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Film Score Friday 10/20/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/19/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week, both featuring scores from horror films from the 1980s -- a remastered version of director Frank LaLoggia's lush, Bernstein-esque score for his cult classic ghost story LADY IN WHITE (this two-disc set also includes LaLoggia's concept album "Frankie Goes to Tuscany"); and the first CD release of Richard Band's TERRORVISION (limited to 500 units.)


Varese Sarabande has announced three new CDs in their Limited Edition (500 units each for this batch) of contemporary scores, all from this year's films and expected to begin shipping next week: the animated sequel NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE, scored by Heitor Pereira (the Despicable Me/Minions films); the period thriller THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM, starring Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth and Eddie Marsan, scored by Johan Soderqvist (Let the Right One In, In a Better World, Kon-Tiki); and the score for the romance HAMPSTEAD, pairing Brendan Gleeson and Oscar winner Diane Keaton, directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) and composed by Oscar winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot).   

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Film Score Friday 10/13/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/12/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Varese Sarbande's "We Hear You" series, limited to 2000 units, is a two-disc edition of music from NBC's long-running THE WEST WING, featuring episode scoring by W.G. Snuffy Walden, who earned an Emmy and two nominations for his contribution to the series.

Next week Varese plans to announce three new releases in their Limited Edition CD series of contemporary scores. 


La-La Land has announced their latest batch of releases, with an emphasis on composer Blake Neely -- CDs of Neely's music for ARROW: SEASON 5, DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: SEASON 2, THE FLASH: SEASON 3, and SUPERGIRL: SEASON 2, as well as a two-disc set of Harry Manfredini's scores for the second and third films in the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise.  

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Film Score Friday 10/6/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/5/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week, both multi-disc, greatly expanded versions of epic adventure scores by Oscar-winning composers -- a three-disc set of Maurice Jarre's score for the lavish 1980 TV miniseries adaptation of James Clavell's SHOGUN; and a two-disc set of James Horner's score for director Wolfgang Peterson's 2004 TROY
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Film Score Friday 9/29/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/28/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Cello
 - Randy Kerber - Varese Sarabande
Fuller at Fox
 - Leigh Harline, Alfred Newman - Kritzerland
Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower
Hellraiser 
- Christopher Young - Lakeshore
Incompreso, Vita Col Figlio
 - Fiorenzo Carpi - Music Box
Popeye - Harry Nilsson, Tom Pierson - Varese Sarabande
Rebel in the Rye - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
Super Dark Times - Ben Frost - The Orchard
The Young Karl Marx/I Am Not Your Negro
 - Alexei Aigui - Music Box 

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Film Score Friday 9/22/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/21/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of ROBOT JOX, the 1989 sci-fi action movie directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) -- sort of like Pacific Rim without the kaiju -- with a score by Frederic Talgorn (Fortress, The Temp). 
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Film Score Friday 9/15/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/14/2017 - 9:00 PM
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's winners for the Creative Arts Emmys, including the following music winners:

Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score)
FARGO: Aporia - Jeff Russo

Outstanding Music Composition For a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
HOUSE OF CARDS: Chapter 63 - Jeff Beal

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
STRANGER THINGS - Michael Stein, Kyle Dixon

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
"Letter to the Free" (from 13TH) - Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins

Outstanding Music Direction
TAKING THE STAGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND STORIES THAT CHANGED AMERICA - Rickey Minor

Outstanding Music Supervision
BIG LITTLE LIES: You Get What You Need - Susan Jacobs 

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The 1968 Composer Countdown, Part Three
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/8/2017 - 9:00 PM
Summing up: this series was inspired by a document I found titled “Composers and Prices as of October 1, 1968,” which was in the papers of an A-list director of that era who was considering a composer for an upcoming prestige project (which was ultimately filmed and released without an original score). The composers were listed by their asking price -- I have ranked them from 1 to 17, based on their fees, and Parts One and Two featured the composers ranked 6 to 17, with the list reprinted at the bottom of this column. The specifics of each composers' age, credits and awards in these columns as are of October 1, 1968, while the box-office figures are generally approximate and incomplete, since the studios in that era did not provide up-to-date movie grosses the way they do today.


