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Film Score Friday 6/22/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/21/2018 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced four new releases in their limited edition CD Club series, expected to begin shipping this week -- an expanded Deluxe Edition of one of John Williams' greatest early works, his rousing, Copland-esque score for the 1972 Western THE COWBOYS (the "alternate main title" included on the earlier Varese release has turned out to be Harry Sukman's unused main theme for the short-lived TV spinoff and is not included in this edition); an expanded Deluxe Edition of Jerry Goldsmith's lively score for director Joe Dante's 1998 sci-fi comedy adventure SMALL SOLDIERS; THE COMPLETE LONDON SESSIONS, a two-disc set featuring the Georges Delerue music re-recorded for Varese's out-of-print series of London Sessions discs (but not the original score cues which were also included on those discs); and an "Encore Edition" straight re-release of David Newman's score for the cult classic dark comedy HEATHERS.


Rob Simonson's score for the Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody comedy-drama TULLY will be released on vinyl in late July. A pleasant musical surprises in the film was a montage scored with a folksy new vocal version of the John Barry/Don Black classic "You Only Live Twice" performed by "Beulahbelle," who are actually actress Kaitlyn Dever (Justified, Short Term 12) and her sister Mady. The LP will feature two different versions of their "You Only Live Twice." 

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Film Score Friday 6/15/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/14/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada, taken from the original Mainstream LP masters, pairs two scores from the mid-60s "Europspy" craze -- the 1965 sci-fi cult classic THE 10TH VICTIM, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, and featuring a classic "futuristic jazz" score by Piero Piccioni (though 10th Victim is not technically a spy film, it is often programmed in '60s spy retrospectives, and was a marked influence on the Austin Powers films); and Georges Garvarentz' Barry-influenced score for the light-hearted spy thriller THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL, starring Horst Buchholz, Sylvia Koscina, Mario Adorf and Klaus Kinski. The disc features the original cover art from both LPs, as well as liner notes on both films by myself.


Those who tend to forget (or never even knew) that A-list composer Thomas Newman began his career mostly scoring comedies will get a nice refresher this month when La-La Land presents the first-ever soundtrack release of Newman's score for THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE, the 1985 Tom Hanks vehicle (back when Hanks starred mostly in goofy comedies) that remade the French hit The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe.


Varese Sarabande plans to release four new CD Club releases next week. 

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Film Score Friday 6/8/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/7/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for this month. This week they are releasing an expanded version of James Horner's JACK THE BEAR, as well as the previously announced CRISIS ON EARTH-X. On June 19, they will release a two-disc set pairing remastered editions of Jerry Goldsmith's scores for the Westerns 100 RIFLES and RIO CONCHOS, as well as a probable second release to be announced soon.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Crisis on Earth-X - Blake Neely, Nathaniel Blume, Daniel Chan, Sherri Chung - La-La Land

Fellini's Casanova
 - Nino Rota - Music Box
Hereditary - Colin Stetson - Milan
Jack the Bear - James Horner - La-La Land
McQueen - Michael Nyman - Nyman (import)
7 Days in Entebbe - Rodrigo Amarante - Lakeshore
Star Trek: Discovery, Chapter 2 
- Jeff Russo - Lakeshore
The Yakuza Papers
 - Tokiashi Tsuishima - Cinema-Kan (import) 

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Film Score Friday 6/1/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/31/2018 - 9:00 PM
Less than six months after the unexpected release of Damnation Alley, Intrada presents another "Holy Grail" for score collectors, the first-ever release of the full original score for Ray Harryhausen's cult favorite 1969 "dinosaur Western" THE VALLEY OF GWANGI. Based on an idea by Harryhausen's mentor, the stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien, Gwangi told the story of cowboys in turn-of-the-century Mexico who discover a hidden valley where dinosaurs have survived. The film benefited both from Harryhausen's typically excellent effects (the sequence where the cowboys attempt to rope an Allosaurus is a particular highlight) and the rousing orchestral score of Jerome Moross. Moross is best remembered for his unforgettable, Oscar-nominated score for the epic 1958 Western The Big Country [not The Big Valley as I originally mistyped]  but his oeuvre encompassed a wide variety of works, including Otto Preminger's religious epic The Cardinal, Franklin J. Schaffner's medieval romance The War Lord, several concert pieces, and even an original stage musical The Golden Apple, which Ken Mandelbaum's book Not Since Carrie proclaimed as the finest musical to ever flop on Broadway. Gwangi was one of the last feature scores Moross recorded and one of many first-rate scores that Harryhausen's films inspired, and is a rousing orchestral work which combines the stirring Americana of The Big Country with exciting action material for the dinosaur setpieces. Gwangi's music had previously only been available in selected cues re-recorded as suites and the original score tapes were long rumored to be lost, but Intrada has managed to reassemble the complete score from various sources, including alternates and source cues (by Moross himself).


