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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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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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