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Film Score Friday 8/16/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/15/2019 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so if any breaking film music news has broken in the last few days, you'll have to read about it on the Message Board or elsewhere on the Internet, which I am told is a series of tubes. (Forgive me if I have made this reference before. Obviously, it never fails to amuse me.)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Heitor Pereira - Sony [CD-R]
Evil Toons
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
The Informer
 - Brooke Blair, Will Blair - Varese Sarabande*
Intolerance 
- Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection 
Secrets of the Titanic
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain

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Aisle Seat 8-13: August Assault Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/12/2019 - 9:00 PM
Now the biggest global hit of all-time (not counting inflation), AVENGERS: ENDGAME (181 mins., 2019, PG-13; Disney) wraps up Marvel’s two-film behemoth and also puts a lid on over a decade of some 21 prior movies featuring the comic book company-turned-Disney brand’s super-heroes. It’s not particularly witty or artfully executed, but as far as fan-service films go, this overlong but entertaining picture gets the job done, and wisely focuses on the original core of Avengers members for much of its running time instead of the “Marvel All-Star Rally” featured in its exhausting predecessor.
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Film Score Friday 8/9/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/8/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring expanded editions of scores from composer Philippe Sarde -- GHOST STORY, the 1981 adaptation of Peter Straub's supernatural bestseller, starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and John Houseman, remastered and featuring nearly 20 minutes of music not included in the earlier MCA LP/Varese Sarabande CD; and Sarde's first score for director-star Roman Polanski, the 1976 psychological thriller THE TENANT, featuring cues not included in the previous Universal France CD release of the score (which paired it with the Sarde/Polanski Tess).


Composer Barrington Pheloung died in his native Australia on Wednesday, July 31 at the age of 65. Pheloung began his musical training on the guitar at the age of five, and in his late teens moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music. His entree into the world of film and television music came through future Oscar winner Anthony Minghella, who saw one of the ballets Pheloung had composed. Not only did Minghella hire the composer to wrote incidental music for some of his plays, he introduced Pheloung to TV producer Kenny McBain, who hired him for the job that would prove to be the most popular of his entire scoring career -- the long-running mystery series Inspector Morse. Pheloung's scores for the series actually interpolated morse code clues into his themes, and his music was so popular that it spawned multiple soundtrack releases, and he returned for the show's sequel series Lewis and its prequel Endeavor, about Morse's early years.

Minghella later brought Pheloung along for his feature directing debut, the 1990 ghost romance Truly Madly Deeply, and over the next few decades Pheloung would score an impressive variety of features, including the historical drama Nostradamus, the Stephen King adaptation The Mangler, and even Paul W.S. Anderson's first feature, Shopping, starring a 22-year-old Jude Law. 

One of Pheloung's most dependable collaborators was producer-director Anand Taylor, who worked with the composer on several projects for the small screen as well as such features as the Oscar-nominated music biopic Hilary & Jackie, the Steve Martin adaptation Shopgirl, And When Did You Last See Your Father (with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Beard), and the final chapter of the critically acclaimed Red Riding trilogy.

The composer is survived by his wife Heather and their four children. (Most of the biographical information in this obituary came from Daniel Mangodt's 1994 interview with the composer for Soundtrack)

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Film Score Friday 8/2/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/1/2019 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Planet of the Apes: Original Film Series Soundtrack Collection - Jerry Goldsmith, Leonard Rosenman, Tom Scott - La-La Land 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Coyote Lake - Fabrizio Mancinelli
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Tyler Bates
15 Minutes of War - Fabien Kourtzer, Mike Kourtzer 
The Ground Beneath My Feet - Kyrre Kvam
Is That You? - Owain Kelly, James Williams 
Jirga - AJ True
Ladyworld - Callie Ryan
Love, Antosha - Saul Simon MacWilliams
Luce - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
Moop - Arin Crumley, Andrew Peterson
The Nightingale - Jed Kurzel
The Operative - Frank Ilfman
Otherhood - Marcelo Zarvos
A Score to Settle - John Kaefer
Teacher - Alexis Grapsas
Tel Aviv on Fire - André Dziezuk
Them That Follow - Garth Stevenson
Union - Jimi Zhivago 
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Aisle Seat 7-30: A Mid-Summer Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/29/2019 - 9:00 PM
Shout! Factory’s upcoming Autumn slate is their best yet, chock full of long-awaited Blu-Rays from the Paramount vaults (“Prophecy,” “Body Parts,” “The Fan”) and one of the most exciting film restorations for genre buffs in years: the original theatrical color of the Frank Langella “Dracula” (1979), available for viewers to see in its widescreen dimensions for the very first time since its initial theatrical run. While some of us will be saving our pennies for Shout’s forthcoming titles, the label has a number of new releases due this month including the Blu-Ray debut of VICE SQUAD (97 mins., 1982, R), a cable cult-favorite restored here in a 4K scan of original film elements.
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July FSM ONLINE Is Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 7/29/2019 - 2:00 AM
The July edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story invites HEATHER MCINTOSH to the mat to discuss her score to the black comedy THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE. Also in this issue, HILDUR GUÐNADÓTTIR delves into her Emmy-nominated music to the HBO miniseries CHERNOBYL and hints at JOKER; ISOBEL WALLER-BRIDGE uncovers the grungy and the divine in FLEABAG; Erik Heine concludes his TOP 10 FILM MUSIC CLICHÉS, featuring the “loss gesture,” EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and some sexy saxophone; a little Dís and That from Cary Wong; GOLD RUSH starts its foray into the Hollywood musical; Michael Roth's THE WEB OPERA; a brand new EAR OF THE MONTH contest; lots of album reviews, including THE LION KING, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME and TOY STORY 4; a new COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews CINEMATIC STUDIO BRASS; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

