Get the latest score from Howlin' Wolf Records “DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE”, “HOLIDAY HELL” and “GOOD TID

Sony Music/Masterworks: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [2014] - Theodore Shapiro

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [2014]
Music by: Theodore Shapiro
Sony Music/Masterworks

Walter Mitty is a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job, along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world, embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. 


Dreams can come true if you believe in them enough, like now the film came out and now we have the joy of the score by the composer Theodore Shapiro. It's rather the adventurous score and keeps you along for the journey.
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Dark Horse: Tomb Raider #1 on sale February 26, 2014

Dark Horse: King Conan: The Conqueror #1 on sale February 26, 2014

Dark Horse: Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #1 on sale February 19, 2014

Sumthing Else: METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES - Jesper Kyd


Official Soundtrack to Live Action Science-Fiction TV Series - Based on the 'Heavy Metal' Comics - Available for Digital Download on February 25
New York (January 29, 2014) - Sumthing Else Music Works will release Jesper Kyd's original music score from season one of METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES, the English-language science-fiction television series based on the popular comics anthology 'Métal Hurlant,' also known internationally as 'Heavy Metal' magazine. Scheduled for a digital release on February 25, the official television soundtrack composed by BAFTA award-winning and Billboard/MTV VMA nominated composer Jesper Kyd (Assassin's Creed, Borderlands, Hitman) is now available for pre-order at The soundtrack will also be released on iTunes in North America and throughout Europe on February 25.

In the lineage of cult series such as The Twillight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt, METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES is the science fiction live-action adaptation of stories from the eponymous world-renowned magazine that gave birth in the United States to Heavy Metal. From 1960s cold war drama to distant future, fantasy to medieval, METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES spans a wide range of self-contained stories linked together by an asteroid, called the 'Métal Hurlant', which passes close to the planet where each episode's story is taking place, thereby changing the outcome.

"I really enjoy working on multiple genres and Métal Hurlant provides a unique creative opportunity to score every episode with its own sound," says Jesper Kyd. "Since each story takes place in a different time (future/past) and on different worlds, the music style is always different from episode to episode. The element that ties them together is the science-fiction/fantasy genre which is present in all the episodes."

The first season of METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES (2012) stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis), Michael Jai White (Spawn), Darren Shahlavi (Arrow), Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty), and Kelly Brook (Smallville). The series is currently showing in 22 countries across Europe.

Danish composer Jesper Kyd started writing music for visual media in the European 'demoscene'. At 19 he became part owner of a video game company which later evolved into IO Interactive, the studio behind the Hitman series and Freedom Fighters. Renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds, Kyd's soundtracks feature a mix of styles ranging from the iconic orchestral/electronic hybrid scores for the HITMAN series (BAFTA Original Music Award) and anthemic choral score for FREEDOM FIGHTERS, to his four evocative, brand defining scores for the history inspired ASSASSIN'S CREED series (ACII voted most popular theme music by fans in Ubisoft poll) and the post-apocalyptic themes of the BORDERLANDS series.

Kyd's credits include the faded Americana acoustic score for Microsoft's STATE OF DECAY, the fastest selling original game on Xbox Live Arcade, and the surreal fantasy score for the action-adventure DARKSIDERS II, created by comic book writer/artist Joe Madureira, which garnered numerous critic accolades including Entertainment Weekly's 'Most Played Best Songs of 2012,' Machinima's 'Top 5 Songs of 2012,' 'Best Video Game Score of 2012' and 'Top 10 Best Video Game Scores Ever' from Minnesota Public Radio.

His recent projects include the uplifting orchestral album 'LEGACY', the acclaimed follow-up to 'ULTIMATUM', recorded with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and nominated for 'Best Album' in the Trailer Music Awards 2013. Kyd is currently scoring several next generation video games as well as season two of METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES starring Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator) and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), scheduled for broadcast across Europe in 2014. For more information on Jesper Kyd visit and

Sony Classical: RoboCop [2014] - Pedro Bromfman

RoboCop [2014]
Music by: Pedro Bromfman
Sony Classical

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology.  Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America.  Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it.  When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer.  OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine. 

Released on February 4, 2014

Now before we string me up for a lynching... you have seen the trailers in the beginning and I thought the same thing. How could they, don't they know this is RoboCop... an ICON? I have since watched several more trailers and now the score hit my mailbox and I gotta say... I am really getting excited about this film. It's a different time for this, one where technology advancements in film might set this apart from the original film. I had a brief conversation with the composer Pedro Bromfman the other day, I gotta say again... the score is very good. Okay I said awesome, there was a very cool underlying beat that kept my attention and I have listen to it everyday. Pedro and I both agree, fans have to give this a chance... I know I am thrilled to have talked with Pedro and I am proud to know this score is AWESOME!


