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Howlin' Wolf Records Presents: Kore Kosmou [2015] - American Deluxe Edition

Kore Kosmou was founded in 2012 by Holeg Spies (music producer and half the composer duo Savage & Spies known for scores including The Human Centipede and The Outsider), Ariel Electron (X-Dream, Prime Suspect) and Thierry Gotti (Bad Losers, Spectral Moog) with the vision of merging their sound worlds. The trio quickly has galvanized a collective force of various collaborative partners: Jon Klein (Specimen, Siouxsie & The Banshees), East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys), Patrick Savage (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) among others. Coming from opposite ends of the music spectrum, all collaborators are established visionary musicians imbuing their unique experience, sensibilities and charisma to distil a world meeting electronica, rock and cinematic music. Geographical estrangement poses no limits upon their innovative creative flow.
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Howlin' Wolf Records Releases: AVAILABLE NOW!

Shock Waves [1977]: proved to be a film of several firsts. It was the first of the "Nazi zombie" films which has entered and stayed in the pop-culture mainstream, firmly establishing itself as a fan favorite since its premiere. It opened up the territory for other Nazi zombie pictures , including Zombie Lake (1981), The Treasure of the Living Dead (1982, also known as Oasis of the Zombies), Hard Rock Zombies (1985), Horrors of War (2006, aka Zombies of War), Outpost (2008) and Dead Snow (2009), not to forget the highly-popular manga and its spin-off anime, Hellsing (1997-2009).

First feature for director Ken Wiederhorn, as well as composer Richard Einhorn. Wiederhorn's thesis film at Columbia University, Manhattan Melody (1973), had previously won the Student Academy Award for Best Dramatic Film in its inaugural year. Shot on a shoestring budget, with the gracious participation of two film heavyweights in Peter Cushing and John Carradine, It proved that one didn't over-the-top effects or technical perfection to create a movie of chilling psychological horror.  
The Toy Soldiers [2014]: Written/Directed by Erik Peter Carlson   Starring Constance Brenneman, Chandler Rylko, Najarra Townsend, Jeanette May, Nick Frangione, Samuel Nolan, Thatcher Robinson, Megan Hensley, Andre Myers, Izzy Pollak, Kevin Pinassi and Amelia Haberman.

On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds tranquility with the bottle. The abuse of her ex-husband still haunts the children; a nineteen year old drug addict, and his younger brother, a bullied closet homosexual.There's the story of the dog; a teen who offers sexual favors to gain acceptance, the challenged classmate who would do anything for her love, and the redhead beauty, haunted by a secret, tragic past. These lives and others will change forever on this final evening before their hangout, The Toy Soldiers Roller Rink, closes its doors for the final time.

Just Announced! For more information on these two releases, please visit "HOWLIN' WOLF RECORDS".  One is a classic horror film "SHOCK WAVES" released in 1977 and the other is "THE TOY SOLDIERS" a current film.
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Interview with Composer... Ilan Eshkeri

Jeremy [The Wolf]: How does it feel to be part of "Shaun the Sheep", knowing that is part of such a popular franchise that is Aardman Animation’s?

Ilan Eshkeri: In Shaun the Sheep's TV theme song by Mark Thomas there's a lyric at the end that goes "Perhaps One day you'll find a way to come and bleat with Shaun The Sheep." When I got the job, all I could think was, " Yes! I've found a way to bleat with Shaun." I was ecstatic!  I've always been a huge fan of Aardman, from their first show called Morph, which I watched as a child, so before I got the job, they showed me around all the sets. When I left I thought, even if I don't do this, that was enough, it was a brilliant day that I will always remember it.
Jeremy [The Wolf]: How do you think you have grown as a composer working from your first project, to a film that was an Oscar contender and now with "Shaun the Sheep"?

Ilan Eshkeri: I think I've grown as a storyteller. I've learnt so much about how to tell stories through the medium of film and specifically through film music. I love narrative music work, I find the challenge of supporting and shaping scenes or performances challenging and satisfying. Film scoring has also given me the chance to grow musically, different films need different genres of music, and I've studied all kinds of music because of film and discovered all kinds of instruments that I'm sure I would have never found without the challenge of being a film composer.

Jeremy [The Wolf]: What are some of your influences in music from; inspirations, favorite composers or even a piece of score music you connect with?

Ilan Eshkeri: I'm fascinated by harmony, how the notes form chords and how they push/pull towards the next note or chord. Bach was the grand master and I never get bored of learning from his music. As a teenager, I was into grunge and played guitar, I loved Nirvana and Blind Melon. That was very formative for me. In film music I think Max Steiner created a lot of the tools we use today, I love his score to the 1933 King Kong and the way he uses the music for story telling in it. Of course, Bernard Herman and I grew up listening to the scores from Indiana Jones, Back To The Future, Aliens and many more. Working today I admire Elliot Goldenthall, I can't wait to hear another score from him.

Jeremy [The Wolf]: Which is the better feedback, being live on stage with an audience or being stopped on the street from someone who recognizes you for your works?

