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Film Score Friday 7/15/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/14/2022 - 10:00 PM
The 2022 Primetime Emmy nominations have been announced, including the following music categories:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT: "The Reykjavík Ice Sculpture Festival Is Lovely This Time Of Year" - Blake Neely
LOKI: "Glorious Purpose" - Natalie Holt
ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING: "The Boy From 6B" - Siddhartha Khosla
SCHMIGADOON!: "Schmigadoon!" - Christopher Willis
SEVERANCE: "The We We Are" - Theodore Shapiro
SUCCESSION: "Chiantishire" - Nicholas Britell 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED OR ANTHOLOGY SERIES, MOVIE OR
SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
 
1883: "1883" - Brian Tyler and Breton Vivian
MOON KNIGHT: "Asylum" - Hesham Nazih
STATION ELEVEN: "Unbroken Circle" -Dan Romer
A VERY BRITISH SCANDAL: Episode 1 - Nathan Barr
THE WHITE LOTUS: "Mysterious Monkeys" - Cristobal Tapia de Veer

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
 
LOKI - Natalie Holt
ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING - Siddhartha Khosla
SEVERANCE - Theodore Shapiro
SQUID GAME - Jung Jae-il
THE WHITE LOTUS - Cristobal Tapia de Veer 
 
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A DOCUMENTARY SERIES OR SPECIAL
(ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
 
14 PEAKS: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE - Nainita Desai
LUCY AND DESI - David Schwartz
RETURN TO SPACE - Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams
THEY CALL ME MAGIC - Terence Blanchard
THE TINDER SWINDLER - Jessica Jones 
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Aisle Seat 7-12: Vinegar Syndrome Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/11/2022 - 10:00 PM
The purveyors of the offbeat and eccentric, sometimes gloriously weird and occasionally wild – Vinegar Syndrome – have a full run of eclectic new titles in-store for Blu-Ray and UHD owners this summer. They’re highlighted by a dynamic three-disc UHD/Blu-Ray package of THRILLER “A Cruel Picture” (108 mins., 1973), which (like the other titles covered below) can now be ordered through Vinegar Syndrome’s site and goes “retail” at the end of this month. I previously reviewed Synapse’s BD of this movie a couple of months back, but VS’ release is a far more features-packed presentation with tons of extra content and a superior transfer, making it the more complete package for fans.
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Film Score Friday 7/8/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/7/2022 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their June batch of releases, which are now available to order: a two-disc edition of John Williams' popular score for the original JURASSIC PARK; an expanded two-disc edition of James Horner's score for the third Jack Ryan film, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER; and a re-release of their expanded edition of Horner's previous Jack Ryan score, PATRIOT GAMES.


The latest release from Quartet is a remastered reissue of Jerry Fielding's score for Sam Peckinpah's BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA.


Vintage John Wiliams quote of the week, from a Films and Filming intervew by Derek Elley, in 1978:

"Early next year I may also do a project called Alien, directed by Ridley Scott."

Goldsmith's Alien is one of my all-time favorite pieces of film music, but it's fascinating to ponder how Williams might have aproached the project. At the time of the interview he was composing the score for Superman, and the article mentions that he was also set to work on Quintet and Meteor, both of which were ultimately scored by other composers (Tom Pierson and Laurence Rosenthal, respectively). It has long amused me that during that period he was shrewed enough to bail on The Sentinel, Quintet, Meteor, Inchon and Heaven's Gate, but still ended up scoring Heartbeeps and Monsignor. It's almost as if his agent told him he couldn't bail on every bad film, or else it might seem like he was cheating.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Clear and Present Danger
- James Horner - La-La Land
Jurassic Park - John Williams - La-La Land
Jurassic World: Dominion - Michael Giacchino - Backlot
Masters of the Universe: Revelation: Vol. 2 - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
Patriot Games [re-issue]
- James Horner - La-La Land 

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July FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 7/7/2022 - 4:00 AM

The July edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is the first part of an extensive survey of GREAT ACTION CUES, with the initial entry covering scores from the 1930s-1950s. Also this issue are interviews with both NATALIE HOLT and WILLIAM ROSS about their contributions to the music of Disney+&r

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Film Score Friday 7/1/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/30/2022 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc expanded edition of James Horner's popular score for the lavish 1988 fantasy WILLOW, a collaboration between George Lucas and director Ron Howard, featuring 108 minutes of Horner's symphonic music.