Now go... I am telling you, you will enjoy it!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Sparks & Shadows: Black Sails [2014] - Bear McCreary "360 Autographed Units"

BLACK SAILS "Autograph Exclusive"
Music by: Bear McCreary

La-La Land Records

La-La Land Records has been allotted "360 Autographed Units" of this title. Once they are sold out, they are gone for good.

The soundtrack for BLACK SAILS, a Starz original series about the Golden Age of Piracy, features gritty original music by Emmy® Award-winning composer Bear McCreary. "My goal was to create music that sounds improvised by an exhausted crew aboard a ship navigating choppy waters," said McCreary. "I wanted the audience to sense dirt beneath fingernails plucking jangly mandolin strings, to feel urgent strains of a hurdy gurdy crank, and to smell stale air wheezing out of old accordion bellows." The resulting score, described as raw, salty and authentic, also features what Entertainment Weekly called "Arguably McCreary's best titles theme, and that's saying quite a bit."

2014 Oscar Nominated Short Films

2014 Oscar Nominated
Short Films
Live Action | Animation | Documentary

In Theaters this Friday January 31st, On demand/on iTunes February 25th!

ShortsHDTM is the global home to short film, where short stories come to life in stunning high definition. Along with European sister channel ShortsTV®, the channels bring audiences captivating contemporary short form content from filmmakers across six continents. Following unprecedented growth in the demand for short films, it is now available to 40 million homes and is successfully entertaining over 11 million subscribers. ShortsHDTM is a world-leading short film media group, designed with movie enthusiasts and experimental ‘lean forward’ viewers in mind. Combining cutting edge short films with new spectacular HD technology, audiences of all ages can expand their viewing pleasure from the comforts of their own home, or on the move through mobile devices. ShortsHDTM obtains only high quality live action, animation, and documentary movies from the world’s most famous film festivals and independent suppliers. Through the acquisition of these films, the channel offers professional short filmmakers an unparalleled commercial medium to develop their careers.

ShortsHDTM is available in the United States on DirecTV and AT&T. ShortsTV® is available in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Turkey, Romania, and Eastern Africa. It is owned and operated by Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles. Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR® Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to cinemas across North America and Europe with its special global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched. The films are now available in 54 countries worldwide. 



Director: Selma Vilhunen
Producer: Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films Ltd.

Mother Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters Ella, 6, and Kerttu, 4. They start to prepare themselves in a hurry. Mother is going crazy since nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has messed father’s shirt, hid girls’ dresses and the wedding gift?


Director: Anders Walter
Producers’: Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson and M&M Productions
Executive Producers’: Andreas Rostock, Lasse Marcussen and Henrik Gugge Garnov

A hospital’s eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life.



Director: Xavier Legrand

While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush.


Director: Esteban Crespo
Executive Producer: Jose Luis Matas-Negrete

The short film AQUEL NO ERA YO, written and directed by Spanish director Esteban Crespo, tells the story of Paula and Kaney. Two characters, an African child and a Spanish woman, who could have nothing in common, but will get to join their lives forever through a life-giving shot.


Director: Mark Gill Producers: Baldwin Li and Lee Thomas

Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman: is he a faker or a lunatic? Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making a decision, the doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman’s claim: why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, is there a way he can validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium? 



Director: Daniel Sousa

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.


Director: Lauren MacMullan Producer: Dorothy McKim

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ innovative new short “Get A Horse!” is a contemporary homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, with all-new, black-and-white, hand-drawn animation that’s paired with full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking—in the same frame. Mickey (voice of Walt Disney), his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow delight in a musical haywagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short takes a sharp turn when Mickey finds himself separated from Minnie and must use every trick up his sleeve to find his way back to her. Directed by Lauren MacMullan and produced by Dorothy McKim, “Get A Horse!” is in theaters in front of “Frozen”.


Director and Producer: Laurent Witz
Co-Director: Alexandre Espigares

Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters are made partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each other. A world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme.

A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion...


Director and Writer: Shuhei Morita Producers’: Yasumasa Tsuchiya, Daisuke Uchiyama, Motoki Mukaichi

The 18th Century. On a stormy night, deep in the mountains, a man has lost his way and comes across a small shrine. When he enters, the space suddenly turns into a room in a different world. One after another appear abandoned umbrellas, discarded kimonos, and such spectral things. The man painstakingly mends these paraphernalia, which harbor deep-seated bitterness, and brings them comfort. “How well you served people before you turned to rags. Your rest is earned.”


Director: Max Lang & Jan Lachauer Producer: Michael Rose and Martin Pope

A half hour animated film based on the wonderful children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room On The Broom is a magical tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.

A story about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson (Witch), Rob Brydon (Cat), Martin Clunes (Dog), Sally Hawkins (Bird), Simon Pegg (Narrator), Timothy Spall (Dragon), David Walliams (Frog). 



Director and Producer: Jeffrey Karoff

Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.


Director and Producer: Jason Cohen

The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime attack collide by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. They proceed to embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration... and friendship.


