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Film Score Friday 5/15/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/14/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada is planning to release one new CD next week. For those who don't mind hints, it's a previously unreleased Western score from the early 1970s composed by a five-time Oscar nominee. For those who are happy to learn what it is in advance, go to this link.

Dragon's Domain has announced four new film music CDs -- THE PAUL CHIHARA COLLECTION VOL. 4, featuring a new re-recording of the composer's score for the cult sci-fi classic DEATH RACE 2000 plus his original score tracks from CRACKERS, the 1984 English-language, Louis Malle-directed remake of Big Deal on Madonna Street, and FOREVER, LULU, the 1987 comedy thriller starring Hanna Schygulla, Deborah Harry and Alec Baldwin; Richard Band's score for the recent horror comedy EXORCISM AT 60,000 FEET; William Stromberg's score for the 2018 horror-comedy anthology film TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN; and a CD pairing scores for two Australian science-fiction films, INCIDENT AT RAVEN'S GATE, scored by Graham Tardif, and THE TIME GUARDIAN, composed by Allan Zavod.


The David Spear Collection: Volume One
 - David Spear - Dragon's Domain 
Doctor Who: Series 12
 - Segun Akinola - Silva
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
 - Dudley Simpson - Silva
Doctor Who: The Visitation
 - Paddy Kingsland - Silva
Ghost Warrior
 - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain
The Haunting of Morella
 - Frederic Ensign Teetsel, Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain 

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Aisle Seat 5-12: "Paramount Presents" Blu-Ray Remasters
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/11/2020 - 10:00 PM
The quintessential ’80s thriller that set the standard for a stream of imitators to follow, FATAL ATTRACTION (119 mins., 1987, R; Paramount) kicks off a trio of “Paramount Presents” Blu-Ray remasters, offering new 4K film transfers, collectible slipcovers boasting fold-out reproductions of each film’s respective one-sheet poster, and a few new extras.
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May Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/10/2020 - 3:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is live. In this month’s cover story, Erik Heine uncovers Part 1 of 15 Great Under-the-Radar Themes, from composers JOHN BARRY, DANNY ELFMAN, JERRY GOLDSMITH, JOHN WILLIAMS, ALAN SILVESTRI and more. Also in this issue, MICHAEL ABELS takes us to school with HBO's BAD EDUCATION and Netflix's ALL NIGHT AND A DAY; Steven C. Smith fills us in on his new book about MAX STEINER; an appeal for reviving Disney’s FANTASIA; DAVID E. RUSSO discusses his score to the 9/11 film WINDOWS ON THE WORLD, starring Edward James Olmos; GARETH COKER breaks down the musical elements of video game ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS; an Under-the-Radar Ear of the Month contest; lots of album reviews, including STARGIRL, DISNEYNATURE: DOLPHIN REEF, TROLLS WORLD TOUR and THE BANKER; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 5/8/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/7/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of John Williams' score for the 1984 rural drama THE RIVER, which starred Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek as a farming family facing hard times. The film was famously one of three major studio releases that year which focused on the struggles of farming families, and surprisingly enough, all three films earned Best Actress nominations, with Spacek and Country's Jessica Lange losing out to Places in the Heart's Sally Field, whose "you like me" acceptance speech is better remembered today than the film which inspired it. The River reunited Williams with director Mark Rydell, the pair having previously collaborated on The Reivers, The Cowboys and Cinderella Liberty (and shockingly, the magnificent Cowboys score was the only Williams/Rydell collaboration not to receive an Original Score nomination, but since Williams actually received two of the five Score nominations that year, I doubt he was especially bitter). The original MCA soundtrack LP (later released on CD by Varese Sarabande) was a mixture of cues from the score and Williams' own re-working of the material. The Intrada release features both the original LP sequencing as well as the complete score composed for the film, plus a handful of alternates.

Intrada has also reissued two out-of-print, expanded editions of classic scores demonstrating two popular composers at the absolute peak of their talents -- Jerry Goldsmith's CHINATOWN, featuring both the LP sequencing and the full score from the film; and Alan Silvestri's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, a three-disc set featuring the full original score, the LP sequencing, and the scores for Roger Rabbit shorts composed by Bruce Broughton and James Horner.

