14th May 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Our guide to the surviving Out of the
Unknown clips has been updated with a number of new images
(specifically frame grabs from Little Black Bag, a shot from The
Naked Sun and Radio Times billing for The Uninvited).
The guide can be found
will release Jaume Balaguerů's FrŠgiles (as
Fragile) on DVD
on July the 2nd.
The film, a ghost story about the
mysterious events at a dilapidated children's hospital on the Isle of
Wight (that is, a
dilapidated hospital for children, not a hospital for dilapidated
children), stars Ally McBeal's Calista Flockhart and Van Helsing's
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.30:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps) and optional
English subtitles. The disc will also contain a seven-minute Making of...
featurette. The RRP is £15.99. (Sendit.com
currently have a good pre-order price: £9.89).
will also release the award-winning horror film
Hamiltons on DVD on July the 2nd.
The film is about a twisted group of
siblings who move into a new town, heralding a series of mysterious
disappearances. It will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 format, with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps) and optional English subtitles.
The disc's bonus features are a commentary
track (with up-and-coming directors The Butcher Brothers and actor Cory
Knauf) and deleted scenes (8m).
The RRP is apparently £17.99. Again,
Sendit.com currently have a good pre-order price: £9.89.
Fantom Films is releasing a DVD celebrating
popular children's TV series T-Bag this autumn.
The T-Bag Reunion DVD features
interviews with cast members Elizabeth Estensen, Georgina Hale (T-Bag),
Kellie Bright (Sally Simpkins), John Hasler (T-Shirt), Jennie Stallwood
(Deborah), Jim Norton, Murray Melvin and Matt Zimmerman, and contributions
from directors Glyn Edwards and Neville Green, writers Lee Pressman and
Grant Cathro, and costume designer Ray Childe.
It will feature behind-the-scenes photo's
and video footage, and original props and costumes, (but no, alas, any
episodes of the series itself).
The disc can be pre-ordered from the
for a special price, saving £5 off the £14.99 RRP.
have announced the details of their 23rd of July DVD release of the 1922
Haxen - Witchcraft Through The Ages.
The disc will include the original 1922
version, with a choice of three soundtracks: the original, or one of two
new scores (one performed on the hammer dulcimer by composer Geoff Smith;
the other a "dynamic electro-acoustic" by UK group Bronnt Industries
The disc will also feature the shortened
1968 version, which had a narration by William Burroughs and a jazz score
by Jean-Luc Ponty.
The film will be presented in its original
Academy ratio. The RRP is £19.99.
Time to catch up with some recent
soundtrack releases from specialist label Film Score Monthly!
The label often releases scores from films
of questionable artistic merit: theyíre just concerned with the quality of
the score. Thus many mostly-forgotten movies are briefly resurrected from
the archives, are scrutinized by FSMís sleeve note scholars, and then slip
back into obscurity. In the process the label occasionally unearths films
that surely demand to be re-appraised, if only to confirm that they are
indeed as awful as they appear on paper!
defy anyone not to want to see The Wrath of God after seeing the
glorious poster artwork used as the CD cover. It depicts Robert Mitchum,
dressed as a Night of the Hunter-style preacher, chomping a cigar,
and wielding a blazing Thompson submachine gun. And a man with a whip. And
a huge explosion. And a woman with more cleavage than seems possible
outside of a Russ Meyer movie!
The 1972 film, which also features Frank
Langella, Batmanís Victor Buono and Straw Dogsí Ken
Hutchinson, was set and shot in Mexico. It also marked Rita Hayworthís
swansong (reports from the set hinted of the first symptoms of Alzheimerís
disease, which would claim her life fifteen years later).
The film was lightly scored by Lalo
Schifrin; a natural choice given his Latin heritage. The composer delivers
a diverse score, with plenty of Mexican flavour. Although the film is set
in the 20s, Schifrin gives the music a characteristic up-to-date feel. The
score boasts a wide array of instrumentation, including a cimbalom, French
horns, flute and solo guitar.
The disc features the complete score (running just under fifty-minutes),
and a handful of bonus cues, all in stereo, taken from the 35mm
three-track masters. The sleeve notes are by Jeff Bond and label head
honcho Lukas Kendall.
albums released on LP on the Colpix Records label make for a smart
double-bill, pairing Clifton Parkerís seafaring adventure score for
Damn The Defiant! (released here in the UK as H.M.S. Defiant)
with Maurice Jarreís score for Fred Zinnemannís historical drama Behold
A Pale Horse.
Both scores are presented complete,
mastered from pristine copies of the original Colpix vinyl (the masters
are lost). Two tracks have been added to the Behold A Pale Horse
LP's track-list, taken from a rare mono French Colpix EP.
The score for 1962ís Damn The Defiant!
reunited the composer with the director of Sink The Bismark!,
Lewis Gilbert. FSMís CD replicates the
original album, which stretches about twenty-minutes of material into
nearly half-an-hour. A few more minutes of music was recorded for the
film, making the CD an almost complete representation of the score. Lukas
Kendallís track-by-track notes deftly unravel the LPís curious sequencing.
Behold A Pale Horse, Zinnemannís
1964 film about the Spanish Civil War, starred Gregory Peck. It also
featured Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif (who, like the filmís composer,
were still basking in the praise lavished on Lawrence of Arabia).
Refused permission to film in Spain because of the movieís subject matter,
the film was shot in the Basque region of France. The Spanish government
retaliated by banning the film Ė and other Columbia films in circulation
at the time, including Lawrence of Arabia - causing the studio
considerable financial loss.
Jarreís score is in stark contrast to the
bombast of Lawrence of Arabia, though. Small and intimate, the
score features Spanish guitar, harp, harpsichord and woodwinds. The film
is another that features little music and, once again, the Colpix album
plays fast-and-loose with the sequencing to pad out the running time.
