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Film Score Friday 5/18/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/17/2018 - 9:00 PM
Our founder, Lukas Kendall, is seeking Indiegogo funding to help finance a "proof-of-concept" short film that he hopes to expand into his feature directorial debut, a science-fiction thriller titled Sky Fighter. For those who'd like to help out the-guy-without-whom-no-one-would-be-reading-this-site, please follow this link.


The latest release from Intrada is a remastered version of Jerry Goldsmith's exciting score for the 1985 Disney-produced dinosaur adventure BABY: SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Avengers: Infinity War - Alan Silvestri - Hollywood
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Deadpool 2 - Tyler Bates - Sony  
The Doctor from India - Rachel Grimes - Temporary Residence (import)
On Chesil Beach - Dan Jones - Decca (import)
Rampage
 - Andrew Lockington - Rambling (import)
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
 - Patrick Doyle - Varese Sarabande 
The Verdict/The Seven-Ups/M*A*S*H [tv] - Johnny Mandel - Kritzerland

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Aisle Seat 5-15: 4K Epics, Bronson & Black Panther
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/14/2018 - 9:00 PM
Two Oscar winners join the 4K UHD fray this month from Paramount – Mel Gibson’s triumphant BRAVEHEART and Ridley Scott’s GLADIATOR – each offering HDR enhancements that trump their prior “Sapphire Series” Blu-Ray releases along with immersive Dolby Atmos audio.
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Film Score Friday 5/11/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/10/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Kritzerland features five-time Oscar-nominee George Duning's final feature film score, for the 1980 comedy mystery THE MAN WITH BOGART'S FACE.


The latest expanded Nino Rota score is Music Box's two-disc set of the music from the 1976 Oscar winner (for Costume Design) FELLINI'S CASANOVA, starring Donald Sutherland as the famous ladies man.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Aisle Seat 5-8: Twilight Time, Kino Lorber, New Release Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/7/2018 - 9:00 PM
Of all the countries outside the U.S. invested in the Blu-Ray format, Germany has been the biggest goldmine for movie buffs over the years, with labels like Turbine Media, Koch and others releasing a steady stream of U.S. catalog titles that continue to this day. In fact, another terrific import arrives this month from Turbine: a 4K restoration of John Landis’ debut film, SCHLOCK (79 mins., PG), which offers not only a terrific transfer but ample extras that should make it a banana-munching must-have for Landis aficionados.
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Film Score Friday 5/4/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/3/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack release from the Brigham Young University Film Music Archive is a three-disc set titled CAGED: THE DARK SIDE OF MAX STEINER. The set features surviving score tracks for seven films scored by the multi-Oscar winner: the 1950 women's prison drama CAGED, nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress for Eleanor Parker; director John Huston's 1948 classic KEY LARGO, starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Claire Trevor; THE UNFAITHFUL, a remake of The Letter, starring Ann Sheridan; FLAMINGO ROAD, starring Joan Crawford; his uncredited main title music for 1950's BACKFIRE; uncredited cues from THE BREAKING POINT, Michael Curtiz's 1950 remake of To Have and Have Not, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal; and King Vidor's 1951 romantic thriller LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE.


The latest release from Counterpoint presents the first-ever release of the score for Fox's 1952 Argentina-set Western WAY OF A GAUCHO, starring Rory Calhoun, Gene Tierney and Richard Boone, directed by Jacques Tourneur (Curse of the Demon) and scored by Sol Kaplan (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold).


The latest CD from Intrada presents the LP tracks from Johnny Mandel's score for HARPER, the 1966 film version of Ross McDonald's Lew Archer mystery novel The Moving Target, adapted by the great William Goldman, starring Paul Newman as "Lew Harper" (re-named due to the success of Newman's The Hustler and Hud, and followed by Hombre), a role he reprised in 1975's The Drowning Pool.


The latest releases from Quartet include a two-disc, expanded version of Nino Rota's score for director Luchino Visconti's Oscar-nominated epic family saga THE LEOPARD, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, and 2017's PILGRIMAGE, a violent period adventure film starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage, and our latest friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Tom Holland, with a score by Stephen McKeon (Borstal Boy, Queen & Country).


