SIX STRINGS: "2017 BEST OF SCORES/SOUNDTRACKS"


There was a great amount of music released in 2017, this is not any where near the awesome soundtracks out there... this is just the stuff I found myself listening to the most, the first ten are CAR/HOME and the second ten are mostly at "HOME". Here are my choices and strictly my opinion... THANKS to all the labels, artists and films that made this possible!

2017 "TOP TEN" MOST LISTENED:

Furious: The Legend of Kolovrat [2017] (Lakeshore)
Serj Tankian

The Black Prince [2017] (Caldera Records)
George Kallis

Blade Runner 2049 [2017] (Epic Records)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion [2017] (MovieScore Media)
George Kallis

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [2017] (WaterTower)
Daniel Pemberton

LIVIDE [2017] (Kronos Records)
RAPHAEL GESQUA

Poltergeist II: The Other Side [1986-2017] (Intrada)
Jerry Goldsmith

Eloise [2017] (Mediant Music: http://ronenlanda.com/)
Ronen Landa

Blue Earth II [2017] (Silva)
Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, David Fleming

The Great Wall [2017] (Milan)
Ramin Djawadi

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2017 2ND RUNNERS UP:

The Last Warrior [2017] (Disney)
George Kallis

Knock [2017] (MovieScore Media)
Cyrille Aufort

Harlots [2017] (Silva)
Rael Jones

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales [2017] (Disney)
Geoff Zanelli

The Mummy [2017] (Back Lot)
Brian Tyler

OJ: Made in America [2017] (Lakeshore)
Gary Lionelli

The Promise [2017] (Lakeshore)
Gabriel Yared

Centaur [2017] (Plaza Mayor)
Andre Matthias

Netflix: House of Cards V [2017] (Varese)
Jeff Beal

The Hustler [1961-2017] (Intrada)
Kenyon Hopkins

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2017 BEST BOX SETS:

Stephen King Collection (8CD) (Varese Sarabande)
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS: THE FRANZ WAXMAN COLLECTION (4CD) (Intrada)

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MY FAVORITE FOR 2017!

Blade Runner 2049 [2017] (Epic Records)
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch

THANK YOU "2017"
-Jeremy [Six Strings]

LINKS:

Intrada: "WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT" (3Cd) Composed and Conducted by ALAN SILVESTRI


In 1988, Touchstone Pictures and Amblin Entertainment released Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a technological marvel integrating animation and live action.  To score the onscreen antics of the wacky Roger Rabbit and his sourpuss human detective-for-hire Eddie Valiant, director Robert Zemeckis called in his trusted composer, Alan Silvestri. The pair first worked together on Romancing the Stone and the following year's mega-hit, Back to the Future.  Having also scored the aggressive action film Predator just the year prior, Silvestri was a brand name and brought a diverse set of styles to the colorful, kinetic onscreen action.  Starting with a cool jazz styling in the previously unreleased Main TItle, Silvestri sets the tone for the film, then immediately diverts to a cartoon shooting in progress.  A colorful and wild orchestra follows the crazy happenings in the cartoon world until production is interrupted.  As the story unfolds, private dick Eddie Valiant is introduced as well as his cool and somewhat nostalgic, bluesy theme.  The challenge was for Silvestri to write a score that was jazzy noir, action, with generous doses of Carl Stalling.  The result is a swirling mix of styles that come together into a unified whole that captures the world of Roger Rabbit, 1940s Hollywood, and the under- and over-belly of the Toon World.

To present this expanded edition, including a wealth of music not used in the final cut of the film, Intrada assembled Dennis Sand's original mixes into a program running 98 minutes.  In addition, some alternate takes are provided in the Extras section as well as the three Roger Rabbit shorts released in subsequent years:

-Tummy Trouble, composed and conducted by James Horner
-Rollercoaster Rabbit and Trail Mix-Up composed and conducted by Bruce Broughton

To round out this 3-CD set, the final disc contains the original album presentation featuring Silvestri's unique edits and assemblies including some dialog omitted from the complete presentation on the first two discs.

