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Film Score Friday 12/19/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three expanded score CDs expected to be released by the end of the month -- a two-disc version of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing orchestral score for the 1985 remake of KING SOLOMON'S MINES (featuring a remastered version of the complete score as well as the original selection of cues from the LP); a two-disc expanded version of Ennio Morricone's SAHARA, with both the complete score and the original album tracks; and an expanded version of Henry Mancini's terrific score for director Blake Edwards' fourth Peter Sellers/Inspector Clouseau film, THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN, featuring the Oscar nominated song "Come to Me." (The rumor is that another original song from the score, "Until You Love Me," sung in drag by a butler character, was actually voiced by Mrs. Edwards herself, Julie Andrews).

Varese Sarabande will release John Frizzell's score for the English-language remake of the thriller Loft, now titled THE LOFT (the original was scored by Wolfram De Marco, with a CD release from MovieScore Media), on January 20.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their lists of the 114 original scores and 79 original songs eligible for nomination for the music Oscar nominations (see full lists at the bottom of this column). Presumably because of the prominent use of classical pieces in the film, Antonio Sanchez' much-talked about drum score for Birdman was not ultimately eligible. Alexandre Desplat has five scores on the list, and Christophe Beck and Marco Beltrami each have four. The lengthy eligible song list includes numbers from such obscure films as Garnet's Gold, Girl on a Bicycle, The Hornet's Nest, Hot Guns with Guns, Life Inside Out, Life of an Actress: The Musical, Occupy the Farm, The One I Wrote for You, A Small Section of the World, Special, Under the Electric Sky, and Work Weather Wife, as well as several films you've actually heard of. 

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Film Score Friday 12/12/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week: a greatly expanded version of James Horner's score for the 1993 adventure film A FAR OFF PLACE (one of ten Horner-scored films released in theaters that year) starring Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Embry (back when he was Ethan Randall); and the first-ever release Georges Delerue's score for the 1987 TV miniseries QUEENIE, based on Nicholas Korda's novel inspired by the life of actress Merle Oberon, starring Mia Sara, Joss Ackland, Claire Bloom, Kirk Douglas, Joel Grey, Sarah Miles and Topol.

The latest release from Kritzerland is a remastered version of one of the all-time classic science-fiction scores -- Bernard Herrmann's Oscar-shortlisted score for director Robert Wise's 1951 classic THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

This year's Grammy nominations have been announced, including the following film music-related categories:

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Film Score Friday 12/5/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced a historic new CD this week -- the first-ever release of the original score tracks to the 1954 Best Picture winner ON THE WATERFRONT. Waterfront's Oscar-nominated music was the only feature film score composed by Broadway and classical great Leonard Bernstein, and though his concert suite of the score has been oft-recorded over the decades, this is the first true soundtrack release, including previously unheard cues. They are also re-releasing their CD featuring the LP tracks of John Williams' rousing score for the 1986 juvenile adventure SPACECAMP.

Most of you readers are probably more than aware of La-La Land's latest batch of "Black Friday" releases, which are all beginning to ship this week, but for those who aren't they are... the first-ever release of David Arnold's thrilling and funky score for the 2000 reboot of SHAFT, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright and Toni Collette (too bad they couldn't get any good actors), with Richard Roundtree reprising his role from the original films and TV series; a four-disc set of music from the red-headed stepchild of the Star Trek franchise, the prequel series ENTERPRISE (later retitled Star Trek: Enterprise), with one disc of music by Dennis McCarthy, one by Jay Chattaway, and two more of various composers from the series including such familiar names as John Frizzell, Mark McKenzie and Brian Tyler; a two-disc expanded version of John Debney's Oscar-nominated score for director Mel Gibson's surprise blockbuster hit THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST; an expanded version of Danny Elfman's score for BIG TOP PEE-WEE; and a four-disc set reprising the label's expanded editions of Eflman's BATMAN and BATMAN RETURNS, with small improvements made from their previous edition of the first Batman.

