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Aisle Seat 11-25: A Thanksgiving Feast
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
Not to be confused with the controversial, more exploitive “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” writer-director Lewis Jackson’s YOU BETTER WATCH OUT — also known as the pulpier titled CHRISTMAS EVIL – has been issued on DVD a few times over the years, but never more satisfyingly than Vinegar Syndrome’s new Blu-Ray edition (***, 1980, 95 mins., R).
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FSM Catalog—Low Quantities Report, Part 12, CD Vol. 15 (2012)
Posted By Lukas Kendall 11/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
By barely popular demand, I will wrap up my reminiscences of producing the CDs in the Film Score Monthly catalog. Go here for the previous installment, which has links to the earlier ones.

I am not including sales and pressing numbers because I don’t even know what they are. I put off writing this column because, in all honesty, I was so burnt out that many of my memories are not happy ones. I never got tired of the music, but the administrative duties of running a boutique label—negotiating contracts, proofing packages, maintaining financing, finding new titles to release—did me in.

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Film Score Friday 11/21/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing two new CDs this week, featuring three scores by two composers.

The critical and commercial success of The Ipcress File, director Sidney J. Furie's 1965 film version of the first in Len Deighton's series about an unnamed spy (dubbed "Harry Palmer" for the films), led to two feature sequels based on Deighton's novels, with Michael Caine returning to play Palmer (for politeness sake, we can ignore the two miserable cable movies that later featured Caine as in the role). Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Evil Under the Sun) directed the second and hugely underrated Palmer film, FUNERAL IN BERLIN, which featured one of the most wonderfully complicated plots ever to grace a thriller and brought back some key personnel from Ipcress, including actor Guy Doleman, cinematographer Otto Heller and the master himself, production designer Ken Adam. One newcomer to the series was composer Konrad Elfers, whose lively, droll score is in somewhat in the vein of Dominic Frontiere's The Stunt Man. Intrada's CD, with liner notes by Jeff Bond, features the score tracks featured on the original LP plus a handful of previously unreleased cues including the film's opening.

Three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre is represented by a CD pairing two previously unreleased scores from wildly different films -- his music for director Richard Fleischer's controversial plantation drama MANDINGO, including the song "Born in This Time," co-written by Jarre and performed by Muddy Waters; and his brief score for Neil Simon's comedy PLAZA SUITE, with Walter Matthau in multiple roles.


The latest re-recording by Prometheus/Tadlow, due on November 25, is the first commercial release of John Barry's score for the 1978 film of Harold Robbins' novel THE BETSY. Daniel Petrie directed the all-star cast including Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Lesley Anne Down, Katharine Ross, and the stars of Petrie's Barry-scored TV hit Eleanor and Franklin, Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann. Despite the impressive cast, the film is no lost classic, but Barry remarkably managed to stay awake through the scoring process and contributed a typically melodic and varied work, a welcome addition the expanding Prometheus/Tadlow repertoire of new recordings.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest batch of CD Club releases on December 1.


La-La Land currently plans to announce five new CD releases on November 28, aka "Black Friday" -- two individual CDs, one two-disc set, and two four-disc sets (whew!).

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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/19/2014 - 2:00 AM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live, and it's packed to the gills with great stuff! This month’s cover story is an interview with ALEXANDRE DESPLAT about his score to the Alan Turing biopic, THE IMITATION GAME. Also this issue, HENRY JACKMAN combines his animation and Marvel experience in BIG HERO 6; MARCO BELTRAMI and BUCK SANDERS talk about going avant-garde on their “dream project,” THE HOMESMAN; an interview with LA-LA LAND RECORDS delves into the history of the label and what’s coming soon; we catch up with J. RALPH and his latest documentary scoring and songwriting for GARNET’S GOLD, FINDING VIVIAN MAIER and VIRUNGA; GOLD RUSH takes us to Vienna and the early life of ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD; SARAH SCHACHNER rocks the baroque for ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY; a GYPSY MOTHS Score Restore uncovers a lost ELMER BERNSTEIN cue; a special WONG’S TURN gives you your 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; discover four scores from the movies of Michael Caine with SOUNDTRACK OBSCURITIES; TORN PAGES explores three rejected horror scores; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 11-18: Fall Harvest Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
Lifted by one of Bill Murray’s more memorable and believable performances, Theodore Melfi’s ST. VINCENT (***½, 103 mins., 2014, PG-13) might be formulaic, but its earnest and warmhearted story makes it a refreshing change of pace for viewers disappointed with the likes of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and other, recent assaults on the senses coming out of Hollywood.
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Film Score Friday 11/14/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing two new CDs this week -- the first commercial release of the soundtrack to the 1988 military mystery-thriller THE PRESIDIO, the first of three scores Bruce Broughton composed for director Peter Hyams (and featuring additional cues not included on the limited edition composer promo); and Peter Bernstein's score for the 1985 teen sci-fi comedy MY SCIENCE PROJECT.


