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Film Score Friday 9/19/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing three CDs this week, including two by an all-time master film composer who passed on just ten years ago this summer.

SEE NO EVIL, the woman-in-jeopardy thriller directed by Hollywood vet Richard Fleischer and written by Brian Clemens (The Avengers, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter), has an unusually notorious scoring history. Mia Farrow played the lead role, a blind woman who doesn't realize all the people she shares her house with have been brutally murdered, and Farrow's then-husband, Andre Previn, was hired to compose the score. Previn's score was rejected (and, unusual for the era, Previn went public with his complaints about the experience) and replaced by one from British composer David Whitaker...which was also rejected, and replacd by a third score, by the great Elmer Bernstein. Intrada's CD represents the first release of any of Bernstein's See No Evil (but sadly, though unsurprisingly, none of Previn and Whitaker's unheard contributions).

Among the earliest Elmer Bernstein soundtrack LPs was THEMES FROM THE GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER, featuring Bernstein's music for the TV anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan. Intrada's Special Collection disc features the first CD release of the cues from the original Columbia LP, in stereo.

The label is also re-releasing its long out-of-print CD of Basil Poledouris' score for the cross-country adventure thriller SWITCHBACK, the directorial debut of screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, and (a phrase I'd never thought I'd ever type) Oscar-winner Jared Leto.


The latest re-recording from Prometheus and Tadlow presents the first-ever soundtrack release of John Barry's score for MISTER MOSES, the Africa-set 1965 adventure film from director Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), starring Robert Mitchum and Carroll Baker, and the score (the original tracks are considered lost) has been described as "Goldfinger meets Born Free," and that's good enough for me.


La-La Land has announced two new releases for next week -- a two-disc set pairing Mark Mothersbaugh's scores for the smash hit comedies 21 JUMP STREET and 22 JUMP STREET, and Blake Neely's music for the second season of the hit superhero TV series ARROW.


Thomas Newman has collaborated with composer-musician Rick Cox (a soloist on such Newman scores on Revolutionary Road, The Help, and Saving Mr. Banks) on an upcoming, non-film-score album titled 35 WHIRLPOOLS BELOW SOUND, which will be released on the Cold Blue label on October 14th.

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Film Score Friday 9/12/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Last week Intrada released two new CDs -- an expanded and remastered edition of James Horner's score for director Michael Apted's 1983 film version of Martin Cruz Smith's bestselling mystery GORKY PARK, starring Wililam Hurt, Joanna Pacula, Brian Dennehy and Lee Marvin, a score that can be described as "48 Hrs. Goes to Moscow" (previous CD releases from Varese and Kritzerland only featured the cues from the original Varese LP); and the first release of the LP tracks from Michel Legrand's score for the 1977 romantic drama THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, director Charles Jarrott's film version of Sidney Sheldon's novel, starring Marie-France Pisier, John Beck and Susan Sarandon. The label also plans to release two new CDs next


The latest releaeses from La-La Land are the first-ever release of James Newton Howard's score for director John Schlesinger's 1996 thriller EYE FOR AN EYE (released in theaters nearly simultaneously with two other Howard-scored thrillers, The Juror and the Oscar-nominated Primal Fear), with Sally Field as a grieving mother plotting vengeance against the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who raped and murdered her teenage daughter; and the soundtrack to the new Civil War drama FIELD OF LOST SHOES, scored by Frederik Wiedmann (Return to House on Haunted Hill, Son of Batman).


Quartet has announced two new CDs featuring scores from Paramount films from the 1980s -- a two-disc soundtrack of 1983's Best Picture winner TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, featuring the complete, Oscar-nominated Michael Gore score for the first time, plus the original soundtrack LP cues which featured both music and dialogue; and a two-disc set featuring Carl Davis' score for dirrector Bruce Beresford's biblical drama KING DAVID, with a controversially cast Richard Gere as the Old Testament leader, co-starring Alice Krige and Edward Woodward as Saul the Equalizer (and production design by the master, Ken Adam). The label also recently released a CD pairing two previously unreleased '80s comedy scores by Alan Silvestri -- Michael Apted's CRITICAL CONDITION, starring Richard Pryor, and Carl Reiner's SUMMER RENTAL, starring John Candy -- as well as a disc pairing two previously released Ennio Morricone scores, UN GENIO, DUE COMPARI, UN POLLO and SONNY & JED.


