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Next week, along with their previously announced CD of Richard Marvin's music from the supernatural mystery series GRIMM, La-La Land will be releasing an expanded edition of Elliot Goldenthal's first score for a studio film, the hit 1989 film version of Stephen King's PET SEMATARY, featuring 30 minutes of music not featured on Varese Sarabande's original release. The label will also make available a limited number of signed copies of the 2-disc set of Bear McCreary's music for DA VINCI'S DEMONS, featuring his Emmy-winning theme.


Music Box has announced a new version of John Williams' charming score for the 1967 caper comedy FITZWILLY, featuring both the original LP re-recording (previously released by the Varese Sarabande CD Club) as well as the original score tracks from archival tapes.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Agente X1-7 Operazione Oceano
- Piero Umiliani - Beat
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Christopher Drake - Watertower [CD-R]
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season One - Les Baxter, Johnny Harris, Richard LaSalle, Stu Phillips- Intrada Special Collection
Captain Phillips
 - Henry Jackman - Varese Sarabande
Doctor Who: Series Seven
 - Murray Gold - Silva
The Fifth Estate - Carter Burwell - Lakeshore
House at the End of the Drive
- Alan Howarth - Buysoundtrax
How I Live Now - Jon Hopkins - Just Music (import)
Il Furto Della Gioconda
- Nino Rota - GDM
Il Plenilunio Delle Vergine
- Vasili Kojucharov - Beat
La Cage Aux Folles/La Cage Aux Folles II
- Ennio Morricone - GDM
L'Argent Du Ministre
- Walter Rizzati - Beat
Le Bossu (On Guard!)
- Philippe Sarde - Quartet
L'Isola Di Arturo
- Carlo Rustichelli - Quartet
Salem's Lot  - Harry Sukman - Intrada Special Collection
A Single Shot
- Atli Orvarsson - MovieScore Media/Kronos
Vite Strozzate
- Ennio Morricone - GDM
Zulu Dawn
- Elmer Bernstein - Buysoundtrax


IN THEATERS TODAY

All Is Lost - Alex Ebert - Score CD due Oct. 29 on Community Music
Big Ass Spider - Ceiri Torjussen
Carrie - Marco Beltrami - Song CD on Columbia
Escape Plan - Alex Heffes
The Fifth Estate - Carter Burwell - Score CD on Lakeshore
God Loves Uganda  - Mark Degli Antoni
Hellbenders 3D - Jeff Grace
Kill Your Darlings - Nico Muhly
I'm in Love with a Church Girl - Bruce Fowler
Let the Fire Burn - Christopher Mangum
Life According to Sam - Keegan DeWitt
Lost for Words - Andre Mattthias
Paradise - Rachel Portman - Score CD-R on Milan
12 Years a Slave - Hans Zimmer - "Music from and Inspired by" CD due Nov. 11 from Sony
2 Jacks - Iryna Orlova, Anatoliy Mamalyga


COMING SOON

October 22
Da Vinci's Demons - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
Ender's Game - Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
Fruitvale Station - Ludwig Goransson - Lakeshore
Grimm - Richard Marvin -La-La Land
La Mula
- Oscar Navarro - MovieScore Media/Kronos
The Last House on the Left - David Hess - One Way Static
Lost Place
- Adrian Sieber - MovieScore Media/Kronos
Pet Sematary - Elliot Goldenthal - La-La Land
Room 237 - Jonathan Snipes, William Hudson - Death Waltz
October 29
All Is Lost - Alex Ebert - Community Music
Runner Runner - Christophe Beck - Lakeshore
November 5
Last Vegas - Mark Mothersbaugh - Varese Sarabande
Machete Kills - Carl Thiel, Robert Rodriguez - Morada
Person of Interest: Season Two - Ramin Djawadi - Varese Sarabande
November 12
The Counselor - Daniel Pemberton - Milan
Ed Wood (expanded) - Howard Shore - Howe
November 19
The Book Thief - John Williams - Sony
Nebraska - Mark Orton - Milan
November 26
Frozen - Christophe Beck - Disney
December 10
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Howard Shore - Watertower
Saving Mr. Banks - Thomas Newman - Disney
Date Unknown
Doctor Who: The Snowmen/The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
- Murray Gold - Silva
The Doll Squad - Nicholas Carras - Monstrous Movie Music
Fitzwilly
- John WIlliams - Music Box
L'Indic/Un Ange Au Pardis/Le Complot
- Michel Magne - Music Box
Saladino - Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kronos
The 25th Reich
- Ricky Edwards - MovieScore Media/Kronos


