RLJ Entertainment: "PILGRIMAGE" DVD and DVD/BD COMBO: Oct. 10, 2017


Leaving his Irish monastery for the first time, a young novice (Tom Holland, Spiderman: Homecoming) departs with a devoted group of monks and a mysterious former Crusader (Jon Bernthal, “The Punisher”) as they attempt to transport a holy relic to Rome. Threatened at every turn by savage tribes, traitorous Norman soldiers and those that seek the power they believe the relic holds, the young man finds surprising courage while faced with deadly challenges that will push his body, mind and spirit to the breaking point. CAST: Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage...
 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment: "Lady Macbeth"


The dark, dangerous, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ twisted thriller, Lady Macbeth, arrives on Digital HD October 3 and on DVD and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. Up-and-comer Florence Pugh smolders as a young woman in a loveless marriage who embarks on a passionate and forbidden affair, which unleashes an unquenchable thirst for power within her. The “jaw-dropping debut” (Rolling Stone) of theater director William Oldroyd, and written by Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth is adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk” and is what Indiewire compares to “Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights.” The Lady Macbeth DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.. 

Lust, power, and murder meet in this sexy, critically acclaimed thriller. Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment: "A GHOST STORY"


Written and directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon), and boasting a top-notch cast including Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck (Best Actor, Manchester by the Sea, 2016) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara (Best Supporting Actress, Carol, 2015 and Best Actress, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011), A Ghost Story arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD October 3 from Lionsgate. A24 debuted A Ghost Story to critical acclaim at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, with reviewers calling it “a poetic meditation on time, memory and spiritual connection” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter). 


Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star as a young couple who -- after being separated by loss -- discover an eternal connection and a love that is infinite.

Featuring an audio commentary, two never-before-seen featurettes and a deleted scene, the A Ghost Story Blu-ray and DVD.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Masterworks: "Flatliners" Music by Emmy® nominee Nathan Barr


In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.  But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.

Back Lot Music: "Victoria & Abdul" composed by Thomas Newman


The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s [Academy Award winner Judi Dench] remarkable rule.

When Abdul Karim [Ali Fazal], a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.

As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Get the soundtrack, featuring new music by 14-time Academy Award nominated composer Thomas Newman...

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

SPARKS & SHADOWS: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE "UNREST" Original Music by Emmy® Award-Winning Composer Bear McCreary


Sparks & Shadows announces the release of the Unrest soundtrack, featuring music by Bear McCreary (Rebel in the Rye, 10 Cloverfield Lane).  The documentary, directed by Jennifer Brea, chronicled her ordeal suffering from ME, more commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This intimate and provocative film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned a Special Jury Prize for editing.   

Usually writing music for narrative feature films, McCreary had to take a different approach to compose for a documentary.  “I learned a lot working with Jennifer Brea on Unrest,” said McCreary.  “This is literally her life. So, approaching it as I would a scripted film proved to be pointless.”  

Silva Screen Records: Pino Donaggio’s "DON'T LOOK NOW"


In February 2017, Time Out magazine polled actors, producers, directors and movie mavens to create a list of the top 100 British films of all time. Forty-four years after its release, Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now was a comfortable winner. Defined by them as, "a movie whose every glorious frame is bursting with meaning, emotion and mystery, and which stands as the crowning achievement of one of Britain’s true iconoclasts and masters of cinema". Based on a Daphne Du Maurier short story, Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland play a couple who travel to Venice after the tragic death of their daughter.

As well as composing the score, Pino Donaggio performed a substantial portion of it himself. He played the piano pieces, despite the fact that he was not very accomplished at playing the piano. These pieces are usually associated with Christine in the film, and Roeg wanted them to have an innocent sound reminiscent of a little girl learning to play the piano. Donaggio claims that since he was not very good at playing the piano, the pieces had an unsure style to them, perfect for the effect they were trying to capture.

The song - "I Colori Di Dicembere" - was recorded by Iva Zanicchi and released on her 1974 album "Amare, Non Amare". It is not heard in the film and was only included on the Italian pressing of the soundtrack where it was released as "A Venezia... Un Dicembre Rosso Shocking". This new edition of Donaggio's classic score reinstates the song and reverts to the original track sequence and edit.

Don’t Look Now was Pino Donaggio’s debut film score after which he went on to compose music for The Howling, DePalma's Carrie, Body Double, and Dressed To Kill, Piranha, Seed of Chucky.