Ilan Eshkeri: Being live on stage. No competition, that wins hands down. Even though before I go on stage I'm always terrified, but once I'm up there I love it!

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Composer Ilan Eshkeri has been writing for film for over 15 years and his CV features stand-out scores for many hit films including Layer Cake, Kick-Ass, Still Alice and Black Sea. Recent TV work includes The Snowman And The Snowdog and David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive.


From the acclaimed team that created the multiple Primetime Emmy® Award-winning and ratings-record-breaking “Hatfields & McCoys” comes HISTORY®’s explosive miniseries Texas Rising, charging onto Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 1st. HISTORY®’s number one scripted telecast in over two years, the eight-hour epic miniseries premiered to 4.1 million viewers. Texas Rising tells the story of legendary hero Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas’s intense struggle for independence against the forces of fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. 

Spectacularly portraying the story of the most important moment in Texas history, Texas Rising is directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated director Roland Joffé (Best Director, The Mission, 1986; Best Director, The Killing Fields, 1985). The action-packed Western features an all-star cast, including Golden Globe® nominee Bill Paxton (Best Actor in a TV Series, “Big Love,” 2010), who himself is a direct descendant of the character he plays, Sam Houston; Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas); Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”); Thomas Jane (HBO’s “Hung”); Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful); Cynthia Addai-Robinson (TV’s “Arrow”); Chad Michael Murray (TV’s “One Tree Hill”) and Max Thieirot (TV’s “Bates Motel”).

HISTORY® brings to life the thrilling, gut-wrenching and inspiring true story of how the state of Texas fought for their independence from the commanding rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna (Martinez), ultimately forming one of America's oldest and most legendary law enforcement agencies — The Texas Rangers. From rough-hewn Rangers with guns on their hips to the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas” (Addai-Robinson), whose brains were matched only by her beauty, this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for themselves. 

The Texas Rising Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with over 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus material, including the “Capturing the Revolution: Filming Texas Rising” all-access featurette and two additional featurettes that look at the real lives of Sam Houston and Antonio López de Santa Anna, allowing viewers to go deep inside the thrilling historic events and behind-the-scenes of the creation of the epic mini-series. The Texas Rising Blu-ray and DVD.
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Arrow Video: Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk's first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest. It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers. Capitalising on the relaxation of censorship laws, Immoral Tales would transform Borowczyk's image from brilliant but obscure avant-garde artist to one of Europe's most confrontational filmmakers when it came to trampling on sexual taboos.

Special Features: 
-New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The Beast of Gévaudan (which later became the feature The Beast)
-Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
-Love Reveals Itself, a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
-Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
-Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk's works on paper
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
-Illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick

Yes, I know... the first paragraph says it all, but... but... but... okay I will go sit in the corner and think about what I have done!
Jeremy [The Wolf]

MovieScore Media: A REASON [2015] - Kim Planert w/ the voice of Lisbeth Scott

MovieScore Media releases the music for the family drama A Reason - Kim Planert’s score won the  Global Music Media Award in 2014 for Best Original Score. Written and directed by Dominique Schilling, A Reason takes place at a family gathering of the Hilgrim family who have a hard time getting along. Serena (Magda Apanowicz) is a young, gay introvert who is forced to endure the dreaded family visit with her controlling older brother Nathan (Nick Eversman). The uneventful trip turns more intense when the house of their elegant Aunt Irene (Marion Ross) will witness not only the reading of the elderly relative’s will - but also the unexpected course of events that ultimately forces the clan to reevaluate their views on love, forgiveness, and family. The soundtrack release coincides with the movie’s limited theatrical release in the US on August 28.

German-born composer Kim Planert started his musical career in the UK as a sound engineer and producer where he worked on films like American Cousins, The Bone Collector, and the TV show Crowdie+Cream, which won a BAFTA award for Best Soundtrack and Best Theme. After moving to Los Angeles, Kim continued his extensive work in the field of film and TV scoring. His best-known work is ABC’s Missing starring Ashley Judd and Sean Bean His best-known work is ABC’s Missing starring Ashley Judd and Sean Bean, for which he won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best TV score together with co-composer Robert Duncan. He has also written music for several other productions including Castle, The Unit, Lie to Me,  Steven Spielberg’s The Whispers and Into the Blue 2. His score Nest of Spiders won the award for Best Music in a Short Film at the Park City Film Music Festival.

“A Reason reminds us of what really matters in life and to not waste the little time we have” explains the composer about his approach. “I experimented with time manipulation techniques such as stretched audio textures and pulses that represent the passing of time. I had a great collaboration with German director Dominique Schilling who comes from a music family. Her father Dieter Dierks has produced several albums for the band The Scorpions.” The score features some of LA’s finest string players and the voice of Lisbeth Scott (Avatar, Narnia).

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NO ESCAPE [2015] - Marco Beltrami/Buck Sanders

Lakeshore Records will release the NO ESCAPE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 21, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by Marco Beltrami (3:10 TO YUMA, FANTASTIC FOUR) and Buck Sanders (THE HURT LOCKER, WARM BODIES).  A deluxe version of the soundtrack will be released digitally on September 25th and on CD later this year, and features the new track “Take Care of You” by Jim James from the Grammy® nominated band My Morning Jacket.

