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Aisle Seat 10-7: Warner-Palooza
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
Sergio Leone’s weird, acclaimed gangster epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (***, 251 mins., 1984, R) returns to Blu-Ray this month in an extended Director’s Cut release, restoring an additional 22 minutes of footage found after an exhaustive search.
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Saul Pincus’ first feature Nocturne highlights Raiomond Mirza’s stirring score
Posted By Saul Pincus 10/6/2014 - 2:12 PM

Hi folks! Some of you might know me from the FSM board, or as a frequent contributor of video documentaries to the early years of FSM Online.

I haven’t contributed in awhile, but here’s why: I’ve been directing a low-budget independent feature film called Nocturne

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Film Score Friday 10/3/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/2/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced most of their releases for the rest of October.

Next week they will release Steve Jablonsky's score for this summer's epic sequel TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION; Alfred Newman's score for Fritz Lang's 1941 thriller MAN HUNT, based on Geoffrey Household's novel Rogue Male about a man who plots to assassinate Hitler; and a third, four-disc volume of their irreplaceable collection of music from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, by the late, great Shirley Walker and her amazing team of supercomposers.

Two weeks later, they will release the first ever score CD of Graeme Revell's music from 2000's animated sci-fi adventure TITAN A.E., as well as a CD to be named later.


The next releases from Music Box are a CD pairing two scores by Michel Colombier, LES ONZE MILLE VERGES (1975) and TAROT (1973), and Serge Gainsbourg's score for Bertrand Blier's 1986 comedy TENUE DE SOIREE (released in the U.S. as Menage).

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Aisle Seat 9-30: Autumn Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/29/2014 - 9:00 PM
Revolution is one of the shared narrative components in the bulk of Twilight Time’s September releases, which are highlighted by one of James Woods’ finest performances.
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Film Score Friday 9/26/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/25/2014 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new, upcoming soundtrack CDs -- the first commercial release of Bill Conti's score for A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, director Mike Hodges' film of Jack Higgins' novel, starring Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis and Liam Neeson (John Scott previously released his own unused score on his JOS label); Pino Donaggio's score for the 2014 Italian comedy LA BUCA; and two new score CDs by Pascal Gaigne, the thriller LASA & ZABALA and the drama LOREAK.


On October 28, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtracks to the animated film THE HERO OF COLOR CITY, scored by Zoe Poledouris-Roche and Angel Roche Jr., and the Keanu Reeves thriller JOHN WICK, scored by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard.

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Aisle Seat 9-23: Ghostbusters, The Innocents, Chef
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
Not a horror film per se but a striking, bold and unforgettable rendition of Shakespeare’s play with many chilling moments, Roman Polanski’s MACBETH (***½, 141 mins., 1971, R) has, at last, received a Criterion Collection release that ranks among the year’s finest.
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In praise of MISTER MOSES
Posted By Stephen Woolston 9/21/2014 - 9:00 PM

Having had my first complete listen to "Mister Moses", I have to say "BRAVO" and "Thank You" to Nic Raine and James Fitzpatrick as well as, of course, Luc Van De Ven.

It was a brave choice to record this, a score not much more than thirty minutes from a film practically nobody has heard of or seen.

Since the music is so much more about percussion than melodies—and some of the music is low-volume percussion pieces a la so

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Film Score Friday 9/19/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing three CDs this week, including two by an all-time master film composer who passed on just ten years ago this summer.

SEE NO EVIL, the woman-in-jeopardy thriller directed by Hollywood vet Richard Fleischer and written by Brian Clemens (The Avengers, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter), has an unusually notorious scoring history. Mia Farrow played the lead role, a blind woman who doesn't realize all the people she shares her house with have been brutally murdered, and Farrow's then-husband, Andre Previn, was hired to compose the score. Previn's score was rejected (and, unusual for the era, Previn went public with his complaints about the experience) and replaced by one from British composer David Whitaker...which was also rejected, and replacd by a third score, by the great Elmer Bernstein. Intrada's CD represents the first release of any of Bernstein's See No Evil (but sadly, though unsurprisingly, none of Previn and Whitaker's unheard contributions).

Among the earliest Elmer Bernstein soundtrack LPs was THEMES FROM THE GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER, featuring Bernstein's music for the TV anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan. Intrada's Special Collection disc features the first CD release of the cues from the original Columbia LP, in stereo.

The label is also re-releasing its long out-of-print CD of Basil Poledouris' score for the cross-country adventure thriller SWITCHBACK, the directorial debut of screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, and (a phrase I'd never thought I'd ever type) Oscar-winner Jared Leto.


The latest re-recording from Prometheus and Tadlow presents the first-ever soundtrack release of John Barry's score for MISTER MOSES, the Africa-set 1965 adventure film from director Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), starring Robert Mitchum and Carroll Baker, and the score (the original tracks are considered lost) has been described as "Goldfinger meets Born Free," and that's good enough for me.


La-La Land has announced two new releases for next week -- a two-disc set pairing Mark Mothersbaugh's scores for the smash hit comedies 21 JUMP STREET and 22 JUMP STREET, and Blake Neely's music for the second season of the hit superhero TV series ARROW.


Thomas Newman has collaborated with composer-musician Rick Cox (a soloist on such Newman scores on Revolutionary Road, The Help, and Saving Mr. Banks) on an upcoming, non-film-score album titled 35 WHIRLPOOLS BELOW SOUND, which will be released on the Cold Blue label on October 14th.

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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/17/2014 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with DARIO MARIANELLI on his first animated score, for THE BOXTROLLS. Also in this issue are an interview with JOHN DEBNEY about his score to History’s HOUDINI; DANIEL LICHT discusses life after DEXTER; JAN A. P. KACZMAREK scores the Polish documentary JOANNA; INON ZUR composes RECLAIM; an audio interview with DENNIS SANDS about his illustrious score-mixing career; GOLD RUSH returns with a look at the roots of film scoring and leitmotif; SCORE RESTORE takes another look at a cue from DAVID SHIRE’s score to THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE; WONG’S TURN checks out the intersection of classical and film music; TORN PAGES uncovers a lost score by ELMER BERNSTEIN; more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Aisle Seat 9-16: Krull, Godzilla & TV on Disc Spins
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/15/2014 - 9:00 PM
An expensive attempt by Columbia to cash-in on the then red-hot sword-and-sorcery and sci-fi/fantasy genres, the 1983 Saturday matinee adventure KRULL (***, 120 mins., PG) plays more like a semi-futuristic Errol Flynn swashbuckler than a rip-off of “Star Wars.”
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