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Film Score Friday 7/10/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/9/2020 - 10:00 PM
One of the legends of film music, Ennio Morricone, passed away on Monday, July 6, at the age of 91. Morricone had a staggeringly long run as a feature composer, receiving his first scoring credit in 1961. His indelible scores for Sergio Leone's Westerns made him a film-music brand name, and following his Oscar nomination for his gorgeous Days of Heaven score in 1978, he became an A-lister in Hollywood as well, with five additional nominations culminating in his 2015 win for The Hateful Eight, as well as his 2006 honorary Oscar "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music." Much like Bernard Herrmann, he was ultimately respected even by those who disdain traditional film music (the kind of people who seem to think John Williams is only capable of writing fantasy-adventure scores), but unlike Herrmann, Morricone was able to earn that respect long before the end of his career. Tributes and obituaries for the composer can be found at websites all over the Net, including, Deadline, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Variety (by Jon Burlingame), and The Washington Post.

Another Oscar winner, composer/songwriter Johnny Mandel, died on June 29th at the age of 94 at his home in Ojai, California. He worked as a musician, arranger and songwriter before making his big screen scoring debut with his jazz score for Robert Wise's Oscar-winning 1958 docudrama I Want to Live!  Over the course of his career he won five Grammys, as well as the Original Song Oscar for The Sandpiper's "The Shadow of Your Smile." His offbeat score for Robert Altman's M*A*S*H included the main title song "Suicide is Painless," whose melody, used as the theme for the long-running TV spinoff, is probably his most widely recoginzed composition. Over the course of his feature career, he worked with an impressive roster of directors besides Altman and Wise, including Michael Apted (Agatha), Hal Ashby (Being There, The Last Detail), John Boorman (Point Blank), Norman Jewison (The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming) and Sidney Lumet (Deathtrap, The Verdict), as well as scoring such cult favorites as Caddyshack and Pretty Poison. He is survived by his daughter, Marissa. Jon Burlingame's obituary for the composer can be found at Variety.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of releases for this month.

On July 14th, they will release a two-disc edition of TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA, the light-hearted 1970 Western directed by Don Siegel, featuring the unusual pairing of Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine. This is the only one of the originally announced collaborations between La-La Land and Universal that had not yet been released, and the film was the first non-Leone Eastwood vehicle to be scored by the legendary Ennio Morricone (and the only one after that was In the Line of Fire).

On the same day, they plan to release ESCAPE TO DANGER, a collection of music composed for "audio adventures" of Dr. Who by Joe Kraemer (The Way of the Gun, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation)

On July 28, they will release the soundtrack to THE OUTPOST, the new Mideast war movie directed by entertainment-journalist-turned-filmmaker Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle). Like most of Lurie's films, The Outpost was scored by Larry Groupe.

Varese Sarabande will be releasing Marco Beltrami's score for DRACULA 2000 as a limited edition, stand-alone CD; the label previously released it as part of their Little Box of Horrors set.

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Aisle Seat 7-7: July Sizzler Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/6/2020 - 10:00 PM
Sure to be one of the year’s top catalog releases on Blu-Ray, Kit Parker Films and MVD’s four-disc LAUREL & HARDY: THE DEFINITIVE RESTORATIONS serves up long-awaited new transfers – from original 35mm sources, no less – of the legendary comic duo’s finest shorts and features.
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Film Score Friday 7/3/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/2/2020 - 10:00 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their list of 819 actors, filmmakers and publicists whom they are inviting to join the organization. As usual, the list includes many people one is surprised to see weren't already members (Ben Mendelsohn, anyone? Udo Kier?), as well as a lot of welcome and deserving newcomers (including Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Adele Haenel, Brian Tyree Henry, Thomasin McKenzie, Florence Pugh and Lakeith Stanfield). The list including the following Music Branch invitees: score composers Tamar-Kali Brown, Chanda Dancy, Nainita Desai, Arhynn Descy, Bryce Dessner, Ilan Eshkeri, Robert Glasper, Andrea Guerra, Tom Howe, Devonte Hynes, Jung Jae-Il, Peter Kam, Lele Marchitelli, Cyril Morin, Khaled Mouzanar, Blake Neely, Roger Neill, Michael Nyman, Sattar Oraki, Michiru Oshima, Park Inyoung, Max Richter, Jeff Russo, Arturo Sandoval, Anton Sanko and Jermaine Stegall; songwriters Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo (also invited to the Actors branch, no surprise), Chad Hugo, Larry Mullen Jr., Patrice Rushen and Bernie Taupin; and music editors Clint Bennett and Katie Greathouse.


La notte dell’ultimo giorno/Processo per diretissima - Stelvio Cipriani - Quartet
Max et les ferrailleurs/Vincent, Francois, Paul et les autres - Philippe Sarde - Quartet

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Film Score Friday 6/26/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/25/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded, two-disc edition of Hugo Friedhofer's score for THE YOUNG LIONS, the 1958 black-and-white widescreen WWII epic about three soldiers -- two American, one German -- starring two of the most influential actors of the era, Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, along with Dean Martin. The original LP sequencing was released decades ago on CD by Varese Sarabande, but the Intrada release features the full score recorded for the film in stereo, followed by source cues and the LP sequencing.

The label has also just released a remastered edition of its expanded two-disc version of James Horner's period superhero score THE ROCKETEER.

Quartet has announced two new releases -- a disc pairing remastered, slightly expanded version of two scores which Philippe Sarde composed for director Claude Sautet: MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS and VINCENT, FRANCOIS, PAUL ET LES AUSTRES; and two previously unreleased scores by Stelvio Cipriani, LA NOTTE DELL’ULTIMO GIORNO and PROCESSO PER DIRETISSIMA.

