Cheezy Flicks: MUTATIONS AND PLANETS

Octaman [1971]
A scientific expedition to  remote Mexican fishing community discovers unhealthy amounts of radioactive waters. They also find a small mutant octopus with nearly human eyes that can crawl on land and make mewling sounds like a baby. In order to receive further funding for their project Dr Torres travels back to the states to make a deal with circus owner Caruso, who is interested in the bizarre mutation as a carny act. They return to the camp to discover that their crew has been slaughtered by someone (or something) and the octopus specimen is missing. A young man from the village says that a local legend about a creture said to be half mand and half sea serpent is true, and offers tot take the scientists to the lake where it is purported to live. What they find is a seven foot tall mutant species of octopus with amazing strength and a lust for killing, and soon the expedition realizes that the monster is now on a bloody rampage.

Battle of the Worlds [1961]
A stray planet, on a collision course with Earth, instead slows and takes orbit around our blur marble. An offbeat scientist, Professor Benson (Claude Rains), works around the clock with his team of scientists to try to save the Earth from an imminent crash into the new planet. After careful examination - and a few near-fatal accidents in space - what seems like a dead planet suddenly launches a fleet of flying attack saucers. Professor Benson and his team, along with the space fleet, must figure out how to destroy the invaders. In the end, the frustrated professor is forced to weigh the sacrifices that are required to save the citizens of Earth from certain doom.


Cheezy Flicks: MUTATIONS AND PLANETS
 

Things come in strange packages and these are no different, you know what you get... these are some great classics. Ever heard of them?
-Jeremy [Retro]

La-La Land Records: Turbulence [2013] - Shirley Walker

Turbulence [2013]
Music by: Shirley Walker
Limited Edition  [2000 Units]

Released By: LA-LA LAND RECORDS

La-La Land Records and Paramount Pictures present the world premiere official release of renowned composer Shirley Walker's (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, MEMOIRS OF AN INVISBLE MAN, WILLARD) explosive original score to the 1997 feature film TURBULENCE, starring Lauren Holly and Ray Liotta, and directed by Robert Butler. Walker's full-throttle orchestral score kicks off with a wildly twisted take on "Carol of the Bells" and only goes sky-high from there as Holly and Liotta play a white-knuckle Yuletide game of lethal cat-and-mouse aboard a pilot-less aircraft. It's a big, muscular action score, Shirley Walker style! Produced by Dan Goldwasser and mastered by Doug Schwartz, this special release of 2000 units features exclusive, in-depth liner notes from film music writer John Takis.

I can only say great things about this score and it's composer "Shirley Walker" as she brings us a score to film that I can remember seeing and thinking what a fantastic score. Action and suspense on a plane and score that holds on it's on as being a epic piece of music. It's one you will want to keep your seat-belts locked and your trays in their up right positions. Really a grand release from La La Records!
-Jeremy [Retro]

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CONTINUUM [2013] - Jeff Danna


LAKESHORE RECORDS PRESENTS:
CONTINUUM  [SEASON ONE]
Music by Jeff Danna

(July 29, 2013– Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the CONTINUUM – Original Television Soundtrack Season One digitally on August 6, 2013.  The album features the original music, composed by Jeff Danna (Silent Hill: Revelation, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), for the first season of the beloved science fiction show.

“I encouraged a partially-orchestral approach to the series,” said Danna.  “The world that Simon has created for CONTINUUM is not a small or safe place and calls for music that is as cinematic as Simon’s vision of his characters and stories. The orchestra is the musical-partner for a story like this, and it is a large part of the soundscape of CONTINUUM.”

Born in Canada to a musical family, Jeff Danna has created scores for a long and varied list of films. His credits include such divergent projects as Fracture, The Kid Stays In The Picture, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, The Boondock Saints, Lakeview Terrace, Chicago 10, Silent Hill and Silent Hill: Revelation, The Grey Zone, The Expatriate, and Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, and Closing The Ring for director Richard Attenborough.

Magnolia Pictures: The Brass Teapot


THE BRASS TEAPOT
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

John and Alice live in small town America – 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. Once voted “most likely to succeed,” Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes…THE BRASS TEAPOT is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.

