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Film Score Friday 11/15/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/14/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has just released Tom Holkenborg's* score for the latest Terminator sequel TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, which returns Linda Hamilton and writer-producer James Cameron to the franchise. The label is also making available Lolita Ritmanis' score for the Latvian war drama DVESELU PUTENIS, known in English as Blizzard of Souls. (*when this column originally posted, I had stupidly attributed the Dark Fate score to Lorne Balfe, who actually scored the previous Terminator sequel; thanks to Bob DiMucci for the correction).


Kritzerland has just announced a CD of the music of concert and film composer GAIL KUBIK, featuring three concert pieces composed and conducted by Kubik -- Scenes for Orchestra (based on his unused score for I Thank a Fool), Scenario for Orchestra (based on his largely unused score for The Desperate Hours, the surviving tracks of which were featured on Intrada's Double Indemnity/Paramount noir set), and Stewball: Four Variations for Band.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Crown: Season Three
 - Martin Phipps - Sony
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, vol. 1
 - Daniel Pemberton - Varese Sarabande
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, vol. 2 
- Daniel Pemberton, Samuel Sim - Varese Sarabande
Dveselu Putenis (Blizzard of Souls)
- Lolita Ritmanis - Marlo/La-La Land
La Chiave
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Terminator: Dark Fate
- Tom Holkenborg - La-La Land 

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Film Score Friday 11/8/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/7/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from the BYU Film Music Archive is a three-disc set titled SADDLES, SAGEBRUSH AND STEINER: WESTERN SCORES OF MAX STEINER. Disc One features cues from Steiner's scores for Virginia City, Santa Fe Trail, San Antonio and Dallas; Disc Two features Rocky Mountain and The Charge at Feather River; Disc Three has The Lion and the Horse and Raton Pass.


La-La Land has announced two CDs to begin shipping this week -- an expanded and remastered edition of Michael Kamen's score for the 1989 cult classic ROAD HOUSE, featuring cues not included in Intrada's earlier release of the score (since my liner notes for the Intrada edition were not retained, I assume a massive letter writing campaign will ensue, and I thank my readers in advance), and a re-release of their CD of Harold Faltermeyer's score for the 1984 blockbuster action comedy BEVERLY HILLS COP.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Amore Mio 
- Carlo Savina - Saimel 
Beverly Hills Cop [re-release]
- Harold Faltermeyer - La-La Land
Encounter - Penka Kouneva - Notefornote
The Good Liar - Carter Burwell - WaterTower [CD-R]
J'Accuse - Alexandre Desplat - Warner Classics (import)
Road House
- Michael Kamen - La-La Land
Windjammer - Morton Gould - Sepia 
Zombie Night
 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain

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Film Score Friday 11/1/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/31/2019 - 10:00 PM

The trailer for THE SONG OF NAMES, the new film from director Francois Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, Silk, Boychoir), has an extremely unusual title card. Near the end of the trailer, after we get the expected title "FROM THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR OF THE RED VIOLIN," we get another title card:

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNING COMPOSER OF
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

I presume that the fact that Song of Names is a music-oriented film is a big factor, but I can't remember seeing  a contemporary trailer in which a score composer (at least, one who wasn't an otherwise already famous popular music figure) was used as such a prominent selling point, so good for Howard Shore.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Abominable
 - Rupert Gregson-Williams - Backlot
Doctor Sleep - The Newton Brothers - WaterTower [CD-R]
Ganja & Hess
- Sam Waymon - Howlin' Wolf
Gemini Man 
- Lorne Balfe - La-La Land
Harriet
- Terence Blanchard - Backlot   

