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BR: Man Hunt (1941)

BR: Man Hunt (1941)

October 11, 2014 | By

  Film: Excellent Transfer:  Excellent Extras: Very Good Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released:  August 12, 2014 Genre:  Espionage / Suspense / War Synopsis: A big game hunter is caught trying to assassinate Hitler, and becomes the hunted when he escapes and returns to England. Special Features:  Isolated Mono Music Track / 2009 featurette “Rogue Male: The Making of […]

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BR: Curtains (1983)

BR: Curtains (1983)

October 10, 2014 | By

What became a troubled production during the early eighties eventually evolved into a cult horror film, thanks to multiple airings on TV in the U.S. and Canada, if not a brilliant poster design and teaser trailer that were as haunting and impressionable on kids as the original The Shining (1980) publicity art…

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Film: Melanie (1982)

Film: Melanie (1982)

October 10, 2014 | By

  Film: Very Good Transfer:  n/a Extras:   n/a Label:   n/a Region:   n/a Released:    n/a Genre:  Drama / CanCon Synopsis: An illiterate woman travels from Texas to Los Angeles to retrieve her son from an abusive husband. Special Features:    n/a     Review: In spite of its melodramatic wrap-up, Melanie is an oddly affecting little drama, largely because of Glynnis […]

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BR: Prom Night (1980)

BR: Prom Night (1980)

October 10, 2014 | By

The roots of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s Scream (1996) also owes its fair share to Paul Lynch’s film, and the gradual genesis of Prom Night from idea to final film is itself a remarkable tale of success for its makers. Wanting to switch genres, Lynch, who’d recently directed a wrestling drama Blood & Guts (1978), attended a Telefilm Canada meet & greet in Los Angeles where he met Simcom producer Peter Simpson…

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CD: Damned, The (2014)

CD: Damned, The (2014)

October 6, 2014 | By

Perhaps in keeping with the apparent tradition of Spanish horror films being graced with muscular orchestral scores, director Victor Garcia’s The Damned features a very robust score by Frederik Wiedmann, a composer known for combining classical orchestral writing with modernism and an organic use of electronic elements…

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CD: Field of Lost Shoes (2014)

CD: Field of Lost Shoes (2014)

October 6, 2014 | By

With an orchestra and choir at his hands, Frederik Wiedmann’s written an epic score for the Civil War drama Field of Lost Shoes, based on the 1864 battle in which teen recruits defended the Shenandoah Valley…

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CD: Grand Piano (2013)

CD: Grand Piano (2013)

October 6, 2014 | By

Victor Reyes’ “Main Titles” is a fantastic mix of agitated rhythms redolent of Ennio Morricone’s work (notably The Untouchables’ fat bass line) and mounting textures which introduce a smidge of melody in a cue that’s otherwise representative of madness about to explode from pent-up pressure…

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MP3: No Good Deed (2014)

MP3: No Good Deed (2014)

October 6, 2014 | By

For this newest entry in the ‘unwanted stranger’ sub-genre, Paul Haslinger built his score around a two-beat motif which essentially forms the motor, propelling the film through its inaugural scenes of tension, and subsequent taunting and torment…

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Roy Budd’s Phantom of the Opera!

Roy Budd’s Phantom of the Opera!

September 30, 2014 | By

Review of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) DVD featuring Roy Budd’s long-lost score + an interview with the composer’s widow, Sylvia Budd, on releasing the score on CD and DVD.

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DVD: Phantom of the Opera (1925) – Roy Budd score

DVD: Phantom of the Opera (1925) – Roy Budd score

September 30, 2014 | By

The release of Roy Budd’s long unheard score adds another majestic interpretation of this warped emotional union.
Emphasizing romance with a gorgeous main theme, Budd’s music benefits from a huge orchestra and superb engineering which showcase his gift for melody, but it’s arguably Budd’s knack for keeping an eye on pacing which makes his score…

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