Days of the Dead: Michael Berryman [Interview]

Days of the Dead:
Michael Berryman [Interview]

First I wanted to point out that I had the great, great chance to talk with Michael 20 years ago around the same time at the Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors [1993]. It was another great chance to get to talk with him, he is one of the nicest people you could meet, he respect for us as fans as we respect him for giving such great rolls over the years. So I want to thank Michael, Days of the Dead and Judy for making this happen... lightening does strike twice.

Thank you!
-Jeremy [Retro]

-With such an amazing career as you have had from a familiar face to screen icon... what do you find to be your powerful, favorite and memorable roles?

Michael Berryman: I consider a powerful role to have a depth to the humanity of the character. Playing 'Ellis' in Cuckoo's Nest was my first real role of such breadth. The moments on camera were few but effective. I give thanks to Milos (Forman) for having the 'eye' for capturing an 'essence' on camera.

He directed me in a very inward manner. I mean by this, that he really made clear what the lens had to discover. The pay-off moment was when 'Ellis' smiled at the party. It was a revealing, from deep down, inside the soul of (Ellis) a once strong and expressive man, who was lobotomized to curtail his actions and what he needed to express to the group (the men on the ward).


My all-time favorite screen moment is my portrayal of 'Owen Jarvis' in the X-Files. Now that role was a full circle. At first the audience is led to believe that Owen is perhaps a creepy guy with ill-intentions toward Dennis (the young boy) whom, Owen sacrifices himself to protect. Meeting with Chris Carter and David Nutter was exciting and I felt a vibe in the room, when we met, that was relaxing and full of invitation for artistic expression. I knew that my 'looks' can get me in the door for interviews but I pride myself in fulfilling my responsibility as an actor. Working with David (Ducovany) and Gillian (Anderson) was a treat. They were super professional and I really felt supported in our scenes.

-Were you happy with the outcome of the "Days of the Dead" convention, is there anyone you were happy to see/meet of a celebrity nature?

Michael Berryman: 'Days of the Dead' was fun. The fans make a show worth it! Also, having time with my actor friends is a warm and happy time. It's like a family re-union. But I go for the fans #1.


-Working with Rob Zombie in recent years, do you find he is also very respectful to your contributions to film/television work and what was the process to getting the roles?

Michael Berryman: Rob (Zombie) is a friend and he loves to work with actors that have impressed him in films. He is gracious and tells you what he needs, but he has a certain spark in his eyes, because he knows that he can depend on you to bring something fresh and spontaneous to a scene. I love him for that. He just calls Judy (Fox) my manager and we say 'When do you need us?' That's really cool!


-Do you find yourself falling into one typecasting of the horror world, does that bother you and what are some of your upcoming rolls?

Michael Berryman: I get a wide range of roles and the arc has expanded more and more. I don't worry about type-casting. Trust me, everyone gets 'typed'.   Recently, I wrapped up 'Army of the Damned' in Rhode Island. A Chad Verdi Production, directed by Tommy Denucci. Of course, I love 'Below Zero'. The role of Gunner was a very proud role for me. Look for 'Hell's Kitty #10' on you tube...also 'Watch what you ask for' by Suze Lanier-Bramlett...a music video. Upcoming a short called 'Super Zero' by Landon Williams...it is in post but soon to be out. Check out his site.. Primitive Mind Productions.

-Final thoughts?

Michael Berryman: So, there you have it! Much more to come, thank you all for supporting my efforts in this wonderful arena of 'Storytelling'. Now go out and make the world a little better place, today. Peace.


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OLIVIER DERIVIERE SCORES "REMEMBER ME"

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Paris, France (April 22, 2013) - Classically trained multimedia composer Olivier Deriviere (Alone In The Dark, Of Orcs And Men), whose distinctive soundtracks have been recognized by Billboard and The New York Times, has crafted a unique, electronically manipulated live symphonic score for the upcoming action adventure video game Remember Me developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom. Deriviere's dynamic emotional score is intricately woven throughout Remember Me's innovative 'memory remix' game-play experience and immersive futurist story set in Neo-Paris where personal memories are digitized, bought, sold and traded. Remember Me will launch on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in North America on June 4 and across Europe on June 7, 2013. 


Remember Me is a 3rd person action adventure where players take on the role of Nilin, a former elite memory hunter with the ability to break into people's minds and steal or even alter their memories. The authorities, fearful of her knowledge and capabilities have arrested Nilin and wiped her memory clean. After her escape from prison, Nilin sets out on a mission to recover her identity, helped by her last and only friend. This search for her past leads to her being hunted by the very people that created this surveillance society. During the course of the story, Nilin will start remembering who she was and re-learning all the fighting moves that made her one of the world's leading memory hunters.
Olivier Deriviere's interactive musical score for Remember Me features live orchestra that has been digitally processed and manipulated with multiple layers and effects to create a futuristic - but entirely organic and acoustic - musical palette which reflects Nilin's memory loss and the reconstruction of her memories throughout the game.
Described by critics as "Cinematic and magnificent" (GameTrailers), "Fantastic and evocative" (IGN) and "One of the best soundtracks...this generation" (Destructoid), Deriviere's score dynamically reacts to the player's moves during gameplay and contains hidden messages about the story. Preview samples of the music are available on SoundCloud.
The score was recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Air Studios in London by GRAMMY® award-winning score engineer John Kurlander and mastered at Universal Mastering Studios in Los Angeles.