The cover was the winning design by artist Benio Urbanowicz in a competition organised by Creative Review and BFI Publishing for the 20th anniversary of he BFI Film Classics book on the film. Release date: October 27, 2017

WOW, JUST WOW...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Negative" by Bill Brown


Coinciding with the movie’s American premiere on 19 September, MovieScore Media presents the tension-filled espionage action score of Negative, composed by Bill Brown and featuring guest soloist Robin Finck from Nine Inch Nails. After taking a picture of a woman on the street, amateur photographer Hollis (Simon Quarterman) is shocked when she knocks on his apartment door and threatens his life. Demanding that he and the photograph must leave town with her or she will have to kill him, Hollis reluctantly obliges. While on the run, the woman, Natalie (Katia Winter) reveals she's an ex-MI5 agent that double-crossed a Colombian Cartel. Just as she was about to escape for good, Hollis' photograph surfaced and now the Cartel knows their whereabouts...  Negative is directed by Joshua Caldwell and is produced by Mar Vista Entertainment.

"The concept behind scoring Negative was to create a score that was both ‘dark' and ‘light' at the same time" explains Bill. "It was an interesting challenge and was fun to create that kind of road-trip through the desert score, along with the edgier, synth-driven cues needed for the action and suspense sequences. I used a lot more synth than in previous scores, especially with all of the new modular synth technology I’ve implemented in the studio. One of the highlights of scoring the film was bringing in Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck to help with guitar on the score. The first track is actually the end credits piece and features Robin’s guitars in all their glory."

Composer Bill Brown has achieved great success in all forms of media with his compositions. His passion for composing is followed closely by his interest in cutting-edge sound technology. "In television, Bill scored all nine seasons of CSI: New York and went on to create an epic orchestral-electronic score for the second season of the post-apocalyptic series Dominion. In terms of video games, his list of credits include such well-known franchises as Command and Conquer: Generals, Captain America: Super Soldier and Wolfenstein. MovieScore Media had previously released the composer’s scores for Dark Prophecy, The Devil’s Tomb and Desiree.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "The Lion Woman" and "Bobbi Jene" by Uno Helmersson


Coinciding with the film’s release in Germany on September 14, 2017, MovieScore Media presents another sublime score from Scandinavian cinema. Written and directed by Vibeke Idsøe based on the 2006 novel by Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen, The Lion Woman tells the tale of Eva Arctander, a girl who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which makes hairs grow over large parts of her body. Born in 1912 while her mother dies during childbirth, Eva’s father initially tries to hide his daughter, but Eva cannot be held back from achieving her dreams. Despite humiliating examinations and bullying, Eva still falls in love, experiences respect and disrespect and discovers company by joining in a theater group featuring other folk who also suffer from rare diseases. The film follows Eva through ages 7, 14 and 22 in a most unusual coming-of stage story.

Composer Uno Helmersson explores the uplifting story of Eva with an emotionally evocative, thematically rich score exploring all three stages in the girls development in accepting herself. As the composer puts it: “The Lion Woman is a story about being different, trying to make your way through life. It is also a story about the complex relationship between a father and daughter - guilt, pride, judgement and love. The music in general comments both the inner as the outer world of Eva and her voyage. It also emphasize the relationship between Eva and her father Gustav. With its slightly melancholic, driving, beautiful and magic world - it takes you on Eve´s journey through life.”


Besides Lion Woman, MovieScore Media also releases a digital EP for the documentary Bobbi Jene. Directed by Elvira Lind, the film tells the story of dancer Bobbi Jene Smith. By portraying the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition, the picture deals with a woman's fight for independence, a woman trying to succeed in the extremely competitive world of dance. As Uno explains: “The film is just vibrating and trembling, and magic - all about being driven by your call, wherever it may take you or what it takes to get there. It gets under your skin. This was my premise when I dug into the making of the music.” Bobbi Jene gets its limited theatrical release in the US on Friday, Sep 22 by Oscilloscope Pictures.

Uno Helmersson was born in the village of Botsmark in Sweden in 1977. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 2006 and has since then worked as composer in the international film and television industry. His credits include contributions to the score of the highly acclaimed television series The Bridge and Armadillo, a multiple award-winning documentary about the war in Afghanistan. More recently his work was featured in the Department Q films The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One - these collaborations with Johan Söderqvist and Patrik Andén have been released by MovieScore Media. His latest release, also issued by the label was is the sport documentary Magnus (2016), detailing the rise of Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen.


Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Classical: "JANE" Music by Philip Glass


Sony Classical proudly announces the release of JANE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with a new score of Grammy® and Academy Award ®-nominated composer Philip Glass. The soundtrack will be released digitally on September 29th and on CD on October 6th.

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, Academy award nominated director Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

The film, which is distributed by National Geographic Documentary Films, is an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and London Film Festival, among many others and will be released in select theaters starting October 20 in New York and Los Angeles.

“I wanted JANE to be like a cinematic opera where we start off with a prologue that establishes the musical themes of Gombe, and that idea led me to Philip Glass,” said Morgen. There’s this almost dreamlike element to his score. The way the chimpanzees and all the other animals move in sync with the music. It’s a magical component to Jane’s romantic view of nature.”

The avant-garde composer and three-time Oscar® nominee is renowned for his concert works, operas such as “Einstein on the Beach,” and scores for dozens of films, including “Koyaanisqatsi,” “The Hours” and “Notes on a Scandal.” When Morgen showed him a rough cut of the material, Glass was immediately hooked. "I was really impressed with the quality of filmmaking in terms of the actual cinematography, which was stunning,” Glass says. “It was at such a high level technically; it seemed like it had been filmed yesterday.

Sony Classical: "GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN" Score by Oscar® nominee Carter Burwell


Sony Classical announces the release of GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell.

The soundtrack will be released digitally on September 29 and on CD on October 20, 2017. The film will be released in the US on October 13, 2017.

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) and will be released in US theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 13, 2017.  The screenwriters are Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan, and the producers of the film are Damian Jones and Steve Christian. 

Sony Classical: "BATTLE OF THE SEXES" Score by Oscar® nominee Nicholas Britell


Sony Classical proudly announces the release of BATTLE OF THE SEXES (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with the score of Academy Award®-nominee composer Nicholas Britell, and an original song by Grammy® and Tony® nominee Sara Bareilles and composer Nicholas Britell.
The soundtrack is now available digitally and on CD on October 20, 2017.

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes” and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.  As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.  The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed.  And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue).  Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES is directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), and features a cast including Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, and Natalie Morales.  The film is produced by Christian Colson, p.g.a., Danny Boyle, p.g.a. and Robert Graf, p.g.a.

Nicholas Britell is an Academy Award-nominated composer, pianist, and producer.

VARÈSE SARABANDE: "AMERICAN MADE"


Featuring Classic Songs By The Allman Brothers Band, Townes Van Zandt,
Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band, and Linda Ronstadt

With Original Music Composed By Christophe Beck
 
Varèse Sarabande will release the AMERICAN MADE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on September 29 and CD on October 27, 2017. The soundtrack features classic hits by The Allman Brothers Band, Townes Van Zandt, Linda Ronstadt and three original score suites composed by Christophe Beck (FROZEN, ANT MAN).

In Universal Pictures’ American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Based on a true story, American Made co-stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.

Let's start the Tom Cruise... running man!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VARÈSE SARABANDE: JEAN-MICHEL BERNARD "PLAYS LALO SCHIFRIN"


The result of a concert performed by Jean-Michel Bernard celebrating the music of legendary composer Lalo Schifrin at the 2016 La Baule Film Music Festival in France, Varèse Sarabande will release a new studio recording of JEAN-MICHEL BERNARD PLAYS LALO SCHIFRIN digitally and on CD October 6, 2017.  The album features three piano duets performed by Bernard with Schifrin himself!

Lalo Schifrin calls Jean-Michel Bernard his ‘soul brother.’  The two first met over 25 years ago, but it wasn’t until they were reacquainted in 2016 that they would strike up a musical friendship.  Schifrin was the guest of honor at the 2016 La Baule Film Music Festival.  Bernard was asked to give a tribute concert to celebrate the Maestro, and re-orchestrated Lalo’s themes for the performance.  Though not originally scheduled to – Bernard invited Lalo to join him on stage and the two played 35 minutes of amazing improvisations, culminating in Schifrin’s beloved “Mission: Impossible”.

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: VOLUME THREE" @WellGoUSA


Danny Chan (Ip Man 3, Kung Fu Hustle) returns in the final 10 episodes chronicling the life of the incomparable Bruce Lee, whose legacy continues to inspire new generations LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: VOLUME THREE debuts on DVD October 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The three-disc set follows Lee as he fights for his dream of becoming the first Chinese martial arts film star to achieve worldwide fame. LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: VOLUME THREE also stars Michelle Lang, Mark Dacascos, Wang Luoyang, Tim Storms, Ray Park and Michael Jai White.

