Cinedigm: HEAVENLY SWORD [DVD-BLU-RAY]

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A Deity Is Reborn In The Highly Anticipated Fantasy Film Adaptation
Arriving On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital September 2nd, 2014
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Los Angeles, CA - An apocalypse is inevitable when Heavenly Sword slices and dices onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital September 2 from Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). Based on Sony PlayStation's bestselling video game of the same name, the action-packed CG animation boasts an all-star voice cast including Anna Torv ("Fringe"), Alfred Molina (Spider-man 2, Chocolate) and Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Mist).

A dramatic tale of revenge, Heavenly Sword centers on Nariko (Torv), a trained warrior with flaring red hair, who gracefully possesses a titular, heavily sought after blade with incredible powers. As the sword's guardian, she must face a megalomaniacal ruler King Bohan (Molina) and his unyielding army, who are determined to obtain the powerful sword for their own manipulation.

As one of "the most anticipated movies based on video games" (Gamepur), the Blu-ray and DVD are packed with bonus footage including behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers. The film will also be available on the Sony Playstation Network.

Heavenly Sword was brought to Cinedigm by TriCoast Worldwide, who represent the producers, Blockade Entertainment and Film Financial Services.
 
Nariko's clan has long protected the "Heavenly Sword," a god's blade of immense power that drains its wielder of their life force. A power-hungry ruler known as the evil King Bohan seeks to obtain the sword to gain its devastating power. As the impending apocalypse nears, it remains to be seen how long Nariko can resist the sword's deadly curse.
 


Just Cool... very cool, I really found myself liking this a lot... will be watching again!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Cheezy Flicks: Monday Night Gig [DVD]

MONDAY NIGHT GIG, a comedic take on the struggling working man's band that spans eight years in the life of the French, an aspiring rock band made up of misfits. Forget fame, fortune, sex and drugs... when it comes to rock and roll sometimes you just have to pull up your skirt and play.

What can I say that the trailer doesn't, so if you see what I see you will get the picture. See how I did that, I made you look and that is half the battle of the band.

Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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Midnight Releasing: Apocalypse Kiss [2014]


Apocalypse Kiss [2014] - Adrian, a serial killer with O.C.D. fights for his place in the media while two nomadic lesbians are getting the credit for his murders. Meanwhile, the world as they know it is about to come to an end.

Directed By: Christian Jude Grillo
Producer(s): John Kent, Christian Jude Grillo
Starring: D.C. Douglas, Carmela Hayslett, Tom Detrik, Tammy Jean, Tom Atkins
Supporting Cast: Michael Berryman, Lloyd Kaufman, Steve Blum, Bonnie Loev, Brian Anthony Wilson
Composer/Original Music: Christian Jude Grillo

 
I have seen many films in my life and some leave nothing but a fast-forward button feeling, then there are films like this "Apocalypse Kiss" that leave a what the hell was that followed by a "HELL YEAH". It was out there, interesting and well pretty cool to boot.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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MovieScore: Ballet Boys [2014] - Henrik Skram

MovieScore Media teams up with Norwegian composer Henrik Skram for the third time to bring you the composer’s latest score for Ballet Boys. Written and directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, this documentary employs a fly-on-the-wall approach chronicling the lives of three Norwegian boys (Torgeir, Syvert and Lukas) who share a passion for ballet dancing. While studying the art of ballet as an extracurricular activity, the boys share many disappointments, victories, and even their first loves. By the end of the movie, all three of them must make an important decision whether they want to pursue their passion on a professional level, or keep it as a hobby while focusing on their higher education.

Norwegian composer Henrik Skram studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Ballet Boys marks the composer’s third release through MovieScore Media and like the previous releases, his writing is characterized by clear themes that work outside their movies too. His music for 90 Minutes was headlined by a beautiful waltz while Crestfallen featured inventive brass writing for the heroine’s journey into the past to find her real parents. Both these scores were also remarkable for their inventive use of classical pieces by Puccini and Vivaldi respectively.

Recorded in Macedonia with the F.A.M.E. orchestra, Skram’s score for Ballet Boys has the dual purpose of being fit for the scenes of training and practicing, but also to highlight the more dramatic events in the boys’ life. The haunting uncertainty of their ”Future”, the nervous excitement of an ”Audition” and the shattered nostalgia of ”Childhood” are just some of the finest examples of the exquisite score that not only works in the ballet class and not excels in the film, but also offers a concise and emotional listening experience on CD. Following other MSM documentary releases such as JFK: A President Betrayed by James T. Sale or The Final Member by Rob Simonsen, Ballet Boys should also prove that non-fictional films can have remarkable and dramatic underscores.
 
Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lionsgate: Decline Of An Empire [DVD]


Starring Academy Award® nominee Peter O'Toole (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962) in his final performance, Decline Of An Empire arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand August 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Inspired by historical events, a man's journey to find his lost friend is complicated by the turmoil of clashing empires at the dawn of a new religion. Also starring Edward Fox (Gandhi), Joss Ackland (Prisoners Of The Sun) and Steven Berkoff (Red 2), the Decline Of An Empire DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Hoping to find his missing childhood friend, Constantine joins the Roman army. What he finds instead is success in battle that helps to propel him to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Constantine soon discovers it has been his rival, Emperor Maxentius who has imprisoned his friend within the palace walls.  Having been alerted to his friend's whereabouts, Constantine quickly garners support from all corners of the empire, eventually leading to an all-out war between East and West.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
· Behind-the-scenes featurette

Wild Eye Releasing: President Wolfman [2014] (DVD)

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President Wolfman - Takes Office on DVD August 26th, 2014
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New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has announced that Mike Davis' President Wolfman will be available to own on DVD August 26 following a wildly successful festival run.  Since its premiere at the Sydney Underground Film Festival, President Wolfman has been a favorite of audiences and critics alike, with the Huffington Post applauding the filmmakers for delivering "a candidate both parties can get behind."  President Wolfman has won awards around the country, taking home Best Script at the New Orleans Horror Film Festival and Best Feature at both the Aliens to Zombies Film Festival and Atlanta Horror Film Festival. 

Meet John Wolfman: politician, single parent and werewolf, a man whose (hairy) hands are definitely full. Not only is he trying to stop his opponents from selling the US to China, he also has to solve a series of grizzly murders in the capitol. Add a crazed mad scientist, Smokey the Bear, a Miss Teen beauty pageant and a race against time to save his eight-year-old son Bobby from a murderous Vice President, and you have a movie that will keep you howling from start to finish.

Hailed as "perfect for fans of campy horror" by The Washington Post, President Wolfman was made entirely from recycled, stock and public domain footage with a newly scripted, scored and re-voiced soundtrack with enhanced visuals and effects.
 

What can I say it's crazy fun as it brings together a world of films you have never seen or maybe thought you dreamed it. I am happy for this WOLF film, not sure why... Oh yeah, we love the wolves here... seriously this is one you should take a look for.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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Lionsgate: FRANKIE AND ALICE [DVD]


Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Best Actress, Monster's Ball, 2001) "gives a tour-de-force performance" (Access Hollywood) in the riveting psychological drama, Frankie & Alice, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View August 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. Berry will "have you captivated from beginning to end" (Ebony.com) in her Golden Globe® nominated portrayal of Frankie, a woman with multiple personalities trying to put her life back together. From the executive producers of Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, the film also features Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson. The Frankie & Alice DVD including a "making of" featurette.

The remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer named "Frankie" who has dissociative identity disorder (DID). She struggles to retain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old named "Genius" and a Southern white racist woman named "Alice." In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Berry) works with a psychotherapist (Skarsgård) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her, and the truth that is locked inside her mind.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
"The Making of Frankie & Alice with Halle Berry"featurette

Varese Sarabande: LIFE OF CRIME [2014] - The Newton Brothers


Varèse Sarabande Records will release LIFE OF CRIME – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and will be available as a disc-on-demand, date TBA. The soundtrack features the original score composed by The Newton Brothers (OCULUS, PROXY).  LIFE OF CRIME opens in theaters, on demand, and on iTunes on August 29, 2014.

“This movie is really a dark comedy,” said Taylor Newton. “But it has moments of tension, suspense and even some romance. Overall the director, Daniel Schecter, was very minimalistic in his approach to music, for a lot of the scenes we had to pull way back. It was mainly about having a cool groove or riff, and keeping it super simple.”


Based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch, LIFE OF CRIME is a dark caper comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. The wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) is kidnapped by two common criminals (Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes) who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.

“Because this takes place in the 70’s we used a lot of vintage instruments and recording techniques from that period,” explained Taylor Newton. “We used bongos, organs, wah-guitar, flute, trumpet, and others, but we also sprinkled a little synthesizers underneath it to give it a slight modern feel at times.”

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions present LIFE OF CRIME, in theaters, on demand, and on iTunes on August 29, 2014.   LIFE OF CRIME - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Varèse Sarabande Records will be available digitally on August 25, 2104.
 
Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lionsgate: LOCKE [DVD-BLU-RAY]


Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is a "blazing wonder" (Rolling Stone) in a tour-de-force central performance in Locke, a feat of bold, dynamic storytelling from Oscar®-nominated writer-director Steven Knight (Best Original Screenplay, Dirty Pretty Things, 2003; Eastern Promises), arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) August 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Winner of Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards, the "compelling, genuinely moving and suspenseful" (Vanity Fair) film was theatrically released by A24. "Gripping and deeply cinematic" (Screen Daily), Locke is a thrilling ride that follows a successful businessman as he receives a series of phone calls that set in motion a chain of events that will unravel his perfect life, all of which takes place in real time over the course of one absolutely riveting and intense car ride. The Locke Blu-ray and DVD bonus materials include a "making of" featurette and audio commentary with the director.

