WELCOME "FELICITY SMOAK" to C2E2, IT'S SMOKING!


c2e2 stands for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. It's the largest pop culture convention in the Midwest. c2e2 espouses that all nerds need a place to call home. Whether you're a fan of comic books, cosplay, video games, anime, TV shows, movies, books, wrestling, comedy, or anything else – c2e2 is your home for good and geeky times.  February 28th - March 1, 2020. [c2e2.com]
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WELCOME "HULK" to C2E2, IT'S GOING TO BE SMASHING!


c2e2 stands for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. It's the largest pop culture convention in the Midwest. c2e2 espouses that all nerds need a place to call home. Whether you're a fan of comic books, cosplay, video games, anime, TV shows, movies, books, wrestling, comedy, or anything else – c2e2 is your home for good and geeky times.  February 28th - March 1, 2020. [c2e2.com]
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WALT DISNEY RECORDS RELEASES NEW MUSIC FROM DISNEY+ ANIMATED SERIES “STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS” 


The Emmy Award-winning animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for its epic conclusion streaming only on Disney+ beginning February 21.  With ambitious, groundbreaking computer animation from Lucasfilm Animation, classic characters, astounding action, and the timeless battle between good and evil, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” expands the Star Wars story with all new adventures set in a galaxy far, far away. 

Award-winning composer Kevin Kiner returns to score all 12 episodes of the final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”  The theme from the series, “Bad Batch Theme,” is available today, with 3 soundtrack releases scheduled below:
 
2/1:     "Bad Batch Theme"
3/13:     Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Final Season (Episodes 1-4)
4/10:     Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Final Season (Episodes 5-8)
5/4:     Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Final Season (Episodes 9-12)

About “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”... Now it is the end of the historic Clone Wars, as the forces of darkness have amassed great power in their bid to transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire. In the conflict’s final days, clone troopers specialize for the dangerous missions ahead, Ahsoka Tano confronts life outside of the Jedi Order, and a familiar menace returns to wreak havoc. The explosive final chapters of the Clone Wars chronicle the end of a major era in Star Wars history.

Created by George Lucas, with Dave Filoni as Executive Producer/Supervising Director, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” stars Matt Lanter as “Anakin Skywalker,” Ashley Eckstein as “Ahsoka Tano,” Dee Bradley Baker as “Captain Rex” and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Katee Sackhoff as “Bo- Katan,” Tom Kane as “Yoda” and Sam Witwer as “Maul.”

About Kevin Kiner... Honored with multiple Emmy and Annie nominations, as well as 12 BMI awards, Kevin Kiner is one of the most versatile and sought-after composers in Hollywood. In creating intimate soloistic guitar music over the grim realities of the Juarez Cartel, to grand orchestral music for a galaxy far, far away, Kevin’s wide musical range has allowed him to take on such diverse projects as Netflix’s hit series Narcos: Mexico, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Showtime’s City on a Hill, AMC’s Hell on Wheels, CW’s Jane the Virgin, CBS’s CSI: Miami, and Netflix’s Making a Murderer.  Kevin also scores Warner Brother’s Titans, and Doom Patrol with Clint Mansell. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Fox Music/Hollywood Records: "THE CALL OF THE WILD" music by John Powell


Fox Music/Hollywood Records releases the digital original motion picture soundtrack to 20th Century Studio’s “The Call of the Wild,” directed by Chris Sanders (“How to Train Your Dragon).  John Powell composed the score and also co-produced the soundtrack album and score with Batu Sener.  The Call of the Wild digital score album is available today, as the film opens in U.S. theatres. 

As the film takes place in the Canadian Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush days of the 1890s, Powell refers to his score as “immigrant music, a kind of music that seemed to be part of that world,” incorporating banjos, accordions, mandolins, guitars, fiddles and harmonium with Irish, English and Scottish flavors. Powell recorded the 90-piece orchestra and 60-voice choir at the Newman Scoring Stage and 5 Cat Studios.

As told to Variety, Sanders added, “Music is the closest you can get to real magic. When we work on these films, I always feel that we get about 50% there and the score takes you the other 50% of the way. John brought Buck’s voice to the story. He did the heavy lifting, story-wise. He speaks for the wilderness — he brought the environment to life — and he speaks for Buck.”

Based on Jack London’s legendary adventure, “The Call of the Wild” is a cinematic experience of a lifetime. Twentieth Century Fox vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transported to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail-delivery dogsled team—and later its leader—Buck has embarked on an extraordinary coming-of-age journey that will lead him to ultimately discover his true place in the world and become his own master.

Employing visual effects and animation technology to bring the animals in the film to life, “The Call of the Wild” is a hybrid of live-action and animated filmmaking. Harrison Ford, one of the screen’s all-time most popular and acclaimed leading men, heads a cast that includes Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”),Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”), Cara Gee (“The Expanse”), Michael Horse (“Twin Peaks”), Jean Louisa Kelly (“Yes, Dear”), Colin Woodell (“The Purge”), Adam Fergus (“Supernatural”) and Abraham Benrubi (“The Finest Hours”). Chris Sanders (“How to Train Your Dragon”) directs from a screenplay by Michael Green (“Murder on the Orient Express”) based on the novel by Jack London. It is produced by Erwin Stoff, p.g.a. (“Unbroken”), and James Mangold, p.g.a. (“Ford v Ferrari”) with Diana Pokorny (“Downsizing”), Ryan Stafford (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) and Michael Green serving as executive producers.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "The Living Dead" George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus


George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, creating a monster that has become a key part of pop culture. Romero often felt hemmed in by the constraints of film-making. To tell the story of the rise of the zombies and the fall of humanity the way it should be told, Romero turned to fiction. Unfortunately, when he died, the story was incomplete.

Enter Daniel Kraus, co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the New York Times bestseller The Shape of Water (based on the Academy Award-winning movie) and Trollhunters (which became an Emmy Award-winning series), and author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch (an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year). A lifelong Romero fan, Kraus was honored to be asked, by Romero's widow, to complete The Living Dead.

Set in the present day, The Living Dead is an entirely new tale, the story of the zombie plague as George A. Romero wanted to tell it.

It begins with one body.

A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who won’t stay dead.

It spreads quickly.

In a Midwestern trailer park, a Black teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family. On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic makes a new religion out of death. At a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting while his undead colleagues try to devour him. In DC, an autistic federal employee charts the outbreak, preserving data for a future that may never come.

Everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead.

We think we know how this story ends.

We. Are. Wrong.

George A. Romero’s classic zombie movie cycle begins with Night of the Living Dead. He also directed Creepshow and created the TV series Tales From the Darkside. Romero died in 2017 after a fifty-year career in film.

Daniel Kraus co-wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Shape of Water, with Guillermo del Toro. Kraus's novel The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was an Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year; Rotters was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "DARK WATERS" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


The riveting story of a courageous attorney who uncovers a deadly secret and blows the lid off a monumental cover up, DARK WATERS comes home on Digital February 18, 2020, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on March 3, 2020 from Participant and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Carol), this taut drama goes behind the scenes of one of the most shocking scandals in recent history as a former corporate lawyer takes on a seemingly unbeatable opponent in a fight for social justice that affects us all. Filled with emotional and suspenseful moments from beginning to end, audiences can now see captivating DARK WATERS bonus content here first when the film arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital. The never-before-seen insightful featurettes take viewers deeper into the story of an incredible real-life hero and unearths the staggering scale of corruption and greed.   


The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh® DARK WATERS is one of the most important films of the year and stars Academy Award® Nominee Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: End Game, Spotlight), as the tenacious attorney who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth. Ruffalo is accompanied by outstanding performances from the critically acclaimed supporting cast including Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Les Misérables), Tim Robbins (War of the Worlds, The Shawshank Redemption) Bill Pullman (The Equalizer 2, TV’s “The Sinner”) and Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave, Joker) in this gripping thriller. With a script by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z), based on the New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich, and produced by Ruffalo, Pamela Koffler (One Hour Photo) and Christine Vachon (Carol), with executive producers Jeff Skoll (The Help, Lincoln), Jonathan King (Lincoln), Robert Kessel (Wonder) and Michael Sledd (I, Tonya, The Founder, Dallas Buyers Club), DARK WATERS is a powerful drama-thriller that everyone needs to see.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "THE CLIMBERS" [BLU-RAY] and the GIVEAWAY!


Based on a true story, Chinese climbers make a historic summit up Mount Everest -- the first to ever do so from the North Ridge. Known as the most challenging side of the mountain, the perilous journey forces them to make life or death decisions at every turn in the heart stopping drama THE CLIMBERS, debuting on digital and Blu-ray February 25 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 


Directed by Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms, 14 Blades), THE CLIMBERS stars Wu Jing (Wandering Earth, Wolf Warrior 2) and Zhang Ziyi (Godzilla: King of the Monsters), with a special guest appearance by the legendary Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise).
 
And the giveaway "email" watch the trailer and let me know "who's" mountain it is... [CLICK HERE: TRAILER]!
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "NE ZHA" [BLU-RAY] and the GIVEAWAY!


One of the biggest successes in the history of animation and Chinese cinema, the internationally-acclaimed animated fantasy-adventure NE ZHA weaves it magic on digital February 25 and on DVD, Blu-ray Combo and 4K Ultra Blu-ray Combo March 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. First-time feature film director Jiaozi brings to the screen the enchanting story of a boy with unique powers who is recruited to fight demons and save the community that initially fears him. NE ZHA is the first animated film selected as the Chinese entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.


A young boy, Nezha, is birthed from a heavenly pearl by the Primeval Lord of Heaven. Born with unique powers, Nezha finds himself as an outcast who is hated and feared. Destined by prophecy to bring destruction to the world, the young boy must choose between good and evil in order to break the shackles of fate and become the hero.
 
And for the win "email" me what you like about this trailer [TRAILER: CLICK HERE]!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "THE COLLECTOR / DAVID & LISA" music by Maurice Jarre / Mark Lawrence

 
Intrada announces a double-header from the Mainstream and Ava record catalogs: Maurice Jarre's The Collector and Mark Lawrence's David & Lisa. Both films feature lead characters with psychological problems, one completely unchecked, the others in an institutition. The 1965 Columbia film The Collector features relative newcomers Terence Stamp and Samatha Eggar. Stamp plays the title character, which carries a double-meaning. He's a collector of butterflies, but he also collects a woman, abducting her off the street. The film shows how their relationship develops during her captivity. For this disturbiing film, Jarre composed a delicate, sometimes quirky score, and as described in the liner notes, sometimes "oddly nostalgic." While previously released on CD, this is the premiere release from the original LP masters without any alternations made to the original recording, resulting in crystal clear, dynamic sound.

The 1962 film David & Lisa features Janet Margolin and Keir Dullea in the title roles, one schizophreic, the other "morbidly" neurotic, and each attending a school/mental institution. Each is attracted to the other and their friendship helps them better manage their own afflictions. Together the whole is really stronger than the sum of its parts. And for David & Lisa, composer Mark Lawrence wrote a subtle, sparse score with just the right amount of emotion to portray the complexity of the personalities on screen. Half of the album presents the original score, while the other half presents outstanding jazz versions peformed by Victor Feldman and his All-Stars, which is a separate highlight of this presentation altogether. When originally released on CD, paired with Jerry Goldsmith's A Patch of Blue, only the mono master was used (even omitting one cue). This release presents the complete program in stereo for the first time on CD!

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For track listing and sound samples, please visit the"THE COLLECTOR / DAVID & LISA" soundtrack page!

Jeremy [Six Strings]

The Empties: You are who you eat.


When a housewife contracts a flesh-eating illness, she and her husband rekindle a love that is literally all-consuming!

The Empties is a graphic novel about what happens when love dies. Most of us have experienced the end of a relationship - even the best breakups aren't easy, but the worst ones are messy and leave us battered and bruised, or numb. The love we thought we would have forever is no longer. And something that was good leaves us rotten on the inside. Yeah, I've been there. So you can see why I thought that the messy side of relationships would be fertile grounds for a one of a kind horror story, The Empties. Because when love dies, something of us dies with it... and is reborn in a flesh-eating monster! [https://www.freehorrorcomic.com/empties]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Magnolia Pictures: "BUFFALOED" in THEATERS!


Buffalo is the debt collection capital of America, though Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch) never saw herself in that world. She's bet on her sharp mind—and even sharper mouth—to get her out of town and into an Ivy League university. But when an acceptance letter to the school of her dreams arrives, she quickly realizes the cruel impossibility of paying tuition. A chance phone call changes everything and leads her into the lucrative yet complex and shady business of delinquent debt collection. 