If only possible, would you stand to take control of your life or would you push yourself to that edge, I think I would be at the edge. I enjoyed this for the "how many times do you feel the need to be rich", well this tells you some of the down sides to it. Great cast... well directed and makes you wish this could be true!

-Jeremy [Retro]

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Sparks & Shadows: Europa Report [2013] - Bear McCreary


SPARKS and SHADOWS RELEASE:
EUROPA REPORT [2013]
Original Music by Emmy Nominee Bear McCreary

(July 29, 2013 – Culver City, CA) Sparks and Shadows, a new boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, THE WALKING DEAD), announces the release of the EUROPA REPORT Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  The album will be available through Amazon.com, select soundtrack sellers, and all digital providers on August 2, 2013.

“Early on, I was very tempted to really play with the found footage element and have very little music – to actually play with a lot of silences or sounds of the spaceship,” said director Sebastián Cordero.  “However, the minute we started editing the film together, we realized there was a huge risk of losing the human side of the story if we didn’t enhance it with music.”

EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew-member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.

La-La Records Releases: THE WARRIORS, RED 2, EUROPA REPORT and CAPRICA (SERIES) [2Cd]

EUROPA REPORT [Only 300]
Music by: Bear McCreary
WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE: 300 UNITS AUTOGRAPHED BY COMPOSER BEAR McCREARY

Sparks And Shadows presents Bear McCreary's pulsing score for Sebastion Cordero's EUROPA REPORT. McCreary’s score provides an affecting emotional arc to the film, which tells the story of an international crew of astronauts who undertake a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.


CAPRICA (SERIES) [2Cd]
Music by: Bear McCreary
Limited Edition of 3000 Units

La-La Land Records, NBC Universal and SyFy Channel present renowned composer Bear McCreary's (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, EUREKA, THE WALKING DEAD) original score to the acclaimed, dramatic science-fiction television series CAPRICA, starring Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales and Polly Walker. Mr. McCreary musically explores this series' thoughtful battle between advanced science and human condition with breathtaking insight, emotion and beauty.

RED 2 [2013]
Music by Alan Silvestri
Limited Edition of 3000 Units

La-La Land Records and Summit Entertainment present the original motion picture score to the hit all-star action/comedy RED 2, starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker, and directed by Dean Parisot. Acclaimed composer Alan Silvestri (BACK TO THE FUTURE, FORREST GUMP, ERASER, THE AVENGERS) brings his exemplary action expertise to this much-anticipated sequel, fashioning a high-octane blast of an original orchestral and electronic score that skillfully weaves breathtaking thrills with a wry humor.

THE WARRIORS [1979]
Music by: Barry DeVorzon
Limited Edition of 3000 Units

CAN YOU DIG IT?!!! La-La Land Records, Universal Music and Paramount Pictures are proud to present the remastered and expanded soundtrack to the 1979 Paramount Pictures cult classic motion picture THE WARRIORS, starring Michael Beck, James Remar and Deborah Van Valkenburgh, and directed by Walter Hill. The original A&M album presentation has been remastered, with songs from Joe Walsh, Arnold McCuller, Desmond Child and others sounding better than ever.


It's a great day for scores and may I suggest that some you move quick on... selling out is really going to happen...
-Jeremy [Retro]

La-La Land Records: INTO THE WEST (2CD) - Geoff Zanelli

INTO THE WEST (2CD)
Music by: Geoff Zanelli
LIMITED EDITION [3000 UNITS]

Released By: LA-LA LAND RECORDS

La-La Land Records and Paramount Music proudly present Geoff Zanelli's (THE PACIFIC, HITMAN, OUTLANDER, DISTURBIA) Emmy Award-winning original score to the 2005 DreamWorks Television mini-series event INTO THE WEST, starring Josh Brolin, Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Beau Bridges and Keith Carradine, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Zanelli's majestic score, finally presented here officially for the first time with this 2-CD compilation, weaves a grand, yet nuanced musical tapestry that evocatively captures the awe and drama of the historic American West. Produced by Geoff Zanelli and mastered by Patricia Sullivan, this special limited edition release of 3000 units features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by film music writer Brian Satterwhite. Simply put, it's a release of a great score that has been long overdue.