Ivan Locke (Hardy) is a man at the top of his game. A dedicated husband and father and a star employee at a high-powered construction firm, he's the model of cool professionalism with a talent for managing complex situations. Driving home on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Locke makes a sudden choice to go confront the only situation in his life that can't be neatly handled. He quickly learns that the cost of becoming a better man is high. Locke is a unique cinematic experience and gripping story of choices, consequences and a man who risks everything he holds dear in order to do the right thing.

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
"Ordinary Unraveling: Making Locke" featurette
  Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Steven Knight

Monstrous Movie Music - Releases 6 Cd's!


Monstrous Movie Music is proud to present six new CDs featuring original soundtrack recordings from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s!  You might not be familiar with these seldom-seen movies, but each world-premiere offering contains superb film music from some very talented composers.  Every release includes a comprehensive illustrated liner book detailing the music, the composers, and the movies!
 
On our web site we have a SPECIAL OFFER FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!  ORDER ALL FOUR RELEASES (6 CDs) AND GET 20% OFF THE COST OF CDs!  REGULAR U. S. PRICE: $98.80 -- SALE PRICE: $80.00!  (INCLUDES SHIPPING).  REGULAR INTERNATIONAL PRICE: $111.80 -- SALE PRICE: $93.00!  (INCLUDES SHIPPING).

WESTERN MEDLEY (2-CD SET)  [MMM-1975/1976]
Bert Shefter: THE GREAT JESSE JAMES RAID (1953)
Paul Dunlap: THE BARON OF ARIZONA (1950)
Albert Glasser: LAST OF THE WILD HORSES (1948)
Includes 28-page liner book and bonus tracks for all three films!
BARON OF ARIZONA audio sample:  [CLICK HERE]
THE GREAT JESSE JAMES RAID audio sample:  [CLICK HERE]

THE DOLL SQUAD
[MMM-1977]

(Nicholas Carras)
Includes 20-page liner book.  Cover art by Robert Aragon!

Audio sample:  [CLICK HERE]
JUVENILE JIVE (2-CD SET)
[MMM-1978/1979]

Nicholas Carras: DATE BAIT (1960) and HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR (1960)
Gerald Fried: HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT (1958)
Includes 28-page liner book, bonus tracks, and rock 'n' roll songs "High School Caesar" and "Date Bait Baby!"

DATE BAIT audio sample:  [CLICK HERE]
HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT audio sample:  [CLICK HERE]
HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR audio sample:  [CLICK HERE]

THE GATLING GUN
[MMM-1980]

(Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter)
Includes 24-page liner book and bonus Indian drumming!


Monstrous Movie Music
Great friends "Monstrous Movie Music" is having a great deal and even better release of soundtrack music for several films. We are happy to see and look forward to hearing every glorious note of music, so we welcome the latest releases from them and wish them all the best.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Chicago Comic Con [2014]... Guess Who is Going to this?

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More Information: CHICAGO COMIC CON
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html
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Hopefully going to bring back some great stories, photos, video and some new friends from the heads above... who would you like to see?
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lionsgate: Deadbeat [DVD]


The supernatural comedy series Deadbeat arrives on DVD (plus Digital) August 26 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Tyler Labine (TV's "Reaper") the show also features Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Lucy DeVito (TV's "Melissa & Joey)and Cat Deeley (the host of TV's "So You Think You Can Dance"). From the production company that produced 12 Years a Slave and Kick-Ass, Deadbeat has been declared a "disarmingly funny" (Variety) and "hilarious and heartwarming" (New York Post) comedy.  Available exclusively at Target, the Deadbeat DVD includes three bonus featurettes.

Kevin Pacalioglu (Labine) may have no money and no clue, but he can see dead people, so that's pretty cool. Faced with a constant stream of stubborn spirits, Pac goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help New York City's most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business.

I must tell you, this is my favorite show that I never knew existed until I watched the DVD, I enjoy the talents of all around good guy "Tyler Labine".  If you watched the show "The Reaper" and you laughed or watched "Dead Like Me"... you will too enjoy this.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lakeshore Records: STAGE FRIGHT [Soundtrack]

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Featuring Performances by Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver,
Allie MacDonald and … The Metal Killer
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Lakeshore Records will release the STAGE FRIGHT – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 19th and on CD September 23, 2014.  STAGE FRIGHT features performances by the film’s Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver, Allie MacDonald and the Metal Killer!  The film’s writer/director Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion composed the music and lyrics for this GLEE meets-ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW musical comedy producing a genre-bending score that mixes heavy metal rock with a full orchestral sound.

Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson (Allie MacDonald) wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theater.

