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Next week, Intrada will present the first commercial CD release of Cliff Eidelman's large-scale orchestral score for actor-director Robert Townsend's 1993 superhero comedy THE METEOR MAN.


The latest CD from Kritzerland pairs two previously unreleased Golden Age scores from 20th Century Fox -- Alfred Newman's score for the 1952 anthology film O. HENRY'S FULL HOUSE, with segments from top stars (Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark) and directors (Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco), and Cyril J. Mockridge's score for the 1948 fantasy comedy THE LUCK OF THE IRISH, starring Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter and Cecil Kellaway (who is probably the only actor ever Oscar nominated for playing a leprechaun).


On April 22, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the second season of the acclaimed Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS, featuring the music of Jeff Beal (Appaloosa, Blackfish, Rome), who deservedly received two Emmy nominations for his work on the show's first season.


Buysoundtrax has announced a two-disc set titled THE BASIL POLEDOURIS COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring a remastered Flyers, an expanded A Whale for the Killing, the first release of his score for the documentary short Beyond Hawaii, his demo for the Misfits of Science theme, and new recordings of themes from Big Wednesday, The Blue Lagoon, Conan the Barbarian and It's My Party.


Chandos will be releasing a new album THE FILM MUSIC OF MIKLOS ROZSA, with Rumon Gamba conducting the BBC Philharmonic in new recordings of suites from Ben-Hur, Jungle Book, Sahara and The Thief of Bagdad.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
- Fernando Velazquez - Varese Sarabande
Atlantis: The Last Days of Kaptara
- Peter Bateman - MovieScore Media/Kronos
The Blue Max - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Expecting - Mark Kilian - Lakeshore [CD-R]
The List of Adrian Messenger
- Jerry Goldsmith - Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Matrix Revolutions - Don Davis - La-La Land
Philomena - Alexandre Desplat - Decca
Pompeii - Clinton Shorter - Milan
Reaching for the Moon - Marcelo Zarvos - Lakeshore [CD-R]
Son of God - Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe - Universal Republic
The Thirteenth Tale
- Benjamin Wallfisch - MovieScore Media/Kronos
Welcome to the Jungle - Karl Presusser - MovieScore Media/Kronos


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Bag Man - Tony Morales, Edward Rogers
Chlorine - Jay Lifton
Generation War - Fabian Roemer - Score CD Unsere Muetter, Unsere Vaeter available as an import
The Lunchbox - Max Richter
Non-Stop
- John Ottman - Score CD due March 4 on Varese Sarabande
Odd Thomas - John Swihart
Repentance - Mark Kilian
The Saratov Approach - Robert Allen Elliott
Son of God - Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe - Score CD on Universal Republic
Stalingrad - Angelo Badalamenti - Score CD on MovieScore Media/Kronos


COMING SOON

March 4
Good Will Hunting
- Danny Elfman - Music Box
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat - ABKCO
Hold Up/Dernier Ete a Tanger
- Serge Franklin - Music Box
Justininen Trouve
- Germinal Tenas - Disques CineMusique
The Meteor Man - Cliff Eidelman - Intrada Special Collection
Mio Caro Dr. Grasler [The Bachelor]
- Ennio Morricone - GDM
Mr. Peabody & Sherman - Danny Elfman - Relativity Music
Non-Stop - John Ottman - Varese Sarabande
Pizza Connection
- Carlo Savina - GDM
300: Rise of an Empire - Junkie XL - Watertower
March 11
After the Dark
- Nicholas O'Toole, Jonathan Korn - Varese Sarabande
The Basil Poledouris Collection Vol. 1
- Basil Poledouris - Buysoundtrax
Enemy - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans - Milan
Flash Gordon Vol. 1 - Michael Picton - Perseverance
March 25
The Film Music of Miklos Rozsa
- Miklos Rozsa - Chandos
The Right King of Wrong - Rachel Portman - Varese Sarabande
April 1
Bates Motel - Chris Bacon - Varese Sarabande
April 22
House of Cards: Season Two - Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
Date Unknown
An Adventure in Space and Time
- Edmund Butt - Silva
Danza Macabra
- Riz Ortolani - Digitmovies
Donna Leon
- Ulrich Reuter, Florial Appl, Andre Rieu - Alhambra
Geminus
- Bruno Nicolai - Beat
Grazie...Nonna
- Enrico Simonetti - Beat
In Einem Wilden Land [In A Wild Country]
-  Karim Sebastian Elias - Alhambra
Inspektor Jury
- Marcel Barsotti - Alhambr
La Casa Delle Donne
- Radicanto - Intermezzo Media
La Galette Du Roi/Promis...Jure!
- Vladimir Cosma - Disques CineMusique
La Regina dei Tartari
- Bruno Canfora - Digitmovies
La Seconda Moglie
- Aldo de Scalzi, Pivio de Scalzi - Intermezzo Media
L'Odore Delle Nozze
- Aldo de Scalzi, Pivio de Scalzi - Intermezzo Media
Luana, The Girl Tarzan
- Stelvio Cipriani - Beat
O. Henry's Full House/The Luck of the Irish - Alfred Newman/Cyril J. Mockridge - Kritzerland
Secret Sharer/Tsotsi
- Guy Farley - Caldera
7 KM Da Gerusalemme
- Aldo de Scalzi, Pivio de Scalzi, Transcendental - Intermezzo Media
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint/The Arsenal of Freedom - Dennis McCarthy - GNP Crescendo
Steam: The Turkish Bath
- Transcendental - Intermezzo Media
Three Days (of Hamlet) 
- Jonathan Beard - Buysoundtrax
Trinita E Sartana Figli Di...
- Carlo Savina - Digitmovies
Tulpa
- The Alvarius - Beat
Viva La Liberta
- Marco Betta - Beat