Olivier Deriviere has previously scored numerous animation, film and video game soundtracks including the critically acclaimed interactive scores for Alone In The Dark, Of Orcs and Men and the Obscure video game series. Deriviere works with renowned recording studios, world-class engineers and performers, as well as employing the latest software and custom library sounds. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (Jazz & Film Scoring) and the National Conservatory in Nice, France (Composition and Orchestration), Deriviere has recorded for games with the GRAMMY® award-winning choir The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices, The Boston Cello Quartet, The Boston String Quartet, The Children Choir of the National Opera of Paris and The Philharmonia Orchestra in London. His music has also been performed by the Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Monte Carlo String Quartet, and Utrecht Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir ("Games In Concert"). For more information on Olivier Deriviere, visit www.olivierderiviere.com.
For more information on Remember Me, visit www.facebook.com/Remembermegame.

5/5 How did I miss this, I cannot believe how cool this score is... I remember reading about it, joining the Facebook page and then... it is here. I completetly enjoy how Olivier Deriviere brings this score to the table, if you don't trust me go listen to the samples... this score is: Available on iTunes, Amazon mp3, Spotify, Xbox Music and more.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Intrada: TWO NEW RELEASES INCLUDING "FANDANGO [1985]" - Alan Silvestri

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FANDANGO
Music Composed and Conducted by ALAN SILVESTRI
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 249
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For the 1985 film Fandango, Alan Silvestri fashioned not only one of his earliest large-scale film scores, but also what remains one of his most dynamic. Like his subsequent score to Back to the Future later that year, the score for Fandango is filled with bristling, yet more serious, action music. Fandango also contains moments of gorgeous transparent tenderness and haunting beauty, making for a diverse score that remains one of Silvestri's finest efforts.  The score as heard in the film clocks in at less than 15 minutes, due to much tampering and replacement of the score with pre-existing music. But even the complete score as presented is judiciously spotted, running slightly over 30 minutes. But a powerful journey those 30 minutes are.

For this premiere release, Warner Bros. provided the 2˝ 24-track scoring session master rolls plus virtually all of the studio and engineering session paperwork, allowing for a brand new mix of the entire score in vivid stereo. Every cue Silvestri recorded is included on this CD.

The film stars Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson and Sam Robards as three of the five “Groovers,” a group of recent University of Texas grads who set off on one last bender to Mexico before being drafted to serve in Vietnam.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
DO IT FOR YOUR FRIENDS

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THEN CAME BRONSON
Music Composed and Conducted by GEORGE DUNING, STU PHILIPS and More!
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 244
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In 2010, the Film Score Monthly label released the five-CD TV Omnibus. Amongst this collection was music from the TV series pilot Then Came Bronson and two Gil Melle-scored episodes. This all new 2-CD set features more music from the series, including the remaining six episodes scored by George Duning, as well as episodes scored by John Parker, Elliot Kaplan, Stu Philips, Dean Elliot, Tom McIntosh, and Richard Shores. As producer Lukas Kendall writes in his liner notes, "the music carries a certain mood, due to the unique ambition of the series, which I can only characterize as “existential humanist Americana” (or those three words in any order). Here you had a modern-day Hollywood TV show descending on rural America, written, produced and scored within television conventions—but aspiring for something more meaningful than escapism or catching the bad guy."

For this release, Intrada had access to the original 1/2" three-track tape, providing exceptional stereo sound.

Then Came Bronson (1969–1970) was an ambitious dramatic series from M-G-M Television that aired on NBC for only one season. Michael Parks starred as Jim Bronson, a San Francisco journalist who “drops out” of mainstream society, hitting the road on a motorcycle to discover America—and himself in the process.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
ACROSS THE HIGHWAYS

Just Announced!!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Silva Screen Records: Doctor Who - The Krotons

SILVA SCREEN RECORDS PRESENTS
DOCTOR WHO - THE KROTONS


CD and Digital Album: SILCD1371
Release Date: July 16, 2013

The second archive release of a Doctor Who soundtrack since the Doctor Who 2005 British TV comeback, featuring a collection of 'special sounds' by British electronic composer Brian Hodgson.

Doctor Who - The Krotons is a 4-episode Doctor Who serial, first broadcast in weekly parts from 28 December 1968 to 18 January 1969.

Brian Hodgson was a member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and worked closely with Delia Derbyshire, the seminal figure of English electronic music. As the original sound effects creator for Doctor Who he was responsible for the chilling Dalek voices and the powerhouse sound of the Tardis lifting off. Brian created the Tardis sound in 1963, running a back door key for his mother's house along the bass string of a dismembered piano and treating it electronically. The sound of the Tardis lift-off is still in use. Brian comments: "I spent a long time in planning the Tardis sound, I wanted a sound that seemed to be traveling in two directions at once; coming and going at the same time."