Starring musical theater veterans Meat Loaf (THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW) and Minnie Driver (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) STAGE FRIGHT mixes SCREAM with GLEE in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical from Jerome Sable, award-winning director of the celebrated short film “The Legend of Beaver Dam.”  STAGE FRIGHT is produced by Ari Lantos and Jonas Bell Pasht.

"The STAGE FRIGHT score was like a musical experiment borne out of equal love for both Beethoven and Black Sabbath, and the naïve hubris that we could combine two disparate musical traditions without compromise. We were like Doctor Moreau on his island, performing vivisections on the classical orchestra using a heavy metal band for a knife," said Sable.

Batalion adds,  "For us, the fusion is a musical fantasy, but just like with those grotesque humanoid island beasts, we expect that most listeners will be horrified."

Magnet Releasing presents STAGE FRIGHT currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray.  The STAGE FRIGHT – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally on August 19th and on CD September 23, 2014. 



I have been talking and enjoying this film and now the joy I have with knowing there is a soundtrack, here we get to sing along with every bloody beat. Songs and score in the film is now here for your ears to listen, it's becoming one of my favorites. Much like Repo:Genetic Opera and Little Shop of Horrors... now add "Stage Fright" to it.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Milan Records: The Knick [Score] - Cliff Martinez


Milan Records will release THE KNICK – Original Television Soundtrack digitally on August 19, followed by a physical CD release on Tuesday, September 16.  The album, which will also be released on vinyl later in the year, features original music by composer Cliff Martinez (DRIVE, SPRING BREAKERS), a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“Working on a TV series was a round-the-clock-for-10-weeks endeavor for me. Lots of coffee...not so much sleep,” said Martinez of his first real foray into composing for an episodic television series. The composer, who previously scored one episode of PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE, joked about his approach.  “There's nothing like a 10-hour series to help you squeeze the maximum mileage out of all your musical themes!”

Set in New York City in 1900, this new Cinemax drama series from Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning director Steven Soderbergh centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the boundaries of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The newly appointed leader of the surgery staff is the brilliant, arrogant renegade Dr. John Thackery (Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen), whose addiction to cocaine and opium is trumped only by his ambition for medical discovery and renown among his peers. Soderbergh directs all 10 episodes of the series' first season.

“As usual, Steven and I rarely spoke and instead communicated via mental telepathy,” said Martinez.  “In so many words he told me: ‘We're all going to recreate early 1900s New York as authentically as possible...except for you. I want the music to be modern and electronic.’

"For The Knick, I revisited a time-honored Soderbergh/Martinez tradition that I like to call ‘one thing,’” Martinez added. “I try very hard to score an entire scene using only one sound or instrument. It's difficult and I usually end up cheating and using more. But by limiting the number of elements, I'm always guaranteed an expressively minimalist and fat-free soundtrack."

THE KNICK debuts on Cinemax August 8th at 10PM. THE KNICK -- Original Television Soundtrack on Milan Records will be available digitally on August 19, 2014, on CD September 16, 2014, and on vinyl later this year.

Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Kronos Records: THE MAID'S ROOM [Score] - Arturo Rodriguez


THE MAIDS ROOM is an accomplished and polished work which works so well with the images on screen but also has the ability to stand alone as just music to be listened to savored and enjoyed. Rodriguez is almost lulling the listener into a false sense of security and well being with his richly emotive theme for Drina with its delicate piano solo and plaintive woodwind that are punctuated by harp, the music radiates an even greater warmth as the string section are ushered into the piece but still retains a fragility that is mesmerizing. This central theme is heard throughout the score either fleetingly or in more sustained arrangements and becomes not just the theme that accompanies the films central character but also the foundation of the score. The composer weaves his simple but effective motif for Drina into the fabric of the score and it acts like a musical adhesive that binds the remainder of the soundtrack together. This is the first soundtrack penned by Arturo Rodriguez to be released by Kronos Records, his talent is immense and his gift for melody is outstanding.  Watch out for this truly talented Mexican composer.

Coinciding with the Theatrical Opening of the film in Los Angeles cinemas this weekend.

Release date : August 28th 2014
LIMITED EDITION OF 300 COPIES
KRONCD051

Sound samples and pre-order CD here: [CLICK HERE]

I am not familiar with composer "Arturo Rodriguez" works, though if this score is any indication of what we could except from his style I would have to say "SIGN ME UP". Manages to give a subtle and sweet score that starts to turn to a much darker side, which I am very much in favor for. I welcome him to my list of composers who I will be watching out for more, for now I suggest you go to Kronos Records and listen to samples.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

KeepMoving Records: Zero Option/The Sleepless - Terry Plumeri


Even though he has been proven to be prolific in the fields of jazz and classical music as well, Terry Plumeri may be better known to film scoring fans as the composer of passionate crime and war stories, where he gets to focus on the character’s emotional journey rather than the action on screen. This approach can be heard in titles like Terry’s debut score for Black Eagle (1988) or Charles Bronson’s franchise-closing opus Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994). Terry’s works in the field have been acknowledged with a number of awards: his music for the 1994 One False Move (a member of The New York Times List of the 1000 Best Films Ever Made) was nominated in the Best Score category at the IFP Spirit Awards. In addition to orchestrating his own music, Terry also likes to revisit his roots as a musician by playing bass on several of his scores.

