Artsploitation has called upon the dark forces to release Argentinian genre maven Gonzalo Calzada's latest scripture-based gore fest, Luciferina. Calzada (Resurrection, The Clairvoyant's Prayer) directs a visually explosive film where religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil build to a boil and spectacularly collide. He has screened the film at festivals around the world, including FrightFest London, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, Fantaspoa and Cinepolcalypse, where Luciferina took home the award for Best Sexorcism Scene.
Luciferina will be available November 20th on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. On December 4th, the film will launch on Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
For the first time, all three of Tsui Hark’s (The Taking of Tiger Mountain) Detective Dee films are available in one awesome collection exclusively at Walmart on November 13. The bold and exciting smash hit wuxia fantasy franchise from master action director Tsui Hark tell the story of Detective Dee, one of the most celebrated officials of the Tang Dynasty, who is tasked by the Empress to solve a series of inexplicable murders and mysteries.
Included in the collection are YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON (Well Go USA), DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (Shout Factory) and DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS (Well Go USA).
DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (2010) A bizarre mystery brings together the most powerful woman in China. The soon-to-be-Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau) and a formerly exiled detective, Dee Renjie (Andy Lau), at the infamous Imperial Palace. Hoping that he will solve the crime before her coronation, Wu appoints Dee Chief Judge of the Empire and implores him to combine his indisputable wisdom with his unparalleled martial arts skills to save the future of her dynasty. Director Tsui Hark teams with action choreographer Sammo Hung in this heart-pounding, spic thrilled inspired by the incredible true story of one of the Tang Dynasty’s most celebrated officials. Cast: Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Deng Chao and Tony Leung Ka-fai. The film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON (2013) From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee and The Mystery of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie’s beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial Family. Cast: Angelababy (Mojin, Rise Of The Legend), Mark Chao (Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe), William Feng (Monkey King 3), Carina Lau, Lin Gengxin, Kim Beom, Hu Dong and Chen Kun.
DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS (2018) A bold and exciting new entry into the smash hit wuxia fantasy franchise from master action director Tsui Hark, DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS sees the investigator embroiled in his most difficult case yet. Accused of wrongdoing by Empress Wu, Detective Dee must defend himself against this formidable foe, all while investigating a crime wave that has engulfed the city, marked by strange and seemingly supernatural occurrences. KINGS has Mark Chao (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon) returning in the title role, with Feng Shaofeng (The Monkey King franchise), Lin Gengxin (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), Ethan Juan (The Guillotines), Ma Sichun (Goldbuster) and Carina Lau (Detective Dee franchise) rounding out the cast.
RLJE Films (NASDAQ: RLJE) will release the horror film ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING on DVD, On Demand and Digital Video on December 4, 2018. Co-written and co-directed by David Ian McKendry (The Dump) and Rebekah McKendry (The Barista), who is known for her amazing work at Fangoria and Blumhouse, ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING stars Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians, “Fresh Off the Boat”), Amanda Fuller (“Orange is the New Black”), Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”), Jocelin Donahue (Insidious: Chapter 2) and Graham Skipper (The Mind’s Eye). RLJE Films will release ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING on DVD.
Ho, ho, no! The joyful spirit of the holidays is about to take one dark turn after another. From sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to keep you from getting out of bed to see what’s under the tree this holiday season. Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) and Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”) headline a sensational ensemble cast in this devilish stocking stuffer of a movie.
The ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING DVD includes a bonus feature of Filmmaker Commentary.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas – Paul Williams Popeye: The Harry Nilsson Demos – Harry Nilsson Odessey & Oracle – The Zombies (Picture Disc) Fritz the Cat – Various Artists (Picture Disc)
Varèse Sarabande Records proudly announces the Black Friday releases. These limited edition masterpieces are available this Black Friday through independent retailers.
To open the most joyous time of the year, EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS makes its world premiere release on vinyl! First debuting on HBO way back in 1977, EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS is a beloved Jim Henson TV special featuring the magnificent music of Paul Williams (“Rainbow Connection” - THE MUPPET MOVIE, "Evergreen" - A STAR IS BORN). This much sought after soundtrack is finally available on vinyl this Friday. More info: https://found.ee/EmmetOtterBFRSD. POPEYE: THE HARRY NILSSON DEMOS highlights Nilsson's key contributions as a singer and not just a songwriter. So grab your corncob pipe and a can of spinach to enjoy this incredible new collection that includes new artwork and music. More info: https://found.ee/PopeyeDemosBFRSD. ODESSEY & ORACLE by the Zombies is the first ever picture disc release of Rolling Stone’s #100 album on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. This English rock band is a four-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finalist and one of the most acclaimed bands of the 1960’s. Find the “Time of the Season” and other groovy tunes on this classic album. More info: https://found.ee/OdesseyBFRSD. Make sure the little ones are to bed, because it’s about to get frisky. FRITZ THE CAT is the soundtrack to the 1972 X-rated animated film, directed by Ralph Bakshi. There are blues, funk and rock and roll songs including the film's score performed by Ray Shanklin and Ed Bogas. More info: https://found.ee/FritzBFRSD. These vinyl titles are just the latest from the world’s most renowned soundtrack record label, Varèse Sarabande. Find these and many more limited edition gems at Varèse Sarabande now. [www.varesesarabande.com]
The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.
DANNY ELFMAN: In 1985, Tim Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Elfman was apprehensive at first, because of his lack of formal training, but with orchestration assistance from Oingo Boingo guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek, he achieved his goal of emulating the mood of such composers as Nino Rota and Bernard Herrmann. In the booklet for the first volume of Music for a Darkened Theatre, Elfman described the first time he heard his music played by a full orchestra as one of the most thrilling experiences of his life. Elfman immediately developed a rapport with Burton and has gone on to score all but three of Burton's major studio releases: Ed Wood, which was under production while Elfman and Burton were having a serious disagreement, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Elfman also provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and the voices of both Barrel and the "Clown with the Tear-Away Face". In 1990, Elfman composed the iconic orchestra piece, "Ice Dance", for the Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands. Years later he provided the voice for Bonejangles the skeleton in Corpse Bride and the voices of the Oompa-Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Walt Disney Records releases the soundtrack for the Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Ralph Breaks the Internet." The soundtrack features original songs "A Place Called Slaughter Race" performed in the film by Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot; "Zero," written and performed by Imagine Dragons; score by composer Henry Jackman ("Wreck-It Ralph," "Captain America: Civil War," "Big Hero 6"), and "In This Place," a pop version of "A Place Called Slaughter Race," performed by Julia Michaels. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, produced by Clark Spencer and featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot and Taraji P. Henson, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" hits U.S. theaters on Nov. 21.
