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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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Film Score Friday 8/31/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

The label has also announced their first Kickstarter campaign, to help finance a new recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for director Alfred Hitchcock's 3D suspense thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, with William Stromberg conducting the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. More details can be found at this link.

Along with two cast albums, Kritzerland is releasing a CD pairing two scores by Danish composer Soren Hyldgaard, who passed on this May at the age of 55 -- the American revenge thriller RED (not to be confused with the Bruce Willis action comedy), starring Brian Cox, Kyle Gallner, Tom Sizemore and Kim Dickens; and the 2001 Danish documentary FAMILY.

Music Box has announced three new film music CDs - a remastered edition of Georges Delerue's score for the French documentary TV series TOURS DU MONDE, TOURS DU CIEL, featuring an additional cue plus a 2010 recording of a Delerue string quartet; Francis Lai's score for the 1970 romantic drama MADLY (aka The Love Mates); and Eric Demarsan's score for the French documentary TV series LA LEGENDE DES SCIENCES.

On October 12, Varese Sarabande will release a CD featuring the LP tracks to the hit 1985 comedy-mystery FLETCH, starring Chevy Chase and directed by Michael Ritchie. The tracks include a handful of score cues by Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop, Tango & Cash) plus songs including the catchy main theme "Bit by Bit." (La-La Land and Universal are hoping to release Faltermeyer's score for the sequel, Fletch Lives, as part of their Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection series).

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Franchise and Sequel Composers
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/24/2018 - 9:00 PM
This is of course an incomplete list, missing most international cinema as well as most of the countless franchises of Golden Age Hollywood. The biggest omission I know of is Akira Ifukube, since I didn't have the heart to try to figure out the order and interrelation between all the Toho kaiju movies, as well as which ones had original Ifukube scores versus which were just tracked-in cues from earlier scores. I also did not include sequels yet to be released whose composers have been announced, like Halloween [2018], How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Star Wars episode 9.

1. Daddy’s Home [2015]
2. Daddy’s Home 2 [2017]
1. Neighbors [2014]
2. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [2016]

James Bond
18. Tomorrow Never Dies [1997]
19. The World Is Not Enough [1999]
20. Die Another Day [2002]
21. Casino Royale [2006]
22. Quantum of Solace [2008]

The Transporter
2. Transporter 2 [2005]
3. Transporter 3 [2008]
4. The Transporter Refueled [2015]
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Film Score Friday 8/24/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/23/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the soundtrack to the web horror series RAVENWOLF TOWERS, with music by genre veteran Richard Band (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Metalstorm).


Crazy Rich Asians - Brian Tyler - WaterTower [CD-R]
The Darkest Minds - Benjamin Wallfisch - Milan
 - Nino Rota - Varese Sarabande
Legion: Season 2
 - Jeff Russo - Lakeshore
100 Greatest Science Fiction Themes
- various - Silva
Operation Finale - Alexandre Desplat - Sony [CD-R]

Ravenwolf Towers - Richard Band - Intrada Special Collection
Westworld: Season 2 - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower 

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August Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/22/2018 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is a detailed retrospective on the HOWARD SHORE'S THE HOBBIT TRILOGY, looking back again at what went right and wrong. Also in this issue, HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS wraps up his summer with THE MEG, THE EQUALIZER 2 and PHILIP K. DICK’S ELECTRIC DREAMS; BRIAN TYLER is crazy for CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Kevin Costner's YELLOWSTONE; a warm and fuzzy look at THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS with CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ; the conclusion of Erik Heine’s sprawling JAMES NEWTON HOWARD BUYER’S GUIDE dips into the ’80s and ’90s; revisiting the ALFRED NEWMAN classic HOW THE WEST WAS WON; Cary Wong gives his annual regards to Broadway; Composer’s Corner looks at BERLIN ORCHESTRA INSPIRE 2; lots of album reviews, including CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, JAMES HORNER: THE CLASSICS and EIGHTH GRADE; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 8-21: Kino Lorber Rundown & Scream Madness
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
The fall of 1984 brought movie-goers three different pictures all related to the struggle of American farmers – one a period picture (Robert Benton’s “Places in the Heart”), the others contemporary pieces (Mark Rydell’s “The River” and the Jessica Lange/Sam Shepard drama “Country”) that even share identical sequences of farmers, unable to pay back their loans, having to suffer the indignity of seeing their equipment sold off at auction. Their politics aside, however, it’s interesting to note that the film that received more mixed reviews – namely, Rydell’s Sissy Spacek/Mel Gibson vehicle – is actually a notably superior film, offering a grander cinematic scale than COUNTRY (108 mins., PG), which mostly plays out in a slow-going malaise before its grandstanding climax.
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Film Score Friday 8/17/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/16/2018 - 9:00 PM

Accident Man
 - Sean Murray - Dragon's Domain
Advise and Consent 
- Jerry Fielding - Kritzerland
Firewalker - Gary Chang - Varese Sarabande
Giuda Uccide Il Venderi
 - Nico Fidenco - Kronos
Here We Go Again, Rubinot 
- Andrew Powell - Kronos
The Prisoner of Zenda - Henry Mancini - La-La Land
The Return of Swamp Thing
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Slender Man - Ramin Djawadi, Brandon Campbell - Sony [CD-R] 
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Aisle Seat 8-14: August Assault Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
There’s a certain irony involved with Warner Archive’s long-awaited Blu-Ray release of SUPERGIRL (**½, 125 mins., 1984, PG) this month. Warner Bros. was supposed to release the film in the U.S. during the summer of 1984, but decided after seeing the final product that they’d be better off not to. Tri-Star – then a fledgling studio funded by the triumvirate of Columbia Pictures, CBS and HBO — then rescued the movie, but cut some 20 minutes out of the completed print and released it during a busy Thanksgiving season during which it was all but lost in theaters.
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Film Score Friday 8/10/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/9/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of Trevor Jones' symphonic score for the 1983 swashbuckler NATE AND HAYES, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Michael O'Keefe.

Varese Sarabande has announced a limited edition CD of Gary Chang's score for FIREWALKER, the light-hearted 1986 action adventure from director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone), teaming Chuck Norris and Lou Gossett Jr.; the CD features the same cues as Varese's original LP.

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Film Score Friday 8/3/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/2/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of releases for August. On August 14th, they will release a two-disc set of Lorne Balfe's score for the just-released blockbuster sequel MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, and the first soundtrack release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1979 comedy remake of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA starring Peter Sellers, the second in La-La Land's new "Universal Heritage Collection" partnership.

On August 28th, they will release an expanded version of John Williams' Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg's 1998 WWII epic SAVING PRIVATE RYAN; a CD of Ramin Djawadi's music for the new Amazon TV series JACK RYAN, with John Krasinski playing the Tom Clancy analyst-turned-field-agent character previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine; and a two-disc LP of John Williams' classic score for E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

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