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The latest release from Intrada is a four-disc set (!) of Danny Elfman's score for 1999's SLEEPY HOLLOW, the lavish, Tim Burton-directed re-imagining of Washington Irving's classic story, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and, for Hammer fans, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough. It features the original CD sequencing of the score, followed by the complete score plus more than 90 minutes of extras.


Kronos has announced two Rachel Portman score CDs - the first CD release of her score for the 2012 war drama PRIVATE PEACEFUL (for those who didn't get their fill of George McKay fighting WWI in 1917) and a re-release of her score for the 2013 drama STILL LIFE, starring Eddie Marsan and directed by veteran producer Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty), who happens to be married to...Rachel Portman. 


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Espion, Leve-Toi (re-release)
 - Ennio Morricone - Music Box 
L'Etrange Monsieur Duvallier/Miss (re-release)
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box 
Masters of the Universe: Revelation - Bear McCreary - Arts Music
Sleepy Hollow - Danny Elfman - Intrada Special Collection
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
 - David Shire - Quartet 


IN THEATERS TODAY

A Dark Foe - Tim Jones
Enemies of the State - Insa Rudolph
The Green Knight - Daniel Hart
Jungle Cruise - James Newton Howard
Lorelei - Jeff Russo
Nine Days - Antonio Pinto - Score CD on Warners
Ride the Eagle - Jeff Cardoni
Sabaya - Mohammed Zaki
Stillwater - Mychael Danna
Twist - Neil Athale 


COMING SOON

August 13
Ghostbusters II
 - Randy Edelman - Sony
September 3
Forsaken Themes from Fantastic Films, Vol. 1: Tears in Rain
 - various - Perseverance
September 17
Without Remorse - Jonsi - Krunk
October 1
No Time to Die - Hans Zimmer - Decca
Date Unknown
Est
- Davide Caprelli - Kronos
The Hummie Mann Collection Vol. 1
 - Hummie Mann - Dragon's Domain
Illegal Woman
 - David Solar - Saimel
Mi faccio la barca
 - Gianni Ferrio - Beat
Non-Living
 - Josue Vergara - Saimel
The Printing/Beyond the Night
- Dwight Gustafson - Caldera
Prison
 - Richard Band, Christopher L. Stone - Dragon's Domain
Private Peaceful
- Rachel Portman - Kronos
Sorceress
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Space: 1999
 - Barry Gray, Derek Wadsworth - Silva
Still Life (re-release
) - Rachel Portman - Kronos
Storm Warning/Crawlspace
- Jamie Blanks - Howlin' Wolf
The Wind
 - Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer - Notefornote 