Sometimes cool things slip by me, it's not that hard to do... my wife says she is surprised I am not wandering in the street with as flighty as I can be. Here is a great score that I just received and I put it into a "to be listened to" pile and I just got to it. Wow, I say it again "Wow"... I am not really a western films kind of person, so that is my thought, but it's much more than a score to a western. It's a griping dramatic high energy score that Geoff Zanelli brings to it and we as an audience get to appreciate. For that I am sorry I would highly recommend this for fans of the Mini-Series or a fan of Geoff Zanelli.
-Jeremy [Retro]

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Lakeshore Records: The Spectacular Now - Rob Simonsen


LAKESHORE RECORDS PRESENTS
THE SPECTACULAR NOW
Featuring Original Music By Rob Simonsen
With Songs by Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent, and Ariel Pink

Lakeshore Records will release THE SPECTACULAR NOW – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on July 30, 2013.  The album features original music by Rob Simonsen (THE WAY, WAY BACK, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD) along with the song “Baby (feat. Dâm-Funk)” by Ariel Pink and “Wakin’ On a Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile and “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent.

Simonsen said, “the first thing we nailed down was the Amy/Sutter motif.  I wrote that away from picture and sent it to James [Ponsoldt, director] and the producers.  Everyone felt it was right.”  The score, however, was overly not theme-heavy. “Beyond that we shied away from overt themes.  It was much more of an ambient approach, just trying to get the vibe right and set a mood.”

Orchestral works, electronic music, film score and jazz inspire Rob Simonsen’s music. His influences range from Prokofiev and Aphex Twin, Miles Davis and John Barry. He was born into a musical family and began playing the piano by ear at an early age.  His passion for music let him to study music and piano at Southern Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and Portland State University while playing in a variety of ensembles and projects.

Rob has written and contributed to the scores of numerous Hollywood films, TV Shows, Documentaries and major ad campaigns. From quirky, Sundance award-winning films to major studio releases, his writing ranges from small, eclectic ensembles to full blown orchestral works with choir.

Varese Sarabande: Elysium [2013] - Ryan Amon

Elysium [2013]
Music by: Ryan Amon
Release Date: 08/06/13

Released By: VARESE SARABANDE

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.  Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the creator of the modern sci-fi classic, District 9.


Okay this score is outstanding and full of life... it's from newcomer composer "Ryan Amon" and we all will be hearing his name again down in the future. Films have been coming and going for the summer and this hopefully will not fall into a early fate. This score has a great vibe and each track brings you closer to a story, Amon tells it well. I can tell when I like something, by the times I listen to it after getting it... I think I am up to 6 times in a row, no joke I am really entertained. Great Job!
-Jeremy [Retro]

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Silva Screen Records: MAD MEN: ON THE ROCKS - David Carbonara


SILVA SCREEN RECORDS PRESENTS
MAD MEN: ON THE ROCKS
(Original TV Soundtrack)

David Carbonara’s winning mix of contemporary score and period jazz delivers a distinctive sound that has become a part of the series as much as the timeless visuals and characters.

Carbonara’s long career includes scores for Spanking The Monkey and The Guru and extensive work as a music editor, which includes Cop Land, The Ciderhouse Rules and Chocolat.


The album also includes A Beautiful Mine, RJD2’s original theme from the TV series.

In June 2013 the Writer's Guild Of America voted on their greatest TV shows of all time. In amongst the legendary shows in the top 10 that include The Sopranos, Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone and MASH nestles a series just six years old. Mad Men, based around the trials and tribulations of a New York ad agency in the 60s stands as a colossus of contemporary television with two BAFTAS, three Golden Globes and fifteen Emmys to its name.

Release Date: August 13, 2013

Just Announced!
-Jeremy [Retro]

Echo Bridge Entertainment: Horror Collection (13 Films) [2013]

Horror Collection (13 Films) [2013]


Thirteen films featuring gothic-themed horror. In these stories of dark castles and blood-sucking Draculas, Hollywood's biggest names—as well as notable cult classic stars—navigate the night in search of frightening fun.