The soundtrack and film feature "A Place Called Slaughter Race," featuring Sarah Silverman, voice of Vanellope von Schweetz. In the vein of classic "I want" songs in the Disney canon such as "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "Part of Your World," the song showcases Vanellope's desire to be part of the world outside Sugar Rush-to grow as a racer and as a person. The song also features the singing debut of Gal Gadot ("Wonder Woman") as Shank. The music was composed by Oscar®-winning songwriter/composer Alan Menken ("The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pocahontas" and "Aladdin") and the lyrics were written by Phil Johnston and GRAMMY®-winning producer Tom MacDougall (Frozen; Executive Vice President, Music at Disney).
The multi-platinum, GRAMMY-winning band, Imagine Dragons, wrote and recorded the end-credit song "Zero" for the film, embracing the struggle Ralph has with his evolving friendship with Vanellope. According to Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds, the film's emotional themes are reflected in the song. "It's a pretty timely movie in a lot of ways in that it addresses some of the issues of identity and loneliness unique to this internet generation," says Reynolds. "Ralph's internal struggle for self-acceptance really resonated with us, and this song speaks to that." "Zero" is also featured on the band's upcoming fourth studio album Origins available November 9.
Composer Henry Jackman, who scored 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph," returns to score the follow-up. Jackman's mission was to create a score that's reminiscent of the first film, while embracing the new story and the vast, uncharted new world of the internet that Ralph and Vanellope must navigate to retrieve a part to save her game. Says Jackman, "'Wreck-It Ralph' is one of the best animated films of recent times and I was really proud of the score. What makes this one different? There's a clue in the title, 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'-we've moved from the arcade to the internet. While we can retain some of the original material, there's a new layer we had to create and integrate. There's a distinction between arcade electronica and internet electronica, which sounds more modern." "There's so many fun things to enjoy," continues Jackman. "But I think the universality comes from the fact that it's an important archetypal friendship story. Hidden behind all of this amazing technology and imagery is something very solid emotionally and narratively."
Filmmakers called on GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Julia Michaels to perform the second end-credit song, "In This Place," a pop version of "A Place Called Slaughter Race." "I think one of my favorite things about 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' is Vanellope," says Michaels, "because she's just completely misunderstood. I think a lot of people feel that way-misunderstood-and go through life trying to find their power. And when they find it, it's really beautiful."
Benji Merrison and Will Slater's contemplative score to BBC Earth's innovative documentary series.
Dynasties will premiere on BBC America on January 19th at 9 p.m. It will be simulcast on the following cable networks: BBC America, AMC, IFC and Sundance. The five part program will follow on from the breathtaking Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II to explore the lives of different tribes from the animal kingdom.
Presented by Sir David Attenborough and produced over a period of 4 years, the big theme of the series is allowing animals space. Throughout the series and in every episode, except the Antarctic, long shots show the encroachment of the human population.
Executive Producer Michael Gunton and Series Producer Rupert Barrington comment - "Dynasties is a new kind of natural history event. Five episodes, five of the most celebrated and endangered animals on the planet. Never before have we presented a landmark series with such powerful storytelling - about families, leaders and heroes. Never before has a landmark offered the viewer the opportunity to follow the lives of animals in such detail, each fighting against overwhelming odds for their own survival and the future of their families. These are some of the most dramatic and intense stories of their kind ever told".
Benji Merrison is an award winning composer providing bespoke music for film and television. His distinctive musical voice is in high demand and he has scored music for hundreds of projects across film, television, installations and events. He has worked with all major UK broadcasters, along with many other networks and brands worldwide.
Will Slater has been composing for television for close to 20 years and his extensive CV includes Planet Earth Live, Africa, Shark and One Strange Rock. [For more information visit http://www.silvascreenusa.com]
Lakeshore Records is pleased to announce the release of DESTROYER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on pre-order November 9, 2018 and then on full Digital Download and CD release on November 16, 2018. For more information go to: http://smarturl.it/DestroyerSCORE. The album features original music by Composer Theodore Shapiro (A SIMPLE FAVOR, Collateral Beauty). This is the latest collaboration between Shapiro and visionary director Karyn Kusama, in a partnership that began with GIRLFIGHT.
When asked about the music, composer Theodore Shapiro focuses on the person at the heart of the film, “The music for Destroyer comes first and foremost out of the character of Detective Erin Bell, played by the wonderful actor Nicole Kidman. Guided by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi’s superb script, and through extensive conversations with Karyn Kusama, we as a team began to wrestle with how to give a musical language to this profoundly complicated female protagonist.”
Shaprio continued about the wonderful and nuanced work and his pride in working on such a layered and well-realized project. “We collaborated with four brilliant musicians to create a sound that is obsessive, animal, fierce, but also tinged with a layer of pain and regret. I wrote an hour of music before Karyn started shooting the film. So unlike the more typical sequence, in which the film is shot first and then the composer starts writing, Karyn had a library of original music to help inspire her during production, and then incorporate into the film as she edited. The result, through her brilliant direction and Nicole Kidman’s stunning performance as Erin Bell, is something of which I’m deeply proud.
