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Film Score Friday 4/18/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Kritzerland brings together scores for three projects directed by Stuart Cooper -- the 1975 World War II drama OVERLORD, scored by Paul Glass (Bunny Lake Is Missing, Lady in a Cage); the 2000 TV movie HUSTLE, also scored by Glass; and the 1977 Donald Sutherland thriller THE DISAPPEARANCE, scored by Robert Farnon (Captain Horatio Hornblower, Bear Island).

Intrada is postponing their previously announced release of Bruce Broughton's score for THE RESCUE to April 29th. The same day, they will release Christophe Beck's score for MUPPETS MOST WANTED, which will also feature cues from Beck's score for the film's Oscar-winning predecessor, THE MUPPETS.

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Film Score Friday 4/11/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
Along with their previously announced CD of Henry Jackman's score for the current number one hit CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, next week Intrada plans to release Bruce Broughton's exciting action adventure score for 1988's THE RESCUE, about a group of teenaged children of Navy Seals who try to save their captured fathers, and a CD pairing two scores by Michael Small -- one of director Sidney Lumet's most atypical projects, the 1972 film version of the stage thriller CHILD'S PLAY (no relation to the killer doll franchise), starring two acting greats, James Mason and Robert Preston, as teachers at a boys' school where sinister things are afoot; and Michael Apted's underrated 1984 domestic drama/thriller FIRSTBORN, about two young brothers (Christopher Collett and Corey Haim) who try to protect their irresponsible mother (Teri Garr) from her untrustworthy new boyfriend (Peter Weller), with a supporting cast including Sarah Jessica Parker and an 18-year-old Robert Downey Jr.

On May 13, Varese Sarabande will release the score to DAN CURTIS' DRACULA (also known as Bram Stoker's Dracula or just Dracula), the producer-director's 1974 TV remake of Stoker's classic novel, with a clever script by the great Richard Matheson and a cast including Jack Palance as the Count, Simon Ward as Arthur, Fiona Lewis as Lucy, and Nigel Davenport as Van Helsing. The score, as with nearly every project produced or directed by Curtis, was composed by Robert Cobert (Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker, The Winds of War). And in news that will probably be of much less interest to our readers, on April 22 the label will be releasing the LP tracks from the song soundtrack to 1985's PORKY'S REVENGE.

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Film Score Friday 4/4/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
This week, along with their previously announced two-disc release of Bruce Broughton's spectacular YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES and a new collection of Miklos Rozsa re-recordings, Intrada has released a greatly expanded CD of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the stylish 1983 sequel PSYCHO II, featuring his complete 56-minute score plus extras including source cues and an alternate version of his end title music.

The Rozsa re-recording, THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET, features seven cues from the eponymous thriller (remade by Hammer as The Man Who Could Cheat Death with a score by Richard Rodney Bennett), the overture from Valley of the Kings, the main title from the documentary Jacare, and suites from The Strange Love of Martha Ivers and Sahara.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of April releases -- next week they will release a two-disc set of John Debney's music for the videogame LAIR and Danny Elfman's score for Errol Morris's just-released documentary THE UNKNOWN KNOWN; and two weeks later the first ever-release of David Arnold's score for the comedy remake of THE STEPFORD WIVES and an expanded release of Jerry Goldsmith's DENNIS THE MENACE.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new score CDs to be released on May 13 -- CALVARY, the critically acclaimed drama from writer-director John Michael McConagh (The Guard), starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Aidan Gillen, with music by Patrick Cassidy, who contributed to Hans Zimmer's score for Hannibal; and THE RAILWAY MAN, a fact-based drama with Colin Firth as a WWII veteran traumatized by his memories of torture in a Japanese POW camp, with Nicole Kidman as his love interest and a score by two-time Oscar nominee David Hirschfelder (Shine, Elizabeth).

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Film Score Friday 3/28/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada will present the first-ever commercial CD release of Bruce Broughton's glorious score for YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, a two-disc set that will include alternate cues not featured in the super-rate composer promo, and a re-recording titled THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET: GREAT FILM MUSIC BY MIKLOS ROZSA, featuring Allan Wilson conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Kritzerland is re-releasing their out-of-print, two-disc edition of Hugo Friedhofer's score for Marlon Brando's only feature directorial effort, 1961's ONE-EYED JACKS.

Varese Sarabande has announced upcoming CD releases for three brand-new scores: OCULUS, a horror film about an evil mirror, co-starring Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, with music by The Newton Brothers (High School, Detachment, Linsanity); THE QUIET ONES, a new, 70s set horror film produced by the recently revived Hammer Films, with music by Lucas Vidal (Furious 6, The Raven, The Cold Light of Day); and the period drama BELLE, scored by Oscar winner Rachel Portman.

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Film Score Friday 3/21/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of the score to the Meryl Streep-Roseanne Barr comedy SHE-DEVIL, composed by Howard Shore (Remember when Shore used to score comedies? Big, Mrs. Doubtfire, Analyze This...); and a disc pairing two Pierre Jansen scores, L'ETAT SAUVAGE and LE GRAND FRERE.

