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Film Score Friday 3/8/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/7/2019 - 9:00 PM
The legendary Andre Previn, a four-time Oscar winner among his many outstanding achievements, died in New York on February 28 at the age of 89. Websites that feature detailed pieces on his remarkable career include the BBCThe Guardian, The Hollywood ReporterThe Independent, The Los Angeles Times, NPRThe New York Times, Variety, and The Washington Post.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard - Backlot
Cold Pursuit - George Fenton - Varese Sarabande
Dedicato Al Mare Egeo - Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Il Sesso Del Diavolo
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Quartet
Ittefaq - BT - Kss3te Recordings
The Kid Who Would Be King - Electric Wave Bureau - Sony (import)
Krypton - Pinar Toprak - Varese Sarabande
Wonder Park - Steven Price - Sony 

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Film Score Friday 3/1/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/28/2019 - 9:00 PM
Ludwig Goransson won the Original Score Oscar for BLACK PANTHER (still not commercially available on CD, alas). Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won Original Song for A Star Is Born's megahit "Shallow."

And composer/editor John Ottman won Film Editing for Bohemian Rhapsody.*


The latest CD from Intrada presents the score to Disney's 1957 Revolutionary War drama JOHNNY TREMAIN, composed by Disney veteran and four-time Oscar nominee George Bruns (The Jungle Book, The Aristocats). The Intrada CD features the original score tracks as well as the cues re-recorded for the original vinyl release. 

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February Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 2/26/2019 - 2:00 AM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is, finally, a breakdown of the TOP 12 SCORES BY HANS ZIMMER. Also in this issue, GEORGE FENTON scores Liam Neeson with the icy tones of COLD PURSUIT; BRIAN TYLER brings the funk for WHAT MEN WANT; JOHN DEBNEY hits a sweet note on ISN’T IT ROMANTIC; ALEX HEFFES is driven in MISS BALA; KATHRYN BOSTIC dishes on her SUNDANCE experience, including her work on CLEMENCY and TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM; a walk through this season’s elephants' graveyard with WONG'S TURN; a brassy COMPOSER’S CORNER; lots of album reviews, including HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, HARRY POTTER: THE JOHN WILLIAMS SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, THE ORVILLE: SEASON 1 and THE THIN RED LINE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 2-26: 4K Rundown, Shout Wrap, New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/25/2019 - 9:00 PM
A number of 2018 releases saw a clear divide between audience reaction/interest and supposed critical consensus, and no film summed that up better than BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (***, 136 mins., 2018, PG-13; Fox). A movie with a troubled production history — one that reportedly included confrontations between the cast and director Bryan Singer, along with the latter’s eventual dismissal after being a no-show on-set – Fox’s musical biopic of the rock-band Queen nevertheless became the most surprising hit of the year. Generating over $800 million worldwide, this tuneful, mostly upbeat picture didn’t satisfy the critics who wanted a “Trainspotting”-like chronicle of lead singer Freddy Mercury’s famously troubled life, yet the accessible, PG-13 approach netted huge commercial gains, mixing music with a still-effective chronicle of Mercury’s struggles with his sexuality, drugs and fame in general.
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Film Score Friday 2/22/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/21/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has two new soundtrack releases this week.

One release pairs two mystery-thriller scores by Jerry Goldsmith. ARCHER was the short-lived TV series version of Ross MacDonald's acclaimed "Lew Archer" mystery novels, and the LLL CD features the first-release of Goldsmith's music for the series, totaling 19 minutes. The CD also features Goldsmith's score for the 1967 thriller WARNING SHOT; La-La Land had previously released this score on CD, but the new release features improved sound and additional music (but does not feature the Si Zietner re-recorded LP tracks).

Their other new release is a three-disc set of John Williams' beloved score for the 1978 superhero classic SUPERMAN, remastered with improved sound from the first generation recording masters. Discs One and Two feature the original score plus alternates, while Disc Three features the original LP sequencing, also remastered.


Varese Sarabande is releasing a limited edition (500 units) two-disc set of Jeff Beal's music for the sixth and final season of HOUSE OF CARDS.


