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Aisle Seat 8-17: Criterion's Choice COMPANY
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/16/2021 - 10:00 PM
This week Criterion debuts on disc ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM: COMPANY (53 mins., 1970; Criterion), the legendary Broadway documentary from D.A. Pennebaker, who captures the late night Columbia recording of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 hit “Company.” Intended to be utilized as a (failed) pilot for a prospective series circling around how Broadway albums were made, this is a sensational, fly-on-the-wall work that takes you behind the scenes of Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical: Pennebaker’s camera showcases the indelible work of the cast (including Elaine Stritch and Dean Jones, who would leave the show shortly after it opened) while Columbia producer Thomas Z. Shepard interjects quite a few suggestions related to how the songs are miked and, occasionally, performed.
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Film Score Friday 8/13/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/12/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc edition of John Williams' only score for director-star Clint Eastwood, the 1975 espionage-and-mountain-climbing thriller THE EIGER SANCTION. MCA released the score on LP back in the day and that sequencing was duplicated for the Varese Sarabande CD decades later. The Intrada release features the full 75-minute Williams score on Disc One and the original LP sequencing on Disc Two. Williams was shortlisted for an Original Score Oscar for his music but Eiger ultimately went unnominated -- the Oscar that year went to Jaws, by you-know-who.

Following their re-recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film of Dial M for Murder, Intrada has embarked upon plans for another Kickstarter-funded re-recording, this time pairing two never-released scores composed by Jerry Goldsmith -- his very first film score, for the 1957 Western BLACK PATCH, and his music for the 1972 drama THE MAN, directed by Joseph Sargent and starring James Earl Jones as the first African-American President, which was originally made-for-television but ultimately released theatrically instead. 


The Eiger Sanction - John Williams - Intrada Special Collection
Ghostbusters II - Randy Edelman - Sony
Les choses de la vie/Nelly et Mr. Arnaud
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
Mi faccio la barca
 - Gianni Ferrio - Beat
The Russia House (re-issue)
 - Jerry Goldsmith - Quartet 

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Aisle Seat 8-10: Blake Edwards' SKIN DEEP on Blu-Ray
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/9/2021 - 10:00 PM
One of Blake Edwards’ better, un-PC “man-child” comedies, SKIN DEEP (103 mins., 1989, R; Mill Creek) is also one of the only watchable films from late in the director’s career. Essentially a remake of “10” (and other Edwards works in a similar vein), “Skin Deep” functions primarily as a vehicle for John Ritter, here playing a sexist, immature writer who leaps from one escapade to another, skirting moral responsibility before finally tackling his demons – drinking and sex.
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August Edition of FSMO Now Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 8/6/2021 - 12:00 PM

The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live, and is yet another loaded issue. This month’s cover story is an interview with DANIEL HART about his wild score for David Lowery’s THE GREEN KNIGHT. Also this issue is a discussion with JOHN MURPHY, who helps James Gunn reimagine THE SUICIDE SQUAD; DOUG ADAMS reviews the world premiere of JOHN WILLIAMS’ VIOLIN CONCER

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Film Score Friday 8/6/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/5/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

La-La Land has announced four new releases currently due on August 17 - a three-disc, second volume of episode scores from Irwin Allen's '60s favorite THE TIME TUNNEL, featuring music by Robert Drasnin, George Duning, Joseph Mullendore, Paul Sawtell, Leith Stevens and John Williams; a two-disc set of the score for the just-released SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS, composed by Martin Todsharow (The Captain, Head Full of Honey); a new two-disc edition of one of James Horner's finest and most popular scores, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN; and the "original live-to-picture concert soundtrack" for WOMEN WARRIORS: THE VOICES OF CHANGE, composed by Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi and Lolita Ritmanis

Quartet has announced two new releases -- a disc pairing two scores composed by Philippe Sarde for films directed by Claude Sautet, LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (remade in the U.S. as Intersection) and NELLY ET MR. ARNAUD; and a reissue of their expanded, out-of-print edition of Jerry Goldsmith's great, romantic-jazz-intrigue score for the film of John LeCarre's THE RUSSIA HOUSE, adapted by Tom Stoppard, directed by Fred Schepisi, and starring Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox, John Mahoney, J.T. Walsh and Klaus Maria Brandauer, apparently because there were no good actors available. 


Illegal Woman - David Solar - Saimel 
Non-Living - Josue Vergara - Saimel 
Pil - Olivier Cussac - Music Box
Storm Warning/Crawlspace
 - Jamie Blanks - Howlin' Wolf 
The Wind
 - Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer - Notefornote  

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Aisle Seat 8-3: August Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/2/2021 - 10:00 PM
RANCHO DELUXE (93 mins., 1975, R) is a terrific slice of ’70s cinema. At last brought to Blu-Ray thanks to Jonathan Hertzberg’s Fun City Editions, this is a wonderfully offbeat little movie that shows what Hollywood was willing to bankroll back at the time, especially compared to the bloated, risk-free spectacle of 21st century “franchise cinema.”
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Film Score Friday 7/30/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a four-disc set (!) of Danny Elfman's score for 1999's SLEEPY HOLLOW, the lavish, Tim Burton-directed re-imagining of Washington Irving's classic story, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and, for Hammer fans, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough. It features the original CD sequencing of the score, followed by the complete score plus more than 90 minutes of extras.

