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Mondo has released their second Jerry Goldsmith score on vinyl following last year’s Poltergeist: The Omen remastered by James Plotkin. This new release offers an expanded edition of the original soundtrack, featuring tracks that have never before been released on vinyl - Packaging design by Phantom City Creative - Single LP in deluxe gatefold jacket pressed on 180 gram vinyl - Limited edition pressed on black vinyl and randomly-inserted 'Mark of the Beast' Translucent Red vinyl - Price: $25.00 - Purchase Here Track Listing 1 ) Ave Satani (2:34) 2 ) On The Night (2:35)* 3 ) The New Ambassador (2:34) 4 ) Where Is He? (0:56)* 5 ) I Was There (2:26)* 6 ) Broken Vows (2:10)* 7 ) Safari Park (3:23) 8 ) A Doctor Please (1:43)* 9 ) The Killer Storm (2:53) 10 ) The Fall (3:42) 11 ) Don’t Let »
- Pietro Filipponi
Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman. You can’t think of these adventures without instantly hearing the music. Film scores have always been the emotional heart of the story that forever resonates with an audience.
For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy presented a live “Oscar Concert” celebrating this year’s nominated scores and songs.
In what was a glorious program for music lovers, the huge audience at UCLA’s Royce Hall experienced an unforgettable night. The Academy’s 80-piece orchestra performed suites from each of the nominated original scores and prior to each piece, all the nominated composers participated in a brief conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.
Musician, Common, was the perfect host for this historic event. After a enthusiastic introduction by the actor, the evening began with Academy Governor Charles Fox conducting Jerry Goldsmith’s “Fanfare for Oscar. »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy got it right with its first-ever Oscar concert featuring live performances of this year’s nominated musical scores and songs.
Thursday’s show at UCLA’s Royce Hall was a textbook model of how film music should be presented in concert: single-movement suites averaging eight to 10 minutes, distilling the key themes and musical essence of each score into a unified whole. Images from the films were projected on a screen above the musicians, but the music was not sync’d to any specific scene.
A project of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ much-maligned music branch — mired in controversy again this year, which lead to one of the song nominees getting disqualified for an alleged rule violation — the concert featured an 80-piece orchestra as well as on-stage chats with the six nominated score composers.
- Jon Burlingame
The Academy held its first Oscars concert on Thursday night at Royce Hall at UCLA. It better not be the last. Long overdue, the event featured live performances of every nominated score and original song nominee from this year's Academy Awards. Hosted by Common (who made it clear he was thrilled to be there), each composer spent a few minutes speaking to noted film critic Elvis Mitchell before conducting the Academy orchestra's performance of their work. Each original song was performed by a mix of different artists except, of course, the ones they are most associated with. Those stars are being saved for Sunday night. Five-time nominee Alexandre Desplat was the first major performance as he conducted a selection from "Philomena." It's been awhile since I've heard his composition, but the live performance didn't sway me that it could (or should) be a potential upset spoiler in the category. Personally, »
- Gregory Ellwood
With suites from the Oscar-nominated musical scores, a performance of Jerry Goldsmith’s “Fanfare for Oscar” and a song backed by dancers choreographed by Debbie Allen, it sometimes felt as if a Gil Cates-produced Academy Awards show from the 1990s was taking place at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Thursday night. But rather than being a blast from the past, the evening was a forward-looking, first-ever Oscar Concert – an event, said AMPAS Music Branch governor Charles Fox at the end of the night, that would be “the first of hopefully many.” A two-hour-plus tribute to the five scores and four songs. »
- Steve Pond
It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »
- John Squires
Thanks to companies like Waxwork Records, Death Waltz Recording Company, One Way Static Records and Light in the Attic, the once dead vinyl format has been experiencing a big time resurgence in recent years, and the ears of us horror fans are seriously reaping the benefits of the unexpected revival. There's just something about records that makes them so much more enjoyable to listen to than CDs and digital downloads, as the consistently impressive releases from the aforementioned companies have proven.
