Silva Screen Records: "THE ESSENTIAL GAMES MUSIC COLLECTION"

The video game soundtracks are currently experiencing a revolution. Always important to fans, and now supported by the rise of a healthy indie scene and digital distribution, the game soundtrack is nudging its way into the mainstream via Spotify and Apple playlists. Long gone are the bleeps and buzzes of the 80s. Replaced by an infinite variety of sound - from metal to industrial infusions, 80s synth-rock nostalgia, orchestral swoops and romantic pianos, the game soundtrack is finally establishing itself as a genre in its own right, with the inspiration and quality matching that of the film and TV soundtracks.

This follow up to 2012’s Essential Games Music Collection Vol.1, highlights some of the best, award-winning video game themes from past to present. Themes like “Guile’s Theme” from Street Fighter II and “Gerudo Valley” from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, are sure to bring the nostalgia of ‘90s video games. Other highlights include themes from Dragon Age: Inquisition and the universal acclaimed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. {http://www.silvascreen.com/}
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Universal: "TREMORS 6: A COLD DAY IN HELL" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Get ready for a wild and lethal adventure in the next chapter of the beloved cult-classic Tremors franchise, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, arriving on Blu-rayTM combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on May 1, 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tremors patriarch Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits”) reprises his iconic role as Graboid-hunting Burt Gummer along with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as Burt’s son Travis Welker in this all-new terrifying yet hilarious movie filled with even more quick-witted humor, screwball antics and action-packed thrills than ever before.

The perfect mix of action, horror and comedy, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital comes fully loaded with exclusive bonus features that will take audiences deeper into the outrageous world of Tremors, with special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, an up-close look at the very first underwater Graboid attack, and commentary from the filmmakers. 


Burt Gummer (Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!  

Tremors: The Complete Collection will also be available on DVD on May 1, 2018. New and longtime fans can now enjoy the wonder of all six movies in one must-own set including, Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors: The Legend Begins, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, and newest film Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell. 

Greatest cover art... and yes, there are six of these films! I have to go back and collect them all!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

GIVEAWAY: "ONCE UPON A TIME" now on BLU-RAY/DVD on Wellgo USA Entertainment


An immortal woman reconnects with a love from her past life in the epic romantic fantasy ONCE UPON A TIME, from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on the best-selling fantasy novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, ONCE UPON A TIME is a story of epic battles, deep passion, and the powerful forces that drive mortals and gods alike toward revenge, loyalty, and eternal love. Co-directed by first-time feature film directors Zhao Xiaoding and Anthony LaMolin, ONCE UPON A TIME stars Liu Yifei (Ip Man 3) and Yang (I Belonged to You).


Bai Qian, a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms, is sent to the mortal world to undergo a trial to become a High Goddess. There, she meets Ye Hua, with whom she falls in love and marries.  When an old enemy reappears in her life, everything she holds dear is threatened.

And... the giveaway, drop me an email... win one of three copies of this film!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kino Lorber Classics: "Legend of the Mountain" [1979] [DVD/BLU-RAY]


In King Hu's masterpiece Legend of the Mountain, a traveling scholar is tasked with translating a Buddhist sutra said to have immense power over the spirits of the afterlife. During his research he loses his way in the mountains, encountering ghostly presences amid a haunting fantasia of color, light and landscape. King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and '70s as a superb director of wuxia films (A Touch of Zen), a popular Chinese action genre of swords, sorcery and chivalrous heroes. 


Legend of the Mountain comes from the director's late period, when his visual artistry was at the height of its powers. The film's astonishing nature scenes, shot on location in the Korean countryside, are reminiscent of Terrence Malick, while the reflective blend of myth and history is all Hu's own. [https://www.kinolorber.com/]
 
Really... really enjoy this style of film...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "THE TITAN" Music by Fil Eisler


In the near future, a military family is chosen to participate in a ground-breaking experiment to accelerate man’s genetic evolution in order to relocate humanity to another planet.

ABOUT Composer Fil Eisler...
Fil Eisler is one of today’s most busy and diverse composers, with projects that range from big studio action pieces and comedies, to gritty independent films and hit television shows. Eisler recently scored Sony’s action thriller “Proud Mary” starring Taraji P. Henson. His upcoming work includes scoring Warner Bros.’ comedy film, “Life of the Party,” starring Melissa McCarthy, AMC’s new comedy series, “Dietland,” starring Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies, and the sci-fi thriller “The Titan,” starring Sam Worthington.

