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Film Score Friday 10/11/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/10/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1972 British kids fantasy film THE AMAZING MR. BLUNDEN, directed by and starring Lionel Jeffries (First Men in the Moon)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Air Force One: The Deluxe Edition - Jerry Goldsmith, Joel McNeely - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
The Amazing Mr. Blunden
- Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
Mrs. Lowry and Son - Craig Armstrong - Verve (import)
Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser - Gabriel Yared - Sergent Major (import)
Rooster Cogburn: The Deluxe Edition
 - Laurence Rosenthal - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Solis
 - David Stone Hamilton - Perseverance
Star Trek: The Deluxe Edition 
- Michael Giacchino - Varese Sarabande CD Club 

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Aisle Seat 10-8: 4K Frights!
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/7/2019 - 10:00 PM
4K owners have a quartet of new Warner releases ideal for Halloween viewing to select from this October, starting with genre favorites GREMLINS (***½, 106 mins., 1984, PG) and Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s THE SHINING (***, 146 mins., 1980, R), more a piece of visceral, technical achievement than an engaging dramatic experience. While one benefits a bit from the 4K enhancement, the other receives a jaw-dropping transfer that ranks among the best in the format.
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Film Score Friday 10/4/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/3/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced an impresssive slate of new releases for October 17th -- their highly anticipated release of the original tracks from Franz Waxman's classic, groundbreaking score for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; an expanded two-disc soundtrack for Steven Spielberg's 2002 Philip K. Dick adaptation MINORITY REPORT, whose score by (of course) John Williams balances typically gorgeous melodies with thrilling action cues evocative of his 1960s sci-fi TV music; a second volume in their Quinn Martin Collection series, focusing on the music for the sci-fi classic THE INVADERS, with contributions from Domnic Frontiere, Sidney Cutner, Irving Gertz, Richard Markowitz, and Duane Tatro; and Lorne Balfe's score for director Ang Lee's imminent sci-fi action thriller GEMINI MAN, starring Will Smith...and Will Smith!!!


The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced three new limited "Deluxe Edition" releases, expected to begin shipping next week -- a greatly expanded two-disc release of the final score for the hit 1997 thriller AIR FORCE ONE, composed by Jerry Goldsmith with additional music by Joel McNeely, based on Goldsmith's themes (the film's first, unused and still commercially unreleased score was composed by Randy Newman, of all people); the first-release of the score for the 1975 True Grit sequel ROOSTER COGBURN, which paired screen icons John Wayne (reprising his Oscar-winning title role) and Katharine Hepburn (in an homage to her classic The African Queen) in a light-hearted Western adventure with music by Laurence Rosenthal; and a re-release of their two-disc edition of Michael Giacchino's score to the hit 2009 franchise re-starter STAR TREK


Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring the first-ever score releases for two Paramount films with music by Oscar-winners -- ROUGH CUT, the 1980 romantic caper comedy directed by Don Siegel, written by Larry Gelbart (who was so unhappy with the end result he used the pseudonym "Francis Burns," a reference M*A*S*H fans should appreciate), and starring Burt Reynolds, Lesley Ann-Down, and David Niven, with the legendary Nelson Riddle adapting the music of the equally legendary Duke Ellington for the film's score; and HARLEM NIGHTS, the period gangster comedy-drama which was the directing debut of Eddie Murphy, pairing him with Richard Pryor and feturing a score by Herbie Hancock

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Aisle Seat 10-1: Kino Lorber, Holocaust on Blu-Ray
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/30/2019 - 10:00 PM
Kino Lorber’s September slate of Studio Classics offers movie buffs a number of fascinating titles debuting on Blu-Ray: a DeMille color epic from the early ‘40s, two Hitch-like Universal ‘60s thrillers, and a trio of comedy classics that would instantly define “the Ealing touch” in screen comedy.
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September/October Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/30/2019 - 3:00 AM
The September/October edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This issue’s cover story is an interview with JOHN LUNN about the legacy of DOWNTON ABBEY and its big screen debut. Also in this issue, TREVOR GURECKIS paints a musical picture of THE GOLDFINCH; TIMOTHY MICHAEL WYNN details his work on the sci-fi critical hit FREAKS; the second half of Erik Heine’s Emerging Composers of the 2000s retrospective, featuring JEFF BEAL, MICHAEL GIACCHINO and more; a concert review of PSYCHO, live to film with the New York Philharmonic; another concert review of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK at Royal Albert Hall; NAINITA DESAI discusses her score to the interactive video game TELLING LIES; AUSTIN WINTORY solves the seemingly similar mysteries of the video game ERICA; Cary Wong has a hot take on the scores of 1999; lots of album reviews, including ACROSS THE STARS, IT CHAPTER TWO and THE GOLDFINCH; a new COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews SONARWORKS' REFERENCE 4 software; more embedded audio clips, and more. Oh, and for an explanation of why this is called the "September/October" edition of FSM ONLINE, check out this month's editorial! Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 9/27/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/26/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has just announced two new soundtrack releases, both featuring expanded scores from five-time Oscar winner John Barry.

