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Film Score Friday 6/18/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/17/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is yet another "Holy Grail" for Jerry Goldsmith fans -- the first-ever release of his unused score for the 1992 noir THE PUBLIC EYE. A fictional story inspired by the life of real-life pioneering tabloid photographer Arthur "Weegee" Felig, whose unforgettable black-and-white photos of crime scenes of the '30s and '40s created indelible images of the era, starring Joe Pesci as the fictionalized Weegee, here named Leon "Bernzy" Bernstein, who becomes involved with a femme fatale played by Barbara Hershey. Written and directed by Howard Franklin (Quick Change, The Man Who Knew Too Little), the film ultimately used none of Goldsmith's clarinet-dominated score, replacing it with a new one by Mark Isham. Intrada's release features Goldsmith's music in its entirety.


Varese Sarabande has announced two new limited edition CD Club releases, featuring expanded, two-disc versions of sci-fi action scores: John Powell's music for the Philip K. Dick adaptation PAYCHECK, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman and directed by John Woo, and a "Complete Score" edition for the 1999 classic THE MATRIX, scored by Don Davis, which is also being released in an SACD edition.


Last weekend I caught The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It in a theater, and apart from the use of a real person's murder as the basis of a cheesy horror film, the most disturbing thing about it was ultimately the number of tracked-in cues listed in the end credits -- music from Arctic (Joseph Trapanese), The Canal (Ceiri Torjussen), Daredevil (John Paesano), End of Days (John Debney - 2 cues), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Christopher Young - 2 cues), Luce (Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury), Mama (Fernando Velazquez), The Purge (Nathan Whitehead - 5 cues), Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Hildur Guonadottir - 4 cues), Trial by Fire (Henry Jackman), Within (Jeff Grace)  and even Thomas Newman's Oscar-nominated score for 1917. Which makes one wonder -- how much of Joseph Bishara's score (he still receives the principal scoring credit) is even heard in the movie? A friend wondered of all this tracking could be pandemic-related, but I wouldn't assume Bishara's scores tend to use a large orchestra.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Allons Z'enfants/L'honneur d'un capitaine/La maison assassinee
- Philippe Sarde - Music Box 
Images - John Williams - Quartet 
Les chemins de Katmandou/Paris N'existe pas/La bête noire
 - Jean-Claude Vannier, Serge Gainsbourg - Music Box 
The Matrix: The Complete Score - Don Davis - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Paycheck: The Deluxe Edition - John Powell - Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Public Eye: Unused Score - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Week-end a Zuydcoote (Weekend at Dunkirk)
 - Maurice Jarre - Music Box  

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Film Score Friday 6/11/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/10/2021 - 10:00 PM
Next week Intrada plans to release a CD about which, given my obsessions with both Jerry Goldsmith and unused scores, I can only say OMFG!!!!. For those who don't mind soundtrack CD release spoilers, go to this Message Board thread.


The latest CD from Quartet is a remastered (and composer-approved) release of one of John Williams' most off-beat scores, his Oscar-nominated music for Robert Altman's surreal 1972 psychological thriller IMAGES, starring Susannah York and the late, great Rene Auberjonois. 


Music Box has announced three new CD releases: an expanded version of Maurice Jarre's score for the 1964 WWII drama WEEK-END A ZUYDCOOTE (released in the U.S as Weekend at Dunkirk); a CD featuring music from three Philippe Sarde scores, ALLONS Z'ENFANTS (1981), L'HONNEUR D'UN CAPITAINE (A Captain's Honor, 1982) and LA MAISON ASSASSINEE (The Murdered House, 1988); and a disc featuring three scores composed by Jean-Claude Vannier, LES CHEMINS DE KATMANDOU, PARIS N'EXISTE PAS (both composed with Serge Gainsbourg) and LA BETE NOIRE.


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


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Albert Glasser Collection Vol. 2 - The Invisible Mr. Unmei/Geisha Girl 
- Albert Glasser - Dragon's Domain
Caboblanco - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Dragonslayer: 40th Anniversary Edition - Alex North - La-La Land
Forbidden Planet [reissue]
 - Louis & Bebe Barron - GNP Crescendo 
The Proposal - T. Griffin - Constellation
The Resurrected
 - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain
Turkey Shoot (Escape 2000)
 - Brian May - Dragon's Domain 

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Film Score Friday 6/4/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/3/2021 - 10:00 PM

The latest CD from Intrada is Jerry Goldsmith's score for SHAMUS. The 1973 mystery from director Buzz Kulik (Warning Shot, TV's Babe) starred Burt Reynolds (shortly after Deliverance and his Cosmopolitan centerfold finally made him a full-fledged movie star) as a low-rent NY private eye, with Dyan Cannon as his love interest. A minor star vehicle with a lot of personality, Shamus benefits from Goldsmith's funky, low-key score, featuring his usual inventive sounds and exciting action music, and presented here in its entirety and for the first time. The liner notes, discussing the film's production history, were written by me.