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

July 30 - Guenther Kauer born (1921)
July 30 - Antoine Duhamel born (1925)
July 30 - Paul de Senneville born (1933)
July 30 - David Sanborn born (1945)
July 30 - Alexina Louie born (1949)
July 30 - Recording sessions begin for Frederick Hollander’s score for Remember the Night (1939)
July 30 - Leith Stevens records his score for the Land of the Giants episode “Manhunt” (1968)
July 30 - John Williams begins recording his score for Earthquake (1974)
July 30 - Peter Knight died (1985)
July 30 - Richard Band begins recording his score for Zone Troopers (1985)
July 31 - Barry De Vorzon born (1934)
July 31 - Michael Wolff born (1952)
July 31 - Lionel Newman begins recording his score for The Last Wagon (1956)
July 31 - John 5 born as John Lowery (1971)
July 31 - Richard Band records his score for The Alchemist (1981)
July 31 - Lennie Niehaus records his score for the Amazing Stories episode “Vanessa in the Garden” (1985)
August 1 - Walter Scharf born (1910)
August 1 - Jerome Moross born (1913)
August 1 - Lionel Bart born (1930)
August 1 - Paddy Moloney born (1938)
August 1 - Michael Penn born (1958)
August 1 - Dean Wareham born (1963)
August 1 - Antony Partos born (1968)
August 1 - Martin Phipps born (1968)
August 1 - Dhani Harrison born (1978)
August 1 - Paul Sawtell died (1971)
August 1 - Arthur B. Rubinstein records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Remote Control Man" (1985)
August 1 - Barrington Pheloung died (2019)
August 2 - Carlo Savina born (1919)
August 2 - Joe Harnell born (1924)
August 2 - Phillip Lambro born (1935)
August 2 - Arthur Kempel born (1945)
August 2 - Dimitri Tiomkin begins recording his score for Gunfight at the OK Corral (1956)
August 2 - Recording sessions begin on Leigh Harline’s score for No Down Payment (1957)
August 2 - Robert Drasnin records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Man-Eating House” (1966)
August 2 - Lalo Schifrin records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “The Miracle” (1971)
August 2 - Muir Mathieson died (1975)
August 2 - John Williams begins recording his score for Monsignor (1982)
August 2 - Irwin Bazelon died (1995)
August 2 - Daniel Licht died (2017)
August 3 - Louis Gruenberg born (1884)
August 3 - David Buttolph born (1902)
August 3 - Robert Emmett Dolan born (1906)
August 3 - Ira Newborn begins recording his score for The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
August 3 - Alfred Schnittke died (1998)
August 3 - Warren Barker died (2006)
August 4 - Bernardo Segall born (1911)
August 4 - David Raksin born (1912)
August 4 - Egisto Macchi born (1928)
August 4 - Recording sessions begin for The Prisoner of Zenda remake, with Conrad Salinger adapting Alfred Newman's original score (1952)
August 4 - Nathan Johnson born (1976)
August 4 - Michael Small begins recording his score for Firstborn (1984)
August 4 - Egisto Macchi died (1992)
August 4 - Adam Walacinski died (2015)
August 4 - Billy Goldenberg died (2020)
August 5 - Christopher Gunning born (1944)
August 5 - Adolph Deutsch begins recording his score for The Matchmaker (1957)
August 5 - Abigail Mead born as Vivian Kubrick (1960)
August 5 - Cyril Morin born (1962)
August 5 - Alexander Courage's music for the Star Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident" is recorded (1968)
August 5 - Robert Prince records his first Mission: Impossible score, for the episode “Homecoming” (1970)
August 5 - Stuart Hancock born (1975)
August 5 - Michael Small begins recording his score for Comes a Horseman (1978)
August 5 - Fred Karger died (1979)
August 5 - Henry Mancini begins recording his score for Mommie Dearest (1981)
August 5 - Henry Mancini begins recording his score for Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
August 5 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his unused score for Gladiator (1991)

DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

ASIA - Karni Postel
 
"Mula makes a strong impression as the outside figure permitted somewhat awkwardly into this tense female household, but 'Asia' remains predominantly a two-hander, directed with calm intensity and focus by Pribar. Graduating smoothly from a couple of well-received shorts, the director isn’t at pains to dazzle viewers in her feature debut. From Daniella Nowitz’s muted, intimately lit lensing to the plaintive, judiciously used piano strains of Karni Postel’s score, every formal element of 'Asia' serves to illustrate and enrich the tricky, evolving relationship at its center -- brushing, rather than milking, the viewer’s tear ducts along the way."
 
Guy Lodge, Variety 

ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - Brian Tyler, John Carey
 
"'Tournament of Champions' also features an exciting score by Brian Tyler ('Those Who Wish Me Dead') and John Carey ('Escape Room'), and sound design filled with clockwork mechanisms that announce the start of yet another deadly puzzle. When combined, it’s as if they proudly announce, 'Here we go!', inviting the audience on yet another ludicrous little ride."
 
William Bibbiani, The Wrap 
 
GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE - Frank Ilfman

"'Slick and stylish action-comedy' is a change of style for writer/director Navot Papushado, who turned heads in 2011 with Israel's first horror film, the scathing 'Rabies,' and then gave a grisly, cerebral spin to modern noir with crime drama 'Big Bad Wolves.' Both were collaborations with Aharon Keshales, and while their long-promised 'Once Upon a Time in Palestine' keeps gestating, he and Palestine's third writer, Ehud Lavski, have penned a sly homage to the Poliziotteschi, the hyper-violent and wildly amoral Italian crime dramas of the 1960s, and channeled it through the lens of bone-crunching Korean revenge dramas. A cool killer protagonist, ranks of sleazy heavies with slicked-back hair, rooms full of gray old men in dark suits glowering, treachery, bullets, rib-cracking and jaw-breaking punches, the whole nine yards. The score from Haim Frank Ilfman definitely even channels Poliziotteschi favorite composer Franco Micalizzi, but there's a more humorous element there too, deliberately referencing his cowboy comedy 'Trinity' in places.
 
