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Aisle Seat 9-29: Kino Lorber September Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/28/2020 - 10:00 PM
The early-mid 80s yielded a number of terrific “art house” hits produced outside the U.S., and in the case of THE GREY FOX (92 mins., 1982, PG; Kino Lorber), the picture was one of several interesting films made by Canadian director Philip Borsos, whose life prematurely ended at age 41, taking with him a great deal of untapped cinematic potential. “The Grey Fox” would be his biggest success – a film about an American stagecoach robber (Richard Farnsworth) who, just released after three decades in prison, finds out he can only do what he knows, and sets out to stage another heist in the Pacific Northwest woods of Canada.
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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:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
WATCHMEN - It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
THE MANDALORIAN - Chapter 8: Redemption - Ludwig Goransson

ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
HOLLYWOOD - Nathan Barr

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A DOCUMENTARY SERIES OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
WHY WE HATE - Tools and Tactics - Laura Karpman*

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

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS - Rickey Minor

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
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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Aisle Seat 9-22: Autumn Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/21/2020 - 10:00 PM
We’re long enough into the Blu-Ray format’s lifespan that an influx of fascinating curiosities are coming our way every month, and independent label Fun City Editions leads the way this week with a compelling, remastered release from the short-lived Atlantic Releasing Corporation. ALPHABET CITY (85 mins., 1984, R) stars Vincent Spano, fresh off “Baby It’s You” and “The Black Stallion Returns,” as a drug dealer in the rough-and-tumble NYC neighborhood of its title. After too many deals and run-ins with lowlifes, Spano’s Johnny decides it’s time to get his mother (Zora Lamphert) and sister (Jami Gertz) out from the muck before his mob overlords come for them – along with his girlfriend (Kate Vernon, daughter of “Animal House”’s Dean Wormer), an artist also taking care of their infant daughter.
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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).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

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


IN THEATERS TODAY

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.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

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
Swashbuckler
- John Addison - Quartet

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September FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/10/2020 - 3:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live, and as more and more films are starting to finally see a release, we've got some of our best content in months. The cover story is an interview with HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS about his score for Disney's live-action version of MULAN, premiering on Disney+ this weekend. Also this issue, LAURA KARPMAN scores HBO's LOVECRAFT COUNTRY for J. J. Abrams and Jordan Peele; JOSEPH TRAPANESE gets high on Netflix's PROJECT POWER; JAY WADLEY tackles Charlie Kaufman's I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, also for Netflix; the first half of Erik Heine’s 30TH ANNIVERSARY REVUE OF THE FILM MUSIC OF 1990, featuring scores like ROBOCOP 2, DICK TRACY and QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER; a closer look at ALEXANDRE DESPLAT's underappreciated work on the recent adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN; JEREMY TURNER discusses the disturbing Netflix series IMMIGRATION NATION; WONG'S TURN goes crazy for LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA; an ALL-ALEXANDRE EAR OF THE MONTH contest; lots of album reviews, including JOHN WILLIAMS IN VIENNA, AN AMERICAN PICKLE and GEORGE FENTON: THE PIANO FRAMED; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Aisle Seat 9-8: The 23rd Anniversary Edition!
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/7/2020 - 10:00 PM
In a weird year that’s going to end up being a patchwork of new releases and catalog titles, there’s little doubt the most noteworthy UHD package in the latter category will likely be Sony’s stupendous COLUMBIA CLASSICS VOLUME 1 (Sony). This Limited Edition deluxe set includes the premiere of no less than six varied titles from Columbia’s filmography, each one presented in glorious new 2160p HVEC encoded transfers with ample extras. As of now, the films in this gorgeous set – which also includes a bonus DVD and a glossy, photo-packed book – aren’t scheduled to be sold individually, making this the only way you can appreciate these Sony 4K restorations.
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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
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

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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