“Director/writer John Dowdle and co-writer/producer Drew Dowdle brought the film to us in a form very close to what you’ll see in the theater,” said Beltrami. “We’d talked with them a few years ago about how The Hurt Locker was edited without a temp, and was originally conceived not to have a score. They were influenced by that idea with No Escape, and I think it really helped the film to edit it like that.”

Award-winning composer Marco Beltrami established an early reputation as a genre innovator with non-traditional horror scores for the SCREAM franchise and DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. Beltrami’s musical palette has since expanded to virtually all film genres. Beltrami has received two Academy Award nominations for Best Score. First, for 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and shortly after for his score to the Academy Award winning film for Best Picture, THE HURT LOCKER. Beltrami received a Golden Satellite Award in 2011 for Best Film Score of The Year for SOUL SURFER.

His recent projects include FANTASTIC FOUR, THE HOMESMAN, SNOWPIERCER, THE NOVEMBER MAN, THE GIVER, THE WOLVERINE, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, THE SESSIONS, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, and WARM BODIES. Beltrami has lent his musical voice to such unique hit films as LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, and I, ROBOT. Other scoring credits include THE WOMAN IN BLACK, THE THING, and DEADFALL. Most recently, Beltrami created the nail-biting score to WORLD WAR Z and the AMC spy thriller TURN. 

Oscar-nominated composer Buck Sanders has carved out a niche as one of Hollywood’s top musical experimenters, and as Marco Beltrami’s right-hand man on nearly twenty years’ worth of prestige films and genre classics. From horror standouts (RESIDENT EVIL, THE WOMAN IN BLACK) to modern westerns (3:10 TO YUMA, THE HOMESMAN), from sci-fi (I, ROBOT) to mysteries (KNOWING), zombies (WARM BODIES, WORLD WAR Z) and family dramas (SOUL SURFER) to heart-clenching war films (THE HURT LOCKER), he and Beltrami have forged a musical partnership that has won accolades and the loyalty of such filmmakers as Tommy Lee Jones, Kathryn Bigelow, Wes Craven, James Mangold, Joon-ho Bong, and Roland Joffé. In 2010, Sanders and Beltrami received an Oscar nomination for their spare, searing music for THE HURT LOCKER, which took their integration of sound effects and narrative atmosphere to a new level.

An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Owen Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written together with his brother Drew (who also produced), NO ESCAPE stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.

“The palette of the score is mainly manipulated Asian percussion and modular Eurorack synths, with some string orchestra,” Sanders described. “We played with the percussion sounds to really accent the ‘stranger in a strange land’ feeling in the film. We also used production recordings of some street musicians that were recorded on set. And I even recorded my daughter Roux doing a horrible, high-pitched scream and then slowed it down to help create a long, sustained ‘pad’ of wailing that channels the young girls’ screams in the film.”

The Weinstein Company presents NO ESCAPE in theaters August 26, 2015. Lakeshore Records will release the NO ESCAPE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 21, and the deluxe version digitally on September 25th and on CD later this year.

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Intrada's latest release from the Mainstream catalog features two entire albums that were originally released on vinyl in the mid-60s. Stagecoach makes its first appearance on CD from the first-generation multi-channel album masters and The Heroes of Telemark makes its world premiere release on CD.

Arnold’s main theme for The Heroes of Telemark is characteristically broad and exuberant. Part fanfare and part processional, the theme presses forward with a majestic sweep.  It is the score’s keystone, appearing in settings both grandiose and subdued, shifting from major to minor when appropriate, and surfacing in various guises within the pulse-pounding action and suspense sequences.  The score was recorded at Cine-Tele Sound Studios in London under Malcolm Arnold’s baton and featured a pinched audio quality.  The stereo imaging is minimal and the recording was originally locked down with an abundance of reverb, giving the overall album a very “wet” sound with limited clarity.  Intrada located both the original stereo and mono album masters and determined the same audio limitations existed on the mono masters, though without the benefit of any stereo separation at all, so  Intrada elected to use the stereo master.

The Heroes are nine Norwegian saboteurs -- Resistance Fighters who stopped the Nazis from gaining a vital ingredient for making the atomic bomb. Their lonely acts of courage succeeded where gliders full of crack British Commandos failed and a massive bombing raid by more than a hundred American Flying Fortresses could not knock out a fortress-like factory hidden ina distant Norwegian valley.

Moving from WW II Europe to the old west, Stagecoach was a remake of the famous John Wayne western and also featured an  all-star cast, : Ann-Margret, Red Buttons, Michael Connors, Alex Cord, Bing Crosby, Bob Cummings, Van Heflin, Slim Pickens, Stefanie Powers  and Keenan Wynn.  Jerry Goldsmith was along for the ride as well, providing a score with more subtlety and depth than the usual genre fare. Goldsmith avoids spending much time on action scenes, which are largely unscored and does not squander his time on a plethora of themes or motifs for the overflowing cast. Instead he delivers a spare and spirited score of unexpected beauty. The featured musical colors are harmonica, mouth harp, guitar and accordion, evoking the intimacy of a lonely campfire while pulling against the scale of the screen and the bumpy ride in store for its occupants.

