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Film Score Friday 3/27/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/26/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-mastered edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1965 WWII spy thriller MORITURI, starring Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, and Janet Margolin, which received Oscar nominations for its black-and-white cinematography (Conrad Hall) and costume design.


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


Dragon's Domain has announced three new upcoming CD releases: FRANZ WAXMAN: THE DOCUMENTARIES, featuring two scores by the two-time Oscar winner and film music legend composed for the TV documentary series The Twentieth Century, "The Mysterious Deep" (1960) and "Lenin and Trotsky" (1964); SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL POTRAIT, featuring music for the NBC daytime soap composed by Joe Harnell (V, The Incredible Hulk); and THE LOUIS FEBRE COLLECTION: VOL. ONE, featuring the composer's music for the documentary The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. and the juvenile adventure Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Morituri - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Supercar
 - Barry Gray - Silva 

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Film Score Friday 3/20/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/19/2020 - 10:00 PM
Some of the on-line soundtrack scores, including Kritzerland and Quartet, are currently going on hiatus due to the global pandemic situation.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For those not concerned about "spoilers," the title is identified in this Message Board thread.


Carter Burwell's music for the all-star Apple + series THE MORNING SHOW is yet another current score that is being released on vinyl (and not, for the time being, on CD).  Other upcoming vinyl score releases include THE GENTLEMEN (Christopher Benstead) and TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (Jed Kurzel)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Le Dolci Signore
 - Armando Trovajoli - Digitmovies  
Orchestra Rehearsal
 - Nino Rota - Music Box
Perversione/Stress
 - Carlo Savina - Quartet 
Sbirro, La Tua Legge E Lenta...La Mia...No!
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies


IN THEATERS TODAY

As of Sunday evening, March 15th, the mayor of Los Angeles has ordered all movie theaters to be closed for the time being, so this section of the Friday column will be temporarily discontinued.

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Film Score Friday 3/13/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/12/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents Bill Conti's score for the 1985 romantic comedy thriller GOTCHA!, with Anthony Edwards as a college student whose trip to Europe leads to intrigue and romance, courtesy of the mysterious Linda Fiorentino. Upon the film's original release, MCA put out a soundtrack LP which featured songs plus two Conti cues; Intrada's CD features the full 28-mintue score plus 22 minutes of alternates and additional cues.


Varese Sarabande CD Club is re-releasing Joseph LoDuca's score for the final Evil Dead film, ARMY OF DARKNESS.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Agatha [unused score]
 - Howard Blake - Dragon's Domain 
Avanti!
 - Carlo Rustichelli - Quartet
Charles Gerhardt Conducts Classic Film Scores [12-disc set] - various - Sony 
The Conrad Pope Collection, vol. 1
 - Conrad Pope - Dragon's Domain 
Days of Thunder [re-release]
 - Hans Zimmer - La-La Land
El Cuento de la Comadrejas - Emilio Kauderer - Sony (import)  
Far and Away
 - John Williams - La-La Land
Gotcha!
- Bill Conti - Intrada Special Collection
Lo Strano Vizio Della Signora Wardh
 - Nora Orlandi - Quartet  
The Matrix Symphony 
- Don Davis - Perseverance 
Radioactive - Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine - Milan [import]
The Story of O - Part 2
 - Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer - Music Box
Sunflower
 - Henry Mancini - Quartet  
Wings over Everest - Kenji Kawai - Milan [import]   

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Film Score Friday 3/6/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/5/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For those who don't mind "spoilers" it is revealed on this Message Board thread.


La-La Land has announced three new limited edition score releases -- a two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's thrilling score for Irwin Allen's all-star 1978 killer bee disaster movie flop THE SWARM (one of the prime examples of Goldsmith's extraordinary ability to write amazing music for lousy movies), featuring both the full score from the film as well as the original LP sequencing; an expanded, two-disc edition of John Williams' popular score for Ron Howard's 1992 70mm romantic epic FAR AND AWAY, with the full 82-minute score plus several alternate cues; and a 30th anniversary re-release of Hans Zimmer's score for Tony Scott's racing drama DAYS OF THUNDER.


