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Film Score Friday 12/2/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/1/2016 - 11:00 PM
 Intrada has announced their final three CD releases for 2016, which are now available to order -- the first CD release of concert compoer (and musical humorist, as "PDQ Bach") Peter Schickele's beloved score for director Douglas Trumbull's 1972 sci-fi cult classic SILENT RUNNING, featuring the same tracks as the original MCA (and later Varese Sarabande) LP, taken from a vinyl source since the original score tapes remain lost (the LP featured virtually the entire score); the first-ever release of Basil Poledouris' lush sequel score RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON; and the first full release of Bruce Broughton's score for the family comedy ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, whose previous CD release was a mixture of songs and 15 minutes of Broughton cues.

A week ago La-La Land announced a whopping five new Black Friday releases -- the long-promised, four-disc STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, whose contents include library music from the original series, unreleased cues from the later series, and, most notably, the first-ever release of score cues from the well-regarded animated series from the 1970s; a four-disc set featuring John Williams' complete scores for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hits JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK; a two-disc set featuring remastered versions of Don Ellis' scores for THE FRENCH CONNECTION and its sequel (previously released by Film Score Monthly), as well as Brad Fiedel's previously unreleased score for the unsold TV pilot POPEYE DOYLE, in which Ed O'Neill played the role which won Gene Hackman his first Oscar in 1971; and separate, first-ever score CD releases for Harold Faltermeyer's BEVERLY HILLS COP and BEVERLY HILLS COP II.  

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Film Score Friday 11/25/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/24/2016 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land is scheduled to announce this year's set of "Black Friday" releases today.

I am currently on vacation, so if any important film music news has occurred in the last few days, you'll have to share it with each other. 

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Film Score Friday 11/18/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/17/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week, both featuring expanded versions of the scores to hit films by beloved composers -- 1980's THE BLUE LAGOON, which gave Basil Poledouris his first big box-office hit (for old friend and frequent collaborator Randall Kleiser) and first soundtrack LP, with the Intrada release adding 22 minutes of previously unreleased score and six minutes of alternates; and a two-disc set of Danny Elfman's score for director-star Warren Beatty's visually dazzling, all-star 1990 film version of DICK TRACY, with the original 35-minute CD sequencing followed by the complete 68-minute score (but not Stephen Sondheim's original songs)  
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Film Score Friday 11/11/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/10/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest re-recording from Prometheus is a two-disc set featuring the first ever complete recording of Miklos Rozsa's beloved, Oscar-nominated score for the lavish fantasy THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.

Quartet has announced their current schedule of November CD releases. This week they are presenting the first-ever soundtrack release of what is arguably Jack Nitzsche's finest score (it gets my vote, anyway), for the critically acclaimed, 1981 modern-day noir CUTTER'S WAY, starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard, as well as re-releases of John Barry's masterful THE LAST VALLEY (featuring the same contents as Intrada's earlier release) and their own three-disc version of Henry Mancini's SANTA CLAUS. On November 25 they plan to release LA REINA DE ESPANA, starring Penelope Cruz and directed by Fernando Trueba, with music by Zbigniew Preisner, and Frank Ilfman's score for KILLING GIRLS.

The latest releases from La-La Land are the score to the animated feature BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS, which featured the voices of the stars of the original 60s Batman TV series, with music by Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis and Michael McCuistion, and a re-release of Nelson Riddle's score for BATMAN: THE MOVIE, featuring the same audio contents as La-La Land's previous release but with new artwork and liner notes.

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. If you don't mind having advance knowledge of new releases, Roger Fiegelson gave some pretty explicit hints about them included in this message board thread

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Film Score Friday 11/4/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/3/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded version of John Barry's score for director John Schlesinger's lavish 1975 film version of Nathaniel West's classic Hollywood novel THE DAY OF THE LOCUST. Intrada previously released the original LP tracks for the film, a combination of Barry cues and period songs, but the new Intrada Locust features the complete 34 minute score, plus several alternate cues (including three original John Barry songs written with Don Black) and source pieces.

On November 18, Varese Sarabande will release a collection titled LITTLE BOX OF HORRORS, a boxed set (with an emphasis on the films of the late Wes Craven) which will include the never-before released PUMPKINHEAD (Richard Stone) and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Robert Cobert); DRACULA 2000 (Marco Beltrami), previously released only as a composer promo; the Varese LP tracks for DEADLY FRIEND (Charles Bernstein); and the previously released THE FLY (Howard Shore), THE HIDDEN (Michael Convertino), MANIAC (Jay Chattaway), THE MEPHISTO WALTZ/THE OTHER (Jerry Goldsmith), MIMIC: THE DELUXE EDITION (Beltrami), A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Charles Bernstein), SCREAM: THE DELUXE EDITION (Beltrami) and THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (Brad Fiedel), many of which have been long out of print. 
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Film Score Friday 10/28/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/27/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest new release from La-La Land is THE X-FILES, VOLUME 3, featuring four discs of Mark Snow's music from the TV series; it is expected to begin shipping next week.

Just in time for Halloween, Varese Sarabande has released two newly expanded horror themed limited edition CD Club releases, expected to begin shipping this week -- an expanded, 40th anniversary edition of Jerry Goldsmith's (only!) Oscar-winning score, for the Satanic horror classic THE OMEN, and a Deluxe Edition of Marco Beltrami's score for Wes Craven's hit sequel SCREAM 2 (a smaller selection of cues were previously released on a Varese disc along with cues from the first Scream).

The latest release from Kritzerland is a two-disc set featuring Nelson Riddle's score for the 1964 romantic comedy PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES, reteaming Sabrina stars William Holden (as a screenwriter) and Audrey Hepburn (as his assistant). The Kritzerland Paris features the complete score, plus alternate cues and the original LP sequencing.

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Film Score Friday 10/21/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/20/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set featuring the first-ever commercial release of the score for 2003 horror comedy THE HAUNTED MANSION, which failed to match the success of Disney's other theme park-based film from that year, the first Pirates of the Caribbean. The film, starring Eddie Murphy and Terence Stamp, was scored by Mark Mancina, and the Intrada set features 83 minutes of score including unused cues and interpolations of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the original ride.

Next Monday, the Varese Sarabande CD Club plans to announce two new releases.

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Film Score Friday 10/14/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/13/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from BYU features the first-ever release of Max Steiner's score for Raoul Walsh's 1948 World War II adventure FIGHTER SQUADRON, starring Edmond O'Brien and Robert Stack.

This week, along with their previously announced release of Mike Higham & Matthew Margeson's score for Tim Burton's brand new MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, La-La Land has released a two-disc set of music from the classic 60s animated TV series JONNY QUEST, scored by Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and a CD of Blake Neely's music for season four of TV's ARROW.

Intrada plans to release one new CD (a two-disc set) next week. 

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Film Score Friday 10/7/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/6/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a pet project of the label's mogul Doug Fake, a complete, two-disc version of Alex North's powerful score for director John Ford's final Western epic, 1964's CHEYENNE AUTUMN, starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, and those noted Native American actors, Sal Mineo and Ricardo Montalban. The Intrada set features the complete 79-minute score as well as more than 30 minutes of extras.

Quartet has announced their currently planned slate of releases for October, including a five-disc collection of Alberto Iglesias film music and a disc pairing Philippe Sarde's score for Jerry Schatzberg's REUNION with Sarde's unused score for the director's MISUNDERSTOOD, starring Gene Hackman and Henry Thomas. 

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Film Score Friday 9/30/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/29/2016 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada will release what Doug Fake in his column calls "a complete 2-CD restoration to a magnificent score." 
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