BAFTA's award for Original Music for a motion picture went to A STAR IS BORN, for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Lukas Nelson (the other four nominees were all for original scores which received Oscar nominations this year).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Film Score Friday 2/15/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/14/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of James Horner's popular score for the 1986 animated feature AN AMERICAN TAIL, which earned the composer an Oscar nomination for his hit song, "Somewhere Out There."


Brand new Oscar nominee Ludwig Goransson had a good night at the Grammys. Along with winning Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for BLACK PANTHER (a score which still has no commercial CD release, just a 28-track download and a 13-track LP release), he won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

The Greatest Showman won for Compilation Soundtrack, A Star Is Born's "Shallow" won for Song Written for Visual Media, and Terence Blanchard won Best Instrumental Composition for BlacKkKlansman's "Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil). 

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Aisle Seat 2-12: Valentine's Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/11/2019 - 9:00 PM
Burt Lancaster co-directed THE MIDNIGHT MAN (***, 119 mins., 1974, R), a Universal murder-mystery adapted from the book “The Midnight Lady and the Mourning Man” by David Anthony. The film’s plot was reconfigured to suit Lancaster’s talents with the veteran star playing an ex-cop from Chicago, out on parole after shooting his wife’s lover, who settles into a job working security at a southern college…only to find himself quickly embroiled in a co-ed’s murder and an eventual (and quite convoluted) conspiracy plot. While this production was much criticized for being little more than an extended, R-rated episode of “Columbo” at the time of its release – these days, you have to ask yourself, what’s wrong with that?
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Film Score Friday 2/8/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/7/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their schedule of releases for February.

This week they are releasing the score to Orson Welles' decades-in-completion film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, composed by the late Michel Legrand, who personally selected the cues for this release before his passing; and a multi-disc edition (shipping next week) of Hans Zimmer's most critically acclaimed (and arguably finest) score, for director Terrence Malick's 1998 WWII epic THE THIN RED LINE, featuring the full score plus alternates on two discs, the original CD sequencing on Disc Three, and the 1999 album Chants from The Thin Red Line on Disc Four.

The week of February 19 they will release a CD featuring Jerry Goldsmith's never-before-released music from the short-lived 1975 mystery TV series ARCHER, in which Brian Keith played Ross MacDonald's detective character Lew Archer (who became "Lew Harper" for the Paul Newman films Harper and The Drowning Pool), paired with a re-release (from improved sources) of Goldsmith's score for the 1967 mystery-thriller WARNING SHOT.
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.
The latest soundtrack CD release from Kritzerland features Jerome Moross's score for director Otto Preminger's religious drama THE CARDINAL, a remastered version of the same cues previously released on LP and CD, plus a more pop-ish version of the main title theme.
In last Friday's column, we (well, I) erroneously reported that Varese Sarabande would release three new CD Club discs this week. While they are expected to release three discs this month, no specific release date has been anounced at the time of this writing. 
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Film Score Friday 2/1/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/31/2019 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new CD Club releases next Monday.

As Variety reported in a recent article, these will be among the last releases from the label supervised by Varese veteran Robert Townson, who is leaving the company "to launch a new venture producing live concerts of film music." Among Townson's other final projects for the label will be a soundtrack CD for the final season of House of Cards, and LP releases of Herrmann's Vertigo and Goldsmith's L.A. Confidential.


The next release from Caldera presents the score for the offbeat 1973 psychological thriller THE BABY, scored by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Gerald Fried (The Killing, Roots, Birds Do It, Bees Do It). 


Legendary composer and performer Michel Legrand died on Saturday, January 26 at the age of 86. We hope to have a more detailed tribute in an upcoming column, but for now, you can follow the link to Jon Burlingame's obituary of Legrand from Variety

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Aisle Seat 1-29: Super Bowl Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/28/2019 - 9:00 PM
Some classics hold up to the test of time – and a few seem to get better with age. That’s the feeling I had while watching Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS (****, 101 mins., 1946) in Criterion’s highly-anticipated new Blu-Ray, which delivers the expected technical benefits from a newly remastered 4K transfer and enhances a suspenseful, romantic, thrilling film that may just be Hitchcock’s finest.
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