Director: Sara Ishaq Producers: Setara Films and Hot Spot Films

‘Karama Has No Walls’ is a documentary film set in Change Square, in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a, where members of a heavily armed population set aside their weapons, and peacefully assembled in early 2011 to demand the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33 year autocratic rule.

As pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protesters and injured a thousand more, the Yemen nation was shaken to its core and the masses flocked to the square in solidarity with their fellow citizens. The film illustrates the nature of the 2011 Yemeni uprising in stark contrast to the gross violations of human rights that took place on the Friday of Dignity (Juma’at El-Karama), marking a turning point in Yemen’s revolution. Through the lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers, the film retells the story of the people behind the statistics and news reports, encapsulating the tragic events of the day as they unfolded from a prayer gathering into a barrage of bullets.


Director and Producer: Edgar Barens Coordinating Producer: Greg Rhem Editor: Geof Bartz Senior Producer: Lisa Heller Executive Producer: Shelia Nevins An HBO Documentary Film

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, an HBO Documentary Film, is a moving cinema verité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America’s oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner, Jack Hall and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him.

HBO’s Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating and often poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated.

The film debuts March 31 on HBO.


Director and Producer: Malcolm Clarke Producers: Nick Reed and Chris Branch

The Lady In Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discusses the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.

Interview with Composer: Tuomas Kantelinen

I want to say, AWESOME... and thank you to Tuomas Kantelinen and great friend Beth for putting this together... Talent is right here, Thank you!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]: How did you get started in the field of music and how did that lead you to composing?

Tuomas Kantelinen: I grew up in a very artistic family, and my grand mother was a music teacher and even founded a music academy in Ostrobotnia (Western part of Finland) where we lived. So I started playing several instruments at a young age. I remember very well that I had to take a detour not to see all my school friends who were playing football in the same team with me, as I was heading to my organ lessons in the local church... It may have seemed very uncool and nerdy then, but of course it all paid off later... I went to the Sibelius High School that specialized in music, as well as the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where I studies for six years. I started composing more ambitiously when I was around 15-16 years of age, and got enamored with scoring film music some years later. I am a fairly sociable person, so I liked the added benefit of collaborating with a director while still creating some music that was my own. I get inspired by seeing the picture of the film that I'm working on, but I also work on more 'classical' concert and stage pieces, like the 'Snow Queen' Ballet that I recently composed for the Finnish National Opera. I have done an opera and some concertos as well, but all in all I like that there is a visual aspect in addition to the music.

Jeremy [HWR:OLM]: Please tell us about your latest score release “THE LEGEND OF HERCULES” how do find your inspiration for projects, how did you become involved and how much musical freedom did you have?

Tuomas Kantelinen: I have know director Renny Harlin for a long time (we're both Finns) and we had worked together on his thriller Mindhunters almost ten years ago. With Hercules I was involved from the very beginning of Renny's involvement in the project, and even composed some cues that were played on set when he was shooting the movie. Renny wanted to the music to be epic and sort of 'old-fashioned' in the vein of classic swords and sandals movies, so we happily went full orchestral with grand themes and big action music. Renny is a very enthusiastic director, he gives a lot of artistic freedom and is nearly in tears when he hears a theme that he loves. For battle action of course every scene is bigger than the previous one, every fight more spectacular, so it's a wonderful challenge to try to variate the music and bring in little mini-themes, while keeping it active and exciting.

Jeremy [HWR:OLM]: If you work with other composers or music artists, whom do you work with and what is the best part of your contributions?

Tuomas Kantelinen: I love to work with others and I feel there is a lot to be learned from every professional - and human being - out there. For Hercules I reunited with my trusted friends, engineer Geoff Foster from Air Studios and orchestrator Matt Dunkley. I also used three wonderful singers - talented twins Nicki and Tanya Wells from the UK and my own sister Karoliina Kantelinen, one of the singers of Finnish folk music group Värttinä. All of them are well-versed in many ethnic traditions and were able to bring their expertise to the table. 

Film music composer Tuomas Kantelinen (THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, PURGE) studied classical composing in his native Finland and continues to make music for both cinema and concert audiences. Kantelinen has scored orchestral film music for over 30 feature films, including Klaus Haro’s awarded MOTHER OF MINE, Sergei Bodrov’s epic MONGOL: THE RISE OF GENHIS KHAN, and Rosa Karo’s THE ITALIAN KEY, which earned Kantelinen several awards.

Dark Horse Comics: New Releases [January 29, 2014]

Dark Horse Comics: New Releases
Click on BOOK TITLE to see them!

Series Launches!!
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 <--- This is selling some incredible numbers right now. Fans are stoked. Joss Whedon is king. Get on board for issue #1!
Furious #1 <--- Bryan JL Glass! Furious kicks ass.
Series Finales!
Sledgehammer 44: Lightning War #3 <--- GAH! Mignola and Arcudi are crushing this mini series!
Conan and the People of the Black Circle #4 <--- Fred Van Lente brings his first Conan mini to a close to prepare for Conan: The Avenger!
Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #4 <--- Dan Jolley!
Never Ending #3 <--- DJ Kirkbride & Adam Knave!
Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword #7 <--- A fantastic REH Anthology!