In the film, Bob Hoskins plays Eddie Valiant, a bitter, boozy detective who watched his brother die at the white-gloved hands of a crazed Toon. In a riff on Chinatown and other classic noir films, Roger’s ’40s-era Los Angeles is populated with trolleys, old-school movie moguls...and living cartoon characters. Eddie gets pulled into a case involving the death of Toontown’s owner, Marvin Acme, which is pinned on the rascally Roger Rabbit. The gumshoe must confront his own demons and prejudices, and ultimately the maleficent Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd), who wants to exterminate all toons in his quest to pave California over with freeways.

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WOW... WOW... WOW! That is amazing, I am thrilled to see this one released again and now it's packed with extras.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "Child of a Mad God, A Tale of the Coven" The Coven (Volume 1) - R. A. Salvatore


From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do’Urden, comes the start of a brand new epic journey.

When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.

The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe’s coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven’s power, and Aoleyn’s talent has made her a beacon in the night.

R. A. SALVATORE is one of fantasy's most popular authors, with his books frequently appearing on the New York Times bestseller list and more than 10 million copies of his books sold. He is the author of The Bear, The Dame, The Ancient, and The Highwayman as well as Gauntlgrym, The Legend of Drizztbooks, including the Dark Elf Trilogy—Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn— and the Demon Wars series, among many others. He lives in Massachusetts.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "I, TONYA" Score by Peter Nashel


“I, Tonya” is the upcoming biographical film from Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, The Finest Hours). Starring Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan, the film follows infamous competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Robbie) through her formative years as the abused child of a single mother in the ‘70s to her involvement with Nancy Kerrigan and subsequent media firestorm during the ‘90s. Part drama, part black comedy, “I, Tonya” is one of the most anticipated films heading into awards season following a successful run on the film festival circuit. Neon is releasing “I, Tonya” nationally on December 8th, 2017. 

The soundtrack to “I, Tonya” plays prominently in the film and features songs such as the aptly-titled “Devil Woman” by Cliff Richard, “Shooting Star” by Bad Company, and the classic “Dream a Little Dream” as performed by Doris Day. Tracks by Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and Siouxsie and the Banshees are also included, as well as a selection of score cues by Peter Nashel.  


Jeremy [Six Strings]

Marvel Music: "RUNAWAYS" Score by Siddhartha Khosla


Marvel Music is releasing the digital versions of two Marvel’s Runaways albums.  Out today, Marvel’s Runaways soundtrack features songs from the Hulu Original Series.  Marvel’s Runaways Original Score digital album by composer Siddhartha Khosla will be released on January 26, 2018.

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? Marvel’s Runways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. 

Marvel’s Runaways is based on the Marvel comics created by the award-winning team of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.  The series is executive produced by showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (“The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl”) along with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”).  Marvel's Runaways is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios and is available now to stream on Hulu.

The soundtrack features 12 licensed tracks including “All My Heroes” from Bleachers fronted by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff, “May I Have this Dance”  by Francis and the Lights,  “Cane Shuga” by Glass Animals, “King Charles” by 19-year old UK singer/songwriter Yungblud (Dominic Harrison) and “Ocean Eyes” (Blackbear Remix) by 16-year old Billie Eilish. The music supervisor for the series is three time Grammy Award® nominee Alexandra Patsavas.   Patsavas’ credits include Gossip Girl and The O.C., all Shondaland series, and most recently completed Wonder.

The score is composed by film and television composer Siddhartha Khosla. Two tracks are included on the Marvel’s Runaways songs album, Marvel’s Runaways Main Title and “Gert’s Lullaby.”  In addition to his score for the Golden Globe and Emmy winning TV series “This is Us,” Khosla also scores films and television shows such as “The Royals” and “The Sounding.”  He is also singer/songwriter of the critically acclaimed band Goldspot.  