La-La Land has announced their slate of releases for this month.

Next week they will release a new edition of Jerry Goldsmith's lively score for the 1980 Casablanca homage CABOBLANCO, starring the Bogart and Bergman of the late 1970s, Charles Bronson and Dominique Sanda, and a 40th anniversary edition (that makes me feel really old) of Alex North's Oscar-nominated score for DRAGONSLAYER.

On June 22 they will release an expanded version of John Wiliams' score for Steven Spielberg's 1989 romantic fantasy ALWAYS, and will re-release their three-disc edition of what I personally feel is the greatest stand-alone score of the 21st century so far, Williams' A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Alan Howarth Collection Vo
l. 2 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain
Ghoulies IV
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Inseminoid
 - John Scott - Dragon's Domain  
Ratataplan - Detto Mariano - Quartet
San Pasquale Baylonne Protettore Delle Donne
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Quartet  
Shamus - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Swallow - Nathan Halpern - Ship to Shore 

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Film Score Friday 5/28/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/27/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada will release one new, awesome, unexpected (well, I expected it, because I wrote the liner notes) score CD next week. For more information, go to this Message Board thread.


Dragon's Domain has announced three new upcoming releases -- THE ALBERT GLASSER COLLECTION VOL. 2, a two-disc set featuring his scores for two Japan-set movies, The Invisible Mr. Unmei and Geisha Girl; a remastered edition of Richard Band's score for THE RESURRECTED, the Lovecraft adaptation directed by Dan O'Bannon; and a remastered edition of Brian May's score for TURKEY SHOOT (aka Escape 2000).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Ilargi Guztiak 
- Pascal Gaigne - Quartet 
The Midnight Sky - Alexandre Desplat - Abkco
A Quiet Place, Part II - Marco Beltrami - La-La Land
Space Truckers
 - Colin Towns - Quartet
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run - Hans Zimmer, Steve Mazzaro - La-La Land 


IN THEATERS TODAY

American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally - Kubilay Uner
Cruella - Nicholas Britell
Moby Doc - Moby
Port Authority - Matthew Herbert
A Quiet Place, Part II - Marco Beltrami - Score CD on La-La Land
Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog - Wlad Marhulets 

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Film Score Friday 5/21/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/20/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a newly remastered re-release of Harry Manfredini's score for the 1989 underwater sci-fi thriller DEEPSTAR SIX, which beat Leviathan and The Abyss to theaters in that strange year where underwater sci-fi was briefly all the rage.


Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs - the first release of the score for SPACE TRUCKERS, the 1996 sci-fi comedy directed by Stuart Gordon, with a score by Colin Towns (Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters, The Haunting of Julia, Rawhead Rex), and Pascal Gaigne's score for the 2020 fantasy drama ILARGI GUZTIAK


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Cesar et Rosalie
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
Deepstar Six [remastered re-release] - Harry Manfredini - Intrada Special Collection
The Enforcer [re-release]
- Jerry Fielding - Aleph
Le Chat/Le Train
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
The Prowler
 - Richard Einhorn - Howlin' Wolf 

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Film Score Friday 5/14/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/13/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Music Box features two scores by the great Georges Delerue -- an expanded version of his music for the 1986 film CONSEIL DE FAMILLE (aka Family Council), perhaps the only film that can be described as a "Costa-Gavras comedy," and his music for the 1977 thriller LE POINT DE MIRE (Focal Point)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bumblebee - Dario Marianelli - La-La Land
Conseil de Famille/Le Point de Mire - Georges Delerue - Music Box
Goldsmith at 20th Vol. 3: The Stripper/S*P*Y*S - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
X-Men - Michael Kamen - La-La Land 

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Film Score Friday 5/7/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/6/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a remastered re-release of their own re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1964 Western RIO CONCHOS, with the composer himself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. The CD also includes Goldsmith's own re-recording of his score for the documentary prologue to The Agony and the Ecstasy, "The Artist Who Did Not Want to Paint."


La-La Land has announced their schedule of new releases for this month.