Music Box has announced two new score CD releases -- a disc pairing two previously unreleased scores by Philippe Sarde, LE FILS PREFERE and MADEMOISELLE; and the CD premiere of two scores by Paul Misraki (Alphaville), LES VECES ETAIENT FERMES DE L'INTERIEUR and LE CHASSEUR DE CHEZ MAXIM’S

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Film Score Friday 5/1/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/30/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce one new CD next week.

The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc set featuring the first-ever commercial release of the score for the 1999 superhero comedy MYSTERY MEN, which was a box-office disappointment at the time of its release (and was the subject of a particularly brutal and hilarous takedown by Jeffrey Ross at the Friars Club roast of Jerry Stiller) but has since become a cult favorite. The film has an eclectic cast including Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Claire Forlani, William H. Macy, Kel Mitchell, Wes Studi, Paul Reubens, Greg Kinnear, Lena Olin and Geoffrey Rush, and the original score was composed by Stephen Warbeck, hot off his Oscar win for Shakespeare in Love. In the final film, many of his cues were replaced by new music by the great Shirley Walker, and the La-La Land Mystery Men features Warbeck's 62-minute original score on Disc One and Walker's 28 minutes of new score on Disc Two.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced changes in the rules in the 93rd Academy Awards, including some related to film music. 

According to the new rules, "In the Music (Original Score) category, for a score to be eligible, it must comprise a minimum of 60% original music. Additionally, for sequels and franchise films, a score must have a minimum of 80% new music." If this change had been made earlier, for example, John Williams' nominated scores for the recent Star Wars sequels would probably not have been eligible, nor would Alan Silvestri's shortlisted scores for the last two Avengers films.

And for those who collect rare For Your Consideration score CDs, "As part of the Academy’s sustainability effort, the 93rd Awards season will be the final year DVD screeners will be allowed to be distributed; these mailings will be discontinued starting in 2021 for the 94th Academy Awards. Access to the Academy Screening Room will continue to be made available for all eligible releases. The distribution of physical music CDs, screenplays and hardcopy mailings, including but not limited to paper invites and screening schedules, will also be discontinued next year."

The biggest news is that films which had planned theatrical releases this year (and only this year) which instead were released directly to streaming services will still be eligible for Oscar consideration. And in a related but surprising move, "For films to more easily meet theatrical exhibition requirements when theaters reopen, the Academy also will expand the number of qualifying theaters beyond Los Angeles County to include venues in additional U.S. metropolitan areas: the City of New York; the Bay Area; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia."

Also, the categories Sound Editing and Sound Mixing are being merged into one category, Sound, but all the craftsmen who might previously been eligible in one of those categories (most likely Supervising Sound Editors, Sound Designers, Production Mixers and Re-Recording Mixers) will still be eligible in the combined category with a potential six people nominated per film. This seems a logical compromise, as who besides people in the sound fields can accurately delineate between Mixing and Editing?

This has nothing to do with film music, but it is with a heavy heart that I announce that my favorite international film actor, Irrfan Khan, has died at the age of 53 of natural causes. Khan made his feature film debut in Mira Nair's 1988 international hit Salaam Bombay!, and worked steadily in Indian cinema for many years. He had his English-language breakthrough as Kal Penn's father in Nair's family drama The Namesake, and since then he balanced Indian and Western films, with a variety of projects including The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi (as the adult Pi) and Inferno.

One only has to watch his performances as the police chief hunting for the missing Daniel Pearl in A Mighty Heart, the lonely everyman hero of The Lunchbox, and the charismatic billionaire owner of Jurassic World to get a sense of his extraordinary range. I know it's a cliche, but he will be truly missed. 

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Aisle Seat 4-28: Police Squad, V - The Final Battle
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/27/2020 - 10:00 PM
The time and effort that went into the hit 1983 NBC mini-series “V” did not extend into the following season’s six-hour follow-up, V: THE FINAL BATTLE (267 mins., 1984; Warner Archive), which shows every sign of having been rushed into and out of production. Original writer-director Kenneth Johnson was replaced by director Richard T.Heffron and producers Daniel Blatt and Robert Singer, and a collection of nameless screenwriters (try seven of them!) to continue the story. While most of the cast returns, some of the minor supporting players have been re-cast and there are several scenes – particularly in the first part – that contain plenty of unintended laughs, looped dialogue, and signs that money was low and time was short during production. Despite this, somehow or other this 267-minute follow-up remains entertaining, especially once you reach its climactic installment.
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Film Score Friday 4/24/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new score CDs, including one score by a top composer which had previously been unreleased in any form.

