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Aisle Seat 6-3: RED RIVER, Warner Archives, Lone Survivor
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/2/2014 - 9:00 PM
The gorgeously shot — kudos to director Robert Stromberg and cinematographer Dean Semler — but flawed “revisionist fairy tale” MALEFICENT (**½, 97 mins., PG) takes the perspective of the title villainess (a perfectly cast Angelina Jolie) as she curses Aurora, the King’s daughter (Elle Fanning), to a lifetime slumber upon her reaching the age of 16. Until that time, Maleficent actually becomes — grudgingly — some kind of fairy godmother to the girl, who lives in the forest, secluded from the castle and her increasingly deranged father, who wants only to destroy Malefcent and her fairy kingdom. 
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Film Score Friday 5/30/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/29/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- their third release of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing symphonic score for the 1982 fact-based escape drama NIGHT CROSSING, with the score remastered to more closely reflect Goldsmith's original vision, and featuring additional alternate cues; and the first release of Richard Band's score for the 2012 horror flim SHIVER.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of June releases. On June 3rd, they will release a remastered (but not expanded, per the composer's wishes) CD of John Corigliano's Oscar-nominated debut score, ALTERED STATES, and the first-ever release of Oscar-winner Marvin Hamlisch's score for the 1985 juvenile sci-fi adventure, D.A.R.Y.L. On June 24, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of John Williams' gorgeous (and of course, Oscar-nominated) score for one of Steven Spielberg's greatest (and arguably his most underrated) films, 1987's EMPIRE OF THE SUN, and an expanded and remastered version of one of Marc Shaiman's finest scores, for 1991's hit THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

Music Box has announced that their 50th CD will be the first-ever soundtrack release for GOLDEN NEEDLES, the light-hearted 1974 action-adventure film about the hunt for a set of rare acupuncture needles (yes, that's really what it's about). The eclectic cast included Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Ashley (the Tracy and Hepburn of acupuncture adventure films), Jim Kelly, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith. The director was Robert Clouse, and the film reunited him with his Enter the Dragon composer, Lalo Schifrin.

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Lukas Kendall Announces 3 New Releases
Posted By Lukas Kendall 5/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
That headline is a bit of a gag but I have to get you to start reading.

News of the first two “releases” I put on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, which some of you might have seen: my wife and I are expecting identical twin girls this August. We are very excited.

This makes me highly motivated to promote the third new release, that crazy NC-17 movie I cowrote and coproduced. After a specialty theatrical release earlier this year, LUCKY BASTARD is now available for buy or rent in the U.S. and Canada on many VOD platforms including Amazon, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Vimeo, direct from our website via VHX, and numerous cable and satellite platforms including Time Warner and DirecTV. (A DVD will be released from Revolver Entertainment on July 1. Internationally, the only distribution at the moment is a download via our website.)

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Aisle Seat 5-27: Twilight Time, Shout, Dan Curtis' Dracula
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/26/2014 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s May offerings offer another tremendous array of high-def catalog entertainment for movie buffs, with John Ford’s underrated 1961 western TWO RODE TOGETHER (***, 109 mins.) leading the charge as a genre outing ripe for rediscovery.
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Film Score Friday 5/23/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced two new CDs, featuring three previously unreleased scores by two Oscar-winning composers -- one release featuring David Shire's score (including material not used in the final film) for the 1981 Burt Reynolds comedy PATERNITY; and a disc pairing two scores by Pinocchio's two-time Oscar-winner Leigh Harline -- the suburban drama NO DOWN PAYMENT, directed by Martin Ritt, and the comedy THE REMARKABLE MR. PENNYPACKER.

The latest release from Buysoundtrax presents the score to the 1987 film version of Frederic Forsyth's thriller THE FOURTH PROTCOL, directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday), which put British agent Michael Caine in a race-against-time with Russian spy Pierce Brosnan. The orchestral suspense score was composed by Lalo Schifrin; it was among the first scores released on CD but has been out of print for decades.

Intrada plans to release two CDs next week.

This week it was announced that Ennio Morricone has had to cancel his previously postponed concerts in the United States due to health concerns following his recent back injury.

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Aisle Seat 5-20: Wind and the Lion, Pompeii 3D
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/19/2014 - 9:00 PM
The cinematic equivalent of a losing baseball team that comes up to bat and delivers a game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the much-anticipated new GODZILLA proves to be a rare beast indeed: a film that seemed to generate audible frustration among the fans I saw the movie with for nearly two-thirds of its running time. However, when director Gareth Edwards delivers the goods –at long last – during the movie’s climax, those same naysayers beamed with exaltation, cheering on the Big G and furiously applauding as the end credits rolled.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/19/2014 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an exciting audio interview with the refreshingly outspoken JOHN POWELL on his work on the upcoming blockbuster HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, plus EXCLUSIVE AUDIO and COMPOSER COMMENTARY. Also in this issue are an interview with JOHN OTTMAN on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, in which he discusses Bryan Singer’s goal to “compete with modern scoring”; JOEL McNEELY details his western comedy score for Seth MacFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST; NATHAN BARR chats about THE AMERICANS Season 2 and the final season of TRUE BLOOD; JOE KRAEMER goes from Tom Cruise to a FAVOR; BEN FOSTER scores the BBC doc HIDDEN KINGDOMS; MATTHEW LLEWELLYN digs DEEP IN THE DARKNESS; a concert review of the Belfast Film Festival’s celebration of PATRICK DOYLE; a very nerdy Wong’s Turn; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 5/16/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/15/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- Maurice Jarre's score for the little-seen sci-fi thriller SOLAR CRISIS, starring Tim Matheson, Charlton Heston, Peter Boyle, Corin Nemec and Jack Palance (the film was directed by Richard C. Sarafian, who ultimately used the DGA's "Alan Smithee" pseudonym on the released film); and a two-disc release of Sol Kaplan's score for the 1966 drama JUDITH, starring Sophia Loren as a concentration camp survivor trying to track down the man who betrayed her. The set features both the original score tracks and the LP re-recording.
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Aisle Seat 5-13: Her, Chances Are, Happy Days
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/12/2014 - 9:00 PM
With the highly anticipated new “Godzilla” opening in theaters this Friday, a number of epics starring the Big G and assorted giant monsters have been newly released on Blu-Ray. These run the gamut from Universal’s “King Kong Vs. Godzilla” (covered here) to Mill Creek’s low-priced Gamera anthologies. Now Sony has thrown their hat into the ring with four Double Feature Blu-Rays featuring eight of Toho’s more contemporary Godzilla pictures.
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Film Score Friday 5/9/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/8/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new releases for May 20 -- a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of Hans Zimmer's score for the 1997 race-against-time thriller THE PEACEMAKER, which was the first film released by DreamWorks and gave George Clooney his first major studio lead movie role, teaming him with Nicole Kidman as well as with E.R. director Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, Pay It Forward); and Frederik Wiedmann's score for the direct-to-video animated film SON OF BATMAN.

Walt Disney Records has announced a new "Legacy Collection" series of new editions of the soundtracks to some of their classic films. June 24th will see the first of these releases, a two-disc, greatly expanded 20th anniversary edition of the music from one of their most popular contemporary films (if 1994 can still be considered "contemporary") -- THE LION KING. Hans Zimmer fans should be especially pleased -- the composer won his only Oscar to date for this film, and while the original soundtrack CD featured less than 17 minutes of his score, the new release will feature a generous amount of previously unreleased score cues.

Other planned Legacy Collection anniversary releases from Disney over the next year or so include Fantasia, The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins, though it is not yet known how much if any previously unreleased score music they will feature.

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