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Film Score Friday 2/22/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/21/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has two new soundtrack releases this week.

One release pairs two mystery-thriller scores by Jerry Goldsmith. ARCHER was the short-lived TV series version of Ross MacDonald's acclaimed "Lew Archer" mystery novels, and the LLL CD features the first-release of Goldsmith's music for the series, totaling 19 minutes. The CD also features Goldsmith's score for the 1967 thriller WARNING SHOT; La-La Land had previously released this score on CD, but the new release features improved sound and additional music (but does not feature the Si Zietner re-recorded LP tracks).

Their other new release is a three-disc set of John Williams' beloved score for the 1978 superhero classic SUPERMAN, remastered with improved sound from the first generation recording masters. Discs One and Two feature the original score plus alternates, while Disc Three features the original LP sequencing, also remastered.


Varese Sarabande is releasing a limited edition (500 units) two-disc set of Jeff Beal's music for the sixth and final season of HOUSE OF CARDS.


BAFTA's award for Original Music for a motion picture went to A STAR IS BORN, for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Lukas Nelson (the other four nominees were all for original scores which received Oscar nominations this year).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Film Score Friday 2/15/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/14/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of James Horner's popular score for the 1986 animated feature AN AMERICAN TAIL, which earned the composer an Oscar nomination for his hit song, "Somewhere Out There."


Brand new Oscar nominee Ludwig Goransson had a good night at the Grammys. Along with winning Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for BLACK PANTHER (a score which still has no commercial CD release, just a 28-track download and a 13-track LP release), he won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

The Greatest Showman won for Compilation Soundtrack, A Star Is Born's "Shallow" won for Song Written for Visual Media, and Terence Blanchard won Best Instrumental Composition for BlacKkKlansman's "Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil). 

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Aisle Seat 2-12: Valentine's Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/11/2019 - 9:00 PM
Burt Lancaster co-directed THE MIDNIGHT MAN (***, 119 mins., 1974, R), a Universal murder-mystery adapted from the book “The Midnight Lady and the Mourning Man” by David Anthony. The film’s plot was reconfigured to suit Lancaster’s talents with the veteran star playing an ex-cop from Chicago, out on parole after shooting his wife’s lover, who settles into a job working security at a southern college…only to find himself quickly embroiled in a co-ed’s murder and an eventual (and quite convoluted) conspiracy plot. While this production was much criticized for being little more than an extended, R-rated episode of “Columbo” at the time of its release – these days, you have to ask yourself, what’s wrong with that?
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Film Score Friday 2/8/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/7/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their schedule of releases for February.

This week they are releasing the score to Orson Welles' decades-in-completion film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, composed by the late Michel Legrand, who personally selected the cues for this release before his passing; and a multi-disc edition (shipping next week) of Hans Zimmer's most critically acclaimed (and arguably finest) score, for director Terrence Malick's 1998 WWII epic THE THIN RED LINE, featuring the full score plus alternates on two discs, the original CD sequencing on Disc Three, and the 1999 album Chants from The Thin Red Line on Disc Four.

The week of February 19 they will release a CD featuring Jerry Goldsmith's never-before-released music from the short-lived 1975 mystery TV series ARCHER, in which Brian Keith played Ross MacDonald's detective character Lew Archer (who became "Lew Harper" for the Paul Newman films Harper and The Drowning Pool), paired with a re-release (from improved sources) of Goldsmith's score for the 1967 mystery-thriller WARNING SHOT.
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.
The latest soundtrack CD release from Kritzerland features Jerome Moross's score for director Otto Preminger's religious drama THE CARDINAL, a remastered version of the same cues previously released on LP and CD, plus a more pop-ish version of the main title theme.
In last Friday's column, we (well, I) erroneously reported that Varese Sarabande would release three new CD Club discs this week. While they are expected to release three discs this month, no specific release date has been anounced at the time of this writing. 
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Film Score Friday 2/1/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/31/2019 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new CD Club releases next Monday.