After winning a high-profile martial arts championship, Bruce Lee (Danny Chan, Ip Man 3, Kung Fu Hustle) catches the eye of a Hollywood producer, George (Hazen MacIntyre), who sees great potential in the skilled young master and wants to make him a movie star. Eager to break onto the American film scene, exhibit his new kung fu style, Jeet Kune Do, and change the negative portrayal of the Chinese in mainstream media, Bruce throws himself wholeheartedly into a potentially lucrative art. But discrimination in the industry runs deep, and Bruce must fight for his dreams of becoming the first Chinese martial arts film star to achieve worldwide fame.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "THE GAME CHANGER" @WellGoUSA


An adaptation of the TV series “Shanghai Bund” and set during the gang wars of 1930’s Shanghai, the action-packed gangster drama THE GAME CHANGER debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD October 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film stars Peter Ho (Sword Master) and Huang Zitao (Railroad Tigers) as brothers united to bring down a powerful gangster (Wang Xueqi, Iron Man 3).


Two escaped prisoners join one of the most powerful gangs in Shanghai, the Green Gang, as the right-hand men of the head boss Mr. Tang. When Mr. Tang tries to gain total control over business dealings in Shanghai, he discovers his closest allies are not who they seem and turns against his own men to protect his power.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tadlow Music: "BEN-HUR" 2Cd [COMPLETE RELEASE]


Tadlow Music is proud to announce the release of the classic film music event of the decade – a special collector’s edition 2-CD set of one of the greatest film scores of all time – Ben-Hur composed by Miklós Rózsa.  The complete 157-minute score, including previously unreleased music, has been re-recorded in stunning and dynamic 24-Bit 96kHz digital sound, performed by the award-winning City of Prague Philharmonic, conducted by Nic Raine and produced by label founder James Fitzpatrick.

“Hearing many full versions of the film cues and some that were never recorded before, generations new and old will be exposed to my father’s epic masterpiece in its entirety for the first time,” said Miklós’ daughter Juliet Rózsa. “Ben-Hur was one of my father’s favourite scores; he worked on it for over a year – mostly in his beloved Italy. He won the richly deserved Academy Award® (his third) for Best Music score. He would have been ever so pleased with this new CD – as am I – and I thank Tadlow Music and James Fitzpatrick for producing my father’s magnum opus, recorded in rich digital 21st-century sound, in all its majestic glory.  Bravo!!”

MVD Entertainment Group: The Suspicious Death Of A Minor [Dual Format] (9/26)


In the wake of the success of Dario Argento's ground-breaking giallo The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, Torso), whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer.

The final of Martino's six gialli, The Suspicious Death of a Minor combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing 'poliziotteschi' crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk... 



Also starring Mel Ferrer (Nightmare City), Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria) and Jenny Tamburi (The Psychic), and featuring a script by veteran giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark, Death Walks at Midnight), this unique and lesser-known entry in Martino's filmography serves as an essential link between two different movements in Italian popular cinema.

Features:
- Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
- New interviews with director Sergio Martino and cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "The Legend Of The Holy Drinker" [Blu-ray + DVD]


Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend of the Holy Drinker is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs). Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances - and his alcoholism - forever intervene. Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Ruger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique) and Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen). 


Bonus Materials:
-Brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of both the English and Italian versions of the film
-5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Stereo 2.0 options for the English presentation with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Stereo 2.0 audio for the Italian presentation with optional newly translated English subtitles
-Brand-new interview with actor Rutger Hauer, recorded exclusively for this release
-Interview with screenwriter Tullio Kezich
-Theatrical trailer
-FIRST PRESSING ONLY: New writing on the film by Helen Chambers, author of Joseph Roth in Retrospect: Co-existent Contradictions

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Don't Torture A Duckling"


From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore (The Psychic, The Beyond), comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece Don't Torture a Duckling.

When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local "witch", Maciara (Florinda Bolkan, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders - city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian, The Four of the Apocalypse) and spoilt rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) - team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents... 


Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, Don't Torture a Duckling is widely regarded today as Fulci's greatest film, rivaling the best of his close rival Dario Argento. Arrow Video is proud to present this uniquely chilling film in its North American high definition debut.

