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Film Music Friday 10/23/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/22/2020 - 10:00 PM
Next month, Intrada plans to release the score for THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the new miniseries inspired by Henry James' classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw, which has previously been adapted into such diverse works as the 1961 classic The Innocents, this year's The Turning, a two-person play by Jeffrey Hatcher, a ballet, a chamber opera by Benjamin Britten, and Michael Winner's 1971 prequel The Nightcomers, starring Marlon Brando. Mike Flanagan, director of such acclaimed horror projects as The Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep, is the show's creator/executive producer but is apparently directing only one episode, while the score is provided by his usual composers, The Newton Brothers.

Quartet has announced four new film music CDs - SHORT CUTS 2019, featuring music for short films composed by an impressive variety of composers including Joe Kraemer, Bear McCreary, Rachel Portman, Frederik Wiedmann and Christopher Young; the Chinese science-fiction film THE SECRET OF IMMORTAL CODE, scored by Thai composer Pantawit Kiangsiri; Jerry Grant's score for the 1990 action movie HIRED TO KILL, featuring Oliver Reed, George Kennedy and Jose Ferrer; and the score for the Dominican family drama MALPASO, composed by Pascal Gaigne.

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Film Music Friday 10/16/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/15/2020 - 10:00 PM

The Chosen - Ennio Morricone - Beat
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - Steven Price - Decca (import)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood - Harry Manfredini, Fred Mollin - La-La Land
Graveyard Shift - Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks - La-La Land
How to Train Your Dragon: The Deluxe Edition - John Powell - Varese Sarabande CD Club


Honest Thief, with Liam Neeson and a score by Mark Isham, is opening in U.S. theaters this week in cities where theaters are allowed to be open.

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Film Score Friday 10/9/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/8/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded, two-disc edition of the score for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster 2005 remake of H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS. The music was composed by, of course, John Williams (one of four scores he recorded that year, along with Revenge of the Sith and the Oscar-nominated Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich), and Disc One features the full 79-minute score with Disc Two featuring the original 2005 CD sequencing -- including Morgan Freeman's opening and closing narration -- and 15 minutes of alternates.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new two-disc Deluxe Edition expanded scores as their latest CD Club releases -- John Powell's Oscar-nominated score for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, with the full score plus bonus tracks including demo cues; and John Carpenter's 1995 remake of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, starring Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley with a score composed by (of course) Carpenter himself and Dave Davies, featuring the full film score on Disc One and the original 1995 CD sequencing plus bonus cues on Disc Two.

On November 20, Varese plans to release the score for Netflix's critically acclaimed new docudrama THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. The film is the second to be directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and reunites him with composer Daniel Pemberton, following Steve Jobs and Molly's Game. (The film is already considered to be a major Oscar contender, but in this year of films released only on streaming or in drive-ins, it's hard to know what will be a contender. Tenet could get nominated just for actually showing up in theaters).

The latest release from Music Box pairs two scores by Oscar nominee and European film music legend Philippe Sarde - UN TAXI MAUVE, and an expanded version of J'AI EPOUSE UNE OMBRE (released in the U.S. as I Married a Shadow), the 1983 version of Cornell Woolrich's classic I Married a Dead Man, which has also been filmed as the noir No Man of Her Own with Barbara Stanwyck and the romcom Mrs. Winterbourne with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser.

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Film Score Friday 10/2/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/1/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Caldera presents the music from ANGELICA, the 2015 supernatural drama starring Jena Malone and Janet McTeer, from actor-turned-filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth, Happy Tears), the son of Pop Art painter Roy Lichtenstein. The score was composed by Zbigniew Preisner, best known for his collaborations with the late director Krzysztof Kieslowski, which resulted in such internationally acclaimed films as The Decalogue, The Double Life of Veronique, and the Three Colors trilogy.

