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Film Score Friday 10/18/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/17/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CDs from Quartet are remastered releases of Nino Rota's scores for Franco Zeffirelli's two hit Shakespeare adaptations from the 1960s -- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a two-disc set featuring both the complete score as well as Rota's original, unused album sequencing; and a remastered version of the LP sequencing from the blockbuster hit ROMEO AND JULIET.


Bastardos y Diablos
 - Louis Febre - Dragon's Domain
Bride of Frankenstein - Franz Waxman - La-La Land 
The Dan Redfield Collection vol. 1
 - Dan Redfield - Dragon's Domain 
Deep Water
 - Toydrum - Silva
Halloween [expanded edition]
 - John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies - Sacred Bones
Il Pelo Nel Mondo
 - Bruno Nicolai, Nino Oliviero - Beat
Le Coeur en Braille/Que D'Amour!
 - Philippe Jakko - Music Box 
La Fameuse Invasion des Ours en Sicile - Rene Aubry - Milan (import)
L'Avocat/Le Tueur
 - Gregoire Hetzel - Music Box 
L'Ultimo Squalo
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
The Lighthouse
 - Mark Korven - Milan
Marco Beltrami: Music for Film
 - Marco Beltrami - Silva 
Minority Report - John Williams - La-La Land
Music for Dinosaurs
 - David Spear - Dragon's Domain
Trois Jours et Une Vie
 - Rob - Music Box 

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Film Score Friday 10/11/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/10/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1972 British kids fantasy film THE AMAZING MR. BLUNDEN, directed by and starring Lionel Jeffries (First Men in the Moon)


Air Force One: The Deluxe Edition - Jerry Goldsmith, Joel McNeely - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
The Amazing Mr. Blunden
- Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
Mrs. Lowry and Son - Craig Armstrong - Verve (import)
Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser - Gabriel Yared - Sergent Major (import)
Rooster Cogburn: The Deluxe Edition
 - Laurence Rosenthal - Varese Sarabande CD Club
 - David Stone Hamilton - Perseverance
Star Trek: The Deluxe Edition 
- Michael Giacchino - Varese Sarabande CD Club 

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Film Score Friday 10/4/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/3/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced an impresssive slate of new releases for October 17th -- their highly anticipated release of the original tracks from Franz Waxman's classic, groundbreaking score for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; an expanded two-disc soundtrack for Steven Spielberg's 2002 Philip K. Dick adaptation MINORITY REPORT, whose score by (of course) John Williams balances typically gorgeous melodies with thrilling action cues evocative of his 1960s sci-fi TV music; a second volume in their Quinn Martin Collection series, focusing on the music for the sci-fi classic THE INVADERS, with contributions from Domnic Frontiere, Sidney Cutner, Irving Gertz, Richard Markowitz, and Duane Tatro; and Lorne Balfe's score for director Ang Lee's imminent sci-fi action thriller GEMINI MAN, starring Will Smith...and Will Smith!!!

The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced three new limited "Deluxe Edition" releases, expected to begin shipping next week -- a greatly expanded two-disc release of the final score for the hit 1997 thriller AIR FORCE ONE, composed by Jerry Goldsmith with additional music by Joel McNeely, based on Goldsmith's themes (the film's first, unused and still commercially unreleased score was composed by Randy Newman, of all people); the first-release of the score for the 1975 True Grit sequel ROOSTER COGBURN, which paired screen icons John Wayne (reprising his Oscar-winning title role) and Katharine Hepburn (in an homage to her classic The African Queen) in a light-hearted Western adventure with music by Laurence Rosenthal; and a re-release of their two-disc edition of Michael Giacchino's score to the hit 2009 franchise re-starter STAR TREK

Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring the first-ever score releases for two Paramount films with music by Oscar-winners -- ROUGH CUT, the 1980 romantic caper comedy directed by Don Siegel, written by Larry Gelbart (who was so unhappy with the end result he used the pseudonym "Francis Burns," a reference M*A*S*H fans should appreciate), and starring Burt Reynolds, Lesley Ann-Down, and David Niven, with the legendary Nelson Riddle adapting the music of the equally legendary Duke Ellington for the film's score; and HARLEM NIGHTS, the period gangster comedy-drama which was the directing debut of Eddie Murphy, pairing him with Richard Pryor and feturing a score by Herbie Hancock

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Film Score Friday 9/27/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/26/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has just announced two new soundtrack releases, both featuring expanded scores from five-time Oscar winner John Barry.

