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Film Score Friday 10/23/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/22/2015 - 9:00 PM
On November 20, Varese Sarabande plans to release the soundtrack to CAROL, the criticially acclaimed adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price of Salt," starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film reunites director Todd Haynes with composer Carter Burwell, who scored Haines' Velvet Goldmine and Mildred Pierce. Based on festival reviews the film is considered a major Oscar contender, so it would be nice if it earned Burwell his first nomination, especially as he's already scored one Best Picture winner and five other Best Picture nominees. 
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October FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 10/21/2015 - 2:00 AM
The October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story features in-depth coverage of music at the 53rd NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, including a look at Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES by THOMAS NEWMAN. Also this issue, JOHN POWELL chats about his adventure with PAN; BRIAN TYLER goes in search of TRUTH; an interview with DAN ROMER about the Netflix-produced BEASTS OF NO NATION; eight composers, including LALO SCHIFRIN, dish on TALES OF HALLOWEEN; the authors of THE JAMES BOND SONGS: POP ANTHEMS OF LATE CAPITALISM talk about the music of our favorite spy; MAC QUAYLE scores SCREAM QUEENS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL; a GOLDENEYE Score Restore pits ERIC SERRA against JOHN ALTMAN; Gold Rush checks out the obscure B classic THE TWONKY; MATTHEW LLEWELLYN finds himself in THE MURDER PACT; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 10-20: Remastered ARMY Marches On
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/19/2015 - 9:00 PM
“Trapped in Time. Surrounded by Evil. Low on Gas.” So reads the tag line for ARMY OF DARKNESS (***, 80 mins., 1993, R), the third film in Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s “Evil Dead” series, which brought a wild, Ray Harryhausen-like fantasy flair to the continuing adventures of Deadite-slayer Ash (Campbell), here trapped in a medieval setting.
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Film Score Friday 10/16/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/15/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced three new CDs this week -- a new edition of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score for director Otto Preminger's underrated World War II epic IN HARM'S WAY, featuring both the original LP version as well as a remastered version of the same cues plus a previously unreleased score cue and two new source cues; an expanded, two-disc version of Alan Silvestri's action-packed BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II, with the complete score on Disc One and alternate cues on Disc Two; and a one-disc re-release of Silvestri's original BACK TO THE FUTURE, featuring the complete score the film but not including the many alternate cues featured in Intrada's previous two-disc release of the score (the two Back to the Future CDs may be pre-ordered now and will ship the week after next).

Varese Sarabande announced three new limited edition CD Club releases this week which are expected to ship the week after next -- an expanded Deluxe Edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1995 action thriller CHAIN REACTION, starring Keanu Reeves and Oscar winners Rachel Weisz and Morgan Freeman; a straight re-release of James Horner's score for the little seen 1986 drama WHERE THE RIVER RUNS BLACK; and, fittingly enough given Intrada's new releases, an expanded, two-disc Deluxe Edition release of Alan Silvestri's lovely, Western-themed BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III, with the full score on Disc One and alternates and source cue on Disc Two.

This month's release in Varese Sarabande's LP-to-CD subscription series is Maurice Jarre's score for the TV docudrama ENOLA GAY, with Billy Crystal as one of the crew of the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima

Quartet has announced two new, expanded, multi-disc re-releases of hit thrillers from the 1990s -- a two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated score for director Paul Verhoeven's stylish erotic mystery BASIC INSTINCT, featuring the complete score, the original soundtrack sequencing, and alternate cues; and a three-disc set of KISS THE GIRLS, the serial killer mystery starring Morgan Freeman as James Patterson's popular character Alex Cross (Freeman reprised the role in Along Came a Spider, which featured one of Jerry Goldsmith's final scores, and Tyler Perry starred in the 2012 reboot Alex Cross, scored by John Debney) -- the new release will feature not only the Mark Isham cues featured in the original Milan soundtrack release but also Isham's complete score as well as Carter Burwell's unused score.