BuySoundtrax Records: STAR TREK: MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAMES

BUYSOUNDTRAX RECORDS TO RELEASE
STAR TREK: MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAMES

Featuring Music by Dennis McCarthy, Rod Abernethy, Kevin Kiner, Ron Jones, Danny Pelfry, Roland Rizzo, Gregory Smith, Steve Scherer, Kevin Manthei, and Others

(June 17, 2013) – BuySoundtrax Records is proud to announce the release of Star Trek: Music from the Video Games, available digitally on Wednesday, June 19th and in stores and from www.buysoundtrax.com the week of July 1, 2013.  The recording was produced, arranged, and performed by Dominik Hauser.

The Star Trek universe extends much further than a simple 1960s TV series that lasted a mere three seasons.  It is a movement unto itself, spawning three television sequels and one prequel, an animated series and several film series.  One of the lesser-known ends of this universe are the video games which get the star treatment with this new collection from BuySoundtrax.

“Perhaps the greatest intersection between the Star Trek series and movies and the contemporary popular culture has been seen in the video games based on the Star Trek universe,” said Randall D. Larson in the liner notes for this collection.  “Games have not only borrowed the concepts and characters from Star Trek, but have extended story-lines and created wholly new adventures unique to the interactive world of gaming, in which players become actively involved in simulated story-lines, battle action, and alien environments rather than just watching the story unfold outside of oneself.”

Milan Records: Only God Forgives [2013] - Cliff Martinez


MILAN RECORDS TO RELEASE
ONLY GOD FORGIVES – SOUNDTRACK
COMPOSED BY CLIFF MARTINEZ

“Cliff Martinez again makes an indispensable contribution to Winding Refn’s defining aesthetic with a richly, textured score that combines pounding martial arts drumbeats, bursts of ecclesiastical organ music, lushly romantic orchestral riffs that recall Pino Donaggio’s work for Brian de Palma, and obsessive techno beats that a time evoke the vintage electropop of Giorgio Moroder.” – Hollywood Reporter

(June 14, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA) – Milan Records will release Only God Forgives – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally, on CD, and on 180 gram double vinyl on July 16, 2013.  The album features original music by 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, composer Cliff Martinez (Spring Breakers, The Company You Keep) for Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to the 2011 hit Drive.

Just Announced!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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Monstrous Movie Music: The Tall Texan - Bert Shefter

The Tall Texan [1953]
Music by: Bert Shefter
    
Released By: MONSTEROUS MOVIE MUSIC

The Tall Texan [MMM-1974] features an impressive western score by Bert Shefter, usually known as Paul Sawtell’s partner. This solid 1953 Lloyd Bridges’ movie tells the story of gold and greed in the wilds of New Mexico, and it was edited and directed by the award-winning Elmo Williams, who contributed to the research for the liner notes. Soon to turn 100, Mr. Williams is a legend as an editor, winning an Academy Award for his extraordinary work on High Noon. This CD is dedicated to Mr. Williams.  


5/5 Saddle up them horse to this classic film you may or may not have heard of, that doesn't matter... because the score brings back those cowboy memories. You will not be disappointed by this release, they take extra care to assure your experience... so close your eyes and journey back with us.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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Sumthing Else Music Works - Company of Heroes 2 - Cris Velasco


SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF
COMPANY OF HEROES™ 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
 
Original Soundtrack Album Available on CD and Digital Download on June 25

New York (June 18, 2013) - Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, today announced the upcoming release of the original music soundtrack from Company of Heroes™ 2, the sequel to the highest rated strategy game of all time*. The Company of Heroes 2 Original Soundtrack is scheduled for a worldwide physical release on June 25, 2013 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and simultaneously for digital download at www.sumthing.com, Amazon MP3, iTunes and other digital music sites.

The Company of Heroes 2 Original Soundtrack features the original score composed by Cris Velasco, one of the most prolific composers in the medium, best known for his music featured in the Borderlands, God of War and Mass Effect franchises. Recorded with the Capellen Orchestra and Choir, featuring world-class orchestra musicians and choir from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary, the original score for Company of Heroes 2 majestically captures the solemn heroism and human tragedy of the Eastern Front conflict during World War II.

Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled to be released for PC on June 25, 2013. 
For more information visit www.companyofheroes.com.

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

La-La Land Records: Charmed [2Cd] - J. Peter Robinson

CHARMED (2-CD SET)
Music by: J. Peter Robinson

LIMITED EDITION OF 3000 UNITS

Released By: LA-LA LAND RECORDS

La-La Land Records and Spelling Television proudly present the world premiere soundtrack release of composer J. Peter Robinson's (THE GATE, WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE, THE BANK JOB) score to the beloved television series CHARMED, starring Shannon Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan. Robinson's immeasurable contribution to this popular show's legacy can finally be heard in his amazing score, which covers it all from thrills, scares and drama, to romance and wonder. This expansive 2-CD collection is expertly sequenced by Robinson himself from nine seasons of his work on the show. Rearranged and, in some cases, reproduced by the composer to ensure superior musical dynamics/sound than offered on the original elements, this release is a long-awaited treat for both fans of the series and any film/television music enthusiasts. Produced by J. Peter Robinson and Ford A. Thaxton and mastered by James Nelson, this special release, limited to 3000 units, also features exclusive, in-depth liner notes from film/tv music writer Randall D. Larson.

