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Film Score Friday 2/16/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/15/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered edition of their three-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing symphonic score for INCHON, the Korean war epic from 1982 starring Laurence Olivier (as Gen. MacArthur!), Ben Gazzara and Jacqueline Bisset.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Inchon [remastered reissue] - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
L'alba dell'uomo - Piero Piccioni - Beat 
Star Trek: The Original Series - The 1701 Collection vol. 4
 - Alexander Courage, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried - La-La Land 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Altered Reality - Andrew Morgan Smith
Bob Marley: One Love - Kris Bowers
Drift - Re Olunuga
Land of Bad - Brandon Roberts
Madame Web - Johan Soderqvist
Players - Jeff Cardoni

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Film Score Friday 2/9/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/8/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is the fourth in their 1701 COLLECTION series of episode scores from the original STAR TREK (previously included in the label's massive boxed-set). This release features scores from the series' third and final season, by composers Alexander Courage ("The Enterprise Incident," "Plato's Stepchildren"), Jerry Fielding ("Spectre of the Gun") and Gerald Fried ("The Paradise Syndrome"), plus source music and other cues from the episodes "Requiem for Methuselah," "The Way to Eden" and "Whom Gods Destroy."


The latest release from Caldera is the first release of the original score tracks for Roy Budd's score from the 1970 Western SOLIDER BLUE, starring Peter Strauss and Candice Bergen. 


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Alexei Aigui - Film Music Collection
 - Alexei Aigui - Music Box 
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 7
 - Sam Bernett, Jean Bouchety, Jean Musy, Dominique Perrier, Karl-Heinz Shafter - Music Box 
Relative Dimensions: 60 Years in Time and Space
 - Joe Kraemer - Buysoundtrax 
Soldier Blue
- Roy Budd - Caldera 

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Film Score Friday 2/2/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/1/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered reissue of one of Jerry Fielding's finest scores, THE NIGHTCOMERS, director Michael Winner's 1971 prequel to Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, most famously adapted in 1961 as The Innocents, starring Marlon Brando (!) as the brutish servant Quint.


The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and its affiliated labels include two from composer Joe Kraemer: THE JOE KRAEMER COLLECTION VOL. 1 (featuring The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting and Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead) and RELATIVE DIMENSIONS: 60 YEARS IN TIME AND SPACE (music for Doctor Who audio adventures); and CLIFFHANGERS, featuring Joe Harnell music from the short-lived 1979 TV series.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Nightcomers - Jerry Fielding - Intrada Special Collection


IN THEATERS TODAY

Argylle - Lorne Balfe
The Jungle Bunch: Operation Meltdown - Olivier Cussac - Score CD Le as de la jungle 2: Operation Tour Du Monde on Music Box 
The Peasants - Lukasz Rostowski 
The Promised Land - Dan Romer
Scrambled - Brittany Allen
Suncoast - Este Haim, Christopher Stracey 

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Film Score Friday 1/26/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/25/2024 - 10:00 PM
For those who missed my column on the topic earlier this week (it seems like only yesterday!), or who don't read the Message Board, or entertainment news in general, here again are this year's Oscar nominations for the music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
AMERICAN FICTION - Laura Karpman
INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY - John Williams
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON - Robbie Robertson
OPPENHEIMER - Ludwig Göransson 
POOR THINGS - Jerskin Fendrix
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
THE FIRE INSIDE - Flamin' Hot -  Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
I'M JUST KEN - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
IT NEVER WENT AWAY - American Symphony - Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson
WAHZHAZHE (A SONG FOR MY PEOPLE) - Killers of the Flower Moon - Music and Lyric by Scott George
WHAT WAS I MADE FOR? - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell 

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Cutthroat Island
 - John Debney - Quartet 
Hic et Nunc
 - Pascal Gaigne - Quartet
IN THEATERS TODAY

American Star - Remate
The Breaking Ice - Kin Leonn
Maya - Michelangelo Sosnowitz
Miller's Girl - Elyssa Samsel 
Sometimes I Think About Dying - Dabney Morris
The Sweet East - Paul Grimstad 

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Oscar Nominations 2023
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/24/2024 - 10:00 PM
This year’s Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, by Zazie Beets and Jack Quaid (demonstrating that Quaid truly is in everything these days), including the following music categories:
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
AMERICAN FICTION - Laura Karpman
INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY - John Williams
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON - Robbie Robertson
OPPENHEIMER - Ludwig Göransson 
POOR THINGS - Jerskin Fendrix
 
This is the first nomination for Fendrix, Karpman and Robertson. Karpman is still among the very few female composers nominated for their original scores, following winners Rachel Portman and Hildur Guonadottir and nominee Germaine Franco (Jackie nominee Mica Levi identifies as non-binary). Robertson passed away on August 9th of last year. His is not even the first posthumous original score nomination, as Victor Young (Around the World in 80 Days) and Alfred Newman (Airport) passed away before their final nominations. It is the third nomination for Göransson, and the 54th (!) for Williams. Göransson seems the likely winner, unless the Academy feels that Williams deserves a sixth one, especially since his last win was 30 years ago (for Schindler’s List). I believe I’m not the only Williams devotee who feels that Dial of Destiny is a less-than-classic Williams score, so I’m hoping sentiment does not win out (especially if that sentiment goes to Robertson). For the record, it’s his fourth nomination for an Indiana Jones score (only Kingdom of the Crystal Skull didn’t make the cut).
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
THE FIRE INSIDE - Flamin' Hot - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
I'M JUST KEN - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
IT NEVER WENT AWAY - American Symphony - Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson
WAHZHAZHE (A SONG FOR MY PEOPLE) - Killers of the Flower Moon - Music and Lyric by Scott George
WHAT WAS I MADE FOR? - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell
 
