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Aisle Seat 12-11: Holiday Gift Guide
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/10/2018 - 9:00 PM 

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It’s been a phenomenal year for Warner Archive releases, with all kinds of films – and genres — treated to long-awaited high-definition renderings. This week alone perfectly showcases that mix with movie buffs able to wrangle with Dracula, swing along with Tarzan and Errol Flynn, belt out Broadway tunes and fly along with one of Robert Altman’s stranger ‘70s odysseys, all on Blu-Ray for the first time.

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Film Score Friday 12/7/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest new CD from Intrada is another unexpected "Holy Grail" score -- Jerry Goldsmith's haunting music from the 1975 supernatural thriller THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD. J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes) directed the film, which starred Michael Sarrazin as a man who starts to believe his nightmares and flashes of deja vu are actually memories of a past life, with Margot Kidder, Jennifer O'Neill and Cornelia Sharpe as the women of his past and present. Goldsmith's score, a typically striking and inventive mixture of orchestra and electronics, was rumored to be a favorite of the composer's, but has never had a commercial release until now. (The score has been preserved in its entirety, but due to the 1/4 inch tape format on which the music was saved, the tracks have what Intrada warns are "audio anomalies.")

Their other new CD is a remastered re-release of Christopher Young's score for the little-seen 1989 psychological thriller HIDER IN THE HOUSE, starring Mimi Rogers, Michael McKean, and Gary Busey as the "hider," from a screenplay by Lem Dobbs (Dark City, The Limey, The Score).

The label also plans an upcoming release of a new score, which Doug Fake describes as "from one of the major studios, the star a big one, the composer very famous and the director boasting a formidable list of successes as well," so in all likelihood it will be Alan Silvestri's score for Robert Zemeckis' Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell.

Last Friday, Varese Sarabande announced a limited edition three-CD bundle DAVE GRUSIN: THE PREMIERE COLLECTION, featuring four never-before-released scores by the Oscar-winning composer: the 1979 dark legal comedy-drama ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, directed by Norman Jewison, which earned Oscar nominations for Al Pacino's lead performance and the original screenplay by Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin; director Sydney Pollack's 1981 legal drama ABSENCE OF MALICE, nominated for actors Paul Newman and Melinda Dillon and its Kurt Leudtke screenplay; the Neil Simon-scriped 1976 comedy spoof MURDER BY DEATH, featuring an all-star cast as parodies of classic detectives -- Peter Falk (as Sam Spade), David Niven (Nick Charles), Maggie Smith (Nora Charles), Peter Sellers (Charlie Chan), James Coco (Hercules Poirot) and Elsa Lanchester (Miss Marple), plus Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell, Estelle Winwood, and even Truman Capote; and director Robert Mulligan's 1971 romantic drama THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, starring Michael Sarrazin and Barbara Hershey. 

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Aisle Seat 12-4: December Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/3/2018 - 9:00 PM
Arguably the most legendary “lost movie” of all-time, Criterion’s new and eagerly anticipated Blu-Ray of Orson Welles’ THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (88 mins., 1942) still presents the compromised RKO released version of the writer-director’s oft-hailed “Citizen Kane” follow-up. Yet, it does so in such a vividly restored 4K transfer – and with a rich assortment of special features – that buffs may feel it easier than ever to gain a sense of Welles’ original vision, even if it’s still heartbreakingly out of reach.
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Film Score Friday 11/30/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

Last week La-La Land announced their latest batch of end-of-year "Black Friday" releases, which are expected to begin shipping next week:

, a seven-disc set featuring expanded versions of John Williams' scores for the first three films in the immensely popular fantasy franchise -- his Oscar-nominated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (in collaboration with conductor-adaptor Willliam Ross); and his Oscar-nominated score for Alfonso Cuaron's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, considered by many to be the best film of the series.

LAND OF THE GIANTS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, a four disc set featuring episode scores from the last of Irwin Allen's popular '60s TV sci-fi series, including the pilot score and main title themes by John Williams as well as cues by Alexander Courage, Harry Geller, Irving Gertz, Artie Kane, Richard LaSalle, Joseph Mullendore, Robert Prince, Paul Sawtell, and Leith Stevens.

, a two-disc edition of David Arnold's exciting score for the 1999 James Bond thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards and Judi Dench and directed by Michael Apted, featuring the 98-minute score plus 43 minutes of additional music.