Features:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
- The Blood of Innocents, a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
- Every (Wo)man Their Own Hell, a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
- Interviews with co-writer/director Lucio Fulci, actor Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment: L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties [DVD]


In an ancient world of magic and monsters, mystical lords must save their kingdom in L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, arriving on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 26 from Lionsgate. From the visual effects team behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Warcraft, this computer- animated, motion-capture, action-adventure odyssey stars Kris Wu and Fan Bingbing as sorcerers battling an evil traitor in order to restore peace to the kingdom. Based on the fantastic and epic novels by Guo Jingming, the L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties DVD.


Supernatural warriors clash with dark forces of evil in this electrifying fantasy-adventure. In a distant time, seven lords who wield powers beyond imagination share dominion over a world. But when one lord falls from grace, the others summon all their magic to stop an epic war that is ravaging the land — and threatening the order of the universe.

CAST
Fan Bingbing: Iron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Kris Wu: xXx: Return of Xander Cage, The Mermaid   
Cheney Chen:  The Great Wall, TV’s “Yes! Mr. Fashion”  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

INTRADA: Frederic Talgorn's "ROBOT JOX" [1989]


Intrada presents an expanded reissue of Frederic Talgorn's soaring orchestral score to the 1990 sci-fi film Robot Jox. One of the most ambitions projects produced by Charles Band, it featured a large orchestral score by a composer new to the Empire scene.  But he gave the film an epic sheen making the action on screen perhaps more grandiose than the budget would really allow, making it a very prominent and artistic element of the film.  Worth noting is Talgorn's unique orchestra mix.  While the traditional orchestral layout prevails—violins on the left, violas largely centered, cellos and basses to the right with woodwinds and percussion spread throughout— the brass are unusually placed: trumpets and trombones play behind the high strings; French horns are prominent with the low strings. Much of Talgorn’s writing is in higher registers and this unusual mixing allows brass sonorities to meld with the high strings and horns to counter the low strings. The final mix is vivid and punchy throughout and shines on this new restoration of the score.

The film draws inspiration from Homer’s The Iliad, re-imagining the Greek epic as a Cold War allegory, set in a post-apocalyptic world where war has been outlawed. The battle for territory between the free Market and totalitarian Confederation is reserved for humans piloting towering machines. Market champion Achilles withdraws from competition after a spectator-crushing accident, but when the genetically engineered Athena commandeers his “bot” to take on the Confederation’s crazed Alexander for resource-rich Alaska, he returns to the fray to save his comrade in arms.

INTRADA Special Collection 389
For track listing and sound samples, please visit: [CLICK HERE]

The cover of this soundtrack, says it all...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment: "THE HERO" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Hoping to write another chapter in his life, one Western icon is looking for a comeback in the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh The Hero, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 19 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by The Orchard and directed by Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams), Golden Globe® nominee Sam Elliott (Best Supporting Actor - TV, “Buffalo Girls,” 1996) stars as a broken man who must face the ghosts of his past and his inevitable mortality. Nominated for the 2017 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and New York Critics’ Choice, The Hero Blu-ray™ and DVD. 

 
Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories with his former co-star, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment: "THE BIG SICK" #TheBigSickMovie


Based on the real-life love story between star and cowriter Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and his wife, The Big Sick arrives on Digital HD September 5 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand September 19 from Lionsgate. Produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids), the winner of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh with a 97% critic score. A New York Critics’ Pick, the hilarious film takes a comical look at the clash of two cultures in a moment of crisis. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, the unconventional and authentic comedy also stars Oscar® winner Holly Hunter (Best Actress, The Piano, 1993), Emmy® winner Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Zoe Kazan (What If, Ruby Sparks).  Co-written by Nanjiani’s wife Emily V. Gordon (“The Carmichael Show,” “Explored”), the film is directed by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer). 


Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his stand-up sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Hunter and Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

The home entertainment release of The Big Sick features all-new bonus content including two behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentary with cowriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, producer Barry Mendel, and director Michael Showalter, the 2017 SXSW panel, deleted scenes, jokes that didn’t quite make the big screen, and bonus footage from The Big Sick Comedy Tour featuring hilarious stand-up performances, Q&As, and backstage moments.
 
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MVD Entertainment Group: Children Of The Corn [Blu-ray] (9/19)


A young couple traveling cross-country find themselves stranded in the small town of Gatlin, where they meet a mysterious religious cult of children. With no adults in sight the terror brews as the new arrivals find the secrets of the prospering corn fields and the children who inhabit them. Led by the mysterious Isaac and the unhinged Malachi the blood-curdling secrets of the children of Gatlin are soon revealed to their new 'outlander' guests. 


