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Film Score Friday 9/17/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/16/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest releases from Music Box are a CD featuring music from three films scored by Philippe Sarde and directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre -- ADIEU POULET (The French Detective), L'AMI DE VINCENT and L'ETOILE DU NORD; Philippe Rombi's score for the new thriller BOITE NOIRE; and a remastered reissue of the score for the 1982 comedy DEUX HEURES MOINS LE QUART AVANT JESUS CHRIST, composed by Jean Yanne and Raymond Allesandrini

The latest soundtrack release from Quartet is a re-release of their two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated score for BASIC INSTINCT

I think the best thing about this week in movie music is that though I'd never heard of composer Jongnic Bontemps until now, he has two movies opening in Los Angeles theaters this week, Last Night in Rozzie and My Name Is Pauli Murray.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's winners in the Creative Arts Emmys, including the following music categories:

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Film Score Friday 9/10/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/9/2021 - 10:00 PM

The Card Counter - Robert Levon Been, Giancarlo Vulcano 
Dating & New York - Grant Fonda
Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Dan Gillespie Sells, Anne Dudley - Song CD due Oct. 1 on Republic
The Jenkins Family Christmas - Mark Leggett
Kate - Nathan Barr
Language Lessons - Gaby Moreno
Malignant - Joseph Bishara
Mogul Mowgli - Paul Corley
Queenpins - Siddhartha Khosla
Small Engine Repair - Kathryn Kluge, Kim Allen Kluge 
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Film Score Friday 9/3/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/2/2021 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new releases for the week of September 14 - an expanded, two-disc edition of one of James Horner's finest scores, for director Edward Zwick's 1989 Civil War epic GLORY, starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Andre Braugher, and an Oscar-winning Denzel Washington; and an expanded and remastered version of one of Elmer Bernstein's great comedy scores, for the Bill Murray vehicle STRIPES.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new Deluxe Edition score releases from their CD Club: Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1992 period drama LOVE FIELD, which earned Michelle Pfeiffer a Best Actress nomination, featuring an expanded version of Goldsmith's score (previously released on CD by Varese) as well as the additional music by Bill Payne that replaced several of Goldsmith's cues in the final film; and a two-disc edition of the soundtrack for DANTE'S PEAK, the 1997 volcano thriller (not to be confused with the competing Volcano), featuring the score by John Frizzell which includes two themes composed for the film by James Newton Howard (who had originally signed on as the film's composer until a scheduling conflict intervened) as well as cues co-written with Jeff Atmajian, Brad Dechter, Steve Porcaro and John Van Tongeren. 

The latest release from Caldera features Zbigniew Preisner's score for the brand-new religious biopic MAN OF GOD (definitely not to be confused with the just-released Ted Bundy movie No Man of God).

Dragon's Domain has announced their latest batch of new releases - WEBS AND OTHER WONDERS, a collection of music for nature documentaries composed by John Scott; THE DAVID SPEAR COLLECTION VOL. 2, featuring two scores composed by the veteran composer-orchstrator, Mortuary Academy (1988) and Kiss Daddy Goodbye (1981); and a re-release of the score for MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN, with Laurence Rosenthal adapting the music of Thomas De Hartmann.

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Film Score Friday 8/27/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/26/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a re-issue of Bruce Broughton's re-recording of Miklos Rozsa's Oscar-nominated score for JULIUS CAESAR, the 1953 film version of Shakespeare's play directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz starring Marlon Brando, James Mason, Louis Calhern, Greer Garson, John Gielgud and Deborah Kerr.

Intrada's Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to re-record two never-released Jerry Goldsmith scores, BLACK PATCH and THE MAN, has proved a success, and the label hopes to have the resulting CD out in June of next year.

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


Julius Caesar (re-recording/re-issue) - Miklos Rozsa - Intrada 

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Film Score Friday 8/20/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/19/2021 - 10:00 PM

The Hummie Mann Collection Vol. 1
 - Hummie Mann - Dragon's Domain
The Printing/Beyond the Night
 - Dwight Gustafson - Caldera 
 - Richard Band, Christopher L. Stone - Dragon's Domain 
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
 - Martin Todsharow - La-La Land
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain 
Space: 1999
 - Barry Gray, Derek Wadsworth - Silva
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
 - James Horner - La-La Land
The Time Tunnel: Vol. 2 - Robert Drasnin, George Duning, Joseph Mullendore, Paul Sawtell, Leith Stevens, John Williams - La-La Land
Women Warriors: The Voices of Change - Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi, Lolita Ritmanis - La-La Land


Confetti - Christopher Tin
Cryptozoo - John Caroll Kirby
Demonic - Ola Strandh
Flag Day - Joseph Vitarelli
Ma Belle, My Beauty - Mahmoud Chouki
Missing in Brooks County - Ted Reichman
The Night House - Ben Lovett
Paw Patrol: The Movie - Heitor Pereira
The Protege - Photek
Rare Beasts - Johnny Lloyd, Nathan Coen
Reminiscence - Ramin Djawadi 

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Film Score Friday 8/13/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/12/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc edition of John Williams' only score for director-star Clint Eastwood, the 1975 espionage-and-mountain-climbing thriller THE EIGER SANCTION. MCA released the score on LP back in the day and that sequencing was duplicated for the Varese Sarabande CD decades later. The Intrada release features the full 75-minute Williams score on Disc One and the original LP sequencing on Disc Two. Williams was shortlisted for an Original Score Oscar for his music but Eiger ultimately went unnominated -- the Oscar that year went to Jaws, by you-know-who.