Varese Sarabande has announced their latest batch of limited edition CD club releases -- a two-disc Deluxe Edition of Alan Silvestri's exciting score for PREDATOR 2; an expanded Deluxe Edition of John Barry's score for Francis Ford Coppola's 1986 time travel romance PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED (the previous Varese release of Peggy Sue featured only a handful of Barry cues plus period songs); Victor Young's Oscar-nominated score for the 1943 version of FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (previously released on CD by Stanyan); and a re-release (already sold out at most sites) of their earlier CD Club disc pairing one of Miklos Rozsa's great final scores, for Billy Wilder's less-than-great FEDORA, with his guitar music for CRISIS.

In the coolest film music news of the week, it was announced that Thomas Newman will score his second James Bond film, 2015's SPECTRE, directed by Sam Mendes and starring the current Bond regulars (Craig, Whishaw, Fiennes, Harris, Kinnear) plus Christoph Waltz, Monica Belucci, Lea Seydoux, David Bautista and Sherlock's Andrew Scott.

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Film Score Friday 11/28/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land was scheduled to announce its latest slate of "Black Friday" releases at midnight. There should be updated information on these much-anticipated soundtrack CDs on our Message Board.

I am on vacation this week, which is why updates on CD releases and local screenings may be a bit sketchy, to say the least.

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Film Score Friday 11/21/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing two new CDs this week, featuring three scores by two composers.

The critical and commercial success of The Ipcress File, director Sidney J. Furie's 1965 film version of the first in Len Deighton's series about an unnamed spy (dubbed "Harry Palmer" for the films), led to two feature sequels based on Deighton's novels, with Michael Caine returning to play Palmer (for politeness sake, we can ignore the two miserable cable movies that later featured Caine as in the role). Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Evil Under the Sun) directed the second and hugely underrated Palmer film, FUNERAL IN BERLIN, which featured one of the most wonderfully complicated plots ever to grace a thriller and brought back some key personnel from Ipcress, including actor Guy Doleman, cinematographer Otto Heller and the master himself, production designer Ken Adam. One newcomer to the series was composer Konrad Elfers, whose lively, droll score is in somewhat in the vein of Dominic Frontiere's The Stunt Man. Intrada's CD, with liner notes by Jeff Bond, features the score tracks featured on the original LP plus a handful of previously unreleased cues including the film's opening.

Three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre is represented by a CD pairing two previously unreleased scores from wildly different films -- his music for director Richard Fleischer's controversial plantation drama MANDINGO, including the song "Born in This Time," co-written by Jarre and performed by Muddy Waters; and his brief score for Neil Simon's comedy PLAZA SUITE, with Walter Matthau in multiple roles.

The latest re-recording by Prometheus/Tadlow, due on November 25, is the first commercial release of John Barry's score for the 1978 film of Harold Robbins' novel THE BETSY. Daniel Petrie directed the all-star cast including Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Lesley Anne Down, Katharine Ross, and the stars of Petrie's Barry-scored TV hit Eleanor and Franklin, Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann. Despite the impressive cast, the film is no lost classic, but Barry remarkably managed to stay awake through the scoring process and contributed a typically melodic and varied work, a welcome addition the expanding Prometheus/Tadlow repertoire of new recordings.

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest batch of CD Club releases on December 1.

La-La Land currently plans to announce five new CD releases on November 28, aka "Black Friday" -- two individual CDs, one two-disc set, and two four-disc sets (whew!).

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Film Score Friday 11/14/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing two new CDs this week -- the first commercial release of the soundtrack to the 1988 military mystery-thriller THE PRESIDIO, the first of three scores Bruce Broughton composed for director Peter Hyams (and featuring additional cues not included on the limited edition composer promo); and Peter Bernstein's score for the 1985 teen sci-fi comedy MY SCIENCE PROJECT.

Music Box has announced two new, upcoming CDs -- an expanded version of one of Georges Delerue's rarest CDs, his score for director Agnieszka Holland's fact-based political thriller TO KILL A PRIEST, starring Christopher Lambert and Ed Harris; and a compilation of score cues by Russian born composer Alexei Aigui.