THE PIT AND PENDULUM - Under the direction of Torquemada, a young baker's wife is falsely accused of witchcraft and dragged before the Inquisition.

MERIDIAN - When a young woman visits her recently inherited Italian castle, she discovers that she has also inherited a medieval curse.

IMMORTALITY - A seductive vampire (Jude Law) who always gets what he wants finds his latest conquest to be frustratingly elusive.

ROMAN - When an encounter with the beauty next door (Kristen Bell) goes horribly wrong, a moment of desperation triggers a chilling turn of events for a reclusive social misfit.

FEARnet PRESENTS AN ALL-DAY HOLLISTON MARATHON


FEARnet PRESENTS AN ALL-DAY HOLLISTON MARATHON AND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SERIES CHARACTER LANCE ROCKETT’S (DEE SNIDER) FIRST MUSIC VIDEO ON MONDAY, AUGUST 5

(SANTA MONICA, CA – JULY 23, 2013) – FEARnet is giving fans the chance to relive all 20 episodes of its hit original series, HOLLISTON, in an all-day marathon on Monday, August 5, at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT. Starting with the series’ pilot episode and running through to the ninth episode of the second season, the marathon will whet fans’ appetites and get them caught up on all the HOLLISTON hijinks, just in time for the season two finale on Tuesday, August 6.

As an added bonus, FEARnet will also be unveiling the world premiere of series character Lance Rockett’s (Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider) first music video. Fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the music video exclusively on FEARnet, on Friday, August 2. The music video will run again during the HOLLISTON marathon on Monday, August 5, with a portion of the video debuting in the Season 2 finale on Tuesday, August 6, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The original song, itself, “Love It Down Your Throat,” will be made available for purchase on iTunes right after the season finale airs.

FEARnet’s Broadcast Premiere of INSIDIOUS


FEARnet PRESENTS: 
BROADCAST PREMIERE OF FILMDISTRICT’S HORROR THRILLER 
INSIDIOUS
ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, AT 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT,
WITH A VOD DEBUT ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

FEARnet’s Broadcast Premiere of INSIDIOUS Coincides with
FilmDistrict’s Theatrical U.S. Release of INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 on Friday, September 13

(SANTA MONICA, CA – JULY 22, 2013) – FEARnet has acquired the broadcast premiere rights to FilmDistrict’s hit supernatural chiller INSIDIOUS, becoming the first basic cable TV network to air the blockbuster film. INSIDIOUS will make its FEARnet debut on Sunday, September 8, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and can be viewed on VOD starting Wednesday, September 11 allowing viewers to be re-acquainted with the Lambert family and their demons before FilmDistrict’s theatrical release of the film’s sequel INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 on Friday, September 13.

Intrada: Tinker Bell - Joel McNeely

 
TINKER BELL
Music Composed and Conducted by JOEL McNEELY
Songs Performed by LOREENA McKENNITT and SELENA GOMEZ

Joel created a magical and memorable score that takes you to the world of beauty and wonder with his use of rare and exotic instruments.  When I hear this music it takes me right to Pixie Hollow. -- Bradley Raymond, Director

For the 2008 Disney animated feature Tinker Bell, composer Joel McNeely developed three primary thremes -- one for Tinker Bell herself, a rollicking theme that easily communicated her strong, yet playful nature.  The second is a melody for the fairies overall, a chameleon like theme that could be a solemn anthem, a playful romp or boldly heroic.  Finally, a theme for the lost things that Tink collects, representing her yearning to discover life beyond the borders of Pixie Hollow, rounds out the thematic profile of the score. McNeely also chose a Celtic sound to give the score its exotic, magical edge along with the mystical sound of a children's choir.  And perhaps even more unusual, he incorporated the sounds of frogs, birds, crickets, water droplets and more to create a subtext of nature that runs through the story.

Tinker Bell is born from the first laugh of a baby, and is brought by the winds to Pixie Hollow. She learns that her talent is to be one of the tinkers, the fairies who make and fix things.  Two other tinker fairies tell her about the fairies who visit the mainland to bring each season. Tinker Bell is thrilled and cannot wait to go to the mainland for spring. But Tinker Bell soon learns from Queen Clarion that only nature-talent fairies visit the mainland. She tries her hand at nature skills, but she fails miserably, destroying the fairies planned spring celebration.  Tinker Bell finally learns to embrace her tinkering talent for the good of Pixie Hollow.