Music Box has announced two new, upcoming CDs -- an expanded version of one of Georges Delerue's rarest CDs, his score for director Agnieszka Holland's fact-based political thriller TO KILL A PRIEST, starring Christopher Lambert and Ed Harris; and a compilation of score cues by Russian born composer Alexei Aigui.

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Aisle Seat 11-11: Shout's Fantastic Fall Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
It’s tough to rag too much on a sci-fi film that does, at least, attempt to tell a genuine story augmented with “real science” in today’s age of mindless comic book fantasies. On the other hand, is it too much to ask for a film like Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR (**½, 169 mins., PG-13) to be less convoluted and more emotional – and by that I mean, actually move the viewer and not just throw up a group of characters crying hysterically on-screen?
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Film Score Friday 11/7/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their December scheduled of CD releases (not including the CDs they will announce on "Black Friday" to be releaesed in December).

This week they have released the score for the brand new horror film JESSABELLE. The screenplay was written by, of all people, Robert Ben Garant (co-writer of the Night at the Museum films and best known as "Deputy Travis Junior" on the long-running Reno 911!, which he co-created), and the film was scored by Anton Sanko, whose eclectic resume includes Party Girl, Rabbit Hole, and the just-released Ouija.

On November 18 they will release a two-disc set featuring the scores for both versions of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, scored by Cyril Mockridge and Bruce Broughton respectively, as well as the score for COME TO THE STABLE by Mockridge; a two-disc set featuring James Dooley's music for the games SOCOM 3: U.S. NAVY SEALS and SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALS COMBINED ASSAULT; and Vincent Diamante's music for the game FLOWER.


The latest CD from Kritzerland is the first-ever release of Dave Grusin's jazzy score for the 1984 romantic drama FALLING IN LOVE, pairing B-movie hacks Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep.


Quartet has announced three upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of Philippe Sarde's score for JOSHUA THEN AND NOW, the 1986 adaptation of Mordechai Richter's novel directed by the ever-eclectic Ted Kotcheff (Outback, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, First Blood, Weekend and Bernie's), and two score CD composed by Oscar-winner Nicola Piovani, THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS and DANIELE E MARIA.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Aisle Seat 11-4: Election Day Wrap-Up
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
The gorgeously shot — kudos to director Robert Stromberg and cinematographer Dean Semler — but flawed “revisionist fairy tale”MALEFICENT (**½, 97 mins., PG; Disney) takes the perspective of the title villainess (a perfectly cast Angelina Jolie) as she curses Aurora, the King’s daughter (Elle Fanning), to a lifetime slumber upon her reaching the age of 16. Until that time, Maleficent actually becomes — grudgingly — some kind of fairy godmother to the girl, who lives in the forest, secluded from the castle and her increasingly deranged father, who wants only to destroy Malefcent and her fairy kingdom.
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Film Score Friday 10/31/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- Richard Band's score for the 1996 sci-fi action movie ROBO WARRIORS, a followup to Stuart Gordon's Robotjox; and a disc featuring three previously unreleased scores for Paramount films composed by Oscar winner Hugo Friedhofer: the adventure WILD HARVEST, the romantic suspense drama NO MAN OF HER OWN*, and the India-set drama THUNDER IN THE EAST.


Full Moon is beginning a series of CD releases of scores from their productions such as TOURIST TRAP (Pino Donaggio) and BAD CHANNELS (Blue Oyster Cult).

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