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Aisle Seat 6-2: Early June Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/1/2015 - 9:00 PM
Saddling up in time for Father’s Day later this month is Warner’s five-disc Blu-Ray anthology JOHN WAYNE WESTERNS FILM COLLECTION, which isn’t exactly comprehensive even by studio output (“The Cowboys” isn’t included) but nevertheless offers a decent overview of The Duke’s sagebrush sagas, with two late-era, generally underrated Wayne titles premiering in this set.
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Film Score Friday 5/29/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/28/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week.

3-D films received a new mini-boom in the early 1980s thanks to the new Arrivision 3-D process that allowed two widescreen images to be paired on one 35mm frame. Used for such films as Friday the 13th Part 3, Parasite and Metalstorm, it had its highest profile demonstration in JAWS 3-D, in which Jaws production designer Joe Alves made his directorial debut from a script co-written by the great Richard Matheson and starring Dennis Quaid (as one of Chief Brody's grown-up sons), Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, Simon Macorkindale, and then-new Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. The film may not have been a worthy successor to Spielberg's universally beloved original, but it was a first-rate guilty pleasure making use of 3-D effects in that wonderfully "in your face" way that's largely gone out of fashion in the current 3-D boom. TV composer Alan Parker had his first major feature assignment with this score, which of course incorporates John Williams' classic shark theme while using a wealth of new Parker material. MCA originally released sections of the score on LP, and decades later Intrada released a CD with the same sequencing. The new Intrada two-disc set features Parker's complete score as well as a wealth of alternate cues (Parker had to rewrite and re-record major sections of the score late in the post-production process). The liner notes include a detailed production history writen by me, as well as excerpts from Daniel Schweiger's exhaustive interview with the composer from Intrada's earlier release of the score.

Their other new release presents the score for the latest collaboration between composer Christopher Young and director Mark Steven Johnson, who previously worked together on Ghost Rider and When in Rome. KILLING SEASON, a drama about the aftermath of the Bosnian War, was a change of pace project for the director, who first broke out in Hollywood as the writer of the Grumpy Old Men films, and the limited U.S. release it received in 2013 is a particular surprise given that the film stars Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Intrada's CD features 43 minutes of Young's score with the cues sequenced into four movements.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of releases for June 2015. On June 2nd they will release a second volume of Mark Snow's music from the TV series MILLENNIUM, and re-release their out-of-print first volume. On June 16 they will release an expanded edition of James Horner's charming score for 1993's SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISHCHER (one of TEN Horner-scored films released in the U.S. that year). But most notably, on June 16 they will also release an expanded, three-disc (!) version of what gets my vote for the greatest score of the current century.

Fittingly enough, it was the year 2001 that saw the release of a science-fiction project initiated by Stanley Kubrick, but realized for the screen by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick's death in 1999. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is one of Spielberg's most controversial films -- a box-office disappointment, it is lauded by some (including myself) as one of his most striking and greatest achivements. Along with the typically impeccable craft (ILM's visual effects are especially dazzling) and Haley Joel Osment's stunning lead performance, John Williams provided a truly remarkable and varied score, arguably his finest since Schindler's List (I'd argue it's even finer). The original soundtrack CD for the film was a frustrating assemblage leaving out some major musical material (including the theme for Osment's principal character) while including two versions of the "mother" theme with lyrics not featured the film. The La-La Land A.I. will present the original score on two discs plus a third disc featuring alternates including the album versions of several of the tracks.

On June 23, Varese Sarabande will release a CD of music from the TV series THE LIBRARIANS. The music is composed by genre veteran Joseph LoDuca, whose resume includes Sam Raimi's three Evil Dead features as well as the Librarian TV movies that spawned the series. 

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Aisle Seat 5-26: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/25/2015 - 9:00 PM
At last available on Blu-Ray June 2nd, 1776 (****, 165/168 mins., 1972, PG; Sony) is Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone’s unique musical on the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The straightforward Columbia film version, directed by Peter H. Hunt – repeating his stage duties – captures the essence of its source with a top notch cast mostly returning from the Broadway stage, including William Daniels as John Adams, Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin and Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson.
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Film Score Friday 5/22/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/21/2015 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced a new subscription series of limited edition soundtrack CDs. Once a month for the next year, beginning with Charles Bernstein's score for the 1986 horror film APRIL FOOL'S DAY, the label will release a CD featuring the contents of one of their earlier soundtrack LPs that had yet to be released on CD.