Following our release of Night Eyes 3, KeepMoving Records offers a double-header CD featuring two of the composer's lesser-known works. Directed by David Batts, Zero Option can be best compared to Paul Haggis' Crash as it also tells the story of three unrelated individuals whose lives will collide in a most unusual manner. These are a Japanese family where the lack of cultural traditions lead to generational differences, a typical businessman whose faith in capitalism is about to be shattered and a criminal whose third strike may get him to jail sooner than he wanted. Plumeri treats each storyline with its own distinct musical ideas, ranging from Japanese influences to dissonance and a hit of Americana with solo guitar.

The second film is called The Sleepless, which was directed by Domonic Paris who is now known for his animated features like Fly Me to the Moon and the Sammy movies. The Sleepless tells the tale of Uncle Mike, a high ranking gangster whose nephew is also in for a bright, crime-filled future, but the disharmony in the family structure leads to inevitable tragedy. Plumeri's music for The Sleepless has an edgy neo-noir feel where the obligatory genre template (the muted trumpet solo familiar from Nino Rota’s The Godfather scores) is placed into an orchestral context with a few electronic additions.

Featuring two excellent scores for the price of one, the CD also comes with an 8-page booklet with commentary by Gergely Hubai and personal impressions by Terry Plumeri describing how his music fits these lesser seen gems.

KeepMoving Records

Just Announced and great friend to the Howlin' Wolf family, composer "Terry Plumeri" gets the chance to thrill us with another one of great scores that needed to be here. It's got action, it's got intrigue and now it's got your attention... Keepmoving Records has a "HOT" release on their hand and so could you...
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

La-La Land Records: BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM - Robert J. Kral


La-La Land Records will release the soundtrack for BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM composed by Robert J. Kral (SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY, DUCK DODGERS) on CD August 26, 2014.  This limited edition CD (1500 units) will contain 4 exclusive tracks not available elsewhere.

“BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM marks a departure from what we normally do from a music standpoint,” said director Jay Olivia. “We usually do the operatic epic music that we've all become accustomed to in the live action and animated comic book films for the last twenty five years…. James Tucker, my producer, was very supportive of the idea of doing a more contemporary take on the superhero music and when Rob sent us his first pass of the score, we were tremendously pleased.”
 

BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM is a direct-to-video animated superhero that is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The film is based on the universe of the BATMAN: ARKHAM video game franchise, and is a direct sequel to BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS. Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding direct, with a script by Heath Corson and James Tucker producing. The film was screened at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International on July 25, 2014, and was released digitally on July 29 and on physical media on August 12.

In the universe of BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM, the government teams up a group of super-villains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, and Batman soon becomes involved.  Things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who has the means to not only blow up the asylum, but most of Gotham City as well.

DC Animation presents BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM is currently available digitally and will be available on physical media on August 12.  The BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD from www.lalalandrecords.com on August 26, 2014.

Anything Batman, sign me up... this is another aspect on the Batman franchise, this time it's taking us to  Arkham... the score does not disappoint.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Intrada: Blow Out [Score] - Pino Donaggio


Just a year after composer Pino Donaggio paired with Brian DePalma on the Hitchcock-inspired Dressed to Kill (soundtrack also available on Intrada), the team tackled another genre-mashup thriller -- Blow Out. Donaggio’s music is a meld of his infectious synthesizer-led rhythmic voice from lower-budget horror scores of the era (to accompany the film's false opening), to richly melodic, dynamically vivid orchestral score worthy of the best A-list pictures.  The score is anchored around an exquisitely sad and regretful love theme, introduced on piano and strings when we first meet the character of Sally. To characterize his male protagonist and antagonist, Donaggio took an opposing approach. In a number of cues he applies a funk-guitar vibe to Jack, establishing him as proactive and upbeat.

After Pino Donaggio recorded his 55-minute score for Blow Out on 2″ 24-track tape at A & R Recording Studios in New York City, he mixed and edited approximately 48 minutes of it down to ¼″ 15 ips two-track stereo for inclusion on a possible soundtrack album. The album never materialized and those two rolls of stereo tape are all that has survived of the score. They are the source of this current CD, made available courtesy of MGM and housed in perfect condition in their vaults.

In the film, a presidential candidate dies while riding in a limousine with an apparent prostitute named Sally (Nancy Allen). The sound editor, Jack (John Travolta), rescues her from the sinking car— making both of them key witnesses to the accident. In fact, the “accident” was the handiwork of a rogue political assassin named Burke, who seeks to discredit Jack as a witness.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 287
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
YOU CAN HEAR IT, HERE...
 
