Howlin' Wolf Records: "BETTER WATCH OUT" music by Brian Cachia


Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents the score for BETTER WATCH OUT with music composed by acclaimed composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Cachia. The score is performed by the Bratislava Studio Symphony conducted by Vladimir Martinka and concludes with a somber arrangement of "Carol of the Bells," featuring Mark Buys on guitar.

BETTER WATCH OUT is a horror/dark comedy written and directed by Chris Peckover, which has been described stylistically as a HOME ALONE style romp in the fashion of a Tarantino film. The film stars young Australian actors Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, and Ed Oxenbould, and features performances by well-known Hollywood actors Patrick Warburton (SCREAM 3) and Virginia Madsen (CANDYMAN). DeJonge and Oxenbould delivered standout performances in M. Night Shyamalan's THE VISIT, and again in BETTER WATCH OUT, now with another remarkable young actor Levi Miller (PAN). Rounding out the cast of impressive up-and-coming actors are Aleks Mikic and Dacre Montgomery (STRANGER THINGS). For more information, please [CLICK HERE]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Howlin' Wolf Records SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (2CD) Score by Perry Botkin, Songs by Morgan Ames


Howlin' Wolf Records' 35th Anniversary Release for SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is a pressing of 300 CDs, featuring the unforgettable original poster art for the film, a 20-page deluxe booklet with liner notes by Co-Executive Producers Scott Schneid & Dennis Whitehead, Screenwriter Michael Hickey, and Composer Perry Botkin, all balanced against a canvas of beautiful designs and vivid imagery by graphic artist and long-time Howlin' Wolf Records Art Director Luis Miguel Rojas. [http://howlinwolfrecords.com]

We are sneaking in another score, soon after the last...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

FAVORITE SCORES AND MUSIC IN 2019!




Here is my list, now let me make one thing clear... there were great releases in the entire year of 2019, but these are my most listened to. I want to thank all the composers, labels, friends and Howlin' Wolf Records for making it possible to be part this world for over 10 years.

Remember when you listen to score music, there are no losers!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Most Played in 2019:

"Aurora" Music by Oscar Fogelström (MovieScore Media)
"Marvel's Avengers: Endgame" Music by Alan Silvestri (Walt Disney Records)
"Cliffs of Freedom" Music by George Kallis (Aegean Entertainment)
"Krypton" Music by Pinar Toprak (Varese Sarabande)
"Joker" Music by Hildur Guðnadóttir (WaterTower Music)
"Alita: Battle Angel" Music by Tom Holkenborg (Milan Records)
"Shazam!" Music by Benjamin Wallfisch (WaterTower Music)
"Under the Silver Lake" Music by Disasterpeace (Milan Records)
"Swoon" Music by Nathaniel Mechaly (MovieScore Media)
"Tim Burton's Dumbo" Music by Danny Elfman (Walt Disney Records)
"Brightburn" Music by Tim Williams (Sony Music)
"BBC's: Good Omens" Music by David Arnold (Silva Records)

Favorite Series:

"The Mandalorian: Season 1 Chapters 1-8" Music by Ludwig Göransson (Walt Disney Records)
"The Dragon Prince Season 1, 2 and 3" Music by Frederik Wiedmann (Lakeshore Records)
"The Dark Crystal Volume 1 & 2: Age of Resistance" Music by Daniel Pemberton (Varese Sarabande)
 
My Personal Favorites:

"The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot" Music by Joe Kraemer (La-La Land Records)
"Motherless Brooklyn [Score]" Music by Daniel Pemberton (WaterTower Music)
"Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker" Music by John Williams (Walt Disney Records)

Great Releases:

"Masters of the Universe (2Cd)" Music by Bill Conti (NoteForNote Music)
"Apollo 13 [1995-2019]" Music by James Horner (Intrada)
"Knight Rider (2Cd)" Music by Stu Phillips (Varese Sarabande)

My Favorite:

"Howard The Duck 3Cd [1986-2019]" Music by John Barry, Original Songs Produced by Thomas Dolby - Additional Music by Sylvester Levay (Intrada)
 

Back Lot Music: "DOLITTLE" music by Danny Elfman


The soundtrack for Universal Pictures’ DOLITTLE features score by composer Danny Elfman and a new original song co-written and performed by SIA.  After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

SEE THE NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR "ORIGINAL" BY SIA: [CLICK HERE]
Purchase or Stream the Soundtrack Here:  [CLICK HERE]  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Deck13 Interactive and Focus Home Interactive: "THE SURGE 2" Music by Helge Borgarts and Thomas Stanger

 
Composers Helge Borgarts and Thomas Stanger (BowsToHymns), in partnership with Deck13 Interactive and Focus Home Interactive, today announced the release of The Surge 2 Original Soundtrack featuring the heavy synth sci-fi score from the dystopian Action-RPG The Surge 2, released last year to wide critical acclaim on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Now available on digital and streaming platforms, the 31-track collection encompasses the full in-game score by Helge Borgarts and Thomas Stanger (BowsToHymns), main theme by Markus Schmidt and original tracks by recording artists Stumfol and Talla 2XLC. The album also includes bonus tracks composed by BowsToHymns from the Kraken DLC which releases on January 16. Preview three exclusive tracks here.

The Surge universe is set in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the end of its life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities must work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases. As the intelligence of technology incrementally increased over the years, many jobs for the human race had been made redundant, forcing Earth's citizens to head out into the suburbs seeking labor, aided by exoskeletons to improve their efficiency. The world of The Surge offers a very grim vision of the future, where the evolution of our technology, our society and our relation with the environment led to a decadent state of the Human civilization.

