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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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Film Score Friday 7/5/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/4/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a remastered, re-edited re-release of Jerry Fielding's score for the revenge Western CHATO'S LAND, starring Charles Bronson and directed by Michael Winner.


When director Cary Fukunaga was hired to direct the latest, still-untitled James Bond thriller, fans were understandably curious as to who would compose the film's score, especially since Fukunaga's relatively brief resume means that he's only worked with a handful of composers -- Marcelo Zarvos (Sin Nombre), Dario Marianelli (Jane Eyre), Dan Romer (Beasts of No Nation, Maniac) and T. Bone Burnett (True Detective) -- and it's just been announced that it is in fact Dan Romer who will score the film. Since his credits so far has been almost exclusively documentaries and other arthouse films, one might assume his "Bond 25" score will be a low-key effort a la Serra's GoldenEye or Arnold's Quantum of Solace, but either way he's a wild card-choice and I'm intrigued to hear what he brings to my favorite film music franchise.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a whopping 842 filmmakers, actors and publicists to join their organization, including the folllowing Music Branch invitees: composers Michael Abels, Nathan Barr, Kris Bowers, Jane Antonia Cornish, Annette Focks, Ludwig Goransson, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Hildur Gudnadottir, Jed Kurzel, Anne Nikitin, Heitor Pereira and John Swihart; songwriters Adele Adkins, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Mark Ronson, Jadon Ruder, Roxanne Seeman, Scott Wittman and Andrew Wyatt; and music editors Missy Cohen, John Finklea, Richard Ford, Bryan Lawson, Peter Myles, Arthur Pingrey, Sherry Whitfield and Robin Whittaker

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Film Score Friday 6/28/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/27/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Kritzerland is a re-release of UNCHAINED MELODIES: FILM MUSIC OF ALEX NORTH, with North conducting themes from his early scores including such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata! and The Rose Tattoo. Previously released on CD by Bay Cities, this remastered release adds an additional cue, his concert piece "Holiday Set."


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Ambition - Leonard Rosenman - Caldera
Apollo 11 - Matt Morton - Milan
Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles - Arturo Cardelus - Milan (import)
The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann 
- Gerard Schurmann - Chandos
Gloria Bell - Matthew Herbert - Milan (import) 
Ma
 - Gregory Tripi - Intrada
Spider-Man: Far from Home - Michael Giacchino - Sony
The X-Files: Season 11 - Mark Snow - La-La Land 

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Film Score Friday 6/21/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/20/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada features Bear McCreary's score for this spring's horror/sci-fi/comedy sequel HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U.


Next week, La-La Land plans to release a two-disc set of Mark Snow's music from the recent 11th season of THE X-FILES.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Biggest Little Farm
 - Jeff Beal - Lakeshore
Confidential: Secret Market
 - Yasuo Higushi - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Dead Don't Die
 - Squrl - Backlot
The Goonies
 - Dave Grusin - Varese Sarabande
Happy Death Day 2U
- Bear McCreary - Intrada
Men in Black: International
 - Danny Elfman, Chris Bacon - Sony 
Shaft - Christopher Lennertz - WaterTower
Toy Story 4
 - Randy Newman - Disney
Yesterday
 - Daniel Pemberton, songs - Capitol 

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Film Score Friday 6/14/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/13/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Andrea Doria -74 - Riz Ortolani - Quartet 
Blanche Comme Neige
 - Bruno Coulais - Quartet 
Camille Claudel - Gabriel Yared - Music Box 
A Dog's Journey
 - Mark Isham - Quartet 
Dragged Across Concrete - Jeff Herriott, S. Craig Zahler - Lakeshore
Fletch Lives - Harold Faltermeyer - La-La Land
The Ken Russell Soundtracks Vol. 1 - Rick Wakeman - Rraw (import)
Missing Link
 - Carter Burwell - Lakeshore
Obsession - Bernard Herrmann - Music Box 
Red Joan
 - George Fenton - Quartet 
Shaft - Isaac Hayes - Varese Sarabande
Shaft: Deluxe Edition
- Isaac Hayes - Varese Sarabande
Swoon
 - Nathaniel Mechaly - Music Box 
Too Old to Die Young 
- Cliff Martinez - Milan
Un Detective
 - Fred Bongusto - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 6/7/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/6/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced three new releases -- an expanded version of John Williams' score for the 1982 drama MONSIGNOR, featuring both the original LP cues (previously released on CD by Intrada) as well as the first release of the full original score tracks; Richard Band's score for the 2013 horror fantasy UNLUCKY CHARMS; and the score to the just-released thriller MA, starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train), with music by Gregory Tripi (Dark Places, Manhunt: Unabomber)


Music Box has announced three new releases -- a one-disc reissue of Bernard Herrmann's gorgeous OBSESSION, featuring a remastered version of the original score tracks; an expanded version of Gabriel Yared's score for the biopic CAMILLE CLAUDEL, which earned Isabelle Adjani a Best Actress nomination; and the score for the new Swedish romance SWOON, composed by Nathaniel Mechaly (the Taken trilogy).


