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Film Score Friday 4/9/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/8/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc, expanded version of Michael Kamen's score for the 1991 spy thriller COMPANY BUSINESS. The film, starring Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikov and originally titled Dinosaurs, was written and directed by Nicholas Meyer right before he made Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (released later the same year), but real-life changes in U.S./Soviet relations forced him to rewrite the script at the last minute and he was unsatisfied with the end result. Intrada originally released Kamen's score on CD in 1991, but the new edition features both the original sequencing, which organized the cues into suites, as well as an expanded version in traditional cue format.
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Company Business
- Michael Kamen - Intrada Special Collection
The Serpent (re-issue) 
- Ennio Morricone - Music Box 
IN THEATERS TODAY

Moffie - Braam du Toit
Voyagers - Trevor Gureckis 
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Film Score Friday 4/2/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/1/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. For more information, go to this Message Board thread.


The latest release from Quartet is an expanded edition of Hans Zimmer's score for the 1994 skydiving-thriller DROP ZONE, starring Wesley Snipes, Yancy Butler and Gary Busey, and directed by John Badman (not to be confused with the other 1994 skydiving thriller, Terminal Velocity).


Music Box has announced three new releases -- the fourth volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series of boxed-sets which compile music from previously unreleased scores, in this case Legitime violence (Jean-Marie Senia), Mesrine (Jean-Pierre Rusconi), Twist again a Moscou (Twist Again in Moscow), Mes meilleurs copains (both by Michel Goglat), Claude Chabrol's Le sang des autres (The Blood of Others), starring Jodie Foster, Michael Ontkean and Sam Neill (Mathieu Chabrol), Le crime d'amour (Jean Weiner) and L'empreinte des géants (The Imprint of Giants) (Karl-Heinz Schafer); two scores by French composer Nicolas Errera, MOUNTAIN CRY and MY OTHER HOME (aka Another Shot); and the latest in their Les Grandes Musiques du Petit Ecran series of TV scores, featuring two composed by Serge Franklin -- DES GRIVES AUX LOUPS [1984] and LE JUGE EST UNE FEMME: LE SECRET DE MARION [1995]. 

Be warned - the Les B.O. Introuvables releases tend to go out of print very quickly -- even I still don't yet have the first volume.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Bear (re-issue) - Philippe Sarde - Music Box 
Die, Mommie, Die!
 - Dennis McCarthy - Dragon's Domain
Killer Party
 - John Beal - Dragon's Domain
King of the Wind (re-release)
 - John Scott - JOS
The Lee Holdridge Collection, Vol. 2
 - Lee Holdridge - Dragon's Domain


IN THEATERS TODAY

Godzilla vs. Kong - Tom Holkenborg - Score CD-R on WaterTower
The Unholy - Joseph Bishara 
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Film Score Friday 3/26/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/25/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of Jerry Goldsmith's third feature film score (and his first film in color), the 1959 Western FACE OF A FUGITIVE, with Fred MacMurray (not Glenn Ford, as I originally erroneously claimed) and James Coburn, and directed by Paul Wendkos, who would work with Goldsmith again on The Mephisto Waltz and the TV movie The Brotherhood of the Bell.


Varese Sarabande has announced two new expanded limited edition CD Club releases -- ALONG CAME A SPIDER, the sequel to Kiss the Girls in which Morgan Freeman reprised his role as Alex Cross, with Jerry Goldsmith reuniting with The Edge director Lee Tamahori; and a two-disc edition of Brad Fiedel's score for Wes Craven's THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, featuring an expanded and remastered version of Fiedel's score, plus the original soundtrack sequencing and unused music composed for the film by Michael Babatunde Olatunji.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Along Came a Spider: The Deluxe Edition - Jerry Goldsmith - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Bersaglio Mobile
 - Ivan Vandor - Digitmovies

Ed ora...raccomanda l'anima a dio!
 - Franco Bixio - Digitmovies
Face of a Fugitive - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan - Fred Mollin - La-La Land
Godzilla vs. Kong
- Tom Holkenborg - WaterTower
I due evasi di Sing Sing
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 
I Malamondo
 - Ennio Morricone - Sugar/CAM 
The Man in the Hat
 - Stephen Warbeck - Quartet 
Mondo Cane
 - Riz Ortolani - Sugar/CAM 
Patria
 - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet 
The Serpent and the Rainbow: The Deluxe Edition - Brad Fiedel, Michael Babatunde Olatunji - Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Tattooed Torah - Daniel Alcheh - Notefornote
The Time Tunnel: Volume One - Robert Drasnin, Lyn Murray, Paul Sawtell, John Williams - La-La Land


IN THEATERS TODAY

Nobody - David Buckley

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Film Score Friday 3/19/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/18/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada is expecting to announce one new CD next week.