She's a natural and soon running her own shop, but at what cost? Also starring Judy Greer, Jai Courtney and Jermaine Fowler, BUFFALOED is a hilarious and timely comedy about one woman rewriting the rules of The Man's game. [www.buffaloedmovie.com]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "BLOODSHOT" music by Steve Jablonsky


Sony Music today announces the release of BLOODSHOT (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE) with music by film, television and gaming composer STEVE JABLONSKY (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Battleship). Available everywhere February 14, the album features score music written by Jablonsky for the forthcoming super hero film starring Vin Diesel, which makes its theatrical debut March 13 from Sony Pictures. 

Of the score, composer STEVE JABLONSKY says, “When Dave Wilson approached me with BLOODSHOT I was immediately intrigued by the title character. He's a man who wakes up with super human abilities but doesn't remember who he is. There a lot of cool action scenes but the core of the film is Bloodshot trying to find his identity. I felt that was an interesting canvas to try some different things musically.” 

Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.
 
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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Back Lot Music: "THE PHOTOGRAPH" music by Robert Glasper


Back Lot Music has released the original motion picture soundtrack to Universal Pictures’ THE PHOTOGRAPH today. The soundtrack to the film features an original score by multi-GRAMMY®winning recording artist Robert Glasper, as well as two new songs by recent GRAMMY®nominee Lucky Daye and GRAMMY®winning artist H.E.R. The romantic drama, starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, arrives in theaters nationwide on Valentine’s Day.

The warm, rich and sophisticated jazz music that suffuses almost every frame of THE PHOTOGRAPH was exactly what writer-director Stella Meghie had envisioned to accompany the film’s visual aesthetic. She couldn’t think of any better choice to capture that vision than Grammy®Award-winner Robert Glasper. “I met Robert at one of his shows two years before we worked on this film and I told him that I wanted him to score the film,” Meghie says. “He completely exceeded my expectations in the way he pulled the music into the story in such an emotional way.”

Glasper had similar sentiments in working with Meghie: “It was an honor to be a part of this amazing film. Working with Stella was great. She allowed me to completely be who I am musically without compromising her vision. It was the ultimate win, win!”

The film’s producer Will Packer agreed that the way Glasper weaved the story together with the music was brilliant. “One of Robert’s gifts is his ability to evoke emotion,” Packer says. “He makes you feel something when you combine his music with picture. His rich, soulful music not only tells you how to feel, but it informs you how to view some of the decisions that the characters make. He just gets the way that mood, music and cinema all interweave together and the fact that each one is very important.”

Packer continues: “The film takes place in two different time periods, two different cities and with very different energies and vibes, so the music had to be our great connector. It had to be the thing that pulls it all together and to interweave the story, just like the narrative. The songs became part of the narrative and helped to augment it. With a movie like this, one where you want to really feel-something, music is essential.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: “ZOMBIES 2”

 
Walt Disney Records releases the soundtrack for the Disney Channel Original Movie "ZOMBIES 2," the sequel to the #1 cable TV telecast of 2018 with Kids and Girls 6-11 and Tweens and Girls 9-14. Featuring original songs performed by the cast, the soundtrack is available today, in conjunction with the movie's premiere on Disney Channel (8:00 p.m. EST/PST) and DisneyNOW. 
 
The "ZOMBIES 2" music spans the cheerleaders' pop beats, the zombies' hip-hop flow, and the werewolves' world beat style in nine original songs and one reprise of the “Zombies” hit “Someday.” Four songs were written by Rock Mafia (the team that wrote and produced the hit "Queen of Mean" for "Descendants 3"). The first single and companion music video, “We Got This,” co-written and produced by Mitch Allan ("Descendants 2") are available now. "The New Kid in Town" performed by Baby Ariel will be available January 31. The score was composed by George S. Clinton ("ZOMBIES") and Amit May Cohen ("Wrestling Za'atari" documentary). 
 
The "ZOMBIES 2" digital and physical album is available here. The "ZOMBIES Complete Playlist" can be heard here.

About "ZOMBIES 2"... Set in the newly united town of Seabrook, "ZOMBIES 2" resumes the story as cheerleader Addison and zombie football player Zed are readying for Seabrook High's Prawn, the school's supersized prom. But when a group of mysterious teenage werewolves, led by Willa, Wyatt and Wynter, unexpectedly arrive in search of an ancient life source buried somewhere in Seabrook, a fearful city council reenacts Seabrook's anti-monster laws making it impossible for Zed and Addison to attend Prawn together. Determined to keep their plan to be the first zombie/cheerleader couple to go to the prom, Zed runs for school president against cheer captain, Bucky, in order to change the rules. While Zed launches into his campaign, Addison is drawn into the werewolves' circle sensing this might be where she finally fits in. Fearing he might lose Addison to the werewolf pack, Zed sabotages Addison's effort to find out if she really belongs amongst them. When his deception is revealed and Addison confronts the truth about her identity, zombies, cheerleaders and werewolves all discover the real meaning of community and acceptance.
 
“ZOMBIES 2” star’s Milo Manheim (ABC's "Dancing with the Stars") and actress/recording artist Meg Donnelly (ABC's "American Housewife"), reprising their singing/dancing/acting roles as star-crossed couple Zed and Addison, whose endearing love story illustrates that being your best self is the truest way to find happiness and belonging.
 
Also reprising their roles are Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Carla Jeffery as Bree, James Godfrey as Bonzo and Kingston Foster as Zoey. Joining the cast are Chandler Kinney as Willa, Pearce Joza as Wyatt and Ariel Martin (Baby Ariel) as Wynter. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE" music by Rolfe Kent


Walt Disney Records releases the Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made digital soundtrack, featuring score composed by Rolfe Kent, is now available here .  

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Tom McCarthy, Disney+’s “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” based on the best-selling book of the same name, follows the hilarious exploits of our quirky, deadpan hero, Timmy Failure, who, along with his 1,500-pound polar bear partner Total, operates Total Failure Inc., a Portland detective agency.  The adventure debuts today exclusively on Disney+. Watch trailer:  [CLICK HERE]

About Rolfe Kent: Born in England into a non-musical family, Rolfe Kent intuitively felt at age 12 that he wanted to be a film composer, although his early musical training was brief and not so formal. Citing Maurice Jarre’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” as inspirations, Kent took the advice of an early music teacher to avoid rigid course work that would dampen his enthusiasm. He followed an entirely different path and, taking counterpoint to what is often cited as culture mired in cynicism, profited from his early course work in theology to relate it to music.

