28th April 2009
BBC AUDIOBOOKS NEWS
The Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of
Earth audiobook has been delayed by two weeks: it will now be released
on July the 2nd.
Dozens of titles have been added to our
database of forthcoming releases,
in the last few days, so please spend a minute or two checking it out. My
thanks to Graves for all his hard work.
22nd April 2009
Ernest Borgnine will be signing
copies of his autobiography, I Don't Want to Set the World on
Fire, I Just Want to Keep My Nuts Warm!, at The Cinema Store (Unit 4b
Orion House, Upper Saint Martin's Lane, London) on
Friday, at 2pm. More details
21st April 2009
HAMMER SOUNDTRACK NEWS
Buysoundtrax has announced the CD release of Mike Vickers' score for
Dracula AD 72, as a limited edition of 1500 copies (current market
trends suggest that this is likely to sell out very quickly, perhaps
within a couple of days). The company is taking pre-orders now, and the
disc will ship on May the 4th.
Let's hope that this might lead to further
soundtrack releases by Vickers - At The Earth's Core and
Warlords of Atlantis would be very welcome!
20th April 2009
DVD and BLU-RAY NEWS
Recent additions to the
database include: Oscar-nominated drama Revolutionary Road, on
Blu-ray; the eagerly-awaited Blu-ray edition of
Star Trek - The Original Series - Season 1; the Blu-ray box set of
the first six Star Trek movies (the ones featuring the original series
Star Trek - Original Motion Picture Collection; new collections of
episodes of ITV sitcoms
Surgical Spirit and
Two's Company, from Network; Kiwi zombie comedy
Last of the Living; Jean-Claude Brisseau's provocative
Exterminating Angels (postponed from February); the first season
set of 60s Coronation Street spin-off
Pardon The Expression, which stars Arthur Lowe; the first season
of fondly-remembered ITV sit-com
Cuckoo Waltz, which stars Diane Keen and Lewis Collins; the 2003
Lion In Winter, which stars Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close; Barry
Levinson's satirical Hollywood comedy
What Just Happened; indie movie
To Be, which features Twilight's Robert Pattinson; fantasy
Dragon Hunter; ITV drama
Compulsion, which starred ER's Parminder Nagra and Ray
Winstone; Blu-ray Special Editions of
Shallow Grave; and E4 sketch show
Sci-Fi London: The London International
Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film starts on Wednesday!
Among the events is a all-nighter showcasing Italian horror movies Mario
Bava's The Mask of Satan, Argento's Sleepless, Lamberto
Bava's Macabre; and Mario Bava and Salvatore Billitteri's Black
Sabbath. This is scheduled for May the 3rd. Details of the festival
can be found here.
Look out for DVD releases of Sleepless
and Macabre, from Arrow Video, at the end of June.
6th April 2009
Recent additions to the Incoming database
versions of Being Human (note that the Blu-ray version has
additional features, but neither of them will include the original
Pilot episode); the first season of
Sarah Silverman Program; the
Blu-ray versions of Transporter 3, and the limited edition
steelbook edition of
Transporter Trilogy (on DVD); horror film
Shuttle; the fifth season of
and a Half Men; the fifth season of
L Word; Sky's Easter family fantasy drama
Skellig; Baz Luhrmann's epic Australia on
Blu-ray (the Blu-ray includes a lot of bonus material not on the DVD);
and the fourth
American Dad set.
I've also listed
X-Men Trilogy Blu-ray box set, which has an RRP of £39.99
(according to the press release), but all the etailers I checked seem to
think it's got an RRP of £44.99, so be careful when you order it, to make
sure you're going to get the best deal.
The Living Daylights' Mayam D'Abo
will be signing in the basement at the Vintage Magazine Store, in Brewer
Street, London, between 12 and 2pm on Saturday April the 25th. Autographs
will cost "about £15". More details at
Score Monthly has released a fine new CD of Miklós Rózsa's full-bodied
score for Nicholas Meyer's dandy 1979 time-travel thriller
After Time (in which HG Wells pursues a fleeing Jack the Ripper to
modern-day San Francisco).
Rózsa's style of scoring was considered
somewhat old-fashioned by the time Time After Time was released.
Primarily associated with films from decades earlier, like Ben Hur
and El Cid, Rózsa's lush romanticism had infrequently been employed
during the 70s. A notable exception, which often sounds remarkably like
Time After Time, is Rózsa's wonderfully exotic score for 1974's The
Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
The score has been available on CD before,
from Australian label Southern Cross. It featured a re-recording of the
score, made in London for the original Entr'Acte LP release in 1979. It
was performed by a smaller ensemble than the more vibrant version,
recorded by a sixty-piece orchestra, for the film itself (which is what's
on FSM's new CD). In addition to offering superior stereo sound (taken
from Warner's original sixteen-track two-inch masters), FSM's new edition
adds about quarter of an hour of previously-unreleased music, including
some material dropped from the film's final mix. It also includes a much
longer performance of the soothing piano version of the Time Machine
Waltz than the one that's heard only briefly in the film.
I'll be honest, and say that, having become
accustomed to the Southern Cross CD over the last twenty years, and having
listened to it many, many times, the FSM CD has taken some getting used
to. It sounds quite different, of course, but the earlier recording also
took some liberties with the music, since it no longer had to be tailored
to match the film. I'll certainly be hanging on to both versions, and both
will be revisited often.
Even by FSM's usual high standards, the
CD's twenty-four page booklet is outstanding: a valuable memento of the
score and the film itself. It features detailed track notes - perhaps a
little more technical than usual - by Jeff Bond and Frank K DeWald, a
concise history of the film's production, and, best of all, a lengthy
personal memoir written especially for the new CD by director Nicholas
Meyer, in which he explains his typically thoughtful and intelligent
approach to the project, and recounts his working relationship with Rózsa.
The disc, which is a limited edition of
three-thousand copies, is available from the usual soundtrack specialists,
including FSM's trading partners,
Screen Archives Entertainment.
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