Howlin' Wolf Records: OUR 42 RELEASE... GHOST HOUSE music by Rich Ragsdale


Howlin' Wolf Records is very proud to present GHOST HOUSE, a richly textured, haunting, and beautiful score by director and composer Rich Ragsdale. For GHOST HOUSE the composer used a three-tiered approach, anchored by a classical symphonic horror score recorded using the Budapest Scoring Orchestra conducted by Péter Pejtsik. This is augmented by 80's synth elements, paying homage to scores by Goblin and John Carpenter. Finally, ambient ethnic sounds were incorporated to honor Thailand where the film is set, featuring monks recorded live in a Thai temple. The album concludes with a melodically lovely, yet eerie vocal track gorgeously performed by Sherri Chung.

It's available... it's awesome, truly a masterpiece. "GHOST HOUSE" Music Composed by Rich Ragsdale, Performed by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra and Conducted by Péter Pejtsik! [http://howlinwolfrecords.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Howlin' Wolf Records: OUR 41 RELEASE... "SWAY" music by Pakk Hui


Howlin' Wolf Records is very proud to present SWAY by Pakk Hui. SWAY is a deeply emotional film written and directed by Rooth Tang, chronicling the hopes and dreams of three couples from three different countries, the USA, France, and Thailand. [howlinwolfrecords.com]

Our team is thrilled about this one, such a diversity in our titles and how can you go wrong?
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Howlin' Wolf Records: 10 YEARS and OUR 40TH RELEASE... "MALEVOLENCE 3: KILLER" by Stevan Mena


"MALEVOLENCE 3: KILLER" by Stevan Mena. Howlin' Wolf Records is very proud to celebrate the label's TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY with the release of its 40th catalog entry, the conclusion to Stevan Mena's MALEVOLENCE Trilogy, titled MALEVOLENCE 3: KILLER.

On April 10, 2009 the label released its first soundtrack title MALEVOLENCE, which was the directorial debut of filmmaker Stevan Mena, who served as the film's screenwriter, director, producer, editor, and composer!

For all our releases and information: http://howlinwolfrecords.com/

Proud to be part of this label, it's been a great ride and made many friends.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "GILDA" music by Miriam Cutler


Lakeshore Records has released the original soundtrack to the acclaimed CNN Films Documentary Love, Gilda, written by Emmy-nominated composer Miriam Cutler (The Hunting Ground, RBG). The Love, Gilda Original Soundtrack is now available for purchase and streaming on all digital platforms.

Love, Gilda honors the life and legacy of the late Gilda Radner and has received wide critical acclaim since premiering on opening night at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary recently garnered two Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the “Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special” and “Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special” (for Miriam Cutler) categories.

“Working on Love, Gilda with director Lisa D’Apolito was a wonderful and heartfelt experience. Who wouldn’t want to spend time in Gilda’s world? I was a fan of her during the original Saturday Night Live. Even better, Lisa found her way into Gilda’s story through her powerful work with Gilda’s Club – a healing support network for people and their families affected by cancer – created by Gene Wilder and friends, to honor her memory. Once Gilda absorbed her diagnosis, she asked: ‘How can I make cancer funny?’ And then she set out to heal her own spirit and share what she learned with others. This film honors that legacy by bringing Gilda back to life and sharing more of her story. I tried to reflect the intimacy of the film with my music. Once I was able to feel a musical approach, it was a pleasure to let it flow out. Ukulele was the key! Many thanks to Lakeshore Records for releasing the score. I hope people enjoy it.” –Miriam Cutler
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Fox Music: "THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN" music by Dustin O’Halloran


Fox Music releases the original motion picture soundtrack to THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, directed by Simon Curtis (“Goodbye Christopher Robin,” “Woman in Gold,” “My Week with Marilyn”) and written by Mark Bomback (screenplay) and Garth Stein (novel).    The score is available digitally today.

