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Film Score Friday 11/20/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/19/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a greatly expanded release of the score for the 1998 sci-fi horror sequel SPECIES II, in which Natasha Henstridge reprised her role as the beautiful alien Sil, with Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger also returning from the original film. The director was Peter Medak (The Ruling Class, The Changeling), and the music was composed by Edward Shearmur.

The label's previously announced release of the Newton Brothers' score for the new miniseries THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR is also now available.

Quartet has announced two new releases -- NEL CINEMA E NELLA CLASSICA, with Pino Donaggio conducting his own concert and film music, including the "New York Suite," which incorporates his music for Blow Out and Carrie as well as the first release of music from one of his most sought-after scores, The Fan; and Dominik Scherrer's music for the series MARPLE, based on Agatha Christie's beloved character.


Bill & Ted Face the Music
- Mark Isham - Rambling (import)
Dark: Cycle 3 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
The Haunting of Bly Manor - The Newton Brothers - Intrada
Species II - Edward Shearmur - Intrada Special Collection
The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Daniel Pemberton - Varese Sarabande 

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Film Score Friday 11/13/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/12/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For those who don't mind "spoilers" about upcoming releases, go to this Message Board thread.

Quartet is re-releasing their two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's thrilling score for TOTAL RECALL with new packaging to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary. They are also releasing the score on a 3-LP vinyl set.

Kritzerland is releasing a CD of music from the TV* documentary series THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, which ran from 1957 to 1970 (its final three seasons as The 21st Century). The Kritzerland disc features music from the show's first two seasons, composed by George Antheil, Paul Creston, Gail Kubik, Darius Milhaud and Harold Shapero. (*When this column was originally posted I inexplicably referred to this as a radio program. Thanks to poster "scifiguy" for the correction. As a wise and great American once said, "D'oh!")


The Albert Glasser Collection vol. 1: Huk!/Tokyo File 212 - Albert Glasser - Dragon's Domain
Demon in the Bottle
- John Morgan - Dragon's Domain
From Beyond
- Richard Band - Dragon's Domain

Interstellar: Expanded Edition - Hans Zimmer - WaterTower
- Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Over the Moon
- Steven Price - Milan


Freaky, the new dark horror comedy from Christopher Landon, the director of the Happy Death Day films (and starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton) opens this week, with a score by Bear McCreary. Due to the spike in coronavirus rates, some theaters that had re-opened are closing again for the time being.

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Film Score Friday 11/6/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/5/2020 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new releases -- an expanded, two-disc edition of Maurice Jarre's score for the 1990 thriller JACOB'S LADDER, directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Pena; and the 2020 sci-fi comedy-thriller LOVE AND MONSTERS, starting Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick and Michael Rooker, with music by Marco Beltrami and Marcus Trumpp.

Music Box has announced two new CDs continuing their series of releases of TV scores, this time featuring the works of two of France's top film composers -- Georges Delerue's music for LA CLOCHE TIBETAINE (1974) and SPLENDEURS ET MISERES DES COURTISANES (1975); and Claude Bolling's scores for L'ETRANGE MONSIEUR DUVALLIER and MISS (both 1979).

Caldera has announced a second CD of music composed by Andrew Dickson for the films of Mike Leigh, this one featuring his scores for 2004's period drama VERA DRAKE, which earned Oscar nominations for star Imelda Staunton as well as Leigh's script and direction, and ALL OR NOTHING, the 2002 ensemble drama featuring plenty of Leigh's usual actors -- Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Sally Hawkins and Martin Savage -- as well as James Corden as Spall and Manville's teenage son. The disc also features music from the two non-Leigh films which Dickson scored, Someone Else's America and Oublie-moi (Forget Me).

Kritzerland is releasing two new CDs of stage music, but one of them will be of interest to many film music fans. LOLITA, MY LOVE was a 1971 stage musical based on Vladimir Nabokov's classic, controversial novel, with music by John Barry and book and lyrics by Broadway legend (and three-time Oscar winner) Alan Jay Lerner. The show, starring John Neville (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) as Humbert Humbert, Denise Nickerson as Lolita, Dorothy Loudon (later Tony winner for creating the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie) as Lolita's mother Charlotte, and Leonard Frey (Oscar nominated that same year for Fiddler on the Roof) as Clare Quilty, closed out of town during its pre-Broadway run, and until now the only way to hear the score was an LP of questionable provenance from a live recording with dodgy sound. Kritzerland's release is a two-disc set of a live recording of the complete show (with songs and dialogue cued separately) with better sound.

