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Aisle Seat 6-5: Jurassic June Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/4/2018 - 9:00 PM
It’s not a stretch to say that movies changed forever when JURASSIC PARK opened on June 11th, 1993. I remember attending the opening of Steven Spielberg’s much anticipated adaptation of the Michael Crichton best-seller, stoked by having already purchased John Williams’ soundtrack album a couple of weeks before and played it to death by the time I finally saw the picture. While certain aspects of the movie were a bit of a letdown (both then and now), there was no denying the “game changer” that the film’s historical use of CGI special effects signified.
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Film Score Friday 6/1/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/31/2018 - 9:00 PM
Less than six months after the unexpected release of Damnation Alley, Intrada presents another "Holy Grail" for score collectors, the first-ever release of the full original score for Ray Harryhausen's cult favorite 1969 "dinosaur Western" THE VALLEY OF GWANGI. Based on an idea by Harryhausen's mentor, the stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien, Gwangi told the story of cowboys in turn-of-the-century Mexico who discover a hidden valley where dinosaurs have survived. The film benefited both from Harryhausen's typically excellent effects (the sequence where the cowboys attempt to rope an Allosaurus is a particular highlight) and the rousing orchestral score of Jerome Moross. Moross is best remembered for his unforgettable, Oscar-nominated score for the epic 1958 Western The Big Country [not The Big Valley as I originally mistyped]  but his oeuvre encompassed a wide variety of works, including Otto Preminger's religious epic The Cardinal, Franklin J. Schaffner's medieval romance The War Lord, several concert pieces, and even an original stage musical The Golden Apple, which Ken Mandelbaum's book Not Since Carrie proclaimed as the finest musical to ever flop on Broadway. Gwangi was one of the last feature scores Moross recorded and one of many first-rate scores that Harryhausen's films inspired, and is a rousing orchestral work which combines the stirring Americana of The Big Country with exciting action material for the dinosaur setpieces. Gwangi's music had previously only been available in selected cues re-recorded as suites and the original score tapes were long rumored to be lost, but Intrada has managed to reassemble the complete score from various sources, including alternates and source cues (by Moross himself).


On Wednesday, June 20th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present THE SHERMAN BROTHERS: A HOLLYWOOD SONGBOOK, a live event paying tribute to the team that wrote the songs for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and many others. Special guests that night will include Richard Sherman himself, as well as Michael Giacchino and Lesley Ann Warren. 

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Aisle Seat 5-28: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/27/2018 - 9:00 PM
It’s a good week for catalog releases in 4K UHD. Roland Emmerich’s Revolutionary War adventure THE PATRIOT (***½, 164 mins., 2000, R; Sony) is newly available from Sony on 4K UHD, along with David Ayer’s WWII tank adventure FURY with Brad Pitt and action classics starring Bruce Willis and Keanu Reeves, respectively.
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May Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/25/2018 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, John Powell punches the hyperdrive on SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and shares his experiences working with JOHN WILLIAMS and RON HOWARD; he also discusses the release of his long-awaited concert album HUBRIS (PRUSSIAN REQUIEM). Also in this issue, an exclusive look at the films and music of the 17th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, including work by GEORGE FENTON, MYCHAEL NYMAN, AMELIA WARNER, and many more; a trip to the live-to-film concert premiere of KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE; KEITH HORN and ANDY BEAN step out of the nursery for Disney Junior’s new MUPPET BABIES; an in-depth interview with JAN A.P. KACZMAREK on his travels to China and PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST; a British Gold Rush illuminates the great BENJAMIN BRITTEN; a very Powell EAR OF THE MONTH; Cary Wong examines composing for on-screen composers; OLIVIER DERIVIÈRE reveals his dark side for the video game VAMPYR; lots of reviews, including AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 5/25/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/24/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The latest release from Kritzerland features a remastered version of the original LP cues from Jerry Fielding's first high-profile feature project, director Otto Preminger's epic political drama ADVISE AND CONSENT.


For those interested in a film (and film music) oddity, the new Kino Lorber Blu-Ray of JACK THE GIANT KILLER features both the original theatrical cut and the truly bizarre, musical-ized version (which is the version I saw on cable in the 1980s).

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Film Score Friday 5/18/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/17/2018 - 9:00 PM
Our founder, Lukas Kendall, is seeking Indiegogo funding to help finance a "proof-of-concept" short film that he hopes to expand into his feature directorial debut, a science-fiction thriller titled Sky Fighter. For those who'd like to help out the-guy-without-whom-no-one-would-be-reading-this-site, please follow this link.