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Aisle Seat 10-13: Shout's October Harvest
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/12/2015 - 9:00 PM
The “Tales From the Crypt” movie franchise traveled down something of a rocky big-screen road, with two productions released to mixed results in the mid ‘90s (a third – “Ritual” – was eventually shelved by its distributor and eventually, initially, released sans any connection with the “Crypt” franchise). By far the most successful film in the series was its first, which winds its way onto Blu-Ray next week – along with its immediate successor – courtesy of Shout! Factory.
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Film Score Friday 10/9/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/8/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to anounce at least one new CD next week.
Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new CD Club releases next week.

Bruce Broughton joins Creature Features' cast & crew reunion screening of THE MONSTER SQUAD at Downtown L.A.'s 1,600 seat Theatre at the Ace Hotel to help celebrate the release of La-La Land Records' newly expanded soundtrack.  Broughton will be joined by actors Stephen Macht, Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, Ashley Bank, cinematographer Bradford May and make-up FX artists Alec Gillis & Tom Woodruff.  Tickets are available here.
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Aisle Seat 10-6: Early October Fright Fest
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/5/2015 - 9:00 PM
October’s arrival usually carries with it a handful of new genre releases. One of the major new catalog titles this month is a 4K remastered presentation of BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (***, 1992, 127 mins., R; Sony), a film could’ve easily been titled “Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula” for as much as this 1992 adaptation utilizes elements from the Stoker book that other cinematic versions omitted, it also takes numerous liberties with the original text – including turning the beloved vampire tale into a love story, a conscious artistic decision the filmmaker made partially to capitalize on a younger audience (which he, in turn, accomplished by casting more youthful leads than your traditional Dracula rendition).e
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FSM Liner Notes Instructions
Posted By Lukas Kendall 10/5/2015 - 9:00 PM
You would think that working with the music is most of what you do when you have a film music CD label. It’s maybe a third. There’s also the business side—that’s another third. The final third is dealing with the packaging…and it can be the most exhausting of all. At least it was for me.

I can say this now because I no longer have a label: I hate liner notes. I almost never read them. Like a lot of things, they are easy to do poorly, and hard to do well. The writer needs a knowledge of film, of music, of film music (not the same thing), the ability to write clearly, an understanding that it’s a commercial product (no trashing the movie), and a willingness to do research and check facts—like looking up the years of the movies and not just pulling them from memory (Jeff Bond!).

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Aisle Seat 11-3: Twilight Time, November Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
At last available on Blu-Ray courtesy of Twilight TimeSTRANGE INVADERS (***½, 97 mins., PG) is director Michael Laughlin’s terrific 1983 homage to ’50s sci-fi. In Laughlin and Bill Condon’s original script, Columbia professor Paul LeMat searches for his ex-wife (Diana Scarwid), whose disappearance leaves their young daughter in his care, and a tabloid news journalist (Nancy Allen) hot on the trail. Turns out the quaint little Midwestern town Scarwid hails from harbors a deep, extraterrestrial secret – as does Scarwid herself!
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Film Score Friday 10/2/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/1/2015 - 9:00 PM
The first release in Intrada's new series of soundtrack LPs presents Richard Band's orchestral score for the 1986 horror fantasy TROLL, released on 180 gram Audiophile vinyl with a deluxe gatefold presentation and custom cover art.
La-La Land has announced their current slate of October releases. On October 6 they will release their previously announced 12-disc boxed set of music from the original LOST IN SPACE TV series, a new release of Bruce Broughton's wonderful score for THE MONSTER SQUAD, and TIME'S UP, featuring music compsed by Michael McCuistion for the observatory at L.A.'s Griffith Park. On October 20 they will release two 2-disc sets of Blake Neely's music for hit superhero TV series, ARROW: SEASON 3 and THE FLASH: SEASON 1, and a CD pairing two horror scores by Richard Band, PUPPET MASTER: AXIS RISING and THE EVIL CLERGYMAN.  
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