The Surge 2 drops players in the crumbled carcass of Jericho amid a DeFrag nanostorm take-over of the city, and throws crazed techno-cultists, nanomachine monstrosities, and more at you as you try to slash and dash your way out. Create your own character and put your reactions and RPG character-building skills to the test. Deep character progression and customization let you decide how to equip yourself and handle enemies - with many additions over the original game and the return of its signature executions. Each fight is a desperate risk-versus-reward decision where you must utilize all the tools in your arsenal to survive, from a customizable combat drone, to game-changing implants, to a new directional parrying system and many more.

The Surge 2 is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and the Kraken DLC releases January 16 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "ALIVE" [2CD] music by James Newton Howard

 
In 1993, Touchstone Pictures released the harrowing tale of Uruguayan rugby players and their families whose plane crashes in the Andes on their way to a match in Chile. It is a story of survival in some of the earth's harshest conditions, pushing humanity to endure the most devastating of circumstances. For Alive, composer James Newton Howard wrote a score that was to capture not only the desperate, seemingly hopeless conditions, but set the music against a background of natural beauty and tenacity of the human spirit.

At the time of the film's release, due to the constraints of the day, a 30-minute album of highlights was released, representing less than half of the score's full 73 minutes. Given the difficult subject matter, the film also under went changes in order to present the story in its most powerful light. As a result, several sequences were rescored, resulting in some 30 minutes of alternate versions of the score, some vastly different from their original counterparts. Additionally, two powerful cues recorded for the trailer were uncovered. All of this is presented here in this 2-CD presentation of this magnificent work from elements within the Disney vaults and from the composer himself.

Howard wrote a main theme reflecting triumphant survivalism that propelled the survivors to find a way off that mountain. First heard on solo guitar, it opens up at the end in a huge, glorious rendition when 16 of the original 45 passengers make their escape. Directed by Frank Marshall, the film stars Ethan Hawke as Nando Parrado, who emerges as the main character and leader of survivors.

Listen to the podcast about this album!

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Whooooaaaaa, INTRADA! This is a long over-due
Jeremy [Six Strings]

BUDDY COPS: THE STAKEOUT IS COMING SOON!!!!

The makers of the short film BUDDY COPS: THE STAKEOUT has released a slew of character posters and behind the scenes photos as well as a trailer in preparation for it's release.

Here is the official synopsis.

Newly formed St. Louis police duo John Barrow (Raymond Roberson) and Jack Slate (Tyler Meyer) are assigned the task of tracking down and stopping the dealers of a powerful drug ring. Action meets comedy in this new 80's style homage to Buddy Cop action films.

The release date is to be determined with an estimated date of mid February of this year.  Look for it on YouTube.

Click here for the trailer!

Click here for more photos!

Jason

Kronos Records: "LILLY'S BEWITCHED CHRISTMAS" Music by ANNE-KATHRIN DERN


Kronos Records and MovieScore Media present the soundtrack to LILLY’S BEWITCHED CHRISTMAS (HEXE LILLI RETTET WEIHNACHTEN). Lilly conjures Ruprecht (Santa’s Little Helper) to learn more about Christmas customs. The kind of scary looking Ruprecht soon runs away to teach the children of today some manners concerning respect and decency.  A real treasure of a score, courtesy of ring star Anne-Kathrin Dern. 41 minutes of pure Christmas Magic in the grand John Williams tradition.  [http://www.kronosrecords.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kronos Records: "JESÚS DE NAZARET" Music by ALEJANDRO KARO


KRONOS RECORDS has been around for 10 years now. We have produced and released 141 CDs in the KRONOS, KRONOS GOLD and KRONOS KLASSIK series. Welcome to KRONCD100! For the 100th title of the KRONOS series we are proud to present a very talented composer from Mexico. His name is Alejando Karo.

Alejandro Karo's soundtrack for the 2017 film JESÚS DE NAZARET is a modern classic already.  Karo decided to keep the overall atmosphere of the score in low key but as a true master he managed to compose a score that mutates from the drowny arid desert themes to deeply spiritual melodies that soars higher and higher as the Christ approaches his sacrifice for mankind.  Definitely one of the most exciting and emotional scores we have produced. [http://www.kronosrecords.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kronos Records: "NOAH LAND" Music by LEON GURVITCH


KRONOS RECORDS 10 year Anniversary celebration is the soundtrack for Turkish filmmaker Cenk Ertürk's acclaimed film NOAH LAND. The music is by rising star LEON GURVITCH, who managed to pen a very intimate and extremely effective dramatic score for this film. [http://www.kronosrecords.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kronos Records: "IL DISORDINE" Music by MARIO NASCIMBENE


Kronos Records The Gold Collection is proud to present the soundtrack CD of IL DISORDINE (DISORDER), a 1962 Italian drama by director Franco Brusati, starring Sami Frey, Louis Jourdan, Antonelly Lualdi, Curd Jürgens, Tomas Milian and Renato Salvatori who received an award for his lead role of Mario.

The music is by another Mario, legendary composer Maestro MARIO NASCIMBENE, who penned a very eclectic, jazz swing tinged score, with hints of cha cha cha and a somber undertone of melancholy.  The orchestra and ensembles were handled by none less than the great Maestro CARLO SAVINA, who as always delivery with great accuracy and class.   The film has been said to be a Study of Milanese social life and of the people who become involved in it. Eventhough the film itself does not reach the artistic height of Fellini there are people who have compared and drawn parallels between parts of this film and parts of LA DOLCE VITA. [http://www.kronosrecords.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kronos Records: "I FRATELLI CORSI" Music by ANGELO FRANCESCO LAVAGNINO


Kronos Records is proud to present the soundtrack to the 1961 Italo-Franco co-production I FRATELLI CORSI (The Corsican Brothers), the silver-screen adaptation of “Les Frères Corses” a novella by re-known French writer Alexandre Dumas, père, first published in 1844 about Siamese twins separated at birth but who have a strong psychic link as adults.  The story was adapted for the silver screen by Paul Andréota and Bruno Guillaume, the latter also directed the film.  The film starred Geoffrey Horne in the dual role of twins Paolo and Leone Franchi, Valérie Lagrange in the role of Lady Edith, Gérard Barray, the leading hero in Adventure-Movies made in France this time in the role of the bad guy of the  story Giovanni Sagona and Italian superstar Amedeo Nazzari in the role of Orlandi.  [http://www.kronosrecords.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kronos Records: "CARI MOSTRI DEL MARE" Music by CARLO SAVINA


