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Film Score Friday 12/6/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/5/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new soundtrack CD releases this week:

A two-disc, first-ever release of Lalo Schifrin's score for the 1978 Disney sci-fi thriller sequel RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN, directed by John Hough (The Legend of Hell House), in which Escape to Witch Mountain stars Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann are joined by screen legends Bette Davis and Christopher Lee. Disc One features Schifrin's complete score including unused cues, and Disc Two is an edited "album presentation" of 49 minutes of score highlights.

From this summer comes DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, the live-action adventure film starring Isabela Moner (Instant Family, Sicario: Day of the Soldado) as TV's Dora the Explorer, with music co-composed by Oscar-nominee John Debney and Germaine Franco (Dope, Little). The Intrada CD features a whopping 76 minutes of score.


La-La Land has announced five new "Black Friday" soundtrack CD releases, all of which should begin shipping in the next couple weeks:

DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION
is a four-disc set featuring three classic 70s disaster movie scores by John Williams -- the Oscar-nominated The Poseidon Adventure, remastered in a mix of stereo and mono tracks; the shortlisted Earthquake, featuring both the LP tracks and the first release of the original score tracks; and a remastered version of the nominated The Towering Inferno, featuring the original score sequencing as well as alternates and the LP tracks.

NEVADA SMITH: THE PARAMOUNT WESTERNS COLLECTION is a four disc-set of scores previously unreleased on CD, and most of them have never had soundtrack releases at all. The collection features Nevada Smith (Alfred Newman), El Dorado (Nelson Riddle), Three Violent People (Walter Scharf), Kid Rodelo (Johnny Douglas), Walk Like a Dragon (Paul Dunlap), Will Penny (David Raksin), The Hangman (Harry Sukman), Branded (Roy Webb), The Furies (Franz Waxman), Copper Canyon (Daniele Amfitheatrof) and Streets of Laredo (Victor Young).

STAR TREK: VOYAGER, VOL. 2 is a four-disc soundtrack for the long running series with music from episodes scored by Paul Baillargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy.

STARGATE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED
 is a two-disc set of David Arnold's popular symphonic score for director Roland Emmerich's 1994 time travel adventure, featuring the complete 80-minute score as well as 28 minutes of alternate cues.

THE KARATE KID: THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
is a newly remastered release of Bill Conti's score for the sequel- and remake-spawning 1984 hit, including several alternate cues.

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December FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 12/5/2019 - 3:00 AM
The December edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story wraps up the end of 2019 in style: HOWARD SHORE discusses cantorial tradition and his music for THE SONG OF NAMES; NATHAN JOHNSON gets in on cousin Rian Johnson's KNIVES OUT; CARTER BURWELL scores Bill Condon's THE GOOD LIAR, then takes a crash course in television for THE MORNING SHOW; and MARCELO ZARVOS swims through DARK WATERS with Mark Ruffalo. Also in this issue, DANIEL LOPATIN polishes the new Adam Sandler drama UNCUT GEMS; the last half of Erik Heine’s EMERGING COMPOSERS OF THE 2010s, including MAX RICHTER and LUDWIG GÖRANSSON; a new COUNTERPOINT debate pits complete score albums against curated cues; WONG'S TURN delivers an ode to the maestro, JOHN WILLIAMS; Downbeat gets to know JOHN KOUTSELINIS; a new EAR OF THE MONTH CONTEST; lots of album reviews, including THE MANDALORIAN: CHAPTER 1 and CHAPTER 2, KNIVES OUT, THE AERONAUTS and MARRIAGE STORY; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 11/29/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/28/2019 - 10:00 PM
I am on vacation this week so the news section of this column will not be up to date -- La-La Land was expected to announce this year's slate of "Black Friday" score CDs today, so readers should be able to find that information on our Message Board.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dark: Cycle 1 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
Dark: Cycle 2 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
Lucy in the Sky
 - Jeff Russo - Lakeshore 

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Aisle Seat 11-26: DRACULA! BIG TROUBLE! A Thanksgiving Feast
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/25/2019 - 10:00 PM
In the late ’70s, the vampire genre had nearly run its course. Decades of fanged Draculas – from from the Bela Lugosi era through Hammer’s seemingly endless succession of Christopher Lee efforts – had turned the undead into a cliché that often bordered on self-parody. With George Hamilton’s box-office success “Love At First Bite” still in theaters, Universal, producer Walter Mirisch and director John Badham attempted to revitalize the classic Dracula mythos with their own adaptation of DRACULA (***½, 109 mins., 1979, R; Shout! Factory).
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Film Score Friday 11/22/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/21/2019 - 10:00 PM
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced the latest batch of Grammy nominations, including the following film-music related categories:

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
 
AVENGERS: ENDGAME – Alan Silvestri 
CHERNOBYL – Hildur Guðnadóttir 
GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 8 – Ramin Djawadi 
THE LION KING – Hans Zimmer 
MARY POPPINS RETURNS – Marc Shaiman 
 
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
 
THE BALLAD OF THE LONESOME COWBOY – Toy Story 4 – Randy Newman
GIRL IN THE MOVIES – Dumplin’ – Dolly Parton, Linda Perry
I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN – A Star is Born - Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Aaron Raitiere, 
SPIRIT – The Lion King – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh 
SUSPIRIUM – Suspiria – Thom Yorke 
 
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
 
THE LION KING: THE SONGS
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 
 
John Williams received two nominations – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite for Best Instrumental Composition, and Hedwig’s Theme from the Across the Stars album for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella.
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Aisle Seat 11-19: Cops, Robbers & Christmas, Too!
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/18/2019 - 10:00 PM
Two of Don Siegel’s contemporary crime thrillers, a long-forgotten Italian production featuring Roger Moore on a 007 hiatus, and a film with one of the all-time strangest back stories highlight Kino Lorber’s November Blu-Ray release slate – one that seems especially suited for ‘70s movie buffs.
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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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Aisle Seat 11-12: November Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/11/2019 - 10:00 PM
Debuting in HD for the first time this week is a superb, Complete Series Blu-Ray release of BATMAN BEYOND (1095 mins., Warner), the thrilling continuation of “Batman: The Animated Series” from the same producers of that critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite show (Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and Paul Dini).
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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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The November Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/6/2019 - 3:00 AM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story is an array of awards hopefuls: MARCO BELTRAMI and BUCK SANDERS for FORD V FERRARI, TERENCE BLANCHARD for HARRIET, and ALBERTO IGLESIAS for PAIN AND GLORY. Also in this issue are the first half of Erik Heine’s Emerging Composers of the 2010s, including ROQUE BAÑOS and RAMIN DJAWADI; GORDY HAAB and STEPHEN BARTON fight the Dark Side with the EA video game STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER; Cary Wong’s annual MEMO TO THE ACADEMY MUSIC BRANCH, earlier this year than ever; ALEX HEFFES scores the Apple TV+ nature doc THE ELEPHANT QUEEN; DAVID WINGO digs up the dark secrets of Scott Z. Burns' THE REPORT; CARL THIEL seeks balance with Netflix’s SEIS MANOS; a new EAR OF THE MONTH CONTEST; lots of album reviews, including JUDY, JOKER and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; a new COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews Audio Imperia’s NUCLEUS (THE ORCHESTRAL CORE); more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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