Featuring stellar performances from Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and Peter Horton (thirtysomething) and based on a short story by Stephen King, The Children of the Corn is a horror classic that has spawned multiple sequels and imitators, but none as harrowing as this masterpiece of horror.

Features:
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original Mono and 5.1 Audio Options
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with John Sullivan of childrenofthecornmovie.com and horror journalist Justin Beahm
- Audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains
- Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn - retrospective piece featuring interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains
- It Was the Eighties! - an interview with actress Linda Hamilton
- Return to Gatlin - brand new featurette revisiting the film's original Iowa shooting locations
- Stephen King on a Shoestring - an interview with producer Donald Borchers
- Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn - an interview with production designer Craig Stearns and composer Jonathan Elias
- Feeling Blue - an interview with the actor who played "The Blue Man" in the fabled excised sequence
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: A Fish Called Wanda [Blu-ray] (9/19)


In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob) to produce another classic of British comedy.

Cleese plays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves - two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin's animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson - when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches...


Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline's outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto, A Fish Called Wanda has stood the test of time, earning its rightful place among its creators' remarkable comedy pedigree.

Features:
- Brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original English mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Commentary by writer and star John Cleese
- Brand-new appreciation by Vic Pratt of the BFI National Archive
- Brand-new interviews with composer John Du Prez, production designer Roger Murray Leach, executive producer Steve Abbott and makeup supervisor Paul Engelen
- John Cleese's Final Farewell Performance, a 1988 documentary on the making of A Fish Called Wanda featuring interviews with actors Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and director Charles Crichton
- Something Fishy, a 15th anniversary retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Cleese, Curtis, Kline and Palin, executive producer Steve Abbott and director of photography Alan Hume
- Fish You Were Here, a documentary on the film's locations hosted by Robert Powell
- 24 deleted/alternative scenes with introductions by Cleese
- A Message from John Cleese, a tongue-in-cheek introduction recorded for the film's original release
- Gallery
- Trivia track
- Theatrical trailer
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "THE PRISON" @WellGoUSA


An ex-cop convict joins the secret crime syndicate run by those behind prison walls in the crime thriller THE PRISON, available on digital and Blu-ray™ September 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Yu-gon (Kim Rae-won, Gangnam Blues), a troubled former police inspector, is sentenced to prison for a hit-and-run accident, placing him with other inmates that he had put behind bars. While inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate (Han Suk-kyu, The Berlin File) who is running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden and guards, which provides them the perfect alibi. Soon after, he becomes a crucial member of the crime empire.


After a fatal accident, Yu-gon, a former police inspector, is sentenced to hard time in a prison he once helped fill. Once inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is no longer controlled by the guards, but by a vicious crime syndicate that breaks out at night, using their prison sentences as the perfect alibi to commit intricate heists. Looking for revenge against the system that placed him inside, Yu-gon joins the syndicate... but with every man out for himself, how long can the perfect crime last?
 
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Milan Records: "WOODSHOCK" Music by: Peter Raeburn


Woodshock is an American drama film written and directed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, in their directorial debut.Starring Kirsten Dunst as a woman in the wake of profound loss, the film follows her as she is torn between her devastated emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent drug. Dreamlike and surreal, the film is a unique exploration of grief and despair. Peter Raeburn composed the haunting, delicate score to Woodshock.

Peter Raeburn is a British composer, music producer and songwriter. He is well known for his work with director Jonathan Glazer’s films Sexy Beast, Birth and the BAFTA nominated Under The Skin. Peter also helped shape the soundtrack of Lars Von Trier’s Breaking The Waves and composed the music for Raoul Martinez and Joshua Van Praag's Creating Freedom: Lottery of Birth, which was nominated for Best Documentary at Raindance Film Festival.
 
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Milan Records: "LOVING VINCENT" Music by: Clint Mansell


Loving Vincent is the upcoming biographical animated film from newcomer directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman about Vincent van Gogh's final days and the attempt by an acquaintance of his son (played by Douglas Booth) to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. A film unlike any other, it is entirely hand painted – each of the movie’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on a canvas created using the same techniques as Vincent van Gogh. Good Deed Entertainment is releasing the film on September 22nd in New York before expanding to Los Angeles on September 29th and nationally on October 6th.