Captain Midnight Volume 1 TPB <--- The 1st Cap'n Midnight trade collected!
Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast TPB <--- A new Conan OGN from Victor Gischler!
EC Archives: The Vault of Horror Volume 3 HC <--- NEW EC ARCHIVES! AWESOME!
Forbidden Worlds Archives Volume 3 HC <--- A classic archival addition. Check it out.
Gantz Volume 30 TPB <--- Brutal epic Manga!
Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London HC <--- Love Sherlock? READ THIS!

MSM/Kronos... a Couple GEMS from 2013!

Die Spionin (The Beautiful Spy)
Music by: Nic Raine
Based on the book by Vera von Schalburg, starring Valerie Niehaus, Fritz Karl and Dustin Raschdorf and directed by Miguel Alexandre Die Spionin is a film that will debut on German television ARD on the 27th December 2013 (at 20.15 local time).

The musical score written by British composer, conductor and orchestrator Nic Raine, whose collaborations include a 20 year work relationship with Iconic composer John Barry, orchestrating the Liverpool Oratorio for Paul McCartney and many more. The score is the perfect marriage of warm and beautiful melodic themes and elaborate brooding suspense music. Nic Raine’s deep understanding of the orchestra and innate talent for melody manages to create the perfect soundtrack.

MMS13021/KRONCD033 • DIE SPIONIN (Original Television Score)
Music Composed by NIC RAINE
Release date (digital): December 17, 2013
Release date (CD): December 20, 2013

Omaggio a Donaggio
Music by: Isabella Turso

This artistic project is a tribute to Italian composer Pino Donaggio whom, after the experience linked to the world of pop music devoted himself, with worldwide success, to the creation of soundtracks. Among his most famous scores are the ones he has written for director Brian De Palma: Carrie, Blow Out and Dressed to Kill. His other credits include Don’t Look Now, Seed of Chucky, The Howling, Piranha and Winter in Wartime.
The music on this album, composed and performed by Isabella Turso, are inspired by songs and soundtracks of the Venetian composer, arranged in a classical-pop-jazz idiom. The tracks on the  Omaggio a Donaggio album also became the soundtrack for a video created for this occasion by the artist and composer Eddy Serafini.

This is also the first CD in the Kronos Klassik Series. The album is available digitally from MovieScore Media.

Music Composed by ISABELLA TURSO
Release date (digital): December 17, 2013
Release date (CD): December 20, 2013

Still catching up on a few great ones from this awesome label!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Magnolia Pictures Acquires "FRANK" for North America

Park City, UT (January 24, 2014) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to FRANK, an offbeat comedy that just had its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul), the film was written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).  FRANK stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times.

FRANK was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. FRANK is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board.

Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

Judgehydrogen... New Art, it will SHAKE YOUR EYE!

"My art is inspired by apocalyptic myths. I believe they are self-fulfilling prophecies. Many deceive themselves into believing that an apocalypse is a supernatural event but it is not. My artworks are the amalgamation of these myths and the violence we inflict upon the earth and ourselves. I believe we must reassess our place in nature if we are to survive. We are sadists and masochists that cut deeply into our own skin and look to the sky for redemption from an imaginary deity.  My newest works “Above The Abyssmal” and “Projected Catharsis” were forged with these concepts." -Judgehydrogen

Friend Judgehydrogen has stopped by to share some more of his work, we welcome the style and the chance to  step inside his head!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

C2E2 [2014]

C2E2 [2014]
The exclusive C2E2 poster has been unveiled featuring Captain America cast against the backdrop of the Willis Tower. The image, created for the show by Adi Granov, will be given away at all ReedPOP events leading up to C2E2. They will also be available at local comic book stores. A signed poster was included in VIP packages this year. VIP passes are already sold out.
Something else cool rolling into town and this is the first look at the official poster for 2014, we might be heading to this and it looks like another great convention... A convention that actually covers Comic Books, first.
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]



Comic-Inspired Action Title Confirms New North American Release Date
Team NINJA and Dark Horse Comics today launched the three-part YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z digital comic series, providing insight into the back-story in three revealing vignettes. Yaiba takes a break from slaughtering zombies in the debut issue to tell the tale of how his often bloody sword became to be known as “Heartless” as he recounts the story to Miss Monday. Initially released digitally with an all-new full color print comic to be available with the game, as it launches on its newly confirmed North American release date of March 18, 2014, the series is brought to life by Writers Tim Seeley and Josh Emmons, Artist Rafael Ortiz, Colorist Carlos Badilla with special cover art by James Harren. The comic will be available for free download at the Dark Horse Digital Store,, as well as through the Dark Horse Comics app (available through iTunes & Google Play). The comic can be found at:

In YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyber arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon. Step into a stylized living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by Yaiba’s willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyber arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up undead—or just rip off an opponent’s arms to use as zombie nun-chucks? Both possibilities fill Yaiba’s heart with twisted laughter in this collaboration between famed developers Team NINJA and comcept’s Keiji Inafune.