Kronos Records is very proud to present for the first time ever on CD format, the soundtrack to CARI MOSTRI DEL MARE or FRIENDLY MONSTERS FROM THE DEEP as it was known outside of Italy which was released in 1977.  The docu-film was directed by world re-known director and oceanographer Bruno Vailati. The music by one of the most prestigious composers to ever come out of Italy and one of the composers we very proudly champion, Maestro CARLO SAVINA. [http://www.kronosrecords.com/]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kronos Records: "KuartetS" Music by KRISTIAN SENSINI


Kronos Records is proud to present KuartetS, the first solo album by Italian composer KRISTIAN SENSINI of HYDE'S SECRET NIGHTMARE fame.

Over the years I have been following ideas and images, and now I've collected the best inspirations into a series of music for string quartets.  I chose the string quartet formula because I've always been fascinated by four-part writing and the endless creative possibilities that this kind of ensemble gives. This is my very first solo album, the result of years of study and research, hope you'll enjoy it ! [http://www.kronosrecords.com/]

- Kristian Sensini
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Fox Music/Hollywood Records: "UNDERWATER" music by Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts


Fox Music/Hollywood Records releases the digital original motion picture soundtrack to 20th Century Fox’s “Underwater,” directed by William Eubank (Signal) today.  Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts composed and conducted the music for Underwater, which was recorded at Pianella Studios in Malibu.  The Underwater score album is available today at digital service providers, as the film opens in U.S. theatres. 
 
Beltrami and Roberts have collaborated on numerous projects since 2013 including “Logan,” “The Wolverine,” “Warm Bodies” and “World War Z.”  The duo received an Emmy® Award in the Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special category for their score for National Geographic’s 2019 Oscar®-winning documentary “Free Solo.”  Additionally, Beltrami received Academy Award nominations for his scores on “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Hurt Locker,” as well as a Golden Globe nomination for “A Quiet Place.”

The composers said, "The fun challenge on this score was to balance the hybrid nature of the musical elements so they could convincingly exist in an electronic world. Will {Eubank} is very influenced by electronic music and offered incredible encouragement to explore new ways of processing traditional orchestral elements to create this musical soundscape. Female vocals played a big part in this score, and we experimented with an endless array of unorthodox techniques to evoke the epic, tense and at times, very emotional elements of the film."

“Underwater” takes place in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.  Trapped in a rapidly flooding structure, a crew of six stationed on an underwater research facility realize their only shot at survival lies in walking across the ocean floor to a distant abandoned rig. In addition to the physical challenges of the journey they quickly discover they’re being hunted by mythic, monstrous sea predators hellbent on killing them.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "COLOR OUT OF SPACE" music by Colin Stetson


COLOR OUT OF SPACE features music by GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer COLIN STETSON.  Set for digital release on January 24 via Milan Records, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features music written by Stetson for the Nicolas Cage-starring, sci-fi thriller, which makes its theatrical debut on January 24.  The soundtrack will also be in vinyl format via Waxwork Records on March 10, with preorder available beginning January 24 at waxworkrecords.com

A highly-coveted collaborator to Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, LCD Soundsystem, The National and more, Stetson brings with him an expansive body of work that includes both genre-defying, avant-jazz records as well as critically-acclaimed original scores for major film, television and game titles (Ari Aster’s Hereditary, Red Dead Redemption 2).  Of the soundtrack, Stetson says:

"The question posed initially when conceiving of this score was what exactly is the sonic representation of a cosmic alien color that does not exist in this terrestrial reality? I began trying to answer that by layering the sounds of coral reefs, processing that cacophony and finding the order revealed through harmonic generation of these hyperdensities, and then continued to chase that same concept of 'transfiguring the natural' down every path and application I could see.  Turns out it's somewhere between magenta and hot pink :)"

Color Out of Space is based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft.  After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farmstead, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.  Color Out of Space stars Nicolas Cage (Mandy, Leaving Las Vegas), Joely Richardson (The Rook, Nip/Tuck), Madeleine Arthur (Snowpiercer), Brendan Meyer (The OA), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House), Elliot Knight (How to Get Away with Murder), with Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) and Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong). The film is directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil). He co-wrote the screenplay with Scarlett Amaris (The Theatre Bizarre). The film was produced by SpectreVision and ACE Pictures and is being distributed domestically by RLJ Entertainment.

ABOUT COLIN STETSON... Colin Stetson, born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, spent a decade in San Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player before eventually settling in Montreal in 2007. Over the years he has worked extensively with a wide range of bands and musicians, including Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and The National.

Stetson has developed an utterly unique voice as a soloist, principally on saxophone and clarinet. His astounding physical engagement with his instruments (chiefly bass and alto saxophones) produces emotionally rich and polyphonic compositions that transcend expectations of what solo horn playing can sound like. He is at home in the avant-jazz tradition of pushing the boundaries through circular breathing and embouchure, and his noise/drone/minimalist sound encompasses genres like dark metal, post-rock and contemporary electronics.

More recently, Stetson has focused on scoring a number of original soundtracks, including Lavender (2016), which he co-scored with Sarah Neufeld, A24 production Hereditary (2018) and Hulu series The First (2018). He also contributed to the score for award-winning game Red Dead Redemption II (2018) and is set to score the new Adult Swim anime miniseries Uzumaki, an adaptation of Junji Ito’s renowned horror manga, which arrives in 2020. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "BBC's DRACULA" music by David Arnold and Michael Price


From the team behind BBC’s critically acclaimed Sherlock comes Dracula, the reimagining of the iconic titular vampire for a 21st Century audience. Composers David Arnold and Michael Price reunite with writers and creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, to breathe musical life into another famous literary character from Victorian times.

