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Film Score Friday 9/13/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/12/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced a historic upcoming CD release -- the original score tracks from one of the most important and influential film scores of all time, Franz Waxman's groundbreaking BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It will first go on sale at a screening of the film on October 13 at the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival in Tarrytown, NY, which will include a Q&A featuring the composer's son, John Waxman, and soundtrack producer/restorer Mike Matessino. The disc will be available from the label's website at a later date.

This week the label has two new releases -- an expanded, two-disc release of Danny Elfman's thrilling score for Brian DePalma's 1996 franchise-starter MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, featuring the original soundtrack release sequencing on Disc One and the score as heard in the film on Disc Two (plus alternates); and Harry Manfredini's score for what is arguably the best of the Jason Voorhees franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (featuring the same cues as on the label's Friday the 13th boxed set).


The latest re-recording from Tadlow, due in late October, features the complete scores for two groundbreaking horror films from England's Hammer Film Productions, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and HORROR OF DRACULA, with Nic Raine conducting the music of Oscar winner* James Bernard.

*(yes, I know, Bernard won his Oscar for co-writing the story to Seven Days to Noon, not for his music. Still, that's one more Oscar than you or I have, bub).

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Aisle Seat 9-10: 22nd Anniversary Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/9/2019 - 9:00 PM
Boasting an all-new “Final Cut” as well as director Francis Ford Coppola’s prior theatrical and “Redux” versions, Lionsgate’s truly spectacular 4K UHD/Blu-Ray edition of APOCALYPSE NOW (***½, 147/183/202 mins., 1979, R) is unquestionably the year’s most impressive home video catalog release to date. Coppola’s troubled yet intermittently brilliant, surreal film has never looked or sounded as dazzling as it does here, thanks to a UHD format release that marks another technological upgrade for Coppola and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro’s sumptuous widescreen images.
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Film Score Friday 9/6/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/5/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest film music release from Kritzerland is a five-disc set titled HENRY KING AT FOX, featuring five scores composed by Alfred Newman for the veteran director -- a remastered version of the swashbuckler THE BLACK SWAN; a remastered two-disc version of Newman's classic, spectacular CAPTAIN FROM CASTILLE; an expanded version of the historical drama PRINCE OF FOXES; the first release of the brief score for the Gregory Peck Western THE GUNFIGHTER; and a re-release of Newman's Oscar-winning LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Goldfinch - Trevor Gureckis - WaterTower [CD-R]
Ms. Purple - Roger Suen - Notefornote 
Pet Sematary II
 - Mark Governor - La-La Land
Thunderbirds Are Go: Series 2 
- Ben Foster, Nick Foster - Silva

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Film Score Friday 8/30/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/29/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents the first-ever release of the score for DOWNHILL RACER, the 1969 skiing drama starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman that marked the feature directing debut of Michael Ritchie (The Candidate, Smile, The Bad News Bears, The Fantasticks). The film was the last feature to have a score composed by Kenyon Hopkins (Baby Doll, 12 Angry Men, The Hustler), and the CD includes the score in stereo as well as additional tracks in mono.


The latest release from La-La Land, which is expected to begin shipping in early September, presents the score for director Mary Lambert's 1992 PET SEMATIARY II, the sequel to her own 1989 horror hit based on the Stephen King novel. The music is by composer Mark Governor, whose eclectic resume includes a stage musical based on The Scarlet Letter, and the CD features his 53-minute score as well as 22 minutes of alternates. This is the first commerical release of this score, though one track was featured on the composer's CD A Whore's Diary.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Downhill Racer - Kenyon Hopkins - Intrada Special Collection
The Durrells - Ruth Barrett, Jon Wygens - Abkco
The Farewell - Alex Weston - Milan
It: Chapter Two - Benjamin Wallfisch - WaterTower [CD-R]

Valhalla
 - Ron Goodwin - PlantSounds 

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August Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/29/2019 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story is the first part of Erik Heine’s Emerging Composers of the 2000s, featuring CHRISTOPHER GORDON, BEAR McCREARY, CLIFF MARTINEZ and more. Also in this issue, GRAHAM REYNOLDS discusses his score to Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE; JOHN DEBNEY and GERMAINE FRANCO discover DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD; ANNA DRUBICH details her collaboration with MARCO BELTRAMI on SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK; Cary Wong gives his regards to the best of BROADWAY; JACOB YOFFEE and ROAHN HYLTON team up for the Amazon Prime docuseries FREE MEEK; GOLD RUSH commemorates the moon landing; a concert review of the L.A. PHIL at Tynecastle; lots of album reviews, including AFTER THE WEDDING, THE FAREWELL and VITA & VIRGINIA; a new COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews SWING! MORE; embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Aisle Seat 8-27: Labor Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/26/2019 - 9:00 PM
There are fewer cinematic eras more fascinating than the late ‘60s. Iconoclast filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick unleashed classics like “2001” while previously reliable genres like the movie musical nearly drowned several major studios. 20th Century Fox’s “Star!”, Paramount’s “Darling Lili” and Universal’s SWEET CHARITY (145/151 mins., 1968, G) proved to be big-budget disappointments from a genre that once reliably drew audiences – a sign of shifting times and attitudes, and also, perhaps, the respective source material involved in each instance. In the case of the latter, Bob Fosse’s adaptation of his Broadway hit proves to be a weird, highly watchable and yet ultimately unsatisfying fusion of a “mod” downer with old-fashioned musical-comedy sensibilities, as strange as the teaming of Fosse with writer Neil Simon sounds on paper.
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Film Score Friday 8/23/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/22/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a new CD next week.