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Film Score Friday 10/30/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/29/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two brand-new expanded score releases from A-list composers: a two-disc version of Jerry Goldsmith's score (one of his last) for director Rod Lurie's underrated military prison drama THE LAST CASTLE, featuring the full original score, alternate cues, source cues and the original CD sequencing; and James Horner's music for the animated dinosaur adventure THE LAND BEFORE TIME, featuring his full score as well as his original song "If We Hold On Together," performed by Diana Ross.

Dragon's Domain has announced four new film music CDs -- the two-disc set THE ALBERT GLASSER COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring two scores by the B-movie great, Huk! (1956) and Tokyo File 212 (1951); Chuck Cirino's score for the 1992 comedy-horror quasi-sequel MUNCHIE; John Morgan's score for the 1996 fantasy DEMON IN THE BOTTLE, directed by Oscar-winning visual effects artist Randall William Cook (the Lord of the Rings trilogy); and a remastered edition of Richard Band's orchestral score for director Stuart Gordon's H.P. Lovecraft adaptation FROM BEYOND.


The Boys: Season One - Christopher Lennertz - La-La Land
The Boys: Season Two - Christopher Lennertz - La-La Land

Devs - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salibury - Invada (import)

The Don Davis Collection, Vol. 1 - Don Davis - Dragon's Domain
Howard Blake: Ghost Stories - Howard Blake - Dragon's Domain
The Land Before Time - James Horner - Intrada Special Collection
The Last Castle - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Rawhead Rex
- Colin Towns - Silva
The Secret Garden - Dario Marianelli - Decca (import)
World Soundtrack Awards Tribute to the Film Composer
- various - Silva

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Film Music Friday 10/23/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/22/2020 - 10:00 PM
Next month, Intrada plans to release the score for THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the new miniseries inspired by Henry James' classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw, which has previously been adapted into such diverse works as the 1961 classic The Innocents, this year's The Turning, a two-person play by Jeffrey Hatcher, a ballet, a chamber opera by Benjamin Britten, and Michael Winner's 1971 prequel The Nightcomers, starring Marlon Brando. Mike Flanagan, director of such acclaimed horror projects as The Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep, is the show's creator/executive producer but is apparently directing only one episode, while the score is provided by his usual composers, The Newton Brothers.

Quartet has announced four new film music CDs - SHORT CUTS 2019, featuring music for short films composed by an impressive variety of composers including Joe Kraemer, Bear McCreary, Rachel Portman, Frederik Wiedmann and Christopher Young; the Chinese science-fiction film THE SECRET OF IMMORTAL CODE, scored by Thai composer Pantawit Kiangsiri; Jerry Grant's score for the 1990 action movie HIRED TO KILL, featuring Oliver Reed, George Kennedy and Jose Ferrer; and the score for the Dominican family drama MALPASO, composed by Pascal Gaigne.

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Film Music Friday 10/16/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/15/2020 - 10:00 PM

The Chosen - Ennio Morricone - Beat
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - Steven Price - Decca (import)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood - Harry Manfredini, Fred Mollin - La-La Land
Graveyard Shift - Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks - La-La Land
How to Train Your Dragon: The Deluxe Edition - John Powell - Varese Sarabande CD Club


Honest Thief, with Liam Neeson and a score by Mark Isham, is opening in U.S. theaters this week in cities where theaters are allowed to be open.

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Film Score Friday 10/9/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/8/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded, two-disc edition of the score for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster 2005 remake of H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS. The music was composed by, of course, John Williams (one of four scores he recorded that year, along with Revenge of the Sith and the Oscar-nominated Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich), and Disc One features the full 79-minute score with Disc Two featuring the original 2005 CD sequencing -- including Morgan Freeman's opening and closing narration -- and 15 minutes of alternates.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new two-disc Deluxe Edition expanded scores as their latest CD Club releases -- John Powell's Oscar-nominated score for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, with the full score plus bonus tracks including demo cues; and John Carpenter's 1995 remake of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, starring Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley with a score composed by (of course) Carpenter himself and Dave Davies, featuring the full film score on Disc One and the original 1995 CD sequencing plus bonus cues on Disc Two.

On November 20, Varese plans to release the score for Netflix's critically acclaimed new docudrama THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. The film is the second to be directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and reunites him with composer Daniel Pemberton, following Steve Jobs and Molly's Game. (The film is already considered to be a major Oscar contender, but in this year of films released only on streaming or in drive-ins, it's hard to know what will be a contender. Tenet could get nominated just for actually showing up in theaters).