For Dracula, Arnold and Price conceived an innovative and petrifying score, in which traditional instruments and musique concrète merge with contemporary use of samples and sound design. Scoring Dracula presented its own challenges and the composers have augmented the sound of the orchestra players by creating a library of sounds used throughout the score.

At the launch of the series at the BFI Southbank, David Arnold said “We created a bunch of quite awful sounds that were musical, one of which was actual real blood in a glass, with the finger run round the top of the rim... We created percussion things with coffins. The best thing was, I got the sound department to send me all their recordings of screaming babies, and I made an organ out of screaming babies.”

Also featured on the score are Cello soloists Tim Gill (London Sinfonietta Principal) and Caroline Dale (Truly, Madly, Deeply, Hilary and Jackie) and Electric Cello from Peter Gregson. The atmospheric music is perfectly complemented by the classical soprano Grace Davidson and jazz singer Sumudu Jayatilaka.

Dracula is a Hartswood Films production, commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and is a co-production with Netflix. Executive producers are Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films, Ben Irving for the BBC, Larry Tanz and Carolyn Newman for Netflix.

Showing on BBC 1 on January 1st, 2nd and 3rd, the three 90 minute films star Claes Bang stars in the role of Dracula with the cast including John Heffernan, Joanna Scanlan, Dolly Wells, Sacha Dhawan, Jonathan Aris, Morfydd Clark Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Matthew Beard, Lydia West and Catherine Schell. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland. [http://www.silvascreen.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE LEGEND OF THE WAR HORSE" music by Anne-Kathrin Dern and Daniel James


MovieScore Media has issued music to all kinds of cinematically influenced shows from gladiatorial battles and to retrospective fashion-themed exhibitions. The latest addition to this catalogue comes courtesy of composers Anne-Kathrin Dern and Daniel James with The Legend of the War Horse.  The story is about a Mongolian soldier who leaves his home for battle to protect his family. The music was specifically written for an open air play in Mongolia, featuring hundreds of horses as well as aerial performances.

As composer Anne-Kathrin Dern recalls: “Throughout the story we get several flashbacks to his home life until he dies in the final battle. Mongolia is known for its magnificent horses and their historic cavalry. In order to capture this story, we worked closely with folk musicians from Mongolia who recorded plenty of traditional vocals and instruments for us, such as the Matouqin and their unique throat singing. We then went to London to record the world-class musicians from the London Metropolitan Orchestra with Jake Jackson engineering at AIR Studios. The result is the best of both worlds – traditional Mongolian folk melodies combined with Western orchestral music.”

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). MovieScore Media has previously released The Jade Pendant and Lilly’s Bewitched Christmas from her filmography. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "HELP, I SHRUNK MY PARENTS" music by Anne-Kathrin Dern


MovieScore Media once again teams up with German composer Anne-Kathrin Dern (The Jade Pendant, Lilly’s Bewitched Christmas) to release Help, I Shrunk My Parent, the delightful fantasy/comedy score inspired by one of science-fiction’s most popular questions – what if we could change size? Following the success of Help, I Shrunk My Teacher, Felix (Oskar Keymer) and Ella (Lina Hüesker) return for yet another adventure – this time, they have to save one of their parent’s from the effects of the shrinkage while they get help and face obstacles from the characters of the previous picture.

“This first movie in this series by Blue Eyes Fiction and Sony Pictures was Help I Shrunk My Teacher and its original composer Klaus Badelt generously gave the reins to my studio for the sequel while he stayed on as score producer. It was the greatest pleasure to write 4 new themes for this magical adventure comedy: the mysterious school theme, the quirky villain theme for Hulda Stechbart, the melancholic family theme, and the sweet and warm love theme. The third act contains plenty of action music as the characters embark on their final mission to save their school, which was particularly fun to write. We also had the incredible honor to take the score to Galaxy Studios again, where we recorded it with the marvelous musicians from the Brussels Philharmonic under the direction of Matt Dunkley.”

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). MovieScore Media has previously released The Jade Pendant and Lilly’s Bewitched Christmas from her filmography. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "FINDING HOME (Håbet)" music by Nicklas Schmidt


MovieScore Media’s latest television score release hails from Denmark with the four-episode long television event Finding Home (aka Håbet) with music by Nicklas Schmidt. The orchestral score accompanies a story set in 1899 of 15-year-old Marie and her two younger siblings who live in an orphanage. Their father is a sailor and has not been home for three years. Everyone except Marie thinks he is dead. One day as Marie gets a clue that her father has been seen alive, she flees the orphanage, cuts off her hair, disguises herself as a boy and embarks on a long and dramatic journey on the freight ship “Hope” to search for her father and reunite her family

As composer Nicklas Schmidt explains about the music: “ I found it particularly inspiring to illuminate the maritime subject of the story from two sides: One that was going along with the big waves, the melancholic longing for faraway shores, underlined by symphonic strings; and one that spoke the language of sailors and common people and is expressed through a folk trio. This blend gives the score a quite unique character – and it also experiments with mixing up the two genres in crucial moments of the storyline.” The folk melodies are inspired by Danish, Norwegian and Irish tunes, but are composed originally for this project and brought to life by the astonishing trio Dreamers’ Circus. The music is performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.