5/5 I have to say, well done... if you love the show and you love the score! Bravo! Move quick, they are a limited release.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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KeepMoving Records: Badland - Ludek Drizhal

Badland
Music by: Ludek Drizhal

Limited Edition of 500 copies

Released By: KEEPMOVING RECORDS

Directed by Francesco Lucente, Badland tells the story of Jerry Rice, a Marine reservist who used to fight in the first Gulf War when he was still just a young, somewhat idealistic patriot. When he is called back to serve in Afghanistan and Iraq, Jerry is reluctant to go because he is a father now, but he has no choice. Much older and embittered by life, Jerry returns home as a changed man who has been transformed by the horrors he has seen. He live in great poverty, his family is afraid of his uncontrollable outbursts of rage, but his wife Nora remains unsympathetic towards Jerry’s frequent nosebleeds and sudden night terrors. When the hardened war veteran realizes that Nora has betrayed him, his despair drives him to commit a heinous crime while taking his daughter, Celina with him…

Second release from our friends around the globe... another one to look forward to our collection.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

KeepMoving Records: Leningrad - Yuri Poteyenko

Leningrad
Music by: Yuri Poteyenko
Limited Edition of 500 copies

Released By: KEEPMOVING RECORDS

The three-year long siege of Leningrad marks one of the most dramatic and emotionally crushing moments of World War II. The German blockade around the city resulted in the death of 1 million Red Army soldier with an additional million in civilian casualties. 3200 residential buildings, 9000 wooden houses, 840 factories and plants were also destroyed and it took decades until the city could recover. Written and directed by Aleksandr Buravskiy, Leningrad is a cinematic re-enactment of the battle as told through the perspective of a handful of survivors stuck inside the city walls. Starring Mira Sorvino, Gabriel Byrne and Armin Mueller-Stahl, Buravskiy's film is one of the most epic undertakings of post-Soviet Russian cinema.

The score to Leningrad was written by Yuri Poteyenko whose career we've been following since his acclaimed video game scores to his more recent movies written for Timur Bekmambetov. Just like the movie itself, the score represents a high points in its creators filmography, a complex and exciting collection of cues that cover everything from wartime heroics to civilian sacrifice and mindless destruction. The score is peppered with references to European classical music from "Adagio in G minor" to "Benedictus" and selected homages to the inescapable Dmitry Shostakovich. Conducted by Igor Dronov and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony, our release of the scores contains all the important moments of the score, including cues that only appeared in the extended version re-edited for television. 
 
Friend from Russia has a couple new releases that I just found out, I am looking forward to having this in my collection.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Milan Records: Beneath [2013] - Fall On Your Sword

Beneath [2013]
Music by: Fall On Your Sword  
(July 16, 2013)

Released By: MILAN RECORDS

Six high school seniors celebrating with day's excursion find themselves on rowboat attacked by man-eating fish and must decide who must be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore. This marks the third time Milan Records works with Fall On Your Sword, following Another Earth. 

5/5 I found this score to be a little creepy, just like wading in water... waiting for the attack. Did we get a attack, you better believe it. Some down home cooking styled music that starts to change from quiet boat ride to, hey look over there.  I am finding I am truly enjoying this artist "Fall On Your Sword". they have had some great releases over the last couple of months... You will be hooked!

Nothing fishy here, wait... I got to know more about this film.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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Screamworks Records: The Last Exorcism Part II [2013] - Michael Wandmacher

The Last Exorcism Part II [2013]
Music By: Michael Wandmacher

Released By: SCREAMWORKS RECORDS

Screamworks Records presents a truly eerie soundtrack album featuring Michael Wandmacher’s original score from the sequel to the 2010 surprise horror hit The Last Exorcism, produced byHostel director Eli Roth and starring MTV Award nominee Ashley Bell as young Nell Sweetzer who re-ecounters the evil that possessed her in the first film.

Wandmacher, who is no stranger to the horror genre after effective scores for films such as Piranha and My Bloody Valentine, evokes mystery with dark themes and vocal effects while anxiety and sheer terror is conveyed with deeply textured electronics, prepared piano and orchestral avaunt-garde writing. The album is released digitally online and on CD co-inciding with the theatrical release of the film in United Kingdom and Germany.

Release date (digital): June 11, 2013
UK release date (CD): June 10, 2013
US release date (CD): August 6, 2013

5/5 I love scores that scare me, I love movies that scare me... here is the best of both worlds.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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MovieScore Media: Love Is All You Need [2013] - Johan Söderqvist

Love Is All You Need 
Music by: Johan Söderqvist

Released By: MOVIESCORE MEDIA

Following Sony Pictures’ theatrical release of the film in USA, MovieScore Media releases the soundtrack album for acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier’s romantic comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm, Love Is All You Need. The director of such intense dramas as In a Better World, Brothers and After the Wedding here showcases a lighter side of her filmmaking vision together with composer Johan Söderqvist, who contributes a light-hearted and spirited orchestral score for the film.