ANNAPURNA PICTURES presents DESTROYER on December 25, 2018. Lakeshore Records is pleased to announce the release of DESTROYER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on pre-order November 9, 2018 and then on full Digital Download and CD release on November 16, 2018. [http://www.lakeshorerecords.com]
Performer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Gold shares his latest collaboration with independent film director and twin brother Ari Gold, resulting in the soundtrack behind the jazz-inspired drama, “The Song of Sway Lake.” Title tracks from the album feature vocals from American singer John Grant and English indie folk trio The Staves. The original soundtrack is released digitally by Lakeshore Records and is currently available for purchase on major digital platforms. The album is available on CD through Gold’s label Electrik Gold, who will also release a limited 7” vinyl on Record Store Day, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018.
The soundtrack album opens with two versions of the title song: the Lost Record Version sung by Grant and arranged as a late ‘30s intimate crooner track on vinyl, and the Big Band Version sung by The Staves as a late ‘40s pop hit. This is followed by the film’s romantic and ethereal instrumental score, played in sequence. After an intermission of Haitian jazz, listeners are treated to Sketches of Sway — a collection Gold’s otherworldly finales, alternate arrangements, and sound experiments inspired by the themes of the film. The final two tracks return the listener to the title song, with two demo versions sung by Ethan Gold.
A story of the fading of jazz-age American royalty, “The Song of Sway Lake” tells of the last summer of the Sway family on the lake that bears their name. The musically-inspired drama sees Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) travel with his Russian drifter friend, Nikolai (Robert Sheehan), to the fictional Sway Lake. The film also features Mary Beth Peil as the matriarch, narration by Brian Dennehy, and Elizabeth Peña in her last role prior to her death.
“The two young men in the film, and the grandmother, have all replaced the grief they don’t know how to feel with a burdensome nostalgia,” Ethan describes. “The instrumental score itself is like a higher perspective for the lost characters. It’s the silent water of the lake, the ghosts of the father and grandfather, and the dark energy of the forest.”
“Scent and music are the strongest triggers of human memory,” explains director Ari Gold. “And because you can’t smell a movie, I counted on the gifts of my twin brother Ethan, whose abilities I've called upon in prior films, to weave his brilliant music into this setting, and to catapult the audience through frozen time.”
Ethan Gold first stepped into public consciousness when he produced and arranged Elvis Perkins’ blog-hyped “Ash Wednesday.” In between moonlighting as bass player in his brother’s
celebrity-driven folk party band the Honey Brothers and also in San Francisco literary rock project the Size Queens, Ethan scored his twin’s debut film “Adventures of Power.”
Since then he released his debut art rock album “Songs from A Toxic Apartment”. While completing the score and songs for “The Song of Sway Lake”, Ethan released a pair of idiosyncratic albums in 2018 — “Live Undead Bedroom Closet Covers,” and the naive-electronic “Expanses (Teenage Synthstrumentals),” through Electrik Gold.
Coinciding with the film’s release in Danish cinemas on November 15, MovieScore Media joins the celebrations about the 100th anniversary of ending World War I with the issuing of Robin Hoffmann’s music for the Danish romantic drama, In Love & War. Co-written and directed by Kaspar Torstig, the film tells the story of a Danish soldier named Esben escaping from the hell of war to return to his beloved wife and son. The home front however had changed and a dapper German officer had gotten close to the girl and the boy - trying to be the best replacement he could be. Based on a true story, the film follows Esben’s journey as the hell of war rips his family apart in more than one way.
“The idea for the music for In Love & War was to follow a quite traditional approach and exclusively use the sound of acoustic instruments. I paired a large symphony orchestra with four solo string players to cover the complete emotional range of the movie between very intimate situations and grand cinematic scenes. In spite of not using any synthesized sounds at all, the unusual ways the players were asked to play their instruments is supposed to occasionally create the illusion of synthetic textures and moving soundscapes. The score weaves around a main theme portraying the bond of the protagonist family. This theme keeps reappearing throughout the score in many different emotional stages to correlate with the quite dramatic shifts of this relationship happening in the movie.“
German composer Robin Hoffmann graduated from the Dresden University of Music with a degree in Composition, Arrangement and Piano. His list of credits as a composer include the British comedy Save Angel Hope starring Billy Boyd, Bernard Hill or more recently, the award-winning short film Hero by Andrew and Nate Garcia. As an orchestrator, he worked on Recycling Lily, also available from MovieScore Media. Besides writing film music Robin is also a sought-after artist in the genre of crossover music making orchestral arrangements for such varied projects as the symphonic concert of the Swiss band Lovebugs or Vladimir Klitschko’s label release event. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
Sony Music announces the release of CREED II (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music from three-time Grammy Award nominee Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station, Atlanta). Göransson makes his return to the Creed franchise for film’s soundtrack, which includes a star-studded lineup of features from A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples and Jacob Banks.
Composer Ludwig Göransson comments: “In Creed II, Creed is now at the peak of his career. He is facing big responsibilities and decisions that will affect not only him but also his family. When I wrote the score for Creed II, I continued on my journey from the first Creed. The themes that were more youthful three years ago now had to mature into a more serious musical language. It was also a huge honor to write a theme for one of the most popular antagonists in film history, the Drago family.”
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.
ABOUT LUDWIG GÖRANSSON... Ludwig Göransson is a Los Angeles-based Swedish composer, producer and musician. After earning his breakthrough assignment in 2009 on what would become the long-running sitcom Community, he concurrently worked on New Girl and Happy Endings, among other TV series. During his time on Community, he also found work on feature films including the comedy We’re the Millers and the biopic Fruitvale Station, both released in 2013. Demonstrating his hands-on interest in genres beyond his screen work, Göransson collaborated with Community cast member Donald Glover on Glover’s rap releases under the Childish Gambino pseudonym, including 2016’s critically-acclaimed album Awaken, My Love!, which earned the rapper a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the album’s hit single “Redbone.” Göransson also started his own solo project under the name Ludovin, releasing the indie pop EP How to Find a Party in 2013 while finding time to collaborate with other recording artists, including HAIM, Chance the Rapper, Pell and more. Community ended its run in 2015, a year that saw Göransson's scoring work in the critically acclaimed Rocky franchise entry Creed. His third collaboration with director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan was for the score to the blockbuster superhero flick Black Panther, which arrived in 2018 and charted #1 on the Billboard World Music chart.