Marvel’s Runaways track list follows:

1. Siddhartha Khosla – Runaways Theme (1:13)
2. Francis And The Lights – May I Have This Dance (2:53)
3. Glass Animals – Cane Shuga (3:17)
5. Sofi Tukker – Drinkee (4:59)
6. Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes (Blackbear Remix) (3:15)
7. Lizzy Land – Beat Goes On (3:39)
8. Bleachers – All My Heroes (3:04)
9. Emily Wells – Antidote (Live Arrangement) (5:43)
10. Tony Quattro, Nani Castle – Fuerza (feat. Nani Castle) (3:39)
11. Austra – Beyond A Mortal (5:46)
12. Bombadil – Long Life (2:37)
13. Hundred Waters – Blanket Me (4:57)
14. Siddhartha Khosla, Ariela Barer – Gert’s Lullaby (2:20)  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Classical: "MOLLY’S GAME" Music by Daniel Pemberton


Sony Classical proudly announces the release of MOLLY’S GAME (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by Daniel Pemberton. The soundtrack to Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut will be available on January 5, 2018. STXfilms and The Mark Gordon Company’s MOLLY’S GAME was released in select theaters in the U.S. on December 25th, and will expand wide on January 5, 2018.

“It was great working with Aaron - I still can’t believe this is his first time as a director - he was so assured, enthusiastic and supportive it felt like he’d been doing it all his life,” said Pemberton.

“When you’re directing a film for the first time—and I would imagine when you’re directing a film for the hundred and first time—you don’t want the top people involved to be soldiers who’ll carry out your instructions. You want them to be artists who are better than your instructions. At an early meeting with Daniel in Toronto, where much of MOLLY’S GAME was shot, I told the extraordinary composer that I wasn’t hearing electronic music in the score. Instead I wanted strings, reeds and brass—an orchestral sound. Daniel nodded, smiled his thousand-watt smile and said, ‘There will be electronic music,’” Sorkin joked. “Daniel became nothing less than a co-author of the film. And I’ll be forever grateful that he followed his instincts instead of my instructions.”

Varèse Sarabande: "THE COMMUTER" Music by Roque Baños


Varèse Sarabande will release THE COMMUTER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on January 19, 2018 and on CD February 26, 2018. The album features original music composed by Roque Baños (DON’t BREATHE, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA).

“The director Jaume Collet-Serra was great to work with,” said Baños when asked about his experiences on the film. “Jaume gave me total freedom to develop the music.  His only direction was to create patterns in the music that evoke a commuter’s everyday routine. I did that in the main theme actually, which is a repetition of a small phrase with little variations.”

Insurance salesman Michael (Liam Neeson) is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.

“I used a traditional line-up of instruments including piano, strings, brass, and percussion,” said Baños. “On top of all of those amazing musicians, I also incorporated an unusual instrument - the train horn. It gives personality to the score, and it put's the train as a central character in the movie. The train has it's own theme, played by this train horn, giving the sound a character that could only be THE COMMUTER.”

Lionsgate and StudioCanal present THE COMMUTER in theaters on January 12, 2018. Varèse Sarabande will release THE COMMUTER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on January 19 and CD February 26, 2018.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "THE LONG ROAD HOME" Music by Jeff Beal


Varèse Sarabande will release THE LONG ROAD HOME – Original Limited Series Score digitally on January 12, 2018 and a limited edition CD is available beginning today directly at www.varesesarabande.com. The album features original music composed by Emmy®-Award winning composer Jeff Beal (BOSTON, House of Cards).

On April 4, 2004, the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ferociously ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad-- a day that later came to be known as "Black Sunday." Based on Martha Raddatz’s best-selling book, The Long Road Home chronicles their heroic fight for survival, as well as their families' agonizing wait on the home front back in Texas.