Nicklas Schmidt has written the score for a number of feature films, documentaries, video games and TV series, including the hit Danish comedy Klassefesten 2 (2014) and children’s animation ranging from the 3-D adventure The Great Bear (2011) through the genre parody Ronal the Barbarian (2011) to the haunting Beyond Beyond (2014). He also worked as an arranger and orchestrator on the Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated score for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, composed by Jóhann Johánnsson. Nicklas’ A Conspiracy of Faith and All I Want for Christmas were released by MSM. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE SECRET OF IMMORTAL CODE" music by Pantawit Kiangsiri


MovieScore Media explores the film music of the Far East with the big orchestral score for the Chinese science-fiction movie The Secret of the Immortal Code by emerging Thai composer Pantawit Kiangsiri. Directed by Wei Li and Nan Zhang and stylishly shot in black and white, the film takes place in a dystopian future where the world’s population has become sick. To save her dying sister, Ziqi Lin (Jing Liang) embarks on a journey to the Arctic to seek the last hope, with guidance and help from a pharmaceutical tycoon Dr. Yao (Lixin Zhao). Unknown to Ziqi is that the journey of hope is actually the part of a dangerous conspiracy that threatens everyone’s life.

Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the score is a love letter to many maeastros of our common sci-fi past, particularly Jerry Goldsmith. “After producer Wang Donghui explained his vision to revolutionize Chinese science fiction with The Secret of Immortal Code, I immediately knew it was a chance to fulfill my childhood musical dreams,” says the composer. “I wanted to create something excitingly new but at the same time, making musical tributes to my favorite sci-fi film scores of the past. In the orchestral part, I paid homage to my composer heroes such as Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, James Horner or Christopher Young. As for something new, large chunks of the music were scored by using only double bass with soloist Ryan Baird coming up with a variety of strange sounds that can be produced by this instrument acoustically.”

Pantawit Kiangsiri is a composer from Thailand who has written for films, television, video games and the concert hall. After scoring over two dozen shorts, his score for The Secret of the Immortal Code marks his first major genre release in theatres. His other credits include writing music for Warner Brothers, Netflix, Digital Domain, Sony and Vevo. Kiangsiri graduated from the Scoring for Motion and Television Program at USC, having studied with Bruce Broughton and Christopher Young. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "GINA & CHANTAL" music by Joris Hermy


The 10-part Belgian television series Gina en Chantal, starring Tine Embrechts and Nathalie Meskens, receives a strikingly elegant score by Joris Hermy, who recorded the show’s theme music at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in London. Written by Gerrie Van Rompaey and directed by Thomas De Cock, the series is a tragicomedy inspired by the recent resurgence of “real housewives” types shows where wealth and power are a mere facade for human drama. As rich but naive Gina and her cleaning lady Chantal get dragged into a mystery that captivates an entire villa neighborhood, the unwilling accomplices learn that partnerships can start in the most unlikeliest of places.

“Thomas De Cock knew from the outset that music would play a crucial role,” recalls Joris Harmy about the project. “My job as a composer wasn’t just to write fitting music, but also to try to add a psychological layer that would make the story even more intriguing. The challenge was accepted and I went off to compose my first demos. Little did I know, that I would embark on a writing trip that would span almost three years. Thomas turned out to be a great collaborator and became a friend. His trust and freedom to explore have been extraordinary. It pushed me out of my comfort zone more than once and I believe that’s why it has elevated the music to be more than just functional. The opportunity to record and conduct the opening titles and closing credits at Abbey Road was an unexpected bonus and was indeed a dream come true for me.”

Belgian composer Joris Hermy has worked for diverse popular television networks like VTM(Kzoom), VIER & RTL Telekids and a loyal base of respectable international clients like Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, Studio 100, Klomp! Animation, Audiocult, Brandy & Twice Entertainment to name a few. In recent years he scored multiple shorts, most notably the a Sundance audience-awarded short Avalon or the popular Marvel-based web series Bad Days, created by the legendary Stan Lee. Joris’ music for the YA mystery series Kattenoog is available from Kronos Records. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
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MovieScore Media: "BLACK SITE" music by Max Sweiry


MovieScore Media delves into another world with this 80s-inspired ‘synthwave’ score, written and produced by up and coming film composer Max Sweiry, with additional music by Joe Froud and Simon Martins. Black Site is a wonderful addition to the genre which has been popularized by retro scores such as Stranger Things and Mr. Robot. Black Site is the third film written and directed by Tom Paton, which can only be described as a John Carpenter-esque action film, where a young woman is forced to push past her worst fears and battle to deport an ancient entity back to where it came from. Set inside an underground military base known as The Artemis Black Site, the movie mixes an Escape From New York style survival story with Lovecraftian elements, as we witness an elite military unit encounter a supernatural entity, known as The Elder Gods, forcing them into battle against an army from another world.

Composer Max Sweiry explains: ‘When I met with Tom Paton to discuss the music for Black Site, it was clear that above all, the score had to compliment the style in which the movie was written; we could have gone with a big epic orchestral score throughout the fight scenes and emotional instances, but this would not have given the film the feeling the director envisaged. After agreeing on the use of synthesizers and electronic elements to bring the movie into the 80s, we realised that certain modern elements were also needed to compliment the mysterious tone surrounding characters such as The Elder Gods. Melodic driven 80s elements bring a supernatural feeling to the movie, whilst the darker more modern tones help to bring to the forefront a pending feeling of doom which is reflected through the main character and the battle she faces throughout the film.’