College students from Miskatonic University who retreat to an early 18th-century mansion for a weekend of lust are stalked by a fatalistic female in this horror film taken from a story by H.P. Lovecraft. The demon delights in tearing the limbs off her human victims to carry out a centuries-old family curse.
-4K Scan with color correction and restoration from the original negative. -5.1 DTS-HD Surround Sound, 2.0 PCM -Video Interview with actors Charles Klausmeyer & Mark Kinsey Stephenson -Video Interview with actor Eben Ham -Video Interview with actress Laura Albert -Video Interview with Mark Parra -Video Interviews with R. Christopher Biggs special makeup effects artist & make up artist Camille Calvet -Audio Commentary with Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Stephenson, Laura Albert, Eben Ham, Camille Calvet, R. Christopher Biggs -Photo Gallery -Trailers
-FIRST TIME EVER Special Collector’s Edition! -One of the most requested horror titles on Blu-ray finally makes its debut in HD! -Never before seen new 4K restoration -Full uncut version! -1st 2000 orders receive a limited edition slip sleeve! -From legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft, responsible for such classics as Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, Bleeders, The Dunwich Horror and many more!
For this 1981 ITV retelling of the legend of the Lone Ranger, composer John Barry was brought in to provide the musical world of one of the most famous characters from the Old West. Having only scored two prior westerns (Monte Walsh and White Buffalo), Barry nonetheless loved all things American and embraced its 19th-century history and expansion into the west, as is evidenced by this spirited score. His main theme (turned into the vocal "The Man in The Mask" sung by none other than Merle Haggard) served as the heroic statement for the Lone Ranger. To top it off, Barry invited Paul Jones to play harmonica in the score, adding just that much more traditional western color. The result is a soaring, if not nostalgic, score.
Intrada's release features the original program as released by MCA back at the time of the film's release. All attempts to recover the original and complete session masters met with disappointment, as no archive seemed to contain them. Not only that, but the original LP master was also missing. As such, nothing existed to support any further release of the score. However, with the help of modern technology and very clean and dynamic pressings of the original LP, Intrada was able to bring about CD quality reproduction of the LP program so you can enjoy another Barry gem rescued from oblivion.
This version of the Lone Ranger would combine a revised origin story with high-stakes adventure. In 1854 Texas, young John Reid sees his parents murdered and is adopted by a Native American tribe, learning their ways and becoming fast friends with a boy named Tonto. Eventually retrieved by his older brother, a Texas Ranger, he is sent back east for education and, years later, returns to Texas to practice law. That career is cut short when he and a group of Rangers are ambushed by the Cavendish gang and left for dead. The grown-up Tonto discovers John Reid, barely alive, and nurses him back to health. Vowing to avenge the others, he dons a mask, finds a noble steed, and takes on Cavendish—whose plot to take over Texas involves kidnapping President Ulysses S. Grant.
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For the second Moonbeam production, 1993's Remote, composer Richard Band blended his new style of orchestra and electronics to create a whimsical, light-hearted adventure score. The main title was animated to Band's music, setting the tone for the score to follow. It combines a bright, propulsive sense of adventure with strings conveying child-like innocence while crisp brass counterpoints with rambunctious comedy. Band invests Remote with a near-constant sense of motion, especially given the comic stalking of its playthings. In a way, it’s a PG-subversion of the composer’s Puppet Master soundtracks As Band notes further about his style on these films:
The model I had created in scoring Prehysteria! most assuredly continued with Remote...it was around this time that music budgets were being significantly cut, but as in Prehysteria! I still managed to get just enough money to afford a respectable violin section as well as a small brass section and a woodwind or two. This method of combining real players with sampled instruments was becoming a necessity and one of my signatures as well.
Taking a page from Home Alone, here, the nerdy, precocious kid who’s home alone runs away to a model-home residence to escape the wrath of his mom, who’s none too pleased to hear he’s been expelled because of his gadgets’ classroom antics. From the viewpoint of his attic hiding place, Randy watches a trio of bumbling crooks use the seemingly empty place as a hideout. Soon enough, their noggins and limbs are getting rent asunder as Randy unleashes his mechanical friends on these three stooges, with planes, cars and a yodeling mountain climber serving up a rude eviction notice through a series of comically painful pratfalls.[http://store.intrada.com/]
Sony Classical proudly announces the release of THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring original music by Award- Winning composer Roque Baños. The soundtrack is available now digitally and on CD November 21, 2018.
Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller.
A Golden Globe winner and the star of The Crown, Claire Foy is taking over the role of outcast vigilante defender from Rooney Mara, with Sverrir Gudnason as a journalist and a lover/partner to Salander. Fede Alvarez, Jay Basu and Steven Knight known for Peaky Blinders screenwriting are responsible for adaptation of the book series, under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe.
Roque Baños was born in Jumilla (Murcia) in 1968. He began his musical education at the age of 9, in the "Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia" where he finished elementary level, specializing in saxophone, obtaining Honors in both Music Theory and Saxophone. In 1986, he moved to Madrid, where he completed studies in Saxophone, Piano, Music Theory, Composition and Conducting at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid” with honors and several merits mentions. In 1993, Baños received a grant from the Ministry of Culture in Spain to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated "Summa Cum Laude" in the fields of Film Scoring and Performance. In 1995, he received the "Robert Share Award" for demonstrating the highest musical-dramatic level in the area of film music composition and an "Achievement Award" for his outstanding performance abilities.
During his years of study, Roque had a prolific career as a composer and player. He composed several orchestral and band pieces and received many awards. In 1987, he earned a position as an officer musician in the Spanish Army, where he continued with an intense compositional period writing concert music for Marching Band and Chamber ensembles. Baños also developed a career as a Classical Saxophonist, premiering works by Spanish and foreign composers as well as his own, in the most prestigious concert halls in Spain. His path, however, was always directed towards composition and conducting, finding in these fields his principal occupation. He has premiered and directed his own scores at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Reina Sofia Auditorium, the Cultural Circle of Fine Arts Hall, and several Music Halls in Spain and abroad.