Subscribers, you’ll get notification by email shortly. Or, just go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.

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Film Score Friday 7/26/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/25/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is Christopher Young's exciting score for VIRTUOSITY, the 1995 sci-fi thriller pitting cop Denzel Washington against computer-generated villain Russell Crowe (12 years before they re-teamed for Ridley Scott's American Gangster). This release features 76 minutes of Young's orchestral and electronic music for the film, with music heard not in the film as well as not on the score's previous release as a 44-minute composer promo.


The latest soundtrack CD from Caldera presents the first-ever commercial release of Gerald Fried's only Oscar-nominated score, from the 1975 documentary BIRDS DO IT, BEES DO IT, which focused on reproduction in the animal kingdom. (Fried was up against tough competition in the Original Score category that year, including Jerry Goldsmith and Alex North, and to no one's surprise the Oscar went to John Williams for Jaws.) 

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Film Score Friday 7/19/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/18/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc edition of one of Bruce Broughton's greatest scores -- YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, with the complete film score featured on the first two discs, and Disc Three featuring alternates as well as the original LP sequencing.


La-La Land has announced their five hundredth release, a boxed set featuring the scores for arguably the most ambitious science-fiction franchise in cinema history -- the original PLANET OF THE APES series. Disc One features Jerry Goldsmith's brilliant, game-changing score for the 1968 Planet of the Apes, the original film tracks plus the 1968 LP sequencing; Disc Two features Leonard Rosenman's similarly offbeat score for Beneath the Planet of the Apes, both the original score cues and the tracks (including dialogue) from the 1970 soundtrack LP. Disc Three features Goldsmith's delightfully funky and exciting score for Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Disc Four features Conquest of the Planet of the Apes by composer and veteran session musician Tom Scott, with the full score in mono followed by the surviving stereo tracks. Disc Five concludes the set with Rosenman's rousing score for Battle for the Planet of the Apes. The set can be pre-ordered now and is expected to begin shipping at the end of this month.


The latest batch of releases from Quartet includes Mark Isham's previously unreleased score for the 2017 docudrama MEGAN LEAVEY, with Kate Mara as a young Marine who bonds with her combat dog (unlike this year's Isham-scored A Dog's Journey, recently released by Quartet, the dog does not narrate the film). Other new releases include SHORT CUTS 2018, which features music written for contemporary short films by a variety of composers, including Angelo Badalamenti, Joe Kraemer and Nicholas Pike.


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music-related categories (see below):

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Aisle Seat 7-16: Summertime Disc Delights
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/15/2019 - 9:00 PM
Sci-fi addicts need little introduction to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s memorable ‘70s series SPACE: 1999 (aprx. 40 hours, 1975-77), which makes its way to Blu-Ray this month in a marvelous package from Shout! Factory – one that also debuts the series’ second season in a U.S. format release for the first time.
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Film Score Friday 7/12/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/11/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest film-music CD from Kritzerland presents the soundtrack to the 1955 thriller DEMENTIA (later released in an altered version as Daughter of Horrror), with music composed by George Antheil, famous for "Ballet Mecanique," whose other film scores included Angels Over Broadway, Knock on Any Door, In a Lonely Place and The Pride and the Passion. As a bonus, the disc also features Ernest Gold's "Piano Concerto."


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Breath
- Harry Gregson-Williams - Rambling (import)
Ghost House - Rich Ragsdale - Howlin' Wolf
Good Omens - David Arnold - Silva
Le Lunghe Ombre
 - Egisto Macchi - Kronos
Les Miserables - John Murphy - Lakeshore
Occupation in 26 Pictures
 - Alfi Kabiljo - Kronos 
Ursus Y La Ragazza Tartara
 - Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kronos

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