HOWARD THE DUCK -- from executive producer George Lucas and the husband-and-wife filmmaking team of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz -- was a lavish, big-budget attempt to bring the cult Marvel character to the screen. With rising stars Tim Robbins and Lea Thompson (you know, Zoey Deutch's mom) in the leads, the film was a notorious critical and box-office flop but featured state-of-the-art ILM visual effects and, most memorably, a terrific score by Barry in one of the most unexpected composer-castings of all time. Barry wrote and recorded a delightful orchestral score, but late in the post-production period some of his music for the film's final section was replaced with new cues by Sylvester Levay. Disc One features Barry's complete original 78-minute score. Disc Two has 22 minutes of Barry's alternate cues, 18 minutes of Levay's re-score and an additional 18 minutes of alternate Levay re-score. Disc Three features music recorded for the film by Thomas Dolby (who was at one point thought to score the film as well) including the film's songs, and concludes with the original soundtrack LP sequencing including six Barry cues. This set is available to pre-order now but is not expected to ship until some time in October.

Their other new release presents Barry's score for the 1965 World War II drama KING RAT, with George Segal and Tom Courtenay leading the cast as Allied soldiers in a Japanese POW camp. The film, based on the novel by James Clavell (Shogun, The Last Valley, The Fly) was one of several Barry collaborations with actor-turned-director Bryan Forbes, and has been described by some as a grittier companion piece to Empire of the Sun. Upon the film's original release, Mainstream released an LP re-recording of Barry's music for the film, which was later released on CD by Sony, but Intrada's King Rat presents not only the LP tracks but also Barry's complete original score tracks, heard for the first time outside of the film.


The latest CD from La-La Land is the first-ever release of the soundtrack for CHILD'S PLAY 2, the second of the "Chucky" horror films, and the first to be scored by Graeme Revell, who returned to the series for the fourth (and arguably best) entry, Bride of Chucky. Revell's score was orchestrated and conducted by the great Shirley Walker, and was performed by a 90-piece orchestra. This release, limited to 3000 units, is expected to begin shipping today, and is the latest release from the label's partnership with Universal as part of the Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection. 

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Aisle Seat 9-24: Autumn Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/23/2019 - 10:00 PM
Some of us growing up in the early ’80s found the ideal outlet for our “Star Wars” fixation by gravitating towards V (197 mins., 1983, Warner Archive) – Kenneth Johnson’s tale of an extraterrestrial race that lands on Earth pretending to be friendly, but really is out to steal our water for their barren planet and bring all of us back to their home as food! Implementing a fascist rule over Earth, the Visitors conspire to cover up their deadly deeds through the manipulation of media and propaganda, creating some none-too-subtle comparisons to Nazisms in the process.
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Film Score Friday 9/20/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/19/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new soundtrack CD next week.


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the latest Creative Emmy winners, including the following music categories:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
CHERNOBYL - Hildur Guonadottir

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
GAME OF THRONES: The Long Night - Ramin Djawadi

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
SUCCESSION - Nicholas Britell

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL: We're Going to the Catskills! - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Downton Abbey
 [the movie] - John Lunn - Decca
The Flying Ghost Ship
- Kosuke Onozaki - Cinema-Kan (import) 

Les B.O. Introuvables vol. 2
 - Jean Bouchety, Christian Chevalier, Jean Morlier, Pierre Porte, Didier Vasseur, Roland Vincent - Music Box
Samurai Marathon - Philip Glass - Orange Mountain
UFO
 - Barry Gray - Silva 

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Aisle Seat 9-20: RAMBO - LAST BLOOD Review
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/18/2019 - 10:00 PM
Stallone’s prior entry should’ve been Rambo’s swan song – the iconic action hero was deserving of more than the limp cinematic rubble he’s finally reduced to here.
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Film Score Friday 9/13/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/12/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced a historic upcoming CD release -- the original score tracks from one of the most important and influential film scores of all time, Franz Waxman's groundbreaking BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It will first go on sale at a screening of the film on October 13 at the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival in Tarrytown, NY, which will include a Q&A featuring the composer's son, John Waxman, and soundtrack producer/restorer Mike Matessino. The disc will be available from the label's website at a later date.

This week the label has two new releases -- an expanded, two-disc release of Danny Elfman's thrilling score for Brian DePalma's 1996 franchise-starter MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, featuring the original soundtrack release sequencing on Disc One and the score as heard in the film on Disc Two (plus alternates); and Harry Manfredini's score for what is arguably the best of the Jason Voorhees franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (featuring the same cues as on the label's Friday the 13th boxed set).


The latest re-recording from Tadlow, due in late October, features the complete scores for two groundbreaking horror films from England's Hammer Film Productions, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and HORROR OF DRACULA, with Nic Raine conducting the music of Oscar winner* James Bernard.

*(yes, I know, Bernard won his Oscar for co-writing the story to Seven Days to Noon, not for his music. Still, that's one more Oscar than you or I have, bub).

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