Eisler’s inventive scores and signature themes enliven some of TV’s most popular series and notable films. He composes for Fox’s Golden Globe-nominated drama series “Empire,” where his tension filled orchestral cues provide a powerful contrast to the show’s hip-hop soundtrack, as well as Lifetime’s Peabody-winning series “UnReal,” Bravo’s hit comedy drama series “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce,” and Showtime's Emmy-winning “Shameless.” Eisler was also both the composer and conductor for ABC’s breakout hit drama “Revenge.”  Additionally, in 2017 Eisler completed the scores for Netflix’s drama “To The Bone” starring Lily Collins and Warner Bros.’ hilarious film reboot of the fan-favorite series, “CHIPS,” starring Dax Shepard, Michael Peña and Kristen Bell.

Back Lot Music: "TRUTH OR DARE" Music by Matthew Margeson


Truth or Dare is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow and written by Michael Reisz, Jillian Jacobs, Chris Roach and Wadlow. It stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, and Landon Liboiron, and is inspired by the game of the same name. Jason Blum produced through his Blumhouse Productions banner, and Universal Pictures distributed the film. Released in theaters on April 13, 2018, the film has grossed $21 million worldwide. It received negative reviews from critics, who said it was "neither inventive nor scary enough to set itself apart from the decades of dreary slashers that came before it."

Matthew Margeson (born June 9, 1980) is an American composer, musician, and arranger of film, television, and video game scores. He is a member of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions, and has been a frequent collaborator of fellow composer Henry Jackman on films like Kick-Ass 2, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and its sequel.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VARÈSE SARABANDE "RECORD STORE DAY" RELEASES...

Varèse Sarabande announces three album releases for Record Store Day on April 21, 2018:  KRUSH GROOVE featuring tracks by LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC and more; cult classic GRINDHOUSE: PLANET TERROR never before been available on LP; and Tangerine Dream’s epic release ZEIT.  


This long out of print soundtrack LP to the classic hip-hop film KRUSH GROOVE includes appearances from the biggest acts of the 80's: LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC, and more.  This re-issue of KRUSH GROOVE features the limited edition cover used only by record clubs at the time of the original release, and was never available to record stores.  This release will be pressed on Orange/Blue Haze vinyl, giving the record a graffiti-look in the two primary colors of the jacket.


GRINDHOUSE: Planet Terror was part of a double feature film release between Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino that starred Rose McGowan, who sings on three tracks exclusive to this soundtrack.  The score is composed by Robert Rodriguez, Graeme Revell, (The Crow, Sin City), and Carl Thiel (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), with additional songs by Chingon and Nouvelle Vague.  The album has never before been available on LP and will be released on opaque white vinyl.


After selling-through on all copies of Tangerine Dream's debut album as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday 2017, Varèse Sarabande returns with Tangerine Dream's third album – their breakthrough record Zeit. Each side of this double-LP features only one epic song, varying in length. This release has been pressed, appropriately enough, on Tangerine-colored vinyl.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS" Music by James Horner


James Horner's gift, among many gifts, was his ability to find and focus on the most intimate and subtle emotions, bringing them to the forefront with his music.  It mattered not whether he was scoring an epic like Titanic or an intimate drama like The Man Without a Face.  The 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was of the latter type, a film where the interior life of the characters was the driving force of the drama.  Horner purposely avoids drawing attention to the music by limiting his palette to the somber sounds of piano, strings, oboes, French horns, low-lying trumpet and occasional ambient sounds. No other percussion — but the piano is always in the spotlight. Harmonic color is important, with relatively little dissonance.  As the composer described it, the score undergoes a transformation over the course of the film, having very little forward momentum to "suddenly becoming panic."

Horner, along with recording engineer Simon Rhodes, mixed and assembled a generous 52-minute album at the time of the film’s release, though it was never issued in physical form until this premiere Intrada CD. Recorded at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, this album covers almost all the score and features several lengthy tracks comprising multiple cues, as was customary for the composer.

The 2008 film adaptation tells the story of eight-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield), a boy growing up in 1944 Berlin until his soldier father, Ralf (David Thewlis), receives a promotion and moves the family out of the city. Unhappy to leave his friends, Bruno does not adjust well to the change and feels imprisoned by the old, fortress-like house. One day, disobeying his parents, he escapes over the wall and goes exploring. He comes upon a fenced-off compound that he had already noticed through his window (until his parents covered the view). He sees a boy sitting on the other side of the fence and they begin an awkward friendship. Meanwhile, Bruno’s mother, Elsa (Vera Farmiga), slowly starts to understand— to her horror—the true nature of her husband’s new assignment. It all leads to a painful, tragic conclusion.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER" [3Cd] Music by Rachel Portman


Varèse Sarabande will release a limited-edition box set of music from JIM HENSON’s tHE STORYTELLER on April 27, 2018.  The 3-CD set, which is available for pre-orders beginning April 13, features original music composed by Academy Award® winning composer Rachel Portman (EMMA, CHOCOLAT), available for the first time ever.

The release contains music from JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER and its spinoff series, JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: GREEK MYTHS, a 32-page booklet of exclusive interviews with the producers of the series and Portman herself, and a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs.

Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Emmy® and BAFTA TV Craft award-winning Jim Henson’s THE STORYTELLER anthology series features both human actors and creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop in this retelling of classic folk tales, fables, and legends. The series starred John Hurt in the title role. Aided by his cynical dog (performed by Brian Henson), Hurt narrates fascinating tales that combine humor, intrigue, and magic.

Varèse Sarabande: "AMC’s INTO THE BADLANDS: SEASON 1" Music by Dave Shephard


Varèse Sarabande will release AMC’s INTO THE BADLANDS: SEASON 1 – Original Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD April 20, 2018. The album features original music composed by Dave Shephard (LongMire) with main titles by Warrior Blade. Varèse Sarabande will be putting out the second season soundtrack later this year.

“How much more inspiration can one ask for than a sweeping, futuristic epic set in a dystopian, feudal world of master sword-wielders and supernatural forces?” asked Shephard.

In Season 1, Sunny, the deadliest Clipper in the Badlands, rescues a boy, M.K., from a deadly ambush. As Sunny and M.K. try to uncover the secret behind M.K.'s dark power, a new baron threatens to start a war between the rival lands.

The post-apocalyptic, visually stunning martial arts series with incredible cinematography and cinema-worthy fight sequences gave Shephard a good deal of inspiration. “From scene to scene to scene, I discovered richly textured characters, costumes, landscapes and story lines that conjured in me an immense wealth of musical ideas with which to play as I created a sound and musical narrative for the TV-series,” he explained. 

Varèse Sarabande: "TIMELESS" Music by Robert Duncan


Varèse Sarabande will release the TIMELESS – Original Television Soundtrack digitally on April 13, and on CD May 4, 2018. The album features original music composed by Robert Duncan (S.W.A.T., CASTLE). Lead actress Abigail Spencer’s rendition of "You Made Me Love You" is a special album-only bonus track.

“Timeless is a composer's dream gig,” said Duncan. “One week it's exploring dark and chilling timbres for the Salem witch trials, next it's finding the right melody to express the thrill of humankind's first steps on the moon. What could be better?”

From Eric Kripke (Revolution, Supernatural), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), John Fox and John Davis (The Blacklist), comes this thrilling action-adventure series.  In season 1, a mysterious criminal, Flynn (Goran Visnjic), steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: Lucy (Abigail Spencer), a history professor; Wyatt (Matt Lanter), a soldier; and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), a scientist, who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive.

Varèse Sarabande: "GHOST STORIES" Music by Frank Ilfman


Varèse Sarabande will release the Ghost Stories – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD April 13, 2018. The album features original score composed by Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves, DOWN THE DEEP DARK WEB).

Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Black Mirror’s Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Sherlock’s Martin Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of the these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman’s own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?

Silva Screen Records: "DOCTOR WHO" [SERIES 9] (3Cd) Music by Murray Gold


Premiering in September 2015, the ninth series of Doctor Who featured Peter Capaldi in the title role in his sophomore season as television’s favorite time traveler. This all encompassing four part collection features general cues on discs one and two, the complete score from the episode Heaven Sent on disc three and on disc four the Christmas Special, The Husbands Of River Song. Five time BAFTA nominee Murray Gold recently confirmed that he is stepping down from composer duties on the show after 12 years of providing some of the finest music to be heard on contemporary television. 

Underlining the breadth of Gold’s composing skill across over 149 minutes of music, this album is also the 12th Silva Screen release of his music since the 2005 Doctor Who revival. Murray Gold says - "It’s one of the last great morality tales out there but it also celebrates life. For that reason I think it’s a great show for kids. I couldn’t write this much music for it if I didn’t feel that way.”
 
I am a fan and I just say... WOW! It's one of the greatest series of music!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "Hereditary" Music by Colin Stetson


Hereditary is an upcoming horror film directed by newcomer Ari Aster. It follows the Grahams, a family in mourning after the passing of grandma. Annie, the family’s mother, suspects that not all is as it seems after grandma’s death – something unnatural may have been left behind. Annie’s suspicions are confirmed as the family is thrown into a nightmarish scenario of ever-increasing terror at the hands of the inexplicable. As the family turns in on itself in the throes of paranoia and despair, Annie is forced to face the darkness of their inherited fate in order for them to survive. Following lavish praise from early screenings and a successful run on the festival circuit, A24 is releasing Hereditary on June 8th, 2018.