La-La Land's brand-new premiere release of the score to SLIVER features not only Howard Shore's original score for the film but four cues of additional music Christopher Young composed for the release version.

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Aisle Seat 6-23: Summer Start-Up Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/22/2020 - 10:00 PM
One of John Hughes’ best movies – PRETTY IN PINK – makes its long-overdue debut on Blu-Ray this month from Paramount, along with another title long coveted by movie buffs: John Travolta and Debra Winger’s 1980 teaming in James Bridges’ URBAN COWBOY.
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Film Score Friday 6/19/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/18/2020 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a new CD next week. For those happy to learn what it is already, just follow this link.

The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced two new limited Deluxe Edition expanded re-releases: a two-disc collection of John Debney's music for Steven Spielberg's lavish attempt at an underwater TV equivalent to Star Trek, SEAQUEST DSV, with his score for the pilot episode (including his Emmy-winning main title theme) on Disc One and cues from six additional first season episode scores on Disc Two; and Harold Faltermeyer's score for THE RUNNING MAN, the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action vehicle based on the novel by "Richard Bachman" (aka Stephen King).

Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CDs: Lee Holdridge's score for the 2004 disaster TV miniseries 10.5; a remastered edition of Richard Band's score for the sci-fi thriller THE DAY TIME ENDED (seen on the most recent season of MST3K); and THE EDWARD DAVID ZELIFF COLLECTION, VOL. 1, a two-disc set featuring the composer's music for documentaries and religious dramas. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the 93rd Oscars, originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, will be held instead on April 25, and the eligibility period for films to be released will be extended to February 28, 2021 (reminiscent of the first years of the Oscars, where the eligibility period was actually from August through July). They also announced that the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has a new official opening date of April 30, 2021.

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Film Score Friday 6/12/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/11/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two major new releases for the week of June 23 -- the first-ever release of Howard Shore's score for the 1993 film version of Ira Levin's thriller SLIVER, starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin and Tom Berenger; and a four-disc set of music from Irwin Allen's '60s TV hit VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, featuring cues from episodes scored by Alexander Courage, Robert Drasnin, Jerry Goldsmith, Lenie Hayton, Joseph Mullendore, Nelson Riddle, Paul Sawtell, Herman Stein and Leith Stevens. Both of these releases are limited to 1,000 units.

The Varese Sarabande CD Club is expected to announce one new release today.


Exorcism at 60,000 Feet - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain 
Incident at Raven's Gate/The Time Guardian
 - Graham Tardif, Allan Zavod - Dragon's Domain
The Meanest Man in Texas - Steve Dorff - Notefornote
The Paul Chihara Collection vol. 4
 - Paul Chihara - Dragon's Domain
Tales of Frankenstein
 - William Stromberg - Dragon's Domain  

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June Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 6/10/2020 - 3:00 AM
The June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live! This month’s cover story is an interview with TERENCE BLANCHARD, who delivers some of his finest work to date for Spike Lee’s Netflix feature DA 5 BLOODS. Also this issue, CARTER BURWELL too joins the ranks of Netflix, scoring SPACE FORCE, starring Steve Carell; ANTONIO GAMBALE scores UNORTHODOX, ALSO for Netflix; the conclusion of Erik Heine’s 30 GREAT UNDER-THE-RADAR THEMES, this time focusing on genre; a new COUNTERPOINT debate pits physical media vs. streaming services; Cary’s annual BROADWAY ROUND-UP, covering everything that ran before nothing ran; MARCELO ZARVOS looks back on Showtime’s THE LOUDEST VOICE; catching up with NATHAN LANIER of Apple TV+’s HOME BEFORE DARK; lots of album reviews, including James Horner’s expanded LEGENDS OF THE FALL, Jerry Goldsmith’s TAKE HER, SHE'S MINE and Joe Hisaishi’s DREAM SONGS; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Aisle Seat 6-9: JAWS Surfaces In 4K UHD
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/8/2020 - 10:00 PM
The original summer blockbuster, Steven Spielberg’s JAWS (124 mins., 1975, PG; Universal) quickly became my favorite film growing up, having devoured it on VHS and on ABC’s Sunday Night Movie presentation (the one with the added footage) so many times I could recite some dialogue before I was out of grade school. Over the years I’ve been able to see it on the big screen (thanks to a visit with Lukas on Martha’s Vineyard back in the ’90s), but despite that – and having reviewed numerous laserdisc and DVD releases over the years – only with Universal’s Blu-Ray and now 4K UHD edition have I felt like I’ve completely been able to appreciate “Jaws.” The Blu-Ray offered a brilliant HD presentation that’s now been one-upped by a HDR/Dolby Vision-enhanced 4K transfer that does one notch better on an already-superb restoration, doing full justice to the classic 1975 screen adaptation of Peter Benchley’s bestseller.
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Film Score Friday 6/5/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/4/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Quartet is a remastered edition of the score for John Carpenter's originally panned, now classic 1982 remake of THE THING. The film's score was composed by the great Ennio Morricone (with, reportedly, some additional cues contributed by the director himself), and much of it was not heard in the final film though some of the unused material was tracked into The Hateful Eight, whose original score won Morricone his first "competitive" Oscar. The Quartet CD features the sequencing (including the unused material) created by Morricone himself for original MCA LP, later released on CD by Varese Sarabande.


The Roads Not Taken - Sally Potter - Milan  

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