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

October 18 - Frederick Hollander born (1896)
October 18 - Allyn Ferguson born (1924)
October 18 - John Morris born (1926)
October 18 - Peter Best born (1943)
October 18 - Howard Shore born (1946)
October 18 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for East Side, West Side (1949)
October 18 - Bernard Herrmann begins recording his score to The Wrong Man (1956)
October 18 - Wynton Marsalis born (1961)
October 18 - Pete Carpenter died (1987)
October 19 - Fiorenzo Carpi born (1918)
October 19 - George Fenton born (1950)
October 19 - Victor Young begins recording his score to Scaramouche (1951)
October 20 - Frank Churchill born (1901)
October 20 - Thomas Newman born (1955)
October 20 - Lucien Moraweck died (1973)
October 20 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Booby Trap" (1989)
October 21 - Malcolm Arnold born (1921)
October 21 - John W. Morgan born (1946)
October 21 - Brian Banks born (1955)
October 22 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Bhowani Junction (1955)
October 22 - Hugo Friedhofer begins recording his score to Never So Few (1959)
October 22 - Bernard Herrmann records his score for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode "Body in the Barn" (1963)
October 23 - Manos Hadjidakis born (1925)
October 23 - Graeme Revell born (1955)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS - Henry Jackman

"Barry Ackroyd’s hand-held cinematography certainly lives up to the vertiginousness Greengrass’ films are known for in spots, but it’s a more controlled virtuoso dizziness akin to his work on the 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Green Zone' than the sometimes geography free-for-all of the ‘Bourne’ films (shot by different DPs). Henry Jackman ('X-Men: First Class,' 'Kick-Ass') replaces Greengrass’ go-to composer John Powell, and while the musician hasn’t really charted in the past, his tribal-like pulse-pounding work here is A-game material that ratchets up the already excruciatingly intense narrative."

Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

"There is much to be admired about the technique that has gone into 'Captain Phillips.' As he has done in 'The Bourne Supremacy' and 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' the second and third films in that franchise, Greengrass puts the audience directly into the middle of the action, utilizing a remarkable combination of quick shots, handheld cameras, tremendous editing and a pounding score. Another apt comparison is the movie 'United 93,' Greengrass’ heartbreaking project, which also brought that same dynamic feeling to another piece of recent history."

Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune

"Paul Greengrass could make the most mundane human activity -- slouching in a work cubicle, napping in a hammock -- feel dramatic. In the opening scene of the English' director's latest frenetic film, 'Captain Phillips,' we find the titular hero, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), leaning intently over a desk in his Underhill, Vermont, home -- on March 28, 2009, to be exact. Phillips rifles through documents, clicks around his computer, locates his work badge, and checks his watch. All the while, strings skitter over a steady, ominous electronic beat, and the camera—cutting back and forth, zooming in and out -- behaves like a cokehead who can’t sit still. It is clear, contrary to what is literally occurring in this country house, that something of import is happening here. This sounds more exhausting on the page than it is in practice, and that’s precisely why 'Captain Phillips' is first-rate entertainment. The drug-addled camera and ominous music might seem excessive in Phillips’ home office, but like a noisy refrigerator or odd smell, the body learns to ignore what’s jarring at first. 'Captain Phillips,' like all of Greengrass’s films, is an immersive experience: My eyes became one with the camera, and the soundtrack became background music."

Ryan Kearney, New Republic

"Craftsmanship and technical contributions are first-rate all the way, while Henry Jackman's electronic score throbs underneath most of the action."

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

ROMEO AND JULIET - Abel Korzeniowski

"Juliet should be a girl, but the story’s trajectory of self-sacrifice requires her to become a woman. Steinfeld gets the girl part exactly right, but she botches the transformation. Or rather, the movie botches it, because there’s a stylistic disconnect here, too. The lush, galloping score (by Abel Korzeniowski), while beautiful, doesn’t do her any favors."

Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

"Both actors acquit themselves nicely, but although they deliver Shakespeare’s dialogue with ease, their performances remain studied throughout -- Booth and Steinfeld are pushed around by their characters’ melodramatic fervour rather than offering a confident take on the material. Consequently, the film’s lovebirds can’t help but seem immature and unequipped to face the consequences of what their impulsive decision to marry will mean to their warring families. In a sharper adaptation, this might be the filmmakers’ point -- driving home the notion that these star-crossed lovers were doomed from the start -- but Abel Korzeniowski’s earnest, sobbing score suggests that these characters’ superficial passion should be taken seriously."