Steven Price has followed up his Oscar-winning score for Gravity with FURY, an action-adventure drama starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal and Shia LaBoeuf as the crew of a U.S. army tank behind German lines in the last months of World War II. The film is from writer-director David Ayer, whose Sabotage was released less than six months ago, and Varese Sarabande will release Price's Fury score on October 14.

On October 28, Varese will release the soundtrack to the '80s-set action drama REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS, scored by Mark Kilian (Rendition, Traitor, The Ward).

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Film Score Friday 9/5/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
I have only just got back from vacation, so in all likelihood I have not had time to update this column since I last dealt with it eleven days ago, so to you people in the future I send my apologies, and hope that the future utopia of September 5, 2014 is as glorious as we all had imagined, and not as squalid and depressing as the one in my beloved Snowpiercer


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Hannibal: Season 1, Vol. 1 - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore
Hannibal: Season 1, Vol. 2 - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore 

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Film Score Friday 8/29/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so I apologize in advance for any updates I may have missed (and the likely very ragged state of this week's "The Next Ten Days in L.A.", which will likely be even more ragged next week, when I've only just returned to work).


On September 30, Varese Sarabande will release a CD of music from the animated TV series NINJAGO MASTERS OF SPINJITZU, composed by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer.

On October 7, they will release Aaron Zigman's score for the romantic thriller ADDICTED (which from the Varese description sounds like a Tyler Perry movie without Tyler Perry), and the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed music drama WHIPLASH, featuring score cues and big band songs by Justin Hurwitz (who scored Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle's earlier film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), and big band competition pieces by Tim Simonec (a veteran orchestrator-conductor who's worked on countless Graeme Revell and Michael Giacchino scores). 

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Film Score Friday 8/22/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
On October 14, Howard Shore's Howe label will release expanded, remastered editions of three of his scores for director David Cronenberg -- the J.G. Ballard adaptation CRASH (not to be confused with Paul Haggis' 2005 Best Picture winner); his jazz-inflected score for the film version of William Burroughs' classic NAKED LUNCH, featuring solos by Ornette Coleman; and his haunting score for Cronenberg's masterpiece, DEAD RINGERS.


Intrada has announced two new releases this week - a remastered edition of Pino Donaggio's fourth score for director Brian DePalma, the 1981 conspiracy thriller BLOW OUT, starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz; and the 2012 action comedy THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS, featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria, music by Christopher Young and Kostas Christides.


On September 23, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the new mystery A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. The film is based on one of Lawrence Block's first-rate novels about an alcholic cop-turned unlicensed private eye named Matthew Scudder -- the only previous film incarnation of the character was Jeff Bridges in Hal Ashby's final film, 8 Million Ways to Die. This time, Liam Neeson takes on the role, with one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters, Oscar nominee Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), writing and directing, and a score by newcomer Carlos Rafael Rivera.

Another great contemporary crime writer, Elmore Leonard, will shortly be represented on movie screens by the comedy thriller LIFE OF CRIME, an adaptation of his book The Switch, with Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins. The score is by The Newton Brothers (Oculus), and though Varese is releasing it first as a download-only, they plan to eventually make it available as a CD-R, as they previously did with Atli Orvarsson's Evidence.


The latest release from Kritzerland presents the music from the 2000 Danish miniseries THE SPIDER, scored by Soren Hyldgaard (The Chaplin Puzzle)


The TV Academy announced the Emmy winners in the Creative Arts categories last weekend, including the music categories. Alan Silvestri won two Emmys, for his score and theme for the new version of COSMOS; David Arnold and Michael Price won for their score to the most recent SHERLOCK episode, "His Last Vow;" Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda won for their song "Bigger!" from the Tony Awards; and Don Was won for his music direction of THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA.

