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January FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 1/5/2023 - 4:00 AM

The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story kicks off the year in style with HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR discussing her work on the prestige films WOMEN TALKING and TAR. Also this issue is our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage, with contributions from Jon and Al, Erik Heine, Vikram Lakhanpal and Ca

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CD Checklist 2022
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/3/2023 - 10:00 PM
ABELS, MICHAEL

NOPE [Waxwork]
ADAMO, RICCARDO

NATI MORTI [Digitmovies]
AKERFELDT, MIKAEL

CLARK [Inside Out]
AKINOLA, SEGUN 

DOCTOR WHO SERIES 13: FLUX/REVOLUTION OF THE DALEKS [Silva]
ALESSANDRINI, RAYMOND

LE ROI DE PATAGONIE/FABIEL DE LA DROME [Music Box]
LES B.O. INTROUVABLES VOL. 4 [Music Box]

ALLERSTORFTER, CHRISTOPH
 
THE JACK IN THE BOX : AWAKENING [Howlin’ Wolf] 
ARNOLD, DAVID

TOMORROW NEVER DIES [La-La Land]
ARUJ, MAX

THE ICE ROAD [Rambling]

AUFORT, CYRILLE
 
LE CHENE ET SES HABITANTS [Music Box] 
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Film Score Friday 12/30/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2022 - 10:00 PM
IN THEATERS TODAY

Alice, Darling - Owen Pallett
Broker - Jung Jae-il
Corsage - Camille
A Man Called Otto - Thomas Newman


COMING SOON

January 6
Women Talking - Hildur Guonadottir - Mercury 
January 13
Doctor Who: Series 13 - The Specials
 - Segun Akinola - Silva
Till - Abel Korzeniowski - Decca
January 20
Halloween Ends - John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel E. Davies
February 24
The Retaliators - Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein - Better Noise 

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Film Score Friday 12/23/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/22/2022 - 10:00 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their shortlists for several awards, including their music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT - Volker Bertelmann
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER - Simon Franglen
BABYLON - Justin Hurwitz
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN - Carter Burwell
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER - Ludwig Goransson
DEVOTION - Chanda Dancy
DON’T WORRY DARLING - John Powell
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE - Son Lux
THE FABELMANS - John Williams
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY - Nathan Johnson
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO - Alexandre Desplat
NOPE - Michael Abels
SHE SAID - Nicholas Britell
THE WOMAN KING - Terence Blanchard
WOMEN TALKING - Hildur Guonadottir

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Applause" - TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN
"Carolina" - WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
"Ciao Papa" - GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO
"Dust & Ash" - THE VOICE OF DUST AND ASH
"Good Afternoon" - SPIRITED
"Hold My Hand" - TOP GUN: MAVERICK
"Lift Me Up" - BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
"My Mind & Me" - SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND & ME
"Naatu Naatu" - RRR
"New Body Rhumba" - WHITE NOISE
"Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)" - AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
"Stand Up" - TILL
"This Is A Life" - EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
"Til You're Home" - A MAN CALLED OTTO
"Time" - AMSTERDAM

For those who are interested in the rest of this year's Oscar shortlists, please scroll to the bottom of this page. 

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Aisle Seat Holiday Edition 2022: 4K Gifts, Blu-Ray Treats
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/19/2022 - 10:00 PM
Putting a cap on what’s been a spectacular year for 4K UHD catalog releases is Kino Lorber’s all-new restoration of Joseph Sargent’s tense, terrific 1974 thriller THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (105 mins., R). For those unfamiliar with this classic New York City-set picture, Walter Matthau stars as a subway transit chief plunged into a terrorist situation when a trio of armed robbers (led by Robert Shaw, just before he set sail in “Jaws”) take hostage of a subway train. Shaw’s plan? Extortion, of course, but despite being assisted by Martin Balsam and Hector Elizondo, Matthau has a few tricks up his own sleeve that prove to be a bit more than the terrorists can handle.
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Film Score Friday 12/16/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/15/2022 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new end-of-year CDs, including one truly historic release.

FRENZY was the penultimate film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, his first film to shoot in England since Stage Fright 22 years earlier, and was his best-reviewed film in the years after The Birds. With a witty script by Anthony Shaffer and a top-flight cast of British actors including Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant, Anne Massey, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Barry Foster and Billie Whitelaw (the latter two imported from the Hitchcockian, Herrmann-scored Twisted Nerve), the film was originally intended to feature a score by the legendary Henry Mancini, but when Hitchcock heard the score the maestro recorded he allegedly remarked "If I wanted Herrmann I would have hired Herrmann" and threw out Mancini's score, the only time this happened to the four-time Oscar winner. Hitchcock ultimately hired Ron Goodwin (Where Eagles Dare, Village of the Damned) to write a replacement score, and until now, re-recordings of Goodman's "London theme" and Mancini's unused main theme have been the only cues released from either score. Quartet's release features both scores for the first time, and all one can say about this release is "Lovely! Lovely!"