HOWARD THE DUCK -- from executive producer George Lucas and the husband-and-wife filmmaking team of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz -- was a lavish, big-budget attempt to bring the cult Marvel character to the screen. With rising stars Tim Robbins and Lea Thompson (you know, Zoey Deutch's mom) in the leads, the film was a notorious critical and box-office flop but featured state-of-the-art ILM visual effects and, most memorably, a terrific score by Barry in one of the most unexpected composer-castings of all time. Barry wrote and recorded a delightful orchestral score, but late in the post-production period some of his music for the film's final section was replaced with new cues by Sylvester Levay. Disc One features Barry's complete original 78-minute score. Disc Two has 22 minutes of Barry's alternate cues, 18 minutes of Levay's re-score and an additional 18 minutes of alternate Levay re-score. Disc Three features music recorded for the film by Thomas Dolby (who was at one point thought to score the film as well) including the film's songs, and concludes with the original soundtrack LP sequencing including six Barry cues. This set is available to pre-order now but is not expected to ship until some time in October.

Their other new release presents Barry's score for the 1965 World War II drama KING RAT, with George Segal and Tom Courtenay leading the cast as Allied soldiers in a Japanese POW camp. The film, based on the novel by James Clavell (Shogun, The Last Valley, The Fly) was one of several Barry collaborations with actor-turned-director Bryan Forbes, and has been described by some as a grittier companion piece to Empire of the Sun. Upon the film's original release, Mainstream released an LP re-recording of Barry's music for the film, which was later released on CD by Sony, but Intrada's King Rat presents not only the LP tracks but also Barry's complete original score tracks, heard for the first time outside of the film.

The latest CD from La-La Land is the first-ever release of the soundtrack for CHILD'S PLAY 2, the second of the "Chucky" horror films, and the first to be scored by Graeme Revell, who returned to the series for the fourth (and arguably best) entry, Bride of Chucky. Revell's score was orchestrated and conducted by the great Shirley Walker, and was performed by a 90-piece orchestra. This release, limited to 3000 units, is expected to begin shipping today, and is the latest release from the label's partnership with Universal as part of the Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection. 

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Film Score Friday 9/20/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/19/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new soundtrack CD next week.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the latest Creative Emmy winners, including the following music categories:

CHERNOBYL - Hildur Guonadottir

GAME OF THRONES: The Long Night - Ramin Djawadi

SUCCESSION - Nicholas Britell

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL: We're Going to the Catskills! - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino


Downton Abbey
 [the movie] - John Lunn - Decca
The Flying Ghost Ship
- Kosuke Onozaki - Cinema-Kan (import) 

Les B.O. Introuvables vol. 2
 - Jean Bouchety, Christian Chevalier, Jean Morlier, Pierre Porte, Didier Vasseur, Roland Vincent - Music Box
Samurai Marathon - Philip Glass - Orange Mountain
 - Barry Gray - Silva 

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Film Score Friday 9/13/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/12/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced a historic upcoming CD release -- the original score tracks from one of the most important and influential film scores of all time, Franz Waxman's groundbreaking BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It will first go on sale at a screening of the film on October 13 at the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival in Tarrytown, NY, which will include a Q&A featuring the composer's son, John Waxman, and soundtrack producer/restorer Mike Matessino. The disc will be available from the label's website at a later date.