FSMís CD adds two tracks from a French EP: an alternate version of the
Exile March main theme, and Spain Regained, a symphonic melody
of the filmís secondary themes.
other FSM release is one that will probably appeal more to fans of Lucille
Ball as it will to fans of film music. The Long, Long Trailer and
Forever, Darling were two cheesy romantic comedies that partnered Ball
with co-star Dezi Arnaz, and traded off the formula established by their
enormously popular sit-com, I Love Lucy.
Both films were distributed by M-G-M, and
both included vocal contributions from the stars. FSMís disc marks the
debut of both scores: one by Adolph Deutsch, the other by Bronislau Kaper.
Deutsch, who was born in London, had a
background in Broadway and dance bands, as well as experience scoring
movies for Billy Wilder, so was well-suited to The Long, Long Trailer,
a frothy comedy about a young couple living in a caravan. The disc
includes the complete soundtrack (just under twenty-five minutes),
mastered from he original 35mm three-track recordings.
Thereís a lovely photo of Bronislau Kaper
in the disc booklet that makes him look like he wouldnít be out of place
in an episode of Bewitched. The breezy 1956 comedy Forever,
Darling was a developed as a vehicle for Ball and Arnaz by their
production company, Desilu, from a script plucked from M-G-M's vaults. The
score demonstrates Kaperís talents for melody and harmony, which are
encapsulated in the title song, which was later released as a single (this
version is not on the CD). The disc includes forty minutes of music from
Forever, Darling, taken from the mono 17.5mm magnetic film tracks,
with an additional quarter of an hour of bonus cues.
the best till last, Vincente Minnelliís Some Came Running, about a
young man (Frank Sinatra) returning home from war, earned five Oscar
nominations, including one for Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahnís song
To Love And Be Loved. (The film lost out at the Academy Awards to
another Minnelli film, Gigli). The film also featured Dean Martin
and Shirley MacLaine, and is generally acknowledged as being the beginning
of the Rat Pack era of movies.
The film's score was written and conducted
by Elmer Bernstein, who had recently worked with Sinatra on The Man
With the Golden Arm and Kings Go Forth. Bernstein gave the film
a jazzy Americana spin, which must have been something of a hand-brake
turn so soon after working on The Ten Commandments.
Bernsteinís score earned widespread praise,
and a coveted Laurel Award, in 1959. The score has been available on CD
before (from David Wishartís Cloud Nine Records), but that was a
presentation of a re-recording made by Capitol.
Lukas Kendallís sleeve notes mention that
the original Some Came Running tapes would have been released much
earlier, if it hadnít been for an error in the original recordings which
meant that, for part of the recording, one of the three tracks was
missing. Thankfully, Bernstein kept quarter-inch mono mixdowns of almost
the entire score, which has enabled much of the score to be presented on
CD in stereo. A handful of cues have been ingeniously culled from other
sources, enabling the disc to offer the complete score (including an
instrumental version of To Love And Be Loved).
Some Come Running, The Long, Long
Trailer / Forever, Darling and The Wrath of God are
limited edition releases, of three thousand copies each. As usual, the
discs come with illustrated booklets containing detailed track notes. The
discs are available from various specialist retailers, including FSMís
Kaleidoscope have announced the details of
their June gathering...
Saturday 2nd June 2007, 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Amblecote Room, Stourbridge Town Hall,
Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK
12:00 - The Inside Man - LWT drama
about a doctor solving crimes,
believed wiped until unearthed by Kaleidoscope.
13:00 - Spitting Image - a classic
first series episode from the
sharp, topical puppet show.
13:30 - Behind the Scenes on... Steptoe
and Son - footage from
various archive sources about the making of this favourite Galton and
13:40 - Break
14:00 - Guest Panel - Mike Vardy - the
director of many classic
series including Callan, The Haggard Falcon, Mystery and
Imagination, The Bill and numerous notable one-off plays
discusses his prolific career.
15:30 - Afternoon Tea
16:00 - Armchair Theatre - Brown
Skin Gal, Stay Home And Mind
Bay-Bee. Director Mike Vardy introduces his favourite play, starring
17:00 - The Heavy Mob - one-off
pilot for a children's TV police show
by Terence Feely, starring Windsor Davies and Michael Robbins.
17:30 - Wood and Walters - satirical
music and humour with Victoria
Wood and Julie Walters.
17:55 - The Other Man - reel one of
this Michael Caine play, thought
to be the only surviving footage until the second reel was found during
the Raiders of the Lost Archive campaign.
19:00 - Closedown
SECOND VIEWING AREA
12:00 - City Sugar - Scottish
Televison play from 1978, written by
Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Mike Vardy.
13:30 - Origami in the Bar
13:40 - Break
14:00 - The One Game - first episode
of the intriguing fantasy serial
starring Patrick Malahide and directed by Mike Vardy.
15:00 - Justice is a Woman - the
original pilot play for the later television series Justice, starring
Margaret Lockwood, Iain Cuthbertson and John Laurie.
16:00 - Sunday Night at the London
Palladium - a 1974 edition of the
top entertainment show.
17:00 - Between the Covers - Robert
Hardy stars in a Scottish Television play from 1980, written by Robert
Banks Stewart and directed by Mike Vardy.
18:00 - Money with Menaces - Ronald
Lewis and Philip Madoc head the
cast in this 1963 play from Anglia Television, which has been converted
from its original 405-line VT.
19:00 - Closedown
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before the day. Guests appear subject to professional and personal
In 2007, Kaleidoscope is supporting the
Royal National Lifeboat
Institution once again.
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Kaleidoscope's other events can always be
found on our web site
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