In 1997, he was committed to do his first Film Score "Back Roads" directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro, one of the most acclaimed director in Spain. After this success, he has worked with many of the Spanish most renowned directors, such as Alex de la Iglesia, Daniel Monzon, Carlos Saura, Santiago Segura to name a few, and he has earned international recognition working with acclaimed directors such as Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Kevin Reynolds, Spike Lee, Jonathan Glazor, Brad Anderson amongst others. A special mention to his first US production "Evil Dead" directed by Fede Alvarez, with whom he has a close personal and professional relationship, has opened a door to the American Market, without disappearing from his origins in the Spanish Film Industry, where he keeps an intense work.
His latest works are “Don’t breathe” directed by Fede Álvarez, “The Commuter” by Jaume Collet Serra, “Miracle Season” by Sean McNamara, “Yucatan” by Daniel Monzón, “Sin Rodeos” by Santiago Segura, “Miamor perdido” by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, will be released throughout 2018, and “The man who killed Don Quixote” directed by Terry Gilliam, premiered the closing-night of Cannes.
Sony Music today announces the November 9th release of THE LAST KINGDOM (Original Television Soundtrack) with music by Emmy-winning composer JOHN LUNN and vocals by Faroese recording artist EIVØR. The third season of The Last Kingdom will premiere November 19 on Netflix. Produced by Carnival Films, the award winning producers of Downton Abbey, The Last Kingdom is based on The Saxon Stories by historical novelist Bernard Cornwell and adapted for television by award-winning screenwriter Stephen Butchard.
Uhtred, born the son of a Saxon nobleman, is captured by the invading Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he – Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.
JOHN LUNN is the award winning composer of countless celebrated British TV dramas, including Downton Abbey, The White Queen, Bleak House and Shetland. After the worldwide success of Downton Abbey, John was eager to tackle something entirely different, and The Last Kingdom provided the perfect opportunity. Set in 9th century England, the show explores the battles and power struggles that waged between the Danes and Saxons; resulting in a conflict that would eventually shape England into what it is now. From the outset, the show’s producers were keen to avoid an orchestral, Hollywood-esque score, and so they worked alongside John to develop a more experimental and dynamic approach to the music. Initially, the score involved an armory of analogue synths, sequences and heavily distorted double bass, and it worked well… but there was something missing, something unique that would become the very essence and signature of the series. John found it in the amazing vocal and songwriting talent of Eivør.
EIVØR was born in the Faroe Islands. Her background and experience of performing across the Nordic and Scandinavian territories have shaped her unique and powerful musical talent. After John saw a video on YouTube of Eivør performing her signature recording “Trøllabundin,” which encompasses her incredible vocal range, throat singing and Nordic drum playing, he immediately realized how Eivør could be the integral part of The Last Kingdom’s sound. After an initial recording session in London, it became clear to the producers that what John and Eivør were creating was perfect for the series. Working as a team, John and Eivør have composed the score for all three seasons of the show so far, and their latest project harnesses the phenomenal sounds and mood of The Last Kingdom into one incredible album.
As John and Eivør produced the music for each season of the show, they were both aware that the material being composed had much more to say, and could be taken to places beyond the TV screen. So, when Carnival Films proposed releasing the soundtrack, John and Eivør decided to create almost entirely new tracks. Fans of the show will no doubt recognize the main themes, but the album also contains material that has never before been heard in any of the three seasons.
“Working together again with this approach has been a wonderful and creative experience, and we feel that our understanding of each other as writers and artists has grown further,” says John Lunn and Eivør. “It’s been a great honour and pleasure making this record, and we hope we’ve given you, the listener, something you can enjoy in its own right, while remaining true to the spirit of The Last Kingdom.”
The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers -- a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee -- converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.
Michael Giacchino... is an American composer of music for films, television and video games. He composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible III, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Up, Super 8, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Zootopia, Star Trek Beyond, Doctor Strange, Rogue One, Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Coco, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2.
Giacchino has received an Emmy Award and multiple Grammy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for his work on Up.
A young college professor and his pregnant wife unwittingly release a malevolent entity with murderous intentions.
Jeff Cardoni’s talents range from intimate independent fare to full orchestral majesty. With over 40 feature film scores and several network series to his credit, one can hear his work worldwide every day. His unique ability to cross genres has made him a powerful player in the film composing industry.
Jeff originally studied classical piano, while playing percussion in school orchestra. But it would be rock and roll that would lead him to Los Angeles. After a brief stint as lead guitarist for the Warner Bros. band "Alien Crime Syndicate", Jeff left to pursue film scoring full time. He worked under several Hollywood composers including John Murphy (Snatch, 28 Days Later) while studying conducting and orchestration at UCLA. He has received several ASCAP Film and Television Awards for his work on the worldwide hit CSI:Miami and was nominated for an Ariel Award for his score to the feature 7 Dias.
His body of work ranges from studio features such as Fox’s Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates , Step Up: All In, Just Friends, Open Season 3, Firehouse Dog and Miss March, independent films such as The Confirmation from Oscar nominated Bob Nelson (Nebraska) and The Vicious Kind (Sundance Premiere), to television scores such the hit Mike Judge comedy Silicon Valley for HBO, CBS drama The Defenders with James Belushi, The Lottery, and the worldwide Jerry Bruckheimer produced hit CSI:Miami.
Mirai is an upcoming Japanese animated film from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and the Best, Wolf Children). Following a critically acclaimed run on the festival circuit, GKIDS will be releasing Mirai in the United States on November 30th, 2018.
Scoring duties came to Masakatsu Takagi, a frequent collaborator of Director Hosoda whom composed the unforgettable scores to Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. The film follows Kun, a bratty 4-year-old boy, who comes across a magical garden. There he meets his future sister, Mirai, who is now a teenage girl and has traveled back in time to see him. A favorite in Japan noted for his delicate composition style, Takagi has again crafted a must-own score featuring his signature piano work peppered with boisterous eruptions of wondrous, youthful strings. Milan Records will be releasing the soundtrack to Mirai on November 30th, the same day as the film's release.