Tim Grierson, Screen International

"Booth handles Romeo’s enraptured recitations well, as does Steinfeld. But the film is shallow and lacks vision. The battle between Tybalt and Mercutio (Christian Cooke) suggests dueling nostrils to me. The wheedling score by Abel Korzeniowski got on my nerves and made me long for the magnificent music of Nino Rota in Zeffirelli’s 1968 screen version. Now that was 'music to tame the savage breast.'”

James Verniere, Boston Herald

"Italian director Carlo Carlei has a background in TV movies, and this film, plodding and earnest, seems meant for the small screen, too. The melodramatic soundtrack, by Abel Korzeniowski, flares up every so often to demonstrate meaningful scenes, but often ends up overwhelming Steinfeld and Booth’s thin dialogue. On second thought -- maybe that wasn’t accidental after all."

Sara Stewart, New York Post

"As far as looking the part, Steinfeld holds her own, although in Shakespeare’s time, Booth would have made a stunning Juliet, with his delicate features and pillowy lips. Unfortunately, neither one has mastered the art of delivering Shakespearean (or Shakespearean-like) dialogue while also emoting. Steinfeld powers through her lines so rapidly, she doesn’t appear to hear what she’s saying. And Booth, at least better at enunciation, can’t muster a passionate facial expression, much less a fiery inflection. The sentimental, soaring music seems determined to compensate for the lead actors’ shortcomings."

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

"Meanwhile, the score swirls endlessly round and around, trumpeting every emotion, tearing at every heartstring and generally boasting so much windmilling piano tinkling that I half expected Holly Hunter to turn up in a bonnet and throw herself speechlessly into the raging sea."

Mark Kermode, The Observer

"But it becomes abundantly clear from the very first scene of a needless bout of jousting that Italian director Carlo Carlei -- responsible for 1995's 'Fluke,' featuring Matthew Modine as a man reincarnated as a dog -- is in way over his head, from several misguided casting choices to an intrusive score that sounds like Renaissance faire elevator music."

Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com

"Shakespeare movies don’t get more unremarkable than 'Romeo & Juliet', an adaptation of the English language’s most-butchered love story produced and financed by glass-jewelry manufacturer Swarovski. Directed by Carlo Carlei -- whose last theatrical release was the 1995 'Matthew Modine is reincarnated as a dog' movie 'Fluke' -- the adaptation is a hodge-podge of bad clichés from Shakespeare movies and sappy romantic imagery. Actors in tights declaim in bloodless BBC accents while someone murders a piano’s sustain pedal on the soundtrack."

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The Onion

"The music, which never stops, issues cyclones of Muzak-y flourishes, and Paul Giamatti, as the meddling Friar whose scheme to put Juliet in a deathlike coma turns this hormonal romp into tragedy, is, well, Giamatti-esque in ways that seem at odds with Booth and Steinfeld's straightforward ardor."

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"The swordplay sequences are shot in a rough-and-tumble handheld style that aims to lend the proceedings a shot of energy yet merely comes off as visually inconsistent. And nary a single scene is allowed to play out untainted by Abel Korzeniowski’s score, which endlessly recycles the same banal theme with only minimal variations."

Justin Chang, Variety

"Abel Korzeniowski's constantly churning score employs heaving strings and trilling piano scales in an urgent attempt to rouse the emotions."

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

RUNNER RUNNER - Christophe Beck

"But the blame for 'Runner Runner'’s badness isn't on Timberlake. He's actually trying. The director, on the other hand? Well, Brad Furman can't whip this movie together. He dumps Tony Scott thriller music on every scene. He gives you a million cuts. He keeps the brown people in service positions."

Wesley Morris, Grantland


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.