London based composer Max Sweiry has shown his diversity within the Black Site score by blending a traditional 80s inspired style of composition with more modern elements to create something truly unique. He continues to show his diversity as a composer through upcoming projects, composing and producing a full classical score for Tom Paton’s latest epic space creation, G-Loc. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
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MovieScore Media: "MAT BIEC" music by Christopher Wong


MovieScore Media takes a venture to the cinema of Vietnam with the latest collaboration between composer Christopher Wong and director Victor Vu. Following the nostalgic Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass, the superhero movie Loi Bao and the dystopian The Immortal, the wistful M?t bi?c adapts a classic story by Nguy?n Nh?t Ánh, the author of Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass, Vietnam’s official submission to the 2016 Academy Awards. The movie tells the one-sided love story of a young man Ngan (Tran Nghia), who  still carries the torch for his childhood sweetheart Halan (Trúc Anh), but their romance holds a few painful surprises…

MovieScore Media’s album features Christopher Wong’s beautiful romantic orchestral score as well as the song ‘Có Chàng Trai Vi?t Lên Cây’ by Phan M?nh Qu?nh. As Christopher Wong explains about the score: “After I read the script, I knew this would be a special project because it had all of the things I love in my favorite stories and movies — a complicated romance full of both joy and heartache, characters that we follow from childhood to adulthood, and a feeling of nostalgia, remembering the happiest moments in our past.  Since the story is set in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, one of the things I wanted to do was give the score a classic feel at times, occasionally hinting at harmonic language that would be at home in a Golden Age film score, to impart that feeling of nostalgia. The prevalence of classical guitar in the score is something we enjoyed working with, as the main character Ngan is an old fashioned songwriter, and that sound becomes a part of his identity.”

Composer Christopher Wong has established himself as the go-to composer for the rising generation of Asian American directors. Christopher’s interest in film music began late in college when he was selected by the music department to study privately under Jerry Goldsmith. His first major credit was Journey from the Fall, the debut feature from director Ham Tran – the film received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, while the score earned a nomination from the International Film Music Critics Association for Best New Composer of 2007. MovieScore Media has released Christopher’s scores for The Rebel, a historical drama set in 1920 French Indochina, the romantic comedy How to Fight in Six Inch Heels and his last few collaborations with Victor Vu, including Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass, Loi Bao and The Immortal. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]

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MovieScore Media: "DISCOVERY COLLECTION VOLUME 19 - WHEN WE LEFT EARTH: THE NASA MISSIONS" Music Composed by RICHARD BLAIR-OLIPHANT


MovieScore Media’s Discovery Collection is Richard Blair-Oliphant’s Emmy-nominated orchestral score for the 2008 documentary series When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions. The score album is released in 2019 in celebration of the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Narrated by Gary Sinise, the six-part television event on Discovery Channel gave viewers a unique look at the Golden Age of space travel, including episodes dedicated to the Mercury and the Gemini program, the various Apollo missions, Skylab, the Hubble Space Telescope, International Space Station as well as the tragedies of the Challenges and the Columbia.

“It’s no accident that the main theme is called ’Heroes’,” explains the composer about his themes. ”The risks that the first astronauts took were extraordinary – they were indeed heroes and deserved a heroic theme. But in addition to the astronauts’ jeopardy, the music also had to reflect the beauty and tranquility of space. Astronauts almost universally describe the ‘Overview Effect‘, the overwhelming and emotional experience of seeing the Earth for the first time as a tiny, fragile rock suspended in space. Three of tracks in the album have the word ‘home‘ in the title – and ultimately the score is predominantly about the Earth, our home.” The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst, orchestrated and conducted by Benjamin Wallfisch.

Richard Blair-Oliphant has scored more than 50 film and television projects to date. His film credits include The All Together starring Martin Freeman, the found footage flick The Dinosaur Project, and Blindsight for Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker. In television he is best-known for period dramas (Moonshot, The Relief of Belsen, 1066). His score for Discovery’s When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound at the 30th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. In conjunction with When We Left Earth, MovieScore Media releases another documentary score by the composer, The Life of Earth. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
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MovieScore Media: "THE LIFE OF EARTH" Music Composed by RICHARD BLAIR-OLIPHANT


MovieScore Media presents the latest documentary score of Emmy-nominated composer Richard Blair-Oliphant: The Life of Earth. Created for the  Smithsonian Channel, host Ronan Summers guides viewers through the exciting history of our planet, highlighting how new research adds to our perception of what happened in the 4.5 billions of years that shaped Earth into the home of mankind.

”The Life of Earth then looks back at the Earth with the perspective gained from the voyage into space, which I already covered in my 2008 score When We Left Earth,” explains the composer about how this work relates to one of his earlier commissions. “The music had to reflect both the awe-inspiring and often violent nature of that story. It then moves on to the more recent history of how humankind has influenced the planet over the last few million years. The score explores some bleak themes here, but also there is hope for our future, for truly we live in a “Remarkable Time” (the final track of the album).” The music was recorded at Tom-Tom studios in Budapest.

Richard Blair-Oliphant has scored more than 50 film and television projects to date. His film credits include The All Together starring Martin Freeman, the found footage flick The Dinosaur Project, and Blindsight for Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker. In television he is best-known for period dramas (Moonshot, The Relief of Belsen, 1066). His score for Discovery’s When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound at the 30th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. In conjunction with The Life of Earth, MovieScore Media releases another documentary score by the composer, the  Emmy-nominated When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions which celebrates the Moon Landing anniversary. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
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MovieScore Media: "THE MATRIX SYMPHONY" Music Composed and Conducted by DON DAVIS


MovieScore Media ends the year 2019 with a world premiere recording released to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Wachowski brothers seminal sci-fi classic The Matrix: Don Davis’ The Matrix Symphony, as conducted by the composer himself at the 2007 Tenerife International Film Music Festival. The annual gathering of film music fans hosts breathtaking concerts with unique line-ups and premiere pieces every year. The very first event, organized in 2007, hosted what may have been the single most epic undertaking of a newcomer festival – a 33-minute long piece featuring the highlights of The Matrix trilogy, featuring the Tenerife Film Orchestra and Choir under the composer’s baton.

The Matrix Symphony builds upon the thematic material of the classic sci-fi trilogy by Larry and Andy Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving. Each of the movements builds upon the highlights of the scores from the three movies: The Matrix (1999) and its concurrently shot sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2004). The three movement symphony gets an extra coda in the form of the epic finale of the last picture: the large orchestral/choral set-piece “Neodämmerung”, which underscores the final confrontation between Agent Smith and Neo, The Chosen One. As a special bonus, the album includes a 16-minute colourful suite from Ronnie Yu’s Warriors of Virtue (1997), also scored by Don Davis and performed in the same 2007 concert.