Scoring duties on Hereditary came to Colin Stetson (Lavender, collaborator of Arcade Fire). Though his background as a saxophonist makes him an unconventional choice for horror composition, Stetson has conjured an instant classic for Hereditary using an army of strings, chimes and drones. The end result is a uniquely uneasy, sinister suite of music capped with one of the most unexpected conclusions in recent years – listeners will find themselves totally possessed. In addition to a digital and CD release, Hereditary is getting the vinyl treatment. Pressed on a pair of 180g black LPs for optimal sound quality, the release is housed in a gatefold jacket featuring liner notes from director Ari Aster. Milan Records is proud to be releasing the soundtrack to Hereditary on June 8th, 2018
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "LOST IN SPACE" Music by Christopher Lennertz


Lakeshore Records will release LOST IN SPACE - Netflix Original Series Soundtrack digitally April 13, 2018 with a CD release forthcoming. The album features original music by composer Christopher Lennertz (RIDE ALONG, MEDAL OF HONOR, MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER).
Produced by Legendary Television, LOST IN SPACE is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, lightyears from their original destination. 

“When we were approaching the score for Lost In Space we knew there was a certain feeling we wanted to create for the viewers,” said Executive Producer Zack Estrin. “Following in the footsteps of the magnificent John Williams, who composed the original iconic series theme, Christopher Lennertz brought to us a vision that fit perfectly. It is full of triumphant brass and soaring strings, where orchestral melody and percussion dance seamlessly from edge of your seat thrills to simple moments of raw emotion.” 

Lennertz was excited to be the sound of this relaunch of a classic American franchise. “Zack and all the producers wanted the musical language of the title sequence to set up the score for the rest of the story, and hopefully we did just that,” Lennertz explained.  “It’s a big story with family and adventure at the very heart. I tried to be grand and heroic, with a nod to exploration, and a hint of nostalgia. I hope it resonates with fans of the show, both old and new!”

Lakeshore Records: "PATERNO" Music by composers Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine


Lakeshore Records will release PATERNO - Original HBO Films digitally on April 27, 2018. The album features original music by composers Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine (LOVELESS, THE WIZARD OF LIES).

Paterno centers on Penn State’s Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno’s legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims. Academy Award and Emmy® Award winner Al Pacino stars in the film’s title role. Paterno is Pacino’s third HBO collaboration with award-winning director Barry Levinson, having starred in You Don’t Know Jack, which earned Pacino a Golden Globe® for Best Actor, an Emmy® for acting and Levinson an Emmy® nomination for directing. Pacino also starred in the title role in HBO’s Phil Spector, which Levinson executive produced.

Evgueni and Sacha Galperine, who also composed the music for THE WIZARD OF LIES, were very aware of complex undertaking of this story. “Barry [Levinson] told us that he would like to have an emotional score to reveal Joe Paterno's complex feelings but at same time he wanted to avoid playing to compassion or pity,” said composer Evgueni Galperine. “His idea was to make people understand Joe, try to imagine what they would do in his place, but in no way did Barry want the score to entice the audience to pardon Paterno.”

Sacha Galperine continued, “Our mission was to use the score to reveal Paterno's emotional and psychological journey starting with denial and fear and finishing with the understanding, guilt and profound remorse.”

It's a short score, though well done!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" [blu-ray/dvd]


Step aside Pennywise... These Killer Klowns from Outer Space are outta this world - literally! - and they're packing deadly popcorn guns and cotton candy cocoons! When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie warn the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns have landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus big-top, no less), the cops are naturally sceptical. Before long however, reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. 


There can no longer be any doubt - the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they're out to turn the Earth's population into candy floss! Written and produced by the Chiodo brothers - knowns for their work on a host of special-effects laden hits such as Team America: World Police and the Critters movies - Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy, now newly restored by Arrow Video for this stellar edition.

Uhm... YEAH!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VCI Entertainment: "City Of The Dead" [1960]: Remastered



The City of the Dead (U.S. title: Horror Hotel) is a 1960 horror film directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and starring Christopher Lee, Venetia Stevenson, Betta St. John, Patricia Jessel and Valentine Dyall. Produced in England but set in America, the British actors were required to speak with American accents throughout.

In 1692, in the fictional Massachusetts town of Whitewood, a witch named Elizabeth Selwyn was burned at the stake. However, before her death, she managed to make a deal with the devil: he gave her eternal life in exchange for a promise eternally to create only evil.

This opening story is in reality a dramatization of the lecture on witchcraft Professor Alan Driscoll is giving to his history students at university. One of his students, Nan Barlow, is particularly interested in this subject, so the professor advises her to visit Whitewood, where she can find many interesting things on the topic. Nan goes there on vacation. Having settled in The Raven's Inn, a hotel owned by eccentric Mrs. Newless, Nan begins to study the history of the town. She gets acquainted with the only normal-seeming local resident, Patricia, and upon borrowing a book on witchcraft from her, soon learns that the very night she is there--February 1st--is also Candlemas Eve--the day when the witches sacrifice a young girl. Nan is eventually lured down to the basement of the hotel, which is actually a satanic shrine, and gets captured by Mrs. Newless and members of her coven. Newless says that she is actually the immortal Elizabeth Selwyn. To sustain her immortality, virgins must be sacrificed to the witch every year—and this year, the student is the chosen victim.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VCI Entertainment: "The Twilight People [Blu-ray + DVD]