The latest CD from La-La Land features music from the first season fo the Netflix series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, scored by Adam Taylor (The Handmaid's Tale, Before I Fall)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

After the Wedding
 - Mychael Danna - Varese Sarabande
Chernobyl
 - Hildur Guonadottir - Deutsche Grammophon
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season One - Adam Taylor - La-La Land
Dementia/Piano Concerto
 - George Antheil, Ernest Gold - Kritzerland 
Ghost Story
 - Philippe Sarde - 
Playmobil The Movie
- Heitor Pereira - Sony
Succession
 - Nicholas Britell - Milan 
The Tenant
 - Philippe Sarde - Quartet  

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Film Score Friday 8/16/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/15/2019 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so if any breaking film music news has broken in the last few days, you'll have to read about it on the Message Board or elsewhere on the Internet, which I am told is a series of tubes. (Forgive me if I have made this reference before. Obviously, it never fails to amuse me.)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Heitor Pereira - Sony [CD-R]
Evil Toons
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
The Informer
 - Brooke Blair, Will Blair - Varese Sarabande*
Intolerance 
- Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection 
Secrets of the Titanic
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain

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Aisle Seat 8-13: August Assault Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/12/2019 - 9:00 PM
Now the biggest global hit of all-time (not counting inflation), AVENGERS: ENDGAME (181 mins., 2019, PG-13; Disney) wraps up Marvel’s two-film behemoth and also puts a lid on over a decade of some 21 prior movies featuring the comic book company-turned-Disney brand’s super-heroes. It’s not particularly witty or artfully executed, but as far as fan-service films go, this overlong but entertaining picture gets the job done, and wisely focuses on the original core of Avengers members for much of its running time instead of the “Marvel All-Star Rally” featured in its exhausting predecessor.
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Film Score Friday 8/9/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/8/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring expanded editions of scores from composer Philippe Sarde -- GHOST STORY, the 1981 adaptation of Peter Straub's supernatural bestseller, starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and John Houseman, remastered and featuring nearly 20 minutes of music not included in the earlier MCA LP/Varese Sarabande CD; and Sarde's first score for director-star Roman Polanski, the 1976 psychological thriller THE TENANT, featuring cues not included in the previous Universal France CD release of the score (which paired it with the Sarde/Polanski Tess).


Composer Barrington Pheloung died in his native Australia on Wednesday, July 31 at the age of 65. Pheloung began his musical training on the guitar at the age of five, and in his late teens moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music. His entree into the world of film and television music came through future Oscar winner Anthony Minghella, who saw one of the ballets Pheloung had composed. Not only did Minghella hire the composer to wrote incidental music for some of his plays, he introduced Pheloung to TV producer Kenny McBain, who hired him for the job that would prove to be the most popular of his entire scoring career -- the long-running mystery series Inspector Morse. Pheloung's scores for the series actually interpolated morse code clues into his themes, and his music was so popular that it spawned multiple soundtrack releases, and he returned for the show's sequel series Lewis and its prequel Endeavor, about Morse's early years.

Minghella later brought Pheloung along for his feature directing debut, the 1990 ghost romance Truly Madly Deeply, and over the next few decades Pheloung would score an impressive variety of features, including the historical drama Nostradamus, the Stephen King adaptation The Mangler, and even Paul W.S. Anderson's first feature, Shopping, starring a 22-year-old Jude Law. 

One of Pheloung's most dependable collaborators was producer-director Anand Taylor, who worked with the composer on several projects for the small screen as well as such features as the Oscar-nominated music biopic Hilary & Jackie, the Steve Martin adaptation Shopgirl, And When Did You Last See Your Father (with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Beard), and the final chapter of the critically acclaimed Red Riding trilogy.

The composer is survived by his wife Heather and their four children. (Most of the biographical information in this obituary came from Daniel Mangodt's 1994 interview with the composer for Soundtrack)

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September 16
Alfred Newman begins recording his score to The Best of Everything (1959)
Bruce Broughton wins his third and fourth Emmys, for The First Olympics: Athens 1896 and for the Dallas episode score “The Letter” (1984)
Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Circle” (1993)
J. Peter Robinson born (1945)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Storm Front, Part 1” (2004)
John Barry begins recording his score for The Day of the Locust (1974)
Lyn Murray records his score for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Triumph” (1964)
Robert Drasnin records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “My Friend, My Enemy” (1970)
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