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Film Score Friday 2/23/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/22/2024 - 10:00 PM
For Los Angeles-area film music fans who missed the Academy Museum's screening of Giuseppe Tornatore's acclaimed documentary ENNIO last fall, the good news is it opens at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood today.

The bad news is it only plays once a day, and at seemingly random times:

Friday: 12:50 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 7:15 pm
Monday: 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:15 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 pm

According to the website for Music Box, the film's U.S. distributor, additional engagements are planned around the country over the next several weeks, and it has already screened in other cities including New York and Cleveland, and will screen again in Los Angeles at Alamo Drafthouse at the end of March.


About Dry Grasses - Philip Timofeyev 
Bring Him to Me - Frederik Wiedmann
Drive-Away Dolls - Carter Burwell
Drugstore Jane - Alex Geringas
Ennio - Ennio Morricone
Io Capitano - Andrea Farri
Mea Culpa - Amanda Jones
Ordinary Angels - Pancho Burgos-Goizueta 
Red Right Hand - Mondo Boys
Spaceman - Max Richter 
Stopmotion - Lola de la Mata
Terezin - Emanuele Frusi 

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Aisle Seat 2-20: Monsters, Darkman, 4K & Catalog Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/19/2024 - 10:00 PM
No series in horror cinema has endured as long as the Universal Monster classics of the 1930s and ’40s – a time marked by the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler’s Germany and America’s eventual involvement in WWII. At the outset, the Universal films were hugely successful with audiences seeking an escape, but by the time the U.S. became embroiled in the conflict, the popularity of the studio’s trademark monsters became less inviting to viewers, who turned their attention to war-time enemies as the cinematic nemesis of choice. Before that happened, however, Universal established a litany of Monster Classics that would inspire long-running franchises and become favorites of viewers for generations to come.
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Film Score Friday 2/16/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/15/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered edition of their three-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing symphonic score for INCHON, the Korean war epic from 1982 starring Laurence Olivier (as Gen. MacArthur!), Ben Gazzara and Jacqueline Bisset.


Inchon [remastered reissue] - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
L'alba dell'uomo - Piero Piccioni - Beat 
Star Trek: The Original Series - The 1701 Collection vol. 4
 - Alexander Courage, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried - La-La Land 


Altered Reality - Andrew Morgan Smith
Bob Marley: One Love - Kris Bowers
Drift - Re Olunuga
Land of Bad - Brandon Roberts
Madame Web - Johan Soderqvist
Players - Jeff Cardoni

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Aisle Seat 2-13: Kino Lorber Mid-Winter Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/12/2024 - 10:00 PM
Back when THE OUTSIDE MAN (112 mins., 1972, PG; Kino Lorber) was released, its straightforward study of a French assassin (Jean-Louis Trntignant) who comes to Los Angeles to execute a hit for a mob boss’ son and his wife (Angie Dickinson) was as much interested in serving as a depiction of time and place as it was a crime thriller. An American-shot, French-made picture, director Jacques Deray’s film – long forgotten but thankfully restored here in a Gaumont 4K scan – is packed with scenes of a Los Angeles marked by roller derbies, public “TV viewing chairs” where quarters could be used either there or for a quick shave (via an “auto sterilized” public razor) in a nearby rest room, and murders could be carried out while turning up the sound on an episode of “Zoom!” airing on afterschool TV. Not only will this world seem as foreign to any contemporary viewer but add in a fascinating cast and you have a must-view that marks Kino Lorber’s most exciting release of the new year to date.
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Film Score Friday 2/9/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/8/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is the fourth in their 1701 COLLECTION series of episode scores from the original STAR TREK (previously included in the label's massive boxed-set). This release features scores from the series' third and final season, by composers Alexander Courage ("The Enterprise Incident," "Plato's Stepchildren"), Jerry Fielding ("Spectre of the Gun") and Gerald Fried ("The Paradise Syndrome"), plus source music and other cues from the episodes "Requiem for Methuselah," "The Way to Eden" and "Whom Gods Destroy."

The latest release from Caldera is the first release of the original score tracks for Roy Budd's score from the 1970 Western SOLIDER BLUE, starring Peter Strauss and Candice Bergen. 


