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Film Score Friday 6/21/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/20/2024 - 10:00 PM
The lastest CD from La-La Land is a historic release, presenting for the first time the very first collaboration between John Williams and Steven Spielberg, the score for the director's 1974 feature debut THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS. The album features a 40-minute selection of cues approved by the composer, including music not featured in the final film. 

The latest CDs from Quartet are an expanded, two-disc edition of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1971 giallo GIORNATA NERA PER L'ARIETE (aka The Fifth Cord), starring Franco Nero, and a re-release of their expanded edition of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated PAPILLON.

The latest releases from Kronos are the score to the 1964 adventure film FROM HELL TO BORNEO, composed by Gene Kauer and Douglas M. Lackey; and COP HATER, scored by B-movie great Albert Glasser. Cop Hater was based on the first of the long-running 87th Precinct mystery novel series by Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter), which also inspired a 1960s TV series starring Robert Lansing and Gena Rowlands, several TV movies, two Columbo TV movies  ("Undercover" and "No Time to Die"), and such feature films as Fuzz, Blood Relatives and the Kurosawa classic High and Low.


A Pistol for Ringo/The Return of Ringo
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 6/14/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/13/2024 - 10:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, but in my absence you should be able to learn of any late-breaking film music-related news on our Message Board.

The latest releases from Music Box include the eighth volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series, featuring relatively obscure and previously unavailable scores, in this case Dames galantes and Priez pour nous (Raymond Alessandrini), L'addition and Tristesse et beaute (Jean-Claude Petit), L'amour propre ne le reste jamais tres longtemps (Jean-Claude Vannier) and Salute...j'arrive (Christian Pegand).

They are also releasing two CDs of scores composed by Pierre Bachelet - the light-hearted adventure GWENDOLINE (shown in the U.S. as The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak), and a re-release of their CD pairing COUP DE TETE and the Oscar winner BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOR (aka La victoire en chantant).


Coup de Tete/Black and White in Color
- Pierre Bachelet - Music Box
- Pierre Bachelet - Music Box
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 8
 - Raymond Alessandrini, Christian Pegand, Jean-Claude Petit, Jean-Claude Vannier - Music Box  
Two Evil Eyes - Pino Donaggio - Rustblade   


Bad Behavior - Cameron McArthur, Alice Englert
Banel & Adama - Bachar Khalife
Firebrand - Dickon Hinchliffe
I Used to Be Funny - Ames Bessada
Inside Out 2 - Andrea Datzman
Just the Two of Us - Gabriel Yared
Protocol-7 - Will Taylor
Ride - Those Who Ride With Giants
Tuesday - Anna Meredith

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Aisle Seat 6-10: Godzilla, Lynch & A Mute Witness
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/9/2024 - 10:00 PM
The thrill of watching Godzilla take on assorted monsters on the old “Creature Double Feature” has been, more or less, reproduced with the release of GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE (115 mins., 2024, PG-13; Warner). The latest “Monsterverse” effort manages to ditch the pretentious components of this series’ Godzilla standalone films, as well as any “adult” elements, in a movie that became one of the biggest hits in the series for a central reason: it’s for kids, and in this case, that’s not a bad thing.
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Film Score Friday 6/7/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/6/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc edition of one of Elmer Bernstein's greatest scores, for the 1981 animated sci-fi fantasy anthology film HEAVY METAL. Disc One features the full score as composed for the film, while Disc Two features the LP sequencing with a different mix than the film version.

Howlin' Wolf has just released the score for MURDER BY DECREE, the 1979 Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper mystery thriller which featured a remarkable cast - Christopher Plummer and James Mason as Holmes and Watson, co-starring David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Frank Finlay, Donald Sutherland, and Genevieve Bujold (fun fact: Finlay, cast as Inspector Lestrade, had previously played the role in another Holmes v. Ripper thriller, A Study in Terror). The film was directed by the eclectic Bob Clark (Black Christmas, Porky's, A Christmas Story), and scored by his usual composers, Carl Zittrer and Paul Zaza.  


