The Amazing Colossal Man), plus cues from additional Glasser scores; and a remastered and resequenced release of Alfred Newman's score for the religious drama A MAN CALLED PETER

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Film Score Friday 12/7/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest new CD from Intrada is another unexpected "Holy Grail" score -- Jerry Goldsmith's haunting music from the 1975 supernatural thriller THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD. J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes) directed the film, which starred Michael Sarrazin as a man who starts to believe his nightmares and flashes of deja vu are actually memories of a past life, with Margot Kidder, Jennifer O'Neill and Cornelia Sharpe as the women of his past and present. Goldsmith's score, a typically striking and inventive mixture of orchestra and electronics, was rumored to be a favorite of the composer's, but has never had a commercial release until now. (The score has been preserved in its entirety, but due to the 1/4 inch tape format on which the music was saved, the tracks have what Intrada warns are "audio anomalies.")

Their other new CD is a remastered re-release of Christopher Young's score for the little-seen 1989 psychological thriller HIDER IN THE HOUSE, starring Mimi Rogers, Michael McKean, and Gary Busey as the "hider," from a screenplay by Lem Dobbs (Dark City, The Limey, The Score).

The label also plans an upcoming release of a new score, which Doug Fake describes as "from one of the major studios, the star a big one, the composer very famous and the director boasting a formidable list of successes as well," so in all likelihood it will be Alan Silvestri's score for Robert Zemeckis' Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell.


Last Friday, Varese Sarabande announced a limited edition three-CD bundle DAVE GRUSIN: THE PREMIERE COLLECTION, featuring four never-before-released scores by the Oscar-winning composer: the 1979 dark legal comedy-drama ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, directed by Norman Jewison, which earned Oscar nominations for Al Pacino's lead performance and the original screenplay by Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin; director Sydney Pollack's 1981 legal drama ABSENCE OF MALICE, nominated for actors Paul Newman and Melinda Dillon and its Kurt Leudtke screenplay; the Neil Simon-scriped 1976 comedy spoof MURDER BY DEATH, featuring an all-star cast as parodies of classic detectives -- Peter Falk (as Sam Spade), David Niven (Nick Charles), Maggie Smith (Nora Charles), Peter Sellers (Charlie Chan), James Coco (Hercules Poirot) and Elsa Lanchester (Miss Marple), plus Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell, Estelle Winwood, and even Truman Capote; and director Robert Mulligan's 1971 romantic drama THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, starring Michael Sarrazin and Barbara Hershey. 

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