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Film Score Friday 4/17/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/16/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs, of scores being commercially released for the first time -- David Shire's score for OLD BOYFRIENDS, the 1979 comedy-drama which marked the directorial debut of Nashville screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, starring the composer's then-wife Talia Shire as a woman who tracks down her ex-boyfriends, played by Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine and John Belushi; and the score for Wes Craven's 2005 hit RED EYE, with Rachel McAdams as a passenger on a flight who finds herself embroiled in an assassination plot by a handsome stranger (Cillian Murphy) -- Red Eye is the fifth of seven (to date) Craven films scored by two-time Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami.
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Aisle Seat 4-14: Shout's April Delights
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/13/2015 - 9:00 PM
“Cult” is definitely the most appropriate word to describe Mark L. Lester’s 1982 exploitation fave CLASS OF 1984 (***, 98 mins., R), a film that I’ve come to believe is one of the most purely entertaining films of its kind ever made: a delirious blend of “To Sir With Love” and “Death Wish,” capped by its unique place in the cinematic spectrum. Where else can you see a film that crosses the paths of Roddy McDowall and Michael J. Fox, or has an Alice Cooper theme song – written by Lalo Schifrin?!
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Film Score Friday 4/10/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/9/2015 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new, upcoming CD releases -- the music for the 2012 remake of the classic 1980 splatter film MANIAC, previously released only on LP but now with additional cues from the score by Robin Coudert, aka "Rob" (Horns); and a CD pairing two scores by Michel Legrand for films starring French star Annie Girardot: the marital drama LES FEUX DE LA CHANDELEUR (Hearth Fires), and the comedy LA VIEILLE FILLE (The Old Maid).


Varese Sarabande has announced plans to release the score for the upcoming miniseries THE DOVEKEEPERS, which retells the story of the siege of Masada (best known to less historically-minded film music fans from ABC's all-star 1981 miniseries Masada, with its Emmy-winning score by Jerry Goldsmith) from the piont of view of the women. The music was composed by three-time Emmy winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Roma, Appaloosa).


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

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CD Checklist 2014
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/7/2015 - 9:00 PM
Finally, more than three months late, the CD checklist for 2014. Alas, to add links for each CD would have meant another three-month-plus delay, so here it is, late and linkless:


ABRIL, ANTON GARCIA

FIN DE SEMANA AL DESNUDO (Quartet)


ADDISON, JOHN

JOSEPH ANDREWS (Kritzerland)


ADENOT, PIERRE

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Quartet)


AGRICANTO

PLACIDO RIZZOTTO (Intermezzo Media)


AHMAD, IRMIN

THE DEAD 2 (Howlin' Wolf)


AIGUI, ALEXEI

CHERCHEZ HORTENSE, ET AL (Music Box)


ALESSANDRONI, ALESSANDRO

IL TERRIFICANTE DEL DIAMANTE (Octave)


ALTMAN, JOHN

THE LOST EMPIRE (MovieScore Media)


ALVARIUS, THE

TUPA (Beat)


AMAR, ARMAND

BELLE ET SEBASTIAN (Gaumont)


AMRAM, DAVID

THE YOUNG SAVAGES (Intrada Special Collection)


APPL, FLORIAN

DONNA LEON (Alhambra)


ARGO, NEIL

P.J. (Kronos)


ARNALDS, OLAFUR

GIMME SHELTER (Milan)


ARNOLD, DAVID

SHAFT (La-La Land)
SHERLOCK: SERIES THREE (Silva)
THE STEPFORD WIVES (La-La Land)

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Aisle Seat 4-7: Twilight Time, April New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/6/2015 - 9:00 PM
Highlighted by a dynamite score from Bernard Herrmann, 20th Century Fox’s old-fashioned Jules Verne adventure JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (***, 129 mins., 1959) returns to Blu-Ray this month from Twilight Time in a limited edition release that offers an appreciable enhancement on label’s prior effort.
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Film Score Friday 4/3/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- John Barry's score for the seagoing romance THE DOVE, featuring the tracks from the original soundtrack LP as well bonus material including previously unreleased cues from mono stems, and LP cues that featured sound effects presented without the effects; and a two-disc set pairing an expanded and remastered version of Laurence Rosenthal's stirring score for THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE with the first-ever release of his score for the 1999 TV remake of INHERIT THE WIND, starring Jack Lemmon and, in his final role, George C. Scott.


La-La Land has announced their current schedule of April releases. On April 7 they will release their two-disc set of music from the animated seies HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, composed by Shuki Levy, Haim Saban and Erika Lane, and on April 21 they will release ZOMBEAVERS by our own Al & Jon Kaplan, as well as an expanded and remastered edition of the score to the 2007 remake of 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, which earned Marco Beltrami his first Oscar nomination.


Though they aren't listed on the label's website yet, Varese Sarabande is reportedly releasing soundtrack CDs for two acclaimed current TV series -- the prison comedy ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, scored by Gwendolyn Sanford, Brandon Jay and Scott Doherty, on May 12; and the British sci-fi thriller ORPHAN BLACK, scored by Trevor Yuile, on May 19. According to Amazon, the label will release a two-disc CD of music from THE NEWSROOM on June 16.


Dragon's Domain is following up its first-ever release of Nick Glennie Smith's score for A Sound of Thunder with a release of the LP tracks for the 1973 children's film THE BELSTONE FOX, directed by James Hill (Born Free) and scored by the great Laurie Johnson (First Men in the Moon, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, The Avengers)

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