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Aisle Seat 5-26: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/25/2015 - 9:00 PM
At last available on Blu-Ray June 2nd, 1776 (****, 165/168 mins., 1972, PG; Sony) is Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone’s unique musical on the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The straightforward Columbia film version, directed by Peter H. Hunt – repeating his stage duties – captures the essence of its source with a top notch cast mostly returning from the Broadway stage, including William Daniels as John Adams, Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin and Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson.
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Film Score Friday 5/22/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/21/2015 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced a new subscription series of limited edition soundtrack CDs. Once a month for the next year, beginning with Charles Bernstein's score for the 1986 horror film APRIL FOOL'S DAY, the label will release a CD featuring the contents of one of their earlier soundtrack LPs that had yet to be released on CD.


Music Box has announced two new releases --  a remastered edition (with the same cues from the earlier Milan release) of Antoine Duhamel's score for Francois Truffaut's romantic thriller MISSISSIPPI MERMAID, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve and based on Cornel Woolrich's Waltz Into Darkness (and later remade as Original Sin, with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie and a score by Terence Blanchard); and an expanded version of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1971 heist thriller LE CASSE (THE BURGLARS).


The latest release from Quartet is a four-disc set titled ANTONIONI: SUONI DEL SILENZIO, featuring the scores from four of director Michelangelo Antonioni's early films -- L'Avventura (Givoanni Fusco), La Notte (Giorgio Gaslini), L'Eclisse, and Il Deserto Rosso [The Red Desert] (both Fusco)


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. 

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May Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 5/20/2015 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, we catch up with BRIAN TYLER and his latest blockbusters: FURIOUS 7 and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Also this issue, CRAIG ARMSTRONG gets romantic in Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL shares his recent theatrical endeavors with GROUNDED and his OTHELLO BALLET; on television, brothers JEFF DANNA and MYCHAEL DANNA score FX’s TYRANT; PHOTEK is mysterious with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER; British duo SOLOMON GREY discuss their score to J.K. ROWLING’S THE CASUAL VACANCY; KEVIN KINER takes a time out at STAR WARS CELEBRATION 2015 to talk about STAR WARS: REBELS; Gold Rush takes a look at another Viennese wunderkind, MAX STEINER; music producer MAGGIE RODFORD joins Tim Burden in the conclusion of our series on CINDERELLA; Cary Wong checks out recent scores from movies headlined by women; a peek inside the new MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI and GIOVANNI FUSCO box set from Quartet Records; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 5-19: Olive, Warner Archive & MAD MAX
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/18/2015 - 9:00 PM
Bombastic, blaring and bursting with action, George Miller’s long-gestating MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (***) is the very definition of a “hardware movie”: a spectacularly assembled collection of set-pieces that, ultimately, comprise one long, sensational chase through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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Film Score Friday 5/15/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/14/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new, two-disc soundtracks this week -- David Shire's gorgeous and imaginative music for Walter Murch's stylish 1985 fantasy sequel RETURN TO OZ, featuring Shire's complete score plus several alternates as well as the original album sequencing from the Sonic Atmospheres LP, later released on CD by Bay Cities; and Alan Silvestri's rousing sci-fi action score for the 1995 film version of JUDGE DREDD, which will include both his first recording of his score in London, selections of which were featured on the original soundtrack CD, as well as the Los Angeles re-recordings which were featured in the final film -- plus the original cue Jerry Goldsmith composed and recorded for the film's trailer before scheduling conflicts kept him from scoring the actual film.


The latest release from Kritzerland presents Bernard Herrmann's exciting, percussive score for the 1953 adventure film WHITE WITCH DOCTOR. Many film music fans were first exposed to this score in a suite conducted by Charles Gerhardt for RCA's great Herrmann compilation album in the 70s, and the full score was released for the first time just a few years ago with Varese Sarabande's epic Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox collection. The Kritzerland release features the same cues as the Varese box.

