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Film Score Friday 5/21/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/20/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a newly remastered re-release of Harry Manfredini's score for the 1989 underwater sci-fi thriller DEEPSTAR SIX, which beat Leviathan and The Abyss to theaters in that strange year where underwater sci-fi was briefly all the rage.

Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs - the first release of the score for SPACE TRUCKERS, the 1996 sci-fi comedy directed by Stuart Gordon, with a score by Colin Towns (Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters, The Haunting of Julia, Rawhead Rex), and Pascal Gaigne's score for the 2020 fantasy drama ILARGI GUZTIAK


Cesar et Rosalie
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
Deepstar Six [remastered re-release] - Harry Manfredini - Intrada Special Collection
The Enforcer [re-release]
- Jerry Fielding - Aleph
Le Chat/Le Train
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet
The Prowler
 - Richard Einhorn - Howlin' Wolf 

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Aisle Seat 5-18: Kino Lorber May Round-Up
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/17/2021 - 10:00 PM
Cross-country comedy “road trip” movies seem to have a perennial appeal, at least when we talk about the likes of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” or “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Not every one of these films, of course, has enjoyed a lasting success – and in the case of John Schlesinger’s 1981 attempt at making a real change of pace film, HONKY TONK FREEWAY (107 mins., PG), this expensive comedy became one of the biggest box-office wipeouts of all-time. Unavailable on domestic home video for nearly 20 years, Kino Lorber has resurrected this infamous, strange pastiche of broad comic stereotypes, shot through the prism of an Oscar-winning British director, in a superb Blu-Ray that makes for a compelling view for any curious movie buff.
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Film Score Friday 5/14/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/13/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Music Box features two scores by the great Georges Delerue -- an expanded version of his music for the 1986 film CONSEIL DE FAMILLE (aka Family Council), perhaps the only film that can be described as a "Costa-Gavras comedy," and his music for the 1977 thriller LE POINT DE MIRE (Focal Point)


Bumblebee - Dario Marianelli - La-La Land
Conseil de Famille/Le Point de Mire - Georges Delerue - Music Box
Goldsmith at 20th Vol. 3: The Stripper/S*P*Y*S - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
X-Men - Michael Kamen - La-La Land 

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Aisle Seat 5-11: KING KONG Resurrected, FAST TIMES Remastered
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/10/2021 - 10:00 PM
Sometimes there’s no apparent reason why it takes a prolonged amount of time for a certain movie to be released on Blu-Ray. In some instances it’s because of a lack of a peripheral connection to a sequel or remake – but in the case of Dino DeLaurentiis’ 1976 version of KING KONG (135 mins., PG; Shout! Factory), there have been no less than three films starring the Big Ape to reach the screen in the last 16 years for Paramount’s home video division to take advantage of. It may forever remain a mystery why the film was MIA in the U.S. high-definition format for so long, but Scream Factory has at last rectified the situation with a two-disc Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition offering a quality presentation of the movie, the first-ever full release of the three-hour network TV version, and a smattering of supplements produced under the constraints of a pandemic.
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May Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 5/10/2021 - 8:00 AM

The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story, TYLER, TYLER, BURNING BRIGHT, is a detailed discussion with BRIAN TYLER about his score for Taylor Sheridan's latest feature, THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, starring Angelina Jolie. Tyler also talks about some of his upcoming projects, including his directorial debut on the multi-media event ARE WE DREAMING?

Also this issue, Belgian comp

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Film Score Friday 5/7/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/6/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a remastered re-release of their own re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1964 Western RIO CONCHOS, with the composer himself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. The CD also includes Goldsmith's own re-recording of his score for the documentary prologue to The Agony and the Ecstasy, "The Artist Who Did Not Want to Paint."

La-La Land has announced their schedule of new releases for this month.

On May 11, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of Michael Kamen's score for the original 2000 X-MEN; the first release of Dario Marianelli's score for the 2018 Transformers spin-off BUMBLEBEE; and the third volume of the label's new Goldsmith at 20th series, a two-disc set featuring two Jerry Goldsmith scores, THE STRIPPER, the first of his collaborations with director Franklin J. Schaffner, and the Donald Sutherland-Elliot Gould comedy S*P*Y*S.

On May 25, they will release Marco Beltrami's score for the imminent sci-fi horror sequel A QUIET PLACE, PART 2 (which was originally supposed to hit theaters over a year ago but was postponed due to the pandemic) and THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN, which was released to streaming platforms last year, with a score by Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro.

