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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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Aisle Seat 5-21: May Mania Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/13/2019 - 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 5/10/19
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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Aisle Seat 5-7: Alien 4K, Scream & Twilight Time New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/6/2019 - 9:00 PM
One of the wonderful things about watching classic films in a remastered presentation, and especially at a higher resolution than you’ve seen before, is that you can appreciate them anew, on their own terms. Not as the start of a franchise, not as a genre benchmark that was copied hundreds of times over – but a solitary work of cinema that remains contemporary even though it was released some 40 years ago. That’s the case with ALIEN (****, 116 mins., 1979, R), Ridley Scott’s classic which rode the sci-fi wave that “Star Wars” ignited and became a classic in its own right thanks to Scott’s direction, the film’s evocative production design and striking H.R. Giger creature effects.
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Film Score Friday 5/3/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/2/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced a handful of new score CDs -- Lalo Schifrin's score for the 1978 urban drama NUNZIO, featuring the same cues as the original MCA LP; Bruno Coulais' score for BLANCHE COMME NEIGE (White as Snow), the new film from director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Adore, Gemma Bovery), starring Isabelle Huppert; Giorgio Gaslini's score for the 1965 Italian romantic drama UN AMORE; and James Griffiths' score for the WWII drama LANCASTER SKIES.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Laurette/Rashomon/Death of a Salesman - Elmer Bernstein, Laurence Rosenthal, Alex North - Kritzerland 
Pokemon Detective Pikachu - Henry Jackman - Sony
Tolkien
 - Thomas Newman - Sony 

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April Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/27/2019 - 2:00 AM
The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is an interview with ALAN SILVESTRI about the end of a cinematic universe with Marvel’s AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Also in this issue, the TOP 10 SCORES FROM 1989, featuring selections by JAMES HORNER, PATRICK DOYLE and JOHN WILLIAMS; CARTER BURWELL uncovers the mysteries of Laika’s MISSING LINK; HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS gets cute with Disneynature's PENGUINS; DANNY ELFMAN’S Eleven Eleven in concert at CSUN; MARCELO ZARVOS keeps busy with THE BEST OF ENEMIES, THE CHAPERONE and more; a report from JERRY GOLDSMITH'S RUDY, performed live to film; a HOAGY CARMICHAEL Gold Rush; lots of album reviews, including HELLBOY, DUMBO and US; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 4/26/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/25/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded version of Joel McNeely's orchestral score for the period adventure IRON WILL, starring Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey and Brian Cox. The score was previously released by Varese Sarabande on a CD featuring 31 minutes of score; the Intrada release features 69 minutes of McNeely score, followed by source cues arranged by the composer.


La-La Land has announced the track list for their brand new two-disc set THE QUINN MARTIN COLLECTION - VOL. 1: COP AND DETECTIVE SERIES. Disc One features two episode scores for Barnaby Jones, composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Bruce Broughton, respectively, and two episode scores for the Burt Reynolds cop series Dan August, both composed by Dave Grusin. Disc Two features a Most Wanted episode score by Lalo Schifrin; the pilot movie score and one episode score for Cannon, both composed by John Parker; and themes for additional Quinn Martin series -- Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (Patrick Williams), Caribe (Nelson Riddle), The Manhunter (Duane Tatro) and Tales of the Unexpected (David Shire).


One of the best unreleased (on physical media) scores of 2018 will be released on vinyl as a two-disc set courtesy of Mondo. As "the first release in our MCU soundtrack series," Mondo will release Christophe Beck's score for ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, which will feature 14 additional cues not included on the download version. One hopes this new series may include vinyl releases of Pinar Toprak's Captain Marvel and Alan Silvestri's Avengers: Endgame, neither of which has yet been announced as a CD release (Hollywood Records has just announced a score CD for Avengers: Endgame, due May 24)

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Aisle Seat 4-23: Criterion's Police Story, Kino Lorber April Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/22/2019 - 9:00 PM
Though not strictly classified as a horror movie, Universal’s 1940 production of THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES (89 mins.) fits comfortably alongside some of its strongest monster rallies. In fact, this Nathaniel Hawthorne adaptation falls somewhere between an A-grade studio project and a superior B-effort, sporting George Sanders as the conniving member of a colonial New England family who dreams of lost treasure laying about their ancestral home. Vincent Price, meanwhile, contributes one of his most sympathetic turns as Sanders’ brother, framed for their father’s death and sent to waste away in prison, leaving his beloved fiancée (Margaret Lindsay) behind.
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Film Score Friday 4/19/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/18/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new soundtrack releases -- Michael Giacchino's score for the 2017 drama THE BOOK OF HENRY; Rachel Portman's music for the hit family film A DOG'S PURPOSE (both of these score were previously released as downloads by Backlot Music); and Fernando Velazquez' score for the comedy-thriller 70 BINLADENS.


The latest limited edition CD from Varese Sarabande is a two-disc set of Stu Phillips' music for the hit-TV 80s series KNIGHT RIDER, featuring the cues featured on the original, out-of-print Film Score Monthly release as well as a second disc of additional material chosen by the composer.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

High Life
 - Stuart Staples - Milan 
The Highwaymen - Thomas Newman - Sony (import)
Knight Rider
- Stu Phillips - Varese Sarabande
976-Evil II
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
The Paul Chihara Collection vol. 2
 - Paul Chihara - Dragon's Domain
Under the Silver Lake - Disasterpeace - Milan 

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Aisle Seat 4-16: April Assault '19
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/15/2019 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off this week’s Aisle Seat are two new, impressive restorations of vintage – and rarely screened – widescreen films from Flicker Alley: the German-produced 70mm travelogue FLYING CLIPPER, known as MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY upon its U.S. theatrical run (158 mins., 1962), and the once long-lost Cinerama feature THE GOLDEN HEAD (115 mins., 1965). The latter was never released in North America and ended its London theatrical run early, where it was replaced by “Flying Clipper” – now both of them have been collected in a pair of terrific new Blu-Ray combo packs, the latter with a 4K UHD presentation as well.
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