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Aisle Seat 11-13: 4K Superwrap, Dracula in ’72
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
It’s a big month for 4K UHD enthusiasts, as multiple studios have launched a series of classics in the fledgling format. Most of these films need little introduction to fans, who are likely to wonder if they’re worth plunking down additional funds for the umpteenth time. Thanks to the restoration of the movie’s 6-track 70mm soundtrack, the answer for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (****, 143 mins., 1978, PG) fans, at least, is an unqualified “yes!”
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Film Score Friday 11/9/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

Prometheus has released a new recording of Mario Nascimbene's score for the adventure classic THE VIKINGS, with Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.

The latest release from Music Box is an expanded version of the score for the stylish 2006 animated science-fiction feature RENAISSANCE, which in English-language countries featured the voices of Daniel Craig, Romola Garai, Catherine McCormack, Jonathan Pryce and Ian Holm. The music was composed by Nicholas Dodd, probably best known to score fans for his work as an orchestrator-conductor for such composers as David Arnold, Mychael Danna and Andrew Lockington.

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Film Score Friday 11/2/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs this week -- a disc pairing two never-before-released Georges Delerue scores for American TV movies of the 1980s, SIN OF INNOCENCE and LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, and an expaded version of James Horner's score for the 1995 animated film BALTO, with the full 62-minute score plus 16 minutes of extras.

La-La Land has announced a whopping seven new releases which are expected to begin shipping next week -- a two-disc set of music from the Amazon anthology series PHILIP K. DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS, featuring episode scores by Olafur Arnalds, BT, Harry Gregson-Williams, Mark Isham, Bear McCreary and Cristobal Tapia de Veer; a three-disc set featuring the scores for SUPERMAN II and SUPERMAN III (already shipping), adapted by Ken Thorne from the original themes by John Williams; and five new TV episodic music collections by Blake Neely: ARROW: SEASON 6, DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: SEASON 3 (scored with Daniel James Chan), THE FLASH: SEASON 4 (with Nathaniel Blume), RIVERDALE: SEASON 2 (with Sherri Chung), and SUPERGIRL: SEASON 3 (with Chan).

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Aisle Seat 10-30: Halloween Edition Part 2!
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
After producing the likes of “The Dead Zone,” “Firestarter,” “Cat’s Eye” and “Silver Bullet,” Dino DeLaurentiis lured in Stephen King with the promise of directing with MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (97 mins., 1986, R) for this fledgling DEG studio. Now, I have to confess I have fond memories of seeing this picture in theaters – it was one of the first R-rated films I was allowed to watch, thanks to my friend’s movie-buff dad, George Coombs, who reviewed movies on WKRI-AM in Warwick, RI. Mr. C received free passes to the local theater chains (General Cinema and Showcase), which allowed us to see loads of films together during my formative years, and “Maximum Overdrive” was – along with “Witness” and “Aliens” – one of my earliest R-rating movie-going experiences.
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Film Score Friday 10/26/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/25/2018 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced their latest batch of CD Club releases, which can be pre-ordered now and are expected to begin shipping the week after next: a Deluxe Edition of John Williams' popular score for director John Badman's lavish and underrated 1979 remake of DRACULA, starring Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan and Laurence Olivier, a two-disc set featuring both the original LP tracks and the first-ever release of the complete score (including cues not heard in the film); an greatly expanded Deluxe Edition of Basil Poledouris' exciting score for ON DEADLY GROUND, the ecologically-themed action adventure that marked the directorial debut of star Steven Seagal (pitted against an over-qualified Michael Caine); and an encore release of Georges Delerue's score for the 1990 political thriller A SHOW OF FORCE, starring Amy Irving, Andy Garcia, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Duvall and Kevin Spacey. The label is also releasing a new two-disc compilation, VARÈSE SARABANDE: 40 YEARS OF GREAT FILM MUSIC 1978-2018, which can be ordered as a CD-set, on vinyl, or as a "bundle" including a T-shirt and tote bag.

The latest CD from Caldera is THE LOST CHILDREN OF PLANET X, a concept album/spoken word drama, with music by Christopher Young incorporating unused material from his film scores. The disc features both the narrative version, with text written by Bob Badway, and the instrumental cues without words. 

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October Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 10/25/2018 - 2:00 AM
The October edition of FSM Online is now live. This month’s cover story is the first part of a deep dive on the many themes of GAME OF THRONES by RAMIN DJAWADI. Also in this issue, a review of the GAME OF THRONES live concert experience; JUSTIN HURWITZ flies us to the moon with Damien Chazelle’s FIRST MAN; new and notable scores from the 56TH NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, including works by NICHOLAS BRITELL and CARTER BURWELL; DOMINIC LEWIS is spooky-scary in GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN and Season 3 of THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; Erik Heine explores the strange and UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS of film music; memories of MIKLÓS RÓZSA and re-recording IVANHOE; COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews a niche toolkit; lots of album reviews, including FIRST MAN, VENOM and THE SISTERS BROTHERS; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 10-23: Halloween Edition Part 1
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
After too many sequels and imitators to count, the smartest thing the filmmakers behind the much-anticipated HALLOWEEN revival did is forget everything that came after John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic. So sayonara to “Halloween II,” throw out vague memories of the late ‘80s sequels, toss out the “Miramax years” and happily discard Rob Zombie’s putrid reboots – this straight-ahead follow-through to Carpenter’s original is a smart, savvy and suspenseful continuation that’s appealing and fun. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel – but what film in the hack ‘n slash genre possibly could at this point?
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Film Score Friday 10/19/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/18/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first commercial release of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for ANOTHER STAKEOUT, the comedy-thriller sequel to the 1987 surprise hit Stakeout, reteaming Rubinstein with his longtime friend and collaborator, director John Badham, as well as stars Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. A composer promo collection of Rubinstein's music had featured 21 minutes from the score; the Intrada release features a full 60 minutes of score.

La-La Land has announced a tentative, rough schedule of releases for the rest of 2018. On October 30 they currently hope to release Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, Superman II & III, and five new Blake Neely soundtracks from DC superhero TV series. On November 13 they may release two to three titles, including a three-disc set. November 23 will see the announcement of this year's batch of "Black Friday" releases, with two titles already signed off on and two to three more hoped for, to be available to order on November 27.

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest set of CD Club releases this coming Monday.

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Film Score Friday 10/12/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new upcoming score CDs -- Alexandre Desplat's score for Jacques Audiard's just-released dark comedy Western THE SISTERS BROTHERS (reportedly, rights issues with a U.S. label may make this CD difficult to obtain for U.S.-based collectors); a remastered and slightly expanded version of John Barry's romantic suspense score for the 1988 mystery MASQUERADE; and Victor Reyes' score for the recently released horror film DOWN A DARK HALL, starring AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman.
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Aisle Seat 10-9: The Other Side of Halloween
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
Fox went into the summer of ‘77 thinking THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT (166 mins., R; Twilight Time) would be its top ticket, relegating a little movie named “Star Wars” to secondary status on the studio’s promotional radar. What they got instead was a picture that has attained a certain level of affection among “Golden Turkey” fans, though truth be told, the movie is neither as campy or fun as its reputation suggests.
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