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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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Aisle Seat 3-24: Massacre Mafia Style, Warner Archive, Exodus
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/23/2015 - 9:00 PM
It’s tough to rag too much on a sci-fi film that does, at least, attempt to tell a genuine story augmented with “real science” in today’s age of mindless comic book fantasies. On the other hand, is it too much to ask for a film like Christopher Nolan’sINTERSTELLAR (**½, 169 mins., PG-13; Paramount) to be less convoluted and more emotional – and by that I mean, actually move the viewer and not just throw up a group of characters crying hysterically on-screen?
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New Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 3/20/2015 - 2:00 AM
The March edition of FSM ONLINE is live. For this month's cover story, Tim Burden travels to Shepperton Studios to discuss CINDERELLA with PATRICK DOYLE in the first of a two-part interview, which includes composer commentary, and Doyle performing his themes at the piano. Also this issue, TOM HOLKENBORG (JUNKIE XL) scores the new Neeson shoot-up, RUN ALL NIGHT; MARK ADLER uncovers the truth with MERCHANTS OF DOUBT; FIL EISLER chats about his work on the wildly popular Fox TV series EMPIRE; a retrospective interview with cult-classic legend RICHARD BAND; an educational Gold Rush takes a look at the development of sound-on-film technology; Cary Wong considers the merits of full-length score releases; Torn Pages takes a look at 12z and their rejected score to the Hungarian film FREE FALL; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 3/20/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/19/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week, from two of the greatest film composers of all time -- an expanded and significantly remastered version of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the horror film WARLOCK (Intrada released the first edition of the soundtrack in 1989, but the collapse of New World Pictures meant that the film didn't reach L.A. theaters until 1991), and the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1981 comedy GOING APE!, starring Danny DeVito and Tony Danza, and written and directed by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg (writer of Every Which Way But Loose).

On April 7, La-La Land will release a two-disc set of music from the popular animated series HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, composed by Shuki Levy, Haim Saban and Erika Lane.

The latest from Kritzerland is a new release of the original score tracks of Bernard Herrmann's music for the 1953 diving adventure BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF, which was first released by Film Score Monthly and later, with improved sound, in Varese Sarabande's massive Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox collection.

In the most surprising film music news in a very long time, it was just announced that due to minor health concerns, John Williams has had to back out of scoring Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War drama BRIDGE OF SPIES, and that Thomas Newman will take his place -- following Quincy Jones & company's work on The Color Purple, this will be only the second Spielberg feature that Williams did not score. However, Williams has been announced to score Spielberg's next film, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFG.  Also, the first of the stand-alone Star Wars spinoff films, STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, will be scored by Alexandre Desplat (who worked with Rogue One director Gareth Edwards on Godzilla).

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Aisle Seat 3-17: Lady From Shanghai, Olive New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/16/2015 - 9:00 PM
While we finally dig out from the snow, ice, and multiple layers of winter grime that’s accumulated over New England since the middle of January, this month’s TV on DVD offerings include a variety of exciting new releases, highlighted by one of my favorite series of 2014: HBO’s SILICON VALLEY (228 mins.).
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Film Score Friday 3/13/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/12/2015 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced their upcoming batch of CDs -- this week they plan to release Randy Edelman's score for the family drama PONTIAC MOON, starring Ted Danson (a CD was originally announced in 1994 but was canceled when the film only ended up with a regional relaese), and a three-disc set of Marcello Giombini and Bruno Nicolai's music for THE SABATA TRILOGY (Sabata; Adios, Sabata; The Return of Sabata); on March 24 they will release a CD pairing Lalo Schifrin's previously unreleased scores for the creepy 1974 mystery MAN ON A SWING, starring Cliff Robertson and Joel Grey, and the cult classic 1967 spy comedy THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST, starring James Coburn and Godfrey Cambridge, and a CD pairing Henry Mancini's creepiest score, for the 1971 thriller THE NIGHT VISITOR  (which has perhaps the most eclectic and unexpected cast and crew of any horror film -- Max von Sydow, Liv Ullman, Trevor Howard and Death of a Salesman director Laslo Benedek), with his music for the forgotten romantic comedy SECOND THOUGHTS, starring Lucie Arnaz and Ken Howard; and on March 31 they will release JOURNAL D'UNE FEMME DE CHAMBRE, the latest version of Diary of a Chambermaid, scored by Bruno Coulais.

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

Good news for diehard Jerome Moross fans -- on May 19, P.S. Classics will present the first-ever complete recording to the score for his 1954 Broadway musical THE GOLDEN APPLE, which Ken Mandelbaum's book Not Since Carrie proclaimed as the most undeservingly unsuccessful musical in Broadway history (the Original Cast LP and later CD featured only a selection of Moross's lengthy song score.  

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Aisle Seat 3-10: March Madness Edition!
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/9/2015 - 9:00 PM
The charming, engaging teen comedy THE SURE THING (***½, 95 mins., 1985, PG-13) from the winter of ’85 is still one of director Rob Reiner’s finest hours, and comes to Blu-Ray next week in another terrific Blu-Ray package from the fine folks at Shout! Factory.
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