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Film Score Friday 12/14/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced several new soundtrack CDs -- a brand-new recording of Bernard Herrmann's score for the thriller THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, which Francois Truffaut directed from the Cornel Woolrich novel, featuring Fernando Velazquez conducting the Basque National Orchestra; an expanded, two-disc edition of Nino Rota's classic score for Federico Fellini's 8 1/2; a 60th anniversary two-disc edition of Jerome Moross' classic, Oscar-nominated score for the Western epic THE BIG COUNTRY, feauring the full score tracks as well as (in mono and processed "stereo") the original LP tracks; a two-disc, 35th anniversary edition of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for the hit WARGAMES, featuring both a remastered version of the original score tracks and the tracks from the original soundtrack LP (which featured both score and dialogue excerpts); the first release of the full Bernardo Bonezzi score for Pedro Almodovar's comedy classic WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN; a remastered anniversary edition of Ennio Morricone's beloved score for CINEMA PARADISO; and EL HOMBRE Y LA TIERRA, a four-disc set of Anton Garcia Abril's music for the documentary TV series that ran from 1974 to 1981.


Kritzerland has announced two new CDs -- the music from the 1949 Western THE CISCO KID IN THE GAY AMIGO, scored by B-movie veteran Albert Glasser (The Amazing Colossal Man), plus cues from additional Glasser scores; and a remastered and resequenced release of Alfred Newman's score for the religious drama A MAN CALLED PETER

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Film Score Friday 12/7/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest new CD from Intrada is another unexpected "Holy Grail" score -- Jerry Goldsmith's haunting music from the 1975 supernatural thriller THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD. J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes) directed the film, which starred Michael Sarrazin as a man who starts to believe his nightmares and flashes of deja vu are actually memories of a past life, with Margot Kidder, Jennifer O'Neill and Cornelia Sharpe as the women of his past and present. Goldsmith's score, a typically striking and inventive mixture of orchestra and electronics, was rumored to be a favorite of the composer's, but has never had a commercial release until now. (The score has been preserved in its entirety, but due to the 1/4 inch tape format on which the music was saved, the tracks have what Intrada warns are "audio anomalies.")

Their other new CD is a remastered re-release of Christopher Young's score for the little-seen 1989 psychological thriller HIDER IN THE HOUSE, starring Mimi Rogers, Michael McKean, and Gary Busey as the "hider," from a screenplay by Lem Dobbs (Dark City, The Limey, The Score).

The label also plans an upcoming release of a new score, which Doug Fake describes as "from one of the major studios, the star a big one, the composer very famous and the director boasting a formidable list of successes as well," so in all likelihood it will be Alan Silvestri's score for Robert Zemeckis' Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell.


Last Friday, Varese Sarabande announced a limited edition three-CD bundle DAVE GRUSIN: THE PREMIERE COLLECTION, featuring four never-before-released scores by the Oscar-winning composer: the 1979 dark legal comedy-drama ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, directed by Norman Jewison, which earned Oscar nominations for Al Pacino's lead performance and the original screenplay by Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin; director Sydney Pollack's 1981 legal drama ABSENCE OF MALICE, nominated for actors Paul Newman and Melinda Dillon and its Kurt Leudtke screenplay; the Neil Simon-scriped 1976 comedy spoof MURDER BY DEATH, featuring an all-star cast as parodies of classic detectives -- Peter Falk (as Sam Spade), David Niven (Nick Charles), Maggie Smith (Nora Charles), Peter Sellers (Charlie Chan), James Coco (Hercules Poirot) and Elsa Lanchester (Miss Marple), plus Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell, Estelle Winwood, and even Truman Capote; and director Robert Mulligan's 1971 romantic drama THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, starring Michael Sarrazin and Barbara Hershey. 

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Film Score Friday 11/30/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.


Last week La-La Land announced their latest batch of end-of-year "Black Friday" releases, which are expected to begin shipping next week:

HARRY POTTER: THE JOHN WILLIAMS COLLECTION
, a seven-disc set featuring expanded versions of John Williams' scores for the first three films in the immensely popular fantasy franchise -- his Oscar-nominated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (in collaboration with conductor-adaptor Willliam Ross); and his Oscar-nominated score for Alfonso Cuaron's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, considered by many to be the best film of the series.

LAND OF THE GIANTS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, a four disc set featuring episode scores from the last of Irwin Allen's popular '60s TV sci-fi series, including the pilot score and main title themes by John Williams as well as cues by Alexander Courage, Harry Geller, Irving Gertz, Artie Kane, Richard LaSalle, Joseph Mullendore, Robert Prince, Paul Sawtell, and Leith Stevens.

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
, a two-disc edition of David Arnold's exciting score for the 1999 James Bond thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards and Judi Dench and directed by Michael Apted, featuring the 98-minute score plus 43 minutes of additional music.

BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA
, a three-disc set of the popular symponic score for Francis Ford Coppola's visually dazzling 1992 adaptation of the horror classic, composed by the late Wojciech Kilar, with the first two discs featuring Kilar's music as originally composed for the film plus bonus tracks, and the third disc featuring the sequencing from the original soundtrack release plus more bonus tracks.

SCHINDLER'S LIST: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
features the original soundtrack sequencing from John Williams' Oscar-winning score for Steven Spielberg's 1993 Best Picture-winning docudrama, plus bonus cues.


Today, Varese Sarabande is scheduled to announce a new limited edition three-disc set featuring four scores composed by Oscar-winner Dave Grusin.

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Film Score Friday 11/23/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/22/2018 - 9:00 PM

La-La Land was scheduled to announce their latest set of Black Friday releases today, which are probably being discussed right now on the Message Board.


