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December FSMO Is Now Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 12/6/2021 - 4:00 AM

The December edition of FSM ONLINE — officially our biggest of all time — is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with CARTER BURWELL, who discusses his work for Joel (and not Ethan) Coen on THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. Also this issue is a chat with ROB SIMONSEN on GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE, co

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Film Score Friday 12/3/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/2/2021 - 10:00 PM
Last week La-La Land announced its "Black Friday" batch of five new, end-of-year releases: a three-disc, greatly expanded edition of the soundtrack for director Norman Jewison's 1971 film version of the Broadway classic FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, featuring the songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick as well as the arrangements and incidental music by John Williams, which won the maestro the first of his five (to date) Oscars; a two-disc edition of Alfred Newman's beautiful, Oscar-nominated score for George Stevens' 1959 film of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; the first release of the full score for the love-hate romantic comedy hit LOVE ACTUALLY, composed by Craig Armstrong; a remastered and expanded "Ultimate Cut" edition of Harry Manfredini's score for the original FRIDAY THE 13TH; and an expanded version of Bill Conti's score for the final film in the original Karate Kid series, THE NEXT KARATE KID, starring Hilary Swank in the title role.

Intrada plans to announce an epic release next week.


Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
 - Bary Gray - Silva 
The Diary of Anne Frank - Alfred Newman - La-La Land
Fiddler on the Roof - Jerry Bock, John Williams - La-La Land
Friday the 13th - Harry Manfredini - La-La Land
Gabriel Yared: Music for Film
 - Gabriel Yared - Silva
Ghostbusters Afterlife - Rob Simonsen - Sony 
The Hitcher
 - Mark Isham - Silva 
Le Professionnel/Le Marginal
 - Ennio Morricone - Music Box 
Les specialistes/Moi vouloir toi
 - Eric Demarsan - Play Time  
Love Actually - Craig Armstrong - La-La Land
 - Mario Migliardi - Beat 
Mychael Danna: Music for Film
 - Mychael Danna - Silva
The Next Karate Kid - Bill Conti - La-La Land
Red Notice - Steve Jablonsky - Milan
Shigeru Umebayashi: Music for Film
 - Shigeru Umebayashi - Silva   

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Aisle Seat 11-30: Kino Lorber November Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
Making its eagerly anticipated 4K UHD debut from Kino Lorber this month, Philip Kaufman’s acclaimed remake of the ‘50s Don Siegel sci-fi classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (115 mins., 1978, PG) hasn’t aged quite as well as its predecessor, in part because of its bleak ‘70s ending – a “gotcha” moment that works best the first time around as opposed to repeat viewing. Still, while I feel there’s a tendency to over-rate Kaufman’s film, it’s nevertheless a compelling, intelligently presented version of the Jack Finney tale, with Donald Sutherland starring as a Bay Area health inspector who begins to wonder what’s going on with the body-switching paranoia overcoming the region.
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Film Score Friday 11/26/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/25/2021 - 10:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced two new Deluxe Edition CD Club releases - a two-disc expansion of the score for David Lynch's classic BLUE VELVET, which re-introduced Angelo Badalamenti to the world of film scoring (he had scored films in the 1970s as Andy Badale); and an expanded version of John Debney's score for the 21st century Christmas perennial ELF, the first of several scores Debney has composed for director Jon Favreau (Zathura, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book).

La-La Land was scheduled to announce their latest batch of Black Friday CD releases today. Since I am currently on vacation, you can probably find up to date information about them on our Message Board.


Blue Velvet: The Deluxe Edition - Angelo Badalamenti - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Elf: The Deluxe Edition - John Debney - Varese Sarabande CD Club
The United Way - George Fenton - Gearbox
Zero Zero Zero - Mogwai - Rock Action 

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Aisle Seat 11-23: Mad Max & Middle Earth in 4K; Paramount Remasters
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
Director Milos Forman’s RAGTIME (154 mins., 1981, PG; Paramount) may have been a film that didn’t entirely live up to its lofty aspirations, yet seen afresh in Paramount’s 4K-mastered new Blu-Ray transfer, it’s a beautifully mounted, sumptuously designed adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, spectacularly shot by the great Miroslav Ondricek and memorably scored by Randy Newman.
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Film Score Friday 11/19/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/18/2021 - 10:00 PM
Varese Sarabande is expected to announce their final CD Club releases of 2021 today.


