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Film Score Friday 4/28/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/27/2023 - 10:00 PM
After three months with no new score CDs, La-La Land has announced three releases due next week: the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's unused score for the Mad Mad World-esque 2001 comedy RAT RACE, ultimately scored by John Powell (not to be confused with the 1960 film The Rat Race scored by...Elmer Bernstein); an expanded, two-disc edition of John Williams' Oscar-nominated score for Sydney Pollack's 1995 remake of the classic romantic comedy SABRINA, starring Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond (and also featuring Williams' nominated song "Moonlight"); and the score for Lasse Hallstrom's 1993 comedy-drama WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, starring Johnny Depp and featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in his first Oscar-nominated performance. The score is credited to Alan Parker (Jaws 3-D) and Bjorn Isfalt (Hallstrom's My Life as a Dog), and the CD promises "Both Original and Unused Scores."


Come svalgiamo la banca d'Italia/Il lungo, il corto, il gatto 
- Lallo Gori - Beat  
Due ragazzi da Mareiapiede
 - Piero Umiliani - Quartet    
Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine 
- Georges Delerue - Music Box 
Nessuno e' perfetto
 - Riz Ortolani - Beat
On Dangerous Ground/The Man Who Knew Too Much [re-recording] - Bernard Herrmann - Intrada 
Run for Your Wife
 - Nino Oliviero - Quartet
Tours du monde tours du ciel/Premier quatuor a cordes [reissue]
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box   


Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Hans Zimmer
Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World - Marcelo Zarvos 
The Monsters Without - Benedict Nichols
Other People's Children - Rob
Polite Society - Tom Howe
Sisu - Juri Seppa, Tuomas Wainola  

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Aisle Seat 4-25: Vinegar Syndrome, SUPERCOP, New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/24/2023 - 10:00 PM
Vinegar Syndrome’s latest slate of releases is unquestionably highlighted by PRIMAL RAGE (92 mins., 1988, Not Rated), an unintentional hoot of an Italian horror movie shot on location at Miami’s Florida International University. Called by some a precursor to modern zombie thrillers like “28 Days Later,” the tongue was planted firmly in cheek (I think) in this effort from director Vittorio Rambaldi – the son of Carlo, the special effects genius who created “E.T.” — which mixes American sensibilities with wild, ridiculous gore sequences and some hilarious moments that make for one of the most purely “fun” discs I’ve watched this year.
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Film Score Friday 4/21/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/20/2023 - 10:00 PM
Intrada's latest Kickstarter-supported release, a new recording of two 1950s thriller scores by Bernard Herrmann - Nicholas Ray's ON DANGEROUS GROUND and Alfred Hitchcock's remake of his own THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (the only previously unreleased Herrmann-Hitchcock score) is now available to order and is expected to begin shipping next week.


The Big Caper
 - Albert Glasser - Kronos 
 - Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter - Kronos 
Dino/I, Mobster - Gerald Fried - Dragon's Domain 
The Manions of America
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain 
The Music of Gunther Kauer
 - Gunther Kauer, Douglas M. Lackey - Kronos 
The Peter Bernstein Collection Vol. 4
 - Peter Bernstein - Dragon's Domain 


Cadejo Blanco - Jonatan Szer
Carmen - Nicholas Britell
Chevalier - Kris Bowers
Everything Went Fine - no original score
Evil Dead Rise - Stephen McKeon
Gringa - Tim Williams
Guy Ritchie's The Covenant - Christopher Benstead
Judy Blume Forever - Lauren Culjak 
Somewhere in Queens - Mark Orton
To Catch a Killer - Carter Burwell
Wild Life - Gustavo Santaolalla, Juan Luqui 

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Film Score Friday 4/14/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/13/2023 - 10:00 PM
Music Box is releasing a newly expanded version of Georges Delerue's score for Philippe DeBroca's 1965 comic adventure LES TRIBULATIONS D'UN CHINOIS EN CHINE (also known as Chinese Adventures in China and Up to His Ears), inspired by the Jules Verne story which also, strangely enough, inspired Warren Beatty's Bulworth. They have also re-released their CD of Delerue's music for the 1991 documentary series TOURS DU MONDE TOURS DU CIEL, paired with his string quartet Premier quartuor a cordes.


