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Film Score Friday 9/13/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/12/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced a historic upcoming CD release -- the original score tracks from one of the most important and influential film scores of all time, Franz Waxman's groundbreaking BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It will first go on sale at a screening of the film on October 13 at the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival in Tarrytown, NY, which will include a Q&A featuring the composer's son, John Waxman, and soundtrack producer/restorer Mike Matessino. The disc will be available from the label's website at a later date.

This week the label has two new releases -- an expanded, two-disc release of Danny Elfman's thrilling score for Brian DePalma's 1996 franchise-starter MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, featuring the original soundtrack release sequencing on Disc One and the score as heard in the film on Disc Two (plus alternates); and Harry Manfredini's score for what is arguably the best of the Jason Voorhees franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (featuring the same cues as on the label's Friday the 13th boxed set).


The latest re-recording from Tadlow, due in late October, features the complete scores for two groundbreaking horror films from England's Hammer Film Productions, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and HORROR OF DRACULA, with Nic Raine conducting the music of Oscar winner* James Bernard.

*(yes, I know, Bernard won his Oscar for co-writing the story to Seven Days to Noon, not for his music. Still, that's one more Oscar than you or I have, bub).

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Film Score Friday 9/6/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/5/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest film music release from Kritzerland is a five-disc set titled HENRY KING AT FOX, featuring five scores composed by Alfred Newman for the veteran director -- a remastered version of the swashbuckler THE BLACK SWAN; a remastered two-disc version of Newman's classic, spectacular CAPTAIN FROM CASTILLE; an expanded version of the historical drama PRINCE OF FOXES; the first release of the brief score for the Gregory Peck Western THE GUNFIGHTER; and a re-release of Newman's Oscar-winning LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Goldfinch - Trevor Gureckis - WaterTower [CD-R]
Ms. Purple - Roger Suen - Notefornote 
Pet Sematary II
 - Mark Governor - La-La Land
Thunderbirds Are Go: Series 2 
- Ben Foster, Nick Foster - Silva

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Film Score Friday 8/30/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/29/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents the first-ever release of the score for DOWNHILL RACER, the 1969 skiing drama starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman that marked the feature directing debut of Michael Ritchie (The Candidate, Smile, The Bad News Bears, The Fantasticks). The film was the last feature to have a score composed by Kenyon Hopkins (Baby Doll, 12 Angry Men, The Hustler), and the CD includes the score in stereo as well as additional tracks in mono.


The latest release from La-La Land, which is expected to begin shipping in early September, presents the score for director Mary Lambert's 1992 PET SEMATIARY II, the sequel to her own 1989 horror hit based on the Stephen King novel. The music is by composer Mark Governor, whose eclectic resume includes a stage musical based on The Scarlet Letter, and the CD features his 53-minute score as well as 22 minutes of alternates. This is the first commerical release of this score, though one track was featured on the composer's CD A Whore's Diary.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Downhill Racer - Kenyon Hopkins - Intrada Special Collection
The Durrells - Ruth Barrett, Jon Wygens - Abkco
The Farewell - Alex Weston - Milan
It: Chapter Two - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower [CD-R]

Valhalla
 - Ron Goodwin - PlantSounds 

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Film Score Friday 8/23/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/22/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a new CD next week.


The latest CD from La-La Land features music from the first season fo the Netflix series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, scored by Adam Taylor (The Handmaid's Tale, Before I Fall)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

After the Wedding
 - Mychael Danna - Varese Sarabande
Chernobyl
 - Hildur Guonadottir - Deutsche Grammophon
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season One - Adam Taylor - La-La Land
Dementia/Piano Concerto
 - George Antheil, Ernest Gold - Kritzerland 
Ghost Story
 - Philippe Sarde - 
Playmobil The Movie
- Heitor Pereira - Sony
Succession
 - Nicholas Britell - Milan 
The Tenant
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet  

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Film Score Friday 8/16/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/15/2019 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so if any breaking film music news has broken in the last few days, you'll have to read about it on the Message Board or elsewhere on the Internet, which I am told is a series of tubes. (Forgive me if I have made this reference before. Obviously, it never fails to amuse me.)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Heitor Pereira - Sony [CD-R]
Evil Toons
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
The Informer
 - Brooke Blair, Will Blair - Varese Sarabande*
Intolerance 
- Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection 
Secrets of the Titanic
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain

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Film Score Friday 8/9/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/8/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring expanded editions of scores from composer Philippe Sarde -- GHOST STORY, the 1981 adaptation of Peter Straub's supernatural bestseller, starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and John Houseman, remastered and featuring nearly 20 minutes of music not included in the earlier MCA LP/Varese Sarabande CD; and Sarde's first score for director-star Roman Polanski, the 1976 psychological thriller THE TENANT, featuring cues not included in the previous Universal France CD release of the score (which paired it with the Sarde/Polanski Tess).


Composer Barrington Pheloung died in his native Australia on Wednesday, July 31 at the age of 65. Pheloung began his musical training on the guitar at the age of five, and in his late teens moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music. His entree into the world of film and television music came through future Oscar winner Anthony Minghella, who saw one of the ballets Pheloung had composed. Not only did Minghella hire the composer to wrote incidental music for some of his plays, he introduced Pheloung to TV producer Kenny McBain, who hired him for the job that would prove to be the most popular of his entire scoring career -- the long-running mystery series Inspector Morse. Pheloung's scores for the series actually interpolated morse code clues into his themes, and his music was so popular that it spawned multiple soundtrack releases, and he returned for the show's sequel series Lewis and its prequel Endeavor, about Morse's early years.

