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Aisle Seat 6-18: Summer Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/17/2019 - 9:00 PM
Shout! Factory dives deep into the vault for their first of two planned Golden Age compilations with UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION Volume 1, offering four of Boris “KARLOFF” and Bela Lugosi’s collaborations produced between 1934-40. Making their Blu-Ray debuts are two of their most highly-regarded efforts – the Poe-inspired “The Black Cat” (1934) and “The Raven” (1935) – along with the wild “The Invisible Ray” (1936) and so-so 1940 programmer “Black Friday.”
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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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Aisle Seat 6-4: Godzilla! Earthquake! June Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/3/2019 - 9:00 PM
Long before Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan “re-defined” the Dark Knight on the silver screen came Tim Burton’s BATMAN and the Caped Crusader’s ‘90s sequels, all of which hit 4K UHD on June 4th courtesy of Warner Home Video. Despite the varied quality of the pictures themselves, revisiting them in new 4K transfers proved to be a highly enjoyable experience – with the movies all benefiting from the deeper blacks and higher contrast levels that HDR can provide.
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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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The May Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/26/2019 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is an interview with BEAR McCREARY about his gargantuan score to GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, in which he combines the original Japanese themes with his new material. Also in this issue is an exclusive look at the films and music of the 18th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, including work by BROOKE BLAIR and WILL BLAIR, MATIJA STRNISA, KATY JARZEBOWSKI, PAUL LEONARD-MORGAN and many more; DAVID ARNOLD welcomes the End Times in Amazon Prime/BBC Two's GOOD OMENS, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant; JEFF BEAL goes rustic with THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM; MILES HANKINS lines up for LONG SHOT with Marco Beltrami; NATHAN WHITEHEAD chats the apocalyptic PS4 exclusive DAYS GONE; a review of the L.A. MASTER CHORALE’S “GREAT OPERA & FILM CHORUSES” concert; Wong’s Turn ranks the next batch of films and scores of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE; a BEAR McCREARY-themed (B)EAR OF THE MONTH contest; lots of album reviews, including GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 8, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE and THE HUSTLE; more embedded audio clips, and more. 

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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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Aisle Seat 5-21: May Mania Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/20/2019 - 9:00 PM
Whatever happened to Richard Franklin? The Australian auteur became a hot commodity for a while in the ’80s thanks to genre films like “Psycho II” and the kid fantasy “Cloak and Dagger,” but he saw his career fizzle out after misfires like the barely released 1986 ape thriller LINK (103 mins., R; Kino Lorber). Produced for Thorn EMI before their film division went belly-up and was sold to Cannon, “Link” stars Terence Stamp as a daffy college professor whose work with intelligent simians results in one of those predictable “don’t mess with nature” plots, forcing grad student Elisabeth Shue to battle a chimp gone wild in Stamp’s isolated British manor.
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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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