, a three-disc set of the popular symponic score for Francis Ford Coppola's visually dazzling 1992 adaptation of the horror classic, composed by the late Wojciech Kilar, with the first two discs featuring Kilar's music as originally composed for the film plus bonus tracks, and the third disc featuring the sequencing from the original soundtrack release plus more bonus tracks.

features the original soundtrack sequencing from John Williams' Oscar-winning score for Steven Spielberg's 1993 Best Picture-winning docudrama, plus bonus cues.

Today, Varese Sarabande is scheduled to announce a new limited edition three-disc set featuring four scores composed by Oscar-winner Dave Grusin.

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Film Score Friday 11/23/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/22/2018 - 9:00 PM

La-La Land was scheduled to announce their latest set of Black Friday releases today, which are probably being discussed right now on the Message Board.

I am currently on vacation, so if any other new developments have occurred in film music this week, you will have to learn them elsewhere on the Internet, or perhaps even in the so-called "real" world that people keep insisting exists somewhere, but what if we're all just living in some sort of telepathic holodeck in a cage on Talos IV, man?. 
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November Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/20/2018 - 10:00 PM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story looks at the 12 best scores from Hans Zimmer’s REMOTE CONTROL/MEDIA VENTURES studio, including work by JOHN POWELL, RAMIN DJAWADI and HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS. Also this issue, CARTER BURWELL discusses his multifaceted work on the Coen Bros.’ THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS; ROLFE KENT finds himself in another fine mess with STAN & OLLIE; ROB SIMONSEN scores a scandal for THE FRONT RUNNER; DUSTIN O’HALLORAN finds love in THE HATE U GIVE; happy times with GABRIEL YARED and THE HAPPY PRINCE; the final part of an examination of the themes of GAME OF THRONES; GEORGE FENTON revisits SHADOWLANDS; Cary Wong’s annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; lots of album reviews, including THE GRINCH, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK and BOY ERASED; more embedded audio clips, and more.

Subscribers, you’ll get notification by email shortly. Or, just go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.


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Aisle Seat 11-21: A Thanksgiving Feast
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
Unquestionably one of 2018’s top home video releases, Time Life’s ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS serves up a treasure trove of material for fans of the late, great comic, encompassing his stand-up work, TV talk-show appearances and other forums where Williams’ improvisations were ideally suited. Housed in an oversized cardboard case, this massive, 22-disc DVD anthology is both lovingly presented and superbly compiled, graced with new interviews and priceless clips
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Film Score Friday 11/16/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new soundtrack releases for this week -- the first CD release of the LP tracks (taken from vinyl sources) from one of John Barry's few Western scores, the lavish 1981 action-adventure THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER, directed by ace cinematographer William Fraker (who also teamed with Barry on the Western Monte Walsh); and the first-ever release of Richard Band's score for the Home Alone-ish kids comedy REMOTE.

La-La Land has announced three new releases expected to begin shipping next week -- the latest in their new Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection series, a two-disc set pairing the scores for sequels AIRPORT '77 (John Cacavas) and THE CONCORDE: AIRPORT '79 (Lalo Schifrin); a greatly expanded, three-disc anniversary edition of Michael Kamen's score for the 1988 action classic DIE HARD, including never-before-heard Kamen music as well as the John Scott (Man on Fire) and James Horner (Aliens) cues tracked into the film's final scene; and the soundtrack for the new, Netflix miniseries remake of Shirley Jackson's classic THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) and scored by his usual composers, The Newton Brothers.

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Nocturne: Mike Matessino on John Williams and Dracula
Posted By Tim Burden 11/13/2018 - 9:00 PM

Please follow this link for an audio interview with Mike Matessino about the new 2CD Dracula set.

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Aisle Seat 11-13: 4K Superwrap, Dracula in ’72
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
It’s a big month for 4K UHD enthusiasts, as multiple studios have launched a series of classics in the fledgling format. Most of these films need little introduction to fans, who are likely to wonder if they’re worth plunking down additional funds for the umpteenth time. Thanks to the restoration of the movie’s 6-track 70mm soundtrack, the answer for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (****, 143 mins., 1978, PG) fans, at least, is an unqualified “yes!”
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