La-La Land has announced its current slate of releases for this month. Next week, they plan to release an expanded version of Bill Conti's score for THE KARATE KID PART II, Harry Manfredini and Fred Mollin's music for FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (that's the one where Jason battles a girl with telekinetic powers), and the first release of the score for the 1990 Stephen King adaptation GRAVEYARD SHIFT (it's the one with rats), with music by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks (Young Guns). Three weeks later, they plan to release two separate CDs of Christopher Lennertz' music for Amazon's revisionist superhero series THE BOYS, one for each season.

Silva has two upcoming film music releases planned for October 30: Colin Towns' score for the 1986 Clive Barker adaptation RAWHEAD REX; and WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS TRIBUTE TO THE FILM COMPOSER, with Dirk Brosse conducting the Brussels Philharmonic in re-recordings of music by such top composers as Angelo Badalamenti, Nicholas Britell, Mychael Danna, Alexandre Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Michael Giacchino, Elliot Goldenthal, James Newton Howard, Alberto Iglesias and John Williams, as well as the first commercial release of music from Gabriel Yared's unused score for Troy.

Next week Intrada plans to release a new edition of the score for a blockbuster hit from cinema's most popular composing/directing team. If you want more information, go to this Message Board thread.

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

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Film Score Friday 9/25/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/24/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a four-disc (!) expanded edition of Michael Kamen's popular score for the 1991 adventure hit ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater and Alan Rickman. The new Intrada set features nearly thirty minutes of previously unreleased music, with the first two discs featuring the full score, Disc Three featuring alternate cues and Disc Four features the original album score sequencing (without the Oscar-nominated love song).

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

WATCHMEN - It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

THE MANDALORIAN - Chapter 8: Redemption - Ludwig Goransson

HOLLYWOOD - Nathan Barr

WHY WE HATE - Tools and Tactics - Laura Karpman*

EUPHORIA - And Salt the Earth Behind You - Song: “All For Us” - Music and Lyrics by Labrinth


THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL - It’s Comedy or Cabbage - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino

*I inadvertently left this award off the originally posted version of this column. My thanks as always to Jon Burlingame for catching the omisssion.

Quartet has announced two new compilation CDs -- THE FILM MUSIC OF MARIO NASCIMBENE, featuring cues from the composer's scores to Commandos, Donne senza paradiso, La congiura de dieci and I lancieri neri; and THE FILM MUSIC OF FRANCO BIXIO, a two-disc set featuring the composer's scores for Deserti di fuoco, Istantanea per un delitto, Diario segreto da un carcere famminile and Il tuo piacere e’ il mio.

Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CDs: HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES, featuring the composer's music for the 1986 TV version of the oft-remade THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, starring Sir John Gieulgud and Alyssa Milano, and the 1983 guilty pleasure AMITYVILLE 3D, including previously unreleased cues; THE DON DAVIS COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring the composer's music for the BBC production SPACE ODYSSEY: VOYAGE TO THE PLANETS; and Conrad Pope's score for the teen comedy-drama LLOYD.

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Film Score Friday 9/18/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/17/2020 - 10:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new releases -- the third volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series, a three-disc set featuring rare French scores by various composers (in this case Bernard Gerard, Georges Hatzinnassios, Pierre Jansen, Pino Marchese, Patrice Mestral and Michel Portal); and a disc featuring two scores by Krishna Levy (Artemisia, 8 Women), CONTRE-ENQUETE (2006) and MORDBURO (1996).


The Final Countdown [reissue]
- John Scott - JOS
Mulan - Harry Gregson-Williams - Disney (import)


IFC is set to open the film The Nest (score by Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire), starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, in some parts of the country where theaters are open.

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Film Score Friday 9/11/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/10/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered edition of their two-disc, out-of-print MUSSOLINI: THE UNTOLD STORY, the 1985 three-part miniseries starring George C. Scott as Il Duce, co-starring David Suchet, Lee Grant, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Raul Julia, Virginia Madsen, Gabriel Byrne and Robert Downey Jr. The symphonic score was composed by seven-time Emmy winner (and two-time Oscar nominee) Laurence Rosenthal.

