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Film Score Friday 5/1/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/30/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced three new CDs this week -- a two-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1996 adventure thriller THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, with Stephen Hopkins directing an original William Goldman screenplay (inspired by the true story that also inspired the early 3D film Bwana Devil) with Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer stalking a pair of man-killing lions in 19th century Africa, feauring both the full film score as well as the original CD sequencing; a CD featuring three previously unreleased David Newman scores for Paramount productions -- the Saturday Night Live sci-fi comedy spinoff CONEHEADS, the barely-released baseball drama TALENT FOR THE GAME, and the 1992 animated short THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER; and the new Disney Legacy release of the music from their 1955 classic LADY AND THE TRAMP, a two-disc set featuring the Oliver Wallace score and the Peggy Lee songs, which will receive wider distribution later this year.

The latest special release from Varese Sarabande is BACK IN TIME...1985 THE CONCERT EXPERIENCE, a $250 package that includes two tickets to the label's June 11 concert in Redondo Beach, California, premier passes to meet the composers, posters of the event, and a six-CD boxed set including newly recorded cues from the films of 1985 (conducted by David Newman), as well as previously released material including the soundtrack to The Goonies and the label's re-recordings of the Back to the Future trilogy, The Black Cauldron, Out of Africa and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

La-La Land has announced two upcoming CDs due in May, both expanded releases of scores for Paramount productions from the 1990s, each an Oscar-nominated film with a score by an Oscar winning composer. On May 5 they will release an expanded version of Howard Shore's charming and melodic score for writer-director Robert Benton's wonderful 1994 film version of Richard Russo's novel NOBODY'S FOOL, with an Oscar-nominated Paul Newman leading an A-list cast including Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Philip Seymour Hoffman. On May 19 they will release a two-disc edition of Dave Grusin's Oscar-nominated score for director Sydney Pollack's hit 1993 film version of John Grisham's best-seller THE FIRM, starring Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, Wilford Brimley, Steven Hill, Hal Holbrook, and an Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter; the same day they will also present a 30th anniversary re-release of James Horner's COMMANDO

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Aisle Seat 4-28: Olive New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/27/2015 - 9:00 PM
The revelation that there are no less than 16 remakes/sequels coming out between now and Labor Day has been greeted with enthusiasm by some (“this is the year everything you loved is coming back again!”) but I can’t quite muster the same collective excitement for a parade of cinematic “reboots” we’ve already seen before. That makes a series of Blu-Ray catalog releases like this week’s new Olive offerings so interesting, as it reflects back to a time when studios took chances – both good and bad – on theatrical releases marketed outside of teen audiences.
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Film Score Friday 4/24/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/23/2015 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada plans to release two new CDs.

This coming Monday at noon, Varese Sarabande plans to announce a new six-disc CD set.

The latest limited edition release from Dragon's Domain is a remastered and expanded edition of Richard Band's sequel score for BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR.

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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:




JOSEPH ANDREWS (Kritzerland)




PLACIDO RIZZOTTO (Intermezzo Media)


THE DEAD 2 (Howlin' Wolf)






THE LOST EMPIRE (MovieScore Media)


TUPA (Beat)




THE YOUNG SAVAGES (Intrada Special Collection)


DONNA LEON (Alhambra)


P.J. (Kronos)




SHAFT (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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