The latest release from Music Box pairs two scores by Oscar nominee and European film music legend Philippe Sarde - UN TAXI MAUVE, and an expanded version of J'AI EPOUSE UNE OMBRE (released in the U.S. as I Married a Shadow), the 1983 version of Cornell Woolrich's classic I Married a Dead Man, which has also been filmed as the noir No Man of Her Own with Barbara Stanwyck and the romcom Mrs. Winterbourne with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser.

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Film Score Friday 10/2/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/1/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Caldera presents the music from ANGELICA, the 2015 supernatural drama starring Jena Malone and Janet McTeer, from actor-turned-filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth, Happy Tears), the son of Pop Art painter Roy Lichtenstein. The score was composed by Zbigniew Preisner, best known for his collaborations with the late director Krzysztof Kieslowski, which resulted in such internationally acclaimed films as The Decalogue, The Double Life of Veronique, and the Three Colors trilogy.

La-La Land has announced its current slate of releases for this month. Next week, they plan to release an expanded version of Bill Conti's score for THE KARATE KID PART II, Harry Manfredini and Fred Mollin's music for FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (that's the one where Jason battles a girl with telekinetic powers), and the first release of the score for the 1990 Stephen King adaptation GRAVEYARD SHIFT (it's the one with rats), with music by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks (Young Guns). Three weeks later, they plan to release two separate CDs of Christopher Lennertz' music for Amazon's revisionist superhero series THE BOYS, one for each season.

Silva has two upcoming film music releases planned for October 30: Colin Towns' score for the 1986 Clive Barker adaptation RAWHEAD REX; and WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS TRIBUTE TO THE FILM COMPOSER, with Dirk Brosse conducting the Brussels Philharmonic in re-recordings of music by such top composers as Angelo Badalamenti, Nicholas Britell, Mychael Danna, Alexandre Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Michael Giacchino, Elliot Goldenthal, James Newton Howard, Alberto Iglesias and John Williams, as well as the first commercial release of music from Gabriel Yared's unused score for Troy.

Next week Intrada plans to release a new edition of the score for a blockbuster hit from cinema's most popular composing/directing team. If you want more information, go to this Message Board thread.

Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.

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Film Score Friday 9/25/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/24/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a four-disc (!) expanded edition of Michael Kamen's popular score for the 1991 adventure hit ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater and Alan Rickman. The new Intrada set features nearly thirty minutes of previously unreleased music, with the first two discs featuring the full score, Disc Three featuring alternate cues and Disc Four features the original album score sequencing (without the Oscar-nominated love song).

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

WATCHMEN - It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

THE MANDALORIAN - Chapter 8: Redemption - Ludwig Goransson

HOLLYWOOD - Nathan Barr

WHY WE HATE - Tools and Tactics - Laura Karpman*

EUPHORIA - And Salt the Earth Behind You - Song: “All For Us” - Music and Lyrics by Labrinth


THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL - It’s Comedy or Cabbage - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino

*I inadvertently left this award off the originally posted version of this column. My thanks as always to Jon Burlingame for catching the omisssion.

Quartet has announced two new compilation CDs -- THE FILM MUSIC OF MARIO NASCIMBENE, featuring cues from the composer's scores to Commandos, Donne senza paradiso, La congiura de dieci and I lancieri neri; and THE FILM MUSIC OF FRANCO BIXIO, a two-disc set featuring the composer's scores for Deserti di fuoco, Istantanea per un delitto, Diario segreto da un carcere famminile and Il tuo piacere e’ il mio.

Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CDs: HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES, featuring the composer's music for the 1986 TV version of the oft-remade THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, starring Sir John Gieulgud and Alyssa Milano, and the 1983 guilty pleasure AMITYVILLE 3D, including previously unreleased cues; THE DON DAVIS COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring the composer's music for the BBC production SPACE ODYSSEY: VOYAGE TO THE PLANETS; and Conrad Pope's score for the teen comedy-drama LLOYD.

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Film Score Friday 9/18/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/17/2020 - 10:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new releases -- the third volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series, a three-disc set featuring rare French scores by various composers (in this case Bernard Gerard, Georges Hatzinnassios, Pierre Jansen, Pino Marchese, Patrice Mestral and Michel Portal); and a disc featuring two scores by Krishna Levy (Artemisia, 8 Women), CONTRE-ENQUETE (2006) and MORDBURO (1996).


The Final Countdown [reissue]
- John Scott - JOS
Mulan - Harry Gregson-Williams - Disney (import)


IFC is set to open the film The Nest (score by Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire), starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, in some parts of the country where theaters are open.

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