Nothing but, that is cool!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]


Music Composed and Conducted by LYN MURRAY
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 266

In To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant stars as John Robie, a retired cat burglar (aka “Le Chat”) suspected of a rash of robberies among wealthy tourists holidaying on the Côte d’Azur. To prove his innocence, Robie agrees to help the police apprehend the copycat thief, while fending off the attentions of Francie (Grace Kelly), the beautiful daughter of one of the victims, who threatens to expose him to the press. Lyn Murray’s frothy main title features a lilting theme (“You’ll Love France”) and sparkling orchestrations that set the film’s lighthearted tone, ending with a descending four-note flute “thief motif” for the mystery caper to follow.  The effervescent and playful score that follows has been long overdue for release.

The Bridges of Toko-Ri stars William Holden as Harry Brubaker, an embittered Navy pilot who is forced to join a squadron to destroy a quartet of strategically situated Communist-held bridges. Two-time Oscar-winner Fredric March co-stars as the crusty admiral and Grace Kelly plays Brubaker’s naïve wife. Toko-Ri plays like a docudrama, with most of the big action and flight sequences unfolding without music. Murray’s brief score begins with a dramatic “Prologue” featuring a harsh, Asiatic theme on trumpets followed by a yearning melody on strings that morphs into a minor key, setting up the dangers to follow. With militaristic snare drums, trilling woodwinds and a heroic theme for the Navy pilots, “Task Force” underscores the onscreen dedication to the Navy and the opening aerial shot of the aircraft carrier, its planes neatly lined up and ready for battle.

Recorded respectively in 1955 and 1954, To Catch a Thief and The Bridges at Toko-Ri, both scores weathered the years in good condition and all surviving cues are featured here. Most of the major sequences from To Catch a Thief are present and play as the first half of the album. The Bridges at Toko-Ri is an exceptionally dramatic score, albeit a relatively brief one that was bolstered with an abundance of source music. All of the major score cues and much of the source music are featured on the second half of this CD.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Intrada: RE-ANIMATOR [Score] - Richard Band

Music Composed and Conducted by RICHARD BAND

Intrada's first release of Richard Band's score to Re-Animator sold out in just over 24 hours.  Given the film's cult status and general affection for Band's quirky and fun score, Intrada is re-issuing Re-Animator to make it available to fans of the film and Richard Band alike. Ever so slightly remastered from the previous issue, it features Band’s complete score  in chronological order.  Originally sourced from the composers ½” three-track masters, this album presents the score in crisp, detailed stereo sound. minus the suite from Ghoulies that was featured on the prior limited edition.

In the quirky adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft' Re-Animator, Jeffrey Combs plays Herbert West, a scientist who has discovered a fluid which brings dead tissue back to life. He involves fellow student Dan Cain and his fiancée Megan Halsey in his research by experimenting on their dead cat. Dan, fascinated by West's research, agrees to smuggle him into the hospital morgue. Things don't go exactly as planned, unleashing one of the most outrageously gory and entertaining horror films, complete with a sexually depraved talking head. Directed  by Stuart Gordon, a particular fan of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho score, he asked Band to convey a similarly driving and suspenseful approach. Band came back with Re-Animator’s notorious main theme, which satirically spun Psycho’s famed strings into a disco-jazz beat, all before segueing into Band’s own original theme. Band spent thousands of dollars from his own pocket to ensure a quality recording with the Rome Philharmonic, whose players went overtime as they tried to grasp the jazz rhythms of Band’s score. Another musical in-joke is Band’s twisted lullaby theme for West (“The Cat Experiment: Searching for the Body in the Morgue”). “When you’re talking about true psychosis, you always reference the father of psychology himself,” Band says. “So I inverted the theme of Jerry Goldsmith’s Freud." Skillfully combining electronics with alternately satiric and dark orchestral motifs, Band would turn a violin into the slithering meows of the zombified pet Rufus (“Where’s the Cat?: The Cellar”), the discombobulated interplay between headless body and talking head (“Body and Soul”), and West’s Mephistophelean effect on a very reluctant Cain in “Halsey’s Back.” Yet for all of the score’s satiric relentlessness, Band also conjures a beautifully tender love theme for Cain and his disapproving fiancée Meg (Barbara Crampton).

For track listing and sound samples, please visit:

Missed it the first time, this is a great score...
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Intrada: FALLING DOWN [Score] - James Newton Howard

FALLING DOWN [1993-2014]
Music by: James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard's score to the 1993 film Falling Down marked his third collaboration with Joel Schumacher, after Flatliners (1990) and Dying Young (1991). He begins the score with an arresting portrait of irritation and building fury -- jungle drums and abrasive effects grating at anti-hero William Foster until a low, angry horn announces his exit from his automobile and the beginning of his crusade against society. It's the start of a score featuring a complex meld of orchestral music blended with multiple layers of electronics and percussion, both real and synthesized. In keeping with the grim tone of the movie, Howard removed trumpets from the scoring (save one in two very key sequences). By omitting the upper brass register, he was able to lend the music an aura of intensity and impending tragedy without overt signs of warmth or optimism.