Just Announced, this is one of ones that collectors have been looking for!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Intrada: The Baytown Outlaws - Christopher Young/Kostas Christides


The rousing rebel spirit of a family of Southern thugs takes off at breakneck speed in The Baytown Outlaws—a wickedly playful, high-velocity action comedy in which three infamously ruthless Alabama brothers find themselves on the wrong side of crooked cops, relentless Feds, mad mobsters, road pirates, tomahawk-wielding bikers, and tricky femmes fatales when they finally try to do a single good deed.  To accompany the film, composer Christopher Young and Kostas Christides composed a score entirely for rock band.  While this may not seem out of the ordinary, Young explains: "It’s hard to believe it took so long, approximately 30 years, for someone who initially wanted nothing more than to be a rock, then jazz, drummer. In fact the music is not quite rock since the film is set in Alabama. Let’s just say it’s tinged with Southern sunsets, but also with a taste of tumbleweed and tundra driving down desert drags. You know the scene." Accompanying the raucous outing, literally, is Christopher Young performing on piano and...screams. "You can’t miss my piano performance, because that instrument appears only once on the CD, and the only accompaniment to it are birds (not kidding)."

Young has always looked for a new sound, something unique, to expand his artistry when composing film scores.  This score and album confirm that his creativity is still working overtime to do something entirely different.

INTRADA MAF 7137
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
REBEL, REBEL... [CLICK HERE]
 
Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

GAME MUSIC CONNECT UNVEILS FULL 2014 PROGRAMME




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ENTIRE DAY'S SESSIONS CONFIRMED FOR INTERNATIONAL VIDEO GAME MUSIC CONFERENCE AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON, SEPTEMBER 24
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Composers of "BioShock", "Everybody's Gone to the Rapture", "Dead Space", "Forza 5", "LittleBigPlanet 3", "Remember Me", "Shadow of Mordor", "Tomb Raider", "Transformers: Universe", "Volume" to explore the art and craft of writing and producing music for video games

LONDON, United Kingdom (August 19, 2014) - Game Music Connect organizers today revealed all remaining undisclosed sessions for the second annual international video game music conference which returns to The Purcell Room at London's Southbank Centre on September 24. The final sessions to be announced include a high-powered roundtable discussion, "Score To Studio", featuring top industry executives, audio directors and talent agents on the process of orchestral contracting, as well as two star-studded composer panels (with audience Q&A) addressing a wide variety of issues pertaining to the art and business of composing music for games. Full programme details are now online at www.gamemusicconnect.com.

Game Music Connect is for aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and craft of creating today's cutting edge video game soundtracks. Featuring interviews, practical demonstrations and roundtable discussions with some of the world's leading composers, music supervisors and audio directors, tickets are available at www.gamemusicconnect.com.

HOUDINI Vol. 1 and 2 [Score] - John Debney


Lakeshore Records will release the HOUDINI – Original Television Soundtrack Volumes 1 and 2 digitally on August 26th and on CD September 30, 2014. The album features original music by John Debney (Sin City, The Passion Of The Christ).

“I would best describe the HOUDINI score as Industrial Rock meets Gypsy rooted mystery,” said Debney.  “Uli Edel gave Houdini such a stylish and über-contemporary look. His attention to detail was impeccable and high spirit of creativity was infectious!”

John Debney continues to receive accolades for his outstanding work. Last year, he received a Prime Time Emmy nomination for his work on the miniseries Hatfields And Mccoys.  In 2005, he became the youngest recipient of ASCAP's prestigious Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award.  Debney has again broken new ground composing for the videogames Lair (2007) and The Sims Medieval (2011).  His Lair music was nominated for a BAFTA and he was awarded Best Videogame Score by The International Film Music Critics Association. John Debney’s recent accomplishments include scoring the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.  His recent projects include Draft Day and Walk Of Shame, both feature soundtracks on Lakeshore Records.

The two-night scripted miniseries HOUDINI follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Erich Weiss rose to become a household name across the globe–Houdini. Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin. A thrilling ride throughout Harry’s psyche, HOUDINI delves deep behind the curtain into his life through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion. Joining Brody is Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin the Woods) as Bess Houdini, the love of Harry’s life and right hand when it came to some of his most amazing feats, and Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Book of Eli, Gangster Squad) as Jim Collins, Harry’s assistant and confidant.


“All if the score is in the main electronic, with the addition of a solo gypsy violin and cello. Lots of Zither and other stringed instruments were also used,” explained Debney.  “Early discussions on tone centered around the idea of giving Houdini a very edgy and contemporary sound while always grounding the music with period splashes of style.”

History presents HOUDINI – a special two-night event  airing Monday, September 1 and Tuesday, September 2  at 9/8C.  The HOUDINI – Original Television Soundtrack Volumes 1& 2 will be available digitally on August 26th and on CD September 30, 2014.

