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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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Film Score Friday 10/11/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/10/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1972 British kids fantasy film THE AMAZING MR. BLUNDEN, directed by and starring Lionel Jeffries (First Men in the Moon)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Air Force One: The Deluxe Edition - Jerry Goldsmith, Joel McNeely - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
The Amazing Mr. Blunden
- Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
Mrs. Lowry and Son - Craig Armstrong - Verve (import)
Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser - Gabriel Yared - Sergent Major (import)
Rooster Cogburn: The Deluxe Edition
 - Laurence Rosenthal - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Solis
 - David Stone Hamilton - Perseverance
Star Trek: The Deluxe Edition 
- Michael Giacchino - Varese Sarabande CD Club 

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Aisle Seat 10-8: 4K Frights!
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/7/2019 - 10:00 PM
4K owners have a quartet of new Warner releases ideal for Halloween viewing to select from this October, starting with genre favorites GREMLINS (***½, 106 mins., 1984, PG) and Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s THE SHINING (***, 146 mins., 1980, R), more a piece of visceral, technical achievement than an engaging dramatic experience. While one benefits a bit from the 4K enhancement, the other receives a jaw-dropping transfer that ranks among the best in the format.
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Film Score Friday 10/4/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/3/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced an impresssive slate of new releases for October 17th -- their highly anticipated release of the original tracks from Franz Waxman's classic, groundbreaking score for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; an expanded two-disc soundtrack for Steven Spielberg's 2002 Philip K. Dick adaptation MINORITY REPORT, whose score by (of course) John Williams balances typically gorgeous melodies with thrilling action cues evocative of his 1960s sci-fi TV music; a second volume in their Quinn Martin Collection series, focusing on the music for the sci-fi classic THE INVADERS, with contributions from Domnic Frontiere, Sidney Cutner, Irving Gertz, Richard Markowitz, and Duane Tatro; and Lorne Balfe's score for director Ang Lee's imminent sci-fi action thriller GEMINI MAN, starring Will Smith...and Will Smith!!!


The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced three new limited "Deluxe Edition" releases, expected to begin shipping next week -- a greatly expanded two-disc release of the final score for the hit 1997 thriller AIR FORCE ONE, composed by Jerry Goldsmith with additional music by Joel McNeely, based on Goldsmith's themes (the film's first, unused and still commercially unreleased score was composed by Randy Newman, of all people); the first-release of the score for the 1975 True Grit sequel ROOSTER COGBURN, which paired screen icons John Wayne (reprising his Oscar-winning title role) and Katharine Hepburn (in an homage to her classic The African Queen) in a light-hearted Western adventure with music by Laurence Rosenthal; and a re-release of their two-disc edition of Michael Giacchino's score to the hit 2009 franchise re-starter STAR TREK


Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring the first-ever score releases for two Paramount films with music by Oscar-winners -- ROUGH CUT, the 1980 romantic caper comedy directed by Don Siegel, written by Larry Gelbart (who was so unhappy with the end result he used the pseudonym "Francis Burns," a reference M*A*S*H fans should appreciate), and starring Burt Reynolds, Lesley Ann-Down, and David Niven, with the legendary Nelson Riddle adapting the music of the equally legendary Duke Ellington for the film's score; and HARLEM NIGHTS, the period gangster comedy-drama which was the directing debut of Eddie Murphy, pairing him with Richard Pryor and feturing a score by Herbie Hancock

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Aisle Seat 10-1: Kino Lorber, Holocaust on Blu-Ray
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/30/2019 - 10:00 PM
Kino Lorber’s September slate of Studio Classics offers movie buffs a number of fascinating titles debuting on Blu-Ray: a DeMille color epic from the early ‘40s, two Hitch-like Universal ‘60s thrillers, and a trio of comedy classics that would instantly define “the Ealing touch” in screen comedy.
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September/October Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/30/2019 - 3:00 AM
The September/October edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This issue’s cover story is an interview with JOHN LUNN about the legacy of DOWNTON ABBEY and its big screen debut. Also in this issue, TREVOR GURECKIS paints a musical picture of THE GOLDFINCH; TIMOTHY MICHAEL WYNN details his work on the sci-fi critical hit FREAKS; the second half of Erik Heine’s Emerging Composers of the 2000s retrospective, featuring JEFF BEAL, MICHAEL GIACCHINO and more; a concert review of PSYCHO, live to film with the New York Philharmonic; another concert review of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK at Royal Albert Hall; NAINITA DESAI discusses her score to the interactive video game TELLING LIES; AUSTIN WINTORY solves the seemingly similar mysteries of the video game ERICA; Cary Wong has a hot take on the scores of 1999; lots of album reviews, including ACROSS THE STARS, IT CHAPTER TWO and THE GOLDFINCH; a new COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews SONARWORKS' REFERENCE 4 software; more embedded audio clips, and more. Oh, and for an explanation of why this is called the "September/October" edition of FSM ONLINE, check out this month's editorial! Enjoy!

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