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Aisle Seat 9-1: Back to School Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/31/2015 - 9:00 PM
We all know that the Cannon Group was never known for making intelligent, thought-provoking movies; Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus would have rather turned out “American Ninja 5″ than “Rashomon.” Still, every once in a while some quality shined through the exploitation — or sometimes along with it — and that happy combination occurred in 1982 with the release of “Lemon Popsicle” auteur Boaz Davidson’s THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (***, 93 mins., R), making its U.S. Blu-Ray debut this month from Olive.
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Film Score Friday 8/28/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/27/2015 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Kritzerland pairs two scores composed by Bernard Herrmann for 20th Century Fox suspense films -- the 1945 psychological thriller HANGOVER SQUARE, with Laird Cregar as an emotionally disturbed pianist- composer, for which Herrmann composed the score as well as an original concerto for Cregar's character, a score which Stephen Sondheim cited as an inspiration for his masterpiece Sweeney Todd, and including previously unreleased cues; and 5 FINGERS, the WWII espionage thriller with James Mason as a valet who passed top secret information to the Nazis, which earned Oscar nominations for screenwriter Michael Wilson and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (it was Herrmann's only project with Mankiewicz after their classic The Ghost and Mrs. Muir).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Aisle Seat 8-25: Twilight Time, New Release Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/24/2015 - 9:00 PM
Even if its charms might be better suited to viewing on a cold winter’s night, Randal Kleiser’s guilty pleasure SUMMER LOVERS (***, 98 mins., 1982, R) is an appealing early ‘80s youth picture that Gene Siskel – reviewing the film on a “Guilty Pleasures” episode of “Siskel & Ebert” – once said “turned him on.”
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Film Score Friday 8/21/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/20/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- a remastered version of Jerry Goldsmith's gorgeous score for the 1982 animated feature THE SECRET OF NIMH, including one previously unreleased cue (the remaining unreleased cues are reportedly lost); and the soundtrack for the 2013 sci-fi mystery I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, with Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell and Haley Joel Osment, and a score by Andrew Lockington (San Andreas, Journey to the Center of the Earth, City of Ember).


The latest release in Varese Sarabande's LP to CD subscription soundtrack series is the 1986 action-adventure LET'S GET HARRY, starring Robert Duvall and Mark Harmon, scored by Brad Fiedel (The Terminator, Fright Night) and directed (under the pseudonym "Alan Smithee") by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke, The Amitivylle Horror).

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The August Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/19/2015 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is the first part of an in-depth look at the groovy film music of 1965, this time covering John Addison through Michel Legrand. Also this issue is an interview with CARTER BURWELL about his scores to MR. HOLMES and ANOMALISA; DANIEL PEMBERTON opens "Channel D” with THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; HEATHER McINTOSH scores the apocalypse in Z FOR ZACHARIAH; MIKOLAI STROINSKI discusses his work on the mega-hit game THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT; Score Restore revisits JERRY GOLDSMITH'S GREMLINS 2 for yet another lost gem; JAMES S. LEVINE chats about RIZZOLI & ISLES and MAJOR CRIMES; Cary Wong checks out this year's musical offerings from Broadway; MICHAEL SUBY delves into the dramatic for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; the third part of Gold Rush’s look at MAX STEINER; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 8/14/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/13/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce two new CDs next week.
Varese Sarabande plans to announce the latest soundtrack in their LP to CD subscription series this weekend.
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Air - Eric van Breemen - Nettwerk [CD-R]
Animals - Ian Hultquist - Phineas Atwood
Bad Channels
 - Blue Oyster Cult - Full Moon
Burying the Ex
 - Joseph LoDuca - Phineas Atwood
Castle Freak
 - Richard Band - Perseverance
Dawn Patrol 
- Joe Kraemer - Phineas Atwood
Fantastic Four
 - Marco Beltrami, Philip Glass - Sony
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Carmen Dragon - La-La Land
Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Frederik Wiedmann - La-La Land
Loitering without Intent - Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection
Luv
 - Nuno Malo - Phineas Atwood
Mission: Impossible - The Television Scores
 - Lalo Schifrin, etc. - La-La Land
Mistress America - Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips - Milan
Trishna
 - Shigeru Umebayashi - Caldera
The Vatican Tapes
 - Joseph Bishara - Lakeshore
Wayward Pines
 - Charlie Clouser - Lakeshore 
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Aisle Seat 8-11: Revisiting August's Dog Days of Yore
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/10/2015 - 9:00 PM
Before the fall season cranks up and studios traditionally bring us some of the bigger hits of the year on home video, we usually see a handful of curious catalog releases trickle out during the dog days of August. That’s the case this year with Warner Archive’s Blu-Ray release of SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (**, 78 mins., 1991, R), as well as Shout’s double-feature pairing of the Rodney Dangerfield farce EASY MONEY (**½, 93 mins., 1983) with the bizarre(ly bad) Emilio Estevez-Charlie Sheen laffer MEN AT WORK (*½, 98 mins., 1990, PG-13) – films that all debuted in theaters during the waning days of their respective summers.
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Film Score Friday 8/7/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/6/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- the first-ever release of Miklos Rozsa's score for the 1947 Technicolor film noir DESERT FURY, starring John Hodiak, Lizabeth Scott and Burt Lancaster (in one of his first films); and a greatly expanded release of Bruce Broughton's score for the hit remake HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, featuring a whopping 40 minutes of music not included in Intrada's original 1993 release of the score.


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of August releases. On August 11 they will release the previously announced JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS by Frederik Wiedmann along with a truly historic soundtrack, the first-ever release of Carmen Dragon's score for director Don Siegel's 1956 sci-fi horror classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. On August 25 they will release Marco Beltrami's score for the new, videogame-inspired sequel HITMAN: AGENT 47, as well as the first-ever release of Michael Kamen's score for the Tony Scott/Shane Black action thriller THE LAST BOY SCOUT, practically the only Kamen score composed for a Joel Silver production that hadn't already received a score release (besides, um, Action Jackson). 

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Aisle Seat 8-4: August Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/3/2015 - 9:00 PM
It took nearly a trio of “Mission: Impossible” films before star/producer Tom Cruise finally figured out exactly what he wanted to do with his big-screen spin-off of the classic ‘60s TV series. After a pair of solo-powered, humorless outings from directors Brian DePalma and John Woo, Cruise and producer/director J.J. Abrams had the right idea bringing an actual “team” concept into the series’ third installment. That lead to the hugely entertaining Brad Bird outing “Ghost Protocol,” and now Cruise has reteamed with his “Jack Reacher” director, Christopher McQuarrie, for the stylish, classy MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION (***, 131 mins., PG-13).
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Film Score Friday 7/31/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/30/2015 - 9:00 PM
I will have been on vacation for a few days by the time this column has been posted, so if any important film music news has occurred, you'll just have to tell each other.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Dovekeepers - Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse
 - Mark McKenzie - Varese Sarabande
Fimucite 6: Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary Gala 
- various - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Hemlock Grove: Season Two
 - Nathan Barr - Varese Sarabande
I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story
 - Varese Sarabande
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Joe Kraemer - La-La Land
Stung - David Menke, Antonio Gambale - Westpac [CD-R]
Third Person
 - Dario Marianelli - Varese Sarabande
12 Monkeys [TV]
 - Trevor Rabin, Paul Linford - Varese Sarabande 

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