Quartet has announced three new releases -- the first-ever release of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1964 Italian crime comedy I DUE EVASI DI SING SING; Fernando Velazquez' score for the TV series PATRIA; and the score for the new comedy THE MAN IN THE HAT, starring the great Ciaran Hinds, and composed by Oscar winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot), which should be no surprise because the film was co-written and co-directed by Oscar winner Stephen Warbeck. 


Varese Sarabande is planning to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.


Dragon's Domain has announced three new upcoming releases -- Dennis McCarthy's score for the film verson of Charles Busch's stage comedy DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!, starring Busch himself, Jason Priestley, Frances Conroy, Philip Baker Hall and Stark Sands; the score for the 1986 horror comedy KILLER PARTY, composed by John Beal (The Funhouse); and THE LEE HOLDRIDGE COLLECTION VOL. 2, featuring the composer's unused score for the 1999 drama Africa, starring Greg Wise, Patrick Bergin and Elizabeth Berkeley, and his music for the South African juvenile drama e'Lollipop, released in the U.S. as Forever Young, Forever Free.


The latest Grammy winners in the film music-related categories are:

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
JOJO RABBIT

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
"NO TIME TO DIE" from No Time to Die - Billie Eilish O'Connell, Finneas O'Connell

This last award must certainly be the first time a James Bond song has won a Grammy seven months before the film has even been released.


For those who missed Monday morning's announcement, this year's Oscar nominees in the music categories are

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
DA 5 BLOODS – Terence Blanchard
MANK – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
MINARI – Emile Mosseri
NEWS OF THE WORLD – James Newton Howard
SOUL – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
 
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
“FIGHT FOR YOU” – Judas and the Black Messiah – Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas
“HEAR MY VOICE” – The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite
“HUSAVIK” – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Goransson
“IO SI (SEEN)” – The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) – Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
“SPEAK NOW” – One Night in Miami… - Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth 
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Oscar Nominations 2020
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/15/2021 - 5:00 PM
Early this morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this year's Oscar nominations, including the following music categories:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
DA 5 BLOODS – Terence Blanchard
MANK – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
MINARI – Emile Mosseri
NEWS OF THE WORLD – James Newton Howard
SOUL – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
 
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
“FIGHT FOR YOU” – Judas and the Black Messiah – Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas
“HEAR MY VOICE” – The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite
“HUSAVIK” – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Goransson
“IO SI (SEEN)” – The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) – Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini
“SPEAK NOW” – One Night in Miami… - Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

Ninth nomination for James Newton Howard, his first since Defiance in 2008. Second and third for 2010 Score winners Reznor & Ross, second for Terence Blanchard. First score nominations for Emile Mosseri (The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Kajillionaire) and Jon Batiste. Daniel Pemberton also got his first nomination this year, but for Trial of the Chicago 7's song. 
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Oscar Predictions 2020
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/12/2021 - 10:00 AM
In a normal year, which 2020 was anything but, I would have posted these predictions -- traditionally based largely on my own big-screen viewing of all the major and minor contenders -- at the end of last year. However, theaters in the Los Angeles area have been closed since March 16, 2020, so I was only able to see 33 of the 366 films which have been declared Oscar-eligible for this year’s awards (including films released up until the end of February 2021). So these predictions are based largely on reviews, on awards from other organizations, and even more sheer guesswork than usual. As with so many things relating to 2020, it’s best to put an asterisk next to it. The nominations will be announced this coming Monday, March 15 (coincidentally, the one-year anniversary of the last time I saw a movie in a theater. Sigh.)
 
This is a strange Oscar year for so many reasons. Because the releases of so many potential box-office attractions were postponed (not that Black Widow or No Time to Die were likely to be major Oscar contenders), the emphasis this year more than ever has been on smaller, more “serious” films. One doesn’t necessarily think of Best Picture contenders as box-office blockbusters, but the last several decades have seen many of the biggest hits nominated in that category (if rarely winning), including Jaws, Star Wars, Heaven Can Wait, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Tootsie, Fatal Attraction, Ghost, Beauty and the Beast, Jerry Maguire, Titanic, The Sixth Sense, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar, Inception, Gravity, The Martian, Black Panther and Joker. Similarly, many Best Picture winners that seemed unlikely box-office contenders proved to be genuine box-office smashes, including Platoon, Driving Miss Daisy, A Beautiful Mind, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech. What’s really rare is a year like 1984, where none of the Best Picture nominees (Amadeus, The Killing Fields, A Passage to India, Places in the Heart and A Soldier’s Story) did particularly impressive business. 
 