Jeff Beal was clear on the importance of The Long Road Home. “When you do a story about real people you really want to get it right,” he said. “Film music is the language of the emotional journey that a character goes through. One of the things that I love about this series, is that it is not just a combat movie or about an ambush, it is about the soldiers’ lives. Each hour you learn about them, their wives, their kids.  And unfortunately some of these guys don’t come back. It is great chance for us to see the level of sacrifice as well as the dignity and bravery these people have. This is their job and what they have to do is pretty amazing.”

Varèse Sarabande: "HANGMAN" Music by Frederik Wiedmann


Varèse Sarabande will release the HANGMAN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD January 26, 2018. The album features the original music composed by Frederik Wiedmann (ALL HAIL KING JULIEN, ACTS OF VENGEANCE).

Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city's notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of murder using the child's game... HANGMAN, while journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the crime spree, shadowing the detectives.

Lakeshore Records: "VIDEOMAN" Music by Waveshaper and Robert Parker


A VHS collector with a drinking problem finds a valuable movie that could save him from eviction. When the movie gets stolen he starts a desperate hunt for a perpetrator. An alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s is a victim of work place bullying and struggles to develop a relationship with her grown up daughter. These outsiders joined by nostalgia and broken dreams starts a romance and make each other self aware, a step in the right direction when trying to solve their respective problems.

Waveshaper is a Swedish electronic music artist inspired by the soundtrack scene of the 80s early 90s. His sound is cinematic and melodic with a modern mix that reminds of the French House sound.
He grew up spending a lot of time on Atari/Amiga and video games that clearly is represented in his tracks.

Waveshaper emerged back in 2013 but the last couple of years has blossomed into one of the most well known artists in the so called Synthwave scene. In 2016 he released the album “Station Nova” on NRW Records and contributed with 4 originaltracks to the PS4 / Xbox game “Furi” OST, alongside names like Danger and Carpenter Brut among others.  In 2017 he released the EP Velocity.  Scoring video game and movie soundtracks are something that he is putting more focus on.

Robert Parker: Originally a classically trained pianist, Swedish electronic musician Robert Parker went from tracker music during the 90s to retro-esque the following decade. His love for analog synthesizers began when he bought a Korg Polysix in 2009, which was the starting point of the style of music he produces today. His studio is located in Stockholm, where he creates music that ranges between everything from chiptunes to disco. He uses a combination of hardware synthesizers and trusty VSTs, where the Roland Juno 60, The Minimoog and the SH-101 are his cornerstones.

He does regular live shows. So far he has played in Canada, Australia, France, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Russia and China.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "TRAVELERS" Music by Adam Lastiwka


This season, FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (Eric McCormack) and his team of time-travelling specialists attempt to navigate their 21st century lives while tasked with the mission of saving the future from a dystopian existence. The Travelers will face their most difficult obstacles yet, including the Faction, a deadly virus, and a mysterious new Traveler (Enrico Colantoni), all while continuing to live the everyday lives of the present-day host bodies over which they’ve taken. Along with McCormack and Colantoni, Travelers features an all-star Canadian cast including MacKenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, and Reilly Dolman.

Adam Lastiwka is a prolific composer for film and television based in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He is best known for his work on the globally renowned Netflix series Travelers from Stargate Creator and Writer Brad Wright, as well as the Emmy Nominated series Interrupt this Program.

Starting at the age of seventeen with a three-album record contract, Adam seated himself as a pioneer of the home-studio based recording movement, thriving within a complex and challenging industry. The raw, powerful, organic and unique arrangements he creates with his distinct musical palette garnered attention, at a very young age, from Producers and Directors worldwide, earning him a diverse range of internationally broadcasted series, and to this day has contributed music to more than five hundred (and counting) episodes of television, documentaries, feature films and advertisements.

