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Aisle Seat 3-28: A Catalog Cavalcade
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/27/2023 - 10:00 PM
The cavalcade of solid catalog titles premiering on 4K UHD continues this month with a welcome Dolby Vision presentation of DRAGONSLAYER (109 mins., 1981, PG; Paramount), an expensive 1981 collaboration between Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Studio that was a flop in its day. Time, fortunately, has been kind to director Matthew Robbins’ film, which receives significant enhancements here over its previous DVD and HD master, which has been available only on streaming for many years.
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Film Score Friday 3/24/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/23/2023 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new score CDs - John Debney's score for the 2023 comedy 80 FOR BRADY, starring acting legends Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field; and an expanded, two-disc edition of James Newton Howard's score for the charming, underrated, 2003 live action remake of PETER PAN.

The latest releases from Quartet are the music from the drama ALLELUJAH, based on the play by Alan Bennett and scored by his longime collaborator, five-time Oscar nominee George Fenton; and the score for the romantic drama L'ENVOL (aka Scarlet), by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared.

The latest releases from Music Box are a disc featuring music from four scores composed by Oscar nominee Philippe Sarde -- L'homme aux yeux d'argent (1985), Cours prive (1986), Une etrange affaire (1981) - all directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre - and Que les gros salaries levent le doigt! (1982), directed by Granier-Deferre's son Denys; and two Michel Legrand scores for 1972 films starring French legend Annie Girardot - LES FEUX DE LA CHANDELEUR (Hearth Fires) and LA VIEILLE FILLE (The Old Maid).

Kronos has announced three new releases - THE BIG CAPER from 1957, scored by B-movie great Albert Glasser; the 1959 crime drama COUNTERPLOT, scored by the team of Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter; and THE MUSIC OF GUNTHUER KAUER, featuring the composer's scores for Monstrosity (1963) and Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960), the latter scored with Douglas M. Lackey

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Film Score Friday 3/17/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/16/2023 - 10:00 PM
This year's winners in the Oscars music categories were Volker Bertelmann for his Original Score for ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, and Chandrabose and M.M. Keeravani for their Original Song "Naatu Naatu" from RRR.

This is the first year in Oscar history where both of the music awards went to foreign language films. Past foreign language score winners are The Postman (Il Postino) (Luis Bacalov), Life Is Beautiful (Nicola Piovani) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Tan Dun). The only previous winning song from a foreign language film is "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from The Motorcycle Diaries; "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire is in Hindi, Urdu and Punujabi, but the film itself is in English.


Blonde - Nick Cave, Warren Ellis - Invada
The Conversation
 - David Shire - Silva 
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
- Christophe Beck - WaterTower [CD-R]


All the World Is Sleeping - Emily Greene
The Disappearance of Mrs. Wu - Kenneth Burgomaster
The Forger - Mario Grigorov
Inside - Frederik Van de Moortel 
Moving On - Amanda Jones
Shazam! Fury of the Gods - Christophe Beck - Score CD-R on WaterTower
A Snowy Day in Oakland - Nathan East
Suzhou River - Jorg Lemberg
Wildflower - Chad Fischer

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Aisle Seat 3-14: March Madness Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/13/2023 - 10:00 PM
The “Golden Age” of Italian director Dario Argento has become well represented on 4K UHD over the last couple of years thanks to the collective efforts of labels like Arrow and Synapse Films. The latter’s superlative edition of his classic “Suspiria” remains one of the top catalog discs in the UHD format, and this month brings fans a newly restored release of a later Argento title that’s offbeat even by the director’s standards: PHENOMENA (116/110/83 mins., 1985; Synapse), which was released in the mid ’80s by New Line in a butchered form as “Creepers.”
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Film Score Friday 3/10/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/9/2023 - 10:00 PM

Beyond the Screen: Film Works on Piano - Rachel Portman - Sony (import) 


Champions - Michael Franti
The Magic Flute - Martin Stock - Soundtrack CD on Deutsche Grammophon
The Magician's Elephant - Mark Mothersbaugh
Righteous Thieves - Pancho Burgos-Goizueta 
Scream VI - Brian Tyler, Sven Faulconer
65 - Chris Bacon
Southern Gospel - Tim Williams 
Unicorn Wars - Joseba Beristain
Unwelcome - Christian Henson

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March FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 3/6/2023 - 4:00 AM

The March edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an in-depth look at the new BILLY GOLDENBERG documentary, ROMANTIC MYSTICISM, including comments from creator Gary Gerani. Also this issue are an interview with CHRISTOPHE BECK, who discusses his third ANT-MAN score, QUANTUMANIA; JOSEPH SHIRL