Born in 1979 in Kyoto, Japan, Masakatsu Takagi lives and works in Hyogo, Japan. He started his career as a visual artist, creating video art with his own music which played with his Piano and software processing. In 2001, His first album, Pia, was released by Carpark Records in the United States. Following other releases on Karaoke Kalk, he shifted his focus to playing the piano more specifically, in the form of intimate solo piano style, as well as in band settings and with larger orchestras as well.
In 2013, he moved from Kyoto to a very small village in mountains in Hyogo, Japan. With small slates of agriculture, he started to learn how to live in traditional living style of Japan. A few years later in 2017, Takagi started working on Marginalia, consisting of daily piano recordings created in his private studio surrounded by the mountains, with a heavy influence of the sound of the adjacent nature from the studio’s open windows. These recordings, which encompass a duality of simplicity as well as a vastness that comes from the freedom from life’s distractions, began to represent not just a collection of new material, but a sightline into Takagi’s life in Hyogo. Milan Records will also be releasing Marginalia on December 7th on cd/digital/vinyl.
THEY'RE SISTERS. BUT IT WILL TAKE A MIRACLE TO MAKE THEM A FAMILY. Adapted from the novel Don't Look and It Won't Hurt by Richard Peck, Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart) whipped up a storm at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival with her masterfully crafted tale of a young woman trying to find love while struggling to bring up her two daughters. Abandoned by her husband, Nora (Brooke Adams, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Stuff) waitresses to keep her head above water while raising two teenagers in a small New Mexico town trailer park.
Beautiful and rebellious, Trudi (Ione Skye, Wayne's World, Zodiac) quits school to work alongside her mother, while her sister Shade (Fairuza Balk, The Craft, American History X) whittles away her time watching old movie matinees. Their life is turned on its head when Trudi finds that she has fallen pregnant after a string of promiscuous relationships and the girls' absent father returns with hopes of mending the relationships he broke when he left. A wonderfully engaging story of the woes of teenagers reaching adulthood, Gas Food Lodging is a distinctly American portrayal of a mother trying to raise two wayward teens with growing pains, who are learning about love, life and each other. This director-approved restoration finally affords this 90s modern classic the home video treatment it rightly deserves.
Director Tsui Hark (The Taking of Tiger Mountain) brings back the popular hero in the smash hit wuxia fantasy franchise for DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS, coming to digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD November 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Set during the Tang dynasty, the third film in the action-packed, martial arts franchise finds the intrepid detective defending himself from the Empress while looking to recover a magical weapon. DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS has Mark Chao (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon) returning in the title role, with Feng Shaofeng (The Monkey King franchise), Lin Gengxin (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), Ethan Juan (The Guillotines), Ma Sichun (Goldbuster) and Carina Lau (Detective Dee franchise) rounding out the cast.
A bold and exciting new entry into the smash hit wuxia fantasy franchise from master action director Tsui Hark, DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS sees the detective embroiled in his most difficult case yet. Accused of wrongdoing by Empress Wu, Detective Dee must defend himself against this formidable foe, all while investigating a crime wave that has engulfed the city, marked by strange and seemingly supernatural occurrences.
DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS has a runtime of approximately 132 minutes and is not rated.
Urban Movie Channel (UMC) and RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) will release Season 1 of the UMC Original Series BRONX SIU on DVD on December 4, 2018. The 8-episode first season of the popular police drama, starring Brian White (“Scandal”, “Ray Donovan”), Shanti Lowry (“The Game”) and Leticia Jimenez (“The Fosters”), quickly became one of the channel’s most watched TV series after it first premiered on the channel in July 2018. UMC and RLJ Entertainment will release BRONX SIU on DVD.
BRONX SIU follows the pursuits of homicide detective, Jimmy Blue (White). Jimmy suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and after a string of appalling homicides cause outrage in the city, Jimmy is commissioned to head up an elite unit of investigators tasked with solving the most heinous crimes.
Follow the incredible true story of Ron Stallwortth, an African-American police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in the unbelievably bold, BlacKkKlansman, arriving on Digital and the all-new digital move app MOVIES ANYWHERE on October 23, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on November 6, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “hugely entertaining” (Stephanie Zacharek, Time) and “electric” (Eric Cohn, Indiewire), BlacKkKlansman comes from acclaimed producers Sean McKittrick (Get Out, Band Aid), Jason Blum (Get Out, Whiplash), Raymond Mansfield (Get Out, Band Aid), Jordan Peele (Get Out, “The Last O.G.”), Spike Lee (Malcolm X, “She’s Gotta Have It”), and Shaun Redick (Get Out, Band Aid).
Based on the book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, BlacKkKlansman is filled with outstanding performances from an all-star cast led by John David Washington (“Ballers,” Malcolm X), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Logan Lucky), Topher Grace (Interstellar, “That 70’s Show”) and Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Last Five Years) alongside an incredible roster of supporting talent including Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live,” Mission Impossible – Fallout), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island), Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist,” “Sons of Liberty”) and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, Super Troopers 2).
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. In the early 1970s Ron Stallworth (Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today’s tumultuous world.
Packed with bold and provocative moments from beginning to end, BlacKkKlansman on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital comes with exclusive bonus content that will take viewers deeper into this timely and moving true story.
Sony Music today announces the release of THE FRONT RUNNER (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on November 2, 2018. The album features a score of original music by composer Rob Simonsen (Love, Simon, Foxcatcher, The Spectacular Now, 500 Days of Summer), who most recently announced his signing to Sony Music Masterworks. Columbia Pictures’ The Front Runner will make its debut in theaters on November 6, 2018.
Columbia Pictures’ The Front Runner chronicles the rise of American Senator Gary Hart, his 1988 bid for the American presidency and subsequent fall from grace when news of his extramarital affair is made public. Originally making its debut at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, the film features an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina.
