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Aisle Seat 4-16: Spring Rundown Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/15/2024 - 10:00 PM
With a pair of tremendous debut titles already under its belt (the 1980 Paramount hit “Little Darlings” and Nicolas Cage noir fave “Red Rock West”), Cinematographe returns this month with another 4K restoration for a film with a big star whose very infrequent directorial sojourns ran into difficulty: Jack Nicholson’s GOIN’ SOUTH (105 mins., 1978, PG), a “comic western” looked upon as a missed opportunity when it was first released in 1978. Sure enough, the years have been equally unkind to this oddball Paramount release – written by John Herman Shaner, Al Ramrus, Charles Shyer and Alan Mandel – that pairs Nicholson’s maniacal outlaw with virginal Mary Steenburgen (her first major role), who opts to marry Nicholson’s Henry Moon just as sheriff Christopher Lloyd and deputy John Belushi are about to hang him in the town square.
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Film Score Monthly 4/12/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/11/2024 - 10:00 PM

Death of a Gunfighter/Skullduggery
 - Oliver Nelson - La-La Land
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire - Dario Marianelli - Sony (import)
Navy Seals
 - Sylvester Levay - La-La Land 


The Absence of Eden - Oliver Coates
Arcadian - Kristen Gundred, Josh Martin
Civil War - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
Don't Tell Mom - The Babysitter's Dead - Jonathan Scott Friedman
Food, Inc. 2 - Mark Adler
The Long Game - Hanan Townshend
The Old Oak - George Fenton
Sasquatch Sunset - The Octopus Project
Sting - Anna Drubich 

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April FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 4/5/2024 - 7:00 AM

The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with JEFF RUSSO, who scores Steven Zaillian’s reimagining of THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, now titled RIPLEY. Also this issue are an interview with BLAIR MOWAT, who discusses his work on the Helena Bonham Carter PBS Masterpiece

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Film Score Friday 4/5/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/4/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc edition of Danny Elfman's score for author Cliver Barker's second feature as a director, the wild horror thriller NIGHTBREED, with Disc One featuring the full score and Disc Two featuring the original 1990 CD sequencing plus 21 minutes of extras.

La-La Land has announced two new releases for April, expected to begin shipping next week -- a CD pairing two scores by Oliver Nelson (The Six Million Dollar Man, Zigzag) -- the Western DEATH OF A GUNFIGHTER and the adventure film SKULLDUGGERY; and an expanded version of Sylvester Levay's score for NAVY SEALS, featuring the stereo tracks from the original Intrada release plus previously unreleaed cues from mono sources.

The latest of Caldera's releases of rare David Shire music presents music from three of his 1970s TV projects -- the pilot score for the short-lived TV series THREE FOR THE ROAD, and cues from two TV movie scores, THE GREATEST THING THAT ALMOST HAPPENED and DADDY, I DON'T LIKE IT LIKE THIS.


The Emperor of Paris
 - Marco Beltrami, Marcus Trumpp - Music Box 
King of Hearts
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box 
Nightbreed - Danny Elfman - Intrada Special Collection

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Aisle Seat 4-2: Kino Lorber Discs, GHOSTBUSTERS New & Revisited
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/1/2024 - 10:00 PM
While long regarded as one of those extravagantly budgeted musicals that doomed the genre in the late ‘60s, there’s always been something appealing about the widescreen grandeur of PAINT YOUR WAGON (171 mins., 1969, PG-13), the Joshua Logan-Paddy Chayefsky “re-thinking” of the classic Lerner-Lowe musical which added a whole new book to augment its masterful songs. Now on 4K UHD from Kino Lorber, this uneven yet watchable, infamous box-office failure receives a beautiful Dolby Vision HDR master from the original camera negative, restoring the visual impact of Logan’s admittedly-bloated production.
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Film Score Friday 3/29/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/28/2024 - 10:00 PM
Just in case your boxed-sets of Howard Shore's scores for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were getting lonely on your shelf, Mondo has just announced a ten-CD set of Bear McCreary's music for the first season of the lavish streaming prequel series THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER. Mondo first made this set available to pre-order this last Monday morning, and it apparently sold out its currently announced run by that evening. No word if it will ultimately be available from other on-line sellers.

The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and their related labels are THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE-FICTION, VOL. 3, featuring cues from Elmer Bernstein's scores to the '50s B-movies Cat Women of the Moon and Robot Monster, plus music from Devil Girl from Mars by Edwin Astley (The Saint); THE MORTON STEVENS COLLECTION VOL. 2, featuring the Emmy-winning composer's score for 1979 TV movie The Flame Is Love plus other Stevens compositions; and Craig Safan's score for the TV movie biopic SAMARTIAN: THE MITCH SNYDER STORY, starring Martin Sheen as the activist who crusaded for the rights of the homeless. 