Composer Don Davis’ music for The Matrix and its sequels are considered landmark scores in the science fiction genre, but Davis has written other strikingly original and highly dramatic orchestral scores for films such as Jurassic Park III (upon John Williams’ recommendation), Bound, House on Haunted Hill, Behind Enemy Lines and the cult TV series SeaQuest DSV and Beauty and the Beast, both earning Davis Emmy Awards for best dramatic underscore. [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
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Walt Disney Studios: "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" [BLU-RAY/4K/DVD]


Ring in the new year with Disney’s most iconic villain: “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” — which soared to No. 1 worldwide opening weekend and earned an A CinemaScore and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes — releases on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan. 14, 2020. The thrilling sequel to 2014’s “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Elle Fanning as her goddaughter Aurora, arrives home with brand-new bonus features, extended scenes, outtakes and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.

Bonus features take viewers behind-the-scenes with the all-star cast to explore the making of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” Extended scenes reveal how Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) manipulates Aurora into questioning Maleficient and accelerating her wedding plans. Featurettes include interviews with Jolie, who discusses Maleficent’s origins and the cast who portray the Fey, and Fanning, who gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding. Filmmakers showcase the visual effects behind the film’s stunning landscapes and the seemingly effortless flight of the Fey. Additional extras include “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” a music video performed by Bebe Rexha, and hilarious outtakes, ranging from uncooperative cats to uncontrollable giggles on set.  


Fans who purchase “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” on Digital will gain access to an exclusive extra in which fantasy-film veteran Warwick Davis divulges the backstory for his character, Lickspittle.

Directed by Joachim Rønning, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” carries on the story of Disney's most iconic villain. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora's impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration as the wedding serves to unite the Kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors. But, when an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be a family.
 
Nice follow up to the previous film and this one doesn't disappoint... so pick your poison and watch a solid film!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY" [3-Disc Limited Edition / 4K Restoration]


A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone - or something - is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth. 


Catriona MacColl (THE BEYOND), Paolo Malco (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Ania Pieroni (TENEBRE), Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), and Dagmar Lassander (HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON) star in this outrageous Italian shocker from 'The Godfather of Gore,' Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE). Blue Underground is now proud to present THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY in a new 4K restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative, fully loaded with exclusive new and archival Extras!
 
Disc 1 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras
 
NEW! Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
-Deleted Scene
-Theatrical Trailers
-TV Spot
-Poster & Still Galleries

Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:

-Meet the Boyles - Interviews with Stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco
-Children of the Night - Interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina
-Tales of Laura Gittleson - Interview with Star Dagmar Lassander
-My Time With Terror - Interview with Star Carlo De Mejo
-A Haunted House Story - Interviews with Co-Writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti
-To Build a Better Death Trap - Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, Special -Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, and Actor Giovanni De Nava
-NEW!House Quake - Interview with Co-Writer Giorgio Mariuzzo
-NEW! Catriona MacColl Q&A
-NEW!Calling Dr. Freudstein - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci

Disc 3 (CD):

-THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Walter Rizzati

BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
 
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Breaking Glass Pictures: "THE DUNES" [DVD]


When a domestic counselor's ex-wife attempts to move to the other side of the country with their son and new boyfriend, he decides to do whatever is necessary to keep it from happening.


This psychological thriller follows a divorce as he struggles to retain his parental rights, and sanity, when his ex-wife announces her intention to move to the west coast. His past demons ultimate push him passed the point of no return, where he will come face-to-face with the monster he has tried to hide his whole life.  [TRAILER: CLICK HERE]
 
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Breaking Glass Pictures: "THE SNOWMAN TREK [DVD]


THE SNOWMAN TREK -- 12/10/19 on DVD -- From director Ben Clark ("The Alaskan Way"), The Snowman Trek follows a group of determined adventurers as they travel to Bhutan to set a speed record on the world's hardest trek, but Himalayan landscape and hesitant locals stand in the way of concurring the milestone.


Released as a national Fathom event on over 400+ screens, THE SNOWMAN TREK is a true testament to pursuing your dreams, and pushing to reach passed your limits and see what you're ultimately capable of accomplishing. [TRAILER - CLICK HERE]
 
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Wellgo USA Entertainment: "BATTLE OF JANGSARI" [BLU-RAY/DVD] and another GIVEAWAY!


Described by film critic Roger Moore as “a solid combat film, a visceral, sentimental account of [an] assault by the Republic of Korea Army…”, the epic war drama BATTLE OF JANGSARI debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD January 28 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film is a depiction of the Battle of Incheon during the Korean War in 1950, focusing on the engrossing true story of a group of 772 student soldiers who staged a small diversionary operation at Jangsari beach to draw away North Korean attention from Incheon.  Co-directed by Kwak Kyung-taek (Friend) and Kim Tae-hun (Iris 2), the action-packed war film features a top-flight cast including Kim Myung-min (Detective K), Choi Min-ho of K-pop boy band SHINee, and Megan Fox (Transformers). 


At a critical point in the Korean War, a small, inexperienced battalion of student soldiers are tasked with liberating the strategic location of Incheon. With little ammunition, low food supplies and second-hand weapons, the soldiers head for the frontlines of Jangsari beach. Based on the true story of forgotten heroes of the Korean War, can the student soldiers successfully carry out their mission and turn the tide of the war? COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: South Korea


"BATTLE OF JANGSARI" Giveaway, EMAIL ME! What is Megan Fox going to let us know about in the trailer above?
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Wellgo USA Entertainment: "THE KNIGHT OF SHADOWS" [BLU-RAY/DVD] and Our First Giveaway in 2020


Jackie Chan, internationally beloved martial arts comedy icon, is back with his newest action-comedy explosion, THE KNIGHT OF SHADOWS, debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD January 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Chan stars as a legendary demon hunter tracking down beasts that enter the human dimension, assisted by a lawman protégé and a motley group of friendly monsters. Directed by Jia Yan (AKA Vash, Bugs) on an epic scale, THE KNIGHT OF SHADOWS co-stars Lin Peng (Dragon Blade), Ethan Juan (The Assassin) and Elane Zhong (The Resistance).