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle 
 
"Where great action showcases build appreciation for the actor at the center of it -- how, for example, they burnished the star power of Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron -- Gillan seems swallowed up by the requirements of the job. (Hence, those nagging feelings that Sam, a sorely underdeveloped character in tone and purpose, would be a goner six times over before the ending.) That character mindfulness is, of course, the director’s responsibility, but Papushado’s sense of style is so slickly presentational -- again, because he’s driven by homage, not originality, as with Frank Ilfman’s loudly winking Morricone-esque score -- that it’s more of an action gallery, not a blood-pumping story accelerated by its flights of fury."
 
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times 

"If Emily’s bold declaration, 'I’m her apprentice,' calls to mind Natalie Portman in Luc Besson’s 'Leon: The Professional,' that’s far from the film’s most brazen borrowing. Just a few scenes prior, the whistling spaghetti-western vibe of Frank Ilfman’s score emphasized how much a fight in an under-illuminated bowling alley wanted to be a 'Kill Bill' set piece. (Its jerky fight choreography wouldn’t have passed muster in Tarantino’s epic.) And throughout, the film makes clear that it hopes to establish a kind of tweaked reality akin to that found in the 'John Wick' films."
 
John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter  

HOW TO DETER A ROBBER - Robert Allaire
 
"While up until this point the film primarily focuses on Madison, it frequently cuts to short interludes with the approaching robbers to add an air of fear and foreboding. Yes, Madison and her family’s verbal sparring is entertaining, but Bissell doesn’t want us to forget the looming danger of the titular robbers. Comedy and Christmas carols are replaced with darker colors and a sullen electronic score when the masked pair are shown in shadow packing their guns and pawning off goods at antique stores. Tension builds and builds towards what is expected to be an explosive confrontation, but once again expectations are subverted as the two worlds collide not into a bloody mess but a tangle of confused and terrified limbs."
 
Mary Beth McAndrews, Paste Magazine 

JOE BELL - Antonio Pinto

"The widescreen images and sentimental music (by Jacques Jouffret and Antonio Pinto, respectively) are reminiscent of Michael Cimino's 'The Deer Hunter,' still the gold standard for films about American prisoners of machismo. Sublime moments of cosmic detachment allow the landscapes to dominate the characters, reducing them to specks in a panorama. The splendor of mountains, prairies, and rain-swept towns implicitly condemns the pettiness of hatred in every culture. When a world is this beautiful, the film seems to be saying, why would anyone act ugly?"
 
Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com 
 
"The reality of this situation for countless kids across America, as well as their parents, will hit hard. The measured approach with which the writers, Green and editor Mark Sanger parcel out fragments of Jadin’s increasing isolation and despair heightens the wrenching impact without melodrama. Similar judicious use is made of Antonio Pinto’s subdued score, with the melancholy mood amplified by singer-songwriter Daniel Tashian’s gentle, acoustic guitar-backed folk-rock vocals."
 
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter 

LONG STORY SHORT - Chiara Costanza
 
"Aesthetics also earn high marks. Lawson resists overly stylizing things through extraneous camera movements or other flashy techniques to push the narrative’s broadly comedic overtones. He demonstrates dexterity in visualizing the passage of time as the image pixilates and turns granular, like sand flowing through an hour glass, cohering in another space in time. Composer Chiara Costanza’s touching, tender work complements the movie’s magical realism without overwhelming the performances."
 
Courtney Howard, Variety

SWEAT - Piotr Kurek

"The direction is sharp, the camerawork in-your-face, and the lilting synth score by Piotr Kurek recalls 'Drive' -- as do Sylwia’s neon outfits. And through it all, Kolesnik gives a remarkable performance that nails the public/private schism at the heart of Instagram celebrity."
 