Söderqvist is best known for his dark and mesmerizing score for "Let the Right One In" as well as his highly sensitive scores for many of Susanne Bier’s previous films. As a bonus, this album also includes music from one of the first collaborations between Bier and Söderqvist, a suite from the 1994 comedy Family Matters (“Det bli’r i familien).

UK Release date (CD): June 3, 2013
US Release date (CD): August 6, 2013

Just Announced!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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Sparks & Shadows: Defiance TV [2013] - Bear McCreary

Sparks and Shadows, a new boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of the Defiance Original Television Soundtrack.  The album, containing 22 tracks of original score, original songs and cover songs as heard in the first season of Defiance, will be available through all digital providers on June 17th. 

Defiance gave McCreary the opportunity to write not only the underscore for the show but also songs for the multiple alien races.  “Scoring a project like Defiance is a rare situation for a composer,” said McCreary.   “I was asked to help bring the alien cultures to life by developing a distinct musical heritage for each. I fashioned Votan instrumentation and lyrics into a variety of popular songs and ceremonial pieces. I wrote pieces for street musicians that float through open-air marketplaces. I produced alien classical music, jingles, jazz, rock-anthems and torch songs.”

To perform these songs, McCreary called on collaborators that Syfy fans are sure to remember, vocalists Raya Yarbrough and Brendan McCreary, both of whom have worked with Bear on a number of series dating back to the Battlestar Galactica years. Bear also teamed with the band Young Beautiful in a Hurry (fronted by Brendan McCreary), for whom he directed the video “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) - events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape). Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin serves as supervising producer/director on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Varese Sarabande: No Place On Earth [2013] - John Piscitello

No Place On Earth [2013]
Music by: John Piscitello

Released By: VARESE SARABANDE

In October 1942, Esther Stermer, the matriarch of a Jewish family in the Ukraine, leads her family underground to hide from the pursuing Nazis – and stays nearly a year and a half. Their harrowing story of survival living in near total darkness in two cold, damp caves is one like no other ever told. It was life...like NO PLACE ON EARTH. 

“Even in the Holocaust’s annals of extreme survival THEIR HARSH SANCTUARY HOLDS A SPECIAL POWER. The courage and stamina of the men, women and children boggles the mind. “ – Nicholas Rapold, NY Times

“THE STORY IS REMARKABLE ENOUGH NOT TO REQUIRE ENHANCEMENT.” - Sam Adams, The Onion

“GRIPPING AND MOVING. A substantial contribution to Holocaust cinema.” – John Anderson, Variety

“ASTONISHING. Let those who think they’ve heard every inspiring tale of Holocaust survival SEE THIS FILM.” – John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

“AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF SURVIVAL” – Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

5/5 Very Moving!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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Man of Steel - Deluxe Edition [2013] - Hans Zimmer

Man of Steel - (2Cd) Deluxe Edition [2013]
Music by: Hans Zimmer...

Released By: WATERTOWER MUSIC

Editorial Reviews [Amazon]
Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.
The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic, said Snyder. I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it.
Both the standard and deluxe editions will include the epic track Man of Steel (Hans Original Sketchbook) which clocks in at over 28 minutes long. This exclusive track is performed solely by Zimmer, and allows listeners to experience firsthand his initial experiments with the film's music, which ultimately lay the foundation for the film's final score.
The deluxe edition will be housed in a special embossed steel case, contain 24 score selections, and give fans the ability to access multiple videos showing an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the music.

Intrada: Clear and Present Danger (2Cd) - James Horner

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
Composed/Conducted by JAMES HORNER
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 247

James Horner’s score for Clear and Present Danger (1994) begins with a burst of martial percussion and rising figures for horn and trumpet, ushering in a stirring patriotic theme that ebbs and flows through dense, rolling harmonies. Time and again, the melody returns to its center, steadfast and self-possessed. This is a story, the music says, of fundamental nobility; a story of the courage and honor that dwells in the heart of a true patriot; a story, in other words, of Jack Ryan. Then the music begins to subtly darken—a reminder that nobility is forged in adversity. Horner's ability to blend classical symphonic traditions with modern electronics resonates with both the Cold War milieu and technological sophistication of Tom Clancy’s novels. Horner can hone in on a story’s emotional center— no matter how twisted the plot -- and provide a major asset for stories that are filled with conspiracies and intrigues.

James Horner fashioned one of his longest film scores for Clear and Present Danger. Although he would typically include the majority of a score’s important cues on his soundtrack albums, for this one he selected just over half of the music recorded for the picture. Interestingly, many of the cues for the last section of the movie (after “Second Hand Copter”) were absent. Consequently, all of those sequences that found Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) pressed into action in Colombia, battling drug lords bent on death and destruction, are premiering on this 2-CD set. Paramount Pictures provided Intrada with access to the scoring session masters, recorded and mixed digitally.

Clear and Present Danger was the third film from Paramount based on the Jack Ryan novel series by Tom Clancy, following The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Patriot Games (1992). It begins with an attack by Columbian drug lord that spurs the President of the United States (Donald Moffat) to set a secret war into motion. When things begin to get hot and Ryan comes close to exposing a conspiracy, he finds himself betrayed and alone.  Ryan must travel to Columbia in a desperate bid to rescue the soldiers who have been so callously used and discarded. If he does not survive, the integrity of the American democratic system may well die with him.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 247
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
CLICK HERE...