Following their re-recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film of Dial M for Murder, Intrada has embarked upon plans for another Kickstarter-funded re-recording, this time pairing two never-released scores composed by Jerry Goldsmith -- his very first film score, for the 1957 Western BLACK PATCH, and his music for the 1972 drama THE MAN, directed by Joseph Sargent and starring James Earl Jones as the first African-American President, which was originally made-for-television but ultimately released theatrically instead. 


The Eiger Sanction - John Williams - Intrada Special Collection
Ghostbusters II - Randy Edelman - Sony
Les choses de la vie/Nelly et Mr. Arnaud
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
Mi faccio la barca
 - Gianni Ferrio - Beat
The Russia House (re-issue)
 - Jerry Goldsmith - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 8/6/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/5/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

La-La Land has announced four new releases currently due on August 17 - a three-disc, second volume of episode scores from Irwin Allen's '60s favorite THE TIME TUNNEL, featuring music by Robert Drasnin, George Duning, Joseph Mullendore, Paul Sawtell, Leith Stevens and John Williams; a two-disc set of the score for the just-released SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS, composed by Martin Todsharow (The Captain, Head Full of Honey); a new two-disc edition of one of James Horner's finest and most popular scores, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN; and the "original live-to-picture concert soundtrack" for WOMEN WARRIORS: THE VOICES OF CHANGE, composed by Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi and Lolita Ritmanis

Quartet has announced two new releases -- a disc pairing two scores composed by Philippe Sarde for films directed by Claude Sautet, LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (remade in the U.S. as Intersection) and NELLY ET MR. ARNAUD; and a reissue of their expanded, out-of-print edition of Jerry Goldsmith's great, romantic-jazz-intrigue score for the film of John LeCarre's THE RUSSIA HOUSE, adapted by Tom Stoppard, directed by Fred Schepisi, and starring Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox, John Mahoney, J.T. Walsh and Klaus Maria Brandauer, apparently because there were no good actors available. 


Illegal Woman - David Solar - Saimel 
Non-Living - Josue Vergara - Saimel 
Pil - Olivier Cussac - Music Box
Storm Warning/Crawlspace
 - Jamie Blanks - Howlin' Wolf 
The Wind
 - Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer - Notefornote  

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Film Score Friday 7/30/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a four-disc set (!) of Danny Elfman's score for 1999's SLEEPY HOLLOW, the lavish, Tim Burton-directed re-imagining of Washington Irving's classic story, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and, for Hammer fans, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough. It features the original CD sequencing of the score, followed by the complete score plus more than 90 minutes of extras.

Kronos has announced two Rachel Portman score CDs - the first CD release of her score for the 2012 war drama PRIVATE PEACEFUL (for those who didn't get their fill of George McKay fighting WWI in 1917) and a re-release of her score for the 2013 drama STILL LIFE, starring Eddie Marsan and directed by veteran producer Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty), who happens to be married to...Rachel Portman. 


Espion, Leve-Toi (re-release)
 - Ennio Morricone - Music Box 
L'Etrange Monsieur Duvallier/Miss (re-release)
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box 
Masters of the Universe: Revelation - Bear McCreary - Arts Music
Sleepy Hollow - Danny Elfman - Intrada Special Collection
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
 - David Shire - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 7/23/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce one new release next week.

Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CD releases -- THE HUMMIE MANN COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring two scores by the Emmy winning composer, the children's film Thomas and the Magic Railroad and the IMAX film Cyberworld; Chuck Cirino's score for 1995's SORCERESS; and a resequenced edition of Richard Band and Christopher L. Stone's score for the 1987 horror film PRISON, directed by Renny Harlin (!) and starring Viggo Mortensen (!!!). 

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, opening (finally!) on September 30th, has announced its first two months of public programming, including a screening series titled "Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers." They have announced the following screenings: 

October 6 - Joker (Hildur Guonadottir)
October 7 - The Apology (Lesley Barber)
October 13 - Escape from L.A. (Shirley Walker, John Carpenter)
October 18 - The Earth Dies Screaming (Elisabeth Lutyens)
October 22 - John Lewis: Good Trouble (Tamar-kali)
October 26 - Under the Skin (Mica Levi)
November 6 - Clemency (Kathryn Bostic)
November 8 - Watership Down (Angela Morley)
November 13 - Double Face (Nora Orlandi)
November 15 - Our Little Sister (Yoko Kanno)
November 20 - Atlantics (Fatima Al Qadiri)
November 21 - Tron (Wendy Carlos)
November 22 - Emma (Rachel Portman)
November 25 - Eyes Wide Shut (Jocelyn Pook) 
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Film Score Friday 7/16/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a two-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's kinetic orchestra-and-synth score for Walter Hill's 1987 thriller EXTREME PREJUDICE, featuring some previously unreleased music. (The original Extreme Prejudice soundrack was among the label's very first releases back in the day)

Music Box has announced two new reissues of previously out-of-print releases -- their expanded edition of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1982 spy thriller ESPION, LEVE-TOI, starring French screen legends Lino Ventura and Michel Piccoli, with improved sound; and a CD pairing two 1979 scores by Claude Bolling, L'ETRANGE MONSIEUR DUVALLIER and MISS.

Quartet has announced two new CDs, each featuring two scores by Philippe Sarde -- BAROCCO (1976) and LES SOEURS BRONTE (The Bronte Sisters - 1979), both starring Isabelle Adjani (Bronte Sisters also has Isabelle Huppert, for those at home playing Isabelle Bingo), and one featuring two scores for director Marco Ferreri, LIZA (1972, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve) and LA DERNIERE FEMME (The Last Woman, 1976, with Gerard Depardieu and Ornella Muti).

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced this year's Primetime Emmy nominations, including the following music categories: 

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