Varese Sarabande has announced two new limited edition CD Club releases -- a two-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for his final collaboration with Franklin J. Schaffner, the little-seen medieval adventure film LIONHEART, featuring the score in film order as well as adding two previously unreleased cues; and an expanded, two-disc version of Marco Beltrami's score for the apoclyptic thriller KNOWING, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Alex Proyas.

Quartet has announced two new expanded score CDs from Oscar-nominated composer Philippe Sarde -- an expanded version of his score for the 1972 romantic drama CESAR ET ROSALIE, starring Yves Montand and Romy Schneider; and a CD pairing two Sarde scores for adaptations of Georges Simenon books directed by Pierre Granier-Defferre: an expanded version of LE CHAT (1971) and a remastered version of LE TRAIN (1973).

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Film Score Friday 4/30/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste won this year's Original Score Oscar for SOUL. It is Batiste's first Oscar and nomination, while Reznor and Ross previously won ten years earlier for The Social Network. The Oscar for Original Song went to "Fight for You" from JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, by by H.E.R. (aka Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson), Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas

Howlin' Wolf is releasing a CD of the score to the 1981 slasher film THE PROWLER, directed by Joseph Zito (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Red Scorpion), co-starring Hollywood veterans Farley Granger and Lawrence Tierney, and composed by Richard Einhorn (Shock Waves, Sister Sister, Dead of Winter).

Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.

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Aisle Seat 4-27: The Good, The Bad and The Furies
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/26/2021 - 10:00 PM
Making its debut in the 4K UHD format, Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti western THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (162 mins., 1966, R; Kino Lorber) has been remastered and tweaked once again in a bona-fide enhancement for western fans. Blu-Ray owners may also want to get in on the action here, as Kino Lorber’s two-disc set – out this week – also premieres a remastered 1080p presentation using the UHD’s newly revised color timing.
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Film Score Friday 4/23/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CD releases -- John Scott's electronic score for the 1981 sci-fi horror film INSEMINOID (released in the U.S. as Horror Planet); Chuck Cirino's score for 1994's GHOULIES IV; and THE ALAN HOWARTH COLLECTION VOL. 2, including a variety of cues by the composer including his score for Arcade.


 - Ludovico Einaudi - Decca
La Polizia Trilogy
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Cinevox 
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
 - Miklos Rozsa - Quartet
My Name Is Nobody
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Vamos a Matar Companeros
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat  


The Deep Ones - Richard Band
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train - Kajiura Yuki, Shiina Go 
Mortal Kombat - Benjamin Wallfisch - Score CD-R on WaterTower
My Wonderful Wanda - Grandbrothers
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street - T. Griffin
Together Together - Alex Somers 

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Film Score Friday 4/16/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Quartet is a two-disc release of one of Miklos Rozsa's final scores, for Billy Wilder's lavish 1970 film THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. Disc One features Rozsa's original score recording from the same materials as Quartet's previous release but with improved sound. Disc Two features Rozsa's Polydor recording of his "Fantasia" of music from the film, a recording of the Rozsa violin concerto which helped inspire Wilder's script and which Rozsa adapted for his score, as well as source music from the film.
The latest release is from Caldera is CHRONICLE, a collection of music from the eclectic films of director Werner Herzog composed by Ernst Reijseger, featuring cues from the documentaries Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Family Romance LLC, Fireball, Nomad: In the Foosteps of Bruce Chatwin and The White Diamond and the fiction films My Son, My Son, What Have You Done?, Rescue Dawn and Salt & Fire.
Composers Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won BAFTA's Original Score award for their work on SOUL.


Des grives aux loupes/Le juge est une femme: Le secret de Marion
 - Serge Franklin - Music Box 
Drop Zone - Hans Zimmer - Quartet 
50 States of Fright
 - Christopher Young - Notefornote
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 4
 - Mathieu Chabrol, Michel Goglat, Jean-Pierre Rusconi, Karl-Heinz Schafer, Jean-Marie Senia, Jean Wiener - Music Box
Metti lo diavolo tuo ne lo mio inferno/Leva lo diavolo tu dal...convento/Racconti niente vestiti
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies  
Mortal Kombat - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower
Mountain Cry/My Other Home
 - Nicolas Errera - Music Box 

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