As Variety reported in a recent article, these will be among the last releases from the label supervised by Varese veteran Robert Townson, who is leaving the company "to launch a new venture producing live concerts of film music." Among Townson's other final projects for the label will be a soundtrack CD for the final season of House of Cards, and LP releases of Herrmann's Vertigo and Goldsmith's L.A. Confidential.


The next release from Caldera presents the score for the offbeat 1973 psychological thriller THE BABY, scored by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Gerald Fried (The Killing, Roots, Birds Do It, Bees Do It). 


Legendary composer and performer Michel Legrand died on Saturday, January 26 at the age of 86. We hope to have a more detailed tribute in an upcoming column, but for now, you can follow the link to Jon Burlingame's obituary of Legrand from Variety

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Aisle Seat 1-29: Super Bowl Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/28/2019 - 9:00 PM
Some classics hold up to the test of time – and a few seem to get better with age. That’s the feeling I had while watching Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS (****, 101 mins., 1946) in Criterion’s highly-anticipated new Blu-Ray, which delivers the expected technical benefits from a newly remastered 4K transfer and enhances a suspenseful, romantic, thrilling film that may just be Hitchcock’s finest.
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Film Score Friday 1/25/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/24/2019 - 9:00 PM
For the one or two of you who somehow missed the column posted three days ago, here are this year's Oscar nominations in the music categories:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

BLACK PANTHER - Ludwig Goransson
BLACKKKLANSMAN - Terence Blanchard
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - Nicholas Britell
ISLE OF DOGS - Alexandre Desplat
MARY POPPINS RETURNS - Marc Shaiman

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
"ALL THE STARS" - Black Panther - Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith, Solana Rowe
"I'LL FIGHT - RBG - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO" - Mary Poppins Returns - Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman
"SHALLOW" - A Star Is Born - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthhony Rossomando, Anthony Wyatt
"WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS" - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Music and Lyric by David Rawlings, Gillian Welch

Along with their two-disc set of music from the TV series THE ORVILLE, La-La Land has just released a limited edition (1500 units) CD of Nathan Barr's score for director Eli Roth's terrific 2018 kids' horror-fantasy THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.


Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and veteran soundtrack and DVD/Blu-Ray producer Nick Redman died in Santa Monica on Thursday, January 17th, at the age of 63. Born in Wimbledon, England, he was an actor in the early part of his career but ultimately moved behind the camera, first for the BBC and later in the United States. He was nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category (with Paul Seydor) in 1996 for The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, which incorporates rare 16mm behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Sam Peckinpah's classic, with Redman narrating (and producing) and Ed Harris providing the voice of Peckinpah (the documentary is featured on the Wild Bunch Blu-Ray from Warner Home Video).

Redman served as a consultant to Fox Music Group beginning in 1993, was a founding partner in the CD label Bay Cities, produced countless score and soundtrack CDs including many releases for Film Score Monthly, and in 2011 co-founded the DVD/Blu-Ray label Twilight Time, whose releases regularly feature their film's scores (and sometimes the unused score as well) as isolated tracks.

His most recent documentary was 2007's Becoming John Ford. He is survived by his wife, writer Julie Kirgo, as well as his daughter Rebecca, two stepchildren and his brother Jonathan. A more detailed tribute to Mr. Redman by Jon Burlingame can be found at Variety. 

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January Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 1/23/2019 - 2:00 AM
Happy New Year! The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. The first issue of 2019 features our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage, including contributions from Jon & Al Kaplan, Kyle Renick, Cary Wong and Sean Wilson. Also in this issue, WEST DYLAN THORDSON breaks down the music to M. Night Shyamalan’s GLASS, including how he uses JAMES NEWTON HOWARD'S UNBREAKABLE score; SEGUN AKINOLA takes up the musical mantle on DOCTORWHO; a new COUNTERPOINT debates whether context is king in film music criticism; GOLD RUSH brings us all the way back to 1908 with CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS and L’ASSASSINAT DU DUC DE GUISE; a preview of the film music panels of SUNDANCE; lots of album reviews, including WELCOME TO MARWEN, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE and AQUAMAN; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Oscar Nominations 2018
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/22/2019 - 6:00 PM
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

