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Aisle Seat 4-21: Resurrecting THE FANTASTICKS
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/20/2015 - 9:00 PM
After nearly six years on the shelf, director Michael Ritchie’s big-screen version of the classic musical THE FANTASTICKS (***, 109/87 mins., 1995/2000, PG) hit theaters and home video in early 2001, albeit sadly in a recut version that drastically edited Ritchie’s original film. Twilight Time’s new Blu-Ray edition gives viewers, for the first time, the opportunity to see the picture in Ritchie’s 109-minute presentation courtesy of a standard-definition transfer, along with a new HD edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s now even-more disposable 87-minute “recut.”
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April FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/20/2015 - 2:00 AM
The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story gets creepy with RICH VREELAND (DISASTERPEACE) and his electronic, throwback score to IT FOLLOWS. Also this issue, DEBBIE WISEMAN chats about her "Masterpiece" work on WOLF HALL; in the second part of our CINDERELLA feature, SIR KENNETH BRANAGH shares his insights on Patrick Doyle's score—and as an exclusive feature, we have a specially edited medley of Doyle's waltzes, including an UNUSED waltz version of the Hogwart's Hymn from HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE; JON KAPLAN and AL KAPLAN venture into hairy territory with ZOMBEAVERS; an interview with scholar Peter Wegele about his book on MAX STEINER; Cary Wong shares his thoughts and memories of STAR WARS; a HENRY MANCINI Score Restore of THE NIGHT VISITOR; PATRICK MORGANELLI gets operatic about HERCULES VS. VAMPIRES; a To Score or Not to Score? featuring Oscar-winning masters; an in-depth interview with GARETH COKER about his score to the game ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST; an examination of ADOLPH DEUTSCH and his scores to THE MALTESE FALCON and THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS—plus a retrospective interview with JOHN MORGAN; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 4/17/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/16/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs, of scores being commercially released for the first time -- David Shire's score for OLD BOYFRIENDS, the 1979 comedy-drama which marked the directorial debut of Nashville screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, starring the composer's then-wife Talia Shire as a woman who tracks down her ex-boyfriends, played by Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine and John Belushi; and the score for Wes Craven's 2005 hit RED EYE, with Rachel McAdams as a passenger on a flight who finds herself embroiled in an assassination plot by a handsome stranger (Cillian Murphy) -- Red Eye is the fifth of seven (to date) Craven films scored by two-time Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami.
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Aisle Seat 4-14: Shout's April Delights
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/13/2015 - 9:00 PM
“Cult” is definitely the most appropriate word to describe Mark L. Lester’s 1982 exploitation fave CLASS OF 1984 (***, 98 mins., R), a film that I’ve come to believe is one of the most purely entertaining films of its kind ever made: a delirious blend of “To Sir With Love” and “Death Wish,” capped by its unique place in the cinematic spectrum. Where else can you see a film that crosses the paths of Roddy McDowall and Michael J. Fox, or has an Alice Cooper theme song – written by Lalo Schifrin?!
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Film Score Friday 4/10/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/9/2015 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new, upcoming CD releases -- the music for the 2012 remake of the classic 1980 splatter film MANIAC, previously released only on LP but now with additional cues from the score by Robin Coudert, aka "Rob" (Horns); and a CD pairing two scores by Michel Legrand for films starring French star Annie Girardot: the marital drama LES FEUX DE LA CHANDELEUR (Hearth Fires), and the comedy LA VIEILLE FILLE (The Old Maid).


Varese Sarabande has announced plans to release the score for the upcoming miniseries THE DOVEKEEPERS, which retells the story of the siege of Masada (best known to less historically-minded film music fans from ABC's all-star 1981 miniseries Masada, with its Emmy-winning score by Jerry Goldsmith) from the piont of view of the women. The music was composed by three-time Emmy winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Roma, Appaloosa).


