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DVD: Blue Movie (1978)

DVD: Blue Movie (1978)

July 16, 2014 | By

One of Italy’s most infamous cult directors, enfant terrible Alberto Cavallone, has been pegged by detractors as a hack, provocateur, and pornographer, but little of his work has been released outside of Europe, except perhaps Man, Woman and Beast (1977). Blue Movie, his experimental assault on cineastes and fickle audiences, is perhaps his most notorious film…

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DVD: Vic (2006)

DVD: Vic (2006)

July 11, 2014 | By

The late Sage Stallone’s half-hour film received a DVD release in late 2013, and it’s a rather bittersweet release, given the film marks the unfulfilled talent of Stallone’s obvious skills as a filmmaker, and a rare starring role for Clu Gulager, whose own career began as an up and coming actor in TV to small feature films, but dovetailed back into TV…

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BR: Front, The (1976)

BR: Front, The (1976)

July 10, 2014 | By

A cashier accepts an offer to submit TV scripts on behalf of his blacklisted friend during the Hollywood Blacklist era, but greed and ignorance start to undo his cozy arrangements…

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DVD: Mellodrama – The Mellotron Movie (2008)

DVD: Mellodrama – The Mellotron Movie (2008)

July 8, 2014 | By

Even for non-fans of musical inventions and outright oddities, Dianna Dilworth’s 80 mins. documentary on the Mellotron and its progenitor, the Chamberlin compels multiple viewings; if not for the sheer fun of watching a panoply of composers and musicians (most from rock) revealing their own fascination for this ‘contraption’…

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BR: Eddy Duchin Story, The (1956)

BR: Eddy Duchin Story, The (1956)

June 24, 2014 | By

When pianist Eddy Duchin died from leukemia at the terribly young age of 41, he’d built up a striking career as a bandleader and performer, playing soft-styled orchestral jazz versions of contemporary songs and classical pieces for nightclubs, ballrooms, and live radio shows…

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Video Game Soundtrack Reviews

Video Game Soundtrack Reviews

June 23, 2014 | By

Video game soundtrack reviews released by Sumthing Else, including the Castlevania – Lords of Shadow franchise, plus Dead Rising 3 and Thief (2014).

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CD: Castlevania – Lords of Shadow 2 (2014)

CD: Castlevania – Lords of Shadow 2 (2014)

June 23, 2014 | By

For the follow-up to Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010), esteemed composer Oscar Araujo augmented the video game’s sound with a richer inclusion of electronics, often deepening the heavy string chords in epic melodic build-ups like “Dying for a Drop of Blood” with some chorals, or pulsing bass hits…

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CD: Thief (2014)

CD: Thief (2014)

June 23, 2014 | By

The stealth nature of Thief mandates a score that’s almost purely about subterfuge, evasion, discovery, and remaining in a state of constant vigilance, which Luc St-Pierre handles with a blend of orchestra and electronic which accentuate dizzying figures, electrical feedback, and simple pulses…

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CD: Castlevania – Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (2013)

CD: Castlevania – Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (2013)

June 23, 2014 | By

Oscar Araujo’s latest epic score for the Castlevania franchise is another remarkable opus that melds a huge orchestral sound with some overt electronic elements to capture a world of myth and mayhem…

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CD: Dead Rising 3 (2014)

CD: Dead Rising 3 (2014)

June 23, 2014 | By

Amid the throbbing bass and coarse guitar licks that dominate the score cues on CD1, the spirit of John Carpenter (in association with Alan Howarth) vary from subtle to dominant within a substantive group of cues, which is quite a feat given the 23 cuts were scored by 8 composers (including Brian Reitzell)…

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