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Film Score Friday 6/18/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/17/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is yet another "Holy Grail" for Jerry Goldsmith fans -- the first-ever release of his unused score for the 1992 noir THE PUBLIC EYE. A fictional story inspired by the life of real-life pioneering tabloid photographer Arthur "Weegee" Felig, whose unforgettable black-and-white photos of crime scenes of the '30s and '40s created indelible images of the era, starring Joe Pesci as the fictionalized Weegee, here named Leon "Bernzy" Bernstein, who becomes involved with a femme fatale played by Barbara Hershey. Written and directed by Howard Franklin (Quick Change, The Man Who Knew Too Little), the film ultimately used none of Goldsmith's clarinet-dominated score, replacing it with a new one by Mark Isham. Intrada's release features Goldsmith's music in its entirety.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new limited edition CD Club releases, featuring expanded, two-disc versions of sci-fi action scores: John Powell's music for the Philip K. Dick adaptation PAYCHECK, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman and directed by John Woo, and a "Complete Score" edition for the 1999 classic THE MATRIX, scored by Don Davis, which is also being released in an SACD edition.

Last weekend I caught The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It in a theater, and apart from the use of a real person's murder as the basis of a cheesy horror film, the most disturbing thing about it was ultimately the number of tracked-in cues listed in the end credits -- music from Arctic (Joseph Trapanese), The Canal (Ceiri Torjussen), Daredevil (John Paesano), End of Days (John Debney - 2 cues), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Christopher Young - 2 cues), Luce (Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury), Mama (Fernando Velazquez), The Purge (Nathan Whitehead - 5 cues), Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Hildur Guonadottir - 4 cues), Trial by Fire (Henry Jackman), Within (Jeff Grace)  and even Thomas Newman's Oscar-nominated score for 1917. Which makes one wonder -- how much of Joseph Bishara's score (he still receives the principal scoring credit) is even heard in the movie? A friend wondered of all this tracking could be pandemic-related, but I wouldn't assume Bishara's scores tend to use a large orchestra.


Allons Z'enfants/L'honneur d'un capitaine/La maison assassinee
- Philippe Sarde - Music Box 
Images - John Williams - Quartet 
Les chemins de Katmandou/Paris N'existe pas/La bête noire
 - Jean-Claude Vannier, Serge Gainsbourg - Music Box 
The Matrix: The Complete Score - Don Davis - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Paycheck: The Deluxe Edition - John Powell - Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Public Eye: Unused Score - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Week-end a Zuydcoote (Weekend at Dunkirk)
 - Maurice Jarre - Music Box  

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Aisle Seat 6-15: Indiana Jones, Godzilla & Kong on 4K UHD
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/14/2021 - 10:00 PM
Freshly remastered in its most spectacular presentation yet on home video, INDIANA JONES: 4-MOVIE COLLECTION (Paramount) is unquestionably going to rank as one of the essential format purchases for 4K UHD owners. Paramount’s five-disc set – configured similarly as its 2012 Blu-Ray predecessor – includes the UHD, Dolby Vision-enhanced debuts of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” on UHD with a fourth disc of extras and a fifth (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”) that most fans likely feel is best left as a beverage coaster. It’s an eagerly awaited set that delivers the goods on every level: the Dolby Vision transfers offer the same crispness of Paramount’s Blu-Ray releases with the addition of finely-tuned HDR and a slightly cooler color tone, while the Dolby Atmos audio mixes are even more immersive than the Ben Burtt-mastered tracks from prior editions.
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Film Score Friday 6/11/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/10/2021 - 10:00 PM
Next week Intrada plans to release a CD about which, given my obsessions with both Jerry Goldsmith and unused scores, I can only say OMFG!!!!. For those who don't mind soundtrack CD release spoilers, go to this Message Board thread.

The latest CD from Quartet is a remastered (and composer-approved) release of one of John Williams' most off-beat scores, his Oscar-nominated music for Robert Altman's surreal 1972 psychological thriller IMAGES, starring Susannah York and the late, great Rene Auberjonois. 

Music Box has announced three new CD releases: an expanded version of Maurice Jarre's score for the 1964 WWII drama WEEK-END A ZUYDCOOTE (released in the U.S as Weekend at Dunkirk); a CD featuring music from three Philippe Sarde scores, ALLONS Z'ENFANTS (1981), L'HONNEUR D'UN CAPITAINE (A Captain's Honor, 1982) and LA MAISON ASSASSINEE (The Murdered House, 1988); and a disc featuring three scores composed by Jean-Claude Vannier, LES CHEMINS DE KATMANDOU, PARIS N'EXISTE PAS (both composed with Serge Gainsbourg) and LA BETE NOIRE.

Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.


The Albert Glasser Collection Vol. 2 - The Invisible Mr. Unmei/Geisha Girl 
- Albert Glasser - Dragon's Domain
Caboblanco - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Dragonslayer: 40th Anniversary Edition - Alex North - La-La Land
Forbidden Planet [reissue]
 - Louis & Bebe Barron - GNP Crescendo 
The Proposal - T. Griffin - Constellation
The Resurrected
 - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain
Turkey Shoot (Escape 2000)
 - Brian May - Dragon's Domain 

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June FSMO Is Live
Posted By Jon Kaplan 6/8/2021 - 2:00 AM

The jam-packed June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story, SCARY SUMMER, is a two-fer: MARCO BELTRAMI discusses his work on A QUIET PLACE PART II, the sequel to the surprise 2018 smash, and JOSEPH BISHARA talks about THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, plus his approach to aleatory, horror, and scoring on-screen demons and monsters played by himself! Also this issue is in-depth coverage of Varese Sarabande’s Deluxe Edition of JERRY GOLDSMITH’S LI

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Film Score Friday 6/4/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/3/2021 - 10:00 PM

The latest CD from Intrada is Jerry Goldsmith's score for SHAMUS. The 1973 mystery from director Buzz Kulik (Warning Shot, TV's Babe) starred Burt Reynolds (shortly after Deliverance and his Cosmopolitan centerfold finally made him a full-fledged movie star) as a low-rent NY private eye, with Dyan Cannon as his love interest. A minor star vehicle with a lot of personality, Shamus benefits from Goldsmith's funky, low-key score, featuring his usual inventive sounds and exciting action music, and presented here in its entirety and for the first time. The liner notes, discussing the film's production history, were written by me.