After enrolling in psychology studies at the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, Kent’s musical career was casually begun at a dance club when the director of a play offered him a chance to do the music. His jump start was his composition for a stage musical, “Gross,” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a springboard for authors, composers and performers.

In the confines of his musically busy studio, one can immediately see why his musical personality is as distinct and his own. Constantly on the go, adventurous and curious, Kent has developed a style that is not only distinct but indicative of his aversion to the anticipated score in tone, texture and rhythm. The walls are lined with many familiar and many more unfamiliar instruments, gingerly handled and gleefully demonstrated for their sonic qualities.

Among his collection are the Indonesian percussion instrument the angklung; the shawm (first used in military maneuvers as a psychological weapon); the melodica, used for the light, soothing effect in Kent’s jazz-infused score for his Golden Globe®–nominated “Sideways”; and an instrument he discovered and cannot name that sounds like the world’s beaches at their most romantic high tide...combined.

Kent has the distinction of attracting and sustaining relationships with directors as popular and diverse as Alexander Payne, Mark Waters, Jason Reitman, Burr Steers and Richard Shepard.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Hollywood Records: "HIGH FIDELITY"


Hollywood Records has released the soundtrack to the Hulu Original Series “High Fidelity,” premiering the same day the series, February 14. The digital soundtrack is available here.

A re-imagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel, “High Fidelity” centers on Rob Brooks (Zoë Kravitz, who also serves as an executive producer), a female record store owner in the rapidly gentrified neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn who revisits past relationships through music and pop culture, while trying to get over her one true love. “High Fidelity” also stars Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“Dolemite Is My Name”), David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy, and Kingsley Ben-Adir.
The soundtrack features classic tracks by Ann Peebles, Darondo, William Onyeabor, Blondie, as well as several original songs and covers from the series including four tracks performed by Thomas Doherty (“Descendants 3,” “Legacies”) and “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)” performed by series regular Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

 “High Fidelity” tracklist:

1. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” -  Performed by Ann Peebles
2. “Didn’t I Performed” - Performed by Darondo
3. “I’ll Make Love to You Performed” - Performed by Thomas Doherty
4. “Come on Eileen” -  Performed by Dexys Midnight Runners
5. “Tiebreaker” -  Performed by Thomas Doherty
6. “Once I Had Love (AKA The Disco Song)” - Performed by Blondie
7. “Fantastic Man” -  Performed by William Onyeabor
8. “Till It Hits the Ground” -  Performed by Thomas Doherty
9. “Gimmie Light/New Tattoo” -  Performed by Thomas Doherty
10. “Pains” -  Performed by Silk Rhodes
11. “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)” -  Performed by Da’Vine Joy Randolph

About “High Fidelity”... The series is developed for television by writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka. West and Kucserka serve as executive producers alongside Midnight Radio’s Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, as well as Zoë Kravitz, Jeff Reiner and Nick Hornby. Jesse Peretz directed and executive-produced the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Fox Music/Hollywood Records: "DOWNHILL" music by Volker Bertelmann


Fox Music and Hollywood Records release the original motion picture soundtrack to “Downhill,” directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.    Inspired by the acclaimed 2014 Swedish film “Force Majeure, a married couple is thrown into disarray after barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, and they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this biting comedy. 

The film features score by Academy Award®-nominated German composer, pianist, producer, and artist Hauschka, Volker Bertelmann (“Lion,” “Gunpowder,” “Patrick Melrose”).  The score is available digitally today as the film opens in U.S. theaters.

From the start of “Downhill,” there’s a sense of foreboding, even before the Stanton family come face to face with an avalanche. That feeling of uncertainty comes from a combination of camerawork, the sight of avalanche-blast cannons on the mountainside and the film’s doom-heralding score.

“We knew the presence of music would be important,” says co-director Jim Rash. “So with our composer, we literally wanted to create the presence of Austria, and that came through yodeling. Yodeling is inherently funny, but he suggested there are modern ways that people are using it differently.”

Here, the refrain of yodels provides a kind of siren call of danger ahead. “I thought it would be nice to have a local color in the film music without getting too cliché or too traditional,” says composer Volker Bertelmann, who has been skiing in the Alps since he was a young child. “I had the feeling that we could use traditional instruments, vocals and the tonality of the yodeling music, which has, by the way, a lot in common with blues.”

Bertelmann created an eerie effect by blending notes and looping yodeling-inspired vocals.
“Traditional yodeling is usually faster,” he says. “I took elements like (blending pitches) and the way the vocals are sung to create a connection to the Alps and a kind of unique interpretation.”

The score was recorded at East Connection Music Recording Company with the Budapest Art Orchestra.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "The Stand: The Deluxe Edition" 2CD music by W.G. Snuffy Walden


Walden’s musical palette for The Stand contrasts acoustic guitar, violin, flute, and piano, written and performed in a roots/folk/spiritual manner.  The score is constructed around five distinctive character themes, plus a variety of ambient and aggressive motifs and musical designs, and a bit of roots-styled traveling music as well. The first disc of this album contains music in film order from the original single-disc soundtrack CD, released by Varèse Sarabande in 1994. The second disc contains then-previously unreleased bonus tracks compiled for the Stephen King Soundtrack Collection box set, released by Varèse in 2017, also mostly in show order.

According to Walden, the majority of the album consists of music taken from the original soundtrack recording, but a small percentage of them were newly revised for the 1994 album. “I recorded some pieces to make it work… to make it flow as its own piece." In a few cases, therefore, some of the album tracks are structured slightly differently from how they were heard in the film itself (“Sewing the Canvas,” “Mid Country: By the Stream,” and “Locked Up,” appear to be among them, from my comparisons). [https://www.varesesarabande.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "Dolores Claiborne: The Deluxe Edition" 2CD music by Danny Elman


One of the most important and impressive film scores of Danny Elfman's career, Dolores Claiborne is an often overlooked and grossly under-appreciated score from the maestro. Not only does it depart from Elfman’s characteristic style both aurally and compositionally, but it also displays Elfman’s maturity as a filmmaker and storyteller using music to define, paint, and coax a psychological narrative.

Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name and directed by Taylor Hackford, Dolores Claiborne is a psychological dramatic film in which most of the entire movie unfolds inside the characters’ minds. Most of what is said or done on screen is a giant red herring. What you see is not always what you get. As the narrative unfolds, various pieces of the puzzle are revealed one by one and Elfman’s score is right there to cajole each perfect piece into place. [https://www.varesesarabande.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "Wings Over Everest" music by Kenji Kawai


When a plane carrying important documents crashes in the Death Zone of Mount Everest, two men claiming to work for India's research and analysis department offer a large sum of money to Team Wings to take them up to recover them.
 
Kenji Kawai is a Japanese music composer for motion pictures, anime movies, video games and televised programs. He has contributed to the musical scores for numerous films from Japan and other countries in Asia, working in film genres as diverse as anime, horror, sci-fi and historical epic. Among his credits are Toei's Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever, Tsui Hark's Seven Swords and Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon; Wilson Yip's Ip Man; Mamoru Oshii's films The Red Spectacles, StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Police Patlabor and Avalon; the anime adaptations of Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku; the live-action adaptation of Gantz and Hideo Nakata's films Ring, Ring 2, Chaos, Dark Water and Kaidan.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "CODE 8" music by Ryan Taubert


Reed, as his mother is dying, is desperate for money, more specifically, medical access. Reed is approached by a crime lord named Sutcliffe with money. Small jobs are completed without a hitch. Meanwhile, Reed meets Sutcliffe's friend, Nia, a Healer and someone who can save Reed's mother. As the day of big heist comes, the heist initially goes without a hitch, but some of Reed's friends die as Sutcliffe double crosses them. Reed contacts Officer Park to get back at Sutcliffe. The cops and Reed raid Sutcliffe's hideout. There, Reed learns Nia's reason to refuse healing Reed's mother. Healing ability comes with a price. The Healer takes injury every time they heal someone and Nia could die if she tries to heal Reed's mother, given how ill Reed's mother is. Reed forces Nia to go through with it, but finally releases Nia after he sees how painful the process is for her. As a result, Reed's mother ultimately dies. Reed surrenders himself to the cops to atone for his crimes.

Ryan Taubert is an American born producer and composer whose music has featured in film, tv, advertising and recording artist's work. Taubert is based out of Los Angeles California where through his production house, ‘Endeavor Music’, he has produced tracks for a variety of clientele including but not limited to ‘Lincoln Motor Company’, ‘Mclaren’, ‘Red Bull’, ‘Microsoft’, and others.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "SUPERCAR" music by Barry Gray


Barry Gray’s original Television score for Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation show... To celebrate Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s legacy, Silva Screen Records is releasing a series of freshly remastered and compiled soundtrack albums from the iconic TV shows. The original soundtrack series started in 2019, on what would have been Gerry’s 90th Birthday. The first release was UFO, with Supercar being the follow up second release. All the albums in this series are being newly compiled, mastered and designed by the creative team at Fanderson - The Official Gerry And Sylvia Anderson Appreciation Society.

Following from Four Feather Falls, Supercar was the second Gerry Anderson show to use the Supermarionation technique. Based on the Czech style of marionette puppetry, Supermarionation was Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s development of the technique to include synchronisation of puppet’s lip movements with pre-recorded dialogue.

Between 1961 and 1962, thirty-nine episodes were produced. Due to lack of funding and speed of production, Barry Gray had to produce music fast; he composed a series of ‘themes’ for locations, situations and characters. The main star of the show, the Super car, was given the heroic theme, whilst the rest of the score is at times whimsical and charming to support the dialogue and at others menacing when underlining the drama. The orchestra was comprised of forty instrumentalists and was conducted by Barry himself.

Barry Gray was both a classically trained composer and a versatile musician and was amongst the first composers to use electronic instruments in music for television. One such instrument was the Ondes Martenot, used to produce otherworldly musical motifs and fragments and later to create electronic sound effects in his future score for Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Other productions he later used this instrument for include Doppelganger and Doctor Who films Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD.

On this album, the 20 themes featured create a coherent listening experience. They guide the listener through the music map of the show. [http://www.silvascreenusa.com]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "RE:SCORED - EPIC CLASSICAL"


Silva Screen Records' new re:scored series introduces fresh, thoughtful and contemporary film score reworkings of established genres. On Epic Classical, the first release in this series, Snorre Tidemand re-arranges classical favorites in “epic” film score mode.

The 10 classical compositions chosen for re:scoring are ingrained in popular culture and have appeared in many movies, from drama and animation to Sci-Fi and comedy. Always linked to an epic win or lose, strength or weakness, purgative or transformational moment in the story; the distinct phrases and harmonies have now become a shortcut for turmoil, end and new beginnings.

The album features award-winning singer Merethe Soltvedt. Her rich vocals can be heard on Interstellar, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men and Ready Player One. Merethe is also a performing and collaborative artist. Notably, Merethe sung with a full orchestra and choir at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as with Norwegian rock stars and international artists across Europe, in New York and LA.

Snorre Tidemand is a Norwegian composer (Bleeding Fingers/Extreme Music, Colossal Trailer Music and Orchestral Tools), who worked on London Music Works' critically acclaimed album, The Nativity (Cinematic Christmas Carols).

Arranged by Snorre Tidemand. Performed by London Music Works, featuring Merethe Soltvedt.
 
Track-listing:
1 Mozart: Requiem - Dies Irae (re:scored) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Snorre Tidemand.
2 Elgar: Enigma Variations - Nimrod (re:scored) - Edward Elgar; Snorre Tidemand
3 Verdi: Requiem - Dies Irae (re:scored) - Snorre Tidemand; Giuseppe Verdi.
4 Handel: Sarabande (re:scored) ** - Snorre Tidemand; George Frideric Handel.
5 Holst: The Planets - Jupiter (re:scored) ** - Gustav Holst; Snorre Tidemand
6 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Summer (re:scored) ** - Snorre Tidemand; Antonio Vivaldi.
7 Mozart: Requiem - Lacrimosa (re:scored) ** - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Snorre Tidemand.
8 Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (re:scored) - Antonín Dvorák; Snorre Tidemand.
9 Saint Saens: Symphony No. 3 - Finale (re:scored) - Camille Saint-Saëns; Snorre Tidemand.
10 Handel: Coronation Anthem - Zadok the Priest (re:scored) ** - Snorre Tidemand; George Frideric Handel.
 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Breaking Glass Pictures: "FEEDBACK" [DVD]


Jarvis Dolan (Eddie Marsan) is the host of a successful late-night radio show, "The Grim Reality". But his life takes a turn when two armed men burst into the studio one night and take him, and his entire show, hostage. Forcing Jarvis to read from a prefabricated scrip, they expose a scandal that could destroy his whole life and decimate his high-flying career. Live on air, Jarvis will discover what his reality truly means--and what it means to take it back.


