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The latest releases from Quartet are a new edition of James Horner's score for the 1983 Rambo percursor UNCOMMON VALOR (one of seven films he had in release that year), featuring some additional alternate takes not featured on Intrada's earlier release of that score; and a non-film music CD, Gustav Holst's THE PLANETS in a recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by none other than Bernard Herrmann.

The latest releases from Music Box are an expanded 20th anniversary edition of Debbie Wiseman's score for the period caper adventure ARSENE LUPIN, and the score for the new French thriller LE TABLEAU VOLE (Auction), composed by Alexei Aigui (I Am Not Your Negro). 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the latest updates to their awards rules, including the following music categories changes:

In the Music (Original Score) category, three composers will be allowed to receive individual statuettes if, in rare circumstances, they all contributed fully to the score. Previously, three composers were required to submit as a group. The rules now clarify the definition of a group as a recognized band. The shortlist will increase from 15 to 20 titles. 


The Golden Age of Science-Fiction Vol. 3
 - Edwin Astley, Elmer Bernstein - Dragon's Domain 


Boy Kills World - Ludwig Forssell
Challengers - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Cinderella's Revenge - Kristen Personius 
The Idea of You - Siddhartha Khosla - Song CD due May 3 on Arista
Nowhere Special - Andrew Simon McAllister 
Stress Positions - Theda Hammell
Unsung Hero - Brent McCorkle - Song CD on Word Entertainment


May 17
One Day - Anne Nikitin, Jessica Jones, Tim Morrish - Silva
Coming Soon 
Arsene Lupin - Debbie Wiseman - Music Box
Bruno Nicolai for Jess Franco
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies
Chissa' perche'...Capitano tutte a me
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat 
The David Michael Frank Collection Vol. 3
 - David Michael Frank - Dragon's Domain
Goliath Awaits
 - George Duning - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]
Ironmaster La Guerra Del Ferro
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
Le tableau vole - Alexei Aigui - Music Box
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power [10-disc set] - Bear McCreary - Mondo
The Morton Stevens Collection Vol. 2
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain
No Retreat, No Surrender
 - Paul Gilreath - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
The Planets (Herrmann recording) - Gustav Holst - Quartet
The Primevals
 - Richard Band - Silva 
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
Squadra Antifurto
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat 
Uncommon Valor - James Horner - Quartet