Music Box has announced two new releases --  a remastered edition (with the same cues from the earlier Milan release) of Antoine Duhamel's score for Francois Truffaut's romantic thriller MISSISSIPPI MERMAID, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve and based on Cornel Woolrich's Waltz Into Darkness (and later remade as Original Sin, with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie and a score by Terence Blanchard); and an expanded version of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1971 heist thriller LE CASSE (THE BURGLARS).

The latest release from Quartet is a four-disc set titled ANTONIONI: SUONI DEL SILENZIO, featuring the scores from four of director Michelangelo Antonioni's early films -- L'Avventura (Givoanni Fusco), La Notte (Giorgio Gaslini), L'Eclisse, and Il Deserto Rosso [The Red Desert] (both Fusco)

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. 

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May Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/20/2015 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, we catch up with BRIAN TYLER and his latest blockbusters: FURIOUS 7 and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Also this issue, CRAIG ARMSTRONG gets romantic in Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL shares his recent theatrical endeavors with GROUNDED and his OTHELLO BALLET; on television, brothers JEFF DANNA and MYCHAEL DANNA score FX’s TYRANT; PHOTEK is mysterious with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER; British duo SOLOMON GREY discuss their score to J.K. ROWLING’S THE CASUAL VACANCY; KEVIN KINER takes a time out at STAR WARS CELEBRATION 2015 to talk about STAR WARS: REBELS; Gold Rush takes a look at another Viennese wunderkind, MAX STEINER; music producer MAGGIE RODFORD joins Tim Burden in the conclusion of our series on CINDERELLA; Cary Wong checks out recent scores from movies headlined by women; a peek inside the new MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI and GIOVANNI FUSCO box set from Quartet Records; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 5-19: Olive, Warner Archive & MAD MAX
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/18/2015 - 9:00 PM
Bombastic, blaring and bursting with action, George Miller’s long-gestating MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (***) is the very definition of a “hardware movie”: a spectacularly assembled collection of set-pieces that, ultimately, comprise one long, sensational chase through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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Film Score Friday 5/15/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/14/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new, two-disc soundtracks this week -- David Shire's gorgeous and imaginative music for Walter Murch's stylish 1985 fantasy sequel RETURN TO OZ, featuring Shire's complete score plus several alternates as well as the original album sequencing from the Sonic Atmospheres LP, later released on CD by Bay Cities; and Alan Silvestri's rousing sci-fi action score for the 1995 film version of JUDGE DREDD, which will include both his first recording of his score in London, selections of which were featured on the original soundtrack CD, as well as the Los Angeles re-recordings which were featured in the final film -- plus the original cue Jerry Goldsmith composed and recorded for the film's trailer before scheduling conflicts kept him from scoring the actual film.

The latest release from Kritzerland presents Bernard Herrmann's exciting, percussive score for the 1953 adventure film WHITE WITCH DOCTOR. Many film music fans were first exposed to this score in a suite conducted by Charles Gerhardt for RCA's great Herrmann compilation album in the 70s, and the full score was released for the first time just a few years ago with Varese Sarabande's epic Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox collection. The Kritzerland release features the same cues as the Varese box.

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Aisle Seat 5-12: Shout New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/11/2015 - 9:00 PM
My own prejudice against future Oscar winner Patricia Arquette was enough to make me stay away from STIGMATA (**½, 91 mins., 1999, R) in theaters back in 1999, though this well-acted supernatural chiller – one of MGM’s minor hits from the decade – is reasonably entertaining given its genre.
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Planet Of The Apes The Television Series
Posted By Thomas Rucki 5/11/2015 - 3:00 AM

We are going to examine the many scores of the science-fiction television series derived from the 1968 feature film Planet Of The Apes, composed by a quartet of artisans (leading maestro Lalo Schifrin followed by Earle Hagen, Richard LaSalle and 20th Century Fox music supervisor Lionel Newman) in 1974, by comparing the original recording and the actual music used and heard in the scenes of the series. It’s a music editor exercice and the tools of the trade are: the soundtrack CD (La-La Land Records, LLLCD 1336, 2015, Disc 1: 58 minutes 51 • Disc 2: 68 minutes 15, Disc 1: 50 tracks • Disc 2: 62 tracks, Limited Edition: 2.000 units, Liner Notes by Jeff Bond) and the DVD of the series (20th Century Fox, 644 minutes, Full Frame, 2001, English and French Languages, English and Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection).
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Film Score Friday 5/8/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/7/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.
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