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Aisle Seat 7-12: Summer Horror Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/11/2016 - 9:00 PM
An overlooked chiller making its Blu-Ray debut at long last, Eric Red’s 1996 werewolf flick BAD MOON (***, 79 mins., 1996, R) highlights Shout Factory’s sizzling slate of summer releases.
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Film Score Friday 7/8/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/7/2016 - 9:00 PM
Last week's new release from Intrada is a two-disc set featuring James Horner's rousing music for the 1991 pulp adventure movie THE ROCKETEER, with both the complete, expanded score as well as the original CD sequencing.

The label plans to release one new CD next week.

The latest release from La-La Land is a reissue of the two-disc remastered edition of John Debney's old fashioned symphonic score for the lavish 1995 pirate swashbuckler CUTTHROAT ISLAND. It is expected to begin shipping next week.

The latest release from Kritzerland is of unusual historical importance  -- the unused score for the 1971 drug addiction drama THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK, which gave Al Pacino his first starring role. The film was ultimately released with no score, but an original score was actually composed and recorded for the film by none other than Ned Rorem, the acclaimed concert composer and equally acclaimed memoirist.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inviting a record 683 actors, filmmakers, executives and publicists to join their membership, including the following prospective music branch members: score composers Lesley Barber, Wendy Blackstone, Kathryn Bostic, Carl Davis, Fitzgerald Diggs (RZA), Germaine Franco, Peter Golub, Deborah Lurie, Heather McIntosh, Marcus Miller, Antonio Pinto, Raphael Saadiq, Joseph Trapanese, Shigeru Umebayashi, Fernando Velazquez and Marcelo Zarvos; songwriters Mary J. Blige, Sia Furler, Taura Stinson and; and music editors Joseph S. DeBeasi, Joanie Diener, Amanda Goodpaster, Tanya Noel Hill, Jim Schultz and Del Spiva. 

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Aisle Seat 7-4: Festive 4th Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/3/2016 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off the 4th of July fireworks this year is Kino Lorber’s “42nd Anniversary Edition” of Joseph Sargent’s tense, terrific 1974 thrillerTHE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (****, 105 mins., R). For those unfamiliar with this classic New York City-set picture, Walter Matthau stars as a subway transit chief plunged into a terrorist situation when a trio of armed robbers (led by Robert Shaw, just before he set sail in “Jaws”) take hostage of a subway train. Shaw’s plan? Extortion, of course, but despite being assisted by Martin Balsam and Hector Elizondo, Matthau has a few tricks up his own sleeve that prove to be a bit more than the terrorists can handle.
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Film Score Friday 7/1/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/30/2016 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, which should explain the lack of updates like the latest Intrada release (information about which you should be able to find on this page). 


Adios Gringo - Benedetto Ghiglia - Digitmovies
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - Austin Wintory - Sumthing Else
 - John Williams - Disney
The Department Q Trilogy: The Absent One
 -  Johan Soderqvist, Uno Helmersson, Patrik Andren - MovieScore Media
The Department Q Trilogy: A Conspiracy of Faith
 - Johan Soderqvist, Uno Helmersson, Patrik Andren - MovieScore Media
Independence Day: Resurgence
 - Thomas Wander, Harald Kloser - Sony
Morte Sospetta Di Una Minorenne
 - Luciano Michelini - Digitmovies
Now You See Me 2
 - Brian Tyler - Varese Sarabande
Roots - Quincy Jones - Varese Sarabande

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Aisle Seat 6-28: Movies! Olive & Twilight Time
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/27/2016 - 9:00 PM
James Wan’s arguably even more confident follow-up to his 2013 horror smash, THE CONJURING 2 (***½) isn’t just a superior sequel: it’s one of the creepiest, and all around most-satisfying, supernatural thrillers since the original “Poltergeist.” Bucking the trend of disastrous horror follow-ups like “The Exorcist II” and “Poltergeist III,” Wan here tackles the controversial “Enfield Haunting” of the 1970s, wherein a working class British family was allegedly attacked by a poltergeist, garnering worldwide media attention in the process.
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Film Score Friday 6/24/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/23/2016 - 9:00 PM
This week's new release from La-La Land is FAMILY GUY: MOVEMENT 1, a collection of score cues from the first four seasons of the long-running animated series, composed by Ron Jones (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Walter Murphy (Ted). Jones and Murphy both received multiple Emmy nominations for their work on the show, and Murphy won for one of its songs.

Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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June FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 6/22/2016 - 2:00 AM
The June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is an in-depth look at the DC television universe with BLAKE NEELY, who is currently scoring ARROW, THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. Also this issue is an interview with ALEX HEFFES about The History Channel's new adaptation of ROOTS; BRIAN TYLER has nothing up his sleeve for NOW YOU SEE ME 2; the conclusion of our extensive report on the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL; a concert review of HANS ZIMMER LIVE ON TOUR; the third part of Gold Rush's retrospective on the life and times of DIMITRI TIOMKIN; a Score Restore of THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK by NED ROREM; Cary Wong wades through a plethora of sequels, prequels and reboots; SCOTT GLASGOW chats THE CURSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTY; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 6-21: Summer Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/20/2016 - 9:00 PM
June is typically a big month for home video releases – especially TV on Video anthologies, where CBS has repackaged both STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES (1966-69, aprx. 69 hours) and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (1987-94, aprx. 135 hours) in deluxe, complete-series Blu-Ray sets.
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Film Score Friday 6/17/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/16/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada's one new release this week is a remastered edition of an earlier Special Collection release, Henry Mancini's typically charming score for the smash hit 1976 comedy-thriller SILVER STREAK. Because of damage to the original tapes, Intrada' s original Silver Streak was a mixture of stereo and mono cues, but thanks to advances in restoration, their new edition presents the score entirely in stereo. 
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Aisle Seat 6-14: Star Trek II, Rollercoaster, June Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/14/2016 - 9:00 PM
Though “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was a hit, fans and critics were, by and large, disappointed by it. For that reason, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (****, 113 mins., 1982, PG; Paramount) is undoubtedly the reason why Star Trek is still alive and kicking in the 21st century. Trading in the evocative visuals but stilted story of “The Motion Picture” for a more exciting, action-packed, and far more human tale that – as director Nicholas Meyer explains in his commentary – touches upon old age, death, heroism, tragedy and triumph, “The Wrath of Khan” has basically become an iconic film of the early ‘80s, and not just for Star Trek die-hards.
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