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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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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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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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Film Score Friday 8/25/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/24/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- a remastered version of one of Pino Donaggio's finest and most popular scores, for Brian DePalma's 1984 erotic thriller BODY DOUBLE, with the new edition adding Jonathan Elias's original music for the film's trailer; and a second volume of Alan Silvestri's Emmy-winning music for COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY.


The latest limited edition CD from Varese Sarabande's Varese 500 series, already sold out from the label's website, is a rerelease of Bernard Herrmann's score for the lavish 1959 film version of Jules Verne's JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

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Film Score Friday 8/18/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/17/2017 - 9:00 PM
La La Land has announced three new CDs expected to begin shipping next week: a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of James Newton Howard's epic score for the Road-Warrior-on-the-water futuristic adventure WATERWORLD, which also features Mark Isham's "music box" theme, the one survivor of Isham's tenure as the film's first composer; an expanded version of Alan Silvestri's score for the 1984 romantic adventure hit ROMANCING THE STONE, which began the composer's 33-years-and-counting collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis; and a two-disc set featuring the remastered LP tracks from two gorgeous later scores by the great Franz Waxman -- PEYTON PLACE and HEMINGWAY'S ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG MAN.


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. For those who want to know exactly what they are, go to this comment thread on our site. 

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Film Score Friday 8/11/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/10/2017 - 9:00 PM
Composer Daniel Licht died on Wednesday, August 2nd, of natural causes. Born in Detroit, he followed his music studies at Hampshire College with a career as a jazz musician in New York. It was his college friend and classmate Christopher Young who encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he worked as a programmer and synth player on Young's scores before launching his own composing career. A fan favorite for such orchestral genre scores as Thinner and Bad Moon, Licht had his greatest success as the episode composer for all seven seasons of Showtime's Dexter. He is survived by his wife and son as well as a sister and other relatives; his family requests that any donations in his honor be made to Hampshire College or the National Cancer Institute. A more detailed obituary, written by Jon Burlingame, can be found in Variety.
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Film Score Friday 8/4/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/3/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release in Varese Sarabande's limited edition We Hear You CD series presents the LP tracks from Cannon Films' 1987 romantic thriller DOWN TWISTED, starring Carey Lowell. The score was composed by Berlin Game, who were actually Eric Allaman (Elvira's Haunted Hills, Latter Days) and Reinhard Scheuregger.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Down Twisted - Berlin Game - Varese Sarabande
The Emoji Movie - Patrick Doyle - Sony (import)
Fargo: Season 3 - Jeff Russo - Sony (import)
Robin Hood
 - George Bruns - Disney
Roma Violenta
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
War for the Planet of the Apes 
- Michael Giacchino - Sony 

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Film Score Friday 7/28/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/27/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-release of their out-of-print edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1973 Disney comedy-Western ONE LITTLE INDIAN.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new soundtracks in their limited edition CD series of contemporary scores -- two new scores by Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Rome), for the Netflix psychological drama series GYPSY (starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup) and for director Oliver Stone's multi-part documentary THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS; and the soundtrack to the Netflix thriller SHIMMER LAKE (which recieves a limited L.A. theatrical release this week), composed by Joseph Trapanese (Straight Outta Compton, Oblivion).


The latest release from Kritzerland is the score for the 2017 documentary BETTING ON ZERO, composed by Pete Anthony, who is best known as an orchestrator-conductor who has worked with such top film music names as Carig Armstrong, Chris Bacon, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, Teddy Castellucci, John Debney, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell, Ludwig Goransson, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Mark Isham, Abel Korzeniowski, Alan Menken, Mark Mothersbaugh, John Ottman, John Paesano, John Powell, Steven Price, Marc Shaiman, Clinton Shorter, Theodore Shapiro, Christopher Young and Hans Zimmer -- so pretty much everyone in contemporary film scoring.  

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Film Score Friday 7/21/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande plans to release three new CDs in their limited edition series of contemporary film music next week.


Choreographer Matthew Bourne has created dance pieces inspired by the films The Servant (Play without Words) and Edward Scissorhands, so it should be no surprise that his latest piece, THE RED SHOES (opening at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theater on September 15th, closing October 1st), is adapted from the classic Powell-Pressberger film.

But what is surprising is that the show's musical accompaniment, arranged by Bourne's regular collaborator Terry Davies, is not based on Brian Easdale's Oscar-winning score for the film but on the music of Bernard Herrmann. This article features Bourne discussing scores that inspired the ballet -- Citizen Kane, Fahrenheit 451, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Hangover Square, Mysterious Island, North by Northwest, Obsession, Taxi Driver and Vertigo -- though it's not entirely clear from the piece if music from all of these films is featured in the score. (The Bourne ballet was discussed in a comment thread in April of last year).

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