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Film Score Friday 7/12/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/11/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a re-recording of some of Jerry Goldsmith's earliest works, episode scores for the TV anthology series GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER, which aired from 1953 to 1962. Leigh Phillips conducts this recording with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, with the scores dating back to as early as 1959. The collection also includes "Autumn Love," a suite Goldsmith composed for the CBS Music Library.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Dead Don't Hurt - Viggo Mortensen - Milan
Eye of the Needle: The Deluxe Edition
 - Miklos Rozsa - Varese Sarabande CD Club
For Love of the Game: The Deluxe Edition
 - Basil Poledouris - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Il cittadino si ribella
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Digitmovies  
Jerry Goldsmith at the General Electric Theater [re-recording] - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada
Lacrima Movies Trilogy
 - Franco Micalizzi - Digitmovies  
Last Action Hero
 - Michael Kamen - La-La Land 
Stelvio Cipriani Soundtracks Rarities Vol. 1
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies  


IN THEATERS TODAY

Dandelion - Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner
Fly Me to the Moon - Daniel Pemberton
How to Come Alive With Norman Mailer - Jacques Brautbar
Longlegs - Zilgi
Lumina - Gino McKoy, Matthew Sargent
Mother, Couch - Christopher Bear
National Anthem - Nick Urata
The Nature of Love - Emile Sornin
Sing Sing - Bryce Dessner
Skywalkers: A Love Story - Jacques Brautbar
Touch - Hogni Egilsson 

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Film Score Friday 7/5/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/4/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc, expanded edition of the score for LAST ACTION HERO, the 1993 fantasy action comedy which starred Austin O'Brien (My Girl 2) as a young boy who finds himself transported into the movie world of his favorite action character (Arnold Schwarzenegger in a double role). Directed by John McTiernan, the film was a box-office disappointment at the time of its release but has found a devoted following in the three decades since, largley due to the witty script by Shane Black and David Arnott (from a story by Zak Penn and Adam Leff) and Schwarzenegger's performance, one of his finest. For the score, McTiernan reunited with his Die Hard composer, Michael Kamen, and the La-La Land edition features the full score plus the original CD sequencing and extras.


The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and its associated labels are THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE FICTION VOL. 5, featuring the scores from the original Invaders from Mars (by Raoul Kraushaar) and The Terrornauts (Elisabeth Lutyens); THE ALBERT GLASSER COLLECTION VOL. 7 - FILM NOIR THRILLERS, featuring Glasser's scores for Please Murder Me and Treasure of Monte Cristo; the third volume of the LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD: FRANZ WAXMAN series (including re-recordings of cues from Waxman scores such as The Nun's Story and Peyton Place); and THE BEST OF THE FAIRYTOPIA SAGA, by Eric Colvin (Monte Walsh).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The David Michael Frank Collection Vol. 4 
- David Michael Frank - Dragon's Domain 
Death Hunt
 - Jerrold Immel - Dragon's Domain 
Franz Waxman: Legendary Hollywood Vol. 2
 - Franz Waxman - Citadel 
Giornata nera per l'ariete
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 
The Golden Age of Science-Fiction Vol. 4
 - Elisabeth Lutyens, Ronald Stein - Dragon's Domain 
Saltburn - Anthony Willis - Polydor (import) 

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Film Score Friday 6/28/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/27/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is an expanded, two-disc edition of BACKDRAFT, the 1991 fireman mystery-thriller that was the first of many films Hans Zimmer scored for Ron Howard (others include Frost/Nixon, Hillbilly Elegy and the Da Vinci Code trilogy). Disc One features the full film score in its original mixes, while Disc Two features the score cues from the 1991 CD release (as remixed by the legendary George Martin). The film starred Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, and Donald Sutherland. (By strange coincidence, since Sutherland passed away just this last Thursday, Backdraft is one of three new releases of scores for his films, along with Howlin Wolf's Murder by Decree and Varese's imminent Eye of the Needle.)


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 487 actors, filmmakers and publicists to join its membership, including the following Music Branch invitees:
 
Composers Anthony Chue, Marius de Vries, Jerskin Fendrix, Simon Franglen, Jo Yeong-wook, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Fabrizio Mancinelli, Diego Navarro, Martin Phipps, Plínio Profeta, Philippe Rombi, David Sardy, Ryan Shore and Kubilay Uner; songwriters Stephen Bray, Gary M. Clark and Dan Wilson; and music editors Michael K. Bauer, Shari Johanson, Katrina Marie Schiller and Carl Sealove.