Minghella later brought Pheloung along for his feature directing debut, the 1990 ghost romance Truly Madly Deeply, and over the next few decades Pheloung would score an impressive variety of features, including the historical drama Nostradamus, the Stephen King adaptation The Mangler, and even Paul W.S. Anderson's first feature, Shopping, starring a 22-year-old Jude Law. 

One of Pheloung's most dependable collaborators was producer-director Anand Taylor, who worked with the composer on several projects for the small screen as well as such features as the Oscar-nominated music biopic Hilary & Jackie, the Steve Martin adaptation Shopgirl, And When Did You Last See Your Father (with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Beard), and the final chapter of the critically acclaimed Red Riding trilogy.

The composer is survived by his wife Heather and their four children. (Most of the biographical information in this obituary came from Daniel Mangodt's 1994 interview with the composer for Soundtrack)

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Film Score Friday 8/2/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/1/2019 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Planet of the Apes: Original Film Series Soundtrack Collection - Jerry Goldsmith, Leonard Rosenman, Tom Scott - La-La Land 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Coyote Lake - Fabrizio Mancinelli
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Tyler Bates
15 Minutes of War - Fabien Kourtzer, Mike Kourtzer 
The Ground Beneath My Feet - Kyrre Kvam
Is That You? - Owain Kelly, James Williams 
Jirga - AJ True
Ladyworld - Callie Ryan
Love, Antosha - Saul Simon MacWilliams
Luce - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
Moop - Arin Crumley, Andrew Peterson
The Nightingale - Jed Kurzel
The Operative - Frank Ilfman
Otherhood - Marcelo Zarvos
A Score to Settle - John Kaefer
Teacher - Alexis Grapsas
Tel Aviv on Fire - André Dziezuk
Them That Follow - Garth Stevenson
Union - Jimi Zhivago 
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Film Score Friday 7/26/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/25/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is Christopher Young's exciting score for VIRTUOSITY, the 1995 sci-fi thriller pitting cop Denzel Washington against computer-generated villain Russell Crowe (12 years before they re-teamed for Ridley Scott's American Gangster). This release features 76 minutes of Young's orchestral and electronic music for the film, with music heard not in the film as well as not on the score's previous release as a 44-minute composer promo.


The latest soundtrack CD from Caldera presents the first-ever commercial release of Gerald Fried's only Oscar-nominated score, from the 1975 documentary BIRDS DO IT, BEES DO IT, which focused on reproduction in the animal kingdom. (Fried was up against tough competition in the Original Score category that year, including Jerry Goldsmith and Alex North, and to no one's surprise the Oscar went to John Williams for Jaws.) 

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Film Score Friday 7/19/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/18/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc edition of one of Bruce Broughton's greatest scores -- YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, with the complete film score featured on the first two discs, and Disc Three featuring alternates as well as the original LP sequencing.


La-La Land has announced their five hundredth release, a boxed set featuring the scores for arguably the most ambitious science-fiction franchise in cinema history -- the original PLANET OF THE APES series. Disc One features Jerry Goldsmith's brilliant, game-changing score for the 1968 Planet of the Apes, the original film tracks plus the 1968 LP sequencing; Disc Two features Leonard Rosenman's similarly offbeat score for Beneath the Planet of the Apes, both the original score cues and the tracks (including dialogue) from the 1970 soundtrack LP. Disc Three features Goldsmith's delightfully funky and exciting score for Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Disc Four features Conquest of the Planet of the Apes by composer and veteran session musician Tom Scott, with the full score in mono followed by the surviving stereo tracks. Disc Five concludes the set with Rosenman's rousing score for Battle for the Planet of the Apes. The set can be pre-ordered now and is expected to begin shipping at the end of this month.


The latest batch of releases from Quartet includes Mark Isham's previously unreleased score for the 2017 docudrama MEGAN LEAVEY, with Kate Mara as a young Marine who bonds with her combat dog (unlike this year's Isham-scored A Dog's Journey, recently released by Quartet, the dog does not narrate the film). Other new releases include SHORT CUTS 2018, which features music written for contemporary short films by a variety of composers, including Angelo Badalamenti, Joe Kraemer and Nicholas Pike.


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music-related categories (see below):

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Film Score Friday 7/12/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/11/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest film-music CD from Kritzerland presents the soundtrack to the 1955 thriller DEMENTIA (later released in an altered version as Daughter of Horrror), with music composed by George Antheil, famous for "Ballet Mecanique," whose other film scores included Angels Over Broadway, Knock on Any Door, In a Lonely Place and The Pride and the Passion. As a bonus, the disc also features Ernest Gold's "Piano Concerto."


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Breath
- Harry Gregson-Williams - Rambling (import)
Ghost House - Rich Ragsdale - Howlin' Wolf
Good Omens - David Arnold - Silva
Le Lunghe Ombre
 - Egisto Macchi - Kronos
Les Miserables - John Murphy - Lakeshore
Occupation in 26 Pictures
 - Alfi Kabiljo - Kronos 
Ursus Y La Ragazza Tartara
 - Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kronos

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Arthur B. Rubinstein begins recording his score for Nick of Time (1995)
Dee Barton born (1937)
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