Blu-ray News Roundup
Over the last few
months a number of films scored by Jerry Goldsmith have come to the Blu-ray
format for either the very first time or as improved versions. Only one title
- The Burbs' features some actual Goldsmith extras but it is worth
spotlighting the other titles for Goldsmith fans who collect the movies he's
scored on the HD format.
up is UK company Arrow Video's The Burbs'. This release features a
generous selection of extras including commentaries and documentaries as well as
unseen footage. For Goldsmith fans this release has an isolated score and FX
track and a collectors booklet that has a feature on the collaborations between
Joe Dante and Jerry Goldsmith.
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Factory has released collector editions of both The Shadow and
Leviathan. Both titles have a good selection of extras but no specific
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Lorber Studio Classics has released the Charles Bronson western adventure
Breakheart Pass. No significant extras but both picture and mono soundtrack
look and sound superb. They've also released the exciting Michael Crichton
Victorian adventure The Great Train Robbery. Again no significant extras
but picture and sound impress.
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Great Train Robbery)
Network British Film has released the exciting Peter Hyams thriller Capricorn
One, which has a very polished image indeed but sadly no extras. As well as
the gritty Sean Connery hostage thriller Ransom. This UK release looks
stunning and is a massive improvement over the US Blu-ray of this film (issued
as The Terrorists). Also, the UK version has the slightly longer Sky
Chaser sequence that was cut off in the US version. No extras to talk about here
sadly but Goldsmith's music sounds as loud and powerful as ever and allows fans
to hear a number of missing cues left off the odd original album. Goldsmith is
name checked on the back cover notes.
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Goldsmith Tribute Concert Cordoba
Cordoba International Film Music Festival has a part concert tribute for Jerry
Goldsmith this year. The concert is produced by James Fitzpatrick's Tadlow
label. The Goldsmith selection is quite a mix and includes a number of pieces
not normally heard in concert.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) - Overture
12. Total Recall (1990) - Main Theme
13. The Salamander (1982) - Requiem for a General
14. Gremlins (1985) - Suite
15. QB VII (1977) - Suite
16. Legend (1985) - Suite
17. The Wind and the Lion (1975) - Suite
18. Alien (1979) - Theme
19. Supergirl (1984) - Theme
20. The Final Conflict (1981) - Theme
The event runs from
July 20th to the 27th. More detals will be available from their website.
Deep Rising Due From Intrada!
announce they will release a complete score release of Jerry Goldsmith's
exciting action packed score for the 1998 Stephen Sommer's seaborne actioner
Deep Rising. The original CD release from Hollywood Records was a tight 30
plus minutes produced by the composer. The new disc doubles the playing time to
well over 60 minutes!
was a surprising choice by Goldsmith considering similarities with the derided
Leviathan assignment. But Sommer's movie turned out to be a lot of fun
with tongue in cheek dialogue, exciting action sequences and gory full on
effects. Goldsmith responded with a full throttle orchestral action score
augmented with pulse pounding synth percussion. CD is due Tuesday 10th June.
Under Fire Blu-ray From Twilight Time
Time announce they will release a Blu-ray of Under Fire in October. The
specialist label endeavours to include an isolated score track on all their
releases and fans immediately wondered if they would get to hear the film edit
of the soundtrack. The FSM Under Fire CD soundtrack release from 2008 explained
they could not find the original tapes used for the film soundtrack. But
Twilight Time's Nick Redman confirms they have the tapes! Assuming these are in
good condition and in stereo lets hope this paves the way for a new soundtrack
CD as well.
Goldsmith's stunning and critically acclaimed score for Under Fire sounded significantly different
in the film compared to the popular soundtrack album. Some fans questioned if
the album was a re-recording. But it wasn't, though clearly a significant amount
of editing and mixing went on to transform the score for album.
Night Crossing Re-issue From Intrada
of Intrada's most important early soundtrack releases. At the time a hugely
ambitious project to go after, which involved negotiating with the mighty Walt
Disney company long before the relationship they now have. The first disc and LP
proved a very popular release amongst Goldsmith fans and was a jaw dropping
release for many fans who thought this music would never be available. It was
later followed up with an improved sounding second edition utilising the
original master tapes for the first time and including a little more music,
namely the longer percussion prologue. Both these versions are long out of print
so it is a welcome third appearance for this stunning 80's Goldsmith adventure
To entice those who
have the earlier version this new disc features a couple of alternates and a
Goldsmith composed source piece. As well as being re-mastered again for even
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Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Concert In Prague!
Music Prague will include a tribute gala concert to Jerry Goldsmith featuring
numerous major works including The Omen, The Blue Max, The Wind
And The Lion and Star Trek The Motion Picture. Along with popular
hits such as Gremlins and The Mummy.
The concert will be
performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic and choir, who are of course old
hands when it comes to performing film music and the music of Jerry Goldsmith in
particular, with their work with British label Tadlow.
Please note this concert is part Jerry Goldsmith concert part Elliot Goldenthal
The concert is on
September 24th at 7pm and will be held at the stunning Rudolfinum concert
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Dennis The Menace Expanded Score
Land Records announce Jerry Goldsmith's lively orchestral score from the 1994
comedy Dennis the Menace. Also known as Dennis. The original Big
Screen CD release included a generous amount of score from the film but has long
been out of print. La-La Land's release expands on the score and is probably
complete and is of course re-mastered. Though the original recording sounded
Jerry Goldsmith wrote
a massive orchestral comedy score with a rousing main theme for the mischievous
title character along with a humorous howling motif for the put upon next door
neighbour Mr Wilson. The score is chock full of fun at every turn and is a rare
opportunity to hear the composer writing broad comedy music, probably not heard
since Take Her She's Mine!