Quartet has just announced their four latest releases. Along with their previously announced release of Georges Delerue's PARTNERS (with a wealth of score not featured in the final film), they will also release Gabriel Yared's score for TOM AT THE FARM, the new psychological thriller from critically acclaimed Canadian twink auteur Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways); an expanded version of Angelo Badalamenti's score for Paul Schrader's film of Ian McEwan's thriller THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, starring Natasha Richardson, Rupert Everett, Helen Mirren and Christopher Walken; and Fernando Velazquez' score for the romantic comedy OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS.

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Film Score Friday 3/14/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Ennio Morricone has had to postpone both his L.A. concert appearance and his planned on-stage conversation with Quentin Tarantino at an Academy/LACMA event, as well as some other planned public appearances, due to recovery from his recent back surgery.

Next week, Intrada will present the first-ever release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1975 romantic drama ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (aka Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough), starring Kirk Douglas and Deborah Raffin, which received an Oscar nomination for Brenda Vaccaro's supporting performance (Mancini's title song was short-listed for a nomination), and Sol Kaplan's score for Martin Ritt's 1965 film version of John Le Carre's classic espionage drama THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, starring Richard Burton (in an Oscar-nominated performance), Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker and Oskar Werner.

The last CD from Kritzerland features the suriving score tracks from three Paramount films scored by Victor Young -- the 1951 thriller APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER, starring Alan Ladd; the 1949 film noir THE ACCUSED, starring film noir perennials Loretta Young and Robert Cummings; and the 1950 romantic drama SEPTEMBER AFFAIR, pairing Joseph Cotten and Loretta Young.

This week, Varese Sarabande is releasing the latest in their limited edition series of contemporary scores -- ENOUGH SAID, the 2013 romantic comedy-drama pairing Julia Louis-Dreyfuss with James Gandolfini in one of his last and most memorable performances. The film was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Walking and Talking), and reteams her with Please Give composer Marcelo Zarvos. The label is also releasing a CD of songs from the Showtime series SHAMELESS on April 15.

Quartet has announced that they will be presenting the first-ever soundtrack release of Georges Delerue's score to the 1982 comedy PARTNERS, which teamed straight cop Ryan O'Neal with gay cop John Hurt to investigate a murder in West Hollywood. While the final film featured only 12 minutes of Delerue music, Quartet's CD will feature the complete, 50-minute score.

Deutsche Grammophon has a released a CD with Andre de Ridder conducting the Cophenhagen Philharmonic in a six-movement suite from Jonny Greenwood's score to There Will Be Blood, as well as a concert piece titled St. Carolyn by the Sea, composed by Bryce Dressner of the group The National.

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Film Score Friday 3/7/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their new releases for March -- next week they will release an expanded version of one of Jerry Goldsmith's final scores, for the 2002 film version of Tom Clancy's THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and a remastered version of Tangerine Dream's score for the low-budget 1983 science-fiction thriller WAVELENGTH; and two weeks later, they will release a newly expanded version of George Romero's 1982 classic CREEPSHOW, this time featuring both John Harrison's original music as well as library cues used in the film.

On April 15, Varese Sarabande will release the score CD for the new action movie NEED FOR SPEED (or as I like to call it, 2 Soon 4 Fast & Furious 7), starring unlikely action hero Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad fame). The score was composed by Nathan Furst, who also scored Act of Valor for Need for Speed director Scott Waugh.

As most of you probably already know, Steven Price won the latest Original Score Oscar for GRAVITY, while Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez won for FROZEN's original song "Let It Go."

On Tuesday, March 18, the Academy will present ENNIO MORRICONE IN CONVERSATION WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO, live at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The event is currently sold out, but there will be a standby line in case seats become available at the last minute.

In other Academy news, last Thursday, at UCLA's Royce Hall, all of the 2013 Original Score nominees -- William Butler, Alexandre Desplat, Thomas Newman, Owen Pallett, Steven Price and John Williams -- took part in the Academy's first ever OSCAR CONCERT. Common hosted the event, which featured critic Elvis Mitchell discussing the scores with their composers, followed by lengthy suites performed by an expert orchestra of studio musicians -- Desplat, Newman and Williams conducted their own work, Pallett conducted the Butler/Pallett Her suite, and Oblivion's Joseph Trapanese conducted Price's Gravity. Vocal performances of the nominated songs included Cristin Milioti (DiCaprio's first wife in The Wolf of Wall Street) singing Her's "The Moon Song," Jill Scott singing "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, and lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez doing an extremely impressive rendition of her "Let It Go" from Frozen, accompanied on the piano by her husband/composer Robert Lopez. Though there were occasional moments of awkwardness -- a false start opening, Mitchell's repetitive questions, and too much of the hosts telling the audience what a wonderful evening it was -- it truly was a wonderful evening, and one can only hope the Academy will do it again. Next year would be nice. 

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Film Score Friday 2/28/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week, Intrada will present the first commercial CD release of Cliff Eidelman's large-scale orchestral score for actor-director Robert Townsend's 1993 superhero comedy THE METEOR MAN.