In addition to being a wonder for the eyes, Loving Vincent is a treat for the ears. The score is composed by acclaimed composer Clint Mansell (Pi, Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan, Moon, High Rise). Somber yet driven, Mansell’s compositions are filled with the swell of mournful strings pocked with delicate, deliberate notes in countermelodies. A perfect companion to the story of dreadful loss and resigned understanding, Mansell captures a thematic match with music that both enriches the viewing experience yet stands on its own as well. Milan Records will be releasing the soundtrack digitally on September 22nd and on CD September 29th. The soundtrack will also include the track "Starry Starry Night" featured in the end credits, produced by Mansell and performed by Lianne La Havas (Warner Bros).

In addition to CD and digital releases, Loving Vincent will also be made available on vinyl with packaging designed by director Dorota Kobiela. The LP is pressed on a single 180g color vinyl featuring the entirety of Clint Mansell’s score housed in a striking dress jacket with interior sleeve featuring liner notes from Clint. With audio mastered specifically for the vinyl format and a presentation that is unparalleled, “Loving Vincent” will be a must-own for music aficionados. The vinyl release date is October 13th, 2017.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS TO RELEASE THE ULTIMATE POPEYE - "Deluxe Edition" SOUNDTRACK 2Cd


Well blow me down!  Varèse Sarabande will release the most comprehensive version of the Popeye soundtrack ever assembled, featuring the film’s beloved songs by Harry Nilsson, performed by the cast (including Robin Williams, Shelly Duvall, and Ray Walston), never-before released original score composed by Thomas Pierson, and an entire disc of demos performed by Harry Nilsson. The POPEYE – Deluxe Edition Music From the Motion Picture, which also includes newly-discovered images and extensive liner notes, will be released digitally and on CD on September 29, 2017.

Looking for the father (Ray Walston) who deserted him as a baby, a sailor named Popeye (Robin Williams) journeys to the port town of Sweethaven. Popeye befriends an assortment of eccentrics and falls in love with Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), who already has a suitor, the bully Bluto (Paul L. Smith). Popeye also discovers an abandoned baby, Swee'Pea, whom he raises as his own. But when the spurned Bluto kidnaps Olive and the child, Popeye takes action, with the help of his magic spinach….

A rare co-production between Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions – the 1980 film POPEYE was a live-action musical version of E.C. Segar’s classic comic strip, directed by Robert Altman and produced by Robert Evans.  The idea was first presented to him by Evans during a party at the producer’s home in mid-1977.  Nilsson’s initial response, “We shared two or three vodkas, and then I told him I didn’t think it was such a good idea to do POPEYE.”

Eventually though he came on board – though the team at Paramount still needed convincing.  In May 1979 Nilsson was given three weeks to write three songs for the film.  He would present home demos for the tracks “He Needs Me,” “I’m Mean,” “Swee’Pea’s Lullaby,” amongst other. 
 

Full Moon Streaming: PUPPET MASTER: AXIS TERMINATION


11th entry in Full Moon's killer puppet franchise will premiere in three installments exclusively on Amazon starting THIS FRIDAY!

Buckle in for Puppet Master: Axis Termination, the 11th film in the series and the final chapter of the Axis Saga, which began with Puppet Master: Axis of Evil and continued with Puppet Master: Axis Rising. In it, everyone’s favorite pint-sized puppet anti-heroes — Blade, Pinhead, Tunneler, Jester, Six Shooter, and Leech Woman — join forces with a secret team of psychics working as Allied Operatives. Teaming up with Toulon’s bloodthirsty marionettes, these unlikely allies face off against a new pack of evil Nazis and their even more malevolent Axis Puppets in a showdown that will decide the future of the free world!
 


Puppet Master: Axis Termination will premiere EXCLUSIVELY on Full Moon's Amazon channels (U.S., U.K and Germany) and on Full Moon Streaming in three stand-alone installments. The first episode, "War Toys", will premiere on September 15th, with another installment September 22nd and the final episode on September 29th. 

Puppet Master: Axis Termination will screen later in its full, feature-length cut in October on the El Rey network, with DVD and Blu-ray dates to be announced at a later date.

Check out this exclusive new Puppet Master: Axis Termination clip:

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Lakeshore Records: "STRONGER" by Michael Brook


Lakeshore Records will release the STRONGER - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 22, 2017. The album features original music by Michael Brook (BROOKLYN, UNDEFEATED).

In STRONGER, inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the working-class Boston man [Jeff Bauman] whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. Stronger is the deeply personal account of the heroic journey that came after that photo – defining a man’s inner courage, a community’s pride, a family’s bond and an unexpectedly tenacious love to overcome devastating adversity.