Caldera is releasing for the first time Leonard Rosenman's score for the 1991 psychological thriller AMBITION, written by and starring Lou Diamond Phillips and co-starring Clancy Brown, Cecilia Peck, and Oscar winner Haing S. Ngor.


Next week, La-La Land plans to release Harold Faltermeyer's score for the comedy-mystery sequel FLETCH LIVES.  It is the latest in their Universal Heritage collection, which leaves Ennio Morricone's Two Mules for Sister Sara as the only LLL/Universal Heritage CD announced last year which has yet to be released. 

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Film Score Friday 5/31/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/30/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new soundtrack CD releases -- two brand new scores by Oscar-nominated composers, Mark Isham's score for the dog-reincarnation sequel A DOG'S JOURNEY and George Fenton's music for the period espionage drama RED JOAN; Riz Ortolani's score for the 1970 documentary ANDREA DORIA -74; and Fred Bongusto's score to the 1969 Italian thriller UN DETECTIVE.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Dennis McCarthy Collection vol. 1: The Television Movies - Dennis McCarthy - Dragon's Domain 
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
 - Bear McCreary - WaterTower
Jaguar Lives!
 - Robert O. Ragland - Dragon's Domain
Outlander: Season 4 
- Bear McCreary - Madison Gate
Pumpkinhead
 - Richard Stone - Notefornote 

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Film Score Friday 5/24/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/23/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD release from Intrada is a remastered and resequenced release of Jerry Fielding's score for the 1971 Western LAWMAN, with Michael Winner directing an impressive cast led by Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb and Robert Duvall.  


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Aladdin - Alan Menken - Disney
Avengers: Endgame
 - Alan Silvestri - Hollywood
Black Mirror: Hang the DJ
 - Alex Somers, Sigur Ros - Invada 
Hakkodasan
 - Yasushi Akutagawa - Cinema-Kan (import)
Lawman
- Jerry Fielding - Intrada Special Collection
Philip Glass Soundtracks Vol. II - Philip Glass - Orange Mountain
The Sun Is Also a Star - Herdis Stefansdotir - Sony (import) 

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Film Score Friday 5/17/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/16/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced their updated rules for the 92nd Academy Awards, to be presented in 2020. As with the most recent Awards, there will be 15-entry shortlists for both the Original Score and Original Song categories. There is still the option of an Original Musical category which "may be activated only by special request of the Music Branch Executive Committee to the Board of Governors in a year when the field of eligible submissions is determined to be of sufficient quantity and quality to justify award competition."

The Foreign Language Film award will now be known as International Feature Film, and its shortlist has been increased from seven to ten films but otherwise the category rules will remain the same. Makeup and Hairstyling will now have five nominations instead of three, and a shortlist of ten films instead of seven.

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Le Plus Beau Pays Du Monde/Le Sanctuaire - Rob - Music Box 
Louisiane
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box 
Maniac [re-issue] 
- Rob - Music Box
The Professor and the Madman - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
The Sentinel - Gil Melle - La-La Land 
The Son
 - Nathan Barr - Varese Sarabande 

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Film Score Friday 5/10/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/9/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest score CD from Intrada is the direct-to-video sequel BACKDRAFT II, which brings back two stars, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, from the 1991 Ron Howard-directed firefighter mystery-thriller. Hans Zimmer scored the original film, but the new sequel features a score by veteran composer Randy Edelman, whose feature career began in the 1970s but is best remembered for a streak of hits in the 1990s including Kindergarten Cop, My Cousin Vinny, Beethoven, The Last of the Mohicans (a shared credit with Trevor Jones), Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Gettysburg, The Mask and While You Were Sleeping.
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Backdraft II - Randy Edelman - Intrada Special Collection
Bomber - Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat
The History of Eternity
 - Zbigniew Preisner - Caldera
The Hustle - Anne Dudley - Sony (import)
Lancaster Skies
 - James Griffiths - Quartet 
L'Ossessa
 - Marcello Giombini - Digitmovies
Malevolence 3: Killer
 - Stevan Mena - Howlin' Wolf 
Nunzio
 - Lalo Schifrin - Quartet 
Ruba Al Prossimo Turo
 - Ennio Morricone - Digitmovies
Shazam! - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower
Un Amore
 - Giorgio Gaslini - Quartet  
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