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Film Score Friday 8/15/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
On August 26, MovieScore Media plans to release the soundtrack for the 1998 TV remake of Hitchcock's classic REAR WINDOW, starring Christopher Reeve and Daryl Hannah. The Emmy-nominated score was composed by Oscar winner David Shire. They have also announced plans to finally release the long-delayed  CD soundtrack to one of the year's most music-dominated films, the stylish thriller GRAND PIANO, scored by Victor Reyes.


Monstrous Movie Music has announced four upcoming CDs of vintage film music -- Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter's score for the 1971 Western THE GATLING GUN, starring Guy Stockwell and Robert Fuller; Nicholas Carras' score for the female-centric action film THE DOLL SQUAD; WESTERN MEDLEY, a two-disc set featuring music from The Great Jesse James Raid (Bert Shefter), The Baron of Arizona (Paul Dunlap), and MST3K fave The Last of the Wild Horses (Albert Glasser); and another two-disc set, JUVENILE JIVE, featuring Date Bait (Nicholas Carras), High School Big Shot (another MST3K fave, scored by the great Gerald Fried) and High School Caesar (Nicholas Carras).


Kronos is releasing two limited edition CDs of scores for contemporary films - the drama STILL LIFE, directed by Oscar nominated producer Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty) and scored by his wife, Oscar winner Rachel Portman; and the just-released psychological thriller THE MAID'S ROOM, scored by Arturo Rodriguez

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Film Score Friday 8/8/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/7/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases which are available for pre-order and will begin shipping next week -- a four-disc set of music from the second season of NBC's BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (described at the time as "Burt Reynolds in Space"), featuring episode scores by Bruce Broughton ("The Golden Man," "The Guardians," 'Shgoratchx!," "Testimony of a Traitor," "Time of the Hawk," and his Emmy winning score for "The Satyr"), John Cacavas ("Journey to Oasis"), Stu Phillips ("The Hand of Goral") and Herbert Don Woods ("The Crystals," "The Dorian Secret"); and the first-release of Georges Delerue's typically gorgeous score for the 1989 romantic comedy mystery HER ALIBI, directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies) and starring Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova, one of five films Delerue scored for the director (Delerue died immediately after recording his score for Beresford's Rich in Love).


La-La Land has announced their schedule of new releases for August -- on August 12 they will release an expanded, two-disc version of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for WILD IS THE WIND, which earned Oscar nominations for Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani's lead performances as well as for Tiomkin's popular title song, and a CD pairing Barry Gray's scores for the two feature spinoffs of the Thunderbirds TV series, THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO and THUNDERBIRD 6; on August 26, they will release Brian Tyler's score for the all-star sequel, THE EXPENDABLES 3 (Tyler also has two new films in theaters this week -- Into the Storm and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Robert J. Kral's score for BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM.


The latest release from Kritzerland features two never-before-released scores by Oscar nominee Cyril J. Mockridge, for two of director John Ford's final films -- the Western classic THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, starring John Wayne, James Stewart and Lee Marvin, and the Hawaii-set DONOVAN'S REEF, the last collaboration between Ford and Wayne.

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Film Score Friday 8/1/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/31/2014 - 9:00 PM
Over the last five years, the various soundtrack labels (Film Score Monthly, GNP Crescendo, Intrada, La-La Land, Varese Sarabande) have been releasing expanded versions of the scores for the Star Trek films (as well as exhaustive collections of Star Trek TV music), and this week the Varese Sarabande CD Club is releasing a Deluxe two-disc set of the only Star Trek feature score that had yet to receive this treatment -- Michael Giacchino's score for J.J. Abrams' 2013 hit STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.