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

February 28 - Pierre Jansen born (1930)
February 28 - Mike Figgis born (1948)
February 28 - David Raksin begins recording his score for The Next Voice You Hear (1950)
February 28 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score to the Twilight Zone: the Movie segment "It's a Good Life" (1983)
February 29 - Herbert Stothart wins Original Score Oscar for The Wizard of Oz (1940)
February 29 - Mervyn Warren born (1964)
March 2 - Marc Blitzstein born (1905)
March 2 - Richard Hazard born (1921)
March 2 - Andrzej Korzynski born (1940)
March 2 - Alfred Newman wins Oscar for The Song of Bernadette score (1944)
March 2 - Basil Poledouris begins recording his score to Big Wednesday (1978)
March 2 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score to the Twilight Zone: The Movie segment "A Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1983)
March 2 - Serge Gainsbourg died (1991)
March 2 - Malcolm Williamson died (2003)
March 3 - Lee Holdridge born (1944)
March 3 - Jeff Rona born (1957)
March 3 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score to the Twilight Zone: The Movie segment "Time Out" (1983)
March 3 - Arthur Kempel died (2004)
March 4 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score for Anthony Adverse wins the Oscar; however, as per Academy policy, the score is awarded to the head of the studio's music department, Leo Forbstein (1937)
March 4 - Max Steiner wins score Oscar for Now Voyager (1943)
March 4 - Leonard Rosenman died (2008)
March 5 - Heitor Villa-Lobos born (1887)
March 5 - Max Steiner's score for The Informer wins the Oscar; Academy policy at the time awards to the score to the head of the studio's music branch -- who, in this case, is Max Steiner (1936)
March 5 - Bruce Smeaton born (1938)
March 5 - Michael Gore born (1951)
March 5 - Sergei Prokofiev died (1953)
March 5 - John Williams begins recording his score to Star Wars (1977)
March 5 - Theodore Shapiro begins recording his score for Idiocracy (2005)
March 5 - Gustavo Santaolalla wins his first Oscar, for the Brokeback Mountain score (2006)
March 6 - Richard Hageman died (1966)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

POMPEII - Clinton Shorter

"Accompanied by a throbbing Clinton Shorter score, 'Pompeii’' doesn’t miss a cliché of the genre, except maybe for toppling giant statues. Volcanic ash, flaming bursts of lava, a tsunami that pushes boats through the streets -- it all works remarkably well, except for a phony-looking climactic chariot race."

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"If you do watch 'Pompeii,' bring an iPod, because you won't be missing much and at least you'll be spared the strident score by Clinton Shorter. But your eyes won't deceive you that yes, you are watching a filmmaker crudely put together a movie with all the grace of a preschooler using their pudgy fists to awkwardly fit square pegs in the square holes. 'Pompeii' is less film and more a coloring book, where Anderson stays in the lines and maxes them out with lots of CGI."

Kevin Jaugernauth, The Playlist

"Too much time is spent in Pompeii's massive arena, with crowds cheering the carnage. But when disaster strikes in 79 A.D., scenes of thousands running for their lives, engulfed in flames or crushed by crumbling buildings have a numbing computer-generated sameness. Making matters worse, their ear-splitting screams are matched by the deafening crescendo of the overbearing musical score. Not a moment of subtlety sneaked its way into this production."

Claudia Puig, USA Today

"Naturally, the spectacle should be enough to fill the seats, despite d.p. Glen MacPherson’s tendency to shoot everything through a lens darkly -- even before clouds of black smoke blot out the sun. To ground us emotionally, the filmmakers have resorted to the potboiler playbook, risking unintentional laughter as Milo breaks free of his chains and runs toward the volcano in order to rescue his beloved, the foolhardy gesture elevated to epic status by a stirring score from 'District 9'’s Clinton Shorter."

Peter Debruge, Variety

"As if that weren’t enough, there are also several deadly sword fights, horse chases and one killer tsunami that sends all the corpses and rubble back in the other direction. It’s apocalypse overdose for sure, but like most CG mass destructions, sometimes beautiful to behold, even if the pounding sound design (by Stephen Barden) and score (by Clinton Shorter, '2 Guns') hardly give us space to sit back and admire the scenery."

Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

WINTER’S TALE - Hans Zimmer, Rupert Gregson-Williams

"But Mr. Goldsman, making his directing debut, suppresses the morbid and even the merely sad implications of the story in favor of wide-eyed, mystical wonder. There are swooping aerial shots, buckets of orchestral goo (from the composers Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams) and much talk of destiny, miracles and angels."

A.O. Scott, New York Times

"Goldsman tries to examine notions of destiny and good versus evil but too often allows the film to drift into mawkish sentimentality (a failing not helped by Hans Zimmer’s heavy-handed score) and self-serious preaching, both of which sit awkwardly alongside some of the more fantastical elements."

Rob Carnevale, The List

"While the trailers and television spots for 'Winter's Tale' are selling it as a sweeping, time-traveling romance, the opening sequences make it very clear that the movie is more like what would happen if Nicholas Sparks wrote 'Cloud Atlas' -- there are a number of timelines, some supernatural elements, and a whole lot of breathy narration about miracles and chance and fate. But unlike 'Cloud Atlas,' which was nothing if not ambitious and heady, 'Winter's Tale' is lazy and repetitive and doesn't have a whole lot on its mind, coming across instead like an empty-headed, lovesick doodle. This is the kind of movie where the Warner Bros. logo is revealed, before turning a sepia tone the color of iced tea, while sickly sweet music overtakes the soundtrack."

Drew Taylor, The Playlist

"A moony kitsch fantasy of the 'everything is connected and everyone is special' variety, 'Winter’s Tale' is as romantic as a Facebook-posted engagement photo, as opulent as a rehearsal dinner, and as profound as a greeting card. Its characters play Brahms, fly over New York City on a magic white horse, and babble endlessly about stars, miracles, and how stars are in and of themselves miracles. Digitally added twinkles, sparkles, and lens flares abound, and the movie’s end credits resemble a wedding photographer’s slideshow, sepia stills of Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay kissing and laughing on horseback overlaid with serif-font text while Hans Zimmer’s love theme -- which features passages lifted from 'The Star-Spangled Banner' -- plays on. Though viewers may have trouble watching any of this with a straight face, the movie’s goofy corniness becomes marginally endearing, in a hobbling-puppy sort of way. "

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The Onion AV Club


THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianLACMANew Beverly, NuartSilent Movie Theater and UCLA.

February 28
CHASING AMY (David Pirner), JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (James L. Venable) [New Beverly]
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Stephen Trask) [Nuart]
JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (Krzysztof Penderecki) [Silent Movie Theater]
SURF II (Peter Bernstein) [Silent Movie Theater]

March 1
CHASING AMY (David Pirner), JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (James L. Venable) [New Beverly]
CONTEMPT (Georges Delerue), KING LEAR [Cinematheque: Aero]
DESPERATE (Paul Sawtell), RAILROADED! (Alvin Levin) [UCLA]
JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (Krzysztof Penderecki) [Silent Movie Theater]
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Joe Hisaishi), MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (Akiko Yano) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THREE WOMEN [Silent Movie Theater]

March 2
FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Alexandre Desplat) [Arclight Sherman Oaks]

March 3
FULL METAL JACKET (Abigail Mead) [Arclight Hollywood]
JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (Krzysztof Penderecki) [Silent Movie Theater]
OUT OF AFRICA (John Barry) [Arclight Sherman Oaks]
RUSHMORE (Mark Mothersbaugh) [Cinematheque: Aero]

March 4
BOTTLE ROCKET (Mark Mothersbaugh), THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (Mark Mothersbaugh)[Cinematheque: Aero]
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (Stephen Endelman) [Arclight Hollywood]
JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (Krzysztof Penderecki) [Silent Movie Theater]
MY MAN GODFREY (Charles Previn) [LACMA]

March 5
THE GREAT PASSAGE (Takashi Watanabe) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (Krzysztof Penderecki) [Silent Movie Theater]

March 6
CHILDREN OF MEN (John Tavener) [Arclight Hollywood]
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (Joe Walsh) [Arclight Hollywood]
JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (Krzysztof Penderecki) [Silent Movie Theater]
A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (Michel Legrand), MASCULINE FEMININE (Jean-Jacques Debout) [Cinematheque: Aero]

March 7
A HATFUL OF RAIN (Bernard Herrmann) [UCLA]
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Alan Menken, Miles Goodman) [Silent Movie Theater]
MAUVAIS SANG [Silent Movie Theater]
PRINCESS MONONOKE (Joe Hisaishi) [Nuart]

March 8
MAUVAIS SANG [Silent Movie Theater]
THE SANDWICH MAN, ISLAND ETUDE (Cincin Lee) [UCLA]
SPACE JAM (James Newton Howard) [Silent Movie Theater]
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY [Cinematheque: Aero]

March 9
BECKET (Laurence Rosenthal) [Cinematheque: Aero]
MAUVAIS SANG [Silent Movie Theater]
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Mark Mothersbaugh) [Arclight Sherman Oaks]
SOLEDAD'S SHAWL (Francisco Dominguez) [UCLA]
THE STRAIGHT STORY (Angelo Badalementi) [Arclight Hollywood]

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