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Film Score Friday 6/7/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/6/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc edition of one of Elmer Bernstein's greatest scores, for the 1981 animated sci-fi fantasy anthology film HEAVY METAL. Disc One features the full score as composed for the film, while Disc Two features the LP sequencing with a different mix than the film version.

Howlin' Wolf has just released the score for MURDER BY DECREE, the 1979 Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper mystery thriller which featured a remarkable cast - Christopher Plummer and James Mason as Holmes and Watson, co-starring David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Frank Finlay, Donald Sutherland, and Genevieve Bujold (fun fact: Finlay, cast as Inspector Lestrade, had previously played the role in another Holmes v. Ripper thriller, A Study in Terror). The film was directed by the eclectic Bob Clark (Black Christmas, Porky's, A Christmas Story), and scored by his usual composers, Carl Zittrer and Paul Zaza.  


Backstairs at the White House
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain 
Diva Dolorosa
 - Loek Dikker - Caldera 
Dune: Part 2 - Hans Zimmer - Mutant
Franz Waxman: Legendary Hollywood Vol. 1 
- Franz Waxman - Citadel 
Gerald Fried: The Westerns Vol. 1
 - Gerald Fried - Dragon's Domain 
Heavy Metal - Elmer Bernstein - La-La Land
The Jim Dooley Collection Vol. 1
 - Jim Dooley - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
Murder by Decree
- Carl Zittrer, Paul Zaza

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June FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 6/4/2024 - 10:00 PM

The June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is a detailed analysis of the written score for ANDREW LOCKINGTON’s ATLAS, including comments from the composer. Also this issue are an interview with ALEX HEFFES about his recent projects, including SHARDLAKE, THE REGIME (on which he teame

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Film Score Friday 5/31/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/30/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-release of Angelo Badalamenti's warm, melodic score for David Lynch's change-of-pace 1999 drama THE STRAIGHT STORY, which earned former stuntman Richard Farnsworth a Best Actor nomination for his performance as Alvin Straight, the elderly man who rode 240 miles on his lawn mower to visit his estranged brother. The Intrada CD features the same cues as the previous release on the Disney label.

The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and its related labels are THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE-FICTION VOL. 4, featuring music from The Day the World Ended (Ronald Stein) and The Earth Dies Screaming (Elisabeth Lutyens); the first release of the score for DEATH HUNT, the period outdoor adventure film from 1981 starring Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Carl Weathers, and scored by Jerrold Immel (Megaforce, Dallas); THE DAVID MICHAEL FRANK COLLECTION VOL. 4, featuring cues from the composer's scores to Poison Ivy, Call Me, Suburban Commando and Going Under; and a second volume of FRANZ WAXMAN: LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD, featuring previously released re-recordings of music from such Waxman classics as Sorry, Wrong Number and The Paradine Case.


Roma Bene - Luis Bacalov - Quartet 
The Straight Story - Angelo Badalamenti - Intrada 

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Aisle Seat 5-28: Kino Lorber May Wrap, Imprint & New 4K Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/27/2024 - 10:00 PM
Though a box-office hit at the time of its release, the 1979 rom-com STARTING OVER (105 mins., 1979, R; Kino Lorber) doesn’t get a lot of discussion even in movie buff circles. Perhaps that’s because it’s an anomaly in star Burt Reynolds’ filmography of the era, a “serious” comedy having made inbetween “Smokey and the Bandits” installments with Reynolds lacking his trademark mustache.
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Film Score Friday 5/24/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/23/2024 - 10:00 PM

Atlas - Andrew Lockington
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - Tom Holkenborg
The Garfield Movie - John Debney
Hit Man - Graham Reynolds
Invisible Nation - Wei-San Hsu
Jim Henson: Idea Man - David Fleming
Sight - Sean Philip Johnson


June 7
Two Evil Eyes - Pino Donaggio - Rustblade
Coming Soon 
Backstairs at the White House
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain
Diva Dolorosa
 - Loek Dikker - Caldera
Franz Waxman: Legendary Hollywood Vol. 1 
- Franz Waxman - Citadel
Gerald Fried: The Westerns Vol. 1
 - Gerald Fried - Dragon's Domain
Il cittadino si ribella
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Digitmovies 
The Jim Dooley Collection Vol. 1
 - Jim Dooley - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]
Lacrima Movies Trilogy
 - Franco Micalizzi - Digitmovies 
A Pistol for Ringo/The Return of Ringo
- Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Roma Bene
- Luis Bacalov - Quartet
Stelvio Cipriani Soundtracks Rarities Vol. 1
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies  
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Film Score Friday 5/17/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/16/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada is the first ever release of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for NIGHT PASSAGE, the 1957 Western starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy.