Asphalt City - Nicolas Becker, Quentin Sirjacq 
A Cat's Life - Julien Jaouen
DogMan - Eric Serra - Score CD on Because Music
Femme - Adam Janota Bzowski
Free Time - Mason Margut
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - Tom Holkenborg, Antonio Di Iorio
In the Land of Saints and Sinners - Diego Baldenweg, Lionel Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg 
Karaoke - Gal Lev, Leo Perla
La Chimera - no original score
Lousy Carter - Leafcuts
Wicked Little Letters - Isobel Waller-Bridge 

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Aisle Seat 3-26: Spring Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/25/2024 - 10:00 PM
The 1941 New England folk fantasy THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER, also known (among other titles) as has long held a special place in the Criterion Collection. Initially released at 106 minutes then shorn of over 20 minutes for subsequent re-issues, Criterion first restored director William Dieterle’s independent production for laserdisc in the 1990s from the best elements they could find at the time. A subsequent DVD edition improved upon that release, but neither can compare to the movie’s spectacular new 4K restoration, courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Scott MacQueen, The Film Foundation and Criterion, which is now available for viewers on Blu-Ray.
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Film Score Friday 3/22/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/21/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the first-ever release of the very first theatrical film score composed by James Horner - THE LADY IN RED, a lively B-movie gangster drama inspired by the life of Polly Hamilton, the woman who was with John Dillinger when he was killed by law enforcement. Pamela Sue Martin plays Polly, Robert Conrad plays Dillinger, and the film was written by two-time Oscar nominee John Sayles and directed by Lewis Teague (Cujo, Alligator).

The latest releases form Music Box are an expanded version of Georges Delerue's score for Philippe DeBroca's comedy-drama KING OF HEARTS, which was a staple of American repertory and arthouse theaters in the 1970s; and the first CD release of the score for the 2018 French period crime drama THE EMPEROR OF PARIS, composed by two-time Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami and his frequent collaborator Marcus Trumpp.


The Lady in Red - James Horner - Intrada Special Collection
Once Upon a Time in the West
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
 - Robert Folk - Quartet
 - Jerry Fielding - Quartet
Viva la foca/Cornetti alla crema/La moglie in vacanza l'amante in citta
 - Detto Mariano - Beat        

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Aisle Seat 3-19: March Madness Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/18/2024 - 10:00 PM
The era of big-budget Stephen King TV mini-series reached its peak in the mid/late ‘90s with the author’s frequent collaborator Mick Garris helming a terrific, sprawling take of King’s mammoth “The Stand.” For an encore, Garris and King reunited for THE SHINING (270 mins., 1997; Shout! Factory), following the popular 1980 Stanley Kubrick film adaptation which fans of the book – and King himself – were left disappointed by.
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Film Score Friday 3/15/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/14/2024 - 10:00 PM
This year's winners for the music Oscars, to no one's great surprise, were Ludwig Goransson for his original OPPENHEIMER score, and the sibling team of Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell for BARBIE's original song "What Was I Made For?" Each of this year's music winners were actually winning for the second time, and the Barbie songwriters are now both the youngest two-time Oscar winners. 

Composer Kris Bowers, who had been shortlisted for his incidental music for The Color Purple, won the Documentary Short Subject Oscar (with Ben Proudfoot) for THE LAST REPAIR SHOP. Bowers, whose other scores include Green Book, Haunted Mansion, Origin, and the currently-in-theaters Bob Marley: One Love, had previously been nominated in the category with Proudfoot for 2020's A Concerto is a Conversation


Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Danny Elfman - Varese Sarabande CD Club
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
 - John Powell - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
Scusi, ma lei le paga le tasse?/Come rubammo la bomba atomica
 - Lallo Gori - Beat   
Top Gun - Harold Faltermeyer - La-La Land 


The American Society of Magical Negroes - Michael Abels
The Animal Kingdom - Andrea Laszlo De Simone
Arthur the King - Kevin Matley
High & Low - John Galliano - Tom Hodge
Irish Wish - Nathan Lanier
Knox Goes Away - Alex Heffes
The Neon Highway - Arturo Sandoval
One Life - Volker Bertelmann
The Prank - Deron Johnson
Shirley - Tamar-kali
Snack Shack - Keegan DeWitt
The Throwback - Dylan Glatthorn
Uproar - Karl Solve Steven 

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Today in Film Score History:
April 18
Alois Melichar born (1896)
Andrew Powell born (1949)
Buxton Orr born (1924)
Dave Grusin begins recording his score for The Goonies (1985)
Ed Plumb died (1958)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Players (1979)
John Debney records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Progress” (1993)
Kings Row released in theaters (1942)
Maurice Jarre wins his second Oscar, for Dr. Zhivago's score; presumably decides to stick with this David Lean kid (1966)
Mike Leander died (1996)
Mike Vickers born (1941)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The King's Thief (1955)
Miklos Rozsa born (1907)
Recording sessions begin for Marco Beltrami’s score for Red Eye (2005)
Robert O. Ragland died (2012)
Tony Mottola born (1918)
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