Quartet has announced two new releases -- a newly remastered 50th anniversary edition of Henry Mancini's Oscar-nominated score for SUNFLOWER, the romantic drama which re-teamed international screen legends Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni; and a re-release of Carlo Rustichelli's score for Billy Wilder's 1972 comedy AVANTI!, starring Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills.


Music Box has announced two new releases -- an expanded release of Nino Rota's final score for director Federico Fellini, ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL, and an expanded, two-disc edition of THE STORY OF O - PART 2, with music by Stanley Myers and additional music by his then-protege, a young fellow named Hans Zimmer.


Mondo will be releasing a two-disc LP of Benjamin Wallfisch's score for the just-released THE INVISIBLE MAN; no CD release has yet been announced.

Other recent or upcoming vinyl-only (so far) score soundtracks include Beach Rats (Leone) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Heller), Bird Box (Reznor/Ross), The Boys (Lennertz), Dolemite Is My Name (Bomar), Don't Go in the House (Einhorn), Earthquake Bird (Ross/Ross/Sarne), Freaked (Kiner), Honey Boy (Somers), Knives Out (Johnson), The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Mosseri), Luce (Barrow/Salisbury), Maniac (Romer), Ozark: Seasons 1 & 2 (Bensi/Jurriaans), and Rambo: Last Blood (Tyler).


Presumably due to concerns over the coronavirus impacting the international box-office, the release of the new James Bond film, NO TIME TO DIE, has been rescheduled from April 10 to November 25 of this year; one can assume that the Hans Zimmer score CD, currently announced for March 27, will also be delayed.  

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Film Score Friday 2/28/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/27/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada pairs two scores originally released on LP on the Mainstream label.

THE COLLECTOR
was William Wyler's 1965 film version of the John Fowles novel about a woman (Samantha Eggar) kidnapped by an introverted young man (Terence Stamp). The film received three Oscar nomiations, for Wyler, Eggar and the screenplay, and the original score was composed by Maurice Jarre. Intrada's CD features the same tracks as the LP but from the original stereo master tapes.

Director Frank Perry and screenwriter Eleanor Perry received Oscar nominations for 1962's DAVID AND LISA, a drama about the romance between two young people (played by Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin) suffering from mental illness. The only film scored by Mark Lawrence, the CD features the 15 minutes of original score tracks featured on the LP plus three cues of "Jazz Impressions of David and Lisa with the Victor Feldman All-Stars," all from the original stereo masters.


The recently released UK drama ORDINARY LOVE, starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson as a long-married couple struggling to cope with the wife's cancer diagnosis, not only has a score co-composed by David Holmes (with Brian Irvine) -- Holmes is one of the film's producers. One of the people the film is dedicated to is Holmes' sister Maggy, who passed away in June 2017.


LAST AND FIRST MEN, scored and directed by the late Johann Johansson, just screened at this year's Berlin Film Festival to rave reviews. Deutsche Grammophon will release the score next month on CD and vinyl.

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Film Score Friday 2/21/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/20/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land features Tom Holkenborg's score for the  number-one film at the U.S. weekend box-office, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Adultere (Mode d'Emploi) 
- Bruno Coulais - Music Box 
Antony I. Ginnane Presents Classic Australian Film Scores from the '70s and '80s
 - various - Dragon's Domain 
Assicurasi Vergine
 - Bruno Nicolai - Saimel 
At Eternity's Gate - Tatiana Lisovskaya - Filmtrax  
Breath [UK release] - Harry Gregson-Williams - Filmtrax 
Dinosaur Land
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain 
Hoax
 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain   
I Guerrieri Dell'anno 2072/La Casa Sperduta Nel Parco
 - Riz Ortolani - Beat  
The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials 
- Lorne Balfe - Silva  
The Personal History of David Copperfield - Christopher Willis - MVKA 
Sonic the Hedgehog
- Tom Holkenborg - La-La Land
The Story of O
- Pierre Bachelet - Music Box 

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Film Score Friday 2/14/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada features the first-ever release of the score to writer-director Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy classic TIME BANDITS, which starred an impressive cast including Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, David Warner and Shelley Duvall. The score, mixing symphonic and electronic cues, was composed by relative newcomer Mike Moran, who was also a veteran session musician and experienced TV composer. The Intrada CD features Moran's score as well as the original end title song "Dream Away," written and performed by George Harrison, and liner notes detailing the film's production history, written by myself. (The disc does not include the library cues used in the film nor a brief source piece composed by Trevor Jones).


