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Aisle Seat 8-23: Vinegar Syndrome August Assault
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/22/2022 - 10:00 PM
Fun City Editions adds another ’80s gem to their Blu-Ray roster this month that’s been scarcely circulated since its theatrical debut: Bobby Roth’s character drama HEARTBREAKERS (99 mins., 1984, R), an Orion release that fits comfortably alongside other uniquely colored projects from the studio’s heyday. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this is one of my favorite releases from FCE yet, as it resurrects a movie many of us have never had the opportunity to see – a worthwhile, finely performed picture about friendship, relationships and romance, themes that are obviously universal beyond its 1984 milieu.
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Film Score Friday 8/19/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/18/2022 - 10:00 PM
This week Intrada has released two separate score albums by two different composers for the same film.

LIFEFORCE, released in 1985, was Cannon Pictures' attempt at making a lavish sci-fi horror film in the vein of Nigel Kneale's Quatermass stories. Originally titled Space Vampires (until Tri-Star, its American distributor, decided that wasn't a classy enough title), the film was directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist) and starred Steve Railsback, Oscar nominees Peter Firth and Frank Finlay, Patrick Stewart, Michael Gothard, and a memorably naked Mathilda May, with visual effects by Star Wars Oscar winner John Dykstra.

Henry Mancini composed the film's exciting original orchestral score, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, but when the film was released in the United States, its run time was reduced from 116 minutes to 101 minutes, and parts of Mancini's score were replaced by new music composed by Michael Kamen in hopes of making the film more traditionally scary. (The original, Mancini-only cut of the film has since become more widely available, and most revival house screenings of the film feature this longer European version.)

Intrada is releasing Mancini's score as a two-disc set, featuring the full score recorded for the film, the LP sequencing, and alternate cues. They are also releasing a full CD of the music Kamen composed and recorded for the film, much of it heard here for the first time. 


Lifeforce - Michael Kamen - Intrada Special Collection
Lifeforce - Henry Mancini - Intrada Special Collection 

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Aisle Seat 8-16: Imprint New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/15/2022 - 10:00 PM
For barely over a year, Oscar-winning British producer David Puttnam became the head studio chief at Columbia Pictures, promising to open the door to creative voices and bring his own sense of filmmaking individuality to Hollywood. The net result was a disaster across every spectrum, resulting in one of the more dizzying arrays of box-office flops imaginable (check out the full list). Among them was THE BEAST (110 mins., 1988, R), a drama about a Russian tank playing a game of survival in Afghanistan with Mujahideen fighters after they bombard a local village, killing many of its inhabitants.
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Film Score Friday 8/12/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/11/2022 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new expanded score CDs - Ennio Morricone's score for the 1985 fantasy adventure RED SONJA, featuring both the original LP cues in stereo and the full film score in mono; and Georges Delerue's Oscar-nominated score for THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN, featuring both the original LP sequencing and the full film score.

Intrada plans to release two separate but closely related scores next week.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind [re-release] - John Williams - La-La Land
The Day of the Dolphin
- Georges Delerue - Quartet
E.T. The Extra-Terrrestrial [re-release] - John Williams - La-La Land
Force to Fear
 - Matt Cannon - Howlin' Wolf 
Over Her Dead Body
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain
The Peter Bernstein Collection Vol. 2
 - Peter Bernstein - Dragon's Domain
Red Sonja
- Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation
 - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain 


Emily the Criminal - Nathan Halpern
Fall - Tim Despic
Girl Picture - Music Supervisor: Jan Forsstrom 
Gossamer Fields - Aaron Zigman
Mack & Rita - Leo Birenberg
Summering - Drum & Lace 

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Film Score Friday 8/5/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/4/2022 - 10:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will be re-releasing two of their expanded John Williams soundtracks, for Steven Spielberg's classics CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL


L'amica di mia madre/Ecco lingua d'argento
 - Alberto Baldan Bembo - Quartet
Short Cuts 2020 - various - Quartet
Velluto nero
 - Alberto Baldan Bembo, Dario Bembo - Quartet


Bodies Bodies Bodies - Disasterpeace
Bullet Train - Dominic Lewis
Easter Sunday - Dan the Automator
I Love My Dad - Jeremy Bullock 

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August FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 8/4/2022 - 4:00 AM

The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with MICHAEL ABELS, who scores his third feature for Jordan Peele, NOPE. Also this issue are the second annual RETRO FSMIES, this one focusing on the 40-year anniversary of 1982; HENRY JACKMAN reteams with the Russ Bros. for THE

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Aisle Seat 8-2: Imprint’s Latest, Mill Creek July Titles
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/1/2022 - 10:00 PM
Imprint’s latest releases include two ’60s seafaring adventures along with a Biblical epic more “serious” than Saturday Matinee in its overall tone. Each limited-edition Blu-Ray marks its respective picture’s premiere HD release, though some of the source elements vary in terms of quality. The films themselves, though, each come heartily recommended, offering a diversity of entertainment for movie buffs.
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Film Score Friday 7/29/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/28/2022 - 10:00 PM
Dragon's Domain has announced three new releases -- THE PETER BERNSTEIN COLLECTION VOLUME 2, featuring Bernstein's scores for two TV movies, Kicks and She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal; Craig Safan's score for the dark comedy OVER HER DEAD BODY (aka Enid Is Sleeping); and Richard Band's score for the 1990 Christmas slasher sequel SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 4: INITIATION

And Buysoundtrax has just re-released Tangerine Dream's score for the 1985 TV movie THE PARK IS MINE, starring Tommy Lee Jones. 


The Park Is Mine
- Tangerine Dream - Buysoundtrax


DC League of Super-Pets - Steve Jablonsky
A Love Song - Ramzi Bashour
Medusa - Bernardo Uzeda
My Old School - Shelly Poole
Resurrection - Jim Williams
Sharp Stick - Luis Felber, Matt Alchin
Skies of Lebanon - Bachar Mar-Khalife 
Thirteen Lives - Benjamin Wallfisch
Vengeance - Finneas O'Connell

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Film Score Friday 7/22/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/21/2022 - 10:00 PM

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia [remastered reissue]
 - Jerry Fielding - Quartet 
Clark - Mikael Akerfeldt - Inside Out
The Northman - Robin Carolan, Sebastian Gainsborough - Sacred Bones  


Alone Together - Graham Reynolds
Costa Brava, Lebanon - Nathan Larson
How to Please a Woman - Guy Gross
My Name Is Sara - Lucasz Targosz
Nope - Michael Abels


August 31
The Innocents - Pessi Levanto - Svart
Coming Soon
Force to Fear
 - Matt Cannon - Howlin' Wolf
L'amica di mia madre/Ecco lingua d'argento
- Alberto Baldan Bembo - Quartet 
Psycho Storm Chaser - Andrew Scott Bell - Howlin' Wolf
Short Cuts 2020
- various - Quartet

Velluto nero
- Alberto Baldan Bembo, Dario Bembo - Quartet 

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Aisle Seat 7-19: Summer Sizzler Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/18/2022 - 10:00 PM
Kino Lorber released a dynamite 4K UHD of “In The Heat of the Night” back in April that also included both of the Sidney Poitier “Mister Tibbs” sequels on a Blu-Ray platter. Those sequels – previously available from the label in separate, standalone format releases – have been re-issued this month in a double-feature Blu-Ray reprising that disc from the UHD combo platter.
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