April 26 - Francis Lai born (1932)
April 26 - Giorgio Moroder born (1940)
April 26 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for Green Fire (1954)
April 26 - Reinhardt Wagner born (1956)
April 26 - Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter record their score for Kronos (1957)
April 26 - John M. Keane born (1965)
April 26 - Jerry Fielding begins recording his score for Gray Lady Down (1977)
April 26 - Bruce Broughton begins recording his score The Blue and the Gray (1982)
April 26 - Bronislau Kaper died (1983)
April 26 - Alan Parker begins recording his score for Jaws 3D (1983)
April 26 - Barry Gray died (1984)
April 26 - Maurice Jarre begins recording his score for Distant Thunder (1988)
April 26 - Carmine Coppola died (1991)
April 26 - Dave Grusin begins recording his score for The Firm (1993)
April 26 - David Bell records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Tracking Into the Wind” (1999)
April 27 - Christopher Komeda born (1937)
April 27 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for The Lost Weekend (1945)
April 27 - Christopher Young born (1954)
April 27 - Federico Jusid born (1973)
April 27 - Scott Bradley died (1977)
April 27 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Q Who" (1989)
April 27 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Explorers” (1995)
April 27 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Relativity” (1999)
April 27 - Henry Brant died (2008)
April 28 - Emil Stern born (1913)
April 28 - Lyn Murray records his score for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Who Needs an Enemy?” (1964)
April 28 - Blake Neely born (1969)
April 28 - Billy Goldenberg records his score for High Risk (1976)
April 28 - Christopher Young records orchestral passages for his Invaders from Mars score (1986)
April 28 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Wire” (1994)
April 28 - Alan Silvestri begins recording his score for Judge Dredd (1995)
April 28 - Paul Baillargeon records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Children of Time” (1997)
April 29 - Duke Ellington born (1889)
April 29 - Toots Thielemans born (1922)
April 29 - Waldemar Kazanecki born (1929)
April 29 - Rod McKuen born (1933)
April 29 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score to Random Harvest (1942)
April 29 - Jan A.P. Kaczmarek born (1953)
April 29 - Chris Boardman born (1954)
April 29 - Lawrence Shragge born (1954)
April 29 - Craig Armstrong born (1959)
April 29 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Conspiracy” (1988)
April 29 - James Horner begins recording his score for The Rocketeer (1991)
April 29 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “If Wishes Were Horses” (1993)
April 29 - Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner record their score for the final Star Trek: Enterprise episode, “These Are the Voyages…” (2005)
April 29 - Joel Goldsmith died (2012)
April 30 - Thomas Newman begins recording his score for The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
April 30 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Host” (1991)
April 30 - David Bell records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Homestead” (2001)
April 30 - Velton Ray Bunch records his score for the Enterprise episode “Desert Crossing” (2002)
May 1 - Heinz Roemheld born (1901)
May 1 - Bill Byers born (1927)
May 1 - Citizen Kane premieres in New York (1941)
May 1 - Paul Sawtell records his score for the Land of the Giants episode “The Flight Plan” (1968)
May 1 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1972)
May 1 - Gordon Jenkins died (1984)
May 1 - James Horner begins recording orchestral cues for his Apollo 13 score (1995)
May 1 - Bill Byers died (1996) 
May 2 - Alan Rawsthorne born (1905)
May 2 - Van Alexander born (1915)
May 2 - Satyajit Ray born (1921)
May 2 - Svatopluk Havelka born (1925)
May 2 - Paul Ferris born (1941)
May 2 - Ondrej Soukup born (1951)
May 2 - Elliot Goldenthal born (1954)
May 2 - George Duning begins recording his score for Who’s Got the Action (1962)
May 2 - Justin Caine Burnett born (1973)
May 2 - Aram Khachaturian died (1978)
May 2 - Recording sessions begin for Danny Elfman's score for Batman Returns (1992)
May 2 - Recording sessions begin for James Newton Howard’s score for Wyatt Earp (1994)
May 2 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Scorpion, Part I” (1997)
May 2 - Paul Baillargeon begins recording his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Message in a Bottle” (1997)


"Faye looks at Merle with wet eyes, Merle dispenses gruff wisdom, Erwin learns the inevitable lessons about loyalty and hard work, and the town sheriff throws his cowboy hat on the ground in frustration because those old boys, they’ve done it again! Bruce Dern shows up, for a little while, as an eccentric old coot who talks to his pet cow. Everyone agrees that rugged independence is a virtue, and the folksy aphorisms and quirky humor never quite land even with the aid of a score that hits every clichéd emotional beat possible."
Katie Rife, 

"Is it a little glossy and sanitized with a jaunty score? Sure. But it also thoughtfully explores themes of redemption, invisibility, pride and sportsmanship without being preachy or condescending. It’s PG-13 rating is a little puzzling -- this does seem on the tamer end of the scale and appropriate for most ages. And, not for nothing, Sharrock and her team do a good job of showing just how exciting soccer can be (which is not a feat many movies have accomplished)."
Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press 
IMMACULATE - Will Bates 

"That being said, Will Bates delivers a fantastic score that has hints of Goblin’s work on 'Suspiria' while doing enough new things to feel fresh, like a use of a choir, what sounds like a children’s song composed in hell, and even a horror version of 'Shchedryk,' also known as 'Carol of the Bells.'"
Rafael Motomayor, IndieWire