HOUDINI is a Lionsgate/A+E Studios co-production. The creative team includes Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremberg, Family of  Spies) and Andras Hamori (Sunshine) as executive producers, Academy Award® nominated writer Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution), Academy Award® nominated director Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex, Last Exit to Brooklyn), Academy Award® winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein (Amadeus), and cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub, whose work ranges from American blockbusters (Independence Day) to award-winning art house movies (Black Book).


Just Announced, I am excited about this Mini-Series and well as you all know I am a fan of composer John Debney. Score music that I can only describe as retro-industrial-techno feel where he incorporates a metal to metal like feel and then brings in music in like an illusion is being preformed right before your eyes.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Sony Music/Masterworks: The Giver [2014] - Marco Beltrami


Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture score album of The Giver. Composed by two-time Academy award-nominee Marco Beltrami, the score for The Giver is available digitally on August 12 and on CD on September 16. Based on Lois Lowry's award-winning and bestselling novel, the highly anticipated film features an outstanding cast including Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift. The Giver will be released in theaters nationwide on August 15.

Composer Marco Beltrami’s success in composing the scores for mainstream films like The Giver owes much to his background in concert composition. His mastery of a big range of orchestral effects is evident in this score, which calls for predominantly pensive moods. The album opens with shimmering, ethereal sounds in the main titles, then proceeds with serene themes and orchestration in “Jonas Gets the Gig” and “First Memory”, and a beautiful liquid melody for keyboard in “Color.” These moods change with the stirrings of unease and drumbeats in the track “Happiness and Pain,” while the second half of the album expresses the developing conflicts of the movie with the martial percussion and metallic threat of “War,” the dissonances of “Accelerated Training,” and the excitement of “Escape from the Nursery” and “Capturing Jonas.” The recurrence of motifs and the musical summing-up in the end credits with choral effects and a lovely string solo bring unity and a calming conclusion to the score.

Beltrami was nominated in 2007 for his work on 3:10 to Yuma and again in 2010 for his score to The Hurt Locker. He studied at the Yale School of Music and in Italy, before learning the trade of film composition with the great Jerry Goldsmith. Beltrami’s composing career began with the thriller Death Match in 1994. He gained recognition for his work on horror films such as Mimic (1997), The Woman in Black (2012), and all four films in the Scream series (1995–2011). He has also composed two scores for the Die Hard franchise: Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard, the latter is also available on Sony Classical.

The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

Sony Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Okeh, Portrait, Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE ALBUM OF THE GIVER
AVAILABLE DIGITALLY AUGUST 12 AND ON CD SEPTEMBER 16
Music by Academy Award® -Nominated Film Composer Marco Beltrami

Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

KeepMoving Records: Say It In Russian [2007/2014] - Pinar Toprak

 
Directed by Jeff Celentano, Say It in Russian is a passionate romance with a dash of thriller inspired by the real life experience of its main star, Agata Gotova. The film tells the story of Daria Larina, a Russian socialite who meets American businessman Andrew Lamont in the city of lights, Paris. Upon returning to her Russian home with her new boyfriend, Daria is distraught by the cold treatment from her father. What she doesn't realize is that his dad is a former oligarch turned Minister, whose life is seriously threatened by his old business partners.

The music for Say It in Russian was written by Istanbul-born composer Pinar Toprak. Completing his musical studies at the Istanbul State Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and California State University, Northridge. Pinar got her first gigs by doing musical programming for some Hans Zimmer scores at Remote Control Productions. She also worked with master orchestrator William Ross before getting her first major movie, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil. Since then, she has worked on everything from family animation (Light of Olympia) to creature features (Ogre), comedies (The Lightkeepers) and sports documentaries (The Wind Gods) as well.

The dark and passionate score inspired by the musical legacy of Russian romanticism was recorded by 75 musicians of the Belgrade Film Orchestra, making it the composer’s first symphonic recording. KeepMoving Records is proud to present the complete underscore from the film, parts of which were available only on promotional releases by the composer. By doing a new mix and including several short but sweet cues for the first time, we’re happy to give you the definite presentation of this sometimes tragic, sometimes propulsive, but on the whole wonderful score.

The CD comes with an 8-page booklet with commentary by Gergely Hubai and personal commentary by Pinar Toprak recalling the excitment of recording her first ever symphonic score.

Limited Edition of 500 copies
Label: KMRCD 032

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One great label, one great score from composer "Pinar Toprak" and I am lucky enough to be able to hear it... you should too. It's a building to the drama type of score and does a great job achieving that for you to hear.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Silva Screen Records: The Music Of Hans Zimmer - The Definitive Collection

SILVA SCREEN RECORDS PRESENTS:
The Music Of Hans Zimmer
The Definitive Collection
 
From 1988's South African political drama A World Apart and then through three decades of Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Batman to 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, this 6 CD, 77 track compilation brings together the very best music from one of the most accomplished and prolific composers in film music history.