Elmer Bernstein's score for the original Magnificent Seven is one of his most popular including one of his most instantly recognizable themes, and Quartet is releasing a four-disc boxed-set, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN COLLECTION, featuring all four of the scores from the series. The Magnificent Seven features the original score plus bonus tracks; Return of the Seven features the tracks from the LP re-recording, as the original score tracks are currently lost; Guns of the Magnificent Seven features the same tracks as the previous Film Score Monthly release; The Magnificent Seven Ride is the first release of the final score for the series, with Bernstein conducting and his orchestrators Leo Shuken and Jack Hayes adapting his themes. The second disc also features the music Bernstein recorded for the Philip Morris promotional album, Music for the Marlboro Country (Bernstein's Magnificent Seven theme was also later well known as the Marlboro theme).

John Barry received his fourth Oscar nomination for 1971's MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Trevor Howard and Ian Holm (not to be confused with the recent retelling of the same historical events, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie), and Quartet's features the original LP sequencing plus the full mono score tracks. (This film and Chaplin were the only occasions in which Barry was nominated but did not win - five out of seven is pretty impressive).

Their final new release is an expanded edition of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1969 French gangster film, THE SICILIAN CLAN

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Aisle Seat 12-13: The December Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/12/2022 - 10:00 PM
Two Paramount catalog titles highlight Imprint’s latest limited-edition Blu-Ray premieres, each sporting solid transfers and exclusive special features. As for the two films, there’s a little bit of irony in that SAVE THE TIGER (100 mins., 1973, R), the picture heralded by more critics of the day – albeit mostly for its Oscar-winning lead performance – comes off poorly in relation to its predecessor, THE MOLLY MAGUIRES (126 mins., 1970, PG-13), which was a box-office bomb that’s held up much better in comparison.
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Film Score Friday 12/9/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/8/2022 - 10:00 PM
This week Intrada has released perhaps their most long-awaited score CD, an expanded and remastered, two-disc edition of Basil Poledouris' score for the 1984 sequel CONAN THE DESTROYER. They have also released a newly recorded CD of non-film music by a film music composer with the self-explanatory title DIMITRI TIOMKIN: ALBERTINA RASCH & THE GREAT AMERICAN BALLET - PIANO MUSIC FOR CONCERT AND STAGE


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bruno Nicolai in Giallo
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies
Conan the Destroyer - Basil Poledouris - Intrada Special Collection
Dimitri Tiomkin: Albertina Rasch & The Great American Ballet - Piano Music for Concert and Stage
- Dimitri Tiomkin - Intrada
Disenchanted - Alan Menken - Disney 
Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical - Score: Christopher Nightingale; Songs: Tim Minchin - Score & Song CD on Sony


IN THEATERS TODAY

Empire of Light - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Loudmouth - Joel Goodman
The Mean One - Yael Benamour 
Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical - Score: Christopher Nightingale; Songs: Tim Minchin
The Whale - Rob Simonsen 

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December FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 12/6/2022 - 3:00 AM

The enormous December edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with COLIN STETSON, who scores Mark Mylod’s THE MENU, starring Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy. Also this issue are an i

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Film Score Friday 12/2/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/1/2022 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is Mark McKenzie's score for PRANCER: A CHRISTMAS TALE, the brand-new sequel to the 1989 family film.


The latest batch of end-of-the-year, Black Friday releases from La-La Land, announced last week and available to order now are: a one-disc expansion of Jerry Goldsmith's score for Joe Dante's 1989 dark comedy THE 'BURBS; a two-disc edition of Nino Rota's music for the original THE GODFATHER, the first-ever expansion of this classic score; a two-disc expansion of John Williams' Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg's 1997 historical drama AMISTAD; a two-disc expansion of David Arnold's first score for the 007 franchise, 1997's TOMORROW NEVER DIES; and a three-disc edition of Danny Elfman's score for the original 2002 SPIDER-MAN, featuring the full film score, the original soundtrack sequencing, plus many alternate cues.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Amistad - John Williams - La-La Land
Bandes originales des films de Philippe Miller
 - Philippe Miller - Music Box  
The 'Burbs - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Deathcember
- Andrew Scott Bell, others - Howlin' Wolf
Doctor Who Series 13: Flux/Revolution of the Daleks
 - Segun Akinola - Silva 
The Godfather - Nino Rota - La-La Land
La Revolucion Francaise
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box
Michel Magne et son grand orchestre jouent les musiques de films de Michel Magne
 - Michel Magne - Music Box    
Prancer: A Christmas Tale - Mark McKenzie - Intrada
Spider-Man - Danny Elfman - La-La Land
Tomorrow Never Dies - David Arnold - La-La Land 

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