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for this month -- on May 8th they will release a two-disc set of SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE, scored by Alexander Courage from themes by John Williams (including two specially composed for this film), with the same audio contents as FSM's Superman Collection; on May 22, music from the Karate Kid spinoff COBRA KAI, by Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg, and the score for the live-action (not animated, as I'd previously writen) CRISIS ON EARTH-X, by Blake Neely, Nathaniel Blume, Daniel Chan and Sherri Chung

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Film Score Friday 4/27/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/26/2018 - 9:00 PM
 La-La Land has announced two new soundtracks which will begin shipping next week -- an expanded, two-disc version of Elliot Goldenthal's score for David Fincher's feature directorial debut, 1992's ALIEN 3, featuring the complete Goldenthal score, alternates, the original LP sequencing, and Goldenthal's memorable arrangement of Alfred Newman's Fox fanfare; and a CD of music from the History Channel's ANCIENT ALIENS, featuring cues from a variety of composers including William Ashford, Allan Paul Ett, Jeffrey Hayat, Michael Keely, Logue Ihn, Kieran Kieley, Dennis McCarthy, Patrick O’Neil and William Pearson.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the updated rules for the 91st Oscars, including this surprisng change in the music rules:

In the Music categories, all members of the Music Branch will view films eligible for Original Score and film clips of eligible Original Songs and vote in a preliminary round to produce a shortlist of 15 titles in each category using the preferential voting system.  Five nominees for Original Score and five nominees for Original Song will then be chosen by branch members in a second round of balloting also using preferential voting.

The Academy used to have shortlists for nearly all of its "technical" categories, from roughly 1950 to 1979 -- including Original Score, Original Song, and Music Adaptation/Song Score -- but from 1980 to the present only a handful of categories have had shortlists, mostly specialty film categories such as documentaries, foreign language and shorts, but also a few crafts such as visual effects and makeup & hairstyling. Back when there were score shortlists, the usual suspects tended to figure prominently, particularly Goldsmith, Mancini and Williams, and in 1978 5 of Goldsmith's 6 scores for the year were shortlisted in the two score categories (with The Swarm the redheaded stepchild of the bunch). 

The Academy hasn't announced what inspired this change in the process. While as before, there are a group of usual suspects who get nominated regularly -- these days it's Desplat, Thomas Newman, Zimmer, and, of course, still John Williams -- recent years have seen many new, rising composers nominated for the first time, including Nicholas Britell, Jonny Greenwood, Mica Levi, Dustin O'Halloran, Steven Price, and the late Johann Johannsson (who has three final scores expected in theaters this year). My main question is -- how are the branch members planning to view all those eligible movies? (Of course, the paragraph cited above does not mention special screenings of eligible scores/films, so maybe they'll just view those eligible movies the way they always have -- in commercial theaters, at industry screenings, and on screener DVDs)

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April Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/26/2018 - 2:00 AM

The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, Marco Beltrami whispers the secrets of the April blockbuster A QUIET PLACE. Also in this issue, FRANK ILFMAN discusses the music of GHOST STORIES; CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ navigates us through the Netflix reboot of LOST IN SPACE and Tyler Perry’s ACRIMONY; PINAR TOPRAK experiments with KRYPTON for SYFY; WILL BATES juggles scores to THE LO

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Aisle Seat 4-24: Quiet Place, 4K & New Release Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/23/2018 - 9:00 PM
It seems as if cinemas are being filled with two kinds of studio films these days: bloated franchises based on pre-fab brands, and modestly budgeted horror outings like last year’s hit “Get Out” where directors seemingly have more freedom to tell their stories. This year has brought another unexpected commercial success, John Krasinski’s A QUIET PLACE (***½, 95 mins., PG-13), and this one is even better than Jordan Peele’s intriguing if overrated film, dabbling in some familiar genre elements but doing so in such a unique and effective manner that it’s one of the most exciting film-going experiences I’ve had in years.
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Film Score Friday 4/20/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/19/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack from Intrada is the first commercial score CD release of James Horner's emotional score for the 2008 Holocaust-themed tearjerker THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, starring Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield in his first lead role.


Varese Sarabande has just announced a limited edition (1500 units), three-disc set featuring Rachel Portman's music for the TV anthology series JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER, which aired from 1987 to 1991. 


The latest film music CD release from Kritzerland features the music of Oscar winner Johnny Mandel -- a re-release of his brief score for director Sidney Lumet's 1982 Best Picture nominee THE VERDICT, and expanded version of Mandel's unused score for the 1973 cop thriller THE SEVEN-UPS, and the first release of suites of his music for episodes of TV's long-running M*A*S*H.
 

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Film Score Friday 4/13/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest from La-La Land is a new edition of Bernard Herrmann's classic, groundbreaking score for director Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi drama THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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