La-La Land has announced their slate of releases for this month.

Next week they will release a new edition of Jerry Goldsmith's lively score for the 1980 Casablanca homage CABOBLANCO, starring the Bogart and Bergman of the late 1970s, Charles Bronson and Dominique Sanda, and a 40th anniversary edition (that makes me feel really old) of Alex North's Oscar-nominated score for DRAGONSLAYER.

On June 22 they will release an expanded version of John Wiliams' score for Steven Spielberg's 1989 romantic fantasy ALWAYS, and will re-release their three-disc edition of what I personally feel is the greatest stand-alone score of the 21st century so far, Williams' A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.


The Alan Howarth Collection Vo
l. 2 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain
Ghoulies IV
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
 - John Scott - Dragon's Domain  
Ratataplan - Detto Mariano - Quartet
San Pasquale Baylonne Protettore Delle Donne
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Quartet  
Shamus - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Swallow - Nathan Halpern - Ship to Shore 

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Aisle Seat 6-1: Revisiting EXPLORERS
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/31/2021 - 10:00 PM
The summer of ’85 was a good time to be growing up and going to the movies. “Back to the Future” and “Cocoon” were two of the season’s biggest genre hits, and are just a couple of the many films from that year that are still entertaining viewers decades later (not to mention “Lifeforce,” of course!). Not every film released that summer was a hit, though, as the summer of ’85 had its share of box-office disappointments – one of them was Joe Dante’s EXPLORERS (106 mins., PG; Paramount), which was the genre auteur's highly awaited follow-up tpo his smash hit "Gremlins" from the preceding year. 
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Film Score Friday 5/28/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/27/2021 - 10:00 PM
Intrada will release one new, awesome, unexpected (well, I expected it, because I wrote the liner notes) score CD next week. For more information, go to this Message Board thread.

Dragon's Domain has announced three new upcoming releases -- THE ALBERT GLASSER COLLECTION VOL. 2, a two-disc set featuring his scores for two Japan-set movies, The Invisible Mr. Unmei and Geisha Girl; a remastered edition of Richard Band's score for THE RESURRECTED, the Lovecraft adaptation directed by Dan O'Bannon; and a remastered edition of Brian May's score for TURKEY SHOOT (aka Escape 2000).


Ilargi Guztiak 
- Pascal Gaigne - Quartet 
The Midnight Sky - Alexandre Desplat - Abkco
A Quiet Place, Part II - Marco Beltrami - La-La Land
Space Truckers
 - Colin Towns - Quartet
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run - Hans Zimmer, Steve Mazzaro - La-La Land 


American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally - Kubilay Uner
Cruella - Nicholas Britell
Moby Doc - Moby
Port Authority - Matthew Herbert
A Quiet Place, Part II - Marco Beltrami - Score CD on La-La Land
Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog - Wlad Marhulets 

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Aisle Seat 5-25: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/24/2021 - 10:00 PM
Blue Underground is off to a robust start in the 4K UHD format, and this month debuts a spectacular new Dolby Vision presentation of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (102 mins., 1980, PG). Kirk Douglas produced and starred in the 1980 time travel adventure as the captain of the U.S.S. Nimitz, an aircraft carrier that finds itself inexplicably caught up in a vortex that sends it, and its crew, back to 1941…just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Film Score Friday 5/21/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/20/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a newly remastered re-release of Harry Manfredini's score for the 1989 underwater sci-fi thriller DEEPSTAR SIX, which beat Leviathan and The Abyss to theaters in that strange year where underwater sci-fi was briefly all the rage.

Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs - the first release of the score for SPACE TRUCKERS, the 1996 sci-fi comedy directed by Stuart Gordon, with a score by Colin Towns (Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters, The Haunting of Julia, Rawhead Rex), and Pascal Gaigne's score for the 2020 fantasy drama ILARGI GUZTIAK


Cesar et Rosalie
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
Deepstar Six [remastered re-release] - Harry Manfredini - Intrada Special Collection
The Enforcer [re-release]
- Jerry Fielding - Aleph
Le Chat/Le Train
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
The Prowler
 - Richard Einhorn - Howlin' Wolf 

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Aisle Seat 5-18: Kino Lorber May Round-Up
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/17/2021 - 10:00 PM
Cross-country comedy “road trip” movies seem to have a perennial appeal, at least when we talk about the likes of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” or “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Not every one of these films, of course, has enjoyed a lasting success – and in the case of John Schlesinger’s 1981 attempt at making a real change of pace film, HONKY TONK FREEWAY (107 mins., PG), this expensive comedy became one of the biggest box-office wipeouts of all-time. Unavailable on domestic home video for nearly 20 years, Kino Lorber has resurrected this infamous, strange pastiche of broad comic stereotypes, shot through the prism of an Oscar-winning British director, in a superb Blu-Ray that makes for a compelling view for any curious movie buff.
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