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Film Score Friday 6/24/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/23/2016 - 9:00 PM
This week's new release from La-La Land is FAMILY GUY: MOVEMENT 1, a collection of score cues from the first four seasons of the long-running animated series, composed by Ron Jones (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Walter Murphy (Ted). Jones and Murphy both received multiple Emmy nominations for their work on the show, and Murphy won for one of its songs.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Film Score Friday 6/17/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/16/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada's one new release this week is a remastered edition of an earlier Special Collection release, Henry Mancini's typically charming score for the smash hit 1976 comedy-thriller SILVER STREAK. Because of damage to the original tapes, Intrada' s original Silver Streak was a mixture of stereo and mono cues, but thanks to advances in restoration, their new edition presents the score entirely in stereo. 
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Film Score Friday 6/10/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/9/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


La-La Land will have a booth at the upcoming ComicCon and their items for sale will include their new limited edition score CD for BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, composed by Michael McCuistion, Kristopher Carter and Lolita Ritmanis.

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Film Score Friday 6/3/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/2/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week: a two-disc set featuring the scores for the first three films in the low-budget time travel thriller series TRANCERS, with the first and second films scored by Phil Davies and Mark Ryder, and the third scored by Richard Band; and a compilation of surviving score tracks for Paramount films composed by Miklos Rozsa, including 33 minutes from FIVE GRAVES  TO CAIRO, the World War II adventure that was his first project with longtime collaborator Billy Wilder, and 17 minutes from the 1943 World War II romance SO PROUDLY WE HAIL!, which earned four Oscar nominations including one for supporting actress Paulette Goddard, as well as cues from The Hour Before Dawn, The Man in Half Moon Street, and The Woman of the Town
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Film Score Friday 5/27/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced their latest batch of releases -- the first-ever CD release of Henry Mancini's score for THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER, the 1975 period drama that reteamed Butch Cassidy's Robert Redford, writer William Goldman and director George Roy Hill, featuring the same cues as the original MCA LP release (which is nearly all the music included in the actual film); a two-disc set of Riz Ortolani's score for 1963's HORROR CASTLE; and Bruno Coulais' score for the documentary THE SEASONS, from Winged Migration's Oscar-nominated Jacques Perrin.


Varese Sarabande has announced their latest batch of limited edition CDs of contemporary film music, which are expcted to begin shipping next week -- the soundtrack to the direct-to-video animated sequel OPEN SEASON: SCARED SILLY, scored by Rupert Gregson-Williams and Dominic Lewis; the score for the drama OF MIND AND MUSIC, composed by Carlos Joe Alvarez (Deadline); and two CDs of film music from composers featured at the last two KRAKOW MUSIC FESTIVALS, in 2015 and 2016, featuring mostly previously released music.

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Film Score Friday 5/20/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/19/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- the first-ever expanded release of one of Jerry Goldsmith's masterpieces (which is also arguably the most critically acclaimed film he ever scored), the classic 1974 noir mystery CHINATOWN, featuring both the original stereo tracks included on the LP as well as the complete score in mono; and an expanded version of Bruce Broughton's score for the family film sequel HOMEWARD BOUND 2: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO (a San Francisco that, much like the Bronx in Rumble in the Bronx, looks suspicously Canadian).


The final release in Varese Sarabande's year-long LP to CD monthly subscription series is for a score first released on Decca in the 1950s before its LP re-release in the early years of the Varese Sarabande label -- Douglas Sirk's 1954 remake of the romantic tearjerker MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, teaming Rock Hudson and an Oscar-nominated Jane Wyman, with music (adapted from themes by Beethoven, Chopin and Strauss) by five-time Oscar nominee Frank Skinner

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Film Score Friday 5/13/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/12/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced five new releases in their limited edition CD Club, which are expected to begin shipping the week of May 30.

STARSHIP TROOPERS: THE DELUXE EDITION is a greatly expanded, two-disc set of Basil Poledouris' rousing orchestral score for Paul Verhoeven's cult classic 1997 adaptation of Robert Heinlein's intergalactic war novel. VOLCANO: THE DELUXE EDITION is an expanded version of Alan Silvestri's lively score for the second of 1997's two competing volcano disaster movies. JOE  VS. THE VOLCANO: THE BIG WOO EDITION is a remastered re-release of Georges Delerue's typically lovely score for writer John Patrick Shanley's 1990 directorial debut, the first film to team Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (giving one of her best performances in a triple role), including some previously unreleased music. SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE ALBUM MASTERS is a re-release of Disc One from Varese's massive boxed-set of one of Alex North's film music masterpieces, featuring all the surviving stereo tracks from the score. ZELLY AND ME is an "encore" release of their out-of-print CD of Pino Donaggio's score for the 1988 family drama starring Isabella Rosselini, Glynis Johns and, in a rare acting role, Rosselini's then-partner David Lynch.
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.
 
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Film Score Friday 5/6/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/5/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CD releases for this week.

Director Michael Mann's 2004 hit COLLATERAL starred Tom Cruise (in a rare villain role) as a hit man who forces a a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx, earning a Supporting Actor nomination the same year he won Best Actor for Ray) to be his chauffuer for an all-night killing spree. The original score was composed by James Newton Howard, but in typical Michael Mann fashion, he took a mix-and-match approach to the music, using only a limited amount of Howard's contribution while tracking in cues from a variety of composers, including pieces from Mann's own earlier films like The Insider and Heat. The fllm's original soundtrack release on Hip-O featured only four relatively brief Howard cues (as well as two cues by Antonio Pinto), but the Intrada Collateral features nearly 53 minutes of Howard music.

Their other new release is a two-disc set presenting the score for director Otto Preminger's 1967 Georgia-set melodrama HURRY SUNDOWN, with an eclectic cast including Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll, Robert Hooks, George Kennedy, Burgess Meredith and Faye Dunaway. The film's score was composed by Hugo Montenegro (The Undefeated, The Ambushers), and RCA released 33 minutes of his music on LP at the time of the film's release. The Intrada release presents the complete 74-minute score, including music not heard in the final film, as well as 27 minutes of alternates and extras plus the original LP sequencing.


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for the rest of May.

On May 17th, they will release a CD pairing two scores for sci-fi apocalypses -- 1965's CRACK IN THE WORLD, starring Dana Andrews and Janette Scott (the Day of the Triffids star immortalized in a Rocky Horror lyric), scored by Johnny Douglas (The Railway Children); and Brian Gascoigne's score to PHASE IV, the 1974 thriller about super-intelligent ants that marked the feature directing debut of master title sequence designer Saul Bass (Waxworks released the Phase IV score for the first time on vinyl last year, but this is its first CD release). That same day they will release the score to the game UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF'S END, composed by A-list feature composer Henry Jackman.

On May 31, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of one of Thomas Newman's most beloved scores, for the modern classic THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (which earned the composer his first Oscar nomination, competing against himself for his wonderful Little Women).


Varese Sarbande plans to announce their latest set of limited edition CD Club releases next Monday. 

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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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