Just Announced! I am a huge fan of this score and of James Horner... so much that a tear came up into my eye.... and it's expanded! This was the point of my life where I was just started exploring scores that were not just science fiction, so this was my personal stepping stone.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Intrada: Inchon (2Cd) - Jerry Goldsmith


INCHON [2CD]
Composed and Conducted by JERRY GOLDSMITH
INTRADA Vol. MAF 7125

One of Intrada's fastest selling Special Collection titles was Jerry Goldsmith's exotic war score to the 1982 film Inchon. Out of print for seven years, Intrada has reissued its 2-CD set, giving a new audience the chance to experience this early '80s effort packed with action, romance and the exotic sound of the east.  This set features the original LP presentation as Goldsmith had initially presented his score, plus a second disc featuring the score in chronological order.  The film may be forgotten, but what lives on is Jerry Goldsmith's dynamic, colorful and percussive score.  The score features an augmented percussion section, including snares, bass drum, cymbals, tympani, triangle, xylophone, woodblocks, boo bams, and many others.  At the time of the film's release, Goldsmith had artfully assembled a 38-minute album capturing the highlights and delivering an irresistible listening experience.  In 1988, Intrada released an expanded edition that featured the complete score, without all the unique assembly of the LP. Now you can listen to both on this unlimited release.

The 1982 epic chronicles the massive force invasion of Southern Korea led by General Douglas MacArthur.  The film had all the right ingredients: a cast that included Ben Gazzara, Jacqueline Bisset, and none other than Sir Laurence Olivier in the role of MacArthur; James Bond veteran director Terence Young at the helm; and a world class composer -- the unequaled Jerry Goldsmith, who gave the film its spirit. Nonetheless, the production was plagued with both natural and man-made troubles, resulting in a film that cost over $44M, was cut from its original 140-minute length to 105 minutes when it went into "wide" release in September 1982, closed relatively quickly, and fell into obscurity.

INTRADA MAF 7125
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Just Announced! I know I missed this score, I am thrilled to be able to add it to my collection!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Varese Sarabande: Copperhead [2013] - Laurent Eyquem

Copperhead [2013]
Music by Laurent Eyquem
Release Date: 07/09/13

Released By: VARESE SARABANDE

Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, who witnessed these conflicts firsthand as a small child, Copperhead tells the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862.

Copperhead is the great untold Civil War story. Far from the Virginia battlefields whose names etch our history, the war of Copperhead visits the devastation and unimaginable loss of a civil war upon a family and a community whose strength and very existence are tested by fire, rope, knife, and betrayal. This is the Civil War come home. 

5/5 I found myself quickly loving this with it's subtle sound-scape that brings each piece together, I am not familiar with this composer... I think this is a great step to his introduction.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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CHANBARA BEAUTY: THE MOVIE-VORTEX

CHANBARA BEAUTY: THE MOVIE-VORTEX has no nudity.  I know that is the first thing you would be wondering so I just thought I would get that little fact out of the way.  This is a video game movie that apparently is a remake of the ONECHANBARA movie.  It is not a sequel.  I guess someone saw ONECHANBARA and decided that they could make the same movie only with less story and more shots of fake cartoon blood splattering the camera lens.

Aya (Yu Tejima) is a bikini wearing, double-samurai sword wielding cowgirl that roams the zombie filled wastelands with her step-sister Saki killing the undead because they haven't got anything better to do.  This woman shows up and says her name is Misery and she can help find the evil woman, Homiko (I think that was her name) who is responsible for all the zombie nonsense going on.  Turns out Misery is actually Homiko and she needed help (supposedly) kidnapping some little girl who has special blood.  Saki betrays Aya and helps Homiko with the promise that Homiko can bring back her dead parents. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING....

Jason

Lakeshore Records: The Heat... is On!!

LAKESHORE RECORDS PRESENTS:
THE HEAT [2013]

(June 3, 2013– Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release The Heat – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and in stores on June 25, 2013.  The album features the new song “Rock This” by Santigold along with songs that will make you want to get up and dance from LCD Soundsystem, Parliament, The Isley Brothers, Kimbra, and Deee-Lite

Said director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), “When these songs come on, you’ll know the party has started.”

From the beginning, music became an integral part of the film for Feig.  After reading the script by Katie Dippold (TV’s Parks and Recreation, MADtv), he gave it to his wife to read.  “As she laughed in the other room, I turned Pandora to the James Brown channel to celebrate.”  A few songs later he heard “Fight the Power” by The Isley Brothers.  “I immediately said to myself, ‘That’s the opening credits song for The Heat!’  And so the entire musical tone for the movie was set.”

Feig continued, “My favorite part of film-making is finding the perfect music to complement what’s happening on screen.” And I wanted The Heat to feel like a party.  I wanted the audience to have fun.  And since I have to watch a movie hundreds of times as I’m making it, I wanted to use music that I wouldn’t get tired of.  Every song in this film is a desert island song for me.  I will never get sick of them.”  