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Backdraft - Hans Zimmer - Intrada Special Collection
Cosa avete fatto a Solange?
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet    
The Humanoid
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 
The Sugarland Express - John Williams - La-La Land 

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Film Score Friday 6/21/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/20/2024 - 10:00 PM
The lastest CD from La-La Land is a historic release, presenting for the first time the very first collaboration between John Williams and Steven Spielberg, the score for the director's 1974 feature debut THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS. The album features a 40-minute selection of cues approved by the composer, including music not featured in the final film. 


The latest CDs from Quartet are an expanded, two-disc edition of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1971 giallo GIORNATA NERA PER L'ARIETE (aka The Fifth Cord), starring Franco Nero, and a re-release of their expanded edition of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated PAPILLON.


The latest releases from Kronos are the score to the 1964 adventure film FROM HELL TO BORNEO, composed by Gene Kauer and Douglas M. Lackey; and COP HATER, scored by B-movie great Albert Glasser. Cop Hater was based on the first of the long-running 87th Precinct mystery novel series by Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter), which also inspired a 1960s TV series starring Robert Lansing and Gena Rowlands, several TV movies, two Columbo TV movies  ("Undercover" and "No Time to Die"), and such feature films as Fuzz, Blood Relatives and the Kurosawa classic High and Low.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

A Pistol for Ringo/The Return of Ringo
 - Ennio Morricone - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 6/14/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/13/2024 - 10:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, but in my absence you should be able to learn of any late-breaking film music-related news on our Message Board.


The latest releases from Music Box include the eighth volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series, featuring relatively obscure and previously unavailable scores, in this case Dames galantes and Priez pour nous (Raymond Alessandrini), L'addition and Tristesse et beaute (Jean-Claude Petit), L'amour propre ne le reste jamais tres longtemps (Jean-Claude Vannier) and Salute...j'arrive (Christian Pegand).

They are also releasing two CDs of scores composed by Pierre Bachelet - the light-hearted adventure GWENDOLINE (shown in the U.S. as The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak), and a re-release of their CD pairing COUP DE TETE and the Oscar winner BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOR (aka La victoire en chantant).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Coup de Tete/Black and White in Color
- Pierre Bachelet - Music Box
Gwendoline
- Pierre Bachelet - Music Box
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 8
 - Raymond Alessandrini, Christian Pegand, Jean-Claude Petit, Jean-Claude Vannier - Music Box  
Two Evil Eyes - Pino Donaggio - Rustblade   


IN THEATERS TODAY

Bad Behavior - Cameron McArthur, Alice Englert
Banel & Adama - Bachar Khalife
Firebrand - Dickon Hinchliffe
I Used to Be Funny - Ames Bessada
Inside Out 2 - Andrea Datzman
Just the Two of Us - Gabriel Yared
Protocol-7 - Will Taylor
Ride - Those Who Ride With Giants
Tuesday - Anna Meredith

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Film Score Friday 6/7/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/6/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc edition of one of Elmer Bernstein's greatest scores, for the 1981 animated sci-fi fantasy anthology film HEAVY METAL. Disc One features the full score as composed for the film, while Disc Two features the LP sequencing with a different mix than the film version.


Howlin' Wolf has just released the score for MURDER BY DECREE, the 1979 Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper mystery thriller which featured a remarkable cast - Christopher Plummer and James Mason as Holmes and Watson, co-starring David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Frank Finlay, Donald Sutherland, and Genevieve Bujold (fun fact: Finlay, cast as Inspector Lestrade, had previously played the role in another Holmes v. Ripper thriller, A Study in Terror). The film was directed by the eclectic Bob Clark (Black Christmas, Porky's, A Christmas Story), and scored by his usual composers, Carl Zittrer and Paul Zaza.  


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Backstairs at the White House
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain 
Diva Dolorosa
 - Loek Dikker - Caldera 
Dune: Part 2 - Hans Zimmer - Mutant
Franz Waxman: Legendary Hollywood Vol. 1 
- Franz Waxman - Citadel 
Gerald Fried: The Westerns Vol. 1
 - Gerald Fried - Dragon's Domain 
Heavy Metal - Elmer Bernstein - La-La Land
The Jim Dooley Collection Vol. 1
 - Jim Dooley - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
Murder by Decree
- Carl Zittrer, Paul Zaza

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Film Score Friday 5/31/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/30/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-release of Angelo Badalamenti's warm, melodic score for David Lynch's change-of-pace 1999 drama THE STRAIGHT STORY, which earned former stuntman Richard Farnsworth a Best Actor nomination for his performance as Alvin Straight, the elderly man who rode 240 miles on his lawn mower to visit his estranged brother. The Intrada CD features the same cues as the previous release on the Disney label.