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Film Score Friday 3/3/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/2/2023 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack from Intrada is a 2-CD set of Marco Beltrami's score for director Robert Rodriguez' Body-Snatchers-in-a-high-school sci-fi horror comedy THE FACULTY, written by Kevin Williamson from an original screenplay by David Wechter and cinematic Guy-of-all-trades Bruce Kimmel.
The latest Deluxe Edition from the Varese Sarabande CD Club is an expanded edition Klaus Badelt's score for the 2002 remake of THE TIME MACHINE, starring Guy Pearce, which was Oscar-nominated for its makeup.
The latest releases from Dragon's Domain are Ernest Gold's score for the 1985 TV movie WALLENBERG: A HERO'S STORY; THE HUMMIE MANN COLLECTION VOL. 2, featuring the composer's unused music for the 1999 drama Brokedown Palace and the score for Joe Dante's TV movie The Second Civil War; and Kevin Kiner's score for the 1995 TV movie BLACK SCORPION.

Black Scorpion
- Kevin Kiner - Dragon's Domain
The Faculty - Marco Beltrami - Intrada Special Collection
Interview with the Vampire - Daniel Hart - Milan 
Nino Rota: War and Peace et al
 - Nino Rota - Capriccio 
Shogun Assassin
 - W. Michael Lewis, Mark Lindsay - Buysoundtrax  
The Time Machine: Deluxe Edition
- Klaus Badelt - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
Violin Concerto
- Danny Elfman - Naxos
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Aisle Seat 2-28: Marathon Man 4K, New Kino Lorber Discs
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/27/2023 - 10:00 PM
One of the most exciting mid ‘70s thrillers, the all-star Robert Evans production of William Goldman’s novel MARATHON MAN (125 mins., 1976, R) became a box-office hit in the Fall of ‘76 and remains a suspenseful, superbly helmed ride from director John Schlesinger. One of many classics hitting 4K UHD this year, Kino Lorber’s new 4K scan of the Original Camera Negative results in a marvelous transfer with Dolby Vision HDR, adding fresh layers to Conrad Hall’s cinematography, including enhanced depth and shading absent from previous home video releases, even Paramount’s earlier Blu-Ray.
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Film Score Friday 2/24/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/23/2023 - 10:00 PM
Varese Sarabande is expected to announce a new CD Club release today.


 - Manuel De Sica - Digitmovies
...E poi, non me rima se nessuno
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies 
 - Alexandre Desplat - Rambling
Il Giustiziere (The Human Factor)
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 
Io sono l'abisso/La ragazza nell nebbia
 - Vito Lo Re - Digitmovies 
Le foto proibite di una signora per bene
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat 
L'ultimo uomo di Sara
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 
The Retaliators - Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein - Better Noise 
Space: 1999
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Squadra Antigangsters
 - Goblin - Beat 


Bunker - Andrew Morgan Smith
Cocaine Bear - Mark Mothersbaugh
iMordecai - Matthew Kajcienski 
Jesus Revolution - Brent McCorkle
Juniper - Marlon Williams, Mark Perkins
Luther: The Fallen Sun - Lorne Balfe
Mummies - Fernando Velazquez
My Happy Ending - David Schweitzer
Northern Shade - Robert Lydecker
Who Are You People - Aaron Zigman
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey - Andrew Scott Bell 

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Film Score Friday 2/17/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/16/2023 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Caldera presents the first release of Roy Budd's score for the 1977 thriller WELCOME TO BLOOD CITY, starring Jack Palance, Keir Dullea and Samantha Eggar, along with music Budd composed for the British TV series THE SANDBAGGERS.


Welcome to Blood City/The Sandbaggers
- Roy Budd - Caldera


Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - Christophe Beck
88 - Joe Kraemer
Emily - Abel Korzeniowski
The Integrity of Joseph Chambers - William Ryan Fritch
Marlowe - David Holmes
Of an Age - Music Supervisor: Andrew Kotatko
A Radiant Girl - Patrick Desremaux, Marc Marder 
We Have a Ghost - Bear McCreary

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Today in Film Score History:
March 30
Alan Menken wins his third and fourth Oscars, for Beauty and the Beast's score and title song (1992)
David Bell records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “In the Pale Moonlight” (1998)
Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner record their score for the two-part Star Trek: Enterprise episode “In a Mirror, Darkly” (2005)
Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Battle Lines” (1993)
Dimitri Tiomkin wins his third Oscar, for The High and the Mighty score (1955)
Ennio Morricone, inexplicably, doesn't win the Best Score Oscar for The Mission, which was pretty much the only score album anyone in Hollywood listened to during the late '80s; Herbie Hancock wins Oscar for Round Midnight score instead (1987)
Eric Clapton born (1945)
Georges Delerue begins recording his score for Rapture (1965)
John Williams begins recording his score for Jurassic Park (1993)
Kan Ishii born (1921)
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