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Film Score Friday 6/15/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/14/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada, taken from the original Mainstream LP masters, pairs two scores from the mid-60s "Europspy" craze -- the 1965 sci-fi cult classic THE 10TH VICTIM, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, and featuring a classic "futuristic jazz" score by Piero Piccioni (though 10th Victim is not technically a spy film, it is often programmed in '60s spy retrospectives, and was a marked influence on the Austin Powers films); and Georges Garvarentz' Barry-influenced score for the light-hearted spy thriller THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL, starring Horst Buchholz, Sylvia Koscina, Mario Adorf and Klaus Kinski. The disc features the original cover art from both LPs, as well as liner notes on both films by myself.


Those who tend to forget (or never even knew) that A-list composer Thomas Newman began his career mostly scoring comedies will get a nice refresher this month when La-La Land presents the first-ever soundtrack release of Newman's score for THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE, the 1985 Tom Hanks vehicle (back when Hanks starred mostly in goofy comedies) that remade the French hit The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe.


Varese Sarabande plans to release four new CD Club releases next week. 

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Aisle Seat 6-12: June Rundown Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
A reunion of “7th Voyage of Sinbad”’s star (Kerwin Mathews), villain (Torin Thatcher) and director (Nathan Juran), the 1962 fantasy JACK THE GIANT KILLER (94 mins., G) doesn’t offer the same kind of bravura stop-motion effects work as the earlier Ray Harryhausen favorite. However, this independent production from Edward Small that United Artists picked up for distribution still provides Saturday Matinee fun for movie buffs and fans of the era alike.
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Film Score Friday 6/8/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/7/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for this month. This week they are releasing an expanded version of James Horner's JACK THE BEAR, as well as the previously announced CRISIS ON EARTH-X. On June 19, they will release a two-disc set pairing remastered editions of Jerry Goldsmith's scores for the Westerns 100 RIFLES and RIO CONCHOS, as well as a probable second release to be announced soon.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Crisis on Earth-X - Blake Neely, Nathaniel Blume, Daniel Chan, Sherri Chung - La-La Land

Fellini's Casanova
 - Nino Rota - Music Box
Hereditary - Colin Stetson - Milan
Jack the Bear - James Horner - La-La Land
McQueen - Michael Nyman - Nyman (import)
7 Days in Entebbe - Rodrigo Amarante - Lakeshore
Star Trek: Discovery, Chapter 2 
- Jeff Russo - Lakeshore
The Yakuza Papers
 - Tokiashi Tsuishima - Cinema-Kan (import) 

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Aisle Seat 6-5: Jurassic June Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/4/2018 - 9:00 PM
It’s not a stretch to say that movies changed forever when JURASSIC PARK opened on June 11th, 1993. I remember attending the opening of Steven Spielberg’s much anticipated adaptation of the Michael Crichton best-seller, stoked by having already purchased John Williams’ soundtrack album a couple of weeks before and played it to death by the time I finally saw the picture. While certain aspects of the movie were a bit of a letdown (both then and now), there was no denying the “game changer” that the film’s historical use of CGI special effects signified.
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Film Score Friday 6/1/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/31/2018 - 9:00 PM
Less than six months after the unexpected release of Damnation Alley, Intrada presents another "Holy Grail" for score collectors, the first-ever release of the full original score for Ray Harryhausen's cult favorite 1969 "dinosaur Western" THE VALLEY OF GWANGI. Based on an idea by Harryhausen's mentor, the stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien, Gwangi told the story of cowboys in turn-of-the-century Mexico who discover a hidden valley where dinosaurs have survived. The film benefited both from Harryhausen's typically excellent effects (the sequence where the cowboys attempt to rope an Allosaurus is a particular highlight) and the rousing orchestral score of Jerome Moross. Moross is best remembered for his unforgettable, Oscar-nominated score for the epic 1958 Western The Big Country [not The Big Valley as I originally mistyped]  but his oeuvre encompassed a wide variety of works, including Otto Preminger's religious epic The Cardinal, Franklin J. Schaffner's medieval romance The War Lord, several concert pieces, and even an original stage musical The Golden Apple, which Ken Mandelbaum's book Not Since Carrie proclaimed as the finest musical to ever flop on Broadway. Gwangi was one of the last feature scores Moross recorded and one of many first-rate scores that Harryhausen's films inspired, and is a rousing orchestral work which combines the stirring Americana of The Big Country with exciting action material for the dinosaur setpieces. Gwangi's music had previously only been available in selected cues re-recorded as suites and the original score tapes were long rumored to be lost, but Intrada has managed to reassemble the complete score from various sources, including alternates and source cues (by Moross himself).


On Wednesday, June 20th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present THE SHERMAN BROTHERS: A HOLLYWOOD SONGBOOK, a live event paying tribute to the team that wrote the songs for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and many others. Special guests that night will include Richard Sherman himself, as well as Michael Giacchino and Lesley Ann Warren. 

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