"Mohan’s visual style is wedged between the Conjurverse’s 'Nun' series and pensive Italian giallos, as Christian’s camera slowly and obediently rolls past cathedral pews illuminated only by candlelight. There’s a gothic holiness to Cecilia’s new residence, complete with underground worshiping chambers where congregations wearing red cloth masks gather. Immaculate aims to frighten as the mood turns from divinity to damnation, drawing influences from Dario Argento, Roman Polanski, and even Neil Marshall’s 'The Descent.' Through it all, the cinematography remains impressively skillful and artistically inclined, whether framing sheep herds from the air or we see Cecilia bathing with her sisters in the communal octagonal pool. Will Bates’ score even tricks us into thinking we’re watching an Argento production, with string-and-piano scoring that mimics Goblin’s style in addition to direct score lifts from past iconic composers."
Matt Donato, Collider 
"The director -- whose previous film with Sweeney, 2021’s 'The Voyeurs,' was a subtler variation on the De Palma-style erotic thriller, and who also made the surprisingly nerve-wracking 2012 Lizzy Caplan rom-com 'Save the Date' (a personal favorite) -- has always had a refined approach to visual storytelling, but he can also shift his style enough not to betray his chosen genre. And so, 'Immaculate' goes all in on mood, with Mohan clearly taking the Italian setting to heart. His camera luxuriates in the convent’s ancient walls, the murmuring shadows, the pitch-black backgrounds with occasional shocks of color, with sister Cecilia seeming more and more timeless (and helpless) against it all. Will Bates’s enchantingly aggressive score mixes in chants and swelling crescendos with sickly sweet, Ennio Morricone–esque melodies. The giallo vibes are strong with this one."
Bilge Ebiri, New York 
"There is never a wasted moment as everything gets darker and darker. The musical score by Will Bates meshes with the stark visuals of cinematographer Elisha Christian perfectly. Bates and Christian previously collaborated with director Mohan on his 2021 film 'Voyeurs,' which also starred Sweeney, though this feels like they’re all operating on another level. Christian, who has done great work on everything from 'Columbus' to 'The Night House,' is similarly outstanding with everything looking and feeling trapped in time. About midway through, a scene in a car that opens up to a field is made haunting in his hands."
Chase Hutchinson, The Wrap 

LIMBO - Ivan Sen
"A virtual one-man band as a filmmaker, writer-director Sen also takes sole credit for cinematography, editing, music (sparse) and visual effects (sparser still). This degree of control yields less a sense of indulgence, however, than of crisp, exacting discipline -- best demonstrated in the director’s clean, spartan but mood-drenched black-and-white lensing, in which no empty space feels emotionally uncharged."
Guy Lodge, Variety 
LOUSY CARTER - leafcuts
"Granted, such ambitious swings make 'Lousy Carter' a hard pill to swallow at times, even for its brisk 80-minute runtime. The homespun, DIY indie aesthetic matches Lousy’s own lack of ambition fittingly, but leads to some poorly-executed visual gags the handheld vibe just can’t capture. (The twee, tweedy chill-hop score by leafcuts constantly evokes the feeling of waiting for a YouTube video essay to finish.) We view the world through Lousy’s own two-dimensional assessment of it, but that has the effect of making everyone around him feel similarly threadbare. After all, Lousy barely cares to know anything about them. Why should we?"
Clint Worthington, 

MONKEY MAN - Jed Kurzel
"Patel seems eager to elevate his genre potboiler into the realm of deeper meaning and spiritual gravitas. Which is a shame, because he’s got an otherwise perfectly good genre potboiler on his hands. 'Monkey Man''s close-quarter fight sequences -- filled with eye-gouging and nut-punching and head-smashing and what must be a world record for throat-stabbings -- have a welcome immediacy, thanks partly to the fact that the hero isn’t, at least at first, particularly good at fighting. Combined with the rhythmic editing, the eclectically poppy score, and the saturated color palette, it all makes for a pleasantly frantic experience."
Bilge Ebiri, New York 

ONE LIFE - Volker Bertelmann
"Shooting on location in both the U.K. and Czech Republic, helmer Hawes and his collaborators create strong period looks for each timeline, giving them each their own natural rhythm. Ace editor Lucia Zucchetti moves seamlessly back and forth between them while Volker Bertelmann’s attractive piano and orchestra score is never overbearing."
Alissa Simon, Variety 


Screenings of older films in Los Angeles-area theaters.