On DVD February 18, this new take on the home invasion movie follows Dolan Jarvis, the host of a successful late-night radio show, whose whole life changes after armed men burst into the studio and take him and his entire show hostage, forcing them to read from a prefabricated script and exposing a scandal that could destroy Jarvis’ life. Shot in the U.K. and Spain, stars Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, "Happy-Go-Lucky"), Anthony Stewart Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Paul Anderson ("The Revenant", Peaky Blinders), and Ivana Baquero ("Pan's Labyrinth"). Screened at FrightFest, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, and Fantasy Filmfest among others. [TRAILER: CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "KANSAS CITY" [BLU-RAY]


Returning to the city of his birth for inspiration, legendary maverick director Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet-riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in Kansas City, a Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one. Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) resorts to desperate measures when her low-level hood husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney) gets caught trying to steal from Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), a local crime boss operating out of jazz haunt The Hey-Hey Club. Out on a limb, Blondie kidnaps laudanum-addled socialite Carolyn (Miranda Richardson), hoping her influential politician husband can pull the right strings and get Johnny out of Seldom Seen's clutches. 

Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and featuring a remarkable soundtrack performed live by some of the best players in contemporary jazz, one of Altman's most underrated and idiosyncratic films finally makes its long-awaited Blu-ray™ debut.
Year of Production: 1996
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "The Sin in the Steel - The Fall of the Gods" (Volume 1) by Ryan Van Loan


Ryan Van Loan's The Sin in the Steel is a sparkling debut fantasy set in a diverse world, featuring dead gods, a pirate queen, shape-shifting mages, and a Sherlockian teenager determined to upend her society.

Buc and Eld are the first private detectives in a world where pirates roam the seas, mages speak to each other across oceans, mechanical devices change the tide of battle, and earthly wealth is concentrated in the hands of a powerful few.

It’s been weeks since ships last returned to the magnificent city of Servenza with bounty from the Shattered Coast. Disaster threatens not just the city’s trading companies but the empire itself. When Buc and Eld are hired to investigate, Buc swiftly discovers that the trade routes have become the domain of a sharp-eyed pirate queen who sinks all who defy her.

RYAN VAN LOAN served six years in the US Army Infantry, on the front lines of Afghanistan. He now works in healthcare innovation. The Sin in the Steel is his debut novel. Van Loan and his wife live in Pennsylvania.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates#1" - A. K. Larkwood


What if you knew how and when you will die?... Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.  But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard's loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.  But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

A.K. LARKWOOD studied English at St John’s College, Cambridge, and now lives in Oxford with her wife and a cat. The Unspoken Name is her debut novel.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "Black Leviathan" - Bernd Perplies


Beware! A shadow will cover you, larger than that cast by any other dragon of this world. Black as the lightless chasm from whence it was born at the beginning of time.

In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of a cloud sea, the Cloudmere.  Lian does his part carving the kyrillian crystals that power the ships through the Cloudmere, but when he makes an enemy of a dangerous man, Lian ships out on the next vessel available as a drachenjager, or dragon hunter.  He chooses the wrong ship. A fanatic captain, hunts more than just any dragon. His goal is the Firstborn Gargantuan—and Adaron is prepared to sacrifice everything for revenge.

BERND PERPLIES has a great reputation in Germany for a very wide variety of writing in several genres. He has written the first Star Trek tie-in trilogy allowed by CBS outside the US. Black Leviathan (Drachenjäger in Germany) won the 2018 Deutcher Phantastik Preis and was a finalist for the Seraph Award and RPC Fantasy Award. It is Perplies' first novel translated for the US.  LUCY VAN CLEEF is an American writer and translator based in Berlin. After more than ten years as a professional dancer, she writes about arts and culture. Black Leviathan is her debut novel translation.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "TIME BANDITS" Music by MIKE MORAN

 
In 1981, two veterans of the British comedy group Monty Python—writer-director Terry Gilliam and actor-writer Michael Palin—combined the incongruous elements of god, the devil, Napoleon, Robin Hood, King Agamemnon, the Minotaur, the sinking of the Titanic, two star-crossed lovers, a man-eating ogre, six thieving dwarves and the imagination of one eleven-year-old boy into the adventure classic Time Bandits. The score by composer Mike Moran has never been available before, despite numerous requests for decades. With heartfelt thanks to Handmade Films, this long-sought title is finally available on CD 39 years later! Good things come to those who wait. While the opening and closing of the score are electronic, all of the score in between features full orchestra, keeping pace with the frenetic, colorful antics and adventure on screen. Moran composed and orchestrated his score in 21 days, with Harry Rabinowitz conducting six sessions at Wembley’s CTS Studios, featuring a 70-piece orchestra. As an added bonus, the album also includes George Harrison's song, "Dream Away."

The film tells the story of Kevin, a young boy ignored by his materialistic parents, who finds his world turned upside down when his bedroom is invaded by a group of thieves who, having stolen a map of “time holes” from their employer, the Supreme Being, are using it to plunder treasure from a variety of historical locales—unaware that the Evil Genius is plotting to use their map to free himself from imprisonment in the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.

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For track listing and sound samples, please visit the[CLICK HERE]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "WARRIORS OF THE NATION" [BLU-RAY/DVD] and THE GIVEAWAY!


After the Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese army tries to once again gain control in China by hiring a secret organization, The White Lotus Society, to kidnap the military minister. Wong Fei-Hung and his disciples must stop this attack to prevent another war from starting in the martial arts action epic WARRIORS OF THE NATION, debuting on Digital and Blu-ray™ February 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by Marco Mak (chief editor on the iconic film Once Upon a Time in China) featuring classic, over the top, old school martial arts, WARRIORS OF THE NATION stars Wenzhuo Zhao (Once Upon a Time in China franchise, True Legend), cinema newcomer Lubing Li, Miya Muqi (The Monkey King 2) and Kenya Sawada (Street Fighter). 