Backstairs at the White House
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain 
Diva Dolorosa
 - Loek Dikker - Caldera 
Dune: Part 2 - Hans Zimmer - Mutant
Franz Waxman: Legendary Hollywood Vol. 1 
- Franz Waxman - Citadel 
Gerald Fried: The Westerns Vol. 1
 - Gerald Fried - Dragon's Domain 
Heavy Metal - Elmer Bernstein - La-La Land
The Jim Dooley Collection Vol. 1
 - Jim Dooley - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
Murder by Decree
- Carl Zittrer, Paul Zaza

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June FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 6/4/2024 - 10:00 PM

The June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is a detailed analysis of the written score for ANDREW LOCKINGTON’s ATLAS, including comments from the composer. Also this issue are an interview with ALEX HEFFES about his recent projects, including SHARDLAKE, THE REGIME (on which he teame

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Film Score Friday 5/31/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/30/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-release of Angelo Badalamenti's warm, melodic score for David Lynch's change-of-pace 1999 drama THE STRAIGHT STORY, which earned former stuntman Richard Farnsworth a Best Actor nomination for his performance as Alvin Straight, the elderly man who rode 240 miles on his lawn mower to visit his estranged brother. The Intrada CD features the same cues as the previous release on the Disney label.

The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and its related labels are THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE-FICTION VOL. 4, featuring music from The Day the World Ended (Ronald Stein) and The Earth Dies Screaming (Elisabeth Lutyens); the first release of the score for DEATH HUNT, the period outdoor adventure film from 1981 starring Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Carl Weathers, and scored by Jerrold Immel (Megaforce, Dallas); THE DAVID MICHAEL FRANK COLLECTION VOL. 4, featuring cues from the composer's scores to Poison Ivy, Call Me, Suburban Commando and Going Under; and a second volume of FRANZ WAXMAN: LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD, featuring previously released re-recordings of music from such Waxman classics as Sorry, Wrong Number and The Paradine Case.


Roma Bene - Luis Bacalov - Quartet 
The Straight Story - Angelo Badalamenti - Intrada 

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Aisle Seat 5-28: Kino Lorber May Wrap, Imprint & New 4K Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/27/2024 - 10:00 PM
Though a box-office hit at the time of its release, the 1979 rom-com STARTING OVER (105 mins., 1979, R; Kino Lorber) doesn’t get a lot of discussion even in movie buff circles. Perhaps that’s because it’s an anomaly in star Burt Reynolds’ filmography of the era, a “serious” comedy having made inbetween “Smokey and the Bandits” installments with Reynolds lacking his trademark mustache.
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Film Score Friday 5/24/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/23/2024 - 10:00 PM

Atlas - Andrew Lockington
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - Tom Holkenborg
The Garfield Movie - John Debney
Hit Man - Graham Reynolds
Invisible Nation - Wei-San Hsu
Jim Henson: Idea Man - David Fleming
Sight - Sean Philip Johnson


June 7
Two Evil Eyes - Pino Donaggio - Rustblade
Coming Soon 
Backstairs at the White House
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain
Diva Dolorosa
 - Loek Dikker - Caldera
Franz Waxman: Legendary Hollywood Vol. 1 
- Franz Waxman - Citadel
Gerald Fried: The Westerns Vol. 1
 - Gerald Fried - Dragon's Domain
Il cittadino si ribella
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Digitmovies 
The Jim Dooley Collection Vol. 1
 - Jim Dooley - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]
Lacrima Movies Trilogy
 - Franco Micalizzi - Digitmovies 
A Pistol for Ringo/The Return of Ringo
- Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Roma Bene
- Luis Bacalov - Quartet
Stelvio Cipriani Soundtracks Rarities Vol. 1
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies  
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Film Score Friday 5/17/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/16/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada is the first ever release of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for NIGHT PASSAGE, the 1957 Western starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy.

The latest release from Caldera is the score for the 1999 documentary DIVA DOLOROSA, composed by Loek Dikker (The 4th Man, Body Parts, Pascali's Island).


Bruno Nicolai for Jess Franco
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies 
Chissa' perche'...Capitano tutte a me
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Ironmaster La Guerra Del Ferro
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat 
The Morton Stevens Collection Vol. 2
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain 
Night Passage
- Dimitri Tiomkin - Intrada
One Day - Anne Nikitin, Jessica Jones, Tim Morrish - Silva
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]  
Squadra Antifurto
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Star Trek: The Original Series - The 1701 Collection Vol. 5 - George Duning - La-La Land
Torn Curtain - John Addison, Bernard Herrmann - La-La Land 

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Aisle Seat 5-14: THE CROW Flies in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/13/2024 - 10:00 PM
A film that’s long had difficulty rendering its dense, dark visuals in the home video medium, THE CROW (101 mins., 1994, R; Paramount) has, at last, generated a spectacular release for fans on 4K UHD courtesy of Paramount. This new Dolby Vision HDR enhanced presentation finally gives director Alex Proyas’ cult classic the richly detailed image it deserves, besting Lionsgate’s decent (but now inferior) Blu-Ray from over a decade ago.
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