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Psycho II Complete Score From Intrada!
make a surprise announcement with a complete score CD release of Jerry
Goldsmith's 1982 score to the Psycho sequel! The original LP and later
Varese CD re-issue of the music have been long out of print and only featured a
short 30 minute edited selection. Intrada present the complete score, plus
alternates and source music conducted by the composer!
The idea of a sequel
to the classic movie Psycho seemed a crazy idea at the time and writing a
new score in the shadow of the Herrmann classic seemed an unenviable task to say
the least. But against all odds the movie and music turned out to be a major
success. The movie even went on to spawn further sequels!
The story of Norman Bates being released from prison and taking back the keys of
the Bates Motel proved intriguing and Jerry Goldsmith took a unique approach to the film's music. Instead of making Norman terrifying Goldsmith
anchored his score with a beautiful and rather melancholy theme. The piece
encouraged the audience to sympathise with a character turned mad by an evil
guardian. Of course as the story unfolds things get darker and Goldsmith
delivers eerie suspense and moments of action too.
Omen LP From Mondo
Mondo label, who released Poltergeist last year on LP with unique artwork,
has announced another Goldsmith title. This time the classic score to The
Omen. As before the selling point is completely new and rather odd artwork,
bearing no resemblance to the movie campaign art whatsoever. This one by Phantom City
Creative focuses on the cemetery sequence and the reveal of the contents of the
two graves. The music content appears to be the original album rather than the
deluxe expansion or the full score. As before the LP is 180 gram.
Sum Of All Fears Expanded
Goldsmith from La-La Land in March! This time an expanded release for one of the
composer's last projects. The Sum Of All Fears featured Ben Affleck as a
younger version of Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan. The film was a sombre
political thriller mixed with chilling thrills as the US and Russia stand off
preparing for WWIII after a Neo Nazi group smuggle and detonate a nuclear device
on US soil making it look like the Russians.
Jerry Goldsmith was
known especially for his action thriller scores in a military setting and fans
were salivating at the prospect but the film was not the actioner some may have
wished for. And Goldsmith related to it with a slow burner of a score with an
emotional centre highlighted by a gorgeous theme. The standout moment remains
the operatic opener as well as the chilling and ultra tense clear the stadium.
their limited edition 3000 copy release March 11th.
Score Adapted For New Video Game
Goldsmith's acclaimed music for Alien has been adapted for a new next
generation video game for the Alien franchise. Currently known as Alien
Isolation it involves Ripley's daughter investigating her Mother's
disappearance and coming in contact with a lone Zenomorph. The makers have
licensed the original Goldsmith score from Fox and re-recorded it with a London
based orchestra. However, don't expect to hear the score verbatim as per the
soundtrack album. It sounds like they have heavily adapted it and thrown in new
music to work for the game. Still Goldsmith fans who are gamers will no doubt
Thanks to Justin Boggan for alerting us to the news!
List Of Adrian Messenger From Varese!
of February 2014 would have been Jerry Goldsmith's 85th Birthday. But the memory
of this remarkable composer lives on through his musical legacy and fans
continue to savour and discover his wonderful music.
Varese Sarabande's CD
Club has announced a special CD release to remember the composer on the occasion
of his Birthday with the premier release of his score to The List Of Adrian
Messenger. This score has been much sort after and fans have been waiting to
hear this news for many, many years. The score, based on samples on the Varese
site, is presented in very clean mono.
The film was an enjoyable mix of crime thriller, humour and thrills. Goldsmith's
jaunty tango dominates the score but the bizarre characters that pop-up
throughout the story afforded the composer to develop additional themes for
each. The fox hunt sequences stands out though and Goldsmith impresses
with an exciting Irish themed set piece. The finale involving the demise of Kirk
Douglas' character was arranged by friend and fellow composer Morton Stevens as
Goldsmith was out of time and had to move on to another assignment.
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Tadlow Planned The Blue Max Re-recording!
If you are not tired
of The Blue Max news then we can add to the Blu-ray and the original
soundtrack release news that Tadlow are planning a re-record of the score too!
Leigh Philips who did a sterling job with reconstructing The Salamander
has done the work and James Fitzpatrick told fans at FSM he was about to
re-record with the Prague Philharmonic but is now putting the project on hold
after hearing the news of La-La Land Records' 2 CD release of the original
The Blue Max 2 CD Re-issue From La-La Land!
Twilight's Blu-ray of the film we now have a re-issue of the score from La-La
Land Records! The big surprise is this is a 2 CD set. All previous incarnations
have fitted on a single disc. The last release from Intrada was said to be
complete. La-La reveal their set will be the full score, plus album presentation
and source music, some previously unreleased.
early epic remains a stunning orchestral spectacular and featured the first
collaboration with the great National Philharmonic Orchestra. The sessions
famously used a 100 players at the behest of the director for certain cues.
Look out for more
details from La-La Land nearer the 25th of February release date.
The Blue Max Blu-ray From Twilight Time
film label Twilight Time will release a Blu-ray of the 1966 war movie The
Blue Max on February 11th. As expected the disc will include Jerry
Goldsmith's score isolated. The score will play out over two tracks featuring
the film soundtrack on one and alternates on the other. As usual the disc is
limited to 3000 units.
More Goldsmith From Kritzerland Due
Bruce Kimmel, owner
of the Kritzerland label, has revealed he has another Goldsmith title for fans.
The title has been delayed and is not due for several months though. Watch this
space for more news.