April 26
ALIEN (Jerry Goldsmith) [El Capitan]
GATTACA (Michael Nyman) [New Beverly]
IN A LONELY PLACE (George Antheil), THE BIG HEAT [New Beverly] 
I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING (Mark Korven) [Academy Museum]
LE SAMOURAI  (Francois De Roubaix) [Aero]
LE SAMOURAI  (Francois De Roubaix)  [Egyptian]
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Alan Menken, Miles Goodman) [Nuart]
2046 (Shigeru Umebayashi) [BrainDead Studios]
THE WITCH (Mark Korvan) [Alamo Drafthouse]

April 27
ALIEN (Jerry Goldsmith) [El Capitan]
BURNING (Mowg) [Egyptian]
THE CRIMSON KIMONO (Harry Sukman) [Los Feliz 3]
DELICATESSEN  (Carlos D'Alessio) [Vidiots]
GUYS AND DOLLS (Frank Loesser, Jay Blackton, Cyril J. Mockridge) [Academy Museum]
HE NAMED ME MALALA (Thomas Newman) [Academy Museum]
LA LIBERTAD (Juan Montecchia) [Los Feliz 3]
LABYRINTH (Trevor Jones) [New Beverly]
LILIES OF THE FIELD (Jerry Goldsmith) [Vidiots]
LOS MUERTOS (Flor Maleva), LIVERPOOL (Flor Maleva) [Aero]
MANSFIELD PARK (Lesley Barber) [Academy Museum]
THE MASK (Randy Edelman) [Landmark Westwood]
MUPPETS FROM SPACE (Jamshied Sharifi) [Vidiots]
THE PROFESSIONAL (Eric Serra) [BrainDead Studios]
PULP FICTION [Alamo Drafthouse]
RED (Zbigniew Preisner) [Alamo Dratfthouse]
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley) [Nuart] 
RUN LOLA RUN (Tom Wykwer, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek) [BrainDead Studios]
SPEED (Mark Mancina) [El Capitan]
SWEETIE (Martin Armiger) [UCLA/Hammer]

April 28
ALIEN (Jerry Goldsmith) [El Capitan]
BEAU TRAVAIL (Charles Henri de Pierrefeu, Eran Tzur) [BrainDead Studios]
BYE BYE BIRDIE (Charles Strouse, Johnny Green) [New Beverly]
THE EXILES [Los Feliz 3]
FANTASMA [Los Feliz 3]
THE FUGITIVE KIND (Kenyon Hopkins) [Academy Museum]
THE GODFATHER (Nino Rota) [Academy Museum]
LABYRINTH (Trevor Jones) [New Beverly]
McCABE AND MRS. MILLER (Leonard Cohen) [Vidiots]
PEPPERMINT CANDY (Jae-jin Lee) [Los Feliz 3]
RATATOUILLE (Michael Giacchino) [Vidiots]
RED (Zbigniew Preisner) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE SEARCHERS (Max Steiner) [Egyptian]
SPLASH (Lee Holdridge) [El Capitan]
THE WAR OF THE ROSES (David Newman) [Vidiots]

April 29
DRIVE-IN, HOT STUFF (Patrick Williams) [New Beverly]
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (David Amram) [Los Feliz 3]
SISTER ACT (Marc Shaiman) [El Capitan]
SPIDER-MAN 3 (Christopher Young) [Alamo Drafthouse]
WHITE ROOM (Mark Korven) [UCLA/Hammer] 

April 30
AIR FORCE ONE (Jerry Goldsmith), IN THE LINE OF FIRE (Ennio Morricone) [New Beverly]
BLOW OUT (Pino Donaggio) [Landmark Pasadena]
EX MACHINA (Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury) [Los Feliz 3]
MRS. DOUBTFIRE (Howard Shore) [El Capitan]

May 1
AIR FORCE ONE (Jerry Goldsmith), IN THE LINE OF FIRE (Ennio Morricone) [New Beverly]
BLOW OUT (Pino Donaggio) [Academy Museum]
THE WITCH (Mark Korven) [Alamo Drafthouse]

May 2
FUNNY GIRL (Jule Styne, Walter Scharf) [Academy Museum]
GRAND ISLE (Elliot Goldenthal) [Los Feliz 3]
HIGH AND LOW (Masaru Sato) [New Beverly]
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andre Previn, Herbert Spencer) [Vidiots]
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (John Swihart) [Egyptian]
NATIONAL TREASURE (Trevor Rabin) [Egyptian]
WHITE CHICKS (Teddy Castellucci) [Egyptian]