Alexei Aigui - Film Music Collection
 - Alexei Aigui - Music Box 
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 7
 - Sam Bernett, Jean Bouchety, Jean Musy, Dominique Perrier, Karl-Heinz Shafter - Music Box 
Relative Dimensions: 60 Years in Time and Space
 - Joe Kraemer - Buysoundtrax 
Soldier Blue
- Roy Budd - Caldera 

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Feb. Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 2/6/2024 - 3:00 AM

The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is Erik Heine’s detailed score analysis of ANNE NIKITIN’s I.S.S, along with THE 2024 FSMies (vote now!). Also this issue are an interview with VINCE POPE, who discusses his work on HBO’s fourth season of TRUE DETECTIVE: NIGH

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Aisle Seat 2-6: Cinematographe, JENNIFER 8, Early Feb Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/5/2024 - 10:00 PM
Vinegar Syndrome has launched a new imprint, Cinematographe, whose first two releases impressively restore a pair of cult favorites – one of which has long been absent from home video. In fact, the last time LITTLE DARLINGS (94 mins., 1980, R) appeared on a legitimate format came via a Paramount VHS release with “some music” having been altered on the soundtrack. Those pricey song licenses, alas, were the reason this box-office hit from 1980 never made it to DVD or Blu-Ray, making this inaugural Cinematographe release a sensational restoration that preserves on both 4K UHD and Blu-Ray a highly entertaining coming-of-age picture with a sensational premise that’s sensitively handled.
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Film Score Friday 2/2/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/1/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered reissue of one of Jerry Fielding's finest scores, THE NIGHTCOMERS, director Michael Winner's 1971 prequel to Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, most famously adapted in 1961 as The Innocents, starring Marlon Brando (!) as the brutish servant Quint.

The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and its affiliated labels include two from composer Joe Kraemer: THE JOE KRAEMER COLLECTION VOL. 1 (featuring The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting and Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead) and RELATIVE DIMENSIONS: 60 YEARS IN TIME AND SPACE (music for Doctor Who audio adventures); and CLIFFHANGERS, featuring Joe Harnell music from the short-lived 1979 TV series.


The Nightcomers - Jerry Fielding - Intrada Special Collection


Argylle - Lorne Balfe
The Jungle Bunch: Operation Meltdown - Olivier Cussac - Score CD Le as de la jungle 2: Operation Tour Du Monde on Music Box 
The Peasants - Lukasz Rostowski 
The Promised Land - Dan Romer
Scrambled - Brittany Allen
Suncoast - Este Haim, Christopher Stracey 

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Aisle Seat 1-30: A Smashing CONAN 4K Double Bill
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/29/2024 - 10:00 PM
There’s nothing like receiving some eagerly-anticipated new releases during the depth of winter, titles to warm one’s movie-going soul, which Arrow has fulfilled this week with their big 4K UHD restorations of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and its 1984 sequel CONAN THE DESTROYER. Both films have been meticulously restored from their respective original negatives, in 4K with Dolby Vision HDR, contain all the soundtrack options (and isolated scores) you’d hope and are stacked to the gills with supplements, offering fans a spectacular new way to enjoy both John Milius’ 1982 classic and Richard Fleischer’s 1984 Saturday Matinee-styled, PG-rated follow-up.
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Film Score Friday 1/26/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/25/2024 - 10:00 PM
For those who missed my column on the topic earlier this week (it seems like only yesterday!), or who don't read the Message Board, or entertainment news in general, here again are this year's Oscar nominations for the music categories:

OPPENHEIMER - Ludwig Göransson 
POOR THINGS - Jerskin Fendrix
THE FIRE INSIDE - Flamin' Hot -  Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
I'M JUST KEN - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
IT NEVER WENT AWAY - American Symphony - Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson
WAHZHAZHE (A SONG FOR MY PEOPLE) - Killers of the Flower Moon - Music and Lyric by Scott George
WHAT WAS I MADE FOR? - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell 


Cutthroat Island
 - John Debney - Quartet 
Hic et Nunc
 - Pascal Gaigne - Quartet

American Star - Remate
The Breaking Ice - Kin Leonn
Maya - Michelangelo Sosnowitz
Miller's Girl - Elyssa Samsel 
Sometimes I Think About Dying - Dabney Morris
The Sweet East - Paul Grimstad 

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