If nothing else, this batch reminds one you should never bet against Diane Warren getting a nomination, no matter how obscure the film (raise your hand if you’ve seen Breakthrough, The Life Ahead, Four Good Days or Tell It Like a Woman). Barbie’s “What Was I Made For?” seems the most likely winner.
 
And now for those categories everyone else cares about: 
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Oscar Predictions and Other End Of 2023 Lists
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/19/2024 - 10:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth, though more and more I try to pay attention to sound in particular. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which will definitely not be nominated -- either because they are ultimately ineligible in those categories or simply not shortlisted -- are marked with an asterisk.

The actual nominations will be announced this Tuesday morning around 5:30 am (Pacific Time).


BEST PICTURE
 
AIR
AMERICAN FICTION
BARBIE
THE HOLDOVERS
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON
MAESTRO
OPPENHEIMER
PAST LIVES
POOR THINGS
THE ZONE OF INTEREST
 
AFIRE
AMERICAN FICTION
THE HOLDOVERS
MAESTRO
MAY DECEMBER 
OPPENHEIMER
POOR THINGS
SOCIETY OF THE SNOW
TORI & LOKITA
THE ZONE OF INTEREST 
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Film Score Friday 1/19/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/18/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is an expanded and remastered edition of James Horner's score for the 1983 film version of Ray Bradbury's fantasy-horror classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, directed by Jack Clayton and starring Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce and Pam Grier. Intrada released the earlier edition of Horner's score as well as Georges Delerue's unused score for the film.

Music Box has announced two new releases: the seventh volume in their series LES B.O. INTROUVABLES, featuring rare scores from French cinema, this one featuring scores by Jean Bouchety (Les furrieries de Scapin), Dominique Perrier & Sam Bernett (Le fou de roi), Karl-Heinz Schafter (Exterieur, Nuit; Polar), and Jean Musy (Les fausses confidences; Le coeur a l'envers; Le bahut va craquer); and ALEXEI AIGUI - FILM MUSIC COLLECTION, featuring cues from eight scores by the composer of the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro.


BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has announced their nominations for this year's film awards, including for Original Score:

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON - Robbie Robertson
OPPENHEIMER - Ludwig Göransson
POOR THINGS - Jerskin Fendrix
SALTBURN - Anthony Willis
SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE - Daniel Pemberton 
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Film Score Friday 1/12/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/11/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CDs from Quartet are a re-release of the two-disc edition of John Debney's popular symphonic score for the 1995 swashbuckler CUTTHROAT ISLAND, and HIC ET NUNC, a two-disc collection of non-film music by European film composer Pascal Gaigne.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Atlas
 - Ronald Stein - Kronos
Los Mercados
 - Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter - Kronos
Missions
 - Etienne Forget - Music Box
Uomini e mari
 - Francesco De Masi - Kronos 


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Beekeeper - David Sardy, Jared Michael Fry
The Book of Clarence - Jemyes Samuel
Driving Madeleine - Philippe Rombi - Score CD Une Belle Course on Music Box
Lift - Dominic Lewis, Guillaume Roussel
Mean Girls - Jeff Richmond 
The Settlers - Harry Allouche 

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Film Score Friday 1/5/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/4/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Dragon's Domain is THE JOHN OTTMAN COLLECTION VOL. 1, a two-disc set featuring three scores by the popular composer and Oscar-winning film editor -- an expanded and remastered release of his score for the romantic caper INCOGNITO, and the first ever releases of his scores for the 2004 short LONELY PLACE and the 2006 feature BROTHER'S KEEPER.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom - Rupert Gregson-Williams - WaterTower [CD-R]
Blastfighter
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat 
Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Colonne Sonore Delle Serie TV Dal 1985 Al 1998
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
The John Ottman Collection Vol. 1 - John Ottman - Dragon's Domain
Piedone d'egitto
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Squadra Antimafia
 - Goblin - Beat 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Night Swim - Mark Korven
Occupied City - Oliver Coates
Some Other Woman - Aaron Drake 

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CD Checklist 2023
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/30/2023 - 10:00 PM
AALTIO, PANU
 
RAIDERS OF THE LOST RING [MovieScore Media – CD-R]
TALES OF A FOREST, A LAKE AND THE SLEEPING GIANTS [Quartet]

AKINOLA, SEGUN
 
DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 13 – THE SPECIALS [Silva]
ARMSTRONG, CRAIG

THE GREAT ESCAPER [Sony]

ARNOLD, DAVID

GOOD OMENS 2  [Silva]
HOT FUZZ [La-La Land] 
AUFORT, CYRILLE
ET LA MONTAGNE FLEURRIRA... [MovieScore Media - CD-R]
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