For the album re-recording session, Jerry Goldsmith newly recorded virtually every sequence from his brief film score save the closing bars of the final song, “Stagecoach To Cheyenne” by Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance, sung in the picture by Wayne Newton but on the album by The Bill Brown Singers.  All previous CD releases were drawn either from vinyl or from 2-track mixes that omitted much of the orchestral detail in the score.  Even the original LP was prepared from watered-down mixes.  With this CD release of the score, every orchestral detail is at last available, newly mixed from the 1˝ masters made at the recording sessions in January 1966.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 333
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Lakeshore Records: PAWN SACRIFICE [2015] - James Newton Howard

Lakeshore Records will release the PAWN SACRIFICE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 11, 2015. The album features original music by James Newton Howard (NIGHTCRAWLER, MALEFICENT).

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

James Newton Howard is one of the most versatile and respected composers currently working in films. To date, Howard has received eight Oscar® nominations, including six for Best Original Score for his work on DEFIANCE, MICHAEL CLAYTON, THE VILLAGE, THE FUGITIVE, THE PRINCE OF TIDES, and MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING. He was also nominated for Best Original Song for the films JUNIOR and ONE FINE DAY.

Howard, along with Hans Zimmer, won the 2009 Grammy® Award for the score for THE DARK KNIGHT. He has also received Grammy Award nominations for music from BLOOD DIAMOND, DINOSAUR, SIGNS, and the song from ONE FINE DAY. In addition, he won an Emmy® Award for the theme to the Andre Braugher series GIDEON’S CROSSING, and received two additional Emmy nominations for the themes to the long-running Warner Bros. series ER and the Ving Rhames series MEN.  Howard has also been nominated four times for Golden Globe Awards for his massive orchestral score for Peter Jackson’s blockbuster remake of KING KONG; for the songs from JUNIOR and ONE FINE DAY; and for his provocative symphonic score for DEFIANCE.

Howard, who has been honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, now has more than 120 films to his credit. Among them MALEFICENT, THE HUNGER GAMES, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY PART 1, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, THE BOURNE LEGACY, SALT, GNOMEO & JULIET, THE GREEN HORNET, and HILDAGO, among others.

Howard’s upcoming projects include THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 and CONCUSSION.

Bleecker Street presents PAWN SACRIFICE in select theaters September 16, 2015.  The PAWN SACRIFICE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally September 11, 2015.

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Varèse: HOUSE OF CARDS: SEASON 3 [2Cd] - Jeff Beal

Varèse Sarabande Records will release a two-CD HOUSE OF CARDS: SEASON 3 – Original Netflix Series Soundtrack digitally on September 11 and on disc October 2, 2015.  The soundtrack features original score composed by Jeff Beal (MONK, THE DOVEKEEPERS).  The HOUSE OF CARDS season 1 and season 2 soundtracks are also available from Varèse Sarabande.

Award-winning composer Jeff Beal scores HOUSE OF CARDS, the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning original series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The show debuted in February of 2013 as Netflix’s first original series, unprecedentedly releasing all 13 episodes of Season One at the same time, generating worldwide attention for the bold new approach to the television model.

“Beau Willimon felt season three was all about President Underwood needing to govern,” said Beal. “The energy of those storylines, such as America Works, and the Middle East negotiations with the Russian President Petrovhad their own sound.”

In Season 3 President Underwood fights to secure his legacy. Claire wants more than being the first lady. The biggest threat they face is contending with each other. This Emmy®-winning original thriller series stars Golden Globe® winner Kevin Spacey as ruthless and cunning Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious and equally conniving wife Claire (Golden Globe® winner Robin Wright).

Playing both the trumpet and the piano on the show’s main title theme, Beal sets the tone for the central themes of power, greed and manipulation on HOUSE OF CARDS.  A lauded EMMY award-winning composer, Jeff Beal is a member of a new generation of passionate and talented composers. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Beal received his first national attention while in college as the recipient of an unprecedented 11 "db" awards from Downbeat Magazine for his recordings as a jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger.  Beal has been conducting film music concerts of his works both nationally and internationally including a suite from HOUSE OF CARDS at the Krakow Film Music Festival in front of 15,000 people earlier this year.

As a film composer, Beal has collaborated with Ed Harris’ on his critically acclaimed directorial debut, Pollock, as well as Appaloosa. Other TV and film scores include director Bob Rafelson’s No Good Deed, William H. Macy’s acclaimed Door to Door, The Passion of Ayn Rand, From the Earth to the Moon (episode 9), the theme and underscore for USA’s hit series, Monk, and ABC’s Ugly Betty. Beal’s documentary scoring credits include the critically acclaimed films Blackfish and Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion, which chronicles the history and religious life of Tibet. He has collaborated on several projects with Academy® Award winning director Jessica Yu including her feature length documentary, In the Realms of the Unreal, as well as Last Call at the Oasis and The Guide. Other documentary films Beal has scored include The Queen of Versailles, The Battle of AmfAR, and When I Walk. Beal has received several Emmy Awards for music including NBC Sports division's documentary, Peggy and Dorothy, as well as Monk. Beal scored the third and final season of HBO’s Emmy winning series The Newsroom.  He is currently EMMY nominated for his work on both HOUSE OF CARDS and the mini-series THE DOVEKEEPERS.

