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Film Score Friday 10/5/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/4/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest limited edition release from Intrada presents Richard Band's score for the 1993 kids-and-dinosaurs fantasy-comedy PREHYSTERIA!, starring Brett Cullen and Austin O'Brien (Last Action Hero).

The latest limited edition release from Varese Sarabande presents the LP tracks from the little-seen 1977 film 9/30/55 (ultimately released in theaters and on home video as September 30, 1955). The film from writer-director James Bridges (The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome, Mike's Murder) tells the story of a group of young people whose lives spin out of control when their hero, James Dean, dies in a car accident. The great Gordon Willis was the cinematographer, and the impressive cast includes Richard Thomas, Susan Tyrell, Lisa Blount, Tom Hulce, Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid. Composer Leonard Rosenman was a close friend of Dean's who scored his films Rebel without a Cause and East of Eden, and for 9/30/55 he adapted his music from those films for his score; the Varese release is limited to 1500 units.  

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Aisle Seat 10-2: So Bad They're Good
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
Ridiculed as one of the all-time “Bad Movies,” EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (117 mins., R) stormed theaters during the “Star Wars” summer of ’77 and made an unholy amount of money at the box-office in its opening weekend. However, once word got out that the expensive, hotly anticipated sequel was a dud of epic proportions (stories surfaced that audiences threw popcorn at the screen around the country), director John Boorman immediately took scissors out, cut seven minutes and had new prints shipped just days after its release. By then, though, it was much too late to try and save the ship: “The Heretic” set a new standard for major-studio botch jobs, a Golden Turkey that’s lost none of its ability to bewilder and horrify viewers (for all the wrong reasons) on their first viewing.
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Film Score Friday 9/28/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/27/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

La-La Land has announced two new releases this week -- a 25th anniversary expanded edition of David Newman's score for the cult favorite kids movie THE SANDLOT, featuring more than 40 minutes of music not included in Varese's earlier release of the score; and KING COHEN, a Blu-Ray of the new documentary on the life of genre filmmaker Larry Cohen which includes a CD of the film's original score by Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher, The Way of the Gun).

Intrada has successfully concluded their Kickstarter campaign to fund a new recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for Alfred Hitchcock's 3D thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, with 404 backers pledging an impressive $49,313 for the project, surpassing the label's goal. The final CD is hoped to be ready in June of next year. 

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Aisle Seat 9-25: Universal Horror!
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/24/2018 - 9:00 PM
No series in the history of the cinematic horror genre has endured as long as the Universal Monster classics of the 1930s and ’40s – a time marked by the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler’s Germany and America’s eventual involvement in WWII. At the outset, the Universal films were hugely successful with audiences seeking an escape, but by the time the U.S. became embroiled in the conflict, the popularity of the studio’s trademark monsters became less inviting to viewers, who turned their attention to war-time enemies as the cinematic nemesis of choice. Before that happened, however, Universal established a litany of Monster Classics that would inspire long-running franchises and become favorites of viewers for generations to come.
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September FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/23/2018 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is a look back at the musical decisions behind the "score" for Stanley Kubrick's seminal 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, including coverage of the live-to-film 50th anniversary concert at Lincoln Center. Also in this issue, ABEL KORZENIOWSKI says his prayers for THE NUN; THEODORE SHAPIRO does Paul Feig A SIMPLE FAVOR; NATHAN BARR and Eli Roth go PG for THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS; TERENCE BLANCHARD discusses SPIKE LEE and BLACKKKLANSMAN; Cary Wong breaks down the music of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE - PHASE ONE; BRIAN D’OLIVEIRA chats about the video game SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER; Gold Rush concludes its series on the British Golden Age with RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; an interview with CHRIS WESTLAKE on working with THOMAS NEWMAN on the spooky Hulu series CASTLE ROCK; JOE KRAEMER breaks his silence on SUNRISE; our longest ever COMPOSER'S CORNER; lots of album reviews, including CRAZY RICH ASIANS, A SIMPLE FAVOR and A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL KAMEN; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 9/21/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada (which will not ship for several weeks due to a pressing error) presents the score for the 1987 sci-fi/fantasy BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, which reteamed Cocoon's stars Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn with its composer, James Horner. The film was a Steven Spielberg production about a group of inner city apartment dwellers, threatened with eviction, who are aided by a race of tiny sentient spaceships. The story was originally conceived as an Amazing Stories episode, and one of the writers was future film director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Horner's score is very much in the Cocoon vein, mixing emotional melodical material, lively orchestral passages and a Big Band flavor. MCA released an LP and long out-of-print CD featuring 46 minutes of the film's score. The Intrada Batteries is a two disc set featuring both the full score, nearly 90 minutes, plus the original MCA sequencing. 
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Aisle Seat 9-18: The 21st Anniversary Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/17/2018 - 9:00 PM
Having expectations set low admittedly might help, but nevertheless, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (***, 128 mins., PG-13; Universal) is a fairly energetic fifth entry in the “Jurassic” series and, if nothing else, a cut-above its immediate adventure. In fact, I had a good amount of fun with director J.A. Bayona’s strange attempt to launch the “Park/World” franchise into “something else.” What that is in the long-term is up for debate, because it’s hard to envision another path that will reprise this film’s scenario of dinosaurs running around an “Old Dark House.”
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Film Score Friday 9/14/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a two-disc set next week.

Next week La-La Land will begin shipping their previously announced two-disc set of Lorne Balfe's score for this summer's blockbuster hit sequel MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, as well as a two-disc set of Harry Manfredini's music for FRIDAY THE 13TH - THE GAME.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Creative Emmy winners in the following music categories:

March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step - Cyrille Aufort 

Game of Thrones: "The Dragon and the Wolf" - Ramin Djawadi

Godless - Carlos Rafael Rivera

"Come Back Barack," from Saturday Night Live: Host - Chance the Rapper - Music by Eli Bruggemann; Lyrics by Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Will Stephen

Tony Bennett: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song - Greg Field

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - "Pilot" - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
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Film Score Friday 9/7/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an unusual entry in the career of one of the all-time great film composers. In 1984, Jerry Goldsmith had his usual assortment of high-profile genre projects -- the summer blockbuster Gremlins, the lavish attempted-franchise-starter Supergirl, and Michael Crichton's underrated near-future thriller Runaway -- but he also took a rare venture into comedy with THE LONELY GUY, a Steve Martin vehicle directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story, Silver Streak). A soundtrack was released by MCA at the same time as the film, but only as a "mini-LP" with three tracks on each side, and Goldsmith's contribution was limited to two score cues and the catchy theme song, "Love Comes Without Warning," performed by America. The Intrada CD allows Goldsmith's score to be heard as it's never been heard before, including both the score as heard in the film and a plethora of alternates and revisions.

Lalo Schifrin will become the third film composer to receive an Honorary Oscar, at this year's Governors Awards ceremony on November 18th, following Alex North (1985) and Ennio Morricone (2006). The other honorees this year are actress Cicely Tyson and veteran publicist Marvin Levy, with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall recieving the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for their body of work as producers (the Thalberg used to be awarded more frequently; the last one went to Francis Ford Coppola in 2010). 

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Aisle Seat 9-3: Labor Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/2/2018 - 9:00 PM
John Krasinski seems to be in the right place at the right time these days, having directed and starred in the year’s biggest surprise hit (“A Quiet Place”) as well as taken over the role of Tom Clancy’s intrepid CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, in a new Amazon series. To coincide with that show’s debut, Paramount has dusted off all five prior Clancy film projects with the anthology THE JACK RYAN COLLECTION, offering the premiere of the series in 4K UHD and Dolby Vision.
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