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Film Score Friday 11/4/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/3/2022 - 10:00 PM
This month's new releases from La-La Land, available to order now, are the fourth volume of their Quinn Martin Collection series of TV music, this one featuring Dominic Frontiere's music for the TV series version of the Oscar-winning military drama 12 O'CLOCK HIGH, and an expanded edition of James Horner's score for director Ron Howard's hit 2000 film version of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

The latest score CDs from Dragon's Domain are a two-disc expanded edition of Richard Band's score for the 1991 film version of Poe's THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM; Alan Howarth's score for the 2012 thriller BRUTAL (not to be confused with the many other films with that title); and THE PETER BERNSTEIN COLLECTION VOL. 3, featuring the composer's music for the action comedy Fifty Fifty, starring Peter Weller and Robert Hays (not to be confused with the cancer dramedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen), and the comedy Miracles, starring Tom Conti and Teri Garr.


Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas - James Horner - La-La Land
The Godfather Suite - Carmine Coppola, Nino Rota - Silva
Mark Isham: Music for Film
 - Mark Isham - Silva
 - Eric Demarsan - Music Box 
The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 4: 12 O'Clock High - Dominic Frontiere - La-La Land
Stranger Things 4: Vol. 1 
- Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein - Lakeshore
Stranger Things 4: Vol 2
 - Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein - Lakeshore
10/31 Part III
- Rocky Gray - Howlin' Wolf 

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Aisle Seat 11-1: Vinegar Syndrome Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/1/2022 - 1:00 AM
Even though it displays evidence of its original origins as a CBS TV movie – played up with an R rating and a few big stars thanks to American-International – the original THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (119 mins., 1979, R; Vinegar Syndrome) nevertheless became one of the biggest independent hits of all-time. Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff’s American-International Pictures, the pulpy adaptation of Jay Anson’s supposedly “true story” of the infamous haunted house provides plenty of cheap thrills and a few unintentional yucks to go along with it.
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Film Score Friday 10/28/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/27/2022 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's thrilling score for the 2000 sci-fi thriller HOLLOW MAN, one of his final works and his last collaboration with director Paul Verhoeven. The film starred Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon and Josh Brolin, and was Oscar-nominated for its Visual Effects. The Intrada release features the full 91-minute score plus 47 minutes of extras and alternates..


Frozen Planet II
  - Hans Zimmer, Adam Lukas, James Everingham - Silva
Hollow Man
- Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
House of the Dragon - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower [CD-R]
Il Conte Dracula
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies 
Jack Mimoun et les secrets de Val Verde
 - Mathieu Lamboley - Music Box
La scarlatine/Tir a vue
 - Gabriel Yared - Music Box
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
 - Alan Silvestri - Varese Sarabande CD Club  
Le rouge et le noir
 - Philippe Sarde - Music Box
Nati Morti 
- Danielle Marinelli, Riccardo Adamo - Digitmovies 
Nino Rota: Bandes Originales De Films 1956-1961
 - Nino Rota - Music Box 
Stand By For Action! Gerry Anderson in Concert 
- Barry Gray - Silva
Une Belle Course
 - Philippe Rombi - Music Box   

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Aisle Seat 10-25: Halloween Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/24/2022 - 10:00 PM
“Trapped in Time. Surrounded by Evil. Low on Gas.” So reads the tag line for ARMY OF DARKNESS (80 mins., 1993, R; Shout! Factory), the third film in Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s “Evil Dead” series, which brought a wild, Ray Harryhausen-like fantasy flair to the continuing adventures of Deadite-slayer Ash (Campbell), here trapped in a medieval setting. This fan-favorite sequel has been tapped for a myriad of releases on home video over the years, but adds a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory into the mix this month, highlighting a dynamite new Dolby Vision HDR grading of the movie’s theatrical cut.
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Film Score Friday 10/21/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/20/2022 - 10:00 PM
The 500th release from Quartet Records is an expanded score CD for director Sydney Pollack's 1968 comedy Western THE SCALPHUNTERS. This disc will feature both Elmer Bernstein's original LP re-recording of his score as well as the previously unreleased original film tracks. 

The label is also releasing a remastered edition of Ennio Morricone's music for Pier Paolo Pasolini's ARABIAN NIGHTS, and for vinyl collectors they are releasing a five-disc set of Jerry Goldsmith's scores for the first three RAMBO movies, with liner notes by our own Jeff Bond.