In The Heat, uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids.


Varese Sarabande: Stuck In Love (Score) [2013] - Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott

Stuck In Love (Score) [2013]
Music By: Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott
Release Date: May 21, 2013

Released By: VARESE SARABANDE

Three years past his divorce, veteran novelist Bill Borgens (Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear) can’t stop obsessing over, let alone spying on, his ex-wife Erica (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly), who ignominiously left him for another man. Even as his neighbor-with-benefits, Tricia (Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars, House of Lies), tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else¹s charms. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent collegiate daughter Samantha (Lily Collins, Mirror Mirror) is publishing her first novel while recoiling at the very thought of first love with a diehard romantic (Logan Lerman, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower); and his teen son Rusty (Nat Wolff, The Naked Brothers Band, Peace, Love And Misunderstanding) is trying to find his voice, both as a fantasy writer and as the unexpected boyfriend of a dream girl with unsettlingly real problems. As each of these situations mounts into a tangled trio of romantic holiday crises, it brings the Borgens to surprising revelations about how endings become beginnings.

I got confused on this release as I thought I got the score to this film, but that was the album with songs [READ HERE].. I just found this quirky score to this too. So my review was positive, yet a little short on them teasing our ears...
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Sony: After Earth [2013] - James Newton Howard

After Earth [2013]
Music by: James Newton Howard
Released: June 11, 2013

Released By: SONY/MASTERWORKS

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

Side-note: Howard has scored all of M. Night Shyamalan’s films since their first collaboration on The Sixth Sense in 1999. His versatility as a composer is apparent in AFTER EARTH, which contains adventure and action scenes, along with moving passages in a family drama, and an atmospheric universe of primal sounds that drive home the meaning of humanity’s eviction from, and eventual return to, planet Earth.

4/5 Now I am a fan of James Newton Howard, he doesn't let us down... though this score was okay it has some great tracks. I know everyone is bashing the film for it's lack of substance and I am sure other things, but I am lucky enough not having to talk about the film... just the score. So for a fan of scores, I feel I can safely say, there are a few good things to take away from this... it might only be the surviving item in 1,000 years?

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

MovieScore Media: Gagarin: First in Space - George Kallis

Gagarin: First in Space [2013]
Music by:  George Kallis

Released by:  MovieScore Media

Portraying the legendary Yuri Gagarin, the Russian cosmonaut hero who was the first man in space and won the space race against USA, Russian theatrical feature film Gagarin: First in Space features an impressive score by up and coming composer George Kallis (Highlander: The Source) written for orchestra, choir and electronics.

It’s a classic film score in terms of scope and thematic richness, and one that offers a vast emotional landscape ranging from the epic and grand to the intimate and reflective. Standout dramatic cues such as “The Launch of Vostok” and “Orange Parachute” are contrasted by pieces that reflect the awe and wonder of space, and others that underscores the background family story of Gagarin. This is without doubt one of this year’s most impressive non-Hollywood orchestral scores!

Just Announced!!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

MovieScore Media: Blood - Daniel Pemberton

Blood [2013]
Music by: Daniel Pemberton
Released by: MovieScore Media

In his second feature film collaboration with director Nick Murphy, talented UK composer Daniel Pemberton delivers a dark, brooding and emotionally sophisticated orchestral score for a complex story about two police brothers are forced to investigate a crime they themselves have committed.

Blood stars Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox under the confident direction of Murphy, with whom Daniel Pemberton previously worked on The Awakening, an impressive horror score for orchestra and choir available from Screamworks Records. Blood receives its theatrical premiere in the UK on May 31, and MovieScore Media’s album featuring the original music comes out both digitally and on CD in early June.

Just Announced!!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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Cheezy Flicks: Agents, Desperadoes and Masked Killers... Oh, My!

Government Agents vs Phantom Legion
The serial thrill of the year...   in the top-secret story of a robbery so bold it shocked the world!

Two federal agents battle a gang that hijacks trucks carrying materials vital for the security of the country and sells them to foreign powers.

A Republic serial in 12 Chapters

Savage Weekend
Weekend vacationers have their fun with fishing, boating, nude sunbathing, and relieving their sexual frustrations, until the masked killer appears.

Nicky (Christopher Allport of WITHOUT A TRACE, SHARK, and NCIS), Shirley (Caitlin O'Heaney), Marie (Marilyn Hamlin) and two others from NYC travel deep into upstate New York fora long weekend vacation. Once at their destination they mix with Otis (William Sanderson of DEADWOOD, NEWHART and THE X FILES), Mac Macauley (David Gale of THE RE-ANIMATOR, GUYVER, and TALES FROM THE CRYPT), and some locals who offer supplies, lumber, eggs, erotic cow-milking lessons, and they even like to tell strange tales. While the weekend vacationers have their fun with fishing, boating, nude sunbathing, relieving their sexual frustrations, and throwing costume dinner parties, there also marks the appearance of a masked killer who is dead set on ruining this weekend with whatever weapons are handy.

Desperadoes of the West
Six Guns Roar... and the west places with action as six fearless ranchers hurl a challenge that rocks the frontier!