ANIMAL DESIRES...HUMAN LUST! Matt Farrell (John Ashley) is plucked from the sea while skin-diving and taken to the foreboding fortress of Dr. Gordon. He is to become part of the doctor's diabolical experiment to create a race of super people. This twisted and maniacal doctor's experiments have so far only created terrifying and hideous creatures. His human guinea pigs, freed by the doctor's own daughter, turn the island hideaway into a bloodbath of revenge and terror! Cult Film Queen Pam Grier is featured as "Panther Woman".
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]


MVD Entertainment Group: "Sleeping Dogs" [1977] [Blu-ray + DVD]


Adapted from C.K. Stead's novel Smith's Dream, Sleeping Dogs almost single-handedly kickstarted the New Zealand New Wave, demonstrating that homegrown feature films could resonate with both local and international audiences, and launching the big-screen careers of director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Species) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Possession).

Neill - in his first lead role in a feature - plays Smith, a man escaping the break-up of his marriage by finding isolation on an island off the Coromandel Peninsula. As he settles into his new life, the country is experiencing its own turmoil: an oil embargo has led to martial law and civil war, into which Smith reluctantly finds himself increasingly involved.

Co-starring Warren Oates (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) as the commander of a US army unit drawn into the conflict, Sleeping Dogs is simultaneously a political thriller, a personal drama and a true landmark in New Zealand cinema.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years. Vol. 2" Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]


BOUNDARY-BREAKING EARLY CRIME THRILLERS, MOB DRAMAS AND ACTION MOVIES FROM LEGENDARY CULT DIRECTOR SEIJUN SUZUKI Includes: Eight Hours of Terror (1957), The Sleeping Beast Within (1960), Smashing the 0-Line (1960), Tokyo Knights (1961), The Man with a Shotgun (1961). Available for home-viewing for the very first time ever outside of Japan, this collection of bleak crime thrillers, brash mob dramas and exuberant action movies, made across the first five years of Seijun Suzuki's career within Nikkatsu's Borderless Action (mukokuseki akushon) line, presents a heady mix that laid the ground for what was to come. The Sleeping Beast Within (1960) is a gripping crime thriller that sees a newspaper reporter's search for his girlfriend's missing father lead him into heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama's Chinatown. 

Its companion piece, Smashing the 0-Line (1960), follows two reporters' descent into a scabrous demimonde of drug and human trafficking. In Eight Hours of Terror (1957), a bus making its precarious way across a winding mountain road picks up some unwelcome passengers. In Tokyo Knights (1961), a college student takes over the family business in the field of organised crime, while The Man with A Shotgun (1961) marks Suzuki's first entry into the territory of the "borderless" Japanese Western.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS" [blu-ray/dvd]


ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS, the star-studded, action-packed fantasy epic about life, death, rebirth and the unseen forces that guide us through all, debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD April 10 from Well Go USA Entertainment. After a heroic death, a firefighter navigates the afterlife with the help of three guides. Written and directed by KIM Yong-hwa (Take Off) and based on a wildly popular webcomic, the film is the third biggest box office hit of all time in Korea. ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS features an all-star cast, including HA Jung-woo (The Handmaiden), CHA Tae-hyun (My Sassy Girl), JU Ji-hoon (Asura: The City of Madness), KIM Hyang-gi (Thread of Lies) and LEE Jung-jae (Assassination).  The bonus materials include behind-the-scenes footage and character intros.


After dying unexpectedly, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the afterlife by three guardians, where only after passing seven trials and proving he lived a noble life will he be able to reincarnate.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "A TAXI DRIVER" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Based on a true story, A TAXI DRIVER, which represented South Korea as its official entry in the 2018 Academy Awards® best foreign-language film category, debuts on Blu-ray April 17 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Described by Rob Hunter of Film School Rejects as a “powerful film set in the relatively recent past, but with messages and themes that remain every bit as relevant in today’s world,” the film follows A TAXI DRIVER from Seoul, who accidentally gets involved in a German journalist’s reporting of the events of the Gwangju Uprising in 1980.  Directed by Jang Hoon (The Front Line), the fifth-highest-grossing domestic film of all time in South Korea stars Song Kang-Ho (Snowpiercer), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Wanted), Yoo Hai-Jin (Veteran, Pirates) and Ryu Jun-Yeol (The King). 


In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in the history of modern South Korea. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "THE NIGHT DAHLIA" R.S. Belcher


Award-winning author R.S. Belcher continues his contemporary noir fantasy series in THE NIGHT DAHLIA (A Trade Paperback; On-sale: April 3, 2018). The sequel to Nightwise, THE NIGHT DAHLIA channels Supernatural and L.A. Confidential as it follows the cynical mage Laytham Ballard through the dark underbelly of a world where creatures of myth and legend mingle.

