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CD: Last Starfighter, The (1984)

CD: Last Starfighter, The (1984)

March 26, 2015 | By

Intrada’s expanded CD release of The Last Starfighter marks the third time Craig Safan’s landmark score appears on disc, and this time the producers went back to the original 24 track 2” tape master to present the definitive edition of this special work…

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CD: Warning Sign (1985)

CD: Warning Sign (1985)

March 26, 2015 | By

Using sounds performed on a Synclavier, a combination synthesizer that could also record and change sound samples, Craig Safan’s 1985 all-electronic score matches the drama of a biohazard thriller in which sterile cleanliness is threatened by an organic agent that adapts, infects, and alters the health of its host…

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MP3: Chappie (2015)

MP3: Chappie (2015)

March 18, 2015 | By

According to the P.R. material, director Neill Blomkamp encouraged Hans Zimmer to embrace the synth gear of his early years, using an array of decades-old electronic instruments to create a score that’s warm and analogue heavy, yet clearly reflecting Zimmer’s present-day writing style that’s part minimalism, contemporary electronica, and industrial grimness…

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CD: Cinderella (2015)

CD: Cinderella (2015)

March 18, 2015 | By

Patrick Doyle’s score for Disney’s 2015 version of the classic fairy tale is a graceful, buoyant work distinguished by an incredible lightness, due in large part to an orchestral palette emphasizing light woodwinds, gentle string passages, and a rather romantic piano accompaniment…

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MP3: Mad as Hell (2014)

MP3: Mad as Hell (2014)

March 18, 2015 | By

Most of the cues in Ronen Landa’s score are brisk, kinetic pieces that make their strategic mark by capturing the audaciousness of the films’ central figure, Young Turks creator Cenk Uygur, as he navigates from YouTube sensation to MSNBC host, and it’s unsurprising Landa’s instrumentation features an up-tempo electric guitar, a very active electric bass…

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MP3: Rewrite, The (2014)

MP3: Rewrite, The (2014)

March 18, 2015 | By

Clyde Lawrence and newcomer Cody Fitzgerald opt for an easy listening, light jazz-pop approach to Marc Lawrence’s latest romantic drama that has a formerly successful L.A. screenwriter taking a distant teaching job and falling for a mature student…

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VHS: Dive, The / Dykket (1989)

VHS: Dive, The / Dykket (1989)

March 16, 2015 | By

The Dive / Dykket runs with the hook of a simple last-minute job before a planned vacation that goes very, very wrong, which in the case of divers Gunnar and new partner Rolf, starts as a ‘bounce dive’ and ends up putting themselves and outgoing partner Bricks in mortal danger…

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BR: Pioneer (2013)

BR: Pioneer (2013)

March 16, 2015 | By

During the 1970s, Norway commissioned a series of test dives with cooperating American experts to develop safe and viable methods to assemble ocean floor piping in order to convey deep oil reserves in the North Sea back up to the mainland for refining…

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DVD: Chair, The (2014)

DVD: Chair, The (2014)

March 13, 2015 | By

Dubbed an “original filmmaking experiment,” Chris Moore’s 10-episode series follows a similar format of Project Greenlight (2001), the making-of-a-film series which he executive produced through its initial three-year run, except the focus in this variation is on the making of two films based on the same script, as envisioned by separate first-time directors with very different sensibilities…

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Woody Allen’s Love and Death + The Purple Rose of Cairo

Woody Allen’s Love and Death + The Purple Rose of Cairo

March 10, 2015 | By

Reviews of Twilight Time’s latest Woody Allen releases on Blu – Love and Death (1975) and The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985).

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