Arabian Nights
- Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Black Adam - Lorne Balfe - WaterTower [2-disc CD-R]
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Bear McCreary - Mondo 
The Scalphunters
- Elmer Bernstein - Quartet
There's Always Hope
 - Guy Farley - Caldera 


Aftersun - Oliver Coates
The Banshees of Inisherin - Carter Burwell
Black Adam - Lorne Balfe - 2-disc score CD-R on WaterTower
The Domestic - Bradley Katzen
The Good Nurse - Biosphere
My Policeman - Steven Price
Ticket to Paradise - Lorne Balfe
Voodoo Macbeth - Jongnic Bontemps
Wendell & Wild - Bruno Coulais 

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Aisle Seat 10-18: Kino Lorber October Crop
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/17/2022 - 10:00 PM
After stumbling at the box-office with the supernatural thriller “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Flashdance” and “Fatal Attraction” director Adrian Lyne struck box-office gold again with 1993’s INDECENT PROPOSAL (116 mins., R; Kino Lorber). At one point, this slick romantic drama was supposed to star Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. After the movie stalled in pre-production, “Indecent Proposal” ended up with Robert Redford (okay), Demi Moore (fine), and Woody Harrelson (huh?) as its leads. Even if the original casting might have made “Indecent Proposal” more durable over the years (people seem to have forgotten about it completely), it didn’t hurt the movie too much at the time, since despite unfavorable reviews, Lyne’s film rode the crest of over-hyped controversy to a $100-million domestic gross.
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Film Score Friday 10/14/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/13/2022 - 10:00 PM
The latest limited releases from the Varese Sarabande CD Club are both expanded Deluxe Editions of two scores by Alan Silvestri previously released by the label - Robert Zemeckis' 1992 dark comedy DEATH BECOMES HER, and the video game movie sequel LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE.

On October 29, THE GODFATHER will be screened at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, with Nino Rota's classic score performed live-to-picture.


Amore Mio Aiutami
 - Piero Piccioni - Beat
Death Becomes Her: The Deluxe Edition
- Alan Silvestri - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Delitto In Formula Uno
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat
 - John Carpenter, Jody Carpenter, Daniel Davies - Sacred Bones
Lo Chiamavano Bulldozer
 - Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat
Hocus Pocus 2
 - John Debney - Disney  

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Aisle Seat 10-11: War of the Worlds 4K, TV on DVD Harvest
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/10/2022 - 10:00 PM
George Pal’s awesome 1953 production of H.G. Wells’ WAR OF THE WORLDS (85 mins., 1953; Paramount) represents ‘50s sci-fi at its best. From the majestic opening with Sir Cedric Hardwicke’s narration and Leith Stevens’ score, to the first appearance of Pal’s saucers and the scenes of stars Gene Barry and Ann Robinson hiding in a farmhouse from the invading Martians, few other films captured the imaginations of sci-fi fans like director Byron Haskin’s movie. The original “War of the Worlds” set the standard for dozens upon dozens of fantasy films that followed in its wake and still ranks today as one of the greatest genre pictures ever made.
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Film Score Friday 10/7/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/6/2022 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land's set of October releases, available this week, are a two-disc  20th anniversary edition of Hans Zimmer's score for the 2002 horror hit THE RING, the Gore Verbinski-directed remake of the J-horror classic (previously, only a portion of Zimmer's Ring score was commercially available, on the soundrack to The Ring Two); and Costas Dafnis' score for the 2018 indie drama OVERWHELM THE SKY.

Music Box has announced their latest batch of film music releases -- Philippe Sarde's score to the 1997 TV version of Stendahl's classic novel LE ROUGE ET LE NOIR (The Red and the Black); a disc pairing two early scores by Gabriel Yared, LA SCARLATINE and TIR A VUE; Eric Demarsan's score for the new miniseries NOTRE-DAME, about the aftermath of the 2019 Notre Dame cathedral fire; and the new adventure comedy JACK MIMOUN ET LES SECRETS DEL VAL VERDE, scored by Mathieu Lamboley.

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest CD Club releases today.


Craig Safan: Horror Macabre Vol. 1
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain 
Nope - Michael Abels - Waxwork 
Overwhelm the Sky - Costas Dafnis - La-La Land
The Ring - Hans Zimmer - La-La Land
 - John Scott - Dragon's Domain  

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Oct. FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 10/6/2022 - 4:00 AM

The October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with TERENCE BLANCHARD, who scores Gina Prince-Bythewood’s THE WOMAN KING and the Louis Armstrong documentary BLACK & BLUES. Als

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