On Wednesday, June 20th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present THE SHERMAN BROTHERS: A HOLLYWOOD SONGBOOK, a live event paying tribute to the team that wrote the songs for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and many others. Special guests that night will include Richard Sherman himself, as well as Michael Giacchino and Lesley Ann Warren. 

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Film Score Friday 5/25/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/24/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The latest release from Kritzerland features a remastered version of the original LP cues from Jerry Fielding's first high-profile feature project, director Otto Preminger's epic political drama ADVISE AND CONSENT.


For those interested in a film (and film music) oddity, the new Kino Lorber Blu-Ray of JACK THE GIANT KILLER features both the original theatrical cut and the truly bizarre, musical-ized version (which is the version I saw on cable in the 1980s).

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Film Score Friday 5/18/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/17/2018 - 9:00 PM
Our founder, Lukas Kendall, is seeking Indiegogo funding to help finance a "proof-of-concept" short film that he hopes to expand into his feature directorial debut, a science-fiction thriller titled Sky Fighter. For those who'd like to help out the-guy-without-whom-no-one-would-be-reading-this-site, please follow this link.


The latest release from Intrada is a remastered version of Jerry Goldsmith's exciting score for the 1985 Disney-produced dinosaur adventure BABY: SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Avengers: Infinity War - Alan Silvestri - Hollywood
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Deadpool 2 - Tyler Bates - Sony  
The Doctor from India - Rachel Grimes - Temporary Residence (import)
On Chesil Beach - Dan Jones - Decca (import)
Rampage
 - Andrew Lockington - Rambling (import)
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
 - Patrick Doyle - Varese Sarabande 
The Verdict/The Seven-Ups/M*A*S*H [tv] - Johnny Mandel - Kritzerland

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Film Score Friday 5/11/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/10/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Kritzerland features five-time Oscar-nominee George Duning's final feature film score, for the 1980 comedy mystery THE MAN WITH BOGART'S FACE.


The latest expanded Nino Rota score is Music Box's two-disc set of the music from the 1976 Oscar winner (for Costume Design) FELLINI'S CASANOVA, starring Donald Sutherland as the famous ladies man.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Film Score Friday 5/4/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/3/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack release from the Brigham Young University Film Music Archive is a three-disc set titled CAGED: THE DARK SIDE OF MAX STEINER. The set features surviving score tracks for seven films scored by the multi-Oscar winner: the 1950 women's prison drama CAGED, nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress for Eleanor Parker; director John Huston's 1948 classic KEY LARGO, starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Claire Trevor; THE UNFAITHFUL, a remake of The Letter, starring Ann Sheridan; FLAMINGO ROAD, starring Joan Crawford; his uncredited main title music for 1950's BACKFIRE; uncredited cues from THE BREAKING POINT, Michael Curtiz's 1950 remake of To Have and Have Not, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal; and King Vidor's 1951 romantic thriller LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE.


The latest release from Counterpoint presents the first-ever release of the score for Fox's 1952 Argentina-set Western WAY OF A GAUCHO, starring Rory Calhoun, Gene Tierney and Richard Boone, directed by Jacques Tourneur (Curse of the Demon) and scored by Sol Kaplan (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold).