Hildur Gudnadottir continued her remarkable awards streak (especially impressive since it involves two different scores) by following her Emmy, Grammy (both for Chernobyl), Golden Globe and BAFTA with the Oscar for Original Score for JOKER.  Original Song was won by longtime collaborators Bernie Taupin and Elton John for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from their hit musical biopic ROCKETMAN.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Awaken - Brian Ralson - Perseverance
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - Daniel Pemberton - WaterTower [CD-R] 
Papicha
 - Rob - Music Box  
Time Bandits
- Mike Moran - Intrada Special Collection

Waking the Dragon
- Paul Hertzog - Perseverance

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Film Score Friday 2/7/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/6/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the score for DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE, the fourth direct-to-video followup to the Oscar-nominated 1996 fantasy adventure. As with the other sequels and prequels, Vengeance is scored by veteran composer-orchestrator Mark McKenzie.


Hildur Gudnadottir continued her remarkable winning streak by receiving BAFTA's Original Score award for JOKER. It is an unusual year when the front runner for the Original Score Oscar is a female cellist from Iceland.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Color Out of Space 
- Colin Stetson - Milan 
Dragonheart Vengeance
- Mark McKenzie - Intrada Special Collection


IN THEATERS TODAY

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - Daniel Pemberton - Score CD-R due Feb. 14 on WaterTower
Come to Daddy - Karl Steven
Hospitality - Ali Helnwein
Jose - Chen Yao
The Lodge - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Waiting for Anya - James Seymour Brett 

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Film Score Friday 1/31/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/30/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada features Laurence Rosenthal's score for the 1961 TV movie adaptation of Graham Greene's novel THE POWER AND THE GLORY (previously filmed for the big screen by director John Ford as The Fugitive, starring Henry Fonda), starring those hack TV actors Laurence Olivier, Julie Harris and George C. Scott. Fourteen minutes of Rosenthal's score was previously available on the composer's promo set; Intrada's release features the full 50-minute score for the first time.


The winners of this year's Grammy Awards in film-music related categories are:

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Chernobyl* 
- Hildur Guonadottir

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
"I'll Never Love Again" (Film Version) - A Star Is Born - Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Aaron Raitiere 

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
A Star Is Born

And John Williams won Best Instrumental Composition for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite, apparently because 24 Grammys wasn't enough.
*'I'd originally, erroneously reported that Guonadottir won for Joker. Thanks to reader Juanki for the correction. 

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Film Score Friday 1/24/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced three new soundtrack releases expected to ship next week -- a two-disc expanded version of Danny Elfman's score for Sam Raimi's 1990 cult favorite comic book thriller DARKMAN, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand; an expanded edition of David Newman's score for the 1992 biopic HOFFA, starring Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito (who also directed); and music from season one of the CW sci-fi TV series PANDORA, featuring music composed by Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) and Penka Kouneva (Midnight Movie)


The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced two new limited Deluxe Editions: a two-disc, greatly expanded edition of Danny Elfman's score for the 1995 Stephen King adaptation DOLORES CLAIBORNE, starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer and David Strathairn; and a two-disc edition of W.G. Snuffy Walden's score for another King adaptation, the epic miniseries version of THE STAND, featuring the same cues as the label's recent Stephen King Collection boxed set.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dolores Claiborne: The Deluxe Edition - Danny Elfman - Varese Sarabande CD Club
I Lost My Body - Dan Levy - Lakeshore
The Stand: The Deluxe Edition - W.G. Snuffy Walden - Varese Sarabande CD Club

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