Huw Oliver, Time Out London
 
"From the glassy, taunting synths of Piotr Kurek’s score to the fluid restlessness of Agnieszka Glinska’s editing to the stainless, cruelly bright surfaces of Jagna Dobesz’s production design, every formal element here collaborates in the construction and slow disintegration of Sylwia’s exhaustively curated lifestyle. Alternately serene and jittery, Michal Dymek’s superb camerawork preys on her shifting states of mind, sometimes tracking her like a doting, phone-carrying fan, and sometimes trapping her like a specimen in a rose-gold petri dish. One of the film’s most haunting moments is an early, throwaway one, as Sylwia is captured singing along to Roxette’s appropriately themed ’80s banger 'The Look' while driving: 'I love this song! I love Roxette!' she enthuses, though nobody appears to be in the car with her. Is she talking to herself, or to her Insta-admirers? Either way, she’s always palpably being watched by somebody, even if it’s just us."
 
Guy Lodge, Variety 

"Backing up Michal Dymek’s glitzy, wide-awake cinematography is a rocking score from Pietro Kurek. Editor Agnieszka Glinska expertly transitions between moods with the abruptness of flicking between posts."
 
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films in Los Angeles-area theaters.

July 30
CLUELESS (David Kitay) [American Cinematheque: Aero]
KILL BILL: VOL 1 (RZA) [New Beverly]
THE TRUMAN SHOW (Burkhard Dallwitz) [Fairfax Cinema]
WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein, Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal) [New Beverly]

July 31
HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (Udi Harpaz, Patrice Rushen), THE MIGHTY QUINN (Anne Dudley) [American Cinematheque: Aero]
JURASSIC PARK (John Williams) [Fairfax Cinema]
SCREAM (Marco Beltrami), SCREAM 2 (Marco Beltrami), SCREAM 3 (Marco Beltrami), SCREAM 4 (Marco Beltrami) [New Beverly]

August 1
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (Laurie Johnson), FOUR LIONS [American Cinematheque: Aero]
FANTASTIC PLANET (Alain Goraguer) [Fairfax Cinema]
THE FBI STORY (Max Steiner) [New Beverly]
HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Morris Stoloff) [American Cinematheque: Aero]
MYSTERY TRAIN (John Lurie) [Fairfax Cinema] 

August 2
EASTERN PROMISES (Howard Shore) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (Ralph Jones), THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR (Alan Silvestri) [New Beverly]

August 3
RAGING BULL [New Beverly]
TOP GUN (Harold Faltermeyer) [Alamo Drafthouse]

August 4
AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (George S. Clinton) [Alamo Drafthouse]
RAGING BULL [New Beverly]

August 5
RAGING BULL [New Beverly]

August 6
THE CROODS (Alan Silvestri) [Alamo Drafthouse]
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS [New Beverly]
TAXI DRIVER (Bernard Herrmann) [New Beverly]

August 7
THE LAST WALTZ [New Beverly]
THE MUPPET MOVIE (Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher) [New Beverly]
TAXI DRIVER (Bernard Herrmann) [New Beverly]

August 8
THE MUPPET MOVIE (Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher) [New Beverly]
TAXI DRIVER (Bernard Herrmann) [New Beverly]
XANADU (Barry DeVorzon, John Farrar, Jeff Lynne) [Alamo Drafthouse]


THINGS I'VE HEARD, READ, SEEN OR WATCHED LATELY

Heard: Watchmen Vol. 2 (Reznor/Ross), The Mandalorian: The Sin (Goransson), Watchmen Vol. 3 (Reznor/Ross), The Mandalorian: Sanctuary (Goransson)

Read: Protector, by Larry Niven

Seen: Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins, Joe Bell, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, Old, Of Unknown Origin, Deadly Eyes

Watched: Childrens Hospital ("Joke Overload," "Hot Enough for You?", "The Coffee Machine Paid for Itself," "Show Me on Montana," "You Know No One Can Hear You, Right?", "The Sultan's Finger - LIVE"); Space: 1999 ("The Last Enemy"); A Colorful Sermon [1928]; His Girl Friday; Licence to Kill; Hollywood Bound [1928]; Star Trek: Discovery ("Far from Home"); The Ham What Am [1928]; Fosse/Verdon ("Life Is a Cabaret"); The Book Worm [1928]

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