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Film Score Friday 4/19/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/18/2024 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has two new releases from composer Christopher Young this week -- his score for the new horror film THE PIPER, starring Charlotte Hope and the late Julian Sands; and a two-disc release of his score for the 1995 sci-fi horror thriller SPECIES, with the complete score on Disc One and Young's own CD sequencing on Disc Two, plus extras.


The Piper - Christopher Young - Intrada
Species - Christopher Young - Intrada Special Collection
Three for the Road
 - David Shire - Caldera  


Abigail - Brian Tyler
Deep Sky - Paul Leonard-Morgan
Hard Miles - Andrew Brick Johnson
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare - Christopher Benstead
Mourning in Lod - Frank Ilfman
Rebel Moon - Part 2: The Scargiver - Tom Holkenborg
Spy x Family Code: White - Know Name
We Grown Now - Jay Wadley 

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Film Score Monthly 4/12/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/11/2024 - 10:00 PM

Death of a Gunfighter/Skullduggery
 - Oliver Nelson - La-La Land
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire - Dario Marianelli - Sony (import)
Navy Seals
 - Sylvester Levay - La-La Land 


The Absence of Eden - Oliver Coates
Arcadian - Kristen Gundred, Josh Martin
Civil War - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
Don't Tell Mom - The Babysitter's Dead - Jonathan Scott Friedman
Food, Inc. 2 - Mark Adler
The Long Game - Hanan Townshend
The Old Oak - George Fenton
Sasquatch Sunset - The Octopus Project
Sting - Anna Drubich 

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Film Score Friday 4/5/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/4/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc edition of Danny Elfman's score for author Cliver Barker's second feature as a director, the wild horror thriller NIGHTBREED, with Disc One featuring the full score and Disc Two featuring the original 1990 CD sequencing plus 21 minutes of extras.

La-La Land has announced two new releases for April, expected to begin shipping next week -- a CD pairing two scores by Oliver Nelson (The Six Million Dollar Man, Zigzag) -- the Western DEATH OF A GUNFIGHTER and the adventure film SKULLDUGGERY; and an expanded version of Sylvester Levay's score for NAVY SEALS, featuring the stereo tracks from the original Intrada release plus previously unreleaed cues from mono sources.

The latest of Caldera's releases of rare David Shire music presents music from three of his 1970s TV projects -- the pilot score for the short-lived TV series THREE FOR THE ROAD, and cues from two TV movie scores, THE GREATEST THING THAT ALMOST HAPPENED and DADDY, I DON'T LIKE IT LIKE THIS.


The Emperor of Paris
 - Marco Beltrami, Marcus Trumpp - Music Box 
King of Hearts
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box 
Nightbreed - Danny Elfman - Intrada Special Collection

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Film Score Friday 3/29/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/28/2024 - 10:00 PM
Just in case your boxed-sets of Howard Shore's scores for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were getting lonely on your shelf, Mondo has just announced a ten-CD set of Bear McCreary's music for the first season of the lavish streaming prequel series THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER. Mondo first made this set available to pre-order this last Monday morning, and it apparently sold out its currently announced run by that evening. No word if it will ultimately be available from other on-line sellers.

The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and their related labels are THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE-FICTION, VOL. 3, featuring cues from Elmer Bernstein's scores to the '50s B-movies Cat Women of the Moon and Robot Monster, plus music from Devil Girl from Mars by Edwin Astley (The Saint); THE MORTON STEVENS COLLECTION VOL. 2, featuring the Emmy-winning composer's score for 1979 TV movie The Flame Is Love plus other Stevens compositions; and Craig Safan's score for the TV movie biopic SAMARTIAN: THE MITCH SNYDER STORY, starring Martin Sheen as the activist who crusaded for the rights of the homeless. 


Asphalt City - Nicolas Becker, Quentin Sirjacq 
A Cat's Life - Julien Jaouen
DogMan - Eric Serra - Score CD on Because Music
Femme - Adam Janota Bzowski
Free Time - Mason Margut
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - Tom Holkenborg, Antonio Di Iorio
In the Land of Saints and Sinners - Diego Baldenweg, Lionel Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg 
Karaoke - Gal Lev, Leo Perla
La Chimera - no original score
Lousy Carter - Leafcuts
Wicked Little Letters - Isobel Waller-Bridge 

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Film Score Friday 3/22/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/21/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the first-ever release of the very first theatrical film score composed by James Horner - THE LADY IN RED, a lively B-movie gangster drama inspired by the life of Polly Hamilton, the woman who was with John Dillinger when he was killed by law enforcement. Pamela Sue Martin plays Polly, Robert Conrad plays Dillinger, and the film was written by two-time Oscar nominee John Sayles and directed by Lewis Teague (Cujo, Alligator).

The latest releases form Music Box are an expanded version of Georges Delerue's score for Philippe DeBroca's comedy-drama KING OF HEARTS, which was a staple of American repertory and arthouse theaters in the 1970s; and the first CD release of the score for the 2018 French period crime drama THE EMPEROR OF PARIS, composed by two-time Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami and his frequent collaborator Marcus Trumpp.