The latest CD from Intrada presents the LP tracks from Johnny Mandel's score for HARPER, the 1966 film version of Ross McDonald's Lew Archer mystery novel The Moving Target, adapted by the great William Goldman, starring Paul Newman as "Lew Harper" (re-named due to the success of Newman's The Hustler and Hud, and followed by Hombre), a role he reprised in 1975's The Drowning Pool.


The latest releases from Quartet include a two-disc, expanded version of Nino Rota's score for director Luchino Visconti's Oscar-nominated epic family saga THE LEOPARD, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, and 2017's PILGRIMAGE, a violent period adventure film starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage, and our latest friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Tom Holland, with a score by Stephen McKeon (Borstal Boy, Queen & Country).


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for this month -- on May 8th they will release a two-disc set of SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE, scored by Alexander Courage from themes by John Williams (including two specially composed for this film), with the same audio contents as FSM's Superman Collection; on May 22, music from the Karate Kid spinoff COBRA KAI, by Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg, and the score for the live-action (not animated, as I'd previously writen) CRISIS ON EARTH-X, by Blake Neely, Nathaniel Blume, Daniel Chan and Sherri Chung

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Film Score Friday 4/27/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/26/2018 - 9:00 PM
 La-La Land has announced two new soundtracks which will begin shipping next week -- an expanded, two-disc version of Elliot Goldenthal's score for David Fincher's feature directorial debut, 1992's ALIEN 3, featuring the complete Goldenthal score, alternates, the original LP sequencing, and Goldenthal's memorable arrangement of Alfred Newman's Fox fanfare; and a CD of music from the History Channel's ANCIENT ALIENS, featuring cues from a variety of composers including William Ashford, Allan Paul Ett, Jeffrey Hayat, Michael Keely, Logue Ihn, Kieran Kieley, Dennis McCarthy, Patrick O’Neil and William Pearson.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the updated rules for the 91st Oscars, including this surprisng change in the music rules:

In the Music categories, all members of the Music Branch will view films eligible for Original Score and film clips of eligible Original Songs and vote in a preliminary round to produce a shortlist of 15 titles in each category using the preferential voting system.  Five nominees for Original Score and five nominees for Original Song will then be chosen by branch members in a second round of balloting also using preferential voting.

The Academy used to have shortlists for nearly all of its "technical" categories, from roughly 1950 to 1979 -- including Original Score, Original Song, and Music Adaptation/Song Score -- but from 1980 to the present only a handful of categories have had shortlists, mostly specialty film categories such as documentaries, foreign language and shorts, but also a few crafts such as visual effects and makeup & hairstyling. Back when there were score shortlists, the usual suspects tended to figure prominently, particularly Goldsmith, Mancini and Williams, and in 1978 5 of Goldsmith's 6 scores for the year were shortlisted in the two score categories (with The Swarm the redheaded stepchild of the bunch). 

The Academy hasn't announced what inspired this change in the process. While as before, there are a group of usual suspects who get nominated regularly -- these days it's Desplat, Thomas Newman, Zimmer, and, of course, still John Williams -- recent years have seen many new, rising composers nominated for the first time, including Nicholas Britell, Jonny Greenwood, Mica Levi, Dustin O'Halloran, Steven Price, and the late Johann Johannsson (who has three final scores expected in theaters this year). My main question is -- how are the branch members planning to view all those eligible movies? (Of course, the paragraph cited above does not mention special screenings of eligible scores/films, so maybe they'll just view those eligible movies the way they always have -- in commercial theaters, at industry screenings, and on screener DVDs)

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Film Score Friday 4/20/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/19/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack from Intrada is the first commercial score CD release of James Horner's emotional score for the 2008 Holocaust-themed tearjerker THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, starring Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield in his first lead role.


Varese Sarabande has just announced a limited edition (1500 units), three-disc set featuring Rachel Portman's music for the TV anthology series JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER, which aired from 1987 to 1991. 


The latest film music CD release from Kritzerland features the music of Oscar winner Johnny Mandel -- a re-release of his brief score for director Sidney Lumet's 1982 Best Picture nominee THE VERDICT, and expanded version of Mandel's unused score for the 1973 cop thriller THE SEVEN-UPS, and the first release of suites of his music for episodes of TV's long-running M*A*S*H.
 

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