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Film Score Friday 4/16/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Quartet is a two-disc release of one of Miklos Rozsa's final scores, for Billy Wilder's lavish 1970 film THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. Disc One features Rozsa's original score recording from the same materials as Quartet's previous release but with improved sound. Disc Two features Rozsa's Polydor recording of his "Fantasia" of music from the film, a recording of the Rozsa violin concerto which helped inspire Wilder's script and which Rozsa adapted for his score, as well as source music from the film.
The latest release is from Caldera is CHRONICLE, a collection of music from the eclectic films of director Werner Herzog composed by Ernst Reijseger, featuring cues from the documentaries Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Family Romance LLC, Fireball, Nomad: In the Foosteps of Bruce Chatwin and The White Diamond and the fiction films My Son, My Son, What Have You Done?, Rescue Dawn and Salt & Fire.
Composers Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won BAFTA's Original Score award for their work on SOUL.


Des grives aux loupes/Le juge est une femme: Le secret de Marion
 - Serge Franklin - Music Box 
Drop Zone - Hans Zimmer - Quartet 
50 States of Fright
 - Christopher Young - Notefornote
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 4
 - Mathieu Chabrol, Michel Goglat, Jean-Pierre Rusconi, Karl-Heinz Schafer, Jean-Marie Senia, Jean Wiener - Music Box
Metti lo diavolo tuo ne lo mio inferno/Leva lo diavolo tu dal...convento/Racconti niente vestiti
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies  
Mortal Kombat - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower
Mountain Cry/My Other Home
 - Nicolas Errera - Music Box 

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The April Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/13/2021 - 3:00 AM
The April issue of FSM ONLINE is now live. On the cover this month is TOM HOLKENBORG (aka Junkie XL), talking about his music for blockbusters ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE and GODZILLA VS. KONG; plus THE INCREDIBLE HOLK drops by to smash things up. Also in this issue, EMILE MOSSERI discusses his Oscar-nominated score for MINARI; GARETH COKER rises to the challenge of the IMMORTALS FENYX RISING video game and MYTHS OF THE EASTERN REALM DLC; speaking of Oscar, check out the conclusion to our AM-PAS OR FAIL? Counterpoint column; STEFAN GREGORY gets his hands dirty with Netflix’s THE DIG, starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan; Soundtrack Obscurities reveals the film music of YURI POTEYENKO; WONG’S TURN looks at music in the time of Covid-19; ELIZABETH PHILLIPSON-WEINER gets productive with the short film GETS GOOD LIGHT; plus reviews, CONCERTS ARE BACK (!!!), a bunch of embedded audio clips, and more.

Lastly, in the issue’s editorial column, FSMO’s amazing managing editor, KRISTEN ROMANELLI, bids us adieu as she moves on to all kinds of new and exciting endeavors.

Subscribers, go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link in the upper right, and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.


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Aisle Seat 4-13: (Anaglyph) 3-D Stages a Comeback
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/12/2021 - 10:00 PM
I distinctly remember Channel 38, WSBK-TV in Boston, running a number of 3-D broadcasts over the air when I was growing up: “Creature From the Black Lagoon” and a few special Three Stooges shorts were among those advertised as requiring the old-school, red-and-blue 3-D glasses you could pick up at your local pharmacy or “participating stores.” Another of those rare but memorable 3-D broadcasts was DYNASTY (98 mins., 1977, R), a ridiculously over-the-top action-fest from Hong Kong that has now made its way to Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber in a marvelous restoration from the 3-D Film Archive. Even if you no longer have a 3-D capable TV, this release has you covered thanks to a new anaglyphic transfer – complete with a set of included glasses – that shows how modern technology and brilliant restoration work can breathe new life into the oldest of 3-D exhibition formats.
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Film Score Friday 4/9/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/8/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc, expanded version of Michael Kamen's score for the 1991 spy thriller COMPANY BUSINESS. The film, starring Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikov and originally titled Dinosaurs, was written and directed by Nicholas Meyer right before he made Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (released later the same year), but real-life changes in U.S./Soviet relations forced him to rewrite the script at the last minute and he was unsatisfied with the end result. Intrada originally released Kamen's score on CD in 1991, but the new edition features both the original sequencing, which organized the cues into suites, as well as an expanded version in traditional cue format.

Company Business
- Michael Kamen - Intrada Special Collection
The Serpent (re-issue) 
- Ennio Morricone - Music Box 

Moffie - Braam du Toit
Voyagers - Trevor Gureckis 
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David Newman: Unreleased and Incomplete, Part 2
Posted By Tor Harbin 4/7/2021 - 10:00 PM

Previously on “David Newman: Unreleased and Incomplete”:

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Film Score Friday 4/2/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/1/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For more information, go to this Message Board thread.

The latest release from Quartet is an expanded edition of Hans Zimmer's score for the 1994 skydiving-thriller DROP ZONE, starring Wesley Snipes, Yancy Butler and Gary Busey, and directed by John Badman (not to be confused with the other 1994 skydiving thriller, Terminal Velocity).

Music Box has announced three new releases -- the fourth volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series of boxed-sets which compile music from previously unreleased scores, in this case Legitime violence (Jean-Marie Senia), Mesrine (Jean-Pierre Rusconi), Twist again a Moscou (Twist Again in Moscow), Mes meilleurs copains (both by Michel Goglat), Claude Chabrol's Le sang des autres (The Blood of Others), starring Jodie Foster, Michael Ontkean and Sam Neill (Mathieu Chabrol), Le crime d'amour (Jean Weiner) and L'empreinte des géants (The Imprint of Giants) (Karl-Heinz Schafer); two scores by French composer Nicolas Errera, MOUNTAIN CRY and MY OTHER HOME (aka Another Shot); and the latest in their Les Grandes Musiques du Petit Ecran series of TV scores, featuring two composed by Serge Franklin -- DES GRIVES AUX LOUPS [1984] and LE JUGE EST UNE FEMME: LE SECRET DE MARION [1995]. 