To present the world premiere release of James Newton Howard’s score, Intrada was given access to the entire digital scoring session masters vaulted at Warner Bros. The scoring sessions were engineered at Todd-AO by veteran Shawn Murphy, who emphasized the crisp edge this particular score warranted; subsequent mixes were made by Murphy at Capitol Records.

In Falling Down, Michael Douglas plays William Foster, a former defense engineer who has lost his job and, in an ugly divorce, his family. As the film opens, Foster simmers in a Los Angeles traffic jam, finally abandoning his car in disgust.  He quickly runs afoul of a Korean grocer and a couple of gangbangers, setting off a series of events that spirals out of control. Weary and seemingly disoriented, he keeps claiming he’s simply trying to get home for his daughter’s birthday, and he does so while placing increasingly threatening calls to his ex-wife (Barbara Hershey).  A retiring cop, Prendergast (Robert Duvall), pursues Foster across Los Angeles, eventually facing down the engineer in a fateful confrontation in Venice.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
Wow, just a great Wow!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

La-La Land Records: NEW RELEASES 01/28/14

Going on sale next Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 12 pm pst: 


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Up in the sky – it’s a bird, it’s a plane – it’s the SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES SOUNDTRACK!

Warner Bros and La-La Land Records are proud to announce the world premiere release to one of the world’s finest soundtrack’s ever written for an Animated TV series – SUPERMAN! In the mid 90’s, as a companion piece to the wildly successful BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Paul Dini brought to life another DC Comic’s favorite SUPERMAN. Faster than speeding bullet, renowned composer Shirley Walker and her composing family hoped aboard the man of steel’s cape and gave a musical identity to Metropolis’ favorite boy-scout. This 4 cd set includes:

* More than 5 hours of music on 4 CDs.

* 20 full episode scores, including the epic 3-part Batman crossover "World's Finest”.

* Includes the Emmy-nominated score to "Little Girl Lost" by Lolita Ritmanis.

* Features Shirley Walker's original, unused ending for the series finale, "Legacy."

Big, bold orchestral scores were one of the highlights of this magnificent animated series. Liner notes by John Takis take the listener inside the great city of Metropolis with exclusive interviews with some of the composers. Art direction by Jim Titus is nothing short of SUPER!

As an added bonus Michael, Lolita and Kris have agreed to sign the first 300 units purchased directly through the La-La Land website at no extra charge. Quantities are limited and you are not guaranteed a signed copy.

From Metropolis to Gotham City…


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From Warner Bros Animation and La-La Land Records comes the world premiere release to one of the most unique incarnations of the Dark Knight the world has ever seen – BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. This witty and riotous animated series ran for a few seasons on the Cartoon Network and has developed a cult following over the years. One of the highlights to this unusual series was the Crime Jazz sound created by composers Carter, McCuistion and Ritmanis. Filled with fun and exciting themes, space aged goofiness as well as heart pounding action cues this is the most unusual and interesting Batman music-scape ever created!

As an added bonus Michael, Lolita and Kris have agreed to sign the first 200 units purchased directly through the La-La Land website at no extra charge. Quantities are limited and you are not guaranteed a signed copy.

Okay I am a huge fan of anything Superman, everything Batman... now this is HOT OFF THE NEWS DESK!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Sparks & Shadows: BLACK SAILS [2014] - BEAR MCCREARY

A Starz Original Series "BLACK SAILS"

“Gorgeous, cool, and thematically on target, these credits are like a haunting dream you might have after touring a sculpture museum and hitting Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride on the same day. And that theme! Arguably McCreary’s best, and that’s saying quite a bit.” – James Hibberd (Entertainment Weekly)

BLACK SAILS Premieres on STARZ on January 25th at 9PM ET/PT

(January 17, 2014 – Culver City, CA) Sparks & Shadows, the boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of the BLACK SAILS – A Starz Original Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD on January 28.  The soundtrack features original music by Emmy® Award winning composer Bear McCreary.  The series teams marks the 2nd collaboration between McCreary and series Executive Producer/Co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg.

Though the two worked closely on a grand orchestral score for Human Target, McCreary and Steinberg both knew a similar approach wasn’t going to be right for BLACK SAILS.  “While I have worked with Bear before building big, thematic orchestral scores, this show needed something almost exactly the opposite,” said Steinberg.  “Stripped down.  Gritty.  A sound and a musical language that would be the last thing you’d expect to hear in a pirate movie, yet something that could still convey the raw human emotion of the story we wanted to tell.  And Bear found it.”

