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Aisle Seat 10-23: Halloween Edition Part 1
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
After too many sequels and imitators to count, the smartest thing the filmmakers behind the much-anticipated HALLOWEEN revival did is forget everything that came after John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic. So sayonara to “Halloween II,” throw out vague memories of the late ‘80s sequels, toss out the “Miramax years” and happily discard Rob Zombie’s putrid reboots – this straight-ahead follow-through to Carpenter’s original is a smart, savvy and suspenseful continuation that’s appealing and fun. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel – but what film in the hack ‘n slash genre possibly could at this point?
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Film Score Friday 10/19/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/18/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first commercial release of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for ANOTHER STAKEOUT, the comedy-thriller sequel to the 1987 surprise hit Stakeout, reteaming Rubinstein with his longtime friend and collaborator, director John Badham, as well as stars Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. A composer promo collection of Rubinstein's music had featured 21 minutes from the score; the Intrada release features a full 60 minutes of score.


La-La Land has announced a tentative, rough schedule of releases for the rest of 2018. On October 30 they currently hope to release Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, Superman II & III, and five new Blake Neely soundtracks from DC superhero TV series. On November 13 they may release two to three titles, including a three-disc set. November 23 will see the announcement of this year's batch of "Black Friday" releases, with two titles already signed off on and two to three more hoped for, to be available to order on November 27.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest set of CD Club releases this coming Monday.

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Film Score Friday 10/12/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new upcoming score CDs -- Alexandre Desplat's score for Jacques Audiard's just-released dark comedy Western THE SISTERS BROTHERS (reportedly, rights issues with a U.S. label may make this CD difficult to obtain for U.S.-based collectors); a remastered and slightly expanded version of John Barry's romantic suspense score for the 1988 mystery MASQUERADE; and Victor Reyes' score for the recently released horror film DOWN A DARK HALL, starring AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman.
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Aisle Seat 10-9: The Other Side of Halloween
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
Fox went into the summer of ‘77 thinking THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT (166 mins., R; Twilight Time) would be its top ticket, relegating a little movie named “Star Wars” to secondary status on the studio’s promotional radar. What they got instead was a picture that has attained a certain level of affection among “Golden Turkey” fans, though truth be told, the movie is neither as campy or fun as its reputation suggests.
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Film Score Friday 10/5/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/4/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest limited edition release from Intrada presents Richard Band's score for the 1993 kids-and-dinosaurs fantasy-comedy PREHYSTERIA!, starring Brett Cullen and Austin O'Brien (Last Action Hero).


The latest limited edition release from Varese Sarabande presents the LP tracks from the little-seen 1977 film 9/30/55 (ultimately released in theaters and on home video as September 30, 1955). The film from writer-director James Bridges (The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome, Mike's Murder) tells the story of a group of young people whose lives spin out of control when their hero, James Dean, dies in a car accident. The great Gordon Willis was the cinematographer, and the impressive cast includes Richard Thomas, Susan Tyrell, Lisa Blount, Tom Hulce, Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid. Composer Leonard Rosenman was a close friend of Dean's who scored his films Rebel without a Cause and East of Eden, and for 9/30/55 he adapted his music from those films for his score; the Varese release is limited to 1500 units.  

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Aisle Seat 10-2: So Bad They're Good
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
Ridiculed as one of the all-time “Bad Movies,” EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (117 mins., R) stormed theaters during the “Star Wars” summer of ’77 and made an unholy amount of money at the box-office in its opening weekend. However, once word got out that the expensive, hotly anticipated sequel was a dud of epic proportions (stories surfaced that audiences threw popcorn at the screen around the country), director John Boorman immediately took scissors out, cut seven minutes and had new prints shipped just days after its release. By then, though, it was much too late to try and save the ship: “The Heretic” set a new standard for major-studio botch jobs, a Golden Turkey that’s lost none of its ability to bewilder and horrify viewers (for all the wrong reasons) on their first viewing.
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Film Score Friday 9/28/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/27/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


La-La Land has announced two new releases this week -- a 25th anniversary expanded edition of David Newman's score for the cult favorite kids movie THE SANDLOT, featuring more than 40 minutes of music not included in Varese's earlier release of the score; and KING COHEN, a Blu-Ray of the new documentary on the life of genre filmmaker Larry Cohen which includes a CD of the film's original score by Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher, The Way of the Gun).


Intrada has successfully concluded their Kickstarter campaign to fund a new recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for Alfred Hitchcock's 3D thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, with 404 backers pledging an impressive $49,313 for the project, surpassing the label's goal. The final CD is hoped to be ready in June of next year. 

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Aisle Seat 9-25: Universal Horror!
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/24/2018 - 9:00 PM
No series in the history of the cinematic horror genre has endured as long as the Universal Monster classics of the 1930s and ’40s – a time marked by the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler’s Germany and America’s eventual involvement in WWII. At the outset, the Universal films were hugely successful with audiences seeking an escape, but by the time the U.S. became embroiled in the conflict, the popularity of the studio’s trademark monsters became less inviting to viewers, who turned their attention to war-time enemies as the cinematic nemesis of choice. Before that happened, however, Universal established a litany of Monster Classics that would inspire long-running franchises and become favorites of viewers for generations to come.
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September FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/23/2018 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is a look back at the musical decisions behind the "score" for Stanley Kubrick's seminal 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, including coverage of the live-to-film 50th anniversary concert at Lincoln Center. Also in this issue, ABEL KORZENIOWSKI says his prayers for THE NUN; THEODORE SHAPIRO does Paul Feig A SIMPLE FAVOR; NATHAN BARR and Eli Roth go PG for THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS; TERENCE BLANCHARD discusses SPIKE LEE and BLACKKKLANSMAN; Cary Wong breaks down the music of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE - PHASE ONE; BRIAN D’OLIVEIRA chats about the video game SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER; Gold Rush concludes its series on the British Golden Age with RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; an interview with CHRIS WESTLAKE on working with THOMAS NEWMAN on the spooky Hulu series CASTLE ROCK; JOE KRAEMER breaks his silence on SUNRISE; our longest ever COMPOSER'S CORNER; lots of album reviews, including CRAZY RICH ASIANS, A SIMPLE FAVOR and A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL KAMEN; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 9/21/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada (which will not ship for several weeks due to a pressing error) presents the score for the 1987 sci-fi/fantasy BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, which reteamed Cocoon's stars Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn with its composer, James Horner. The film was a Steven Spielberg production about a group of inner city apartment dwellers, threatened with eviction, who are aided by a race of tiny sentient spaceships. The story was originally conceived as an Amazing Stories episode, and one of the writers was future film director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Horner's score is very much in the Cocoon vein, mixing emotional melodical material, lively orchestral passages and a Big Band flavor. MCA released an LP and long out-of-print CD featuring 46 minutes of the film's score. The Intrada Batteries is a two disc set featuring both the full score, nearly 90 minutes, plus the original MCA sequencing. 
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Today in Film Score History:
October 23
David Kitay born (1961)
Duane Tatro records his only Mission: Impossible score, for the episode “Ultimatum” (1972)
Gary McFarland born (1933)
Graeme Revell born (1955)
Jonathan Wolff born (1958)
Manos Hadjidakis born (1925)
Paul Baillargeon records his score for the Enterprise episode “The Andorian Incident” (2001)
Ray Ellis died (2008)
Recording sessions begin for Dimitri Tiomkin’s score for Lost Horizon (1936)
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