At the end of the Sino-Japanese War, a top military officer, Zhang Zhidong, is kidnapped in the middle of the night by a militant organization called the White Lotus Society. When he overhears a sinister plot to overthrow the central government by China’s own military officials, Wong Fei Hung knows he must rescue Zhang to protect China and prevent another war from happening. With Vincent Zhao reprising his legendary role, follow the next chapter in Wong Fei Hung’s story with spectacular classic martial arts action.

TRAILER: "CLICK HERE"
 
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Wellgo USA Entertainment: "Takashi Miike's FIRST LOVE" [BLU-RAY/DVD] and THE GIVEAWAY!


Prolific auteur Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Blade of the Immortal, 13 Assassins) is at his most fun and anarchic with the noir-tinged violent yakuza film FIRST LOVE, debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD February 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The wild, genre-blending story follows a young boxer and a call girl who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.  FIRST LOVE stars Masataka Kubota (13 Assassins), Sakurako Konishi (Fancy) and Shota Sometaniin (Legend of the Demon Cat).


When a duplicitous scheme by the low-level yakuza, Kase (Shota Sometani) goes hilariously wrong, a terminally ill boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota), and a disturbed drug addicted call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi), find themselves innocently caught in the crosshairs of two warring gangs. Over the course of the increasingly ludicrous night, the two fall passionately in love, while the hail of bullets and blood fall quietly in the background. From prolific auteur Takashi Miike, this noir-tinged, violent yakuza film, is Miike at his most fun and anarchic.

TRAILER: "CLICK HERE"

Only have one for the giveaway, but you just need to drop me an email and tell me... who Monica is?
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4Digital Media: "THE HUNT FOR VLAD THE IMPALER" [BLU-RAY]


In the middle of the 15th century, in the depths of Turkey during the Ottoman Empire, the land is torn apart by horrendous atrocities and bloody murders are inflicted against the terrified people by the cruel and blood-thirsty, Vlad the Impaler.


The ruler, Baba Sultan, orders a group of seven fearless warriors known as Deliler, to hunt down Vlad and end the persecution once and for all. The seven heroes set out on their long journey, stopping at nothing until they find the inhumane Vlad and defeat him in what will be a battle to end all battles…

Trailer: "CLICK HERE"
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "MANON" [Blu-ray]


This masterful adaptation of Prévost's 1731 novel Manon Lescaut marks quite a departure for Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French director lauded for his acclaimed thrillers The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques. A classical tragic romance transposed to a World War II setting, Clouzot's film follows the travails of Manon (Cécile Aubry), a village girl accused of collaborating with the Nazis who is rescued from imminent execution by a former French Resistance fighter (Michel Auclair). 

The couple move to Paris, but their relationship turns stormy as they struggle to survive, resorting to profiteering, prostitution and even murder. Eventually escaping to Palestine, the pair attempt a treacherous desert crossing in search of the happiness which seems to forever elude them... Clouzot's astute portrayal of doomed young lovers caught in the disarray of post-war France wowed the jury of the 1949 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion award. Unjustly overshadowed ever since by the director's suspense films, Manon now returns to screens in glorious High Definition with a selection of elucidating extras. Year of Production: 1949
 
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MVD Entertainment Group: "ONE MISSED CALL TRILOGY" [Blu-ray]


An iconic trilogy of J-horror films comes to Blu-ray for the first time! Tapping into the same brand of terror as the Ring and Grudge movies, visionary director Takashi Miike (Audition, Blade of the Immortal) presents a modern, high-tech twist on that mainstay of Japanese folklore, the yurei or vengeful spirit, in the form of its own iconic antihero - the terrifying Mimiko. In the first installment in the trilogy, 2003's One Missed Call, student Yoko (Anna Nagata, Battle Royale) receives a phone message from her future self, ending with her own death scream. Two days later, she dies in a horrific rail collision. 

As the mysterious phone curse spreads, claiming more young lives, Yoko's friend Yumi (Ko Shibasaki, Battle Royale, 47 Ronin) joins forces with detective Hiroshi (Shinichi Tsutsumi, Space Battleship Yamato), whose sister met the same gruesome fate. But can they unravel the mystery before the clock runs out on the next victim - Yumi herself? Mimiko's curse continues to wreak bloody havoc in two sequels - 2005's One Missed Call 2 and 2006's One Missed Call: Final, in addition to spawning a TV series and an American remake. This lavish collection from Arrow Video gathers together the original trilogy and a swathe of in-depth bonus features for the ultimate spine-tingling experience.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "THE MATRIX" [LP] music by Don Davis


The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the 1999 sci-fi hit The Matrix by composer Don Davis will be released for the first time as a picture disc LP on March 13, 2020, exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records. Side A features an image of the Matrix’s green code, while Side B shows Neo (Keanu Reeves) in full action mode. The soundtrack album weds Davis' mastery of musical detail and coloration to a largely atonal postmodern concerto that's complex, dark and unrelenting. The vinyl is now available for pre-order on VareseSarabande.com.

After the success of the first film, The Matrix, directed by The Wachowski Brothers, went on to become a billion-dollar franchise, and Don Davis' epic scores propelled the story forward across the trilogy, in which Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a computer hacker who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. With news that The Matrix will be returning for a fourth installment in 2021, new and original fans are revisiting the film that started it all.

ABOUT DON DAVIS: A native of Anaheim, California, Don Davis is a composer, conductor and orchestrator best known for his work on The Matrix franchise. He has created numerous television and film scores and is the recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Beauty and The Beast and his rousing, brassy music for Steven Spielberg’s seaQuest DSV. Additionally, Davis contributed a subtle blend of elements for Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story (with Ann-Margret); and his tense, terse harmonies added a creepy ambience to the critically lauded NBC miniseries House of Frankenstein (dir. Peter Werner). Davis has won four BMI Film Music Awards, one for each Matrix film as well as Jurassic Park III.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE" music by Mark McKenzie

 
To coincide with the release of Universal's latest installment in the Dragonheart series, Intrada presents the CD release of Mark McKenzie's adventurous, magical, and often serene score for Dragonheart Vengeance. Although the story is propelled into motion by a tragic event, the score remains uplifting and mystical, telling the story of friendship and hope. McKenzie also deftly incorporates Randy Edelman's original, majestic theme from the first film into this latest score, ensuring continuity across the musical landscape of the series. He performed the entire score and produced this 47-minute soundtrack, featuring an electronic color palette of pan flutes, penny whistles, drums and percussion of every kind, solo cello, voices, harp, nylon guitar, plenty of fresh electronic textures and a great variety of traditional symphonic colors.