On May 11, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of Michael Kamen's score for the original 2000 X-MEN; the first release of Dario Marianelli's score for the 2018 Transformers spin-off BUMBLEBEE; and the third volume of the label's new Goldsmith at 20th series, a two-disc set featuring two Jerry Goldsmith scores, THE STRIPPER, the first of his collaborations with director Franklin J. Schaffner, and the Donald Sutherland-Elliot Gould comedy S*P*Y*S.

On May 25, they will release Marco Beltrami's score for the imminent sci-fi horror sequel A QUIET PLACE, PART 2 (which was originally supposed to hit theaters over a year ago but was postponed due to the pandemic) and THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN, which was released to streaming platforms last year, with a score by Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro.


Varese Sarabande has announced two new limited edition CD Club releases -- a two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for his final collaboration with Franklin J. Schaffner, the little-seen medieval adventure film LIONHEART, featuring the score in film order as well as adding two previously unreleased cues; and an expanded, two-disc version of Marco Beltrami's score for the apoclyptic thriller KNOWING, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Alex Proyas.


Quartet has announced two new expanded score CDs from Oscar-nominated composer Philippe Sarde -- an expanded version of his score for the 1972 romantic drama CESAR ET ROSALIE, starring Yves Montand and Romy Schneider; and a CD pairing two Sarde scores for adaptations of Georges Simenon books directed by Pierre Granier-Defferre: an expanded version of LE CHAT (1971) and a remastered version of LE TRAIN (1973).

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Film Score Friday 4/30/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste won this year's Original Score Oscar for SOUL. It is Batiste's first Oscar and nomination, while Reznor and Ross previously won ten years earlier for The Social Network. The Oscar for Original Song went to "Fight for You" from JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, by by H.E.R. (aka Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson), Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas


Howlin' Wolf is releasing a CD of the score to the 1981 slasher film THE PROWLER, directed by Joseph Zito (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Red Scorpion), co-starring Hollywood veterans Farley Granger and Lawrence Tierney, and composed by Richard Einhorn (Shock Waves, Sister Sister, Dead of Winter).


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

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Film Score Friday 4/23/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CD releases -- John Scott's electronic score for the 1981 sci-fi horror film INSEMINOID (released in the U.S. as Horror Planet); Chuck Cirino's score for 1994's GHOULIES IV; and THE ALAN HOWARTH COLLECTION VOL. 2, including a variety of cues by the composer including his score for Arcade.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Nomadland
 - Ludovico Einaudi - Decca
La Polizia Trilogy
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Cinevox 
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
 - Miklos Rozsa - Quartet
My Name Is Nobody
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Vamos a Matar Companeros
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat  


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Deep Ones - Richard Band
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train - Kajiura Yuki, Shiina Go 
Mortal Kombat - Benjamin Wallfisch - Score CD-R on WaterTower
My Wonderful Wanda - Grandbrothers
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street - T. Griffin
Together Together - Alex Somers 

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Film Score Friday 4/16/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Quartet is a two-disc release of one of Miklos Rozsa's final scores, for Billy Wilder's lavish 1970 film THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. Disc One features Rozsa's original score recording from the same materials as Quartet's previous release but with improved sound. Disc Two features Rozsa's Polydor recording of his "Fantasia" of music from the film, a recording of the Rozsa violin concerto which helped inspire Wilder's script and which Rozsa adapted for his score, as well as source music from the film.
The latest release is from Caldera is CHRONICLE, a collection of music from the eclectic films of director Werner Herzog composed by Ernst Reijseger, featuring cues from the documentaries Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Family Romance LLC, Fireball, Nomad: In the Foosteps of Bruce Chatwin and The White Diamond and the fiction films My Son, My Son, What Have You Done?, Rescue Dawn and Salt & Fire.
Composers Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won BAFTA's Original Score award for their work on SOUL.

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Des grives aux loupes/Le juge est une femme: Le secret de Marion
 - Serge Franklin - Music Box 
Drop Zone - Hans Zimmer - Quartet 
50 States of Fright
 - Christopher Young - Notefornote
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 4
 - Mathieu Chabrol, Michel Goglat, Jean-Pierre Rusconi, Karl-Heinz Schafer, Jean-Marie Senia, Jean Wiener - Music Box
Metti lo diavolo tuo ne lo mio inferno/Leva lo diavolo tu dal...convento/Racconti proibiti...de niente vestiti
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies  
Mortal Kombat - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower
Mountain Cry/My Other Home
 - Nicolas Errera - Music Box 

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