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Aisle Seat 11-19: Cops, Robbers & Christmas, Too!
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/18/2019 - 10:00 PM
Two of Don Siegel’s contemporary crime thrillers, a long-forgotten Italian production featuring Roger Moore on a 007 hiatus, and a film with one of the all-time strangest back stories highlight Kino Lorber’s November Blu-Ray release slate – one that seems especially suited for ‘70s movie buffs.
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Film Score Friday 11/15/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/14/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has just released Tom Holkenborg's* score for the latest Terminator sequel TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, which returns Linda Hamilton and writer-producer James Cameron to the franchise. The label is also making available Lolita Ritmanis' score for the Latvian war drama DVESELU PUTENIS, known in English as Blizzard of Souls. (*when this column originally posted, I had stupidly attributed the Dark Fate score to Lorne Balfe, who actually scored the previous Terminator sequel; thanks to Bob DiMucci for the correction).


Kritzerland has just announced a CD of the music of concert and film composer GAIL KUBIK, featuring three concert pieces composed and conducted by Kubik -- Scenes for Orchestra (based on his unused score for I Thank a Fool), Scenario for Orchestra (based on his largely unused score for The Desperate Hours, the surviving tracks of which were featured on Intrada's Double Indemnity/Paramount noir set), and Stewball: Four Variations for Band.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Crown: Season Three
 - Martin Phipps - Sony
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, vol. 1
 - Daniel Pemberton - Varese Sarabande
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, vol. 2 
- Daniel Pemberton, Samuel Sim - Varese Sarabande
Dveselu Putenis (Blizzard of Souls)
- Lolita Ritmanis - Marlo/La-La Land
La Chiave
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Terminator: Dark Fate
- Tom Holkenborg - La-La Land 

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Aisle Seat 11-12: November Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/11/2019 - 10:00 PM
Debuting in HD for the first time this week is a superb, Complete Series Blu-Ray release of BATMAN BEYOND (1095 mins., Warner), the thrilling continuation of “Batman: The Animated Series” from the same producers of that critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite show (Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and Paul Dini).
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Film Score Friday 11/8/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/7/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from the BYU Film Music Archive is a three-disc set titled SADDLES, SAGEBRUSH AND STEINER: WESTERN SCORES OF MAX STEINER. Disc One features cues from Steiner's scores for Virginia City, Santa Fe Trail, San Antonio and Dallas; Disc Two features Rocky Mountain and The Charge at Feather River; Disc Three has The Lion and the Horse and Raton Pass.


La-La Land has announced two CDs to begin shipping this week -- an expanded and remastered edition of Michael Kamen's score for the 1989 cult classic ROAD HOUSE, featuring cues not included in Intrada's earlier release of the score (since my liner notes for the Intrada edition were not retained, I assume a massive letter writing campaign will ensue, and I thank my readers in advance), and a re-release of their CD of Harold Faltermeyer's score for the 1984 blockbuster action comedy BEVERLY HILLS COP.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Amore Mio 
- Carlo Savina - Saimel 
Beverly Hills Cop [re-release]
- Harold Faltermeyer - La-La Land
Encounter - Penka Kouneva - Notefornote
The Good Liar - Carter Burwell - WaterTower [CD-R]
J'Accuse - Alexandre Desplat - Warner Classics (import)
Road House
- Michael Kamen - La-La Land
Windjammer - Morton Gould - Sepia 
Zombie Night
 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain

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The November Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/6/2019 - 3:00 AM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story is an array of awards hopefuls: MARCO BELTRAMI and BUCK SANDERS for FORD V FERRARI, TERENCE BLANCHARD for HARRIET, and ALBERTO IGLESIAS for PAIN AND GLORY. Also in this issue are the first half of Erik Heine’s Emerging Composers of the 2010s, including ROQUE BAÑOS and RAMIN DJAWADI; GORDY HAAB and STEPHEN BARTON fight the Dark Side with the EA video game STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER; Cary Wong’s annual MEMO TO THE ACADEMY MUSIC BRANCH, earlier this year than ever; ALEX HEFFES scores the Apple TV+ nature doc THE ELEPHANT QUEEN; DAVID WINGO digs up the dark secrets of Scott Z. Burns' THE REPORT; CARL THIEL seeks balance with Netflix’s SEIS MANOS; a new EAR OF THE MONTH CONTEST; lots of album reviews, including JUDY, JOKER and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; a new COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews Audio Imperia’s NUCLEUS (THE ORCHESTRAL CORE); more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 11/1/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/31/2019 - 10:00 PM