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Film Score Friday 11/7/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their December scheduled of CD releases (not including the CDs they will announce on "Black Friday" to be releaesed in December).

This week they have released the score for the brand new horror film JESSABELLE. The screenplay was written by, of all people, Robert Ben Garant (co-writer of the Night at the Museum films and best known as "Deputy Travis Junior" on the long-running Reno 911!, which he co-created), and the film was scored by Anton Sanko, whose eclectic resume includes Party Girl, Rabbit Hole, and the just-released Ouija.

On November 18 they will release a two-disc set featuring the scores for both versions of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, scored by Cyril Mockridge and Bruce Broughton respectively, as well as the score for COME TO THE STABLE by Mockridge; a two-disc set featuring James Dooley's music for the games SOCOM 3: U.S. NAVY SEALS and SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALS COMBINED ASSAULT; and Vincent Diamante's music for the game FLOWER.

The latest CD from Kritzerland is the first-ever release of Dave Grusin's jazzy score for the 1984 romantic drama FALLING IN LOVE, pairing B-movie hacks Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep.

Quartet has announced three upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of Philippe Sarde's score for JOSHUA THEN AND NOW, the 1986 adaptation of Mordechai Richter's novel directed by the ever-eclectic Ted Kotcheff (Outback, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, First Blood, Weekend and Bernie's), and two score CD composed by Oscar-winner Nicola Piovani, THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS and DANIELE E MARIA.

Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Film Score Friday 10/31/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- Richard Band's score for the 1996 sci-fi action movie ROBO WARRIORS, a followup to Stuart Gordon's Robotjox; and a disc featuring three previously unreleased scores for Paramount films composed by Oscar winner Hugo Friedhofer: the adventure WILD HARVEST, the romantic suspense drama NO MAN OF HER OWN*, and the India-set drama THUNDER IN THE EAST.

Full Moon is beginning a series of CD releases of scores from their productions such as TOURIST TRAP (Pino Donaggio) and BAD CHANNELS (Blue Oyster Cult).

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Film Score Friday 10/24/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Buysoundtrax is a new recording titled THE JERRY GOLDSMITH COLLECTION VOLUME 2: PIANO SKETCHES, featuring solo piano performances of themes spanning Goldsmith's lengthy career, from 1963's The Prize to one of his last great scores, 1997's The Edge.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new releases for December 9 -- Marco Beltrami's score for the Western THE HOMESMAN, starring Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed) and Hilary Swank; the Mike Leigh-directed biopic MR. TURNER, with the great Timothy Spall as painter J.M.W. Turner and a score by Gary Yershon (Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year); and a new recording of Elmer Bernstein's movie jazz, ELMER BERNSTEIN: THE WILD SIDE. And on December 16, the label will release Alan Silvestri's score for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB.

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Film Score Friday 10/17/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/16/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week, featuring four scores.

The gigantic success of the James Bond films in the 1960s spawned a flood of imitations, and among the most popular were the two films starring James Coburn as Derek Flint, OUR MAN FLINT and IN LIKE FLINT, whose colorful, campy style was a huge inspiration for the Austin Powers comedies. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the light-hearted, pop-jazz scores for both films, and the original soundtrack LPs were actually Goldsmith-conducted re-recordings of his music. While Varese Sarabande had released the original score tracks on one CD, Intrada's Flint release is the first CD release of the LP re-recordings, taken from the original stereo masters and featuring the original cover art by the great Bob Peak (Apocalypse Now, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Trek 1-5).

Michel Legrand won his second Oscar, and his only one in the Original Score category, for 1971's nostalgic romantic drama SUMMER OF '42. When the soundtrack LP was release, the largely monothematic score was represented by only two cues, with the bulk of the LP consisting of Legrand's music for the barely released romance THE PICASSO SUMMER, starring Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux and co-written by Ray Bradbury. Intrada's new two-disc expansion of that release features the complete 17-minute Summer of '42 score, the "Picasso Suite" from the LP as well as the complete Picasso Summer score.
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