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Film Score Friday 2/16/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/15/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered edition of their three-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing symphonic score for INCHON, the Korean war epic from 1982 starring Laurence Olivier (as Gen. MacArthur!), Ben Gazzara and Jacqueline Bisset.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Inchon [remastered reissue] - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
L'alba dell'uomo - Piero Piccioni - Beat 
Star Trek: The Original Series - The 1701 Collection vol. 4
 - Alexander Courage, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried - La-La Land 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Altered Reality - Andrew Morgan Smith
Bob Marley: One Love - Kris Bowers
Drift - Re Olunuga
Land of Bad - Brandon Roberts
Madame Web - Johan Soderqvist
Players - Jeff Cardoni

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Aisle Seat 2-13: Kino Lorber Mid-Winter Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/12/2024 - 10:00 PM
Back when THE OUTSIDE MAN (112 mins., 1972, PG; Kino Lorber) was released, its straightforward study of a French assassin (Jean-Louis Trntignant) who comes to Los Angeles to execute a hit for a mob boss’ son and his wife (Angie Dickinson) was as much interested in serving as a depiction of time and place as it was a crime thriller. An American-shot, French-made picture, director Jacques Deray’s film – long forgotten but thankfully restored here in a Gaumont 4K scan – is packed with scenes of a Los Angeles marked by roller derbies, public “TV viewing chairs” where quarters could be used either there or for a quick shave (via an “auto sterilized” public razor) in a nearby rest room, and murders could be carried out while turning up the sound on an episode of “Zoom!” airing on afterschool TV. Not only will this world seem as foreign to any contemporary viewer but add in a fascinating cast and you have a must-view that marks Kino Lorber’s most exciting release of the new year to date.
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Film Score Friday 2/9/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/8/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is the fourth in their 1701 COLLECTION series of episode scores from the original STAR TREK (previously included in the label's massive boxed-set). This release features scores from the series' third and final season, by composers Alexander Courage ("The Enterprise Incident," "Plato's Stepchildren"), Jerry Fielding ("Spectre of the Gun") and Gerald Fried ("The Paradise Syndrome"), plus source music and other cues from the episodes "Requiem for Methuselah," "The Way to Eden" and "Whom Gods Destroy."


The latest release from Caldera is the first release of the original score tracks for Roy Budd's score from the 1970 Western SOLIDER BLUE, starring Peter Strauss and Candice Bergen. 


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Alexei Aigui - Film Music Collection
 - Alexei Aigui - Music Box 
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 7
 - Sam Bernett, Jean Bouchety, Jean Musy, Dominique Perrier, Karl-Heinz Shafter - Music Box 
Relative Dimensions: 60 Years in Time and Space
 - Joe Kraemer - Buysoundtrax 
Soldier Blue
- Roy Budd - Caldera 

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Feb. Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 2/6/2024 - 3:00 AM

The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is Erik Heine’s detailed score analysis of ANNE NIKITIN’s I.S.S, along with THE 2024 FSMies (vote now!). Also this issue are an interview with VINCE POPE, who discusses his work on HBO’s fourth season of TRUE DETECTIVE: NIGH

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Aisle Seat 2-6: Cinematographe, JENNIFER 8, Early Feb Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/5/2024 - 10:00 PM
Vinegar Syndrome has launched a new imprint, Cinematographe, whose first two releases impressively restore a pair of cult favorites – one of which has long been absent from home video. In fact, the last time LITTLE DARLINGS (94 mins., 1980, R) appeared on a legitimate format came via a Paramount VHS release with “some music” having been altered on the soundtrack. Those pricey song licenses, alas, were the reason this box-office hit from 1980 never made it to DVD or Blu-Ray, making this inaugural Cinematographe release a sensational restoration that preserves on both 4K UHD and Blu-Ray a highly entertaining coming-of-age picture with a sensational premise that’s sensitively handled.
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Film Score Friday 2/2/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/1/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered reissue of one of Jerry Fielding's finest scores, THE NIGHTCOMERS, director Michael Winner's 1971 prequel to Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, most famously adapted in 1961 as The Innocents, starring Marlon Brando (!) as the brutish servant Quint.