Pu Songling (Jackie Chan), a legendary demon hunter, is asked to investigate the mysterious
disappearances of young girls from a small village. When he discovers evil forces are kidnapping the girls to feast on their souls, he sets out to save humanity from the inhuman invasion journeying through hidden worlds and colorful dimensions in this fantastical martial arts action-comedy.
 
Greetings 2020, here is your chance to win a copy of "THE KNIGHT OF SHADOWS" on BLU-RAY, couldn't find the trailer for this one... so "email" the correct answer "HOW MANY KNIGHTS ARE ON THE COVER from WELLGO?
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4Digital Media: "DARK ENCOUNTER" [DVD]


A year after the mysterious disappearance of an 8 year-old girl, we meet her grieving family as they return home from her memorial service in their small town. Later that evening, strange lights appear in the nearby forest and the family is exposed to an inexplicably strange phenomenon that rattles them to the core. 



The origin of the lights appear to be visitors from another world that seemingly terrorize the family. What they don’t realize is that these ‘beings’ will lead the family to the truth behind the little girl’s disturbing disappearance.
 
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Cinema Libre Studio: "IMPRISONED" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Following a multi-city U.S. and Puerto Rican release, IMPRISONED is a powerful prison drama that stars Laurence Fishburne, Juana Acosta, Juan Pablo Raba and features Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos, Jon Huertas, Ana Isabelle, and was the last film in which John Heard performed. It was filmed entirely in Puerto Rico in 2017, before Hurricane Maria hit, and premiered during the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year.  IMPRISONED will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming platforms (Amazon, Vimeo, Hoopla) starting January 7th with additional platforms (iTunes, Google, Vudu) to follow.

In the thriller, Dylan Burke (Juan Pablo Raba), attempts to move on from his former life as a criminal with his true love, Maria (Juana Acosta).He soon realizes that his past will continue to haunt him when he learns the new local prison warden, Daniel Calvin (Laurence Fishburne), has not forgiven him for a previously committed crime.

Calvin does everything in his power to make sure that Burke pays for his past mistakes, even going as far as to frame him for a murder he didn’t commit, landing him back in jail. When the prison erupts into a riot, Burke and Calvin are each forced to make a choice between righteousness and revenge.


In addition to Laurence Fishburne, the film’s stars include Latin American actors: Colombian-born Juan Pablo Raba, best known for his role in Netflix’s “Narcos” who soon will join Liam Neeson and “Vikings” actress Kathry Winnick in the action thriller,  “The Minutemen.” Juana Acosta, also a native of Colombia, is best known for her role in “Velvet,” a Spanish television series streaming on Netflix.  Puerto Rican Ana Isabelle will play Rosalia in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.


The Bonus features on both DVD & Blu-ray include: 3 deleted Scenes, Interview with Edward James Olmos, Social Impact Filmmaking with Equitas Entertainment Partners, Trailers, Closed Captions.

Equitas Entertainment Partners’ mission is to produce films with a social impact.  With that in mind, they included over thirty formerly incarcerated and a dozen currently incarcerated men as part of the production. Eight of these inmates, still serving time, received a special pass to leave the jail and attend the World Premiere of the film on September 10th and to speak about the positive impact the experience had on their lives.

Cast:  Laurence Fishburne, Juan Pablo Raba, Juana Acosta, John Heard, Esai Morales, Jon Huertas, Edward James Olmos and Ana Isabelle [www.theimprisonedmovie.com
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MVD Entertainment GroupL "EDGE OF THE AXE" [BLU-RAY]


From cult Spanish filmmaker José Ramón Larraz (Vampyres, Symptoms) comes this long-neglected late 80s slasher classic, finally unleashed on Blu-ray for the first time ever! The rural community of Paddock County is being rocked by the crazed exploits of an axe-wielding psychopath, who stalks the night in a black trenchcoat and mask. As the victims pile up, the authorities attempt to keep a lid on the situation, whilst computer whizz-kid Gerald and girlfriend Lillian seek to unmask the killer before the town population reaches zero. Nominally set in Northern California but shot primarily in Madrid, giving the film an off-kilter, American/European atmosphere akin to the likes of Pieces, Edge of the Axe is a late entry hack-and-slash masterpiece from one of the titans of Spanish terror.  Year of Production: 1988
 
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MVD Entertainment Group: "BLACK ANGEL" [BLU-RAY]


Elegantly directed by Hollywood veteran Roy William Neill (best known for his 11 Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone), Black Angel is an underappreciated film noir treasure, adapted from a novel by the acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich (Phantom Lady). When the beautiful singer Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling) is slain in her chic apartment, the men in her life become suspects. There is Martin Blair (Dan Duryea, Scarlet Street), her alcoholic musician ex-husband, nursing a broken heart; there is the shady nightclub owner Marko (Peter Lorre, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon) who has been sneaking around her place, and there is Kirk Bennett (John Phillips), the adulterer who found his mistress's dead body and fled the scene. When Bennett is convicted and sentenced to death, his long-suffering wife Catherine (June Vincent) joins forces with the heartbroken pianist Martin Blair to uncover the truth... Black Angel is a consummate 1940s crime thriller which boats a suspenseful narrative, strong performances and atmospheric, meticulously lit cinematography. Roy William Neill's film is presented here in a sumptuous restoration, with several illuminating new extras.  Year of Production: 1946
 
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