The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and its related labels are THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE-FICTION VOL. 4, featuring music from The Day the World Ended (Ronald Stein) and The Earth Dies Screaming (Elisabeth Lutyens); the first release of the score for DEATH HUNT, the period outdoor adventure film from 1981 starring Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Carl Weathers, and scored by Jerrold Immel (Megaforce, Dallas); THE DAVID MICHAEL FRANK COLLECTION VOL. 4, featuring cues from the composer's scores to Poison Ivy, Call Me, Suburban Commando and Going Under; and a second volume of FRANZ WAXMAN: LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD, featuring previously released re-recordings of music from such Waxman classics as Sorry, Wrong Number and The Paradine Case.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Roma Bene - Luis Bacalov - Quartet 
The Straight Story - Angelo Badalamenti - Intrada 

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Film Score Friday 5/24/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/23/2024 - 10:00 PM
IN THEATERS TODAY

Atlas - Andrew Lockington
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - Tom Holkenborg
The Garfield Movie - John Debney
Hit Man - Graham Reynolds
Invisible Nation - Wei-San Hsu
Jim Henson: Idea Man - David Fleming
Sight - Sean Philip Johnson


COMING SOON

June 7
Two Evil Eyes - Pino Donaggio - Rustblade
Coming Soon 
Backstairs at the White House
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain
Diva Dolorosa
 - Loek Dikker - Caldera
Franz Waxman: Legendary Hollywood Vol. 1 
- Franz Waxman - Citadel
Gerald Fried: The Westerns Vol. 1
 - Gerald Fried - Dragon's Domain
Il cittadino si ribella
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Digitmovies 
The Jim Dooley Collection Vol. 1
 - Jim Dooley - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]
Lacrima Movies Trilogy
 - Franco Micalizzi - Digitmovies 
A Pistol for Ringo/The Return of Ringo
- Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Roma Bene
- Luis Bacalov - Quartet
Stelvio Cipriani Soundtracks Rarities Vol. 1
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies  
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Film Score Friday 5/17/24
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/16/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada is the first ever release of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for NIGHT PASSAGE, the 1957 Western starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy.


The latest release from Caldera is the score for the 1999 documentary DIVA DOLOROSA, composed by Loek Dikker (The 4th Man, Body Parts, Pascali's Island).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bruno Nicolai for Jess Franco
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies 
Chissa' perche'...Capitano tutte a me
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Ironmaster La Guerra Del Ferro
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat 
The Morton Stevens Collection Vol. 2
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain 
Night Passage
- Dimitri Tiomkin - Intrada
One Day - Anne Nikitin, Jessica Jones, Tim Morrish - Silva
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]  
Squadra Antifurto
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Star Trek: The Original Series - The 1701 Collection Vol. 5 - George Duning - La-La Land
Torn Curtain - John Addison, Bernard Herrmann - La-La Land 

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Film Score Friday 5/10/23
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/9/2024 - 10:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Arsene Lupin
 - Debbie Wiseman - Music Box 
The David Michael Frank Collection Vol. 3 - David Michael Frank - Dragon's Domain 
Goliath Awaits
 - George Duning - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
Le tableau vole
 - Alexei Aigui - Music Box 
No Retreat, No Surrender
 - Paul Gilreath - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]  
The Planets (Herrmann recording)
 - Gustav Holst - Quartet
The Primevals
 - Richard Band - Silva  
Uncommon Valor 
- James Horner - Quartet 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Adios Buenos Aires - Gerd Baumann 
Aisha - Daragh O'Toole
Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg - Will Bates
East Bay - John Welsman
Footnotes - Charles Harvey Spears
Force of Nature: The Dry 2 - Peter Raeburn
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - John Paesano
Lost Soulz - Adam Robl, Shawn Sutta 
Mother of the Bride - Caroline Ho
Not Another Church Movie - Ainz "Brainz" PRasad, Ameya Saraf 
Poolman - Andrew Bird
Slow - Irya Gmeyner, Matin Hederos, Vincent Barriere  

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