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Film Score Friday 12/18/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/17/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two CDs -- Mark Mothersbaugh's score for the just-released animated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE, and (shipping next week) a three-disc, remastered edition of Jerry Goldsmith's stirring score for the 1982 Korean War epic INCHON, featuring the original soundtrack sequencing, the expanded sequencing featured on the 2006 score assembly, and a new seqencing of the complete score plus alternates.


The Croods: A New Age - Mark Mothersbaugh - Intrada
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Branford Marsalis - Milan
News of the World
- James Newton Howard - Backlot

Total Recall [re-release] - Jerry Goldsmith - Quartet
Un Sceriffo Extraterrestre...Poco Extra e Molto Terrestre - Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Digitmovies


Monster Hunter, the latest videogame adaption from star Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson, with a score by Paul Haslinger, is opening...somewhere.

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Aisle Seat 12-15: Holiday Gift Guide Part II
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/14/2020 - 10:00 PM
Few movies that I was so excited about in high school disappointed me as much as TOTAL RECALL (113 mins., 1990, R; Lionsgate). This expensive, long-gestating adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel – which bounced around for years in pre-production hell – finally found a home at Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna’s Carolco Pictures in the late ‘80s, who tailored the film as a vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The combination of Arnold, the author of “Blade Runner,” a Jerry Goldsmith score and director Paul Verhoeven coming off “Robocop” had action fans of all ages (at least those with parents willing to bring their teens to the R-rated film) feverishly anticipating the picture – yet the finished product, while entertaining, has never been a heavy favorite of mine.
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Film Score Friday 12/11/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/10/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two CDs next week. For those who don't mind "spoilers," information on these releases can be found on this Message Board thread.

Quartet has announced their final four releases for 2020, all featuring scores by Oscar-winning composers: the first-ever release of one of the last scores composed by Bernard Herrmann, for the 1972 Agatha Christie adaptation ENDLESS NIGHT, in a re-recording featuring Fernando Velazquez conducting the Basque National Orchestra; a three-disc release of one of Ennio Morricone's most beloved scores, for Sergio Leone's Western epic THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, featuring the complete score, alternate cues, and the original LP sequencing; a two-disc version of the soundtrack for 1969 Best Picture winner MIDNIGHT COWBOY, featuring the film's songs as well as the score cues by John Barry, both in their film versions and in the soundtrack album re-recordings; and a two-disc edition of the score for the all-star WWII epic A BRIDGE TOO FAR, featuring the film's score by John Addison (who three decades earlier had fought in the battle depicted in the film), alternate cues and the original LP sequencing.


Becoming - Kamasi Washington - Young Turks
A Bridge Too Far
- John Addison - Quartet
Endless Night [re-recording]
- Bernard Herrmann - Quartet

Freaky - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
The Glorias - Elliot Goldenthal - Zarathustra

Goldsmith at 20th Vol. 1: Von Ryan's Express/The Blue Max - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Goldsmith at 20th Vol. 2: The Detective/The Flim-Flam Man - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Ennio Morricone - Quartet

Jay Sebring...Cutting to the Truth - Jeff Beal - Noteforenote

King of Kings [re-recording] - Miklos Rozsa - Tadlow
La ragazza di Trieste
- Riz Ortolani - Beat
Lolita My Love [stage] - John Barry - Kritzerland
Midnight Cowboy
- John Barry - Quartet
- Ennio Morricone - Beat

The X-Files Vol. 4 - Mark Snow - La-La Land

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December FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 12/9/2020 - 1:00 AM

The December edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story, THE WOMEN OF WINTER, covers a wide-ranging field of projects -- the majority of them for Hulu. First up, AMIE DOHERTY discusses her work on Hulu's holiday romantic comedy HAPPIEST SEASON, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis; AMELIA WARNER collaborates with John Patrick Shanley on WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, starring Emily Blunt an

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Aisle Seat 12-8: Holiday Gift Guide Part 1
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/7/2020 - 10:00 PM
Kicking off this year’s multi-part Aisle Seat Holiday Gift Guide is one of the more fondly-remembered comedies of the 1980s, presented now in a brand-new Criterion Collection Blu-Ray: MOONSTRUCK (102 mins., 1987, PG), director Norman Jewison’s charming and endlessly repeatable romantic comedy that won Cher a deserved Oscar for her role as an Italian Brooklyn widow who falls for the brother (Nicolas Cage) of her new fiancee (Danny Aiello) while he heads off to tend to his ailing mother in Italy. Vincent Gardenia and Olympia Dukakis are equally superb in this rich, hilarious and winning film that also copped Oscars for Dukakis (Supporting Actress) and John Patrick Shanley (Original Script), with nominations extended to Gardenia, Jewison, and the film itself for Best Picture.
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Film Score Friday 12/4/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/3/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada, available for only a limited time, is a remastered edition of their re-recording of Miklos Rozsa's triumphant score for the 1952 film version of IVANHOE, with Bruce Broughton conducting the Sinfonia of London.

In additional Miklos Rozsa news, Tadlow's two-disc re-recording of the complete KING OF KINGS, with Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, is now available for pre-order.