The film features score by Oscar® nominated and Emmy® Award winning composer Dustin O’Halloran (“Breathe In,” “Like Crazy,” “Equals”) and Academy® Award-nominated German composer, pianist, producer, and artist Hauschka, Volker Bertelmann (“Gunpowder,” “Patrick Melrose”).   The team collaborated on the 2017 score for “The Current War” and also on the 2016 score for Lion which garnered nominations for Best Original Score at the 2017 Academy Awards®, Golden Globes®, BAFTA® and more.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "AFTER THE WEDDING" music by Mychael Danna


The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Bart Freundlich’s film After the Wedding is being released digitally on August 9 and on CD August 23, exclusively through Music.Film Recordings and Varèse Sarabande. The soundtrack album features music by Academy Award and Emmy-winning composer Mychael Danna. The album also comprises three additional tracks from Commodores, The Counterfits and an original song written and performed for the film by After the Wedding actress Abby Quinn.

The highly regarded drama starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup and Abby Quinn premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in US theaters on August 9 via Sony Pictures Classics.

“The music for After the Wedding explores the sound of our suppressed past boiling up into our present, in a time and place not of our choosing. I chose the Indian Bansuri to portray the calm surface of the present, which is disrupted by the urgent and turbulent emergence of a string octet, initially wild and violent. As the story progresses, the two opposite musical poles find a meeting place of truth and honesty, where both, the songs of the small orchestra and Bansuri, coexist and create new music together.”– Mychael Danna, composer.

ABOUT MYCHAEL DANNA: He is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, following his collaborations with Lee on The Ice Storm and Ride with the Devil. Among his other awards are the Emmy for Outstanding Composition for the mini-series World Without End, the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing (2013), the World Soundtrack Awards for Film Composer of the Year (2013), Best Score of the Year (2013) and the Hollywood Film Award for Composer of the Year (2016).
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "UFO" music by Barry Gray


The long awaited release of Barry Gray's freshly remastered score for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's 1970 live action series, available worldwide from 13th September in CD, digital and vinyl formats.

2019 would have been Gerry Anderson’s 90th birthday. To celebrate his Legacy, Silva Screen Records will release a series of freshly remastered and compiled soundtrack albums from the iconic TV shows. Starting with UFO on 13th September, the Silva Screen releases will feature unforgettable TV themes and will cover all the major, worldwide popular series that Gerry Anderson produced. All the releases in this series are being newly compiled, mastered and designed by the creative team at Fanderson - The Official Gerry And Sylvia Anderson Appreciation Society.

Moving away from his signature militaristic sound which relied heavily on the brass and percussion sections, for UFO, Barry Gray produced a Jazz tinged period score, rooted in lounge style. The softer sound, with extensive use of leitmotifs, follows Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s first live action sci-fi series. Featuring 26 episodes set in the futuristic 1980s, the series is inspired by the two big topics of the 60s, extra terrestrials and the first successful heart transplant. The timing was perfect for a story about the Earth community defending themselves from aliens intent on harvesting human organs and the storyline follows the constant battle of SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation) a secret organisation defending earth against the invaders from space.

Barry Gray was both a classically trained composer and a versatile musician who worked as musical arranger for Vera Lynn, Eartha Kitt and Hoagy Carmichael’s , resident conductor of the RAF camp dance band and a TV composer. Indeed it was Vera Lynn who introduced Barry Gray to Gerry Anderson. Equally at ease composing for big ensembles, electronica, military bands and jazz ensembles, Barry Gray is best known for creating the music for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Supermarionation television series Fireball XL5, Thunerbirds, UFO, and Space: 1999 and his influence on the TV score genre is still evident today. http://www.silvascreenusa.com 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "VERA" music by Ben Bartlett


Award winning composer Ben Bartlett’s poignant score to top-rating ITV drama based on the bestselling books by Ann Cleeves (Shetland, Inspector Ramsay) and starring Brenda Blethyn.

BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actress Brenda Blethyn stars as the eccentric but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope. Unconventional and unglamorous, Vera faces the world with her caustic wit, guile and courage and what she lacks in charm she makes up for in wisdom and insight.

Ben Bartlett’s soundtrack perfectly complements the atmospheric Northumberland landscapes that the series is set in. Vera’s music theme started from a very simple idea of four chords, originally used to score the heartrending opening scene of the very first episode. The sweeping melody enveloping these four chords became more prominent as the music developed, and has gradually formed into the instantly recognizable, haunting and elegant theme of the series.

The score for Vera is full of musical miniatures that have become part of the fabric of the show, and some of the dramatic highlights have been selected for the album here. On this album, and in the score, the piano is played by Ben Bartlett.

Ben Bartlett is a London based TV and concert composer known for his prolific music output for drama, comedy and documentaries. Recently, Ben’s music was featured in SKY 1 hit series Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, ITV’s The Loch, Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed The Tunnel. For his score for Walking with Dinosaurs Ben won a BAFTA in 2000 and was nominated for Primetime Emmy. He was also nominated for RTS (The Ghost Squad, The Mark of Cain, Mutual Friends) and Ivor Novello Awards (Fiona’s Story). Ben also writes for concert hall and theatre. He received critical acclaim for his mini-opera El Tigre, based on a poem of Pablo Neruda, and his piano work Caprice was performed at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. http://www.silvascreenusa.com  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO SERIES 2" music by Ben and Nick Foster



Ben and Nick Foster’s updated soundtrack to the iconic TV series, featuring synths, electronics and full orchestra, and following Barry Gray’s heritage with employing a vast array of brass and percussion.

Making good use of leitmotifs to signal characters, moods and machines, the composing duo created a completely up to date sound, whilst retaining reverence for the original.

ITV's Thunderbirds Are Go is now screened in more than 40 countries worldwide and Silva Screen's third compilation from the series features music from Series Two. The music from the series has previously received a BAFTA nomination.

Ben is a three times BAFTA nominated composer whose scores include Torchwood, Hidden Kingdoms, Happy Valley, Our Girl and as an orchestral arranger and conductor for 99 episodes of Doctor Who. Brother Nick is a BAFTA winning composer whose work includes The Cube and Derren Brown Specials.

"The Fosters are on top form giving those big moments (and there are lots of them) the blast they need but also serving quieter moments, such as undersea or in space, with more interesting and curious themes and melodies. Just as Murray Gold did with Doctor Who, the music is an absolute rock and lifts the show to a cinematic level". Den Of Geek
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

T-65b Records: "REMNANTS" music by Austin Wintory


BAFTA-winning and Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory has released a new album titled REMNANTS from T-65b Records.

The album was built around rescued music from rejected demos, pitches, and canceled projects. It's a beautiful and compelling compilation of artistic expression, which tells a hopeful story of overcoming rejection in the industry.  Austin wrote about his experience in the arena and how it helped him transform his perceived failure into creative success in the article, "Star Trek: Discovery, in a parallel universe”. The overwhelming response he received from the article is what inspired him to release the album of work.

"It's so easy to perceive rejection as objectively a 'failure' but the reality is that looking back over the last 15 years there is an obvious trajectory to these opportunities,” says Austin Wintory. "These pitches started off so simple, and for such humble projects and have grown vastly more ambitious and creative. Just because every swing doesn't connect doesn't mean the act of picking up the bat is somehow wasted. I've learned and grown so much just from taking those stabs that those instances of landing the job have almost felt like a bonus."

