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Film Score Friday 11/25/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/24/2022 - 10:00 PM
I am on vacation this week, so any breaking news will not be announced here until next Friday's column.

La-La Land was scheduled to announce their latest, end-of-year Black Friday batch of new CD releases last evening. You should be able to find a thread discussing them on our Message Board

The latest expanded Deluxe Edition releases from the Varese Sarabande CD Club are Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated score for the 1997 Best Picture nominee L.A. CONFIDENTIAL; and Marco Beltrami's score for the 1997 sci-fi horror film MIMIC, the first of three films Beltrami scored for director Guillermo del Toro.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Grammy nominations, including the following film music-related categories: 

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Aisle Seat 11-22: A Thanksgiving 4K Feast
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/21/2022 - 10:00 PM
Movie buffs hoping for a few remastered 4K transfers of holiday favorites have much to celebrate this month, with brand-new HDR presentations of “A Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (two of my favorites) leading the way from Warner and Paramount jumping into the fray with a new UHD of PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES (93 mins., 1987, R; Paramount), writer-director John Hughes’ perennial favorite that’s highlighted by over an hour of previously unreleased deleted scenes.
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Film Score Friday 11/18/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/17/2022 - 10:00 PM
Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles has announced two screening series spotlighting the Oscar-nominated film scores of John Williams in honor of his upcoming 91st birthday. In December, five of his films will screen on Saturday mornings as family matinees, and in January and February of 2023, seven more will screen on Sunday nights in the museum's Oscar Sundays series:

December 3 - Superman
December 10 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
December 17 - The Adventures of Tintin (in 3D)
December 24 - Home Alone
December 31 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (accommodative screening)
January 1 - The Poseidon Adventure
January 8 - Valley of the Dolls
January 15 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
January 22 - The Witches of Eastwick
January 29 - Born on the Fourth of July
February 19 - Catch Me If You Can
February 26 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (for museum members only)

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Aisle Seat 11-15: MAVERICK Flies in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/14/2022 - 10:00 PM
It might be an overstatement to call Tom Cruise “The Last Movie Star,” but it’s hard to argue in 2022 there’s an actor still working today who commands a project, and the screen itself, the way Cruise still can. It’s a commendable feat that’s no small accomplishment when you analyze the constrained marketplace that is the U.S. box-office in these post-pandemic times – an era in which movies where teenagers aren’t the central demographic have become a nearly extinct species, dominated instead by super-heroes and recycled “Intellectual Properties” owned by massive corporations. TOP GUN: MAVERICK (131 mins., 2022, PG-13; Paramount) is still, obviously, a revisit of one of the all-time ’80s blockbusters, but it’s been produced with so much skill and soul that it scarcely resembles the generic sequels and comic book films taking up residency in our nation’s multiplexes in the 21st century.
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Film Score Friday 11/11/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/10/2022 - 10:00 PM
The latest releases from Music Box are a collection of film music by Philippe Miller, including selects from Jeanne and the Perfect Guy; the first CD release of Michael Magne's 1973 album re-recording of his film themes; and re-releases of LA REVOLUCION FRANCAISE by George Delerue, and Philippe Sarde's LE CHOC and LES SEINS DE GLACE (aka Icy Breasts).


 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain
Girl at the Window
 - Jamie Blanks - Buysoudtrax
La vita, a volte, e' molto dura, vero provvidenza?/Ci risiamo, vero provvidenza?
- Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai - Beat 
Le Choc/Les seins de glace [re-release]
- Philippe Sarde - Music Box
Los renglones dorcidos de dios
- Fernando Velazquez - Quartet 
The Peter Bernstein Collection Vol. 3
 - Peter Bernstein - Dragon's Domain
Philippe Sarde: Anthologie de musiques de films - 50 ans de cinema
- Philippe Sarde - BMG 
The Pit and the Pendulum
 - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain
Piu'forte ragazzi
- Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat 
Zeus and Roxanne
 - Bruce Rowland - Buysoundtrax 


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Ludwig Goransson - Song CD due Nov. 18 on Hollywood
The Fabelmans - John Williams - Score CD due Dec. 9 on Sony
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio - Alexandre Desplat
Nothing Lasts Forever - Logan Nelson
Paradise City - Sam Ewing
Spirited - Score: Dominic Lewis; Songs: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Khiyon Hursey, Sukari Jones, Mark Sonnenblick  - Song CD due Nov. 18 on Republic
You Resemble Me - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans 

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Aisle Seat 11-8: Imprint’s Latest Limited Editions
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/7/2022 - 10:00 PM
The great Akira Kurosawa virtually never ventured outside Japan for his cinematic sojourns, making his 1975 epic DERSU UZALA (142 mins.) a picture to treasure. This rugged, Serbian-shot outdoor adventure offers a straightforward story of a Russian military officer (Yuri Solomon) who’s charged with surveying the Mongolian frontier shortly after the turn of the 20th century. To his aid comes a resourceful local guide (Maksim Munzuk), who not only saves his life, but represents an old, nature-based world slowly being eradicated by the rise of civilization.
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Nov. FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 11/7/2022 - 4:00 AM

The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with CARTER BURWELL, who scores both THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN and CATHERINE CALLED BIRDYComments:   (read on)

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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