La-La Land has announced six new soundtrack releases in their annual end-of-year "Black Friday" batch:

A fourth volume of their series of Mark Snow's music for the long-running sci-fi classic THE X-FILES, a four-disc set including episodic cues from all nine seasons.

The latest CD from their recent partnership with Universal is the first commercial release of the score for the 1990 cult classic monster movie TREMORS, a two-disc set featuring Ernest Troost's original score on Disc One and the additional music composed for the film by Robert Folk on Disc Two (cues from both scores had previously been released on promotional CDs).

Bear McCreary's score for the just released dark horror comedy FREAKY starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, which reteamed the composer with Christopher Landon, director of the Happy Death Day films.

The newest in their series of expanded releases of Bill Conti's music for the original Karate Kid films is his score for 1989's THE KARATE KID PART III, with a generous amount of additional cues.

Finally, two separate volumes of their brand new series, GOLDSMITH AT 20TH, featuring scores Jerry Goldsmith composed and recorded during his years at 20th Century Fox. VOL. 1 is a two-disc set featuring two war scores from the 1960s, the WWII escape adventure VON RYAN'S EXPRESS and his classic score for the WWI aviation drama THE BLUE MAXVOL. 2 pairs two very different scores from the mid-1960s -- the dark police mystery THE DETECTIVE, from the novel by Roderick Thorp (the book's sequel, Nothing Lasts Forever, was the basis for Die Hard), and the picaresque comedy THE FLIM-FLAM MAN (featuring one previously unreleased cue).

This month Turner Classic Movies will be showing 25 films scored by the master, Bernard Herrmann, as part of a month-long tribute to the composer.

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Film Score Friday 11/27/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/26/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land is expected to announce its latest group of "Black Friday" end-of-year CD releases today.

Kronos has announced three new soundtrack releases -- the score for Roger Corman's 1957 adventure film VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT (whose onscreen title, amusingly enough, is actually The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Yoyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent), by B-movie great Albert Glasser; Bruno Nicolai's music for the TV documentary series CIVILTA DEL MEDITERRANEO; and Francesco DeMasi's score for another TV documentary series, L'UOMO EUROPO.

Dragon's Domain has announced four new soundtrack releases -- THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE FICTION VOL. 1, featuring the scores for QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (by Marlin Skiles) and WORLD WITHOUT END (by Leith Stevens); THE GERALD FRIED COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring two scores by the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner -- the 1978 TV horror movie CRUISE INTO TERROR and the U.S. score for the Mexican film SURVIVE!, inspired by the same true story as Alive; William Ross's score for the IMAX 3D film T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS; and Brian May's score for the Australian horror classic PATRICK.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Grammy nominations, including the following film music-related categories:

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Aisle Seat 11-24: Kino Lorber Thanksgiving Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
One of the first major Italian productions to import U.S. stars, ULYSSES (94/103 mins.), offered Kirk Douglas as the titular sailor of Homer’s poem, trying to get home to Ithaca and his beloved wife Penelope, but whose adventures at sea bring him into confrontations with the horrifying Cyclops, dangerous Sirens and alluring Circe. Not as broadly performed as subsequent Hercules fantasies starring the likes of Steve Reeves, this Dino DeLaurentiis/Carlo Ponti production has long been viewed in substandard home video releases in North America, but has at last been restored in a new Kino Lorber Blu-Ray featuring a spectacular 4K Studio Canal remaster.
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Film Score Friday 11/20/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/19/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a greatly expanded release of the score for the 1998 sci-fi horror sequel SPECIES II, in which Natasha Henstridge reprised her role as the beautiful alien Sil, with Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger also returning from the original film. The director was Peter Medak (The Ruling Class, The Changeling), and the music was composed by Edward Shearmur.

The label's previously announced release of the Newton Brothers' score for the new miniseries THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR is also now available.

Quartet has announced two new releases -- NEL CINEMA E NELLA CLASSICA, with Pino Donaggio conducting his own concert and film music, including the "New York Suite," which incorporates his music for Blow Out and Carrie as well as the first release of music from one of his most sought-after scores, The Fan; and Dominik Scherrer's music for the series MARPLE, based on Agatha Christie's beloved character.


Bill & Ted Face the Music
- Mark Isham - Rambling (import)
Dark: Cycle 3 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
The Haunting of Bly Manor - The Newton Brothers - Intrada
Species II - Edward Shearmur - Intrada Special Collection
The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Daniel Pemberton - Varese Sarabande 

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Aisle Seat 11-17: Another Gem From Fun City Editions
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
Fun City Editions mined an ’80s gem with the Vincent Spano vehicle “Alphabet City” in September, and now they’re back with a Blu-Ray premiere of an even more offbeat – and also much more satisfying – film in David Greene’s I START COUNTING! (105 mins., 1970). This British production served as a springboard for young actress Jenny Agutter, here playing a teenager in a fractured family who’s infatuated with her older adopted brother (Bryan Marshall) while hanging out with her friends, going to church, and trying to make amends with the dissolution of her childhood, as embodied by her frequent visits to her family’s dilapidated village home, which is on the docket for razing. If that weren’t enough, there’s a serial killer preying upon young women in their town – leading Agutter’s heroine to wonder if her “impure thoughts” are being directed at the killer himself.
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