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Aisle Seat 6-28: Kino Lorber June Spectacular
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/27/2022 - 10:00 PM
So many films from the 1990s have fallen through the cracks in the transition to high-def, never mind Ultra HD. One of the catalogs that has received especially short shrift is the library of Savoy Pictures, an independent studio that distributed a handful of memorable films including Robert DeNiro’s “A Bronx Tale” and the Ray Liotta sci-fi thriller “No Escape.” My favorite among their few dozen releases was LAST OF THE DOGMEN (118 mins., 1995, PG), a sweeping romantic western that represented one of the last gasps of Mario Kassar’s Carolco Pictures, and a film that remains a wonderful, old-fashioned adventure that’s been long overdue for rediscovery.
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Film Score Friday 6/24/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/23/2022 - 10:00 PM
I am on vacation this week, so I apologize if some major piece of film music news broke and I did not report it in a timely fashion.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Highway 395
- Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders - Perseverance


IN THEATERS TODAY

Apples - The Boy
The Black Phone - Mark Korven - Score LP coming from Waxwork/Back Lot
Elvis - Elliott Wheeler
1982 - Nadim Mishlawi


COMING SOON

July 1
Jurassic World: Dominion
 - Michael Giacchino - Backlot 
July 22
Clark - Mikael Akerfeldt - Inside Out
The Northman - Robin Carolan, Sebastian Gainsborough - Sacred Bones 
Coming Soon
Mayrig/588 Rue Paradis
 - Jean-Claude Petit - Music Box
Mort d'un pourri 
- Philippe Sarde - Music Box 

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Aisle Seat 6-21: Shaft, Northman Sizzle in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/20/2022 - 10:00 PM
Australian cinema hit its apex in the ’70s and ’80s, reaching its height when the likes of Mad Max and Crocodile Dundee became box-office smashes all over the world. Stars like Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman and directors from George Miller to Phillip Noyce all found breakout success in the U.S., while a number of Australian comedies and dramas likewise met with North American distribution – if not in theaters than many on home video.
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Film Score Friday 6/17/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/16/2022 - 10:00 PM
This week Intrada has re-released two previously out-of-print CDs - James Horner's score for STAR TREK: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, and Alan Silvestri's music for Stephen King's CAT'S EYE.


Quartet has announced three new releases -- Ernest Gold's score for Sam Peckinpah's penultimate film, the WWII drama CROSS OF IRON, featuring the same cues as the original LP release; the 2021 thriller AMERICAN NIGHT, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and scored by Marco Beltrami and Ceiri Torjussen; and the 2021 Danish World War II drama THE BOMBARDMENT (aka The Shadow in My Eye), scored by Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders and Ceiri Torjussen


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Albert Glasser Collection Vol. 4: Science Fiction Atomic Mutation I
 - Albert Glasser - Dragon's Domain
American Night
- Marco Beltrami, Ceiri Torjussen - Quartet
The Bombardment
- Marco Belrami, Buck Sanders, Ceiri Torjussen - Quartet
Cat's Eye - Alan Silvestri - Intrada Special Collection
Cross of Iron
- Ernest Gold - Quartet
Downton Abbey: A New Era - John Lunn - Decca (import)
The First Wives Club - Marc Shaiman - La-La Land
The Ratings Game
 - David Spear - Dragon's Domain
Scarface - Giorgio Moroder - La-La Land
Star Trek: The Search for Spock [re-release] - James Horner - Intrada Special Collection
The Velvet Queen (La panthere des neiges) - Nick Cave, Warren Ellis - Invada 
Zero to Sixty
 - John Beal - Dragon's Domain 

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Aisle Seat 6-14: All Kinds of Classics
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/13/2022 - 10:00 PM
It’s been a really good time to be a 4K UHD owner at this stage of the game, with the format finally the recipient of a number of outstanding catalog releases, as well as big new announcements coming up through the end of the year. This week brings collectible Limited Edition Steelbook 4K UHD editions of David Lean classics THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI as well as LAWRENCE OF ARABIA – the latter especially noteworthy as it marks its standalone 4K format debut, after being previously available only as part of Sony’s out-of-print “Columbia Classics” box-set anthology.
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Film Score Friday 6/10/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/9/2022 - 10:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce two straight re-issues of past releases next week.