Quartet has just released a two-disc edition of John Addison's light-hearted orchestral score for SWASHBUCKLER, the 1976 pirate adventure starring Robert Shaw, Genevieve Bujold, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Beau Bridges, and Geoffrey Holder (yes, there is a big studio film where Robert Shaw is the romantic hero and James Earl Jones is his sidekick). Quartet's release features the full original score plus extra cues on Disc One, and the original 1976 LP sequencing on Disc Two.


Der Bestatter
- Raphael Benjamin Meyer - Alhambra
Mussolini: The Untold Story [reissue] - Laurence Rosenthal - Intrada Special Collection
One Potato, Two Potato - Gerald Fried - Caldera
Outlander: Season 5 - Bear McCreary - Sony
- John Addison - Quartet

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Film Score Friday 9/4/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/3/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced three new releases for the week of September 15 - the soundrack to MUNSTER, GO HOME!, the feature film spinoff of TV's The Munsters, featuring the score by the show's composer Jack Marshall (father of producer-director Frank Marshall and composer Phil Marshall); the first release of John Powell's score for the 1999 romantic comedy FORCES OF NATURE, starring Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck and Maura Tierney; and the third edition of the label's QUINN MARTIN COLLECTION featuring unreleased music from the shows of the veteran TV producer, this one a two-disc set with Patrick Williams' music for the long-running cop series THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, pairing Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, and the short-lived spy series A MAN CALLED SLOANE, starring Robert Conrad and Dan O'Herlihy.

The latest release from the Varese Sarabande CD Club is a Deluxe Edition of the score to WILD WILD WEST, director Barry Sonnenfeld's infamous yet lavish 1999 feature film version of the beloved 1960s Western/spy/fantasy TV series. The surprising but inspired choice to score the film was Elmer Bernstein, who wrote some of Hollywood's greatest Western scores. Varese Sarabande released a score CD featuring 30 minutes of the film's music back in 1999; the Deluxe Edition features a whopping 76 minutes of music, including cues composed by or with Elmer's son, Peter Bernstein.

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Film Score Friday 8/28/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/27/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada presents the first-ever commercial release of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the modern-day gangster thriler THE DON IS DEAD. The film, released by Universal in 1973 between the two Godfather films, tells the complicated story of a mob war and stars Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest and the late, great Robert Forster. The film was directed by Hollywood veteran Richard Fleischer, whose electic resume includes everything from Doctor Dolittle to Mandingo and who made three science-fiction classics, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Fantastic Voyage and Soylent Green; he and Goldsmith previously collaborated on Tora! Tora! Tora! and The Last Run. One of the few Goldsmith feature scores from the '70s to never receive a soundtrack release until now, The Don Is Dead features a typically exciting Goldsmith mixture of orchestra and electronics, with an original song composed by Goldsmith for the film, and the Intrada CD features the full score plus a handful of extras including an alternate version of the main title.

Varese Sarabande is expected to announce one new limited edition CD Club release today. 

Looking over the list of new films I managed to see in theaters in 2020 in the two-and-a-half months before the shutdown, I was surprised to notice that more of their scores have received vinyl-only releases (Bacurau, Emma., The Gentlemen, The Invisible Man, The Lodge, Ordinary Love, The Photograph) than have been released on CD (Birds of Prey, Color Out of Space, Gretel & Hansel, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Way Back).

Some of the latest scores to have vinyl releases announced include Terence Blanchard's score for Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, Nathan Halpern's score for Swallow, and of course the 8-LP set of Ludwig Goransson's The Mandalorian, due in November from Mondo.

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Film Score Friday 8/21/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/20/2020 - 10:00 PM

Alan Howarth Live at Hollywood Theater
- Alan Howarth, John Carpenter - Buysoundtrax
Lady Beware - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain
The Last Dalai Lama? - Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal - Orange Mountain
Man at the Top - Roy Budd - Caldera
The Peter Bernstein Collection vol. 1 - Peter Bernstein - Dragon's Domain
Rocco and His Brothers - Nino Rota - Quartet
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