May 3
BLACKHAT (Harry Gregson-Williams) [Vidiots]
HIGH AND LOW (Masaru Sato) [New Beverly]
IDIOCRACY (Theodore Shapiro) [Egyptian]
KILL BILL VOL. 1 (RZA) [New Beverly]
OFFICE SPACE (John Frizzell) [Egyptian]
RUBBER (Mr. Oizo) [Vidiots]
THE SEARCHERS (Max Steiner) [Aero]
TALK TO ME (Cornel Wilczek) [Alamo Drafthouse]
TAXI DRIVER (Bernard Herrmann) [New Beverly]

May 4
BADLANDS (George Aliceson Tipton) [Vidiots]
BREAKING AWAY (Patrick Williams) [New Beverly]
DUNE (Toto) [Vidiots]
EASY A (Brad Segal) [New Beverly]
HIGH AND LOW (Masaru Sato) [New Beverly] 
LOST IN YONKERS (Elmer Bernstein) [Los Feliz 3]
MIRACLE MILE (Tangerine Dream) [Alamo Drafthouse]
PRINCE OF DARKNESS (John Carpenter, Alan Howarth) [Los Feliz 3]
RETURN OF THE JEDI (John Williams) [Academy Museum]
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley) [Nuart]
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Michael Giacchino) [Academy Museum]
THE ROOM (Mladen Milicevic) [Landmark Westwood]
SANTA SANGRE (Simon Boswell) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE SEARCHERS (Max Steiner) [Aero]
SECRET SUNSHINE (Christian Basso) [Los Feliz 3]
SPACEBALLS (John Morris) [Egyptian]
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (Carter Burwell) [Alamo Drafthouse]

May 5
BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (David Newman) [Alamo Drafthouse]
BORN IN EAST L.A. (Lee Holdridge) [Egyptian]
BREAKING AWAY (Patrick Williams) [New Beverly] 
DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE (Carlo Rustichelli) [Los Feliz 3]
GREEN FISH (Lee Dong-jun) [Los Feliz 3]
THE LORD OF FLATBUSH (Joe Brooks) [New Beverly]
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (Paul Williams, Georce Aliceson Tipton) [Vidiots]
SHARK TALE (Hans Zimmer) [Egyptian]
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (Carter Burwell) [Alamo Drafthouse]


The Little Things (Newman); Funny Lady (Kander/Matz); Oppenheimer (Goransson); Last Action Hero (Kamen); Plan 9 from Outer Space (various); The Scarlet Letter (Bernstein); Ed Wood (Shore); Demolition Man (Goldenthal); Star Trek (Giacchino); Last Man Standing (Bernstein); Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Elfman); Lagaan (Rahman); A White House Cantata (Bernstein)

Read: The Novelizers, by David Spencer

Seen: Buck and the Preacher; Thomasine & Bushrod; The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare; Abigail; A Shot in the Dark; Rebel Moon - Part 2: The Scargiver; Rock Around the Clock; Ring-a-Ding Rhythm; Civil War; The Three Musketeers - Part II: Milady

Watched: Star Trek -- The Motion Picture; Justified ("Money Trap"); Key & Peele ("Manly Tears"); The Bridges at Toko-Ri; The Knick ("There Are Rules"); Sealab 2021 ("Fusebox"); Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

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I've always championed Benny's recording of The Planets, that I've had on LP since about 1982-ish (though they misspelled his surname as 'Hermann'). I prefer it to the more 'correct' tempi recordings. Whenever I hear something from The Planets on a classical radio station (they usually play Mars or Jupiter), I dislike the faster tempi, especially on the closing bars of Jupiter, it just sounds so wrong for me. Benny Herrmannised Holst and it sounds more like something he would compose. Some of the gentler music reminds me of Fahrenheit 451. And with the close spot miking, rather than the overall concert hall ambience, it sounds more like a film score than a stuffy old classical recording. Kudos to Quartet for rescuing this from obscurity and I hope it will actually find respect amongst the classical music snobs this time!

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