Music Box has announced two new releases - an expanded edition of Philippe Sarde's score for the 1977 crime drama MORT D'UN POURRI, and a CD pairing two scores by Jean-Claude Petit (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Return of the Musketeers)  for films by director Henri Verneuil - the 1991 drama MAYRIG and its 1992 sequel 588 RUE PARADIS.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Green Planet
 - Benji Merrison, Will Slater - Silva 
Inghilterra Nuda - Piero Piccioni - Quartet
Ted K - Blanck Mass - Sacred Bones 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Atabai - Hossein Alizadeh
I'm Charlie Walker - Adam Lindquist
Jurassic World: Dominion - Michael Giacchino - Score CD due June 24 on Backlot
Lost Illusions - Music Supervisor: Varda Kakon 

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June FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 6/7/2022 - 4:00 AM

The June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with LORNE BALFE, who details his work on the score for Tom Cruise’s mega-hit TOP GUN: MAVERICK. Also this issue are an interview with NAMI MELUMAD on her scoring for STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS; TERENCE BLANCHARD discusse

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Aisle Seat 6-7: Robocop Revisited, Batman in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/6/2022 - 10:00 PM
A title that’s racked up plenty of frequent-flier miles on home video over the years, ROBOCOP (103 mins., 1987, R/Unrated; Arrow) is back again, this time debuting in a 4K UHD with Dolby Vision HDR grading and Dolby Atmos audio – elements that will enable fans to take full advantage of its previous 2013 MGM 4K restoration supervised by director Paul Verhoeven himself.
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Film Score Friday 6/3/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/2/2022 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1993 coming-of-age comedy MATINEE, set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, starring John Goodman as a William Castle-esque filmmaker and directed by Joe Dante.


La-La Land has announced two new releases due in mid-June - the first-ever release (a two-disc set, no less) of Giorgio Moroder's only score for director Brian De Palma, the epic, hugely influential 1983 remake of SCARFACE; and an expanded edition of Marc Shaiman's Oscar-nominated score for the hit 1996 comedy THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.


Dragon's Domain has announced three new CDs - THE ALBERT GLASSER COLLECTION VOL. 4:  SCIENCE FICTION ATOMIC MUTATION I, featuring the composer's music for two Bert I. Gordon 50s B-movie sci-fi spectacles, The Cyclops and Beginning of the End; the music for the 1984 cable movie THE RATINGS GAME, starring and directed by Danny DeVito and scored by David Spear (The Creature Wasn't Nice, Exterminator 2); and the score for the 1978 action-comedy ZERO TO SIXTY, composed by John Beal (The Funhouse, Terror in the Aisles)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Blood on the Crown
 - Laurent Eyquem - Kronos
Farewell Gulsary
 - Andre Matthias - Kronos 
I gabbiani volano bassi 
- Roberto Pregadio, Carlo Cristallini - CSC
La donna della calda terra 
- Carlo Savina - CSC 
Matinee - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
Storia e preistoria
 - Piero Umiliani - Kronos    
Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes - John Williams - Deutsche Grammophon 

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Aisle Seat 5-31: 4K UHD Premieres From 1776 to THE UNTOUCHABLES
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/30/2022 - 10:00 PM
Some 15 years ago one of my columns kicked off with reviews of Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS and Brian DePalma’s THE UNTOUCHABLES – both on HD-DVD (don’t worry, it’s not the time for a “format wars” retrospective!) – and this week happens to mark both the release of the former in a brand new Imprint Limited Edition Blu-Ray, and the latter in Paramount’s long-awaited 4K UHD. What are the odds?
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