Veteran screenwriters Henry & Phoebe Ephron wrote the hit 1961 Broadway comedy TAKE HER, SHE'S MINE, about the relationship between an overprotective dad and his daughter, studying abroad in Paris, inspired by their own daughter Nora. The play won a Tony for Elizabeth Ashley's performance as the daughter, and the 1963 film version, directed by Hollywood veteran Henry Koster (The Bishop's Wife, The Robe), cast James Stewart as the dad and Sandra Dee as the daughter (for trivia buffs, this answers the question "In what film did Sandra Dee play a character based on Nora Ephron?"). The project was one of the first films which Jerry Goldsmith scored at 20th Century Fox during his lengthy working relationship with the studio and was his first score for a feature comedy, and while for many years the music tracks had been thought unusable, Intrada has been able to restore nearly the entire score, presenting it in both stereo and mono versions.

James Horner reunited with his Glory director Edward Zwick for the 1994 period drama LEGENDS OF THE FALL, a film which helped cement star Brad Pitt's fame as the "Sexiest Man Alive," also starring Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond and Henry Thomas, and featuring Oscar-winning cinematography from John Toll. The original CD featured 75 minutes of Horner's lush, melodic score, while the Intrada release is a two-disc set (set to begin shipping next week) featuring Horner's full 98-minute score as well as 35 minutes of alternate cues.

Dragon's Domain has announced three new score CD releases -- THE DAVID SPEAR COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring three documentary scores from the veteran composer-orchestrator: The Courage to Care, Lincoln and the War Within, and The Triumph of Memory; the score for the 1990 Poe adaptation THE HAUNTING OF MORELLA, composed by Frederic Ensign Teetsel and Chuck Cirino; and a re-mixed re-release of Richard Band's score for the 1984 action-adventure GHOST WARRIOR.  

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Film Score Friday 4/17/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
Next week Intrada currently plans to release two new score CDs by A-list composers, including one score never before released in any form. For those who don't mind soundtrack release "spoilers," there is more info at this link.


Franz Waxman: The Documentaries
 - Franz Waxman - Dragon's Domain
The Louis Febre Collection: Vol. One
 - Louis Febre - Dragon's Domain
Santa Barbara: A Musical Portrait 
- Joe Harnell - Dragon's Domain  
Wendy - Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin - Milan (import) 

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Aisle Seat Video Vault: The Other ROBIN HOOD
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
Seeing as the influx of new releases has slowed to a crawl – manufacturing and distribution systems are locked down like everything else – we’re going to primarily pivot here at the Aisle Seat towards older films I’ve recently revisited either on disc or streaming platforms. New releases that are, in fact, still being released will follow these “Video Vault” reviews for the time being. Enjoy!
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Film Score Friday 4/10/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/9/2020 - 10:00 PM

Army of Darkness
 - Joseph LoDuca, Varese Sarabande 
Queen & Slim - Devonte Hynes - Domino
The Witcher - Sonya Belousova, Giona Ostinelli - Sony [import] 


April 17
Wendy - Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin - Milan (import)
April 24
Lo Chiamavano Bulldozer
 - Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat
June 5
The Roads Not Taken
 - Sally Potter - Milan 
June 19
 - Simon Boswell, songs - Varese Sarabande 
Date Unknown
Doctor Who: Series 12
 - Segun Akinola - Silva
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
 - Dudley Simpson - Silva
Doctor Who: The Visitation
 - Paddy Kingsland - Silva
Franco De Gemini Performs Ennio Morricone
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Franz Waxman: The Documentaries
 - Franz Waxman - Dragon's Domain
The Jack in the Box
 - Christoph Allerstorter - Howlin' Wolf 
The Louis Febre Collection: Vol. One
 - Louis Febre - Dragon's Domain
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
 - Craig Safan - Noteforenote
Santa Barbara: A Musical Portrait 
- Joe Harnell - Dragon's Domain 

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