BEST PICTURE
 
1. NOMADLAND  
2. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7  
3. MANK  
4. ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…
5. MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
6. MINARI  
7. SOUND OF METAL  
8. SOUL 
9. NEWS OF THE WORLD  
10. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 
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Film Score Friday 3/12/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/11/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada features Elmer Bernstein's final score for producer-director Ivan Reitman, for the 1986 comedy-mystery LEGAL EAGLES. A lavish attempt to recreate the kind of Golden Age entertainment that made Hepburn and Tracy an iconic team, it starred Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah, with an impressive supporting cast including Terence Stamp, Brian Dennehy, Christine Baranski and Steven Hill. The CD feautures the cues Bernstein re-recorded for the original LP release, as well as two vintage songs and the performance piece Hannah performs in the film, and the liner notes include an essay by myself about the film's production and the history of Bernstein's collaboration with Reitman.


Notefornote is releasing the score for Christopher Young's most recent collaboration with director Sam Raimi, the three-part "The Golden Arm (Michigan)" from the Quibi series 50 STATES OF FRIGHT.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Adventures in Dinosaur City
 - Frederic Ensign Teetsel - Dragon's Domain
His Dark Materials: Season Two
 - Lorne Balfe - Silva
Legal Eagles - Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
The Mark Snow Collection Vol. 3: Southern Gothic
 - Mark Snow - Dragon's Domain
Vampirella
 - Joel Goldsmith - Dragon's Domain


IN THEATERS TODAY

No major new releases are expected to open tomorrow, though more cities have re-opened cinemas including San Francisco. 

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Film Score Friday 3/5/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/4/2021 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two upcoming releases expected the week after next -- a three-disc set ("Volume One"!) of music from Irwin Allen's '60s sci-fi TV series THE TIME TUNNEL, featuring music composed for the series by Robert Drasnin, Lyn Murray, Paul Sawtell, and that other guy, what's his name...oh yes, John Williams; and Fred Mollin's score for the seagoing slasher sequel FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (the only film in the original series for which Harry Manfredini did not recieve full or shared scoring credit).

For those who may be interested in what exactly constitutes an award-qualifying film for the upcoming Oscars, the Academy has announced the Reminder List of eligible films for the 2020 awards (which includes films released through the end of February 2021). Nominations will be announced on March 15th, and the awards will be handed out on April 25th.

Fun fact: last Christmas's big DC Comics superhero spectacular is officially listed as WW84. I guess the studio used up their allotment of letters on Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Ulysse 31 - Denny Crockett, Ike Egan, Shuki Levy, Haim Saban, Seji Suzuki - CSC


IN THEATERS TODAY

Raya and the Last Dragon, the latest animated feature from Disney, opens in theaters this week with a score by James Newton Howard. No score CD has been announced yet, but both Mulan and Soul had score CDs released overseas, so there's always hope. 
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Film Score Friday 2/26/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/25/2021 - 10:00 PM

The latest score CD from Intrada is an expanded, two-disc release of Frank DeVol's exciting adventure score for the original, 1965 film version of THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, with the full 64-minute score on Disc One and alternates and source cues on Disc Two.


The voting closes for the first annual FSMies this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 11:59 PM (PST). Subscribers can click here to vote!


Quartet has announced two new score CDs -- the first release of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai's score for the 1968 Italian gangster film BANDITS IN ROME (aka Roma come Chicago), starring John Cassavates and Gabriele Ferzetti; and the first release of Riz Ortolani's score for the 1970 thriller L'INVASIONE, starring Michel Piccoli.


Dragon's Domain has announced three new releases -- THE MARK SNOW COLLECTION VOL. 3: SOUTHERN GOTHIC, featuring the composer's scores for two 1994 TV movies, Murder Between Friends and Shadows of Desire; Joel Goldsmith's score for the 1996 comic book adaptation VAMPIRELLA, starring Talisa Soto and Roger Daltrey; and the score for the 1991 children's fantasy ADVENTURES IN DINOSAUR CITY, by Frederic Ensign Teetsel.

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Film Score Friday 2/19/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/18/2021 - 10:00 PM
Next week, Intrada will release an expanded, two-disc edition of a score that was one of the first-ever releases from the Film Score Monthly label. For those who want more information, such as the film's title and composer, go to this Message Board thread.


Music Box is reissuing two of their out-of-print, expanded score CDs - Philippe Sarde's score for director Jean-Jacques Annaud's animal adventure drama THE BEAR, and Ennio Morricone's score for the 1973 spy thriller THE SERPENT, starring Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde, Philippe Noiret and Virna Lisi.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Awakening (re-release) - Claude Bolling - Quartet
Fireball XL5
 - Barry Gray - Silva
The Great Gatsby Ballet
 - Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection
The Silence of the Lambs (re-release)
 - Howard Shore - Quartet
Symphonies No. 6 & 7/Night Voyage
 - Christopher Gunning - Signum
Zappa - John Frizzell, songs - Zappa Records 

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