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Film Score Friday 10/25/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/24/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents the score to the 2019 thriller CRAWL, which pitted Kara Scodelario and Barry Pepper against hungry alligators in a hurricane-flooded house. The score was composed by newcomers Max Aruj and Steffen Thum, who have provided additional music for several Lorne Balfe scores; the ubiquitous Mr. Balfe served as Executive Music Producer on Crawl.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Crawl Max Aruj, Steffen Thum - Intrada 
Dracula/The Curse of Frankenstein [re-recordings]
 - James Bernard - Tadlow
La Setta
 - Pino Donaggio - Cinevox 
Lavender Braid
 - Eugene - Kronos 
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
 - Masao Yagi - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 2: The Invaders - Sidney Cutner, Dominic Frontiere, Irving Gertz, Richard Markowitz, Duane Tatro - La-La Land
Romeo and Juliet
 - Nino Rota - Quartet
Rory's Way
 - Frank Ilfman - Kronos
Rwanda
 - Davide Caprelli - Kronos
The Taming of the Shrew
 - Nino Rota - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 10/18/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/17/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CDs from Quartet are remastered releases of Nino Rota's scores for Franco Zeffirelli's two hit Shakespeare adaptations from the 1960s -- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a two-disc set featuring both the complete score as well as Rota's original, unused album sequencing; and a remastered version of the LP sequencing from the blockbuster hit ROMEO AND JULIET.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bastardos y Diablos
 - Louis Febre - Dragon's Domain
Bride of Frankenstein - Franz Waxman - La-La Land 
The Dan Redfield Collection vol. 1
 - Dan Redfield - Dragon's Domain 
Deep Water
 - Toydrum - Silva
Halloween [expanded edition]
 - John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies - Sacred Bones
Il Pelo Nel Mondo
 - Bruno Nicolai, Nino Oliviero - Beat
Le Coeur en Braille/Que D'Amour!
 - Philippe Jakko - Music Box 
La Fameuse Invasion des Ours en Sicile - Rene Aubry - Milan (import)
L'Avocat/Le Tueur
 - Gregoire Hetzel - Music Box 
L'Ultimo Squalo
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
The Lighthouse
 - Mark Korven - Milan
Marco Beltrami: Music for Film
 - Marco Beltrami - Silva 
Minority Report - John Williams - La-La Land
Music for Dinosaurs
 - David Spear - Dragon's Domain
Trois Jours et Une Vie
 - Rob - Music Box 

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Film Score Friday 10/11/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/10/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1972 British kids fantasy film THE AMAZING MR. BLUNDEN, directed by and starring Lionel Jeffries (First Men in the Moon)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Air Force One: The Deluxe Edition - Jerry Goldsmith, Joel McNeely - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
The Amazing Mr. Blunden
- Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
Mrs. Lowry and Son - Craig Armstrong - Verve (import)
Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser - Gabriel Yared - Sergent Major (import)
Rooster Cogburn: The Deluxe Edition
 - Laurence Rosenthal - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Solis
 - David Stone Hamilton - Perseverance
Star Trek: The Deluxe Edition 
- Michael Giacchino - Varese Sarabande CD Club 

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Film Score Friday 10/4/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/3/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced an impresssive slate of new releases for October 17th -- their highly anticipated release of the original tracks from Franz Waxman's classic, groundbreaking score for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; an expanded two-disc soundtrack for Steven Spielberg's 2002 Philip K. Dick adaptation MINORITY REPORT, whose score by (of course) John Williams balances typically gorgeous melodies with thrilling action cues evocative of his 1960s sci-fi TV music; a second volume in their Quinn Martin Collection series, focusing on the music for the sci-fi classic THE INVADERS, with contributions from Domnic Frontiere, Sidney Cutner, Irving Gertz, Richard Markowitz, and Duane Tatro; and Lorne Balfe's score for director Ang Lee's imminent sci-fi action thriller GEMINI MAN, starring Will Smith...and Will Smith!!!