ABOUT AUSTIN WINTORY: Grammy-nominated and two-time BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory has had a career straddling film, video games, and the stage. He has scored over 50 features, including several Sundance hits (Grace, Captain Abu Raed), and over 30 games, netting him 7 BAFTA nominations, 2 wins of the peer-voted ASCAP Composer's Choice Awards and a slew of other industry accolades. His work, ranging from intimate indies like JOURNEY to massive blockbusters like ASSASSIN'S CREED, is often noted for its unique perspective and unusual approach. Many of his game scores have enjoyed success in concert upon release, with performances all over the world including a recent presentation of his music before an audience of nearly 15,000 in Krakow, Poland. Austin's most recent feature films include BULLET HEAD starring Adrien Brody and John Malkovich, and Burt Reynolds' final film, THE LAST MOVIE STAR. His concert works include numerous orchestral works, commissioned for orchestras such as the West Michigan Symphony and the Mobile Symphony (all of which he has enjoyed Composer-in-Residence relationship with), and recently premiered an evening-length science+music concert called A Light in the Void, with the Colorado Symphony and will be performing at the Game Theory Concert at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles on October 5th, 2019.

Website: https://www.austinwintory.com/
Here:  https://austinwintory.bandcamp.com/album/remnants
 
AWESOME, simply... awesome! 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Paramount Music: "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" music by John Debney and Germaine Franco


Paramount Music has released the music from the motion picture Dora and the Lost City of Gold, co-scored by John Debney and Germaine Franco. The album is now available for purchase and streaming on all digital platforms, and the film is playing in theaters nationwide.

John Debney and Germaine Franco joined forces with director James Bobin to interpret the ancient sounds of a lost Incan city, in the jungles of Peru. The duo worked with a live orchestra, choir, Latin musicians and indigenous Andean singers and musicians at the prestigious Air Studios in London.

Debney and Franco shaped their dynamic score with a variety of instruments, including a full orchestra, choir, Latin percussion, pop brass, conch shells, quenas, sikus, tarkas, toyos, cajón, charangos, and indigenous drums. Franco wrote poems in Spanish, which were translated to Quencha by scholar Américo Mendoza-Mori. The choir and Andean soloists, Phaxsi Coca and Dante Concha, are heard singing in Quenchua and playing Andean flutes in key moments of the film. The composers carefully wove the Latin music elements into the score, which represents Dora’s tenacity and courage, by collaborating with several Latin players living in London from Peru, Bolivia, Cuba, and Columbia.

“I’m excited that Paramount Music is releasing the soundtrack for Dora and the Lost City of Gold. I so enjoyed collaborating with Germaine on such an iconic and beloved character as Dora. Germaine’s musical sensibilities contributed a wonderful voice to the score.” –John Debney

“Thank you to Paramount and James Bobin for releasing the score to Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Working together with John Debney on the score for this film was very moving. John's musical voice is absolutely wondrous. I enjoyed combining our musical talents into one cohesive sound.” –Germaine Franco

Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "A DOG'S JOURNEY" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Picking up where A Dog’s Purpose left off, A Dog’s Journey, available on Digital on August 6, 2019, as well as on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on August 20, 2019, continues the tale of lovable farm dog Bailey, as he finds a new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond, and learns that some friendships transcend lifetimes. A hit with audiences, who rated it an “A” CinemaScore, the movie is “a must-see for any dog lover” (Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer) and the perfect choice for family viewing, teaching universal lessons about the values of friendship and devotion. “Pawsitively” uplifting from start to finish, A Dog’s Journey features over 30 minutes of bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, a hilarious gag reel and featurettes with the cast and a behind the scenes look at the memorable animal performances. 


Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad; Beauty and the Beast, Frozen) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his former “boy” now grown to manhood, Ethan (Dennis Quaid; A Dog’s Purpose, I Can Only Imagine) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger; “C.S.I.,” “Under the Dome”). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ (Kathryn Prescott; “24: Legacy”). Everything is great on the farm until CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin, Isn’t It Romantic, “GLOW”), decides to take CJ away and chase her own fulfillment in the big city. Ethan asks Bailey to watch over CJ wherever she goes and thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ, and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau; Internationally famous pop star) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.