“Season three was a crucial season for the relationship of Frank and Claire,” Beal explained. “The dramatic arc and disintegration of trust and respect between the Underwoods needed its own voice in the music."

Beal continued, “I extended the use of the operatic soprano in season three. It's a sound never really heard in modern scoring, and somehow seemed to be a great sound for Clair Underwood's burgeoning power and strength. I used is especially in the season three finale."

Netflix presents HOUSE OF CARDS, Seasons 1-3, currently available for viewing to their subscribers.  THE HOUSE OF CARDS: SEASON 3 - Original Netflix Series Soundtrack 2-CD set from Varèse Sarabande Records, will be available digitally on September 11 and on CD October 2, 2015.

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MovieScore Media: OUTCAST [2015] - Guillaume Roussel

Following the release of Last Knights earlier this year, MovieScore Media presents another Medieval action/adventure score, courtesy of French composer Guillaume Roussel. Directed by Nick Powell, Outcast tells the story of the heir to the Imperial throne who becomes the target of an assassination by his despised older brother. The young prince finds protection with war-weary crusader named Jacob (Hayden Christensen),and the mythical outlaw known only as The White Ghost (Nicholas Cage). The unlikely trio must fight together in an epic battle to return the prince to his rightful place on the throne.
French composer Guillaume Roussel is becoming one of the most promising composers in France. He wrote music for his first French feature film in 2012 with Les seigneurs for director Olivier Dahan (after a previous collaboration on La vie en rose as an orchestrator); they collaborated two years later on Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Gidman and Tim Roth. His other important credits include McG’s Three Days to Kill and Cedric Jimenez’s La French starring Jean Dujardin. Working as a composer in Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions team, Guillaume‘s contributions can be heard in the scores for James L. Brooks’ How Do You Know?, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides and the 2012 Academy Award Ceremony. 

Fans of of Hans Zimmer early epic scores will have a smile on their faces listening to Roussel’s score for Outcast, which has thematic similarities to popular Zimmer scores such as The Last Samurai and King Arthur. "The challenge was to find a strong theme that would lead the journey of the characters: the kid, the young warrior and the white ghost an allegory of a men's life path and the intent of the music is to bound all three together. Some of the main inspirations are Medieval music through the use of viola da gamba and that contralto singing in Latin, but there is also Chinese music with the use of Guzheng for the romantic theme. I'm hoping that the music on the album will be able to showcase the whole journey through this very eclectic world: Crusaders fighting Moors, an Indian salt caravan cruising in the Chinese desert, a little kid becoming an Emperor and finally a man finding redemption." The music also features countertenor solos by MovieScore Media’s very own producer Mikael Carlsson ("Crusades"), who recorded his voice especially for this album release. 

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Just Announced! I have been listening to this score a few times... really been enjoying it!! Bravo, Guillaume Roussel!
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Lakeshore Records: PAY THE GHOST [2015] - Joseph LoDuca

Lakeshore Records will release the PAY THE GHOST – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 18th and on later this year. The album features the film’s original score by Joseph LoDuca (SPARTACUS, ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD).

“There are three aspects to my music for PAY THE GHOST that made the experience memorable,” said LoDuca. “I am pleased with the result of my close collaboration with Uli Edel (director) on a horror/thriller score that relied primarily on electronic sound. Over several sessions together, creating dark atmospheres with a gnawing sense of tension was our primary objective.”

A supernatural thriller based on a short story by Tim Lebbon. PAY THE GHOST kicks off on Halloween night, when a couple's young son is mysteriously abducted. A year later, they begin to sense his presence in frightening ways. A string of terrifying clues draws them to search for the boy throughout New York, where they uncover ancient secrets and discover a vicious, vengeful spirit.

“The first piece I wrote was ‘The Portal Song’, which is sung in Gaelic by a children’s chorus,” described LoDuca. “Their chant sets the third act in motion. The film needed a song that felt pagan, yet plausible for the setting of a neighborhood park in New York City on Halloween. We also recorded wild screams from the children, which Uli brilliantly juxtaposed to score the rescue of Nicholas Cage’s character, Michael Cole, from the Crone.”

Joseph LoDuca’s life-long love affair with music began with deep rock and jazz roots coming up through the rich music scene in the Motor City; to university studies of composition and guitar in New York; expanding further to absorb the musical languages of the Middle East, India, and Asia, finding fresh contexts for ancient sounds. “I understand the language of music and how to apply it to storytelling. What excites me is being able to inject who I am and what I discover every time I work closely with a filmmaker.”

He began his film career scoring director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy, and has continued that relationship through the top-rated television series Spartacus, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Emmy winners The Legend of the Seeker and Xena: Warrior Princess.