5A. JOHN BARRY

AGE: 34
BIRTHPLACE: York, England
2 OSCARS
1 EMMY NOMINATION
4 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
RELATIONSHIPS: Bryan Forbes, Richard Lester, Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
TYPECAST IN:  Espionage
TOP BOX-OFFICE HITS:
1. Thunderball--27 (U.S. rentals in millions)
2. Goldfinger--22
3. You Only Live Twice--18
5. From Russia with Love--9 
6. Born Free--3
7. The Chase--2
8. The Ipcress File--1.75
9. Petulia--1.6
10. The Quiller Memorandum--1.5
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Lion in Winter
 
Barry would go on to win his third Oscar for that year’s The Lion in Winter. Though he nearly lost his life to a major health crisis in the late 1980s, he maintained a remarkable career, earning his fourth and fifth Oscars for scoring Best Picture winners Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves (which almost makes up for the Academy never nominating a note of his 11 James Bond scores and many Bond songs). His final feature score was 2002’s Enigma, and he died in 2011 at the age of 77. 
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Film Score Friday 9/8/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/7/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded version of Bruce Broughton's score for director Randal Kleiser's 1992 sci-fi comedy sequel HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID, which also features Broughton's score for the animated short Off His Rockers
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The 1968 Composer Countdown, Part Two
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/1/2017 - 9:00 PM
Summing up: this series was inspired by a document I found titled “Composers and Prices as of October 1, 1968,” which was in the papers of an A-list director of that era who was considering a composer for an upcoming prestige project (which was ultimately filmed and released without an original score). The composers were listed by their asking price -- I have ranked them from 1 to 17, based on their fees, and Part One featured the composers ranked 11 to 17, with the list reprinted at the bottom of this column. The specifics of each composers' age, credits and awards in these columns as are of October 1, 1968, while the box-office figures are generally approximate and incomplete, since the studios in that era did not provide up-to-date movie grosses the way they do today.

10A. NELSON RIDDLE
 
AGE: 47
BIRTHPLACE:  Oradell, New Jersey
3 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
7 EMMY NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY, 9 NOMINATIONS
RELATIONSHIPS: Frank Sinatra
TYPECAST IN: Comedy
TOP BOX-OFFICE HITS:
1. What a Way to Go!-- 6.1 (U.S. rentals in millions)
2. Come Blow Your Horn--6.0
     El Dorado--6.0
4. Ocean’s Eleven--5.5
5. A Hole in the Head--5.2
6. Pal Joey--4.7
7. Lolita--4.5 
8. Robin and the 7 Hoods--4.2
9. Li’l Abner--3.2
10. Can-Can--3.0
      How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying--3.0
 
For the rest of his scoring career, Riddle worked mostly in television, including the theme for Emergency!, with the occasional feature like Harper Valley P.T.A. and Rough Cut (for which he adapted the music of Duke Ellington). He received his fourth Oscar nomination for his adaptation of Paint Your Wagon, and he won in 1974 for The Great Gatsby’s adaptation score. His last great success was a trio of albums he arranged of Linda Rondstadt singing classic American songs -- these albums earned him his second and third Grammys, the final one awarded posthumously after his death in 1985 at the age of 64.(Riddle’s ranking on this list was based on his asking price for original scores – his asking price for musicals was 150% more.) 
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Film Score Friday 9/1/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/31/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest re-recording from Tadlow is a two-disc edition of a film music masterpiece, Miklos Rozsa's Oscar-winning score for BEN-HUR. The set features Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in their performance of Rozsa's complete, 157-minute score, including cues not featured in the final film.


The latest release from Kritzerland is FULLER AT FOX, a two-disc set featuring remastered versions of scores composed for films directed by Samuel Fuller for 20th Century Fox -- Alfred Newman's score for HELL AND HIGH WATER, and Leigh Harline's scores for PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET and HOUSE OF BAMBOO.


La-La Land has announced that one of their upcoming CDs will be a two-disc expanded edition of Edward Shearmur's rousing symphonic score for the period fantasy adventure SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW. The set is expected to go on sale from the label on September 26, and on September 30, Daniel Schweiger will moderate a discussion about the film and its score with Shearmur and writer-director Kerry Conran at Creature Features in Burbank.

The label has since announced the rest of their planned releases for September. On September 12th, they will release a two-disc editon of one of John Williams' masterpieces, his Oscar-winning score for E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (the label is also working on an expanded/remastered edition of another Williams masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), and a compilation titled THUNDER ROAD: THE FILM MUSIC OF JACK MARSHALL, featuring music by the composer probably best known for The Munsters. (Marshall's children include composer Phil Marshall [Kicking and Screaming, Run] and Frank Marshall, the veteran producer [Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sixth Sense, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button] and director [Arachnophobia, Alive, Congo, Eight Below]).

On September 26th, along with Sky Captain, they will release the score for the 2017 horror film AWAKEN THE SHADOWMAN, by Douglas Pipes (Monster House, Trick 'r' Treat, Krampus).


Variety has reported that, after 27 years of episode scoring that earned him two Emmys and 23 nominations, Simpsons composer Alf Clausen has been informed that the show's producers are looking for "a different kind of music" and will no longer require his services. Given that Hans Zimmer has referred to Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks as his "best friend" (and Zimmer himself scored The Simpsons Movie), it would not be surprising if Simpsons' scoring duties fell to a series of rising composers from the Remote Control stable. 

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