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Film Score Friday 12/8/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/7/2023 - 10:00 PM
Varese Sarabande's latest Deluxe Edition CD Club releases present expanded releases of two scores by members of Hollywood's First Family of Film Music, the Newmans - Randy Newman's Oscar-nominated score for the 1998 fantasy comedy PLEASANTVILLE, starring Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy and Joan Allen; and a two-disc edition of David Newman's score for SERENITY, writer-director Joss Whedon's feature film sequel to his cult classic sci-fi Western TV series Firefly.

RUNAWAY: THE EARLY WORKS OF DAVID SHIRE, the latest release from Caldera, features previously unreleased music by the Oscar-winning composer, including his music for the premiere episode of CBS Playhouse.

The latest releases from Kronos are Ronald Stein's score for the 1961 sword-and-sandals adventure ATLAS; Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter's score for the 1971 Mexican Western LOS MERCADOS; and Francesco De Masi's score for the 1959 documentary UOMINI E MARI (Men and Sea

The latest releases from Buysoundtrax are a fifth volume of Joe Harnell's music for THE BIONIC WOMAN, and the tracks from the 1972 album LEE HOLDRIDGE AND HIS ORCHESTRA


Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen
 - Carey Blyton, Peter Howell - Silva
Doctor Who: Time and the Rani
 - Keff McCulloch - Silva 
 - Eric Colvin - Buysoundrax [CD-R] 
Guido & Maurizio De Angelis: Television Soundtracks Collection
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat 
I predatori di Atlantide
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Killers of the Flower Moon - Robbie Robertson - Sony 
La polizia incrimina la legge assolve
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
The Sound of Music - Richard Rodgers, Irwin Kostal - Concord Music Group
The Sound of Music: Super Deluxe Edition - Richard Rodgers, Irwin Kostal - Condord Music Group

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December FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 12/7/2023 - 3:00 AM

The December edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is THE SOUND OF PRESTIGE, coverage of an assortment of scores for Oscar bait projects. First up is MARTIN PHIPPS, who teams with Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix to create a new sound for NAPOLEON. Riding alongside are JERSKIN FENDRIX, who ma

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Aisle Seat 12-7: 4K Epics! From TITANIC to OPPENHEIMER
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/6/2023 - 10:00 PM
It’s not often you see a film whose convictions, dramatically and visually, match its ambitions all the way through. Although it’s been oft-parodied for years, James Cameron’s eloquent, unforgettable 1997 Oscar-winner TITANIC (194 mins., 1997, PG-13; Paramount) is one of those special films: an “epic” with an intimate, character-driven center, set against a meticulously recreated historical period that truly makes one feel that you’re experiencing life on the doomed ocean liner itself.
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Aisle Seat 12-5: Kino Lorber Rundown Plus T.R. BASKIN & TREMORS 2
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/4/2023 - 10:00 PM
Filmmaker Fred Dekker has been involved in a number of genre favorites over the years, from penning the original story for Steve Miner’s haunted house chiller “House” to writing and directing the cult fave 1986 homage “Night of the Creeps.” Regrettably, the window of opportunity for some directors can open and close in a heartbeat, and as Dekker himself has noted, he “killed” his own career twice — first with the failure of the 1987 kid-fantasy THE MONSTER SQUAD (82 mins., 1987, PG-13; Kino Lorber) and later with the well-intentioned “Robocop 3,” which sat on the shelf for several years while Orion Pictures went bankrupt and the audience for the series went elsewhere.
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Film Score Friday 12/1/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/30/2023 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced five end-of-year "Black Friday" releases which are now available to order -- a three-disc "Ultimate Edition" of John Williams' popular score for Steven Spielberg's 1991 fantasy HOOK, featuring Williams' Oscar-nominated song "When You're Alone"; a two-disc edition of James Horner's rousing swashbuckler score for the 1998 hit THE MASK OF ZORRO; a two-disc edition of another Horner favorite, his catchy score for the caper comedy-thriller SNEAKERS, featuring both the score as heard in the film and the soundtrack release sequencing; a remastered and expanded edition of Maurice Jarre's score for one of Alfred Hitchcock's final films, the international spy thriller TOPAZ; and the first ever release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1966 romantic thriller MOMENT TO MOMENT, starring Jean Seberg and Honor Blackman and directed by Golden Age great Mervyn LeRoy (Anthony Adverse, Quo Vadis, The Bad Seed).

Varese Sarabande is expected to announce their final CD Club release(s) of the year today.