The Lady in Red - James Horner - Intrada Special Collection
Once Upon a Time in the West
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
 - Robert Folk - Quartet
 - Jerry Fielding - Quartet
Viva la foca/Cornetti alla crema/La moglie in vacanza l'amante in citta
 - Detto Mariano - Beat        

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Film Score Friday 3/15/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/14/2024 - 10:00 PM
This year's winners for the music Oscars, to no one's great surprise, were Ludwig Goransson for his original OPPENHEIMER score, and the sibling team of Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell for BARBIE's original song "What Was I Made For?" Each of this year's music winners were actually winning for the second time, and the Barbie songwriters are now both the youngest two-time Oscar winners. 

Composer Kris Bowers, who had been shortlisted for his incidental music for The Color Purple, won the Documentary Short Subject Oscar (with Ben Proudfoot) for THE LAST REPAIR SHOP. Bowers, whose other scores include Green Book, Haunted Mansion, Origin, and the currently-in-theaters Bob Marley: One Love, had previously been nominated in the category with Proudfoot for 2020's A Concerto is a Conversation


Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Danny Elfman - Varese Sarabande CD Club
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
 - John Powell - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
Scusi, ma lei le paga le tasse?/Come rubammo la bomba atomica
 - Lallo Gori - Beat   
Top Gun - Harold Faltermeyer - La-La Land 


The American Society of Magical Negroes - Michael Abels
The Animal Kingdom - Andrea Laszlo De Simone
Arthur the King - Kevin Matley
High & Low - John Galliano - Tom Hodge
Irish Wish - Nathan Lanier
Knox Goes Away - Alex Heffes
The Neon Highway - Arturo Sandoval
One Life - Volker Bertelmann
The Prank - Deron Johnson
Shirley - Tamar-kali
Snack Shack - Keegan DeWitt
The Throwback - Dylan Glatthorn
Uproar - Karl Solve Steven 

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Film Score Friday 3/8/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/7/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land - available to pre-order and expected to begin shipping next week - is a two-disc release of the soundtrack to one of the most iconic films of the 1980s, TOP GUN, featuring the first full release of the original Harold Faltermeyer score plus the songs from the original soundtrack CD.

The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and their associated labels include GOLIATH AWAITS, George Duning's* score for the 1981 two-part TV movie about the discovery of survivors living in an ocean liner decades after its sinking, starring Mark Harmon and Christopher Lee; THE DAVID MICHAEL FRANK COLLECTION VOL. 3, featuring the composer's scores for the TV movies A Will of Their Own and About Sarah (both from 1998); and Paul Gilreath's score for the 1985 action movie NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER, co-starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

*Not Morton Stevens' score - I only noticed this correction in the Message Board nine days later. As a wise man once said, d'oh!

Just a reminder, the 96th Academy Awards are this Sunday at 4pm Pacific Time. Music Oscars will be given - probably to Ludwig Goransson and possibly to Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas (that's my guess, anyway). My predictions are at the bottom of this column.* Please feel free to revel in my inevitable wrongness (I'm always much better at predicting nominations).


 - Joe Harnell - Five Jays [CD-R] 
The Joe Kraemer Collection Vol. 1
 - Joe Kraemer - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]  

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Film Score Friday 3/1/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/29/2024 - 10:00 PM
For Los Angeles-area Ennio Morricone fans who haven't been able to catch the once-a-day screenings of the documentary ENNIO at the Laemmle in North Hollywood, it is indeed scheduled to return to Los Angeles at the end of this month, screening at the downtown Alamo Drafthouse, which also has screenings scheduled of such Morricone-scored classics as Days of Heaven, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Untouchables.


 - John Barry - La-La Land 


Dune: Part Two - Hans Zimmer
Outlaw Posse - Dontae Winslow
Problemista - Robert Ouyang Rusli 

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Film Score Friday 2/23/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/22/2024 - 10:00 PM
For Los Angeles-area film music fans who missed the Academy Museum's screening of Giuseppe Tornatore's acclaimed documentary ENNIO last fall, the good news is it opens at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood today.

The bad news is it only plays once a day, and at seemingly random times:

Friday: 12:50 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 7:15 pm
Monday: 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:15 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 pm

According to the website for Music Box, the film's U.S. distributor, additional engagements are planned around the country over the next several weeks, and it has already screened in other cities including New York and Cleveland, and will screen again in Los Angeles at Alamo Drafthouse at the end of March.


About Dry Grasses - Philip Timofeyev 
Bring Him to Me - Frederik Wiedmann
Drive-Away Dolls - Carter Burwell
Drugstore Jane - Alex Geringas
Ennio - Ennio Morricone
Io Capitano - Andrea Farri
Mea Culpa - Amanda Jones
Ordinary Angels - Pancho Burgos-Goizueta 
Red Right Hand - Mondo Boys
Spaceman - Max Richter 
Stopmotion - Lola de la Mata
Terezin - Emanuele Frusi 

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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.


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 


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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