The latest release from Intrada is a remastered version of Jerry Goldsmith's exciting score for the 1985 Disney-produced dinosaur adventure BABY: SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Avengers: Infinity War - Alan Silvestri - Hollywood
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Deadpool 2 - Tyler Bates - Sony  
The Doctor from India - Rachel Grimes - Temporary Residence (import)
On Chesil Beach - Dan Jones - Decca (import)
Rampage
 - Andrew Lockington - Rambling (import)
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
 - Patrick Doyle - Varese Sarabande 
The Verdict/The Seven-Ups/M*A*S*H [tv] - Johnny Mandel - Kritzerland

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Aisle Seat 5-15: 4K Epics, Bronson & Black Panther
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/14/2018 - 9:00 PM
Two Oscar winners join the 4K UHD fray this month from Paramount – Mel Gibson’s triumphant BRAVEHEART and Ridley Scott’s GLADIATOR – each offering HDR enhancements that trump their prior “Sapphire Series” Blu-Ray releases along with immersive Dolby Atmos audio.
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Film Score Friday 5/11/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/10/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Kritzerland features five-time Oscar-nominee George Duning's final feature film score, for the 1980 comedy mystery THE MAN WITH BOGART'S FACE.


The latest expanded Nino Rota score is Music Box's two-disc set of the music from the 1976 Oscar winner (for Costume Design) FELLINI'S CASANOVA, starring Donald Sutherland as the famous ladies man.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Aisle Seat 5-8: Twilight Time, Kino Lorber, New Release Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/7/2018 - 9:00 PM
Of all the countries outside the U.S. invested in the Blu-Ray format, Germany has been the biggest goldmine for movie buffs over the years, with labels like Turbine Media, Koch and others releasing a steady stream of U.S. catalog titles that continue to this day. In fact, another terrific import arrives this month from Turbine: a 4K restoration of John Landis’ debut film, SCHLOCK (79 mins., PG), which offers not only a terrific transfer but ample extras that should make it a banana-munching must-have for Landis aficionados.
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Film Score Friday 5/4/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/3/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack release from the Brigham Young University Film Music Archive is a three-disc set titled CAGED: THE DARK SIDE OF MAX STEINER. The set features surviving score tracks for seven films scored by the multi-Oscar winner: the 1950 women's prison drama CAGED, nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress for Eleanor Parker; director John Huston's 1948 classic KEY LARGO, starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Claire Trevor; THE UNFAITHFUL, a remake of The Letter, starring Ann Sheridan; FLAMINGO ROAD, starring Joan Crawford; his uncredited main title music for 1950's BACKFIRE; uncredited cues from THE BREAKING POINT, Michael Curtiz's 1950 remake of To Have and Have Not, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal; and King Vidor's 1951 romantic thriller LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE.


The latest release from Counterpoint presents the first-ever release of the score for Fox's 1952 Argentina-set Western WAY OF A GAUCHO, starring Rory Calhoun, Gene Tierney and Richard Boone, directed by Jacques Tourneur (Curse of the Demon) and scored by Sol Kaplan (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold).


The latest CD from Intrada presents the LP tracks from Johnny Mandel's score for HARPER, the 1966 film version of Ross McDonald's Lew Archer mystery novel The Moving Target, adapted by the great William Goldman, starring Paul Newman as "Lew Harper" (re-named due to the success of Newman's The Hustler and Hud, and followed by Hombre), a role he reprised in 1975's The Drowning Pool.


The latest releases from Quartet include a two-disc, expanded version of Nino Rota's score for director Luchino Visconti's Oscar-nominated epic family saga THE LEOPARD, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, and 2017's PILGRIMAGE, a violent period adventure film starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage, and our latest friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Tom Holland, with a score by Stephen McKeon (Borstal Boy, Queen & Country).


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for this month -- on May 8th they will release a two-disc set of SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE, scored by Alexander Courage from themes by John Williams (including two specially composed for this film), with the same audio contents as FSM's Superman Collection; on May 22, music from the Karate Kid spinoff COBRA KAI, by Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg, and the score for the live-action (not animated, as I'd previously writen) CRISIS ON EARTH-X, by Blake Neely, Nathaniel Blume, Daniel Chan and Sherri Chung

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