A group of ranchers, led by Colonel Arnold and Ward Gordon, are drilling an oil well but getting fierce opposition from a unknown gang of outlaws. Eastern promoter JB "Dude" Dawson, is behind the gang as he is out to prevent the co-op members from striking oil before their lease expires, so he can secure the property for his company. When Ward, with the help of Arnold and his daughter Sally, arranges for a new driller to be brought is, the replacement man is killed and one of Dawson's men takes his place.


Cheezy Flicks
http://cheezyflicks.com

It's funny I watch these titles and I feel a sense of history of a forgotten group of films and shorts... why is this so different than the last group. I get happy when these arrive, it's like a cheezy holiday...
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Reality Entertainment: Aliens, Monsters and the Possessed Oh My...

Alien Crash At Roswell:
The UFO Truth Lost In Time
Genre: UFO, Aliens, Conspiracy

The most enigmatic and universally known UFO incident in history needs only one name – ROSWELL. Roswell will never fade as it represents the true ushering in of the UFO phenomenon for time immemorial. Dwarfing Orson Wells’ “War of the Worlds” in national and then international hysteria, Roswell was an unparalleled turning point for all of mankind because for the first time almost every man, woman and child on earth was faced with the reality that we are not alone in the universe.

In early July, 1947 Major Jesse Marcel, commander of the most technologically advanced bomb group in the world, discovered the crash site of a downed UFO in the New Mexico desert following a harrowing and record breaking storm. Out of honor and duty to his country, Major Marcel was to become the scapegoat for the largest disinformation cover-up effort in world history. What he saw would be a secret he would keep for many years – knowledge about the crash itself and the ensuing battle to keep the incident covered-up by government and military factions. Roswell would be forever entwined in not just Major Marcel’s life but that of his children and grandchildren for generations to come. Today Jesse Marcel III, the grandson of Major Jesse Marcel, tells his grandfather’s story and reveals what has continued to haunt his family for over sixty years – the legacy of ROSWELL.

Join Philip Coppens, star of the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” series in this untold and unprecedented expose on the Roswell Incident.

Exorcist Chronicles
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense, Horror, Drama

“Since before time, there have been most powerful yet unseen forces that rule all things” The Prophet Enoch

Across the world demonic possessions are occurring at an alarming rate, taking over the lives of thousands of young women. The Vatican is aware of the dilemma and assigns a special task force led by a priest and a scientist to investigate. They quickly uncover a shocking series of demonic possessions centered around a location called Dead Man’s Land and focus their efforts to discover the source behind the epidemic. Behind the scenes, the Vatican knows more than the team is led to believe, while at an even deeper level a sinister group with links to the Knights Templar hold the key and the secret to the possessions. Father Jan (Rudy Barrow) and Daryl Lux (Liz Mente Bishop) begin to lose hope as increasing numbers of possessed are being called to an eerie lake that has been avoided by the locals for centuries. Taking samples from the lake, they discover a hybridized form of human DNA that is somehow growing and multiplying in the abyss. The closer they get to the source of the epidemic the closer they are tailed by a mysterious man in black who is monitoring their every move. The ultimate battle between good and evil commences with a perpetrator so ancient only the illuminated ones know of its existence, a god unlike any before or after has returned to claim the souls of earth.

All American Horror:
Gateways to Hell
Genre: Paranormal, Ghost, Haunted Places

Various locations on the surface of the earth have acquired a legendary reputation for being entrances to the underworld. In Ashe County, North Carolina residents have reported all manner of ghostly phenomena including apparitions of women, sounds of crying babies and phantom hitchhikers, one of which may have been none other than Lucifer himself. When Roxanne Wentworth purchased a beautiful set of iron gates from a local cemetery, she unknowingly turned her property into a gateway to the beyond. Paranormal events are now chronicled on a nightly basis. In Wilmington, North Carolina, Gallows Hill (which was once the city’s hanging ground) is now a commercial office. Though the gallows are long gone, the unclaimed bodies of countless poor souls who hit the end of a rope are still buried in mass graves. These restless spirits continue to walk the grounds, and hallways of the property. The spirits of those executed are angry and to this day nobody has successfully spent a night alone in the house on Gallows Hill, though many have tried. Explore these encounters and more as we journey into the realms of the Paranormal and Supernatural.

Reality Is What You Make It
www.reality-entertainment.com

So my thoughts to you is, just look at the covers... how could you possibly go wrong here? It's like a good book, you see the cover and then make your choice... so tell me of these three dvd covers, which do you choose?
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Malevolence 3 by: Stevan Mena - UPDATED


Third film in the Malevolence/Bereavement horror trilogy!
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Malevolence 3 is the final chapter of the Malevolence franchise, written and directed by award winning filmmaker Stevan Mena...


Friend of the Howlin' Wolf family Director Stevan Mena is making his third installment and he needs our help to raise the funds to make this film called "Malevolence 3". We fully support this and will scream out our voices to help, so here it is...

Howlin Wolf Records has released the first two scores "Malevolence" and "Bereavement", which you can purchase on our main site... wouldn't it nice to have the trilogy??? 
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

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