Kronos has announced two Rachel Portman score CDs - the first CD release of her score for the 2012 war drama PRIVATE PEACEFUL (for those who didn't get their fill of George McKay fighting WWI in 1917) and a re-release of her score for the 2013 drama STILL LIFE, starring Eddie Marsan and directed by veteran producer Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty), who happens to be married to...Rachel Portman. 


Espion, Leve-Toi (re-release)
 - Ennio Morricone - Music Box 
L'Etrange Monsieur Duvallier/Miss (re-release)
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box 
Masters of the Universe: Revelation - Bear McCreary - Arts Music
Sleepy Hollow - Danny Elfman - Intrada Special Collection
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
 - David Shire - Quartet 

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Aisle Seat 7-27: Kino Lorber July Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/26/2021 - 10:00 PM
Moody, visually arresting and offbeat, Georges Lautner’s ROAD TO SALINA (96 mins., 1970, R) is exactly the kind of unusual cinematic exercise Kino Lorber has gratifyingly given us on Blu-Ray since their “Studio Classics” series was initiated years ago. Shot in English in the Canary Islands (doubling for Mexico) by a predominantly French crew, this hothouse drama is vividly shot in scope and offers Robert Walker (Jr.) as a young hippie who stumbles into the wrong gas station where a grieving mother (Rita Hayworth) and her troubled daughter (Mimsy Farmer) immediately believe he’s Hayworth’s long-lost son returned from the road – or possibly grave.
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Film Score Friday 7/23/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce one new release next week.

Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CD releases -- THE HUMMIE MANN COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring two scores by the Emmy winning composer, the children's film Thomas and the Magic Railroad and the IMAX film Cyberworld; Chuck Cirino's score for 1995's SORCERESS; and a resequenced edition of Richard Band and Christopher L. Stone's score for the 1987 horror film PRISON, directed by Renny Harlin (!) and starring Viggo Mortensen (!!!). 

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, opening (finally!) on September 30th, has announced its first two months of public programming, including a screening series titled "Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers." They have announced the following screenings: 

October 6 - Joker (Hildur Guonadottir)
October 7 - The Apology (Lesley Barber)
October 13 - Escape from L.A. (Shirley Walker, John Carpenter)
October 18 - The Earth Dies Screaming (Elisabeth Lutyens)
October 22 - John Lewis: Good Trouble (Tamar-kali)
October 26 - Under the Skin (Mica Levi)
November 6 - Clemency (Kathryn Bostic)
November 8 - Watership Down (Angela Morley)
November 13 - Double Face (Nora Orlandi)
November 15 - Our Little Sister (Yoko Kanno)
November 20 - Atlantics (Fatima Al Qadiri)
November 21 - Tron (Wendy Carlos)
November 22 - Emma (Rachel Portman)
November 25 - Eyes Wide Shut (Jocelyn Pook) 
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Film Score Friday 7/16/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a two-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's kinetic orchestra-and-synth score for Walter Hill's 1987 thriller EXTREME PREJUDICE, featuring some previously unreleased music. (The original Extreme Prejudice soundrack was among the label's very first releases back in the day)

Music Box has announced two new reissues of previously out-of-print releases -- their expanded edition of Ennio Morricone's score for the 1982 spy thriller ESPION, LEVE-TOI, starring French screen legends Lino Ventura and Michel Piccoli, with improved sound; and a CD pairing two 1979 scores by Claude Bolling, L'ETRANGE MONSIEUR DUVALLIER and MISS.

Quartet has announced two new CDs, each featuring two scores by Philippe Sarde -- BAROCCO (1976) and LES SOEURS BRONTE (The Bronte Sisters - 1979), both starring Isabelle Adjani (Bronte Sisters also has Isabelle Huppert, for those at home playing Isabelle Bingo), and one featuring two scores for director Marco Ferreri, LIZA (1972, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve) and LA DERNIERE FEMME (The Last Woman, 1976, with Gerard Depardieu and Ornella Muti).

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced this year's Primetime Emmy nominations, including the following music categories: 

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Today in Film Score History:
September 22
Artie Kane records his score for The New Adventures of Wonder Woman episode “The Bermuda Triangle Crisis” (1977)
Charles Previn died (1973)
Chuck Wild born (1946)
Dimitri Tiomkin begins recording his score for Last Train from Gun Hill (1958)
Harry Geller’s score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Bottomless Pit” is recorded (1966)
J.A.C. Redford records his score for the Twilight Zone episode “What Are Friends For?” (1986)
Jack Shaindlin died (1978)
John Addison wins his only Emmy, for the Murder, She Wrote episode “The Murder of Sherlock Holmes;” Allyn Ferguson wins his only Emmy, for Camille (1985)
John Williams begins recording his score for Home Alone (1990)
Kenyon Hopkins begins recording his score for Downhill Racer (1969)
Konrad Elfers died (1996)
Leith Stevens records his score for the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode “The Left-Handed Man” (1965)
Lenny Stack died (2019)
Nick Cave born (1957)
Pat Metheny records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Grandpa's Ghost" (1985)
Robert Mellin born (1902)
Samuel Matlovsky's score for the Star Trek episode "I, Mudd" is recorded (1967)
Tuomas Kantelinen born (1969)
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