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Film Score Friday 4/20/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/19/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack from Intrada is the first commercial score CD release of James Horner's emotional score for the 2008 Holocaust-themed tearjerker THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, starring Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield in his first lead role.


Varese Sarabande has just announced a limited edition (1500 units), three-disc set featuring Rachel Portman's music for the TV anthology series JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER, which aired from 1987 to 1991. 


The latest film music CD release from Kritzerland features the music of Oscar winner Johnny Mandel -- a re-release of his brief score for director Sidney Lumet's 1982 Best Picture nominee THE VERDICT, and expanded version of Mandel's unused score for the 1973 cop thriller THE SEVEN-UPS, and the first release of suites of his music for episodes of TV's long-running M*A*S*H.
 

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Film Score Friday 4/13/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest from La-La Land is a new edition of Bernard Herrmann's classic, groundbreaking score for director Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi drama THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Aisle Seat 4-10: Shout, Kino Lorber, New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/9/2018 - 9:00 PM
A bevy of Disney-licensed titles debut on Blu-Ray this week from Kino Lorber, with several titles new to the format included in the mix. Among the latter is the 1991 Goldie Hawn vehicle DECEIVED (**½, 108 mins., 1991, PG-13), a Touchstone thriller that aims for Hitchcokian heights. While the movie doesn’t quite get there, it’s nevertheless a modestly entertaining film with one of Thomas Newman’s best (and still unreleased) scores.
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Did They Mention the Music 2015
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
When I began this series over a decade ago, it was intended to sum up the critical view of the film scores of the year just passed. However in the last few years, between the increased number of films whose reviews I search, the increased number of publications I read reviews in, and other time constraints, the "Did They Mention the Music?" section of my Friday columns has gone from looking at the scores of just-released films to scores of films released two years ago, which is why it's taken me so long to finish this particular column. (And I don't want to think about when Did They 2016 will be ready, much less 2017.) So just think of this column as a nostalgic look at the long-ago scores of 2015.


THE PRAISE:
 
AIR - Edo Van Breemen
 
"What it is, in other words, is science fiction in quotation marks. That makes for some unquestionable aesthetic pleasures -- namely, a swooping, whizzing synth score that builds to a Vangelis-esque end theme, and some handsome camerawork by Norm Li, cinematographer of the similarly retro-genre-fetishistic 'Beyond The Black Rainbow'. But it isn’t much of a reason to be. Cantamessa’s background is game design ('Manhunt,' 'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor'), and 'Air' is all environment and puzzles. However, unlike other recent movies that take their cues from game design -- namely Bong Joon-ho’s 'Snowpiercer' -- it doesn’t progress through its environment so much as circle it in repetitive tasks."
 
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The Onion AV Club
 
ALEX OF VENICE - David Wingo
 
"Apart from the strong performances -- that do keep the movie afloat despite from the narrative breaks in your emotional suspension of disbelief -- other cinematic elements help support the movie. The film is well shot with naturalistic lighting, and composer David Wingo’s wistful score is also quite excellent and effective. However, the melancholy, plaintive score arguably does too much of the emotional heavy-lifting and that’s because, again, these moments don’t always add up genuinely. 'Alex Of Venice”' isn't a strong sum of its good individual parts and many moments feel unearned. We believe and empathize with Mary Elizabeth Winstead when she’s upset often as she’s a good actress that can sell a scene, but we don’t always believe the situation or the sequence that got her from emotional point A to B. And this obviously hurts the movie and the viewer’s engagement in it, and that's not all."
 
Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
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Film Score Friday 4/6/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/5/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the premiere release of one of James Horner's final scores, for the 2015 National Geographic IMAX documentary LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES.


Music Box has announced two new soundtrack CD releases -- an expanded version of David Shire's score for George Romero's underrated thriller MONKEY SHINES; and a disc pairing two scores by Claude Bolling, FLIC STORY and DOUCEMENT LES BASSES

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Aisle Seat 4-3: April Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/2/2018 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off this month’s Twilight Time limited editions is THE SEVEN-UPS (103 mins., 1973, PG), a follow-up of sorts to “The French Connection” that reunites most of the production personnel from that Oscar-winning smash — producer Philip D’Antoni (who also served as director here), composer Don Ellis, and stars Roy Scheider and Tony LoBianco — and sports a story authored by detective Sonny Grosso, the inspiration for “Popeye Doyle,” himself.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson - 1969-2018
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
The quotes in this article, unless otherwise noted, are taken from interviews with Jóhann Jóhannsson. The sources are listed and linked at the bottom of the page:

I’ve been sort of playing music since I was probably eight years old or something like that. Even when I was studying piano, I always preferred to play around with my own improvisations rather than do my studies. So I’ve always been interested in writing music from a very early age. (3)
 
I had three older sisters, and my parents listened to a lot of classical music. Beyond what was heard on pop radio or whatever, my sisters and my sisters’ boyfriends’ record collections contained the first real music I was exposed to.  (14)
 
There are many stages of growing up musically. I remember one record that my siblings had when I was growing up, which was the first Velvet Underground record. That was a record that I listened to a lot when I was 10 years old for some reason. I was really fascinated by that album, mostly the first side which has all the pop songs, maybe less so the second side which is a little bit more abrasive and experimental. That was an early influence. And then, maybe 10 years later, I figured out what this record actually meant and what kind of significance it had in the history of music. When I was 10 years old, I just listened to it because it had these nice songs, but I didn’t fully grasp the meaning of them.  
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Film Score Friday 3/30/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
 Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Abbraccialo Per Me
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat
The Cloverfield Paradox - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
A Doggone Adventure 
- Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
I Kill Giants 
- Laurent Perez del Mar - Varese Sarabande
Isle of Dogs
 - Alexandre Desplat - Abkco
La Rivoluzione Sessuale
 - Teo Usuelli - Beat
Midnight Sun
 - Nathaniel Walcott - Lakeshore
Qualcuno Ha Visto Uccidere
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Pentamusic
Riusciranno I Nostri Eroi A Ritrovare L'amico Misteriosamente Scomparso In Africa
 - Armando Trovajoli - Beat
Stargate SG1: Children of the Gods
 - Joel Goldsmith - Dragon's Domain
That Good Night
 - Guy Farley - Caldera
Troy: Fall of a City - Rob - Sony (import)
A Wrinkle in Time 
- Ramin Djawadi - Disney 

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CineRadio Top 20 for February 2018
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 3/28/2018 - 2:00 PM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for February 2018, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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Aisle Seat 3-27: Spring Fling Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/26/2018 - 9:00 PM
A surprise box-office smash, the belated follow-up JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (***, 119 mins., 2017, PG-13; Sony) offers high adventure for kids, comedy and a bit of teen angst for high schoolers, and the entertainment value of seeing some of the only bankable stars left in Hollywood – including Dwayne Johnson – engagingly playing against type. The mixture wasn’t just a runaway hit, grossing over $400 million in the U.S. alone, but easily ranks as one of the most satisfying entries from Hollywood’s “remake machine” over the last decade.
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