Website: http://uni.pictures/DogsJourney
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/DogsJourneyTrailer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADogsJourneyMovie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/a_dogs_journey
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adogsjourneymovie/
#ADogsJourney
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "THE HUSTLE" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


The Hustle is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Chris Addison and written by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Launer, and Jac Schaeffer. It is a female-centered remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is itself a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, and Dean Norris, and follows two women who set out to con an internet millionaire. 


Two con artists, sophisticated Josephine and abrasive Penny, meet on their way to the French Riviera to find rich men to swindle. They initially work against each other until Penny asks Josephine to take her under her wing, and teach her how to con the way she does. It works at first, but the two then compete to trick a rich tech wiz, Thomas Westerburg.

Penny begins to fall for Thomas when she sees that he is a nice guy who wants to create a new app. In the end Thomas tricks both women into giving him money for his app, revealing himself to be the grandson of a notorious con artist named Medusa.  Thomas meets the ladies again sometime later and proposes that they become a team. They agree.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "IN THE AFTERMATH" [BLU-RAY]


Following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman protégé Carl Colpaert (The Crew) made his directorial debut by combining repurposed excerpts from a foreign film - in this case, Mamoru Oshii's (Ghost In The Shell) spellbinding 1985 anime Angel's Egg - with new live-action footage shot in America. The result is In The Aftermath, a haunting post-apocalyptic vision like no other. In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether. Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds? A unique mash-up of 1980s B-movie nuclear paranoia and hauntingly lyrical animation, In The Aftermath is presented in a stunning new restoration that highlights Oshii's visionary genius and Colpaert's low-budget ingenuity.
Year of Production: 1988
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MIDNIGHT MOVIE SOCIETY

 

MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and RUE MORGUE have teamed up to launch the MIDNIGHT MOVIE SOCIETY, a curated Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service specializing in Extreme Underground, Taboo and Cult Horror movies. Now genre fans can gain access to a film library of shocking underground, outrageous gore, creature features, cult classics and much more. Those with a taste for the weirdest and wildest reaches of genre cinema will not be disappointed!

"The bigger platforms are catering to the masses and have gone puritanical in many cases, making it very difficult for filmmakers to reach their audience," says Ed Seaman, C.O.O. of MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. "MVD has a great deal of this type of content and when it is live on major platforms, it performs really well. Maybe too well for some of the mainstream platforms."

MIDNIGHT MOVIE SOCIETY will also cater to more traditional horror fare as well, pulling from the thousands of film hours from in MVD's vast catalog. In addition, RUE MORGUE will also be finding and curating fresh and unusual content for the service.

"As larger streaming platforms continue to crack down on content, there's an urgent need to create a space for boundary-pushing films unencumbered by strangling content restrictions," said Adrianna Gober, Director of Programming. "As a lifelong horror fan, I'm proud and excited to be working with MVD Entertainment Group and genre champions Rue Morgue Magazine to bring Midnight Movie Society to the masses."

"We're thrilled to be partnering with MVD to give fans access to films that are becoming increasingly harder to come by," commentedRodrigo Gudino, President of RUE MORGUE.

Rob Hyman, MVD's Digital Director says, "Working with Rue Morgue is a dream so far. They are a household name amongst horror fans, and we anticipate our SVOD service and selection will be embraced by their fans."

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "SHADOW" [4K/BLU-RAY/DVD] and the GIVEAWAY!


Zhang Yimou is one of the most influential directors in filmmaking of the last two decades and now returns to form in the stunning 4K wuxia action epic SHADOW, debuting on DVD, Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra Blu-ray Combo and digital August 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment. With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. Bonus content includes Behind the Scenes footage and a “Making of” featurette.


In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself.  Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.