The latest releases from Buysoundtrax and its affiliated labels include two from composer Joe Kraemer: THE JOE KRAEMER COLLECTION VOL. 1 (featuring The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting and Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead) and RELATIVE DIMENSIONS: 60 YEARS IN TIME AND SPACE (music for Doctor Who audio adventures); and CLIFFHANGERS, featuring Joe Harnell music from the short-lived 1979 TV series.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Nightcomers - Jerry Fielding - Intrada Special Collection


IN THEATERS TODAY

Argylle - Lorne Balfe
The Jungle Bunch: Operation Meltdown - Olivier Cussac - Score CD Le as de la jungle 2: Operation Tour Du Monde on Music Box 
The Peasants - Lukasz Rostowski 
The Promised Land - Dan Romer
Scrambled - Brittany Allen
Suncoast - Este Haim, Christopher Stracey 

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Aisle Seat 1-30: A Smashing CONAN 4K Double Bill
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/29/2024 - 10:00 PM
There’s nothing like receiving some eagerly-anticipated new releases during the depth of winter, titles to warm one’s movie-going soul, which Arrow has fulfilled this week with their big 4K UHD restorations of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and its 1984 sequel CONAN THE DESTROYER. Both films have been meticulously restored from their respective original negatives, in 4K with Dolby Vision HDR, contain all the soundtrack options (and isolated scores) you’d hope and are stacked to the gills with supplements, offering fans a spectacular new way to enjoy both John Milius’ 1982 classic and Richard Fleischer’s 1984 Saturday Matinee-styled, PG-rated follow-up.
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Film Score Friday 1/26/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/25/2024 - 10:00 PM
For those who missed my column on the topic earlier this week (it seems like only yesterday!), or who don't read the Message Board, or entertainment news in general, here again are this year's Oscar nominations for the music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
AMERICAN FICTION - Laura Karpman
INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY - John Williams
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON - Robbie Robertson
OPPENHEIMER - Ludwig Göransson 
POOR THINGS - Jerskin Fendrix
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
THE FIRE INSIDE - Flamin' Hot -  Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
I'M JUST KEN - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
IT NEVER WENT AWAY - American Symphony - Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson
WAHZHAZHE (A SONG FOR MY PEOPLE) - Killers of the Flower Moon - Music and Lyric by Scott George
WHAT WAS I MADE FOR? - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell 

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Cutthroat Island
 - John Debney - Quartet 
Hic et Nunc
 - Pascal Gaigne - Quartet
IN THEATERS TODAY

American Star - Remate
The Breaking Ice - Kin Leonn
Maya - Michelangelo Sosnowitz
Miller's Girl - Elyssa Samsel 
Sometimes I Think About Dying - Dabney Morris
The Sweet East - Paul Grimstad 

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Oscar Nominations 2023
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/24/2024 - 10:00 PM
This year’s Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, by Zazie Beets and Jack Quaid (demonstrating that Quaid truly is in everything these days), including the following music categories:
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
AMERICAN FICTION - Laura Karpman
INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY - John Williams
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON - Robbie Robertson
OPPENHEIMER - Ludwig Göransson 
POOR THINGS - Jerskin Fendrix
 
This is the first nomination for Fendrix, Karpman and Robertson. Karpman is still among the very few female composers nominated for their original scores, following winners Rachel Portman and Hildur Guonadottir and nominee Germaine Franco (Jackie nominee Mica Levi identifies as non-binary). Robertson passed away on August 9th of last year. His is not even the first posthumous original score nomination, as Victor Young (Around the World in 80 Days) and Alfred Newman (Airport) passed away before their final nominations. It is the third nomination for Göransson, and the 54th (!) for Williams. Göransson seems the likely winner, unless the Academy feels that Williams deserves a sixth one, especially since his last win was 30 years ago (for Schindler’s List). I believe I’m not the only Williams devotee who feels that Dial of Destiny is a less-than-classic Williams score, so I’m hoping sentiment does not win out (especially if that sentiment goes to Robertson). For the record, it’s his fourth nomination for an Indiana Jones score (only Kingdom of the Crystal Skull didn’t make the cut).
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
THE FIRE INSIDE - Flamin' Hot - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
I'M JUST KEN - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
IT NEVER WENT AWAY - American Symphony - Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson
WAHZHAZHE (A SONG FOR MY PEOPLE) - Killers of the Flower Moon - Music and Lyric by Scott George
WHAT WAS I MADE FOR? - Barbie - Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell
 
If nothing else, this batch reminds one you should never bet against Diane Warren getting a nomination, no matter how obscure the film (raise your hand if you’ve seen Breakthrough, The Life Ahead, Four Good Days or Tell It Like a Woman). Barbie’s “What Was I Made For?” seems the most likely winner.
 
And now for those categories everyone else cares about: 
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Aisle Seat 1-23: Mid-January Catalog Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/21/2024 - 10:00 PM
A bona-fide ‘70s relic has been resurrected by Factory 25 for its premiere Blu-Ray release this month: the 1978 “youth picture” SKATEBOARD (98 mins., PG), an independently produced film from director George Gage that Universal picked up in the wake of “The Bad News Bears.”
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