A Two-time EMMY® Award winner and eleven-time nominee, composer Joseph LoDuca is no stranger to large orchestra action/adventure, fantasy, and thriller music. His latest projects are the Horror/Comedy BURYING THE EX and the highly anticipated television series Ash vs Evil Dead.

“The third element was the street band source music for the Halloween fair that occurs at two points in the film,” said LoDuca. “Craig Flores, our producer, came up with the idea of an additional ‘creepy fun house’ piece. That immediately triggered in me images of Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, and added a surreal edge to those scenes. A word of caution: Don’t expect to be soothed here. But if you were thrilled and terrified by the emotional ride of PAY THE GHOST, you’ll relive it now in sound.”

Voltage Pictures and RLJ Entertainment present PAY THE GHOST in theaters and VOD on September 23, 2015. Lakeshore Records will release the PAY THE GHOST – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 18th, and on CD later this year.

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LORDS OF LONDON: Family ties and loyalties are tested in Lords Of London, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) September 1st from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This London based thriller stars Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman), Glen Murphy (TV’s “London’s Burning”), Giovanni Capalbo (The Passion of The Christ) and introducing Cassius Terence Murphy. Winner of Best Film at Italy’s Abruzzo Film Festival and New York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival World Cinema, Lords Of London will be available on DVD.

London gangster, Tony Lord (Murphy), is the son of the notoriously ruthless Terry Lord (Winstone). After a standard shakedown goes awry, Tony must confront his father’s past in order to alter the gritty, abusive path that his life is spiraling down.
LAWLESS KINGDOM: The word “hero” takes on whole new meaning when Lawless Kingdom arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand September 1st from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. TV’s “Criminal Minds” meets The Fantastic Four in this high-stakes action thrill ride following four crime fighters with unique supernatural powers. Written and directed by Gordon Chan (Fists Of Legends, The Medallion), this action-packed adventure stars Deng Chao (Assembly), Liu Yi Fei (The Four) and Anthony Wong (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor). The Lawless Kingdom DVD.
Four superhumans – Coldblood, Emotionless, Iron Hands and Life Snatcher – all with supernatural powers, dedicate their unique and special skills to solving crimes and apprehending powerful criminals.
Jeremy [The Wolf]

The Age of Adaline [2015] (BLU-RAY/DVD)

Blake Lively (TV’s “Gossip Girl”), Michiel Huisman (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands) along with Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford (Best Actor, Witness, 1985) and Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn (Best Actress, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974) star in the unforgettable tale, The Age of Adaline, arriving on Digital HD August 25, On Demand September 4 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) September 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Set in stunning San Francisco, the film follows a woman through the years as the world around her changes, yet she remains the same.

Blake Lively is captivating as Adaline, a 29-year-old who survives a near-death experience and from that day on, never grows older. Adaline guards her secret and her heart for eight decades until a charming philanthropist (Michiel Huisman) and his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) force Adaline to confront her destiny in this unforgettable tale about the timeless power of love.

The “sweeping romance” (Los Angeles Times), comes with enchanting bonus materials including deleted scenes, “A Love Story for the Ages” and “Style Throughout the Ages” featurettes, audio commentary with the director and a look at how filmmakers found their young Harrison Ford with online sensation Anthony Ingruber. The Blu-ray is encoded in Dolby TrueHD and features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack, which delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience. The Age of Adaline will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD.

We liked this film, the soundtrack and the score... it was what you might think it would be. It's a found love, then gets lost and then found again.
Jeremy [The Wolf]

Midnight Releasing: BLOOD PUNCH [DVD]

Los Angeles, CA - Bluff Road Productions and Midnight Releasing are excited to announce the DVD and VOD release of Blood Punch.  Directed by Madellaine Paxson, the film reunites "Power Rangers RPM" stars Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet and Ari Boyland in a bloody thriller, centered on a murderous love triangle that takes a shocking and grisly supernatural turn.  Blood Punch pulls you into its vicious cycle on DVD, Digital HD and cable VOD starting September 1.

Blood Punch has been an audience and critical favorite since its premiere at the Austin Film Festival, where it won the Dark Matters Audience Award.  Paxson was honored with Best Director and Best Feature at the Hoboken Film Festival, while the film has taken home seven additional Audience and Best Feature awards.  

Milton (Cawthorne, Deathgasm), a brilliant chemistry student breaks out of court-mandated drug rehab with a mysterious bad girl, Skyler (Tennet, "When We Go to War"). Looking to recruit a cook for a one-day drug score, she lures him to an isolated cabin with her psychotic and trigger-happy boyfriend Russell (Boyland, "Shortland Street").

Russell reveals that he plans to murder Milton as soon as he is finished cooking the drugs, and their simple love triangle quickly descends into a mind-blowing supernatural cycle of carnage and mayhem with no end...and no escape.

I have to say, I didn't see that coming... I mean keeps coming. It was an intriguing film where you have to put love aside and hope for the sunrise in the morning.
Jeremy [The Wolf]

Milan Records: MISTRESS AMERICA [2015] - Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips

In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. 