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Aisle Seat 5-12: Shout New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/11/2015 - 9:00 PM
My own prejudice against future Oscar winner Patricia Arquette was enough to make me stay away from STIGMATA (**½, 91 mins., 1999, R) in theaters back in 1999, though this well-acted supernatural chiller – one of MGM’s minor hits from the decade – is reasonably entertaining given its genre.
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Planet Of The Apes The Television Series
Posted By: Thomas Rucki 5/11/2015 - 3:00 AM


We are going to examine the many scores of the science-fiction television series derived from the 1968 feature film Planet Of The Apes, composed by a quartet of artisans (leading maestro Lalo Schifrin followed by Earle Hagen, Richard LaSalle and 20th Century Fox music supervisor Lionel Newman) in 1974, by comparing the original recording and the actual music used and heard in the scenes of the series. It’s a music editor exercice and the tools of the trade are: the soundtrack CD (La-La Land Records, LLLCD 1336, 2015, Disc 1: 58 minutes 51 • Disc 2: 68 minutes 15, Disc 1: 50 tracks • Disc 2: 62 tracks, Limited Edition: 2.000 units, Liner Notes by Jeff Bond) and the DVD of the series (20th Century Fox, 644 minutes, Full Frame, 2001, English and French Languages, English and Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection).
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Film Score Friday 5/8/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/7/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.
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Aisle Seat 5-5: May Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/4/2015 - 9:00 PM
At some point during the carnage of THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (**), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) quips “none of this makes any sense.” Indeed, Joss Whedon’s sure-fire box-office behemoth doesn’t need to make any sense, because the film pushes enough buttons to satisfy most 8-year-olds and comic book fans, but does so in such a workmanlike, uninspired fashion that it’s hard to imagine most audiences holding the same affection for the sequel as they did its predecessor.
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Film Score Friday 5/1/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/30/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced three new CDs this week -- a two-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1996 adventure thriller THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, with Stephen Hopkins directing an original William Goldman screenplay (inspired by the true story that also inspired the early 3D film Bwana Devil) with Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer stalking a pair of man-killing lions in 19th century Africa, feauring both the full film score as well as the original CD sequencing; a CD featuring three previously unreleased David Newman scores for Paramount productions -- the Saturday Night Live sci-fi comedy spinoff CONEHEADS, the barely-released baseball drama TALENT FOR THE GAME, and the 1992 animated short THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER; and the new Disney Legacy release of the music from their 1955 classic LADY AND THE TRAMP, a two-disc set featuring the Oliver Wallace score and the Peggy Lee songs, which will receive wider distribution later this year.


The latest special release from Varese Sarabande is BACK IN TIME...1985 THE CONCERT EXPERIENCE, a $250 package that includes two tickets to the label's June 11 concert in Redondo Beach, California, premier passes to meet the composers, posters of the event, and a six-CD boxed set including newly recorded cues from the films of 1985 (conducted by David Newman), as well as previously released material including the soundtrack to The Goonies and the label's re-recordings of the Back to the Future trilogy, The Black Cauldron, Out of Africa and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.


La-La Land has announced two upcoming CDs due in May, both expanded releases of scores for Paramount productions from the 1990s, each an Oscar-nominated film with a score by an Oscar winning composer. On May 5 they will release an expanded version of Howard Shore's charming and melodic score for writer-director Robert Benton's wonderful 1994 film version of Richard Russo's novel NOBODY'S FOOL, with an Oscar-nominated Paul Newman leading an A-list cast including Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Philip Seymour Hoffman. On May 19 they will release a two-disc edition of Dave Grusin's Oscar-nominated score for director Sydney Pollack's hit 1993 film version of John Grisham's best-seller THE FIRM, starring Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, Wilford Brimley, Steven Hill, Hal Holbrook, and an Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter; the same day they will also present a 30th anniversary re-release of James Horner's COMMANDO

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