BLACK PANTHER - Ludwig Goransson
BLACKKKLANSMAN - Terence Blanchard
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - Nicholas Britell
ISLE OF DOGS - Alexandre Desplat
MARY POPPINS RETURNS - Marc Shaiman


I don't know if it should be taken as a bad omen for the soundtrack CD business that of the five nominated scores, only two of them have received commercial CD releases. Blanchard and Goransson are first time nominees (since two of the major titles in several categories this year begin with the word "Black", nominees will have to be extra careful not to walk to the stage for the wrong film), second time for Britell, sixth for Shaiman (though his first time not in the Song or Comedy Score category) and tenth for Desplat (and his third for a Wes Anderson movie). Shaiman seems a plausible winner, given the dominance of his music (songs and otherwise) in the film. 

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"ALL THE STARS" - Black Panther - Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith, Solana Rowe
"I'LL FIGHT - RBG - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO" - Mary Poppins Returns - Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman
"SHALLOW" - A Star Is Born - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthhony Rossomando, Anthony Wyatt
"WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS" - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Music and Lyric by David Rawlings, Gillian Welch


Mostly first-time nominees, but a tenth nomination for Diane Warren, who seems almost certain to lose to "Shallow." Her RBG song is the seventh nominated song from a documentary. I thought it and "All the Stars" were remarkably forgettable, but I guess I'm in the minority. 
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Film Score Friday 1/18/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/17/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set of James Horner's score for director Ron Howard's Oscar-winning 1995 docudrama APOLLO 13. Horner was nominated for the film's score as well as for Best Picture winner Braveheart, but the disappointment of losing the Oscar to Luis Bacalov's Il Postino was probably pretty well forgotten two years later due to his work on a little film called Titanic. MCA's original soundtrack release of Apollo 13 was a frustrating mixture of score cues, period songs and dialogue excerpts, while a score-only CD was available only as a hard-to-find promotional release. Disc One of Intrada's Apollo 13 features the complete film orchestral film score followed by Horner's electronic cues, totalling 76 minutes, while Disc Two features the cue sequencing of the promotional CD.


The latest soundtrack CD from Kritzerland presents the first-ever release of the score for the 1971 horror film THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. The film was produced by Amicus Productions, which specialized in anthology horror films like Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. Despite its title, The House that Dripped Blood was a not-especially-gory entry from the studio and told four horror tales, written by Psycho novelist Robert Bloch, revolving around the same house -- Denholm Elliot played a thriller writer who believes his murderer character has come to life; Peter Cushing becomes obsessed with a wax museum; Christopher Lee has a mysterious relationship with his seemingly innocent young daughter; and Jon Pertwee plays the star of a vampire film whose costume causes him to take a "method" approach to his role. The score was composed by Michael Dress [1935-1975], whose few other scores include the Amicus-produced science-fiction drama The Mind of Mr. Soames, starring Terence Stamp and Robert Vaughn.


Next week, La-La Land will be releasing a two-disc set of music from Seth McFarlane's hit sci-fi comedy series THE ORVILLE, featuring the show's main theme by nine-time Emmy winner Bruce Broughton, plus selections from the episode scores by Broughton, Andrew Cotttee, John Debney and Joel McNeely.


The latest limited edition release from Varese Sarabande presents the LP tracks from Lee Holdridge's score for the 1978 romantic docudrama sequel THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, PART 2. Marilyn Hassett reprised her role as Jill Kinmont, a champion skier paralyzed in an accident, and the sequel depicts her romance with her eventual husband, played by Timothy Bottoms. (Beau Bridges played her ill-fated love interest in the first film, scored by Charles Fox who received an Oscar nomination for its song, "Richard's Window." Fun biopic trivia: the first film, released in 1975, takes place in the mid-late 1950s, while its sequel was made only 3 years later but takes place 20 years later) 

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