The score to the film was composed by the duo of Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (The Squid and the Whale, Tenure), former members of the dream pop band Luna and longtime collaborators of Noah Baumbach.

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WEDNESDAY Soundtrack and Score for Upcoming COMIC BOOK!

Lakeshore Records will release the WEDNESDAY companion soundtrack and score albums digitally on September 18, 2015.  Both albums feature contributions from various bands and guest performers. The soundtrack album contains original music from Daniel Davies (Year Long Disaster) and Geno Lenardo (Filter, Device), including the lead single ‘K So by Daniel Davies released earlier this year.  WEDNESDAY is written and illustrated by John Bergin (FROM INSIDE).

“I love the concept of comic book soundtracks. Every comic book I’ve written or illustrated also included a suggested soundtrack in the index,” said Bergin.  “I can even say I may be the first person to score a comic! In the early 1990’s I wrote and recorded a score for The Crow graphic novel.”

John Bergin’s life has been spent creating art as both a writer/illustrator of comics and a musician, most notably in the band Trust Obey. After writing/illustrating the comic ASHES, Bergin went to Tundra (the publishing company founded by Kevin Eastman, creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) who published Bergin’s graphic novel FROM INSIDE in 1994.  At the same time, Trust Obey was signed to Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records. Towing both artistic lines, Bergin created numerous graphic novels, while simultaneously working on musical projects including a WARHAMMER 40K score, Tertium Non Data (featuring Pam Bricker of Thievery Corp), Lolo, and Blackmouth (with Jarboe of Swans).

In 2008 Bergin adapted FROM INSIDE to screen.  The animated feature played the festival circuit from 2008-2010 – earning numerous awards including Best Animated Film at SITGES. In 2014 From Inside was released with an original score by legendary electronic music pioneer, Gary Numan.

WEDNESDAY marks a stylistic change for Bergin, who is usually associated with dark and gloomy work. The story is told from the perspective of a sixteen-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic world. The book features larger-than-life characters, vibrant colors, pulse-pounding action, and humor. Bergin has coined the phrase “Pop-apocalypse” to describe the comic.

Bergin turned to Daniel Davies and Geno Lenardo to compose the soundtrack for Wednesday.  “Daniel and Geno are incredibly versatile musicians,” said Bergin. “Their work that you may be familiar with sounds heavy and dark. The I, Frankenstein soundtrack, John Carpenter’s new album, Filter, and Device for example… but I heard a playfulness and sensitivity in their music that I thought would be a great fit for Wednesday.”  A musician himself, Bergin also contributed to the WEDNESDAY score album.

WEDNESDAY Original Comic Book Soundtrack

01 ‘K So - Daniel Davies
02 Feels So Good - Geno Lenardo feat. Aly Jados
03 Lost In A Love - Daniel Davies
04 Desert Ride - KYBD
05 Somewhere Better Than Here - Geno Lenardo feat. Nina Bergman
06 Barracuda - Geno Lenardo feat. Mlny
07 Endless World - Daniel Davies

08 One Day - Geno Lenardo feat. Aly Jados
09 Teenage Mechanics - John Bergin feat. KYBD
10 That’s The Kick - Daniel Davies feat. Tessa De Nicola
11 Hunt You Down - Geno Lenardo feat. Nina Bergman
12 Killer Sock Monkeys - John Bergin feat. Dustin Blegstad
13 Tricky Driver - Daniel Davies
Wednesday (Original Comic Book Score):

01 The True Story Of Wednesday - Daniel Davies
02 Wasteland - John Bergin
03 Here They Come - John Bergin feat. Defrag Taiko
04 Satellite - Daniel Davies
05 Rat Attack/Blixa Rises - Daniel Davies & Geno Lenardo
06 Never Let Her Go - Daniel Davies & Geno Lenardo
07 The Birth Of Tiny Deadly Machines - John Bergin
08 The Swarm - Geno Lenardo
09 Wednesday’s Alcove - Daniel Davies
10 Downshift - Haauk feat. John Bergin
11 Sock Monkeys - Corridor feat. John Bergin
12 Escape From Escape - John Bergin feat. Crime Lords of 1982
13 Wednesday Captured - Daniel Davies
14 The Scrapyard Burns - Daniel Davies
15 Sledgehammer Battle - Geno Lenardo
16 Makita - Geno Lenardo
17 Sock Monkeys Save Wednesday - Geno Lenardo

Stompbox13 presents WEDNESDAY Book 1, currently available wherever comics are sold. WEDNESDAY (Original Comic Book Soundtrack) and the WEDNESDAY (Original Comic Book Score) from Lakeshore Records will be available digitally on September 18, 2015.
Jeremy [The Wolf]

MovieScore Media: Je te survivrai - Stephen Warbeck

The latest release of MovieScore Media arrives from France and is provided by Academy Award winning composer Stephen Warbeck. Co-written and directed by Sylvestre Sbille, Je te survivrai (I’ll Bury You) is about forty-something property broker Joe (Jonathan Zaccaï) who is at the top of his game when it comes to his job, but is a failure in all other aspects of life. Still, the most despicable thing he does is his plan to expropriate and old lady, an idea which leads him down a pit where he could stop his victim’s water supply - the only problem is he can’t get back on the surface. What follows is a time of introspection dashed with dark humor as Joe finds himself at the low point of his life - quite literally.