INTRADA/DISNEY D001892602
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
CLICK ON THE WINGS!

Just Announced!
-Jeremy [Retro]

Varese Sarabande: Evidence [2013] - Atli Örvarsson

Evidence [2013]
Music by: Atli Örvarsson
Release Date: 07/23/13
*Digital Only 

Released By: VARESE SARABANDE

A team of detectives (Stephen Moyer and Radha Mitchell) attempt to piece together what happened at the scene of a brutal massacre using a number of recording devices found at the crime scene. The footage reveals a group of bus passengers who were forced to fight for their lives after they crash in the middle of the desert and a mysterious killer violently murders them one by one. Composer Atli Örvarsson re-teams with director Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) for this tense and gritty horror film. 

I Just have to say... "Oh Yeah"! I have been a fan of composer Atli Örvarsson for sometime and he is known for his dark and luminous scores. He does another great job bringing you closer to that thing that hides behind that camera lens. It's a shorter score, but it is well worth the listen as I sit with it playing in the background it makes me ask and say "Always Check the Tape"!!!
-Jeremy [Retro]

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Varese Sarabande: The Idolmaker

The Idolmaker [1980]
Music by: Jeff Barry

Released By: VARESE SARABANDE
The Idolmaker is based on the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered Frankie Avalon and Fabian (he served as a technical adviser for the production). The film was directed by Academy Award winning director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds) and was written by Edward Di Lorenzo (Miami Vice, Space 1999). It was also the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano, and Paul Land.

The Music for the film was written and Produced by Jeff Barry (who, with Ellie Greenwich, penned of some of the most iconic songs of the 60's (including “Be My Baby,” Do-Wah Diddy,” Hanky Panky,” “River Deep Mountain High,” and Chapel of Love”). In addition, he produced all of Neil Diamond’s early hits including “Cherry Cherry,” “Solitary Man,” “Kentucky Woman,” and “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon.”  

I watched this years ago and found it to be a great film, that brought you closer to what life is behind the stage. The soundtrack/songs dwells deeper into the story by sharing a certain level of charm and music from a era that may or may not have existed.
-Jeremy [Retro]

La-La Land Records: YOUNG JUSTICE [DC Comics]

YOUNG JUSTICE [2013]
Music by: Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis

Released By: LA-LA LAND RECORDS

ORDER “YOUNG JUSTICE” NOW.and get your CD booklet autographed by composers Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis at no additional charge. Autographs are available while supplies last and are NOT guaranteed.

La-La Land Pictures, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation present the original soundtrack to the Warner Bros. Animated Television Series YOUNG JUSTICE, as aired on Cartoon Network. Composers Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion & Lolita Ritmanis (BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN, TEEN TITANS, BATMAN BEYOND) fashion an exhilarating superhero score that is every bit as bold, fresh and exciting as this hit animated series. This compilation brings together must-have musical highlights of the show's first season, as well as the second season, YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION. Produced by the composers and mastered by Doug Schwartz, this is dramatic, action-packed music that makes for a thrilling standalone listen! CD booklet features reversible cover art and in-depth, exclusive liner notes by film music writer John Takis that contain comments from the composers and the animation team!

Now Shipping... Still have time for an autographed copy. Get going they are waiting... score fits the personalty of the show and yes I find myself drawn into these story-lines. As for the score once again each composer offers their take from track to track, sharing the credits to what I can assume will be a score you will want for you collection.
-Jeremy [Retro]

Anime Midwest: More Photos!

Great impressive show and I am truly enjoying the cosplay and friends meet up for the "Anime Midwest" 2013 show, looking forward to next year too. Maybe I can finally know how to say all the characters names right, but I find some familiar faces in the crowds to, it's fun for any groups and fans.

-Jeremy [Retro]













Cosplay - short for "costume play", is an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

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Really took a great amount of photos and I wanted to thank all those wonderful people who took the time to shine in their costumes.
-Jeremy [Retro]

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And yet... more!
-Jeremy [Retro]