Great release, you should... enjoy it and if you are the winner of the GIVEAWAY you might be able to do that for free. How you say, drop me an email "SHADOW" in the header and tell me after watching the trailer... "What happens after ROUND 3" [CLICK HERE]
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "THE BRINK" [BLU-RAY]


The manhunt is on when a reckless police inspector embarks on a mission to crack down on a gold smuggling scheme in the action-packed thriller THE BRINK, debuting on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD August 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The first feature film from Director Jonathan Li, THE BRINK stars rising action star Max Jin Zhang (Ip Man 3, The Grandmaster, Pacific Rim: Uprising), Shawn Yue (The Guillotines, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen), Yue Wu (Ip Man 4: The Finale) and Janice Man (Cold War II).  Bonus features include a “Making of” featurette.

Jonathan Li was nominated as Best New Director for THE BRINK at the 2018 Hong Kong Film Awards, while Chung Chi Li was nominated for Best Action Choreography for his “impressively staged action sequences” (Screen Anarchy).

A renegade cop is on a mission to bring a shady smuggler to justice by any means necessary. When his investigation leads to a Triad mob boss and global smuggling ring, his manhunt quickly turns from local misconduct into a violent international incident. A relentless barrage of high flying action and explosive fight sequences, in this breakneck thriller, once the fists start flying, they never stop - not even underwater. Country of Origin: China
Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJ Entertainment: "PLUS ONE" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


RLJE Films (NASDAQ: RLJE) will release PLUS ONE on August 6, 2019 on DVD and Blu-ray.  Written and directed by Jeff Chan (“Adam Ruins Everything”) and Andrew Rhymer (Pregame), the film stars Maya Erskine (Hulu’s “PEN15”, “Casual” and “Insecure”), Jack Quaid (Amazon’s “The Boys,” Rampage, The Hunger Games), Ed Begley, Jr. (“Arrested Development”), Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”), Rosalind Chao (Mulan), Brianne Howey (“The Passage”), Jon Bass (“Miracle Workers”) and Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”).  RLJE Films will release PLUS ONE on DVD and Blu-ray.


In PLUS ONE, long-time friends Alice and Ben find themselves in that inevitable year that all late 20-somethings experience—in which seemingly every person they know gets married—and agree to be one another’s plus ones as they power through an endless parade of insufferable weddings. Check out the trailer: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Krause Publications: ‘Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back to Yasgur’s Farm’


STEVENS POINT, WI - The year was 1969. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Neil Armstrong was on the Moon. And revolution was in the air. In that backdrop, 500,000 young people gathered on a mid-August weekend in upstate New York for the promise of three days of peace and music. What they experienced at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was something far greater.

Celebrating “the greatest peaceful event in history,” Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back to Yasgur’s Farm offers a dazzling and compelling front-row seat to the most important concert in rock history, an implausible happening filled with trials and triumphs that defined a generation.


Author and Woodstock attendee Mike Greenblatt brilliantly captures the power of music’s greatest performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana and the Who, while sharing stories both personal and audacious from the crowd of a half million strong who embraced not only the music but each other.

The book features a Foreword by Country Joe McDonald, whose rousing solo acoustic version of “The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag” was one of the most memorable performances at Woodstock. Readers will enjoy interviews with Graham Nash, Carlos Santana, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Country Joe McDonald, Edgar Winter, members of Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned Heat, Sha Na Na, co-host Chip Monck, fans and countless others. In addition, all 32 performances at the festival are showcased. Equal parts circus and surreal, Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back to Yasgur’s Farm tells a transcendent tale of a musical and mythical moment in time.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Cinema Libre Studio: "CREATING WOODSTOCK" [DVD]


As the future of Woodstock 50 remains uncertain, a new documentary shows how festival founders made the unimaginable possible in 1969.