“The film covers a sort of everyman, Jeff Bauman, who goes through this terrible tragedy experiencing anguish, loss and despair, but ultimately discovers his inner strength on the road to recovery,” Brook described.  It became a bit more important than usual for the opening cue to introduce them to Jeff.  “David Gordon Green [director] and Jake Gyllenhaal, [actor/producer] wanted the opening cue to strongly and instantly establish the emotional perspective that Jeff was a sweet, thoughtful kind of guy who has a fantastic sense of humor.  They felt, and I agreed, that a sweet, almost playful cue could initiate a sort of emotional resonance that would bring a kind of balance to the rest of the film.”

SONY CLASSICAL RELEASES TWO SOUNDTRACKS "THE MTV SERIES TEEN WOLF"


Sony Classical proudly announces the release of two albums celebrating the MTV original series Teen Wolf.  The Teen Wolf – Original Television Soundtrack features beloved indie rock and electronica songs used throughout the series from artists including Young the Giant, Mikky Ekko, Fink, and the haunting cover of “Bad Moon Rising” performed by Mourning Ritual feat. Peter Dreimanis. The Teen Wolf – Original Television Score features original music written by composer Dino Meneghin (Taking the Stage, Eye Candy) including “Teen Wolf Main Title.”

Loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, MTV's Teen Wolf and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott McCall, who is bitten by a werewolf and must cope with how it affects his life and the lives of those closest to him, and Dylan O'Brien as "Stiles" Stilinski, Scott's best friend. Teen Wolf first premiered in 2011, and is currently airing its sixth and final season Sundays on MTV in the US and on various channels internationally.

“You can hear over time how the show really developed a sound of its own,” said composer Dino Meneghin.

The show became quickly became a fan favorite of the network, and became known for its song choices as well as its original score.  “I always love to share new bands with viewers, especially with the ones that I am a fan of personally,” said series music supervisor Laura Webb in an interview on MTV.com. She pointed out the song, “Who Are You, Really?” describing: ”I was really excited about using Mikky Ekko in episode 10. His music was sent to me by someone that works on his team, and it always stuck with me. The song that we are using worked so unbelievably well that it still gives me goosebumps.”


Working on all six years of the series allowed Meneghin the opportunity to develop his themes. “Some of them became much broader in scope and importance than they were originally intended to be,” he described. “Scott and Allison's love theme is a good example; it started as a love theme for two characters, but we still used it even after Allison's death to call back to something fundamental about the show. It really came to represent some of the heart of the show, and whenever we'd bring it in, it was very powerful.”

The Teen Wolf – Original Television Soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD September 15, 2017. The Teen Wolf – Original Television Score will be available digitally the same day.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "MY NAME IS LENNY" Music by: Ian Arber


MovieScore Media is no stranger to movies about famous sportsmen and its latest release  falls in line with this trend. Directed by Ron Scalpello, My Name is Lenny presents an account on the life of Britain's most notorious bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean, also known as "The Guv'nor." Played by Josh Helman (Commander Stryker from the new generation of X-Men films, Mad Max: Fury Road) McLean was an institution of the British fighting scene with a self-proclaimed number of 4000 fights - he also had strong ties to the London underworld, a fact he relished when playing the role of 'Barry The Baptist' in Guy Ritchie's gangster comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. My Name is Lenny tells the extraordinary tale behind the man, the myth, the legend.

Ian Arber is an emerging talent in the film music world. With a growing portfolio of work across a variety of genres, In 2016, he scored two feature documentaries about Olympic legends Usain Bolt (I Am Bolt), and Sir Mo Farah (Mo Farah: No Easy Mile). His documentary scores are characterized by strong musical contributions from musicians, such as hip-hop legend Nas appearing in the opening titles to I Am Bolt and the involvement of co-composer Blur drummer Dave Rowntree on Mo Farah: No Easy Mile.  Other recent works in Arber's filmography include assisting Joe Kraemer on the blockbuster Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation as well providing music for the BBC2 period comedy Quacks.

While making himself well-known through his involvement in sports documentaries, Ian Arber tackles a fictionalized account of a fighter through the same keen insight for human drama. As he explains: “The My Name is Lenny score is a dark, psychological, brutal and epic  journey. The score is made up of distorted tones, experimental percussion and delicate atmospheric guitars and piano. Boxing glove punches were recorded as a percussive element throughout fight scenes. A heavily distorted cello represents Lenny’s abusive stepfather, and Lenny’s girlfriend Val’s influence is accented with a gentle melodic guitar motif in the score’s most delicate moments.”

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Jeremy [Six Strings]