Stephen Warbeck’s score for Je te survivrai is an eclectic mixture of Western-flavored twang, laid back jazz and contemporary Euro-thriller scoring for moments of great suspense. One of the strongest characters of the score is the desolate landscape represented by the guitar-based themes introduced in "The Angry Neighbour" and further shown in "In the Well", showing us Joe’s hopeless situation of finding any help. "Water" presents the most extended version of the action-thriller music as Joe’s life is jeopardized by the elements; finally Bicycle Ride” and ”The Farm” highlight the jazzier aspect’s of the composer’s colorful contributions to this most unexpected thrill-ride.

Born in 1953 in Southampton, British composer Stephen Warbeck has worked on over 100 different feature films and television projects. His best-known score was arguably written for John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love (1998) for which he won one of the film’s seven Academy Awards in the category of Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score. Some of his other credits include the underscore for the musical hit Billy Elliot (2000), the De Sade biopic Quills (2000) and the math mystery drama Proof (2005). The composer’s previous release with MovieScore Media was Princess Ka’iulani (2009), a historical drama about a Hawaiian princess' attempt to maintain the independence of the islands against colonization.

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Milan Records: LEARNING TO DRIVE [2015] - Dhani Harrison / Paul Hicks

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Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks.

Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.?

Music to the film was written by Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, and Paul Hicks. The soundtrack album also features original pieces of Indian music.
Jeremy [The Wolf]

Lakeshore Records: ZIPPER [2015] - H. Scott Salinas

Lakeshore Records will release ZIPPER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 28, 2015.  The film features original score by H. Scott Salinas (THE SQUARE, CARTEL LAND).

“Scott and I have been long time collaborators – he composed the score for my first feature Conventioneers – and I started talking to him about Zipper when it was still a script,” said director Mora Stephens. “He got sucked into the obsession early on (bless him!) and was watching dailies, and experimenting with music while we were early in the cut. I wanted the music to be dark, brooding, emotional, sexy, intense, psychological, visceral, bold – to heighten the thriller elements of the story, but most importantly, pull us further into our hero’s emotional subjective experience.”

“I was involved in the project very early at the script stage, and was following production closely even watching dailies. So we had a great creative dialogue established very early,” described Salinas. “We sort of stumbled on the idea together of making the soul of Sam (our protagonist) be a cello.  And then we pushed further and asked, what if we used a cello choir? So we wound up recording eight celli arranged in a semi-circle as a choir. So we constantly shift from the choir to solo cello processed electronically in ways to disguise its nature.”

Zipper is about Sam, a federal prosecutor on the fast track to political success who risks his promising career and family life to indulge the ever-obsessive impulses of his secret addiction to escorts.

“The cello concept got us very far into the film then we realized we needed to balance the dark romantic quality of the cello with something more noble, Sam's noble side that he ultimately abandons,” described Salinas. “For that we choose a very small violin ensemble playing very delicately and that was just the contrast we needed to represent Sam’s honorable side. Also, there is a reoccurring theme played in distant electronic bells. This theme represents the subconscious tingling of addiction.  It seems harmless enough but its subtle persistence mirrors the desire bubbling up inside of Sam, a sirens call from inside that void that can't be filled.”

Award-winning composer, H. Scott Salinas has contributed towards an impressive variety of notable projects including the Academy Award nominated documentary film The Square, HBO and Aaron Sorkin’s smash hit The Newsroom, World of Coca-Cola’s 4-D ride In Search of the Secret Formula, and the wildly popular Spider-Man 3: The Video Game.

After graduating from Princeton University, where he studied classical and jazz music, Salinas continued his training at Berklee College of Music with a concentration in scoring for picture. In 2002, he became the youngest Grand Prize recipient of the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition, and has since composed songs and original scores for dozens of feature films, video games, commercials, and high-profile television shows. Along with accolades such as the prestigious Cannes Lion and Clio awards, Salinas’ accomplishments have earned him esteem and recognition as a highly versatile yet specialized talent. ?From composing the brooding hybrid orchestral score to the Darren Aronofsky-produced ZIPPER, to his original song “Jamie Smiles” written for the cult comedy classic Just Friends, to acting as the instrumental mouthpiece behind the Old Spice whistle, his ability to create a meaningful impact for a wide spectrum is showcased through his work. Salinas is currently working on TNT's hit thriller, Murder in the First, returning for a second season this summer.

“I can’t help but geek out at the unique worlds H. Scott Salinas creates with his music, each film score completely different and original,” Stephens said.  “At our premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Richard Dreyfuss repeatedly urged: ‘I recommend everyone listening to the score.’ And I second that.”

Alchemy presents ZIPPER premiering in theaters and VOD August 28, 2015.  Lakeshore Records will release ZIPPER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally in North America on August 28, 2015.

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