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Film Score Friday 4/29/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/28/2016 - 9:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will release a 30th anniversary edition of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to Carpenter's cult classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, featuring the same tracks as the previous expansion of the score.

The label will also be making available Bear McCreary's score for this year's hit 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, released on the composer's Sparks & Shadows label.

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. 

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Film Score Friday 4/22/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/21/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land pairs two previously unreleased scores for Oscar-winning Paramount films composed by Marvin Hamlisch -- Robert Redford's directoral debut ORDINARY PEOPLE, the 1980 Best Picture winner which also won Oscars for Redford's direction, Alvin Sargent's screenplay and Timothy Hutton's "supporting" performance, for which Hamlisch based his score on Pachelbel's Canon in D; and the 1973 character study SAVE THE TIGER, directed by John G. Avildsen, for which Jack Lemmon won his second Oscar as a struggling Los Angeles businessman, also nominated for Jack Gilford's supporting performance and Steve Shagan's original screenplay. 

The latest release in Varese Sarabande's LP to CD limited edition subscription series is the soundtrack for director John Frankenheimer's first-rate 1986 film version of Elmore Leonard's 52 PICK-UP, with Roy Scheider as a businessman facing a blackmail attempt from a trio of criminals (memorably played by John Glover, Clarence Williams III and palindromic character actor Robert Trebor), co-starring Ann-Margret, Vanity and Kelly Preston. The score was composed by Gary Chang, who went on to score seven more projects for Frankenheimer, including five TV movies and the 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau.

The latest release from Kritzerland features one of Bernard Herrmann's most romantic scores, from the 1943 version of Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE, starring Joan Fontaine in the title role and Orson Welles as Rochester. (The disc features the same tracks as Varese's out-of-print Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox boxed set).  

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Film Score Friday 4/15/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/14/2016 - 9:00 PM

Despite the Falling Snow - Rachel Portman - Cube (import)
Eye in the Sky - Mark Kilian, Paul Hepker - Lakeshore
Green Room - Brooke Blair, Will Blair - Milan
In This World
- Dario Marianelli - MovieScore Media
The Jungle Book 
- John Debney - Disney
Lost Themes II - John Carpenter - Sacred Bones
Triple 9 - Atticus Ross, Claudia Sarne, Leopold Ross, Bobby Krlic - Filmtrax 
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The "Last" Top Forty Countdown, Part Three
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/8/2016 - 9:00 PM
2011 RANKING: 19
AGE: 65
BIRTHPLACE: New York, New York
REPRESENTATION: Gorfaine/Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Berklee College of Music, pop arranger, TV composer (CHiPs)
FAN FAVORITES: Back to the Future, Predator
TYPECAST IN: Action adventure
1. Marvel’s The Avengers--623 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Forrest Gump--329
3. Night at the Museum--250
4. Cast Away--233
5. Back to the Future--208
6. The Mummy Returns--202
7. The Croods--187   
8. The Polar Express--183 
9. What Women Want--182
10. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian--177
In 2012 Silvestri had his biggest box-office hit to date -- and currently the #5 U.S. box-office hit of all time - with the franchise-combining Marvel’s The Avengers, but despite this career milestone, he seems to be content working with his favorite filmmakers -- at least, one in particular. His most pivotal partnership, with director Robert Zemeckis, recently entered its fourth decade, and after three consecutive motion-capture animated films, the pair returned to live action with a change-of-pace project, the R-rated drama Flight, for which Silvestri provided a sparse and effective score with a sound quite different from his more famous Zemeckis collaborations. They reteamed last year for their 15th feature together, the charming docudrama The Walk, and this time Silvestri and his warm score had room to make a more much more notable contribution to the action (though the well-reviewed film, which reportedly cost a shockingly low $35 million, only managed to gross ten mil in the U.S.). Silvestri also finished off the Night at the Museum trilogy, scored the sequel to the action comedy RED, and had an unexpected smash hit with The Croods, one of 2013’s Oscar nominees for Animated Feature. He won two Emmys for his work on the 2014 revival of TV’s Cosmos, and on the horizon he has a Robert Zemeckis World War II romantic thriller (with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard) which just gained the title Five Seconds of Silence, and is likely to score the announced Croods sequel (UPDATE: it's just been announced that the Zemeckis/Pitt/Cotillard film will now be titled Allied).
WHAT’S NEXT: Allied 
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Film Score Friday 4/8/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/7/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Kritzerland presents Johnny Mandel's score for the 1976 film version of Yukio Mishima's novel THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA. The film marked the directing debut of screenwriter Lewis John Carlino (The Mechanic), who went on to make the popular The Great Santini, and starred Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles. The film's score was composed by Oscar winner Johnny Mandel (The Sandpiper, Point Blank, Being There), and had only been released previously on a hard-to-find Japanese LP; the Kritzerland CD features the same sequencing.