The latest release from Caldera is the score for the 1999 documentary DIVA DOLOROSA, composed by Loek Dikker (The 4th Man, Body Parts, Pascali's Island).


Bruno Nicolai for Jess Franco
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies 
Chissa' perche'...Capitano tutte a me
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Ironmaster La Guerra Del Ferro
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat 
The Morton Stevens Collection Vol. 2
 - Morton Stevens - Dragon's Domain 
Night Passage
- Dimitri Tiomkin - Intrada
One Day - Anne Nikitin, Jessica Jones, Tim Morrish - Silva
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]  
Squadra Antifurto
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Star Trek: The Original Series - The 1701 Collection Vol. 5 - George Duning - La-La Land
Torn Curtain - John Addison, Bernard Herrmann - La-La Land 

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Aisle Seat 5-14: THE CROW Flies in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/13/2024 - 10:00 PM
A film that’s long had difficulty rendering its dense, dark visuals in the home video medium, THE CROW (101 mins., 1994, R; Paramount) has, at last, generated a spectacular release for fans on 4K UHD courtesy of Paramount. This new Dolby Vision HDR enhanced presentation finally gives director Alex Proyas’ cult classic the richly detailed image it deserves, besting Lionsgate’s decent (but now inferior) Blu-Ray from over a decade ago.
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Film Score Friday 5/10/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/9/2024 - 10:00 PM

Arsene Lupin
 - Debbie Wiseman - Music Box 
The David Michael Frank Collection Vol. 3 - David Michael Frank - Dragon's Domain 
Goliath Awaits
 - George Duning - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
Le tableau vole
 - Alexei Aigui - Music Box 
No Retreat, No Surrender
 - Paul Gilreath - Dragon's Domain [CD-R]  
The Planets (Herrmann recording)
 - Gustav Holst - Quartet
The Primevals
 - Richard Band - Silva  
Uncommon Valor 
- James Horner - Quartet 


Adios Buenos Aires - Gerd Baumann 
Aisha - Daragh O'Toole
Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg - Will Bates
East Bay - John Welsman
Footnotes - Charles Harvey Spears
Force of Nature: The Dry 2 - Peter Raeburn
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - John Paesano
Lost Soulz - Adam Robl, Shawn Sutta 
Mother of the Bride - Caroline Ho
Not Another Church Movie - Ainz "Brainz" PRasad, Ameya Saraf 
Poolman - Andrew Bird
Slow - Irya Gmeyner, Matin Hederos, Vincent Barriere  

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Aisle Seat 5-9: Cinematographe, OCN New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/8/2024 - 10:00 PM
Elmore Leonard adaptations became all the rage in the late ‘90s following the success of Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Get Shorty” in 1995. Everyone from Quentin Tarantino (“Jackie Brown”) to Steven Soderbergh (“Out of Sight”) tried their hand at a Leonard movie, sometimes to great success…and occasionally to non-existent box-office, in the case of Paul Schrader’s TOUCH (96 mins., 1997, R), a picture that basically ceased to exist after its low-profile original theatrical release. Cinematographe has restored this seldom-screened curio in a new Blu-Ray limited-edition that, for all the movie’s faults, should be of major interest for fans of Leonard, Schrader, and stars Christopher Walken, Bridget Fonda and Skeet Ulrich.
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Aisle Seat 5-7: 4K Spins & Arrow, Imprint, MVD Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/6/2024 - 10:00 PM
Ernie Fosselius blasted onto the comedy scene when his parody HARDWARE WARS (13 mins., 1977; MVD) became a cult phenomenon in the late ‘70s. An amusing compendium of gags in extended, faux-trailer form, narrated by the great Paul Frees, “Hardware Wars” is funnier in its sub-15 minute run time than Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” is in its totality, from its googily-eyed Sesame Street-esque Chewbacca knock-off to its non-cutting edge technical effects with household appliances zooming around a galaxy very, very close to home.
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