Booklist compares Belcher’s latest noir fantasy to hard-boiled masters Robert B. Parker, James Ellroy, and Elmore Leonard, and RT Book Reviews praises how “Belcher’s boundless imagination and narrative audacity keep this second Nightwise novel racing along.” Magic, horror, and legend combine in this absorbing mystery, a rewarding effort from the weird world-builder, R.S. Belcher.

Belcher’s Nightwise introduced Laytham Ballard, a legendary mage who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago. Booklist praised Nightwise as a “fast-paced and violent story with an offbeat humor and intensity that will have readers believing that magic and conspiracy exist all around them.”

In THE NIGHT DAHLIA Ballard finally confronts his own guilty past. He once protected humanity as part of the Nightwise, a secret order of modern-day mages dedicating to holding hellish supernatural forces at bay. Then a string of sadistic ritual murders shook everything he believed in. Now a powerful faerie mob boss has hired Ballard to find his long-lost daughter, who went missing several years ago. The long-cold trail leads him across the globe. To find Caern Ankou, Ballard will have to confront old enemies, former friends and allies, and a grisly cold case that has haunted him for years.

Belcher is known for the unique worlds he creates, such as his Lovecraftian weird westerns,The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana. His urban legends-based horror novel The Brotherhood of the Wheel has been optioned for TV and The Wall Street Journal compared it to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Fans of dark fantasy know that in all the worlds he creates they can always find a gripping read with Belcher.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

FiveKill: "KIKU" Music by The Parlor


Multi-instrumentalist producer-songwriters Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans are fearless in their willingness to explore new sound palettes for their intimate brand of art-pop. Throughout their progression from indie-folk, to stomp and clap trance-folk, to “campfire disco” -as Pitchfork described their sophomore release, Wahzu Wahzu -The Parlor continue to experiment with new instrumentation and blend their set of genre and stylistic songwriting influences. Kiku is a deeply personal concept record for The Parlor. 

Kiku, the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, began blooming in Krans and O'Connor’s farmhouse garden immediately following their second miscarriage, and so became a symbol of their grief, despair, resilience and faith. Kiku sounds moodier, gloomier and more anxious than The Parlor's previous music. It also feels simultaneously relaxed and playful in a way that balances the album's heaviness with a showy bloom; an elaborate floral display. It's a serious, and even sometimes sexy indie-pop drama; a confession of two lovers trying over and over again.  


Jeremy [Six Strings]

Eastern Glow Recordings: "THE ENDLESS" Music by The Album Leaf


The  is Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf’s second cinematic collaboration with Los Angeles based directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead following the 2014 film Spring. The film follows two brothers,  Justin Smith (Benson) and his younger brother Aaron (Moorhead), who are spurred by a mysterious videotape that arrives in the mail and make the fateful decision to revisit Camp Arcadia -- a rural commune in the Southern California hinterlands where they were raised as orphans. The film is being released by Well Go USA Entertainment opens theatrically on April 6th in New York before expanding to Los Angeles on April 13th and nationwide on 4/20.

Brooklyn Vegan shared the mysteriously contemplative new track "Brothers" along with the details for the upcoming release of The Endless Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, set for an April 13th digital release and June 29th vinyl release on LaValle's own Eastern Glow Recordings imprint. LaValle’s approach to the score was to create an environment that was unique to the film’s suspense and the result is a work that features LaValle's meticulous sound design and keen ear for dynamics and mood.

LaValle enlisted the help of fellow The Album Leaf collaborator’s, David Lebleu and Matthew Resovich, to provide eerie modular synthesizer and violin ambience respectively to the film’s haunting score. Recording in his own Los Angeles studio, he used a variety of synthesizers to craft unique sounds that push the viewer deeper into the abyss -- mirroring the journey of the main characters. In the film, the characters had a relationship to the traditional folk song, “The House of the Rising Sun”, so LaValle collaborated with vocalist Emily Zuzik to create haunting versions of the song used in the film.

“Working with Justin and Aaron is great because they trust me to fully experiment with sounds and moods," LaValle describes. "We’ll have a meeting beforehand to talk about direction and what they’re envisioning for the film and I’ll then get to work trying to create that sound.”

The Album Leaf has been as a driving force in the instrumental, ambient and post-rock worlds. For over twenty years now, LaValle has exercised his creative vision into the realms of film scoring, sound collage, and his singular style of ambient-electronic-rock music on labels from Tiger Style to Sub Pop to Relapse Records. He’s collaborated and toured with Sigur Ros, and in 2017 launched Eastern Glow Recordings, his own imprint and home to reissues of out-of-print, difficult-to-find and future releases from The Album Leaf and related projects, as well as LaValle's own film score work.