In the film, Jack Kane plays Lukas, a young farmer whose family is killed by savage raiders in the countryside. This horrible incident sets Lukas off on a quest of revenge, teaming up with a majestic dragon and a swashbuckling, sword-fighting mercenary, Darius (Joseph Milson). The film is directed by Irvan Silvestrini and is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.com starting Feb 4th, 2020.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit the Dragonheart Vengeance soundtrack page.

AWESOME!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "DEADLY MANOR" [Blu-ray]


An old, dark house... A maniac on the loose... An orgy of bloodlust! All the hallmarks of late master of Spanish macabre José Ramón Larraz (Edge of the Axe, Vampyres) are present and correct in 1990's Deadly Manor - the final horror movie from one of the genre's most unheralded filmmakers. Whilst en route to a lake, a group of youngsters make an unscheduled stop-off at a remote, seemingly abandoned mansion where they plan to spend the night. But the property is full of foreboding signs - a blood-stained car wreck in the garden, coffins in the basement, scalps in the closet, and photographs of a beautiful but mysterious woman adorning every corner of the house. 

Before daybreak, the group will unwittingly uncover the strange and terrifying truth that lurks behind the walls of this dreadful place. The last in a trio of transcontinental slice-and-dice co-productions helmed by Larraz towards the end of the 80s (all of which which he directed under the anglicized moniker of Joseph Braunstein), Deadly Manor - released on VHS in the US under the title Savage Lust - is a fitting capper to the director's prolific career in fear, now finally unearthed for the first time on Blu-ray.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

4Digital Media: "INVASION PLANET EARTH" [DVD]


After the death of his young daughter, Thomas Dunn is a broken man. When his wife falls pregnant again, he cannot believe their luck. However, his joy is short lived, as on the very same day, the people of Earth become plagued with terrifying visions of the end of the world.  When a gigantic, all-consuming alien mother-ship appears in the sky and launches a ruthless attack on Earth’s cities, chaos and destruction follows! 


Tom must find the strength and wisdom to save his wife and unborn child. However, first he must confront a shocking truth. A truth which threatens the key to the survival of the human race. [CLICK HERE: TRAILER]
 
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "PARASITE" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


A volatile, symbiotic relationship between the uber-wealthy and the have-nots comes into full display in PARASITE, arriving on 4K Ultra HD Digital January 14, 2020 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on January 28, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and NEON. Proclaimed as “wickedly clever” (GQ) and “the definition of a must-see experience” (The Atlantic), PARASITE is a riveting, genre-bending thriller that combines masterful filmmaking with a fresh look at class discrimination, making it “a flat-out masterpiece” (Deadline). Hailed as “the best work yet from master filmmaker Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer)” (Awards Circuit), who directed and co-wrote the film alongside Han Jin Won (Okja), fans can now delve deep into the mind of Bong, and the symbolism behind PARASITE with an exclusive Q&A bonus feature with the acclaimed director. The captivating PARASITE has made history as the first Korean film to be nominated for an Oscar®.  It has garnered six Oscar® nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film, Best Production Design and Best Editing, a 2020 SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and was the winner of the 2020 Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Film.  Additionally, the film has racked up over an astonishing 100 award nominations to date.

Featuring incredible must-see performances from the entire cast including frequent Bong Joon Ho collaborator Song Kang Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host), the “wildly entertaining” (New York Times) PARASITE, also stars Lee Sun Kyun (A Hard Day, Paju), Cho Yeo Jeong (The Servant, Obsessed), Choi Woo Shik (Okja, Train to Busan), Park So Dam (The Priests, The Silenced), Lee Jung Eun (Okja, The Wailing) and Chang Hyae Jin (Marine Boy, If It Snows on Christmas). PARASITE offers a gripping, yet darkly comedic look at class disparities that permeate throughout South Korea, earning an extraordinary 99% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes®. Globally celebrated as “brilliant” (Variety) and “one of the best films of the decade” (Awards Circuit), the film won the coveted Cannes 2019 Palme D’or award and has gone on to win over 80 impressive additional awards to date.
 


In PARASITE, meet the Park family, the picture of aspirational wealth and the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kim’s sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE, “a thriller of extraordinary cunning and emotional force” (LA Times), showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: THE STAGGERING GIRL" music by Ryuichi Sakamoto


Milan Records announces the February 14 release of THE STAGGERING GIRL (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and GRAMMY-Award winning composer and musician RYUICHI SAKAMOTO. The album features music from the Luca Guadagnino-directed short film, which was produced in collaboration with Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and showcases the fashion house’s couture designs. Having made its debut at Cannes Film Festival last year, The Staggering Girl will be available to watch exclusively on the curated streaming service MUBI from February 15.

Of the soundtrack, composer RYUICHI SAKAMOTO says, “When approaching the score for The Staggering Girl, I wanted to incorporate the tactile sound of Valentino's fabrics. So I asked them to send me some samples and utilizing special sensitive microphones, I experimented ‘playing’ the fabrics. I love the sound and how it forces one's attention to a sound all around us, yet almost entirely ignored.”

The Staggering Girl follows Francesca, the troubled, expatriate daughter of the acclaimed German-Roman painter Sophia Moretti, who has descended into blindness. Triggered by a stranger’s secret confession, Francesca returns to her Italian childhood home to convince her ailing mother to follow her to New York. As daughter confronts mother, ghosts of Francesca’s youth return in an onslaught of pain, memory and fulfillment. A film by Luca Guadagnino, scored by Ryuichi Sakamoto and produced in collaboration with Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, KiKi Layne, Kyle MacLachlan, Marthe Keller and Alba Rohrwacher.

As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late 70s. A musician’s musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jaques Morelenbaum and many others. He recently re-released the 20th Anniversary Edition of his seminal BTTB last year, as well as the acclaimed full length album Async in 2017.
Jeremy [Six Strings]