Cerrar los ojos
 - Federico Jusid - Quartet 
 - Trevor Jones - Quartet 
The Ernest Gold Collection Vol. 2
 - Ernest Gold - Dragon's Domain 
 - John Debney, Louis Febre - Dragon's Domain
Godzilla Minus One
 - Naoki Sato - Rambling (Import) 
Hook - John Williams - La-La Land
The Joe Harnell Collection Vol. 2
 - Joe Harnell - Five Jays [CD-R] 
La contadora de peliculas
 - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet 
La ermita
 - Pascal Gaigne - Quartet 
Le Casse (The Burglars)
 - Ennio Morricone - Music Box 
Le clan/Renseignements generaux
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box 
Le grand pardon/Le grand pardon II
 - Serge Franklin/Romano Musumarra - Music Box 
Maestro - Leonard Bernstein - Deutsche Grammophon
The Mask of Zorro - James Horner - La-La Land
Moment to Moment - Henry Mancini - La-La Land
My Animal - Augustus Muller - Nude Club
 - Louis Febre - Buysoundtrax [CD-R]
Savate - Kevin Kiner - Buysoundtrax [CD-R] 
Scream VI - Brian Tyler, Sven Faulconer - Varese Sarabande 
Sneakers - James Horner - La-La Land

Theatre of Blood
 - Michael J. Lewis - Quartet 
Topaz - Maurice Jarre - La-La Land

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Film Score Friday 11/24/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/23/2023 - 10:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so if any breaking news happened since I left you can probably learn about it on our Message Board.

La-La Land was expected to announce their latest batch of end-of-year Black Friday releases today.

Dragon's Domain and Buysoundtrax have announced three new releases - Ken Thorne's score for the offbeat, Japan-set ghost story THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS, starring Edward Albert, Susan George and Doug McClure; and CD-Rs of THE DANIEL LICHT COLLECTION VOL. 2 (his music for Beneath the Dark and the 1998 TV version of Brave New World) and THE JOE HARNELL COLLECTION VOL. 3 (various TV projects). 


Divinity - DJ Muggs, Dean Hurley - Sacred Bones  


Fallen Leaves - no original score
Leave the World Behind - Mac Quayle
Maestro - Leonard Bernstein - Score CD on Deutsche Grammophon
Napoleon - Martin Phipps
Wish - Dave Metzger (score), Julia Michaels, Benajmin Rice (songs) - Song CD on Disney 

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11-21: Holiday Gift Guide Part 1! Police Academy, Martial Arts Mayhem & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/20/2023 - 10:00 PM
It was one of the biggest comedy hits of the 1980s, returning close to $200 million when adjusted for inflation. Spawning six sequels, an animated TV series and recurrent talk of a big-screen resurrection, POLICE ACADEMY may not have received widespread critical acclaim – or in the case of its follow-ups, even a small amount of positive critical response – but it remains a viewer favorite, both for its wacky gags as well as its appealing assortment of rag-tag underdogs who triumph against all odds. If you're a fan, "Academy" addicts will be excited to learn that Shout! Factory has at last brought the series to Blu-Ray this month in a five-disc POLICE ACADEMY COLLECTION “Shout Select” box-set.
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Film Score Friday 11/17/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/16/2023 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded, remastered two-disc edition of one of James Horner's very first feature film scores, for producer Roger Corman's 1980 Seven-Samurai-in-space BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, a lively musical homage to the tradition of Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams which almost certainly earned Horner his breakout assignment scoring Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan two years later. Disc One features the full score, more than an hour of music, and Disc Two features the original LP sequencing.

The latest releases from Quartet are a remastered edition of Michael J. Lewis' score for the 1973 dark comedy horror film THEATRE OF BLOOD, starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg and a supporting cast of top Briitish talent; and a 30th anniversary re-release of the two-disc edition of Trevor Jones' popular score for the 1993 action hit CLIFFHANGER.

The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for this year’s Grammys, including the following film music-related categories: 
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Aisle Seat 11-14: 4K Thrills (And One Misfire!)
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/13/2023 - 10:00 PM
One of the great sports movies ever made, RUDY (114/127 mins., 1993, PG; Sony) reunited the production team from another genre classic – “Hoosiers” – in telling the real-life story of a young man who wants desperately to play football for Notre Dame, and makes up in heart and determination what he lacks in talent and academic prowess. Debuting this month on 4K, Sony’s “Rudy” not only looks spectacular, easily surpassing its previous Blu-Ray, but premieres on UHD a never-before-seen Director’s Cut restoring some 13 minutes of excised scenes the filmmakers had to remove in order to fulfill Tri-Star’s two-hour running time mandate.
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Nov. FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 11/13/2023 - 2:00 AM

The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is THE MARVELS PROJECT, an analysis of LAURA KARPMAN’s written score for the latest MCU feature, featuring additional commentary from Karpman. Also this issue are an interview with MARK ORTON on his score for Alexander Payne’s THE

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Today in Film Score History:
December 8
Antonio Carlos Jobim died (1994)
Bruce Kimmel born (1947)
Dominic Frontiere records his score for The Invaders episode “The Mutation” (1966)
Edward Williams died (2013)
John Rubinstein born (1946)
Junkie XL born as Tom Holkenberg (1967)
Leo Shuken born (1906)
Leonard Rosenman begins recording his score for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1958)
Moisey Vainberg born (1919)
Richard Thompson begins recording his score for Grizzly Man (2004)
Russell Garcia begins recording his score for The Time Machine (1959)
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