This week the label has two new releases -- an expanded, two-disc release of Danny Elfman's thrilling score for Brian DePalma's 1996 franchise-starter MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, featuring the original soundtrack release sequencing on Disc One and the score as heard in the film on Disc Two (plus alternates); and Harry Manfredini's score for what is arguably the best of the Jason Voorhees franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (featuring the same cues as on the label's Friday the 13th boxed set).

The latest re-recording from Tadlow, due in late October, features the complete scores for two groundbreaking horror films from England's Hammer Film Productions, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and HORROR OF DRACULA, with Nic Raine conducting the music of Oscar winner* James Bernard.

*(yes, I know, Bernard won his Oscar for co-writing the story to Seven Days to Noon, not for his music. Still, that's one more Oscar than you or I have, bub).

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Film Score Friday 9/6/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/5/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest film music release from Kritzerland is a five-disc set titled HENRY KING AT FOX, featuring five scores composed by Alfred Newman for the veteran director -- a remastered version of the swashbuckler THE BLACK SWAN; a remastered two-disc version of Newman's classic, spectacular CAPTAIN FROM CASTILLE; an expanded version of the historical drama PRINCE OF FOXES; the first release of the brief score for the Gregory Peck Western THE GUNFIGHTER; and a re-release of Newman's Oscar-winning LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING.


The Goldfinch - Trevor Gureckis - WaterTower [CD-R]
Ms. Purple - Roger Suen - Notefornote 
Pet Sematary II
 - Mark Governor - La-La Land
Thunderbirds Are Go: Series 2 
- Ben Foster, Nick Foster - Silva

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Film Score Friday 8/30/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/29/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents the first-ever release of the score for DOWNHILL RACER, the 1969 skiing drama starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman that marked the feature directing debut of Michael Ritchie (The Candidate, Smile, The Bad News Bears, The Fantasticks). The film was the last feature to have a score composed by Kenyon Hopkins (Baby Doll, 12 Angry Men, The Hustler), and the CD includes the score in stereo as well as additional tracks in mono.

The latest release from La-La Land, which is expected to begin shipping in early September, presents the score for director Mary Lambert's 1992 PET SEMATIARY II, the sequel to her own 1989 horror hit based on the Stephen King novel. The music is by composer Mark Governor, whose eclectic resume includes a stage musical based on The Scarlet Letter, and the CD features his 53-minute score as well as 22 minutes of alternates. This is the first commerical release of this score, though one track was featured on the composer's CD A Whore's Diary.


Downhill Racer - Kenyon Hopkins - Intrada Special Collection
The Durrells - Ruth Barrett, Jon Wygens - Abkco
The Farewell - Alex Weston - Milan
It: Chapter Two - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower [CD-R]

 - Ron Goodwin - PlantSounds 

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Film Score Friday 8/23/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/22/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a new CD next week.

The latest CD from La-La Land features music from the first season fo the Netflix series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, scored by Adam Taylor (The Handmaid's Tale, Before I Fall)


After the Wedding
 - Mychael Danna - Varese Sarabande
 - Hildur Guonadottir - Deutsche Grammophon
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season One - Adam Taylor - La-La Land
Dementia/Piano Concerto
 - George Antheil, Ernest Gold - Kritzerland 
Ghost Story
 - Philippe Sarde - 
Playmobil The Movie
- Heitor Pereira - Sony
 - Nicholas Britell - Milan 
The Tenant
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet  

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Film Score Friday 8/16/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/15/2019 - 10:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so if any breaking film music news has broken in the last few days, you'll have to read about it on the Message Board or elsewhere on the Internet, which I am told is a series of tubes. (Forgive me if I have made this reference before. Obviously, it never fails to amuse me.)


The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Heitor Pereira - Sony [CD-R]
Evil Toons
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
The Informer
 - Brooke Blair, Will Blair - Varese Sarabande*
- Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection 
Secrets of the Titanic
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain

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