Intrada will not be releasing any soundtracks next week.

Composer Terry Plumeri died on March 31, possibly the victim of a burglary-murder. Plumeri studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and was a bassist at the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC while studying composition and conducting. He began scoring features in the late 1980s, most notably with the acclaimed indie noir One False Move, which proved to be a career breakthrough for director Carl Franklin and actor-writer Billy Bob Thornton, as well as Death Wish V: The Face of Death, the final film in the Charles Bronson vigilante franchise. While most of his features received only a limited theatrical release at best, his music became more widely available to film music fans thanks to Intrada releases of such soundtracks as Black Sea Raid, Mr. Atlas and Scarecrows.

Composer-musician Leandro "Gato" Barbieri died in New York City on April 2nd at the age of 83. Born in Rosario, Argentina into a family of musicians, the saxophonist gained notice playing in an orchestra led by Lalo Schifrin, and rose to fame in the music world in the 1960s. Along with his many albums he scored about a dozen films, including Michael Winner's 1979 thriller Firepower, but is best known in cinema for his music for Bernardo Bertolucci's acclaimed and controversial Last Tango in Paris (recently re-released in an expanded 2-CD set by Quartet), which earned him a Grammy in the Instrumental Composition category and a nomination for Original Score -- Motion Picture or a Television Special. He is survived by his son and his second wife, Laura.

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Film Score Friday 4/1/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/31/2016 - 9:00 PM
Even though today is April Fool's Day, this column will feature no April Fool's pranks, because I hate that crap.

This week Intrada has released a new CD of POWDER, the offbeat 1995 science-fiction fantasy-drama from writer-director Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers), starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Missy Crider, Mary Steenburgen and Jeff Goldblum. The original Hollywood Records soundtrack CD featured 35 minutes of Jerry Goldsmith's emotional score, but the Intrada CD adds 30 minutes for a complete score release (singer Sarah Brightman was such a fan of the main theme that she later commissioned lyrics by David Zippel and recorded it as "No One Like You" for her album Timeless.). This week the label also released a two-disc LP of Vince DiCola's score for the animated TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE

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Film Score Friday 3/25/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/24/2016 - 9:00 PM
Four film composers have died in just the last few weeks.

Sir George Martin died on March 8 at the age of 90. Early in his career Martin produced novelty and comedy albums, including the cast album for Beyond the Fringe, but of course earned his greatest success and fame working with The Beatles, producing most of their albums except Let It Be, and received an Oscar nomination for Music (Scoring of music - adaptation or treatment) for his work on A Hard Day's Night. He wrote a handful of film scores, most memorably Yellow Submarine and Live and Let Die, as well as Pulp and Honky Tonk Freeway (a shared credit with Elmer Bernstein).

Keith Emerson died on March 10 at the age of 71. The England-born rock keyboardist and composer was best known for his band Emerson, Lake and Palmer but also dabbled in film scoring, his credits including the 1981 thriller Nighthawks which pit NY cops Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams against international terrorist Rutger Hauer, as well as a handful of Italian horror films including Dario Argento's Inferno. He also contributed to the score for Toho's Godzilla: Final Wars under the pseudonym Kisu Emason.

Jean-Eudes Chanfrault died on March 11 at the age of 41. A French-born composer and "laptop musician," he released his first album, Computer Assisted Sunset, in 2005, and he wrote scores for features, shorts and television. A few of his films were released in the U.S., including the French thriller High Tension, the English suspense drama Donkey Punch, and the American supernatural teen drama Jamie Marks Is Dead.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies died on March 14 at the age of 81. Born in Salford, England, he was best known for his concert works, including ten symphonies, but he also composed two films scores for director Ken Russell -- The Devils and The Boy Friend, the latter earning him a 1971 Oscar nomination for Music (Scoring: Adapation and Original Song Score), which he shared with Peter Greenwell; suites from his two film scores are available on CD.

Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Film Score Friday 3/18/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/17/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- a two-disc release of one of the greatest scores of the 1970s, Miklos Rozsa's thrilling symphonic music for Ray Harryhausen's wonderful THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD from newly discovered stereo tapes, featuring both the original LP sequencing and the complete score; and the score to the 2015 fantasy film ABULELE, music by Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves).

La-La Land has announced three new limited edition releases due on March 29th -- the first release of Blake Neely's score for the 2009 magician comedy THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD, starring Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and John Malkovich; the soundtrack to the direct-to-video animated feature BATMAN: THE MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN, scored by Lolita Ritmanis; and a re-release of the original LP sequencing for Jerry Goldsmith's 1986 LINK, previously released on CD by Varese Sarabande at the time of the film's release, and decades later on Intrada.

The latest release in Varese Sarabande's LP-to-CD subscription series presents the score the 1983 family drama A MINOR MIRACLE, starring the movie dream team of John Huston and Pele (no, I did not make that up), scored by Rick Patterson (Happy Hour, Return of the Killer Tomatoes).

The latest release from Kritzerland is a two-disc set featuring expanded version of the soundtracks to two films featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra and songs by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon -- 1941's SUN VALLEY SERENADE, which was nominated for three Oscars including Emil Newman's music direction and the original song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," and 1942's ORCHESTRA WIVES, which was nominated for the song "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazzo," and like Sun Valley Serenade, features music direction by both Emil Newman and Alfred Newman.

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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Two
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/11/2016 - 9:00 PM
2011 RANKING: Not ranked
AGE: Unavailable
BACKGROUND: Bachelor’s in Composition at Manhattan School of Music, Masters in Music for Visual Media at UCLA; taught Electronic Music and Composition curriculum at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music; arranger, music producer, video game composer, theater composer
TYPECAST IN: Sci-fi action
1. Straight Outta Compton--161 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. The Divergent Series: Insurgent--130
3. Oblivion--89
4. Earth to Echo--38
5. The Raid--4
6. The Raid 2--2
Trapanese had racked up plentiful credits as assistant and arranger for feature composers as well as a composer on his own right on shorts and documentaries before receiving his first major feature scoring credit for the U.S. release of the stunning Indonesian action film The Raid. Following his work as an arranger/orchestrator on Daft Punk’s popular score to Tron: Legacy, he scored the animated spinoff TV series Tron Uprising, and collaborated with Anthony Gonzalez and his band M83 for Oblivion, the lavish futuristic thriller from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. He returned for the music for the sequel The Raid 2 and also scored the found-footage E.T. riff Earth to Echo, but in 2015 he had his highest grossing films to date -- Insurgent, the second in the Divergent series (the first in that series was scored by Tom Holkenborg, who’s since gone on to much bigger and much much better things), and the commercial and critical smash Straight Outta Compton, which even (and unexpectedly) spawned a recently released score CD. His newest film is the third of the Divergents (yet another final-book-made-into-two-movies, though the studio is downplaying that fact, perhaps wisely), and Variety’s review cited Trapanese’s “fresh ‘Tron: Legacy’-like score” as one of the film’s few praiseworthy elements. [When originally posted, this column erroneously reported that Trapanese is the son of session musician Joseph Trapanese, Sr.; I apologize for the error]
WHAT’S NEXT: The Divergent Series: Allegiant
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Film Score Friday 3/11/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/10/2016 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announed two new, imminent releases - the first release of Ken Thorne's score for the 1969 adventure comedy SINFUL DAVEY, starring John Hurt and Pamela Franklin, which is one of director John Huston's least-remembered films (John Barry reportedly wrote an unused and still unreleased score); and an expanded version of Jean-Claude Petit's score (featuring a wonderful main theme) for the final film Richard Lester directed before his retirement, THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS, which reunited most of the stars of his beloved Musketeers films (including Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Roy Kinnear and, surprisingly for Four Musketeers fans, Christopher Lee) for an adaptation of the second of Dumas' Musketeers novels, Twenty Years After (Kinnear's tragic death during production was one of the main reasons Lester gave up filmmaking).

Intrada plans to announce two new CDs next week.

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