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Aisle Seat 10-20: A Second Smashing Round of Sony 4K Classics
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/19/2021 - 10:00 PM
For 4K UHD owners, one of the most lavish and collectible releases in the format to date was last year’s “Columbia Classics Collection,” which compiled a handful of award-winning films from the studio, remastered in new 4K transfers, for the first time. Some 18 months after the set was first issued, that package commands a high price on the secondary market as the bulk of the included films have yet to be released separately, meaning it’s still the only place one can find the UHD of “Lawrence of Arabia” among others. This year Sony is back with COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION: VOLUME 2, housing another half-dozen classics, and if its predecessor is used as a guide, fans of any of these films should snag a set before they inevitably sell out.
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Aisle Seat 10-19: No Time To Die, Universal Monsters in 4K
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/18/2021 - 10:00 PM
No series in the history of the cinematic horror genre has endured as long as the Universal Monster classics of the 1930s and ’40s – a time marked by the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler’s Germany and America’s eventual involvement in WWII. At the outset, the Universal films were hugely successful with audiences seeking an escape, but by the time the U.S. became embroiled in the conflict, the popularity of the studio’s trademark monsters became less inviting to viewers, who turned their attention to war-time enemies as the cinematic nemesis of choice. Before that happened, however, Universal established a litany of Monster Classics that would inspire long-running franchises and become favorites of viewers for generations to come.
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Film Score Friday 10/15/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/14/2021 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new releases -- the score for composer Alberto Iglesias' latest collaboration with writer-director Pedro Almodovar, PARALLEL MOTHERS (Madres Paralelas), starring Penelope Cruz; and music from two animated Spanish TV series scored by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - LA VUELTA AL MUNDO DE WILLY FOG and D'ARTACAN Y LOS TRES MOSQUEPERROS


Silva has announced three new Music for Film CDs in their collaboration with Film Fest Ghent (some featuring cues previously released in this series), spotlighting the work of MYCHAEL DANNA, SHIGERU UMEBAYASHI and GABRIEL YARED.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Adieu Poulet/L'ami de Vincent/L'etoile du Nord
 - Philippe Sarde - Music Box
The Albert Glasser Collection Vol. 3: Juvenile Delinquents - Albert Glasser - Dragon's Domain
The Deep Ones
 - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain 
Deux Heures Moins Le Quart Avant Jesus Christ (remastered reissue) 
- Jean Yanne, Raymond Alessandrini - Music Box  
Halloween Kills
 - John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies - Sacred Bones
Sorority House Massacre 2 & 3
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
 - Marco Beltrami - Sony 

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Aisle Seat 10-12: PRIME TIME Entertainment From Fun City Editions
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/11/2021 - 10:00 PM
The made-for-television movie has always received scant attention in the age of home video: not just Blu-Ray but DVD and laserdisc before it. Hundreds of well-crafted films produced for the small-screen haven’t been seen since their original network broadcasts, burying a swath of gems that have – considering Hollywood’s modern focus of producing worldwide blockbusters from regurgitated IPs – likely weathered the years better than you might’ve thought. Fun City Editions rolls the dice where other labels have mostly never ventured with a 3-disc Blu-Ray PRIME TIME PANIC set that salutes a trio of early ’80s network “Movies of the Week” from producers Leonard Hill and Philip Mandelker, each with young stars and superb craftsmanship behind the lens.
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Film Score Friday 10/8/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/7/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada features the original LP tracks (originally featured on their Elmer Bernstein: The Ava Collection set) from two early '60s scores by Elmer Bernstein, his masterpiece TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.


La-La Land has announced their October releases, due this week: the fourth volume of their GOLDSMITH AT 20TH series, pairing two aviation-related 70s scores, the Pearl Harbor epic TORA! TORA! TORA! and the sentimental barnstorming drama ACE ELI AND RODGER OF THE SKIES; and a re-release of their expanded edition of John Carpenter and Shirley Walker's score for the 1996 sci-fi sequel, ESCAPE FROM L.A.


Silva has announced an unexpected treat for John Barry fans -- the first-ever commercial release of his only score for director Blake Edwards, for the 1974 romantic spy drama THE TAMARIND SEED, pairing Omar Sharif and Julie Andrews (lthough it's far from being a 007 movie, it does have an unmistakable title sequence by Bond great Maurice Binder, which looks a little like what 007 titles might look like if Bond had a desk job)


The latest Deluxe Edition from the Varese Sarabande CD Club is a two-disc release of Graeme Revell's music for the 1994 cult hit THE CROW, featuring an expanded version of one of the composer's most popular scores. 

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October FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Jon Kaplan 10/6/2021 - 4:00 AM

The October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is the first part of AMBLIN UNCOVERED, a lengthy discussion of the studio’s works, with a focus on the non-Spielberg-directed projects like GREMLINS, YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE GOONIES. Also this issue is an interview with HENRY JACKM

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Aisle Seat 10-5: Arrow, Criterion, Warner Archive Harvest
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/4/2021 - 10:00 PM
A cult favorite and still one of the crown visual jewels in Ridley Scott’s filmography – which, of course, is saying something – LEGEND (113/89 mins., 1986, PG; Arrow Video) has been revisited on Blu-Ray in a new deluxe Limited Edition from our friends at Arrow Video. In addition to reprinting my FSM interview with home video producer Charlie deLauzirika, the set offers a treasure trove of supplements, a fresh transfer of the compromised U.S. Tangerine Dream theatrical cut, and – in the case of both that version and the far superior “Director’s Cut” – notably improved audio soundtracks. It’s out there now, sitting on store shelves like the pot of gold Tom Cruise and his band of forest-dwelling friends find in Scott’s lavish ’80s fantasy.
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Film Score Friday 10/1/21
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/30/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest releases from Quartet are an expanded, remastered edition of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1969 thriller VERGOGNA SCHIFOSI, and and an expanded, two-disc edition of Bruno Nicolai's score for FEMMINE INSAZIABILI.


The latest releases from Dragon's Domain are THE ALBERT GLASSER COLLECTION VOL. 3: JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, featuring two scores by the B-movie great, Four Boys and a Gun and Street of Sinners; Richard Band's score for the new horror movie THE DEEP ONES; and Chuck Cirino's score for the slasher sequels SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2 & 3


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Glory 
- James Horner - La-La Land 
No Time to Die
 - Hans Zimmer - Decca

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October 21
Alan Silvestri begins recording his score for Predator 2 (1990)
Brian Banks born (1955)
David Newman begins recording his score for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1987)
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Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Melora” (1993)
Gianni Ferrio died (2013)
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