Writing music for over 100 films, with eight Academy Award nominations including one win, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award and a Tony, Zimmer’s 30 year career is simply breath-taking.

A man revered for bringing together electronic music and traditional orchestral scoring he is also happy to undertake extensive research to bring period music to films such as The Last Samurai and Sherlock Holmes. These new recordings provide the perfect overview to Zimmer’s brilliant career.
 
Performed by London Music Works & The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

CD: SILCD1453
Digital Album: SILED1453

Release date: September 2nd, 2014

For more info visit:
www.definitivehanszimmer.com

Just Announced!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Lakeshore Records: Trust Me [2014] - Mark Kilian


Lakeshore Records will release the TRUST ME – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 26, 2014.  The album features original music by Mark Kilian (PITCH PERFECT, TSOTSI).

“Director Clark Gregg and editor Kathryn Himoff and I spent much time conceptualizing and molding what the tone of the score should be,” explained Kilian.  “The movie presented a fine line between noirish darkness and cleverly written comedy that feels sharp and real, especially for Hollywood folks.”

To achieve this Kilian described, “I assembled a collection of struck ethnic idiophones like gamelan, glass marimba, bass marimba, metal buzz balafon, hapi drum and glock and started recording moods and patterns on which I could build further. To invoke a noir attitude I used trumpet (both muted and open) and string bass and then filled in as was needed with strings and some manipulated guitar soundscape work.”

Clark Gregg leads an all-star cast in the sharp comedy TRUST ME, as Howard Holloway, a down-on-his luck agent for child actors and truly one the last good guys left in Hollywood. After discovering a 13-year-old acting prodigy (newcomer Saxon Sharbino), he is poised to close the deal of a lifetime which would catapult his tween client and, at long last, himself, into the big time. With the support of his gorgeous new neighbor (Amanda Peet), he must wrangle the actress' volatile, overprotective father (Paul Sparks), dodge a scheming producer (Felicity Huffman), and outwit his uber-slick nemesis. As he arrives on the brink of the Hollywood dream that's eluded him for a lifetime, he begins to sense that his innocent young starlet may not be quite what she seems. Also featuring Allison Janney, William H. Macy, and Molly Shannon.

STARZ Digital Media presents TRUST ME currently available in theaters and on VOD.  The TRUST ME – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally August 26, 2014. 

Just Announced... Hey, isn't the Agent Coulson? Well looks like a great film, with a great cast... the soundtrack is awesome... trust me!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Kronos Records: Still Life [2014] - Rachel Portman

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Kronos Records Proudly Presents: "STILL LIFE"
Music by RACHEL PORTMAN
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To celebrate the number 50 milestone we have picked a recent gem of a score by one of the most distinguished contemporary film music composers. Kronos Records has the pleasure to announce the soundtrack of Uberto Pasolini's STILL LIFE, starring Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt (of Downton Abbey Fame). The music is composed by one of the most distinguished composers of our times, Academy Award Winning British composer Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, Emma, Hart's War). Rachel Portman always manages to masterfully capture the feelings of the characters and the mood of the story into the most beautiful musical notes and Still Life is definitely not an exeption. The music for Still Life is a beautiful, sober and very moving composition in true Portmanesque fashion. Every note takes us through John May's journey that starts with him looking for others and ends up finding himself- The various ensemble combinations chosen by Portman to convey these moods help elevate the music of Uberto Pasolini's film to new heights. We are extremely honoured to present you with this truly fantastic gem. A genuinely ethereal score, made from the heart and for the hearts of those akin.

Music speaks louder and deeper than any words.  Delight your ears and soothe your spirit with the music of STILL LIFE.

Release Date : August 28, 2014
LIMITED EDITION OF 500 COPIES

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Sound samples and pre-order CD here : [CLICK HERE]
 
Just Announced and the very talented Rachel Portman and Kronos Records... you will love it!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

Wild Eye Releasing: PERFECT HOUSE [DVD]


Wild Eye Releasing: The Perfect House is an anthology inspired by the styles of three of the most famous time periods and sub genres of horror. Each vignette reveals a dark side to suburban anonymity through three different homeowners of the same house.   A young couple are now looking to buy the house, but the violent acts of the previous doomed occupants are reawakened for them to experience. Now they must escape or become part of the legacy of pain that lives in the basement, and possesses anyone who stays too long.

The DVD release of The Perfect House (SRP $14.95) will exclusively include over two hours of bonus features: behind the scenes featurettes, cast interviews, footage from the national theatrical tour, special effects featurettes, Q&A footage and an alternate ending.   

You must know by now that I dig this kind of film and our day if you look has had a world of scary stuff, I am calling Freaked Out Friday. I hope you have fun exploring these different films as I have, so do you live in a perfect house... I don't think so!
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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INTERVIEW WITH LUKE GOSS [ACTOR]