With the future of the highly anticipated Woodstock 50 music festival unclear, a younger generation may not know that the original “Three Days of Peace and Music” were also plagued by uncertainty, last-minute venue changes, a lack of headliners and permits… and in fact it almost didn’t happen! With more than 70 hours of interviews with Woodstock producers, planners, and performers – director Mick Richards, who attended the 1969 festival as a teenager, has created the most comprehensive and deeply researched look back at how the event came to be in CREATING WOODSTOCK, available on DVD July 30 and streaming August 13.
The documentary features never-before-seen private film and rare archival video footage, original interviews with key figures, and uncovered photographs that show just how much went in to pulling off the impossible. First-hand accounts of little known stories are woven throughout the film, such as when Jimi Hendrix was stranded at the airport and hitched a ride to the site, or when a bank manager was awoken in the middle of the night to get money to pay The Who, which then needed to be helicoptered to them before they would go on stage – much like the personal supply of strawberries that Janis Joplin required.

Three decades in the making, CREATING WOODSTOCK resurrects the original site blueprints, features interviews with the founders of Woodstock Ventures – John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Michael Lang, and Artie Kornfield – and takes viewers from the initial idea of the “happening” to the moments when the last festival goer stumbled off Max Yasgur’s once pastural alfalfa field. 


For three days in August 1969, nearly a half-million young people descended upon Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York for the rock ‘n’ roll event that defined a generation. Mythologized for 50 years, the filmmakers set the record straight with "Creating Woodstock,” the most comprehensive examination of how the festival came to be using original interviews with key figures, rare archival footage and unearthed photographs.

The founders of Woodstock Ventures – John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Michael Lang, and Artie Kornfeld – along with the best production talent on either coast, including John Morris, Bill Belmont, Mel Lawrence, and Chip Monck recall moments from the initial idea for the festival, to the search for a suitable site and then the race to build a venue, promote the event and, most importantly, book the bands.

Find out why the Grateful Dead wanted a “do over" and Crosby, Stills & Nash weren’t going to show up, why The Who refused to play and Jimi Hendrix almost didn’t make it, and how it turned into a free concert. Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, and Leslie West recount their experiences, including performing on a stage that nearly collapsed, and learn how a 15-year-old girl may have saved the festival from being shut down entirely!

MVD Entertainment Group: "CRUISING" 1980 [Blu-ray]


Academy Award-winner William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) directs Al Pacino as an undercover cop pitched into New York's seedy underbelly in Cruising - available for the first time on Blu-ray in a brand new director-approved transfer. New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city's underground bars. Captain Edelson (Paul Sorvino) tasks young rookie Steve Burns (Pacino) with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows - but as he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process. Taking the premise and title from reporter Gerald Walker's novel, Cruising was the subject of great controversy at the time of its release and remains a challenging and remarkable movie to this day, with Pacino's haunted lead performance as its magnetic centerpiece.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: "The Blacklist - Season 06" [DVD]


Following the startling revelation that Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) isn't who he says he is, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is torn between the relationship she's developed with the man claiming to be her father and her desire to get to the bottom of years of secrets and lies. Meanwhile, Red leads Liz and the FBI to the most strange and dangerous criminals yet, growing his empire and eliminating rivals in the process. All throughout, Liz and Red engage in an uneasy cat-and-mouse game in which lines will be crossed and the truth will be revealed. 


Executive Producers: John Eisendrath, Jon Bokenkamp, John Davis, John Fox, James Spader, Lukas Reiter, J.R. Orci, Carla Kettner, Laura A. Benson
Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, Hisham Tawfiq, Harry Lennix
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp

I cannot wait to catch up on the episodes I have missed, still one of the strong tv show contenders.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: "The Good Doctor - Season 02 [DVD]


Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his friendships deepen, Shaun faces new interpersonal challenges while taking on even more difficult medical cases than ever before.  


Executive Producers: David Shore, Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, Seth Gordon, Sebastian Lee, David Kim, Mike Listo, Thomas L. Moran, Liz Friedman
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Tamlyn Tomita, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yun Lee, Christina Chang, Paige Spara, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff
Developed by: David Shore
Based on the Korean Broadcasting System television series by Jaebeom Park

One show that get's stronger and more structured every episode.
Jeremy [Six Strings]