October 18
APPLAUSE [UCLA]
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Carter Burwell) [Nuart]
LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET [Silent Movie Theater]
LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR (Artie Kane), AMERICAN GIGOLO (Giorgio Moroder) [New Beverly]
NAZARIN (Rodolfo Halffter), LA JOVEN [LACMA]
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Nigel Godrich) [New Beverly]

October 19
BASKET CASE (Gus Russo) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE COWARD (Satyajit Ray) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
EL (Luis Hernandez Breton) [LACMA]
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Raul Lavista), SIMON OF THE DESERT (Raul Lavista) [LACMA]
THE HOWLING (Pino Donaggio), THE WOLF MAN [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE SCARLET EMPRESS [UCLA]
SUNSET BLVD. (Franz Waxman) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

October 20
THE DEADLY SPAWN (Michael Perilstein) [Silent Movie Theater]
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Denny Zeitlin) [Arclight Sherman Oaks]
THE MUMMY [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (Don Peake, Graeme Revell) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (Les Baxter) [Silent Movie Theater]
SPRING SILKWORMS, THE BIG ROAD (Er Nie) [UCLA]

October 21
THE ALIEN FACTOR (Kenneth Walker) [Silent Movie Theater]
HOUSE (Asei Kobayashi, Mikki Yoshino), ERASERHEAD (David Lynch) [New Beverly]
MOONRISE (William Lava) [UCLA]
SUSPIRIA (Goblin - in person!) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

October 22
THE CROWD (Carl Davis) [AMPAS]
DEEP RED  (Goblin - in person!) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
HOUSE (Asei Kobayashi, Mikki Yoshino), ERASERHEAD (David Lynch) [New Beverly]
THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (Walter Rizzati) [Arclight Hollywood]
NOSFERATU [SIlent Movie Theater]
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (John Williams) [Arclight Hollywood]
SHOCKPROOF (George Duning) [LACMA]
SQUIRM (Robert Prince) [Silent Movie Theater]

October 23
SHAKMA (David C. Williams), SHOCK WAVES (Richard Einhorn) [Silent Movie Theater]
TENEBRAE (Goblin - in person!) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

October 24
HOUSE (Asei Kobayashi, Mikki Yoshino), ERASERHEAD (David Lynch) [New Beverly]
IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU WHAT WILL HORSES DO? [Silent Movie Theater]
LI SHUANGSHUANG, UNFINISHED COMEDY [UCLA]
NEKTROMANTIK (Hermann Kopp, Daktari Lorenz), SCHRAMM: INSIDE THE MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER (Max Muller, Gundula Schmitz) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG (Carl Davis) [AMPAS]

October 25
AMERICAN BEAUTY (Thomas Newman) [Arclight Hollywood]
THE GLEANERS AND I (Joanna Bruzdowicz, Isabelle Olivier) [LACMA]
HE KNOWS YOU'RE ALONE (Alexander Peskanov, Mark Pescanov), PSYCHO II (Jerry Goldsmith) [New Beverly]
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Charles Bernstein) [Nuart]
THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (Barry DeVorzon), FAT CITY (Marvin Hamlisch) [Cinematheque: Aero]
TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT (Edward Shearmur) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

October 26
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (Elmer Bernstein) [UCLA]
AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION (Leonard Rosenman), KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS (Igo Kantor), THE FLY (Howard Shore), HELL HIGH (Chris Hyams-Hart, RIch Macar), THE CAR (Leonard Rosenman), THE SENTINEL (Gil Melle) [Cinemathqeue: Aero]
THE BEACHES OF AGNES (Joanna Bruzdowicz, Stephane Vilar) [LACMA]
THE EVIL DEAD (Joseph LoDuca) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE GODDESS, NEW WOMEN (Er Nie) [UCLA]
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (Alan Howarth) [New Beverly]
HE KNOWS YOU'RE ALONE (Alexander Peskanov, Mark Pescanov), PSYCHO II (Jerry Goldsmith) [New Beverly]
NIGHTBREED (Danny Elfman) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

October 27
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (John Williams) [UCLA]
HOW THE WEST WAS WON (Alfred Newman) [Arclight Hollywood]
IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (Ernest Gold) [Arclight Hollywood]
METROPOLIS [Silent Movie Theater]
THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, DR. CYCLOPS (Ernst Toch, Gerard Carbonara, Albert Hay Malotte) [New Beverly]
STREET ANGEL, SONG AT MIDNIGHT (X. Xinghai) [UCLA]
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (Jaime Mendoza-Nava) [Silent Movie Theater]
WITCHFINDER GENERAL (Paul Ferris) [Silent Movie Theater]
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Comments (1):Log in or register to post your own comments
Sounds like James Horner might have dodged a bullet by getting yanked off Romeo & Juliet and letting his replacement take the brickbats. The movie sounds so bad that I'm guessing any composer attached to it would've likely gotten trashed. (Although previewing the cuts by the composer they went with nearly put me to sleep.)

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