After 13 Oscar nominations but no wins, songwriter Diane Warren has been named one of this year's winners of an Honorary Oscar, part of this year's group of "Governors Awards" to be presented on November 19th (Thomas Newman, call your publicist!). A list of her nominated songs is at the bottom of this column.* The other winners are directors Euzhan Palcy and Peter Weir, with Michael J. Fox winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The Academy has also invited 397 actors, filmmakers and publicists as new members, including the following Music Branch invitees: composers Amie Doherty, Lili Yaydn, Leo Heiblum, Natalie Holt, Nathan Johnson, Jacobo Lieberman, Areial Rose Marx, Hesham Nazih, Dan Romer and Nerida Tyson-Chew, and songwriters Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell and Finneas O'Connell


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Mayrig/588 Rue Paradis
 - Jean-Claude Petit - Music Box
Mort d'un pourri 
- Philippe Sarde - Music Box   
Willow - James Horner - Intrada Special Collection


IN THEATERS TODAY

Accepted - Nathan Matthew David
All the Lord's Men - Room8
Attack on Finland - Lasse Enerson
Code Name Banshee - Benjamin Weinman
The Forgiven - Lorne Balfe
Minions: The Rise of Gru - Heitor Pereira - Song CD with 1 score suite on Decca
Mr. Malcom's List - Amelia Warner 

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Aisle Seat 6-28: Kino Lorber June Spectacular
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/27/2022 - 10:00 PM
So many films from the 1990s have fallen through the cracks in the transition to high-def, never mind Ultra HD. One of the catalogs that has received especially short shrift is the library of Savoy Pictures, an independent studio that distributed a handful of memorable films including Robert DeNiro’s “A Bronx Tale” and the Ray Liotta sci-fi thriller “No Escape.” My favorite among their few dozen releases was LAST OF THE DOGMEN (118 mins., 1995, PG), a sweeping romantic western that represented one of the last gasps of Mario Kassar’s Carolco Pictures, and a film that remains a wonderful, old-fashioned adventure that’s been long overdue for rediscovery.
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Film Score Friday 6/24/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/23/2022 - 10:00 PM
I am on vacation this week, so I apologize if some major piece of film music news broke and I did not report it in a timely fashion.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Highway 395
- Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders - Perseverance


IN THEATERS TODAY

Apples - The Boy
The Black Phone - Mark Korven - Score LP coming from Waxwork/Back Lot
Elvis - Elliott Wheeler
1982 - Nadim Mishlawi


COMING SOON

July 1
Jurassic World: Dominion
 - Michael Giacchino - Backlot 
July 22
Clark - Mikael Akerfeldt - Inside Out
The Northman - Robin Carolan, Sebastian Gainsborough - Sacred Bones 
Coming Soon
Mayrig/588 Rue Paradis
 - Jean-Claude Petit - Music Box
Mort d'un pourri 
- Philippe Sarde - Music Box 

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Aisle Seat 6-21: Shaft, Northman Sizzle in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/20/2022 - 10:00 PM
Australian cinema hit its apex in the ’70s and ’80s, reaching its height when the likes of Mad Max and Crocodile Dundee became box-office smashes all over the world. Stars like Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman and directors from George Miller to Phillip Noyce all found breakout success in the U.S., while a number of Australian comedies and dramas likewise met with North American distribution – if not in theaters than many on home video.
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Film Score Friday 6/17/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/16/2022 - 10:00 PM
This week Intrada has re-released two previously out-of-print CDs - James Horner's score for STAR TREK: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, and Alan Silvestri's music for Stephen King's CAT'S EYE.


Quartet has announced three new releases -- Ernest Gold's score for Sam Peckinpah's penultimate film, the WWII drama CROSS OF IRON, featuring the same cues as the original LP release; the 2021 thriller AMERICAN NIGHT, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and scored by Marco Beltrami and Ceiri Torjussen; and the 2021 Danish World War II drama THE BOMBARDMENT (aka The Shadow in My Eye), scored by Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders and Ceiri Torjussen


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Albert Glasser Collection Vol. 4: Science Fiction Atomic Mutation I
 - Albert Glasser - Dragon's Domain
American Night
- Marco Beltrami, Ceiri Torjussen - Quartet
The Bombardment
- Marco Belrami, Buck Sanders, Ceiri Torjussen - Quartet
Cat's Eye - Alan Silvestri - Intrada Special Collection
Cross of Iron
- Ernest Gold - Quartet
Downton Abbey: A New Era - John Lunn - Decca (import)
The First Wives Club - Marc Shaiman - La-La Land
The Ratings Game
 - David Spear - Dragon's Domain
Scarface - Giorgio Moroder - La-La Land
Star Trek: The Search for Spock [re-release] - James Horner - Intrada Special Collection
The Velvet Queen (La panthere des neiges) - Nick Cave, Warren Ellis - Invada 
Zero to Sixty
 - John Beal - Dragon's Domain 

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Aisle Seat 6-14: All Kinds of Classics
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/13/2022 - 10:00 PM
It’s been a really good time to be a 4K UHD owner at this stage of the game, with the format finally the recipient of a number of outstanding catalog releases, as well as big new announcements coming up through the end of the year. This week brings collectible Limited Edition Steelbook 4K UHD editions of David Lean classics THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI as well as LAWRENCE OF ARABIA – the latter especially noteworthy as it marks its standalone 4K format debut, after being previously available only as part of Sony’s out-of-print “Columbia Classics” box-set anthology.
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