Call of Duty: Vanguard - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
The French Dispatch - Alexandre Desplat - ABKCO 
It's a Wonderful Life - Dimitri Tiomkin - La-La Land
The Navigator/Steamboat Bill Jr./Seven Chances
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box 


Black Friday - Patrick Stump
Bruised - Aska Matsumiya
C'mon C'mon - Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner
The Feast - Samuel Sim
The First Wave - H. Scott Salinas
Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Rob Simonsen - Score CD due Dec. 3 on Sony (import)
Hide and Seek - Tim Jones
King Richard - Kris Bowers
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time - Alex Mansour
Mothering Sunday - Morgan Kibby
Paper & Glue - Adam Peters
The Power of the Dog - Jonny Greenwood
Procession - Keegan DeWitt
The Real Charlie Chaplin - Robert Honstein 

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Film Score Friday 11/12/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/11/2021 - 10:00 PM

 - Jerry Goldsmith - Music Box
Les Rois Maudits/Lancelot du Lac
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box 


Aulcie - Chris Gubisch
Belfast - Van Morrison
Clifford the Big Red Dog - John Debney
Cusp - T. Griffin
Hive - Julien Painot
Julia - Rachel Portman
Love Is Love Is Love - Laura Karpman
Mayor Pete - Joe Wong
My Fiona - Miles Bergsma
Night Raiders - Moniker
Soulmates - Kevin Lax
Tick, Tick...Boom - Jonathan Larson 

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Aisle Seat 11-9: An Autumn Catalog Harvest
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/8/2021 - 10:00 PM
Halloween may be over but Fall is still the season for creepy cinematic happenings, with Warner Archive jumping into the fray with a number of genre titles debuting on Blu-Ray. Among them is the weird MGM/Filmways production EYE OF THE DEVIL (96 mins., 1967), a troubled shoot that saw star Kim Novak reportedly squabble with producer Martin Ransohoff en route to her departing the movie deep into filming. Novak was replaced with Deborah Kerr, who mostly goes through the motions in a moody yet tension-free piece that would be one of the studio’s last to be shot in black-and-white.
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November FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 11/5/2021 - 9:00 AM

The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with STEVEN PRICE, who scores Edgar Wright’s latest, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO. Also this issue is a discussion with HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS about THE LAST DUEL and his collaboration with Ridley Scott; get a head (or back?) star

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Film Score Friday 11/5/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/4/2021 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new releases for the week of November 16, their final new CDs before their traditional post-Thanksgiving "Black Friday" cornucopia: a 75th anniversary re-mastered release of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for one of Hollywood's most beloved films, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE; and Bear McCreary's music for the video game CALL OF DUTY: VANGUARD


Basement Jack - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain
The Cat O'Nine Tails
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 
The David Michael Frank Collection Vol. 1
 - David Michael Frank - Dragon's Domain 
Dimensione Violenza
 - Daniele Patucci - Quartet 
Nella Stretta Morsa Del Ragno
 - Riz Ortolani - Quartet 
The Tamarind Seed
 - John Barry - Silva 
Teenage Exorcist/Witch Academy
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain 

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December 8
Antonio Carlos Jobim died (1994)
Bruce Kimmel born (1947)
Dominic Frontiere records his score for The Invaders episode “The Mutation” (1966)
Edward Williams died (2013)
John Rubinstein born (1946)
Junkie XL born as Tom Holkenberg (1967)
Leo Shuken born (1906)
Leonard Rosenman begins recording his score for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969)
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Moisey Vainberg born (1919)
Richard Thompson begins recording his score for Grizzly Man (2004)
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