His fresh, unique and collaborative approach to scoring and composition always lends itself to a heightened final product in whatever context he’s working. Adam believes in delivering the most custom tailored scores to all of his clients, and in keeping with that goal, he has dedicated himself to learning the widest variety of musical instruments from all corners of the globe. While he is definitely an advocate of technology and is happy to utilize it in his productions, the artificiality and staleness it can yields, as well as the lack of personalization to the client has made him utilize it only the most transparent capacity that is necessary.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "THE POLKA KING" featuring Jack Black Polka Band


Lakeshore Records in conjunction with ShivHans Pictures are gearing up for the release of The Polka King—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack—a collection of classic polka songs re-imagined by The Jack Black Polka Band featuring members of the iconic Jan Lewan Orchestra as well as other prominent players in the scene.  Music supervisors Randall Poster and Meghan Currier brought the original players, Lewan’s original arranger Stephen Kaminsky and Grammy-winning producer Stewart Lerman together to re-record their songs with Black.  The Polka King was written and directed by Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wallace Wolodarsky* (The People vs. O.J. Simpson). The album was produced by Stewart Lerman and Randall Poster, and executive produced by Wally Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes, Jack Black, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson and Meghan Currier.

The Polka King—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released digitally on January 5 & CD January 12, 2018 with a vinyl release forthcoming.  Netflix will debut The Polka King January 12.

Lakeshore Records: "BLIND"


A long-ago car crash that killed his wife and left him unable to see still exacts an emotional toll on Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin). He was a hugely successful novelist, but stopped writing after the accident. Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) is found guilty by association when her husband is indicted for insider trading. She is sentenced to three years community service and assigned to help Bill. Their worlds intertwine and a passionate love affair ensues. Then Suzanne’s husband is unexpectedly acquitted and she is forced to choose between the man she loves and the man she married.

BLIND – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

01. Blind Opening Theme - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
02. Bird in A Cage - Sasha Lazard and Jake Baine 
03. Bill’s Wife Theme (Score Cue) - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
04. Mark’s theme (Score Cue) - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
05. Pourquoi - Ann Hampton Callaway 
06. Dream of Ice (Score Cue) - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
07. Through Your Eyes - Amy Lee 
08. Shaving (Score Cue) - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
09. Honeypot (Score Cue) - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
10. The Sexiest Mistake - Sasha Lazard 
11. First Kiss (Score Cue) - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
12. Just a Little Love, A Little Kiss - Johnny Farro 
13. Beacon for the Blind (Score Cue) - Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer 
14. The Final Leap - Amy Lee
15. Lumiere Remix - Sasha Lazard 
16. Without You- Matt Rocker and the Constituents
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "BLACK MIRROR: BLACK MUSEUM" Music by Cristobal Tapia de Veer


Lakeshore Records will release the BLACK MIRROR: BLACK MUSEUM – Original Soundtrack digitally on January 19, 2017. The album features original music by composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer  (UTOPIA, HUMANS, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS).

“BLACK MIRROR was one of the best things I’ve seen on TV,” said Tapia de Veer. “However I wasn’t influenced by other episodes while writing the score, because Colm’s [McCarthy, director] Black Museum was its own thing. It is very Black Mirror, but the style felt new to me, so I worked on it as if it were a stand-alone film.”

The Black Museum episode is presented as a series of three stories told by Rolo Haynes (Douglas Hodge), proprietor of the remote "Black Museum" to his solitary visitor Nish (Letitia Wright), all involving various exhibits related to cutting edge technological connections and transfers with the human brain that Rolo had developed in his career.

“The beginning, discovering the Black Museum, that was going to set the tone for the rest of the show,” explained Tapia de Veer. “The music morphed in many ways throughout the 3 stories, then goes back to where it started with the Black Museum, although with a sense of accomplishment, but also a sense of doom.”

To create the overall feel, “I tried many things,” said Tapia de Veer. “But in the end the whole palette comes from one single piece of music I gave Colm that he felt could be the theme that gives continuity, and holds the three stories together.”  In addition to creating a bit of a theme for Rolo to invoke a salesman-like drive, but with a creepy vibe, Tapia de Veer utilized girls voices which poke through the mix, “Melodic hints that accompany Nish, as well as other characters like the Monkey, somehow connecting them all as allies in this quest for revenge and/or justice.”