“My goal was to create music that sounds improvised by an exhausted crew aboard a ship navigating choppy waters,” said McCreary. “I wanted the audience to sense dirt beneath fingernails plucking jangly mandolin strings, to feel urgent strains of a hurdy gurdy crank, and to smell stale air wheezing out of old accordion bellows. To achieve this, I had to rethink my entire creative process and unlearn the results of a lifetime of classical music study.”

It’s this sort of out-of-the-box thinking that led WIRED Magazine to call McCreary a “Secret Weapon” in a recent issue.  His unique combination of atypical instrumental background (he is a professional accordionist) with rigorous classical training prepared him to compose for disparate genres.  By the age of 24, McCreary was launched into pop culture history with his groundbreaking score to Syfy’s hit series Battlestar Galactica, for which he composed “the most innovative music on TV today” (Variety). It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other” (NPR). declared Bear McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of all time, listing him alongside legends John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann.

A recent Emmy® Award-winner for Da Vinci’s Demons, McCreary also composes for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – the #1 debut of the 2013 fall season with 11.9 million viewers, and The Walking Dead, which shattered records with 16.1 million viewers for its fourth season debut.  In addition to scoring the #1 new show and the #1 returning show in 2013, McCreary’s current projects also include the upcoming Ronald D. Moore series Outlander for STARZ, the second season of Da Vinci’s Demons, and the Syfy series Defiance.

From rural Georgia to a Battlestar, from the Italian Renaissance to a post-apocalyptic St. Louis, McCreary’s projects have taken us on many voyages.  This latest journey takes us to 1715.  The Golden Age of Piracy.  New Providence Island is a lawless territory, controlled by history’s most notorious pirate captains.  The most feared is Captain Flint.  As the British Navy returns to redeem their land and exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges.  Captain Flint aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure their survival.

Many opponents stand in their way: rival captains, jealous of Flint’s power; Eleanor’s ambitious and intrusive father; and a young sailor recently recruited onto Flint’s crew, John Silver, who constantly undermines his captain’s agenda..

“For the instrumentation of BLACK SAILS,” said McCreary, “I wanted to focus primarily on historically accurate sounds. In place of soaring strings and ripping brass, I brought in a string quartet, rhythm guitar trio, percussion duo and various historical solo instruments. Most of this merry band had worked with me for the better part of a decade, and they too had to unlearn our old habits.  For the first time, I dropped my ruthless pursuit of rhythmic perfection and intonation precision and asked them not to play ‘too perfectly.’”

McCreary would also choose two instruments from his own repertoire – the accordion and the hurdy gurdy. “For the first time in my career, I suddenly found myself a primary soloist in my own music, which was great fun because I always love the opportunity to play and perform.” he said.

“When we set out to re-imagine the idea of what a pirate movie could be, we knew we would have our work cut out for us.  We knew that in order to convincingly tell a story about the reality of these people’s lives, we would somehow have to figure out a way to make the show feel substantially, noticeably different than any pirate movie anyone had seen before,” said Steinberg.  “This meant a different visual style.  A different tone in the way people talked and the things they talked about.  And, of course, it meant a very different kind of music.”

 How does McCreary describe the score?  Simply, “Raw.  Filthy.  Salty.”

Sparks & Shadows presents the BLACK SAILS – A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK, available digitally and on CD on January 28, 2014.  The first 360 people who purchase the CD through will receive their copy autographed the composer.

Hell Yes!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Vampyres [2014]... Update!

A new independent vampire film is in the making in Austin, Texas to quell the appetite for a return to the terrifying threat that the Vampire used to impose in folklore. Miguel Coronado III, Josephine McAdam, J.R. Zambrano and more  (spfx artists, illustrators, actors, and writers) have teamed up after working for years in the Austin film industry to create the high quality independent film that is driven by story and also serves a market which has been seeking a return to the classic Vampire.

The story follows Violet, an orphan who has been plagued by hallucinations her entire life. After accepting that she has been psychologically unstable, she discovers that a homeless man witnesses the same hallucinations as she. Seeking an answer to her troubling adolescence she chases him down to convince him to help her better understand what is happening to her, but when he reveals the meaning of her hallucinations to her, she finds herself dragged into a dark and horrifying world. But why Violet? Why this man?

We'll be sharing more about "Vampyres" on February 8th, with the release of our teaser and launch of our crowd-funding initiative and a more comprehensive post about what has driven us to create this story and our personal backgrounds/interests in the genre. Until then, more information and concept art can be seen on our facebook page:

Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

More of MUCK!

WithAnO Productions has released a new RED BAND clip from Muck, which is a segment of the 12-minute preview that Steve Wolsh surprised fans with at Muck’s exclusive Q&A panel with Muck cast held by Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013.  The new clip is only available for viewing by those who “Like” the Muck Facebook fan page here:  During the past few months, over 18,000 fans have already “Liked” the Muck Facebook fan page.  