- Justin Hurwitz - Interscope 
- Andrew Morgan Smith - MovieScore Media [CD-R]

...Dopo di che, uccide il maschio e lo divora
 - Piero Piccioni - CSC  
The Hummie Mann Collection, Vol. 2
 - Hummie Mann - Dragon's Domain 
Le ultime ore di una vergine
 - Daniele Patucchi - CSC 
Piedone a Hong Kong
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - CSC  
Raiders of the Lost Ring
- Panu Aaltio - MovieScore Media [CD-R]

Steiner: Das eiserne kruez 2 (Cross of Iron II)
 - Peter Thomas - CSC 
- Pessi Levanto - MovieScore Media [CD-R]

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story
 - Ernest Gold - Dragon's Domain   

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Aisle Seat 4-11: Kino Lorber Spring Fever Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/10/2023 - 10:00 PM
In the annals of wacky teen comedies from the ’80s, SECRET ADMIRER (98 mins., 1985, R; Kino Lorber) is one of the best – a nutty romp involving mistaken identities, secret crushes, and feuding parents, which returns to Blu-Ray in a new 2K transfer from Kino Lorber.
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Film Score Friday 4/7/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/6/2023 - 10:00 PM
Dragons' Domain has announced three new releases -- a two-disc set of Morton Stevens' score for the 1981 miniseries THE MANIONS OF AMERICA, starring Pierce Brosnan (his introduction to American audiences) and Kate Mulgrew; a disc pairing two early scores by Gerald Fried, DINO and I, MOBSTER; and the fourth volume of THE PETER BERNSTEIN COLLECTION, featuring the composer's music for the TV miniseries The Alamo: 17 Days to Glory and the 1999 TV movie thriller Happy Face Murders, an offbeat collaboration between the author of Agnes of God and the director of The Man from Hong Kong.


 - George Fenton - Quartet
 - Gabriel Yared - Quartet 
L'homme aux yeux d'argent  et al
 - Philippe Sarde - Music Box 


Air - tracked-in score, plus some original Paul Haslinger cues
How to Blow Up a Pipeline - Gavin Brivik
Joyland - Abdullah Siddiqui 
One True Loves - Nathan Wang
Paint - Lyle Workman
Showing Up - Ethan Rose
The Super Mario Bros. Movie - Brian Tyler 

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April FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 4/6/2023 - 4:00 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 RACHEL PORTMAN about her new solo album, BEYOND THE SCREEN: FILM WORKS ON PIANO. Also this issue are an interview with JOEL J. RICHARD, who co-scores JOHN WICK : CHAPTER 4 with Tyler Bates; PAUL LEONARD-MORGAN talks Hulu&rsq

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Aisle Seat 4-4: April 4K Blowout Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/3/2023 - 10:00 PM
Late in August of 1990, William Peter Blatty’s anticipated THE EXORCIST III (110 mins., R; Shout! Factory) arrived in theaters. The Morgan Creek production, released by Fox, drew strong initial interest from audiences – and even a few positive reviews – before crashing quickly in the dumping grounds of late summer. Now a cult favorite, Blatty’s own adaptation of his novel “Legion” was resurrected as a 2016 Scream Factory Collector’s Edition, complete with a reconstruction – from the best surviving sources – of Blatty’s initial cut of the film, finished before anxious studio executives mandated a punchier, effects-laden conclusion be shot. That package is now on 4K UHD with a sizzling new remaster of the theatrical version, presented with Dolby Vision HDR.
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Film Score Friday 3/31/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/30/2023 - 10:00 PM

This England - David Holmes - Universal (import)
What's Love Got To Do With It? - Nitin Sawhney - Mercury 


Acidman - Christopher French
Chupa - Carlos Rafael Rivera
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves - Lorne Balfe
Enys Men - Mark Jenkin
The Five Devils - Florencia Di Concilio
Malum - Samuel Laflamme
Rimini - Fritz Ostermayer, Herwig Zamernik  
Smoking Causes Coughing - no original score
Spinning Gold - Justin Gray
A Thousand and One - Gary Gunn 

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Aisle Seat 3-28: A Catalog Cavalcade
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/27/2023 - 10:00 PM
The cavalcade of solid catalog titles premiering on 4K UHD continues this month with a welcome Dolby Vision presentation of DRAGONSLAYER (109 mins., 1981, PG; Paramount), an expensive 1981 collaboration between Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Studio that was a flop in its day. Time, fortunately, has been kind to director Matthew Robbins’ film, which receives significant enhancements here over its previous DVD and HD master, which has been available only on streaming for many years.
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