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Film Score Friday 6/23/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/22/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Quartet is an expanded and remastered CD of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated score for 1973's true-life prison escape drama PAPILLON, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman and directed by one of the composer's most valued collaborators, Franklin J. Schaffner (Planet of the Apes, Patton).


Intrada plans to release one new two-CD set next week.


For Los Angeles-area moviegoers, the New Beverly Cinema has announced their July screening schedule, including their continuation of "Sci-Fi Summer," with the accent on Michael Crichton (yay!) and midnight Cronenberg screenings. Films screened next month include a week-long run of Bong Joon Ho's brand new Okja (screening in 35mm, though it was shot digitally), as well as The Last Starfighter (July 1-2), Videodrome (July 1), Jurassic Park (July 8-9), The Fly [1986] (July 8), Snowpiercer/Lifeforce [the longer, all-Mancini cut] (July 9-10), Westworld/Runaway (July 14-15), Innerspace (July 15-16), Rabid (July 15), The Andromeda Strain/The Terminal Man (July 21-22), SpaceCamp (July 22-23), Scanners (July 22), and Total Recall/The Running Man (July 28)


Our own Joe Sikoryak has informed me of this interesting update to the Grammys' rules regarding their soundtrack-related categories (see below the fold):

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Film Score Friday 6/16/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/15/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the first volume of music from the popular science TV series COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri, who won two Emmys for his contribution to the series.


On Saturday, June 24, Brian Tyler will be signing copies of his CD for THE MUMMY at Creature Features in Burbank, CA, at 2:00 p.m., with a Q&A hosted by Daniel Schweiger.

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Film Score Friday 6/9/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/8/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Black Prince
- George Kallis - Caldera
I Don't Feel at Home In This World Anymore - Brooke Blair, Will Blair - Lakeshore
The Lost City of Z - Christopher Spelman - Filmtrax
The Promise - Gabriel Yared - Lakeshore
Viceroy's House - A.R. Rahman - Filmtrax
The Yakuza - Dave Grusin - Varese Sarabande
The Zookeeper's Wife - Harry Gregson-Williams - Filmtrax 

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Film Score Friday 6/2/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/1/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is Max Steiner's Oscar-nominated score for the classic 1954 military drama THE CAINE MUTINY, starring Humphrey Bogart (as the unforgettable, paranoid Captain Queeg), Jose Ferrer and Fred MacMurray. The film originally inspired a non-score LP that was yanked from release, making it a legendarily rare item; only a small amount of Steiner's score had ever been released, and Intrada's Caine CD is the first release of the film's complete music from the original tracks.


Tadlow has announced two brand-new soundtrack CD releases of particular historic importance: the original tracks for Elmer Bernstein's final score, the documentary CECIL B. DEMILLE: AMERICAN EPIC, and a re-recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for the notorious 1946 romantic Western DUEL IN THE SUN, starring Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones, with Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Ochestra & Chorus.


The latest release from Quartet is an expanded, two-disc version of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1990 gangster drama STATE OF GRACE, starring Sean Penn, Robin Wright, John Turturro, Burgess Meredith, John C. Reilly, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman (because apparently they couldn't afford any good actors). The Quartet State of Grace features both the complete score that Morricone recorded for the film as well as the sequencing featured on MCA's original soundtrack CD.


The latest CD in Varese Sarabande's We Hear You series will be Dave Grusin's score for the 1974 thriller THE YAKUZA, starring Robert Mitchum, directed by Sydney Pollack and written by Paul Schrader, Leonard Scharader and Robert Towne, a score whose only previous release was from the Film Score Monthly label.


This Saturday, June 3rd, at 2:00, composer Geoff Zanelli will be signing CDs of his brand-new score for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, at Creature Features in Burbank, CA.

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Film Score Friday 5/26/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/25/2017 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced three new CDs in their Limited Edition series of contemporary scores -- the new period spy thriller THE EXCEPTION, starring Lily James, Jai Courtney and Christopher Plummer, with music by Ilan Eshkeri (The Young Victoria, Shaun the Sheep Movie); PASSAGE TO DAWN, a romantic drama from Spain scored by Diego Navarro; and FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL KRAKOW - 2017, a compilation featuring original cues and re-recordings by a variety of composers, including the first commercial release of a cue from Abel Korzeniowski's Escape from Tomorrow.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Yesterday was the 38th anniversary of the release of the original ALIEN, for which Jerry Goldsmith wrote one of his most striking and downright scariest scores. Director Ridley Scott (apparently encouraged by editor Terry Rawlings) notoriously reworked much of Goldsmith's music, substituting other music such as Howard Hanson's "Romantic" Symphony (used as the film's end title) and cues from Goldsmith's first Oscar-nominated score, for 1962's Freud (for the dripping-acid and Dallas-in-the-air-vent scenes). Goldsmith had an even more disappointing experience with his next project with Scott, the lavish fantasy Legend, as Goldsmith's score was replaced in U.S prints with a new score by Tangerine Dream, and even the European release featured some tracked-in music. Fortunately, the later DVD release of Legend featured multiple cuts of the film with multiple scores, and over the years Scott seems to be slowly learning to appreciate Goldsmith's music. His underrated 2005 historical epic Kingdom of Heaven (which must be seen in the longer Director's Cut to be truly appreciated) featured a score by Harry Gregson-Williams but also contained tracked-in cues including a piece from Goldsmith's The 13th Warrior. Scott's 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus featured Goldsmith's Alien theme in one scene (otherwise the score was composed by Marc Streitenfeld with memorable additional material by Gregson-Williams), and the just-released ALIEN: COVENANT, with score credited to Jed Kurzel, features Goldsmith's music, faithfully adapted, in several prominent places as well as multiple uses of Gregson-Williams' Prometheus themes, making it the first in the Alien series with a true sequel score.


