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CD: Age of Adaline (2015)

CD: Age of Adaline (2015)

May 14, 2015 | By

Rob Simonsen’s score for this variation on eternally young-but-cursed characters is the orchestral equivalent to Cliff Martinez’ Solaris (2002)…

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CD: Dovekeepers, The (2015)

CD: Dovekeepers, The (2015)

May 14, 2015 | By

Prolific composer Jeff Beal’s score for The Dovekeepers is given the epic treatment in this packed 2-disc set, and while those familiar with the saga of Masada will likely recall Jerry Goldsmith’s own stirring music for the iconic, star-studded 1981 mini-series…

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DVD: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

DVD: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

May 7, 2015 | By

The success of Black Sunday (1960) for American studio AIP and his special effects work on Hercules and the Captive Women (1961) in Italy led to Bava being hired to helm a new Hercules film with a three week production schedule. Lucky for Bava, the franchise mandated colour and ‘scope cinematography…

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Soundtrack Reviews + Liquid Puppetry debuts at the PlāYR Video Festival

Soundtrack Reviews + Liquid Puppetry debuts at the PlāYR Video Festival

May 6, 2015 | By

Soundtrack reviews of John Debney’s Broken Horses (Lakeshore Records) and Benjamin Wallfisch’s Desert Dancer (Varese Sarabande) + “Liquid Puppetry” to screen at the PlāYR Video Festival.

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CD: Broken Horses (2015)

CD: Broken Horses (2015)

May 6, 2015 | By

Running over an hour, John Debney’s score for Broken Horses has three specific recurring moods: a gentle waltz that’s heartwarming and simultaneously tragic; a grungy, grinding string motif that’s deliberately ugly, often functioning as a portent of danger…

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CD: Desert Dancer (2014)

CD: Desert Dancer (2014)

May 6, 2015 | By

Based on the life of Iranian dance choreographer Afshin Ghaffarian, the music for Desert Dancer functions as a discrete, almost ambient sonic work. Most of the cues are performed by strings and hints of Persian instruments and harmonics, and while not abstract…

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BR: Fortune, The (1975)

BR: Fortune, The (1975)

May 4, 2015 | By

Twilight Time’s release of Mike Nichols’ The Fortune on Blu-ray (apparently its first-ever home video release) kind of echoes the situation of Peter Bodganovich’s At Long Last Love (1975), a film similarly written-off as a box office dud that vanished from distribution and took decades to emerge in a pristine HD transfer…

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Video Tales III: Video Nasties – The Definitive Edition Part 2 + Grindhouse Trailer Classics

Video Tales III: Video Nasties – The Definitive Edition Part 2 + Grindhouse Trailer Classics

May 2, 2015 | By

Alongside an Editor’s Blog, Part 3 of Video Tales offers up reviews of Jake West’s superlative documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days (Severin / Nucleus Films) + Grindhouse Trailer Classics.

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DVD: Grindhouse Trailer Classics

DVD: Grindhouse Trailer Classics

May 2, 2015 | By

The 55 represented flicks in this collection span many genres – zombie, women-in-prison, Naziploitation, biker flicks, martial arts, straight action, car chase, slasher, rape-revenge, and charnel house gruel…

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DVD: Video Nasties – The Definitive Guide, Part 2 (2015)

DVD: Video Nasties – The Definitive Guide, Part 2 (2015)

May 2, 2015 | By

Jake West’s follow-up to Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) is another superb chapter in the history of Britain’s Video Nasties era, in which the lack of any ratings system by a government agency was in large part responsible for a glut of unrated films in rental shops…

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