The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced three new limited "Deluxe Edition" releases, expected to begin shipping next week -- a greatly expanded two-disc release of the final score for the hit 1997 thriller AIR FORCE ONE, composed by Jerry Goldsmith with additional music by Joel McNeely, based on Goldsmith's themes (the film's first, unused and still commercially unreleased score was composed by Randy Newman, of all people); the first-release of the score for the 1975 True Grit sequel ROOSTER COGBURN, which paired screen icons John Wayne (reprising his Oscar-winning title role) and Katharine Hepburn (in an homage to her classic The African Queen) in a light-hearted Western adventure with music by Laurence Rosenthal; and a re-release of their two-disc edition of Michael Giacchino's score to the hit 2009 franchise re-starter STAR TREK


Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring the first-ever score releases for two Paramount films with music by Oscar-winners -- ROUGH CUT, the 1980 romantic caper comedy directed by Don Siegel, written by Larry Gelbart (who was so unhappy with the end result he used the pseudonym "Francis Burns," a reference M*A*S*H fans should appreciate), and starring Burt Reynolds, Lesley Ann-Down, and David Niven, with the legendary Nelson Riddle adapting the music of the equally legendary Duke Ellington for the film's score; and HARLEM NIGHTS, the period gangster comedy-drama which was the directing debut of Eddie Murphy, pairing him with Richard Pryor and feturing a score by Herbie Hancock

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Film Score Friday 9/27/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/26/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has just announced two new soundtrack releases, both featuring expanded scores from five-time Oscar winner John Barry.

HOWARD THE DUCK -- from executive producer George Lucas and the husband-and-wife filmmaking team of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz -- was a lavish, big-budget attempt to bring the cult Marvel character to the screen. With rising stars Tim Robbins and Lea Thompson (you know, Zoey Deutch's mom) in the leads, the film was a notorious critical and box-office flop but featured state-of-the-art ILM visual effects and, most memorably, a terrific score by Barry in one of the most unexpected composer-castings of all time. Barry wrote and recorded a delightful orchestral score, but late in the post-production period some of his music for the film's final section was replaced with new cues by Sylvester Levay. Disc One features Barry's complete original 78-minute score. Disc Two has 22 minutes of Barry's alternate cues, 18 minutes of Levay's re-score and an additional 18 minutes of alternate Levay re-score. Disc Three features music recorded for the film by Thomas Dolby (who was at one point thought to score the film as well) including the film's songs, and concludes with the original soundtrack LP sequencing including six Barry cues. This set is available to pre-order now but is not expected to ship until some time in October.

Their other new release presents Barry's score for the 1965 World War II drama KING RAT, with George Segal and Tom Courtenay leading the cast as Allied soldiers in a Japanese POW camp. The film, based on the novel by James Clavell (Shogun, The Last Valley, The Fly) was one of several Barry collaborations with actor-turned-director Bryan Forbes, and has been described by some as a grittier companion piece to Empire of the Sun. Upon the film's original release, Mainstream released an LP re-recording of Barry's music for the film, which was later released on CD by Sony, but Intrada's King Rat presents not only the LP tracks but also Barry's complete original score tracks, heard for the first time outside of the film.


The latest CD from La-La Land is the first-ever release of the soundtrack for CHILD'S PLAY 2, the second of the "Chucky" horror films, and the first to be scored by Graeme Revell, who returned to the series for the fourth (and arguably best) entry, Bride of Chucky. Revell's score was orchestrated and conducted by the great Shirley Walker, and was performed by a 90-piece orchestra. This release, limited to 3000 units, is expected to begin shipping today, and is the latest release from the label's partnership with Universal as part of the Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection. 

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Film Score Friday 9/20/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/19/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new soundtrack CD next week.


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the latest Creative Emmy winners, including the following music categories:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
CHERNOBYL - Hildur Guonadottir

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
GAME OF THRONES: The Long Night - Ramin Djawadi

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
SUCCESSION - Nicholas Britell

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL: We're Going to the Catskills! - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Downton Abbey
 [the movie] - John Lunn - Decca
The Flying Ghost Ship
- Kosuke Onozaki - Cinema-Kan (import) 

Les B.O. Introuvables vol. 2
 - Jean Bouchety, Christian Chevalier, Jean Morlier, Pierre Porte, Didier Vasseur, Roland Vincent - Music Box
Samurai Marathon - Philip Glass - Orange Mountain
UFO
 - Barry Gray - Silva 

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Film Score Friday 9/13/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/12/2019 - 10:00 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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