The one major change to the Film Score Friday format in recent years was the addition of the THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A. section at the end of the colum, which lists screenings of older films at revival theaters around the Los Angeles area. This section began in 2010, after I mentioned on the site that I'd seen a 35mm print of the wonderfully bad but still somehow wonderful Damnation Alley (with its thrilling and largely unreleased score by Goldsmith) at L.A.'s Silent Movie Theater, and a reader complained that I should have let people know the film would be screening in the area (after all, the score is deservedly popular among many film score fans, and I'm not the only one for whom a complete Damnation Alley CD is one of our last film music holy grails). Thus "The Next Ten Days In L.A." was born, so I should make extra effort to point out that Damnation Alley is returning to L.A. for one night next month.

The New Beverly's just-announced June schedule features an emphasis on science-fiction (as well as an emphasis on, conversely, the films of director Jerry Schatzberg), with the line-up including The Road Warrior/Mad Max: Fury Road (June 2-3), A Boy and His Dog (June 3, midnight), Star Trek -- The Motion Picture/The Black Hole (June 9-10), The Omega Man (June 10, midnight), First Spaceship on Venus/Mars Needs Women (June 13), RoboCop/Starship Troopers (June 16-17), X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes/The Man with Two Brains (June 23-24), Flash Gordon (June 24-25), Barbarella (June 24, midnight), Message from Space/Starcrash (June 27), 2010/Interstellar (June 30-July 1), and for one night only, on June 20, a "Grindhouse" double feature of Damnation Alley and Battle Beyond the Stars (featuring one of the earliest scores by James Horner). To quote the great George Peppard from Damnation Alley, "This whole town is infested with killer cockroaches. I repeat: KILLER COCKROACHES!"

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Film Score Friday 5/19/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/18/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's 1986 sequel score POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE. Disc One features the complete score in the original digital mix prepared for the soundtrack by Goldsmith and mixer Bruce Botnick; Disc Two features the analog mixes of the complete score as heard in the film; and Disc Three features an hour's worth of alternate versions of cues from the film.


The latest CD from Quartet features two previously unreleased scores composed by Frank DeVol for Burt Reynolds films of the mid-1970s directed by Robert Aldrich -- the 1975 romantic noir HUSTLE, pairing Reynolds with Catherine Deneuve, and his brief score for the hit prison football comedy drama THE LONGEST YARD.


Next week Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new releases in their Limited Edition series, including one compilation CD. 

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Film Score Friday 5/12/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land's latest release is a 3-disc set of music from the 1970s TV incarnation of WONDER WOMAN, with the memorable theme song by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, and episode scores by Fox, Johnny Harris, Artie Kane, Richard LaSalle, Angela Morley, Robert Prince, and Robert O. Ragland. Charles Fox will appear in person this Sunday at Creature Features in Burbank to sign copies of the CD and discuss his music in a Q&A.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


This last Tuesday, May 9th, Jerry Goldsmith received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I don't know what else to say besides "about f****** time." 

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Film Score Friday 5/5/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the original LP tracks from the 1963 comedy PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND, starring Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers and Robert Conrad, including songs from the film (with one performed by Conrad himself) as well as score cues composed by Frank Perkins, a 1962 Oscar nominee for his adaptation of Gypsy's score.


The latest release from Kritzerland features the original LP tracks from the 1976 teen romance ODE TO BILLY JOE, based on the classic Bobbie Gentry song. The film, starring Glynnis O'Connor and Robby Benson, reteamed Summer of '42 screenwriter Herman Raucher with its Oscar-winning composer, Michel Legrand, and the Kritzerland CD features Legrand's original score cues plus the title song and source music.

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Film Score Friday 4/28/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/27/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc set featuring Mark Snow's music for the recent "Event Series" revival of THE X-FILES.
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Film Score Friday 4/21/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release in Varese Sarabande's "500" series of limited edition re-releases is Bob Cobert's score for the epic 1983 miniseries THE WINDS OF WAR.

Along with several current scores, among Varese's upcoming wide releases is the first U.S. CD release of Bob Crewe and Charles Fox's memorable pop score for Roger Vadim's 1968 comic book sci-fi sex comedy BARBARELLA, starring Jane Fonda, John Philip Law, David Hemmings, Milo O'Shea, Ugo Tognazzi and Anita Pallenberg, the film which brought us, among many other things, the name "Duran Duran." 
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