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Aisle Seat 4-23: Severin Chillers on 4K UHD
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/22/2024 - 10:00 PM
The annals of “Jaws” rip-offs run the gamut from giant alligators and piranhas to mutated grizzly bears, crocodiles and…well, we’re back to alligators again with THE GREAT ALLIGATOR (89 mins., 1979; Severin Films), one of the many films in this genre that features unsuspecting victims running afoul of something in the wild that wants to take a bite out of them. Not to be confused with either John Sayles’ superior “Alligator” or the gross-out Thai import “Crocodile,” this Sergio Martino-helmed Italian production goes down nice and easy – a movie that comfortably debuted in the U.S. on the CBS Late Movie, and one that makes you feel like having a frozen slushy and throwing on George Benson’s “Living Inside Your Love” double LP for good measure.
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Film Score Friday 4/19/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/18/2024 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has two new releases from composer Christopher Young this week -- his score for the new horror film THE PIPER, starring Charlotte Hope and the late Julian Sands; and a two-disc release of his score for the 1995 sci-fi horror thriller SPECIES, with the complete score on Disc One and Young's own CD sequencing on Disc Two, plus extras.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Piper - Christopher Young - Intrada
Species - Christopher Young - Intrada Special Collection
Three for the Road
 - David Shire - Caldera  


IN THEATERS TODAY

Abigail - Brian Tyler
Deep Sky - Paul Leonard-Morgan
Hard Miles - Andrew Brick Johnson
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare - Christopher Benstead
Mourning in Lod - Frank Ilfman
Rebel Moon - Part 2: The Scargiver - Tom Holkenborg
Spy x Family Code: White - Know Name
We Grown Now - Jay Wadley 

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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
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

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


IN THEATERS TODAY

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.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

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. 


IN THEATERS TODAY

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.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

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

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