NETFLIX present BLACK MIRROR streaming globally where available. Lakeshore Records will release the BLACK MIRROR: BLACK MUSEUM – Original Soundtrack digitally on January 19, 2017.
http://www.lakeshorerecords.com
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Cat O' Nine Tails" (1971) [Blu-ray + DVD Limited Edition]


Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as "nine times more suspenseful" than its predecessor, was The Cat O' Nine Tails. When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. 


But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperiled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco's young niece, may also be in the killer's sights... This second entry in the so-called "Animal Trilogy" found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O' Nine Tails remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES" (2CD) Music by Michael Kamen


Intrada kicks of the 2018 soundtrack year with a 2-CD expanded edition of Michael Kamen's adventurous score for the Morgan Creek production of Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves.  The original album featured 50 minutes of score (plus two vocals, not available for this release), whereas the film contains nearly two hours.  Combined with alternates, this release showcases an additional 85 minutes of music not previously released.  The theme became such a signature sound that Morgan Creek used it for their logo attached to their movies from that point on.  Joined by horns, Robin is given a heroic theme during the opening credits, drawing in the audience to the deeds and misdeeds to come from this new vision of Robin Hood.  The orchestration is traditional—featuring brass in action scenes, strings in scenes of intense emotion, and pastoral woodwinds to evoke the beauty of Sherwood Forest. It roars, it whispers. It sings, it dances. It excites, it calms. Sometimes it even frightens. With a strong heroic theme, a "stalking bass line" for needed menace, and a simple, yet delicate and romantic love theme, Kamen had composed a film score worthy of the mighty thief prince.

The film opens in Jerusalem, during a crusade led by King Richard I. Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) is a prisoner, escaping to return to England—but his homecoming is hardly joyous. The sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) has brutally murdered Lord Locksley, destroyed his estate and despoiled the countryside, hoping to amass enough wealth to bribe English barons to betray their lawful king. The events that follow mostly adhere  to the established story and feature the usual ensemble: sheriff’s henchman Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott), Little John (Nick Brimble) and Friar Tuck (Michael McShane). But there are several new twists. Robin is accompanied back to England by a new character, Azeem (Morgan Freeman), a moor whose life he has saved, and who has vowed to return the favor. Maid Marian (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) is a feisty, independent female who initially disdains Robin and manages to be an empowered woman until the very end, when she becomes a traditional damsel-in-distress.

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For track listing and sound samples, please: [CLICK HERE]
 
OK, this is an awesome start... cannot wait to hear more of this one!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Breaking Glass Pictures: "BABES WITH BLADES" Action-Fantasy’s North American DVD & VOD


Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the steampunk, action-fantasy film BABES WITH BLADES. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in August in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Brian Sweet of APL Films. The film will arrive on DVD & VOD January 2.

Featuring UK stuntwomen from the infamous Babes with Blades Theater Group, BABES WITH BLADES stars Cecily Fay (Prometheus, The Huntsman: Winters War, Star Wars), Lauren Okadigbo (Justice League, Wonder Woman), Yennis Cheung (Skyfall, Death Race 4), and punk icon John Robb.

On the dark streets of Draiga, a mining colony occupied by the Visray Empire, lives Azura, the last of a fearsome warrior race known as the Sarnians. After witnessing her once beautiful home world turn into a lifeless husk, Azura must fight to the death in the gladiatorial ring to stay alive.

Meanwhile, a group of human freedom fighters form a resistance, seeking to try and protect their families from the oppressive and cruel rule of the Visray Section Commander Sorrentine. Unbeknownst to Azura, the fate of all humans on Draiga is about to rest in her hands. Can she survive long enough to save her colony?

Starting January 2, BABES WITH BLADES will be available to buy/rent on the following platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, and On Demand through local cable and satellite providers. "http://www.babeswithblades.co.uk/"
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]