I am currently on vacation, so if any other new developments have occurred in film music this week, you will have to learn them elsewhere on the Internet, or perhaps even in the so-called "real" world that people keep insisting exists somewhere, but what if we're all just living in some sort of telepathic holodeck in a cage on Talos IV, man?. 
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Film Score Friday 11/16/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new soundtrack releases for this week -- the first CD release of the LP tracks (taken from vinyl sources) from one of John Barry's few Western scores, the lavish 1981 action-adventure THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER, directed by ace cinematographer William Fraker (who also teamed with Barry on the Western Monte Walsh); and the first-ever release of Richard Band's score for the Home Alone-ish kids comedy REMOTE.


La-La Land has announced three new releases expected to begin shipping next week -- the latest in their new Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection series, a two-disc set pairing the scores for sequels AIRPORT '77 (John Cacavas) and THE CONCORDE: AIRPORT '79 (Lalo Schifrin); a greatly expanded, three-disc anniversary edition of Michael Kamen's score for the 1988 action classic DIE HARD, including never-before-heard Kamen music as well as the John Scott (Man on Fire) and James Horner (Aliens) cues tracked into the film's final scene; and the soundtrack for the new, Netflix miniseries remake of Shirley Jackson's classic THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) and scored by his usual composers, The Newton Brothers.

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Film Score Friday 11/9/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.


Prometheus has released a new recording of Mario Nascimbene's score for the adventure classic THE VIKINGS, with Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.


The latest release from Music Box is an expanded version of the score for the stylish 2006 animated science-fiction feature RENAISSANCE, which in English-language countries featured the voices of Daniel Craig, Romola Garai, Catherine McCormack, Jonathan Pryce and Ian Holm. The music was composed by Nicholas Dodd, probably best known to score fans for his work as an orchestrator-conductor for such composers as David Arnold, Mychael Danna and Andrew Lockington.

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Film Score Friday 11/2/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs this week -- a disc pairing two never-before-released Georges Delerue scores for American TV movies of the 1980s, SIN OF INNOCENCE and LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, and an expaded version of James Horner's score for the 1995 animated film BALTO, with the full 62-minute score plus 16 minutes of extras.


La-La Land has announced a whopping seven new releases which are expected to begin shipping next week -- a two-disc set of music from the Amazon anthology series PHILIP K. DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS, featuring episode scores by Olafur Arnalds, BT, Harry Gregson-Williams, Mark Isham, Bear McCreary and Cristobal Tapia de Veer; a three-disc set featuring the scores for SUPERMAN II and SUPERMAN III (already shipping), adapted by Ken Thorne from the original themes by John Williams; and five new TV episodic music collections by Blake Neely: ARROW: SEASON 6, DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: SEASON 3 (scored with Daniel James Chan), THE FLASH: SEASON 4 (with Nathaniel Blume), RIVERDALE: SEASON 2 (with Sherri Chung), and SUPERGIRL: SEASON 3 (with Chan).

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Film Score Friday 10/26/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/25/2018 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced their latest batch of CD Club releases, which can be pre-ordered now and are expected to begin shipping the week after next: a Deluxe Edition of John Williams' popular score for director John Badman's lavish and underrated 1979 remake of DRACULA, starring Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan and Laurence Olivier, a two-disc set featuring both the original LP tracks and the first-ever release of the complete score (including cues not heard in the film); an greatly expanded Deluxe Edition of Basil Poledouris' exciting score for ON DEADLY GROUND, the ecologically-themed action adventure that marked the directorial debut of star Steven Seagal (pitted against an over-qualified Michael Caine); and an encore release of Georges Delerue's score for the 1990 political thriller A SHOW OF FORCE, starring Amy Irving, Andy Garcia, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Duvall and Kevin Spacey. The label is also releasing a new two-disc compilation, VARÈSE SARABANDE: 40 YEARS OF GREAT FILM MUSIC 1978-2018, which can be ordered as a CD-set, on vinyl, or as a "bundle" including a T-shirt and tote bag.


The latest CD from Caldera is THE LOST CHILDREN OF PLANET X, a concept album/spoken word drama, with music by Christopher Young incorporating unused material from his film scores. The disc features both the narrative version, with text written by Bob Badway, and the instrumental cues without words. 

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Film Score Friday 10/19/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/18/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first commercial release of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for ANOTHER STAKEOUT, the comedy-thriller sequel to the 1987 surprise hit Stakeout, reteaming Rubinstein with his longtime friend and collaborator, director John Badham, as well as stars Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. A composer promo collection of Rubinstein's music had featured 21 minutes from the score; the Intrada release features a full 60 minutes of score.


La-La Land has announced a tentative, rough schedule of releases for the rest of 2018. On October 30 they currently hope to release Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, Superman II & III, and five new Blake Neely soundtracks from DC superhero TV series. On November 13 they may release two to three titles, including a three-disc set. November 23 will see the announcement of this year's batch of "Black Friday" releases, with two titles already signed off on and two to three more hoped for, to be available to order on November 27.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest set of CD Club releases this coming Monday.

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Film Score Friday 10/12/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new upcoming score CDs -- Alexandre Desplat's score for Jacques Audiard's just-released dark comedy Western THE SISTERS BROTHERS (reportedly, rights issues with a U.S. label may make this CD difficult to obtain for U.S.-based collectors); a remastered and slightly expanded version of John Barry's romantic suspense score for the 1988 mystery MASQUERADE; and Victor Reyes' score for the recently released horror film DOWN A DARK HALL, starring AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman.
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