The trailer for THE SONG OF NAMES, the new film from director Francois Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, Silk, Boychoir), has an extremely unusual title card. Near the end of the trailer, after we get the expected title "FROM THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR OF THE RED VIOLIN," we get another title card:

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNING COMPOSER OF
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

I presume that the fact that Song of Names is a music-oriented film is a big factor, but I can't remember seeing  a contemporary trailer in which a score composer (at least, one who wasn't an otherwise already famous popular music figure) was used as such a prominent selling point, so good for Howard Shore.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Abominable
 - Rupert Gregson-Williams - Backlot
Doctor Sleep - The Newton Brothers - WaterTower [CD-R]
Ganja & Hess
- Sam Waymon - Howlin' Wolf
Gemini Man 
- Lorne Balfe - La-La Land
Harriet
- Terence Blanchard - Backlot   

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Aisle Seat 10-29: Omens, Blobs & The Final Halloween Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/28/2019 - 10:00 PM
This Halloween has already provided a dynamic roster of releases for horror buffs, as evidenced by my past two columns that have featured the likes of Warner’s spectacular 4K UHD edition of “The Shining” and a fascinating slate of genre curios from Kino Lorber. This week brings two major releases in Arrow’s “An American Werewolf in London” and Shout’s five-disc THE OMEN COLLECTION: DELUXE EDITION, a superior Limited Edition package apparently concocted before Disney completed their sale of Fox’s entertainment assets and locked up their back catalog from further licensing (for now anyway).
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Film Score Friday 10/25/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/24/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents the score to the 2019 thriller CRAWL, which pitted Kara Scodelario and Barry Pepper against hungry alligators in a hurricane-flooded house. The score was composed by newcomers Max Aruj and Steffen Thum, who have provided additional music for several Lorne Balfe scores; the ubiquitous Mr. Balfe served as Executive Music Producer on Crawl.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Crawl Max Aruj, Steffen Thum - Intrada 
Dracula/The Curse of Frankenstein [re-recordings]
 - James Bernard - Tadlow
La Setta
 - Pino Donaggio - Cinevox 
Lavender Braid
 - Eugene - Kronos 
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
 - Masao Yagi - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 2: The Invaders - Sidney Cutner, Dominic Frontiere, Irving Gertz, Richard Markowitz, Duane Tatro - La-La Land
Romeo and Juliet
 - Nino Rota - Quartet
Rory's Way
 - Frank Ilfman - Kronos
Rwanda
 - Davide Caprelli - Kronos
The Taming of the Shrew
 - Nino Rota - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 10/18/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/17/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CDs from Quartet are remastered releases of Nino Rota's scores for Franco Zeffirelli's two hit Shakespeare adaptations from the 1960s -- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a two-disc set featuring both the complete score as well as Rota's original, unused album sequencing; and a remastered version of the LP sequencing from the blockbuster hit ROMEO AND JULIET.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bastardos y Diablos
 - Louis Febre - Dragon's Domain
Bride of Frankenstein - Franz Waxman - La-La Land 
The Dan Redfield Collection vol. 1
 - Dan Redfield - Dragon's Domain 
Deep Water
 - Toydrum - Silva
Halloween [expanded edition]
 - John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies - Sacred Bones
Il Pelo Nel Mondo
 - Bruno Nicolai, Nino Oliviero - Beat
Le Coeur en Braille/Que D'Amour!
 - Philippe Jakko - Music Box 
La Fameuse Invasion des Ours en Sicile - Rene Aubry - Milan (import)
L'Avocat/Le Tueur
 - Gregoire Hetzel - Music Box 
L'Ultimo Squalo
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
The Lighthouse
 - Mark Korven - Milan
Marco Beltrami: Music for Film
 - Marco Beltrami - Silva 
Minority Report - John Williams - La-La Land
Music for Dinosaurs
 - David Spear - Dragon's Domain
Trois Jours et Une Vie
 - Rob - Music Box 

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Aisle Seat 10-15: Mid-October Halloween Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/14/2019 - 10:00 PM
An enjoyable sleeper from late Summer ’93, MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK (***, 85 mins., 1993, PG-13; Kino Lorber) is a Touchstone comedy originally produced as “Johnny Zombie” before Disney decided to graft another pop-song onto its title (as they had countless times previously with the likes of “Taking Care of Business,” “Pretty Woman,” etc). Perhaps that had something to do with the film’s box-office failure, though horror comedies were also a hard sell back in the early ‘90s, so it probably wouldn’t have mattered either way (in fact, the movie's spoof element is actually more relevant to today’s zombie-dominated horror than what constituted the genre back at the time of its release).
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Magnus Fiennes born (1965)
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