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

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CD Checklist 2014
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/7/2015 - 9:00 PM
Finally, more than three months late, the CD checklist for 2014. Alas, to add links for each CD would have meant another three-month-plus delay, so here it is, late and linkless:


ABRIL, ANTON GARCIA

FIN DE SEMANA AL DESNUDO (Quartet)


ADDISON, JOHN

JOSEPH ANDREWS (Kritzerland)


ADENOT, PIERRE

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Quartet)


AGRICANTO

PLACIDO RIZZOTTO (Intermezzo Media)


AHMAD, IRMIN

THE DEAD 2 (Howlin' Wolf)


AIGUI, ALEXEI

CHERCHEZ HORTENSE, ET AL (Music Box)


ALESSANDRONI, ALESSANDRO

IL TERRIFICANTE DEL DIAMANTE (Octave)


ALTMAN, JOHN

THE LOST EMPIRE (MovieScore Media)


ALVARIUS, THE

TUPA (Beat)


AMAR, ARMAND

BELLE ET SEBASTIAN (Gaumont)


AMRAM, DAVID

THE YOUNG SAVAGES (Intrada Special Collection)


APPL, FLORIAN

DONNA LEON (Alhambra)


ARGO, NEIL

P.J. (Kronos)


ARNALDS, OLAFUR

GIMME SHELTER (Milan)


ARNOLD, DAVID

SHAFT (La-La Land)
SHERLOCK: SERIES THREE (Silva)
THE STEPFORD WIVES (La-La Land)

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Aisle Seat 4-7: Twilight Time, April New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/6/2015 - 9:00 PM
Highlighted by a dynamite score from Bernard Herrmann, 20th Century Fox’s old-fashioned Jules Verne adventure JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (***, 129 mins., 1959) returns to Blu-Ray this month from Twilight Time in a limited edition release that offers an appreciable enhancement on label’s prior effort.
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Film Score Friday 4/3/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- John Barry's score for the seagoing romance THE DOVE, featuring the tracks from the original soundtrack LP as well bonus material including previously unreleased cues from mono stems, and LP cues that featured sound effects presented without the effects; and a two-disc set pairing an expanded and remastered version of Laurence Rosenthal's stirring score for THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE with the first-ever release of his score for the 1999 TV remake of INHERIT THE WIND, starring Jack Lemmon and, in his final role, George C. Scott.


La-La Land has announced their current schedule of April releases. On April 7 they will release their two-disc set of music from the animated seies HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, composed by Shuki Levy, Haim Saban and Erika Lane, and on April 21 they will release ZOMBEAVERS by our own Al & Jon Kaplan, as well as an expanded and remastered edition of the score to the 2007 remake of 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, which earned Marco Beltrami his first Oscar nomination.


Though they aren't listed on the label's website yet, Varese Sarabande is reportedly releasing soundtrack CDs for two acclaimed current TV series -- the prison comedy ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, scored by Gwendolyn Sanford, Brandon Jay and Scott Doherty, on May 12; and the British sci-fi thriller ORPHAN BLACK, scored by Trevor Yuile, on May 19. According to Amazon, the label will release a two-disc CD of music from THE NEWSROOM on June 16.


Dragon's Domain is following up its first-ever release of Nick Glennie Smith's score for A Sound of Thunder with a release of the LP tracks for the 1973 children's film THE BELSTONE FOX, directed by James Hill (Born Free) and scored by the great Laurie Johnson (First Men in the Moon, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, The Avengers)

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Aisle Seat 3-31: Into the Woods; Olive, Arrow New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/30/2015 - 9:00 PM
Arrow Video has long been one of the Blu-Ray format’s champions when it comes to catalog content, having released an eclectic array of titles in the UK that included spectacular restorations of both independent fare as well as American studio films. From the likes of Tobe Hooper’s “The Funhouse” to Joe Dante’s “The ‘Burbs,” Arrow’s output has been prolific and appreciated by audiences on both sides of the pond – at least those with multi-region capability. For buffs with domestic-only players, Arrow’s first set of US releases are now available and offer the exact same, sterling presentation as their British counterparts.
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Film Score Friday 3/27/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/26/2015 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced plans to release the soundtrack to the horror comedy ZOMBEAVERS, which opened in Los Angeles last week. The film was scored and co-written by our own Jon & Al Kaplan, who, along with their many writings on film music, are the writers of the hit stage show Silence! The Musical, whose cast album is available on CD from Ghostlight.


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

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