They have also announced three new releases in their limited edition series of contemporary scores -- the fact-based period drama NO GOD, NO MASTER, starring David Strathairn and scored by Nuno Malo (The Celestine Prophecy); the action-thriller WICKED BLOOD, starring Abigail Breslin, Alexa Vega and Sean Bean, with music by Elia Cmiral (Ronin, Bones, They); and the horror film HAUNT, scored by Reinhold Heil (Run Lola Run, Land of the Dead, Cloud Atlas).

On September 9th, the label will releasing Marco Beltrami's score for the new espionage thriller THE NOVEMBER MAN, starring Pierce Brosnan as an expert assassin whose name is not James Bond. And on September 23rd, they will release Harry Gregson-Williams' score for THE EQUALIZER, the feature inspired by the popular Edward Woodward TV series, with Denzel Washington in the title role (for those trying to imagine further remakes with Denzel replacing Woodward, The Wicker Man has been done but there's always Breaker Morant...)


This week, along with their previously announced, expanded release of Mark Snow's score for the first feature spinoff of THE X-FILES (often referred to as The X-Files: Fight the Future), La-La Land is releasing the first ever release of the score to 1979's buddy comedy hit THE IN-LAWS, which paired Alan Arkin and Peter Falk and featured a score by one of the all-time great comedy composes, John Morris.

The label has also announced some other CDs in development, including Dimtri Tiomkin's WILD IS THE WIND (Tiomkin received an Oscar nomination for the popular title song), James Newton Howard's music for the Sally Field revenge thriller EYE FOR AN EYE, and a collection of music from the final Star Trek TV series, ENTERPRISE (only Dennis McCarthy's pilot score had been released).


On September 9, Howard Shore's Howe label will release his score for his 15th film with director David Cronenberg, MAPS TO THE STARS, starring Julianne Moore (who won Best Actress at Cannes for her performance), Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, and Carrie Fisher as Carrie Fisher.

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Film Score Friday 7/25/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced two new CDs -- the soundtrack to the 1946 musical CENTENNIAL SUMMER, featuring the original songs by Jerome Kern (his final score, including his Oscar-nominated song "All Through The Day") and the incidental music by Alfred Newman (also nominated); and a disc pairing two scores by Neal Hefti -- WON TON TON: THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD, the 1976 Golden Age Hollywood spoof starring Bruce Dern, Madeline Kahn and a gallery of movie veterans, from noted comedy director Michael Winner (Death Wish 1-3, The Nightcomers); and a remastered edition of OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMMA'S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET AND I'M FEELIN' SO SAD.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their next set of limited edition releases this coming Monday, including new CD Club releases.


Music Box plans to release a two-disc set of Georges Delerue's score for the 1989 epic LA REVOLUTION FRANCAISE, featuring the cues included on the original, long-out-of-print release plus an additional 35 minutes of previously unreleased music.


Next week, La-La Land plans to release an expanded CD of Mark Snow's score for the 1998 feature film spinoff THE X-FILES (sometimes referred to as The X-Files: Fight the Future). The label has also announced plans to continue their release of Batman scores for the large and small screens with a third volume of the excellent music for Batman: The Animated Series as well as Robert J. Kral's music for the video Batman: Assault on Arkham.


Next Wednesday, July 30th, at Arclight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome, Creature Features is presenting a 40th anniversary screening of Brian DePalma's glorious PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, hosted by Edgar Wright and featuring appearances by star-composer Paul Williams and stars Jessica Harper and Gerritt Graham.

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Film Score Friday 7/18/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
Caldera is releasing the soundtrack to the 2010 true crime-inspired drama ALL GOOD THINGS, which starred Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella. The score was composed by Rob Simonsen, who's been making a name for himself with indies and smaller features like Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Way Way Back, The Spectacular Now and the just-released Wish I Was Here, and has his most high-profile project coming out later this year, the already critically acclaimed Foxcatcher.


Oscar winner Ken Thorne died on July 9 in West Hills, California, at the age of 90. We will feature an obituary for him in next Friday's column.

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