 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "SHETLAND" Music by John Lunn


Composer John Lunn’s Gaelic inspired classical score to BBC’s murder-mystery series adapted from Ann Cleeves’ Award winning novels and featuring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez.  On March 23rd, the music from the show was made available for the first time in digital format. The Shetland soundtrack album features highlights from all 4 series, specially chosen by the composer.

Shetland is an acclaimed ITV Studios production for BBC One through BBC Scotland. The highly popular series debuted in 2013, and has already run for four seasons, with a fifth in production. Seasons 1-3 are currently showing in the US on Netflix. In 2016 Douglas Henshall won a BAFTA award for his performance as Perez, whilst John Lunn received a RTS Award nomination in 2013 for the show’s music.

Perhaps best known for scoring the hugely successful ITV drama Downton Abbey, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2013, John Lunn is a composer who possesses a wonderfully unique voice. Classically trained and starting off his musical career in contemporary art music, Lunn combines a highly intelligent and sensitive approach to composition. He sets the perfect emotional tone to the story, characters and visuals.


Silva Screen has a long standing relationship with John Lunn, and has previously released the composer’s critically acclaimed soundtracks The White Queen and Grantchester.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "THE NEWSPAPERMAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN BRADLEE" Music by Gary Lionelli


Sometimes referred to as the country’s “most dangerous editor,” Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee was largely credited with taking down President Richard Nixon in 1974 after the Post broke the Watergate story, exposing the largest political scandal in American history.  Told primarily in his own words, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee is an intimate portrait of this formidable man, tracing his remarkable ascent from a young Boston boy stricken with polio to the one of the most pioneering and consequential journalistic figures of the 20th century.

ABOUT GARY LIONELLI: Three-time Emmy-winning composer Gary Lionelli received a 2017 Primetime Emmy Nomination for his epic score for the 2017 Academy Award winning film "O.J.: Made in America," directed by Ezra Edelman. Gary Lionelli's intensely dramatic melodies and textures set the perfect tone for this haunting saga, depicting the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson from football legend to murder suspect.

In addition to "O.J.: Made in America," Gary Lionelli has captured the attention of the film and television industry with his unforgettable compositions for director Rory Kennedy's 2015 Academy Award nominated film "Last Days in Vietnam" and HBO's dramatic series "LUCK," helmed by Michael Mann and David Milch and starring Dustin Hoffman.

In addition to working with live orchestra, Lionelli performs on his scores with a large variety of acoustic instruments he has in his collection--from a grand piano, marimba, harp, vibraphone, cello, violin, guitars, and percussion, to some very odd instruments such as the Array Mbira, a GuitarViol, a Guitaret, a keyboard blown flute, a cumbus, hang drums, and many more. Lionelli likes to use these real instruments almost exclusively over digitally generated electronic samples played on a keyboard.
 
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Lakeshore Records: "THE COVER VERSIONS" Music by Raney Shockne


On the eve of their biggest gig ever, the four members of synth-rock band Starfoxy throw a rager that ends with a fan mysteriously dead in the pool. When the police interrogate the eccentric rockers, each one recounts very different stories in this clever murder mystery.

Track Listing:
01. Castles – Starfoxy
02. Seasons (Spring): I. Allegro (Antonio Vivaldi) – Raney Shockne
03. Starfoxy Arrives – Raney Shockne
04. This Place Makes Me Want To Kill - Jackie
05. Snow Blind – Chrysler
06. Seasons (Summer): III. Presto (Antonio Vivaldi) – Raney Shockne
07. Red Light - Sebastian Robertson & Daniel Davies
08. Roshomon Homecoming – Raney Shockne and Derek Whitacre
09. Incorrect -  8 Bit Circuit Bent
10. This Place Makes Me Want To Kill - Kirk
11. Stars In Black Sky part 1 – Raney Shockne
12. Stars In Black Sky part 2 – Raney Shockne
13. Seasons (Autumn): III. Allegro II (Antonio Vivaldi) – Raney Shockne
14. Roshomon Homecoming part 2 – Raney Shockne
15. The Corruption of Ravers – Raney Shockne and Damian Valentine Mayek
16. The Drug of Choice – Raney Shockne
17. Roofie Takes Hold – Raney Shockne
18. Seasons (Winter): I. Allegro non Molto (Antonio Vivaldi) – Raney Shockne
19. Rebel Shake - Jack Bootlegger
20. Blind Ambition – Raney Shockne
21. Hollywood Knives – John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons
22. Fall of the Queen – Raney Shockne
23. Who Made the Dark – Raney Shockne
24. Castles (Original Version) - Maxie Dean
25. This Place Makes Me Want To Kill (Original Version) - The Irish Goodbye

Yeah... I don't know, either... :)
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "7 Days In Entebbe" Music by Rodrigo Amarante


Lakeshore Records will release 7 Days In Entebbe – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on April 6, 2018 and on CD shortly thereafter. The album features original music by Brazilian composer/singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante (“Tuyo” from Narcos).