Having learned to play the piano at a young age and with an educational background in jazz, electronic and traditional orchestral music, Rob Simonsen has lent his scoring talents to a wide range of film projects. Since the early 2000s, he’s worked on an expansive list of film soundtracks, among them Love, Simon, Nerve, Foxcatcher, The Way, Way Back and The Spectacular Now. Under the apprenticeship of composer Mychael Danna, Simonsen worked on films like 500 Days of Summer and Moneyball, in addition to collaborating with Danna on his Academy Award-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. In addition to his lengthy catalogue of film scores, Simonsen is the founder of The Echo Society, a Los Angeles-based non-profit artist collective. Surrounding himself with a network of like-minded artists, Simonsen founded The Echo Society in order to connect, inspire, challenge and enrich the creative community in Los Angeles by sponsoring live, professional sonic/visual performances and offering immersive and interactive audience experiences.
Composer Blair Mowat’s distinctive soundtrack to BBC’s third Doctor Who spin-off, created and written by Patrick Ness.
Featuring a great young cast, Class tells the story of students and staff at Coal Hill Academy, who save London from alien threats; Whovian space monsters are set against teenage inner demons. Tackling adult themes, violence is more graphic then in Doctor Who, the body count rises as the season progresses and there are more adult themes and material.
In Class, Blair’s soundtrack perfectly underpins this Doctor Who off-shoot Universe. The music feels like a character in its own right and provides stylistic consistency.
Blair Mowat is a prolific composer of scores for film, theatre and television, with well over a hundred credits including award-winning feature films, TV projects, ballets and musicals. BAFTA nominated, 4Talent short-listed, award-winning composer, Blair was in 2012 nominated for a Creative Scotland Award for 'Best New Talent' in the Scottish arts.
His work includes a retelling of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince for Sky Arts narrated by Stephen Fry, a ballet for The English National Ballet and the award-winning feature film Frequencies for which Blair created a musical world set in a parallel universe using rare instruments made from rock, glass and metal. Other television work includes music for the BBC’s flagship documentary strand Horizon.
Film credits include 7-Welcome to London, a British Bollywood thriller; Electric Man, which earned him a BAFTA nomination; and Magpie, by the internationally acclaimed director Marc Price. More recently, Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace saw Blair Mowat return to his Scottish roots providing a musical score to the story of Andrew Carnegie's entrepreneurial and philanthropic life.
Release date: December 7th Digital album: SILED1582
Iconic singer, songwriter, and human rights activist Annie Lennox has written and recorded a song for the film A Private War which will appear on the original soundtrack to be released digitally by Music. Film Recordings November 2 and on CD November 9. Titled “Requiem For A Private War,” Lennox produced the song with composer H. Scott Salinas (Just Friends, Edison), who also provided the original film score. For the Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winner, contributing to a film about the slain journalist Marie Colvin was a labour of love, as the two were connected by Lennox’s organization The Circle which works to empower women around the globe as they challenge injustice and inequality. A magnificent ode to Colvin, the song is both haunting and powerful, as Lennox forcefully conveys the loss in her tragic passing. The film directed by Matthew Heineman (City of Ghosts, Cartel Land), and starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Holland and Stanley Tucci will be released in theatres November 2 courtesy of Aviron Pictures.
Celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin is a woman who is as comfortable downing martinis with high society's elite as she is brazenly staring down warlords and fleeing from gunfire. Driven by an enduring desire to bear witness and give voice to the voiceless, Colvin charges into danger, constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.
Says Lennox in Deadline: “It was a privilege and honor to be asked to write and record a special song for A Private War, which not only commemorates the exceptional courage and dedication of war correspondent, Marie Colvin, but, from a human rights perspective, also highlights the importance of ‘from the ground’ media coverage, in war torn situations around the world.”
H. SCOTT SALINAS: Award-winning composer, H. Scott Salinas has contributed towards an impressive variety of notable projects including the Academy Award nominated documentary film The Square, HBO and Aaron Sorkin's smash hit "The Newsroom", NBC's spy thriller "Allegiance", and the wildly popular "Spider-Man 3: The Video Game".
After graduating from Princeton University, where he studied classical and jazz music, Scott continued his training at Berklee College of Music with a concentration in scoring for picture. In 2002, Scott became the youngest Grand Prize recipient of the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition, and has since composed songs and original scores for dozens of feature films, video games, commercials, and high-profile television shows. Along with accolades such as the prestigious Cannes Lion and Clio awards, Scott's accomplishments have earned him esteem and recognition as a highly versatile yet specialized talent.
From composing the brooding hybrid orchestral score to the Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Noah) produced "Zipper", to his original song "Jamie Smiles" written for the cult comedy classic "Just Friends" (Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris), to acting as the instrumental mouthpiece behind the Old Spice whistle, Scott's ability to create a meaningful impact for a wide spectrum is showcased through his work.
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney's new holiday feature film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is directed by Lasse Hallström and based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and "The Nutcracker." In theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.
MovieScore Media goes to the Far East with The Jade Pendant and its composer, Anne-Kathrin Dern. Directed by Po-Chih Leong, the film tells a tragic love story set against the lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, in 1871. Based on harrowing true events, the characters of The Jade Pendant find themselves in a conflict raging between Asian and American values, a central concept that is reflected in the score that was nominated for a Jerry Goldsmith Award, a Fimucinema Award in the categories of Best Feature Film Score as well as a Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category of Best Original Score in an Independent Film.
As composer Anne-Kathrin Dern explains, a symphonic approach was the only way to score such a moving story. "The Jade Pendant is a score that relies heavily on traditional film scoring values: lyrical themes and sweeping orchestrations. These are paired with both traditional Chinese influences and Americana to represent the immigrants in the New World. While highly dramatic at times, the score also has elegant romantic influences as well as strong action sequences." The CD selects the best 50 minutes of this massive, 90-minute score that will surely delight fans of thematic scoring as well as fusion music involving exotic instruments brilliantly worked into the main tapestry of the orchestra.