Be warned - the Les B.O. Introuvables releases tend to go out of print very quickly -- even I still don't yet have the first volume.


The Bear (re-issue) - Philippe Sarde - Music Box 
Die, Mommie, Die!
 - Dennis McCarthy - Dragon's Domain
Killer Party
 - John Beal - Dragon's Domain
King of the Wind (re-release)
 - John Scott - JOS
The Lee Holdridge Collection, Vol. 2
 - Lee Holdridge - Dragon's Domain


Godzilla vs. Kong - Tom Holkenborg - Score CD-R on WaterTower
The Unholy - Joseph Bishara 
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Aisle Seat 3-30: March Madness Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
Making an immediate claim for the most impressive catalog title yet released in 4K, Paramount – just in time for Easter – has brought viewers a truly spectacular Dolby Vision presentation of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (231 mins., 1956, G). Though I was never overly fond of the film growing up, there’s a reason why younger generations may have been kept from fully embracing it, as past home video releases and broadcast TV airings could never entirely deliver the movie’s original theatrical color the way this Dolby Vision HDR presentation can.
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Film Score Friday 3/26/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/25/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of Jerry Goldsmith's third feature film score (and his first film in color), the 1959 Western FACE OF A FUGITIVE, with Fred MacMurray (not Glenn Ford, as I originally erroneously claimed) and James Coburn, and directed by Paul Wendkos, who would work with Goldsmith again on The Mephisto Waltz and the TV movie The Brotherhood of the Bell.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new expanded limited edition CD Club releases -- ALONG CAME A SPIDER, the sequel to Kiss the Girls in which Morgan Freeman reprised his role as Alex Cross, with Jerry Goldsmith reuniting with The Edge director Lee Tamahori; and a two-disc edition of Brad Fiedel's score for Wes Craven's THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, featuring an expanded and remastered version of Fiedel's score, plus the original soundtrack sequencing and unused music composed for the film by Michael Babatunde Olatunji.


Along Came a Spider: The Deluxe Edition - Jerry Goldsmith - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Bersaglio Mobile
 - Ivan Vandor - Digitmovies

Ed ora...raccomanda l'anima a dio!
 - Franco Bixio - Digitmovies
Face of a Fugitive - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan - Fred Mollin - La-La Land
Godzilla vs. Kong
- Tom Holkenborg - WaterTower
I due evasi di Sing Sing
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 
I Malamondo
 - Ennio Morricone - Sugar/CAM 
The Man in the Hat
 - Stephen Warbeck - Quartet 
Mondo Cane
 - Riz Ortolani - Sugar/CAM 
 - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet 
The Serpent and the Rainbow: The Deluxe Edition - Brad Fiedel, Michael Babatunde Olatunji - Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Tattooed Torah - Daniel Alcheh - Notefornote
The Time Tunnel: Volume One - Robert Drasnin, Lyn Murray, Paul Sawtell, John Williams - La-La Land


Nobody - David Buckley

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Aisle Seat 3-23: Spring Break Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
There are good movies, and there are bad movies. Then there are bad movies which end up as great Blu-Ray discs. A horror fan favorite despite being a box-office letdown, EVENT HORIZON (95 mins., 1997, R) joins Scream Factory’s ranks this month in a jam-packed Collector’s Edition, the film’s first Blu-Ray appearance in nearly 15 years. That the movie itself remains an attractively lensed letdown on a number of levels doesn’t detract from the superb extras and polished presentation Scream has given to a film that was more or less universally dismissed by critics and many audiences when first released in 1997.
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Film Score Friday 3/19/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/18/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada is expecting to announce one new CD next week.

Quartet has announced three new releases -- the first-ever release of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1964 Italian crime comedy I DUE EVASI DI SING SING; Fernando Velazquez' score for the TV series PATRIA; and the score for the new comedy THE MAN IN THE HAT, starring the great Ciaran Hinds, and composed by Oscar winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot), which should be no surprise because the film was co-written and co-directed by Oscar winner Stephen Warbeck. 

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

Dragon's Domain has announced three new upcoming releases -- Dennis McCarthy's score for the film verson of Charles Busch's stage comedy DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!, starring Busch himself, Jason Priestley, Frances Conroy, Philip Baker Hall and Stark Sands; the score for the 1986 horror comedy KILLER PARTY, composed by John Beal (The Funhouse); and THE LEE HOLDRIDGE COLLECTION VOL. 2, featuring the composer's unused score for the 1999 drama Africa, starring Greg Wise, Patrick Bergin and Elizabeth Berkeley, and his music for the South African juvenile drama e'Lollipop, released in the U.S. as Forever Young, Forever Free.

The latest Grammy winners in the film music-related categories are:

JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir


"NO TIME TO DIE" from No Time to Die - Billie Eilish O'Connell, Finneas O'Connell

This last award must certainly be the first time a James Bond song has won a Grammy seven months before the film has even been released.

For those who missed Monday morning's announcement, this year's Oscar nominees in the music categories are

DA 5 BLOODS – Terence Blanchard
MANK – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
MINARI – Emile Mosseri
NEWS OF THE WORLD – James Newton Howard
SOUL – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
“FIGHT FOR YOU” – Judas and the Black Messiah – Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas
“HEAR MY VOICE” – The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite
“HUSAVIK” – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Goransson
“IO SI (SEEN)” – The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) – Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
“SPEAK NOW” – One Night in Miami… - Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth 
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Alex North begins recording his score for Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
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Charles Chaplin born (1889)
Chaz Jankel born (1952)
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