A shocking act of terrorism leads to one of the most daring hostage rescue missions ever attempted in 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE, a riveting thriller inspired by true events. In the summer of 1976, an Air France jet traveling from Tel Aviv to Paris is hijacked in midair by two Palestinians and two left-wing German radicals. When the plane is diverted to an abandoned terminal at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, the terrified passengers become bargaining chips in a deadly political standoff. As the likelihood of finding a diplomatic solution fades, the Israeli government sets in motion an extraordinary plan to free the hostages before time runs out. Combining vivid historical details with pulse-quickening suspense, 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE is a powerful depiction of an international crisis that stunned the world.

7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE is Amarante’s first film score. In his words:

“There are two aspects of this story that I found useful to reflect in the score: one is that politics, no matter the scale nor the morals, is a tribal affair and as such it is filled with conspiracy and biased perspectives, prone to one sided views of the outside, especially of one’s enemy. For that effect I used more rhythm than melody mixing 70s German Experimental music sounds and feel with Middle Eastern and African flavors. 

“The other aspect is the tragedy of lack of dialogue and consequent lack of perspective between opposing sides but most importantly, the lack of opinions expressed or accepted within each of these sides which is what leads to it.  To hint at that sense of consensus, or narrow focus, I had the orchestra play a cyclical and stern melody in unison (that is when all instruments play the same notes without any harmony added), in the low register which makes for a grave hum that seems to leave a lot of space around it but suffocates any attempt of dissonance with its concentration of power; it accepts only consonant additions, it represents a unilateral voice. As tragedy becomes imminent, voices start to untangle from the unison mass and emerge; the orchestra unfolds as harmonies and dissonances sing out of it.”


Participant Media presents, a Working Title Films production, 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE currently in theaters. Lakeshore Records will release 7 Days In Entebbe -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally April 6, 2018 and on CD shortly thereafter.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "STAR TREK: DISCOVERY" Volume 2 Music by Jeff Russo


CBS Television Studios announced today the release of the second volume of original score from the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, which premiered in 2017.

The album, featuring the score by Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Russo and distributed by Lakeshore Records, will be available digitally on April 6 and on CD May 25, 2018. The soundtrack will be available on LP later in the year. 

Russo shared his excitement about the progression of the music for the second chapter of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.  “As the story developed, the score needed to adapt,” said Russo. “The mirror universe storyline in episodes 10 through 13 created interesting possibilities for the score. For example, it allowed me to introduce new characters and geographical themes. Additionally, for the season one finale of Star Trek Discovery, I was able to include Alexander Courage's iconic theme into the episode, as well as include the rerecording of the Star Trek: The Original Series end credits for our finale end credits.”

     “Grand, glorious, hopeful, heartbreaking, intimate, bittersweet, tense, soaring, surprising.  Over 51 years, in its many iterations, there's been no shortage of adjectives to describe the music of Star Trek,” said co-creator Alex Kurtzman.  “On the other hand, the list of composers capable of capturing them all is short, and this is where Jeff Russo comes in.  Jeff manages to hold each note in beautiful balance, evoking the nostalgia of Alexander Courage's original theme while scoring Discovery with his own unique ear and heart.  We're lucky to have him, and we hope you'll love his music as much as we do.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES" Music by James Horner


Intrada is proud to announce the premiere CD release of James Horner's score for the 2015 documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes.  Horner was passionate about flying and loved to score the subject of aviation.  Having previously scored the documentaries First in Flight and the Fourth Horseman, not to mention films with flying as a central theme such as The Rocketeer, Horner gravitated to the subject and poured his heart into it.  One can hear Horner's very soul soaring through his music.  Through a beautiful melding of wordless vocals, electronics and orchestra, Horner takes the listener on a musical journey, around the world, through time, and into the air above the clouds.

Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger and narrated by Harrison Ford, Living in the Age of Airplanes takes the viewer through a spectacularly filmed journey through the evolution of transportation and the almost miraculous way the barriers to traveling far and wide fell away with the advent of the airplane.  Through striking visuals, the film shows how relatively stagnant and primitive humankind's ability to move around was for most of human evolution, only fairly recently allowing travelers to get to islands with no way in except by airplane, allowing flowers to travel from Kenya to Amsterdam to Alaska in just days, or just getting from one coast to another in mere hours. Without the airplane, people would probably not make these journeys.

Now come take flight with James Horner's magical score, his music lighting up the runway from the past to today, and soaring with the human ingenuity that opened up the world to all of us.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]