WithAnO Productions maintains tight lips about most plot details and sources of carnage portrayed in Muck.  However, with all the fan internet chatter about the images of Kane Hodder shown shirtless as Grawesome Crutal in the Muck trailers, WithAnO Productions has confirmed that Kane is indeed featured in his first shirtless role, showcasing both his muscular physique as well the severe scarring that stems from third degree burns, which are a result of a stunt mishap early in Kane’s career. Kane’s willingness to play Grawesome in this manner was due in part to Steve Wolsh sharing with him that he too has giant scars on his on his chest and back. Six hours of intense Special FX make up was needed to create Kane’s fierce look for Muck, as prosthetic scars and tribal branding were incorporated with Kane’s real scarring to create a phenomenal and truly terrifying look that horror fans will love. 

More... Yes, you need to check it out!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]


Original Game Soundtrack Available
on Bandcamp January 28, 2014

(San Francisco, CA) January 16, 2014 - Award-winning composer Peter McConnell has crafted an original orchestral score for the highly anticipated graphic adventure game Broken Age, created by visionary designer/writer Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions. McConnell previously composed the acclaimed musical scores for Double Fine's Brutal Legend and Psychonauts as well as several classic adventure game soundtracks for LucasArts including Grim Fandango and Monkey Island.

"I've worked with Peter for twenty years now, and have loved every soundtrack he's created, but I have to say that this could possibly be my favorite," said Tim Schafer. "There are several points in this score that make the hair stand up on my neck. Also the hair on my back. And those weird little patches of hair on my upper arms that look like sheriff badges. Anyway, it's an amazing soundtrack."

Fluent in classic film scoring styles ranging from the whimsical to the epic, Peter McConnell's sublime and often playful, narrative-driven score for Broken Age features a variety of colorful acoustic textures including live recordings with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and small ensemble performances recorded with wind and string instruments. The official soundtrack will be available on to coincide with the game's release on January 28. Music samples are now available to preview on SoundCloud.

Broken Age tells the story of Vella Tartine and Shay Volta, two teenagers in strangely similar situations but radically different worlds. The player can freely switch between their stories, helping them take control of their own lives and facing the unexpected adventures that follow.

The development of Broken Age began two years ago in a historic, record-breaking Kickstarter campaign-and Act 1 of the game is nearly here, in all its beautiful, 2D, hand-painted glory, with an original orchestral soundtrack by Peter McConnell and an all-star vocal cast starring Elijah Wood, Jack Black, Wil Wheaton, Jennifer Hale, Pendleton Ward, Masasa Moyo, and many more. For more information on Broken Age visit

Peter McConnell has composed award-winning scores in the interactive entertainment industry for nearly two decades. His credits include Broken Age, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Plants Vs. Zombies 2, Sly Cooper series, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, The Sims, Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, Monkey Island series, and many more. McConnell studied music with Ivan Tcherepnin at Harvard University, graduating with High Honors. In addition to being a composer, he has been involved in the technology of music and digital media, and is co-inventor of LucasArts' patented iMUSE interactive music system. For more information on Peter McConnell visit
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]



Angelo Badalamenti, a legendary composer who wrote cult scores for David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive) and many other acclaimed films (Secretary, A Very Long Engagement, Before the Fall), showcases his classical side with the powerful, exciting and beautiful orchestral score for the Russian war epic, Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk and starring Thomas Kretschmann. Featuring several strong themes, Badalamenti’s score is a passionate journey through militaristic landscapes, romantic orchestrations and powerful action sequences. The film, which opens in the UK and US this spring, is the first Russian movie made completely in 3D and is the highest-grossing Russian movie of all time!

Release Date: 28th January 2014
Pre-Orders: 18th January 2014

The Rules of Warfare! [click here]

Just Announced!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Dark Horse Comics: New Releases [January 22, 2014]

Dark Horse Comics: New Releases
Click on BOOK TITLE to see them!


Series Launch!!
Elfquest: The Final Quest #1 <--- IT'S BACK! Bi-Monthly!!
Captain Midnight #7 <--- Josh Williamson!
Conan the Barbarian #24 <--- Brian Wood's series is coming to a grand finale!
Mass Effect: Foundation #7 <--- Mass Effect continues!
Mind Mgmt #18 <---OMG. Seriously. Read this already. It's on everyone's list.
Star Wars: Legacy #11 <---Gabriel & Corinna are running this bad boy to August! Gonna be a helluva ride!
The Massive #19 <--- Brian Wood & Gary Brown are crushing!


Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naamaron TPB <--- Seriously. Awesome mini series
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 7: A Cold Day in Hell TPB <--- The next volume of Hell on Earth collected!
Blade of the Immortal Volume 28: Raining Chaos TPB <--- Brutally awesome Manga! Check it out!
Conan Volume 15: The Nightmare of the Shallows HC <--- Conan's next ongoing collection!
Eerie Archives Volume 15 HC <--- Some of the best horror archival material in the market!
Gantz Volume 30 TPB <--- Also Brutally awesome Manga! Check it out!