Another company who has dipped their toes into the vinyl format is Mondo, known for their incredible alternative posters for fan-favorite movies, both new and old. As reported exclusively by our friends over on Bloody Disgusting, Mondo is next setting their sights on a vinyl release of the eerie Omen soundtrack, which is headed our way next month.
Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score comes home on a newly mastered vinyl, »
- John Squires
A couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough to be invited along to Abbey Road by their speaker provider Bowers and Wilkins (B&W). We’d been fortunate enough visit what is arguably the world’s best known and most famous recording studio for a previous project with Maserati. If you missed our writeup, you can catch up here. This time, the scope was much more filmic in it’s origins as veteran Abbey Road sound technician Jonathan Allen was on hand to answer all our film related questions and even let us have a play on the mixing desk in Sound Studio 3.
Jonathan has worked as an engineer and producer at Abbey Road Studios for twenty years and has a worldwide reputation for his work recording and mixing music for films and television and a wide variety of album projects, particularly classical music. Over the last few years »
- David Sztypuljak
Composer Abel Korzeniowski was the big winner at this year's International Film Music Critics Association Awards, landing two prizes for his work on Carlo Carlei's "Romeo and Juliet" and an overall composer of the year honor as well. Nominations leader "Evil Dead" won two awards, while none of this year's Oscar nominees were able to secure any hardware. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit. Film Score of the Year "Romeo and Juliet" (Abel Korzeniowski) Film Composer of the Year Abel Korzeniowski Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year Laurent Eyquem Best Original Score for a Drama Film "Romeo and Juliet" (Abel Korzeniowski) Best Original Score for a Comedy Film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (Theodore Shapiro) Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film "Grand Piano" (Víctor Reyes) Best Original Score for »
- Kristopher Tapley
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is set in a futuristic society, where “it has become scientifically possible to implant fake memories into a person’s mind, while erasing their previous identity, thus creating a fictitious persona in such that the subject believes he or she is someone else.” The filmmakers took great liberty with the original story, but, luckily Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett (respected writers of some of the greatest science fiction films), whipped up one of the best produced Hollywood screenplays of the 1990′s.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Quaid, a 21st-century construction worker in 2084 who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. In seeking out the truth, he »
- Ricky da Conceição
Last month it was revealed that Death Waltz Records would be releasing the scores for Forbidden World and Slumber Party Massacre (check that out here), and now the full details for the former and Ms. 45 have been revealed!
Both scores from composers Susan Justin and Joe Delia, have never been released since their respective films premiered back in the 80s, and are making their physical debut thanks to Death Waltz. Accompanying the releases will be brand new art from Alice X. Zhang and Kimberly Holladay, a poster, a booklet containing liner notes, and an immediate digital download of the full album! As a webstore exclusive for Ms. 45, you’ll receive “not only 5 cues used in the film but not on the vinyl but a whole 65 minutes of unused elements from the original score recording sessions direct from Joe Delia’s personal vaults!”
Check out the full details below! »
- Justin Edwards
This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:
Oscar nods: Film editing, music (original song) for “People Alone” with music by Lalo Schifrin and lyrics by Wilbur »
- Ariana Bacle
The cleaners have started to come round the Creative Assembly offices. I walk into a stark white bathroom where a paper towel dispenser's guts hang open below the hand dryer. It looks sad. I walk towards a cubicle.
Suddenly, the hand dryer goes off by itself and my chest clutches in at me like a claw. The hand dryer switches itself on and off and on and off. Each time I remind myself there's no one there.
The cleaner pops in. 'Sorry!' she says, and potters off.
Even as I write this I still feel frightened. There's a kind of bleak dread I felt on the Sevastopol, the remote space station featured in Alien: Isolation. It's a dread that lingers. The game's environment is beautiful, enchanting even. But it is unsettling. And the… »
- Cara Ellison
13 items from 2014
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