Born in Eutin, Germany, Anne-Kathrin Dern graduated from the UCLA Film Scoring program. She started out working as a sample developer and percussion library programmer before getting her first mock-up commission on the Alan Menken / Christopher Lennertz medieval comedy Galavant. As a composer, her traditionally melodic writing can be enjoyed in such films as Lilly's Bewitched Christmas (2017), and Help I Shrunk My Parents (2018), as well as her collaborations with Klaus Badelt, most notably on the 3D animated ballerina movie Leap! (2016)
The soundtrack has a digital release date of November 2, 2018. On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [CLICK HERE]
To celebrate, Varèse Sarabande will release limited edition packages for both the 40th anniversary 2CD set & the 40th anniversary 2LP set (November 5, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande will release VARÈSE SARABANDE: 40 YEARS OF GREAT FILM MUSIC 1978-2018 on November 16, 2018 with a 2 CD set and 2 LP set available to all retailers. Special packages featuring limited edition merchandise are also available exclusively on VareseSarabande.com. The first 40 of each of these packages will include special Varèse Sarabande celebration items. This is a celebratory collection of the biggest composers and albums to grace the Varèse Sarabande`s catalog during an unparalleled 40-year history as the preeminent soundtrack label. The greatest composers; Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith of Hollywood’s Golden Age to the Modern Age of Hans Zimmer, James Horner and Brian Tyler. These composers and more are represented with some of their finest compositions; Vertigo, Spartacus, Aliens, Driving Miss Daisy, The Matrix, The Omen, Whiplash, and Star Trek. This 40th Anniversary LP/CD bundle, limited to 200 units includes:
-A Copy of the 2LP set, Varèse Sarabande: 40 Years of Great Film Music 1978-2018 -A Copy of the 2CD set, Varèse Sarabande: 40 Years of Great Film Music 1978-2018 -One set of LP test pressings shipped direct from the manufacturing plant. Only 40 sets were made, and each come hand numbered 1-40 -A white turntable slipmat with an alternative interpretation of our 40th anniversary album logo in red and black ink -Set of 3 enamel pins showing the evolution of the Varèse logo over 40 years. Comes in an acrylic keepsake case. Sets are individually numbered 1-250 via a stamp on the back of our current logo pin -Black t-shirt with our 40th anniversary album logo where the left breast pocket would be. 100% cotton. Available in five different sizes, ($2 extra for XXL) -Natural colored multi-purpose canvas tote bag featuring the current Varèse Sarabande logo -Additional items Strictly limited to 40 packages
Charleene Closshey is an American actress, musician, composer and producer who frequently focuses on stories that empower self-choice. A classically trained artist, Closshey’s first instrument was piano - she read music before she read words. She began playing violin at age 12. Additionally, Closshey studied drama and music disciplines at Circle in the Square, The Juilliard School, New York University, and Berklee Music. She has released multiple albums and singles across genres, and has performed on stage with Josh Groban, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Ricky Skaggs, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and legendary country artist, Charlie Daniels, to name a few. Closshey co-founded production company Two Roads Picture Co. with professional partner Jeremy Culver. In addition to creating the soundtrack for No Postage Necessary, Closshey also starred in the film.
Director Frank Capra, known to millions as the man behind the beloved classics It’s a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Meet John Doe, also used his talents in support of the war effort by directing, producing and acting as an advisor on a series of World War II propaganda films. Depicting the ravages of combat, the lives of soldiers engaged in battle, as well as those left behind on the home front, five of the films that Capra was involved in bringing to the screen are represented in this special edition presented in cooperation with the National Archives.
Tunisian Victory takes us behind Allied troop lines and documents American and British forces working together to free North Africa from the grip of the Nazi stranglehold. Capra was assisted by film editor Hugh Stewart (49th Parallel) and directors Roy Boulting (The Outsider) and John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Let There Be Light), in this film that features the voice talents of Burgess Meredith (Story of G.I. Joe, Rocky), Bernard Miles (In Which We Serve) and Leo Genn (Moby Dick), and a powerful film score attributed to Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon) and William Alwyn (The Fallen Idol).
Prelude to War, the first in Capra's Why We Fight series of propaganda films, is a rallying cry for patriots to join the fight against the Axis powers and the tyranny of Nazism. A host of musical talent contributed to the score, including Alfred Newman (How the West Was Won), winner of nine Academy Awards®, and David Raksin (Laura).
The Battle of Russia, another of Capra’s Why We Fight films, is the longest and most ambitious of the series. Presented in two parts, the film focuses on the Nazi conquest of the Balkans in an attempt to capture Russia. Capra would share directing credit with Russian-born Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number) in a film which is aided immeasurably by Walter Huston’s (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) narration.
The Negro Soldier, produced by Capra and directed by Stuart Heisler (The Glass Key), was used as an enlistment tool to encourage African-American men and women to join the armed forces. The film incorporates footage of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games, highlighting and contrasting the freedom-loving citizens of the United States with Germany’s oppressive and ever-growing Nazi party.
Your Job in Germany, directed by Capra and written by Theodor S. Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), is a short form film shown to soldiers who would be serving “occupation duty” in Germany in 1945.
Breaking Glass Pictures is proud to announce the release of the dark fantasy thriller OBSIDIAN CURSE on DVD and VOD this October.
From indie director Rene Perez (Alien Showdown: The Day the Old West Stood Still, The Dead the Damned and the Darkness, Prey for Death), OBSIDIAN CURSE follows a young woman who, after an accidental encounter with a wtich that leaves her cursed, becomes a magnet to every evil creature in existence. OBSIDIAN CURSE will be available on DVD and VOD.
During a chance encounter with an evil witch, Blair Jensen, a beautiful young woman, becomes cursed with the mark of evil. Like a magnet, every evil creature in existence is drawn to her, intent on destroying her life and those around her. Desperate to break the curse, Blair must survive encounters with vampires, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies, all the while trying to find a way to reverse the witch's spell. Can she break the curse before true evil consumes her, her estranged daughter, and everyone she cares for? Or will she fall to the darkness that surrounds her?