The latest CD from Kritzerland pairs two previously unreleased Golden Age scores from 20th Century Fox -- Alfred Newman's score for the 1952 anthology film O. HENRY'S FULL HOUSE, with segments from top stars (Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark) and directors (Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco), and Cyril J. Mockridge's score for the 1948 fantasy comedy THE LUCK OF THE IRISH, starring Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter and Cecil Kellaway (who is probably the only actor ever Oscar nominated for playing a leprechaun).

On April 22, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the second season of the acclaimed Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS, featuring the music of Jeff Beal (Appaloosa, Blackfish, Rome), who deservedly received two Emmy nominations for his work on the show's first season.

Buysoundtrax has announced a two-disc set titled THE BASIL POLEDOURIS COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring a remastered Flyers, an expanded A Whale for the Killing, the first release of his score for the documentary short Beyond Hawaii, his demo for the Misfits of Science theme, and new recordings of themes from Big Wednesday, The Blue Lagoon, Conan the Barbarian and It's My Party.

Chandos will be releasing a new album THE FILM MUSIC OF MIKLOS ROZSA, with Rumon Gamba conducting the BBC Philharmonic in new recordings of suites from Ben-Hur, Jungle Book, Sahara and The Thief of Bagdad.

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Film Score Friday 2/21/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week La-La Land will release an expanded, two-disc version of Don Davis' score for THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, the final film in the Matrix trilogy, and a remastered two-disc edition of one of Jerry Goldsmith's earliest classic scores, for the 1966 World War I flying drama THE BLUE MAX.

Danny Elfman's Oscar-nominated score for 1997's GOOD WILL HUNTING will receive its first commercial CD release (it had only been released previously as a song soundtrack with a few score cues, and as a rare For Your Consideration Oscar promo) courtesy of Music Box Records, including cues not featured on the FYC CD as well as several compositions by the late Elliott Smith including his Oscar-nominated "Miss Misery."

The label will also be releasing a CD with two scores for French thrillers composed by Serge Franklin -- HOLD UP and DERNIER ETE A TANGER.

On April 1, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the A&E TV series BATES MOTEL, with Freddie Highmore as the young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, in the years before she spent her days in that rocking chair in the cellar. The music is composed by Chris Bacon (Source Code, Space Chimps).

Most of the reviews of George Clooney's World War II drama THE MONUMENTS MEN have commented (not always favorably -- see Did They Mention the Music, below; the key word is apparently "jaunty") on Alexandre Desplat's old-fashioned score, but few have mentioned that Desplat himself makes an appearance in the film. But this is not the usual composer-conducting-the-orchestra cameo (like John Barry in The Living Daylights or Lalo Schfirin in Red Dragon) -- Desplat has five short scenes with Matt Damon, as a helpful member of the French resistance, including comedic and dramatic moments. So the real surprise in the film for Desplat fans is that he can act! In English!

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Film Score Friday 2/14/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
In honor of the 85th anniversary of Jerry Goldsmith's birth, the Varese Sarabande CD Club is releasing one the composer's few remaning "Holy Grail" unreleased scores - director John Huston's twisty 1963 mystery THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER, starring George C. Scott, Kirk Douglas and a roster of top-stars in prosthetic makeup-laden cameos (in a kind of forerunner to Cloud Atlas - both films even feature the explosion of a passenger jet) including Tony Curtis, Burt Lanaster, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra (Video Watchdog's March 2004 issue had a memorable interview with actor Jan Merlin, who revealed just how little those big name stars actually appeared in the Bud Westmore/John Chambers makeups in Adrian Messenger). On a personal note, this was one of the first Goldsmith scores to become a favorite of mine, and I've wanted a soundtrack release since roughly 1977, so for me this is a true soundtrack Holy Grail.

The latest limited edition CD from the label features the score for the period fantasy THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX, starring Aneurin Barnard, Michael Sheen, Lena Headey and Sam Neill, which received a limited theatrical release earlier this year. The score was composed by Fernando Velazquez (The Impossible, Mama, The Orphanage) and the CD is limited to 1000 units. Both discs are expected to begin shipping the week of February 24th, but as per last December's CD Club releases, Varese has announced that shoppers will be charged for the full amount within days of their order even if the discs do not ship until weeks later.

Next week's new releases from Intrada are the first-ever release of Maurice Jarre's score for the 1988 drama DISTANT THUNDER, with John Lithgow as a traumatized Vietnam War vet and Ralph Macchio as his estranged son, and a box-set featuring the music from six LPs Elmer Bernstein recorded for the Ava label in the 1960s -- BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL, THE CARETAKERS, THE CARPETBAGGERS, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, WALK ON THE WILD SIDE and MOVIE & TV THEMES COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY ELMER BERNSTEIN.

GNP Crescendo is releasing an expanded version of Dennis McCarthy's score for Star Trek: The Next Generation's premiere episode, ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT, paired with McCarthy's previously unreleased score for the first season episode THE ARSENAL OF FREEDOM.

On Thursday, February 27th at UCLA's Royce Hall, the Academy will present an OSCAR CONCERT featuring an 80-piece orchestra performing suites from the five nominated scores -- The Book Thief, Gravity, Her, Philomena and Saving Mr. Banks, currently planned to be conducted by their composers -- plus performances of the four nominated songs.

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