Tag: Jerry Goldsmith

The Russia House and the Anti-Bond

The Russia House and the Anti-Bond

February 23, 2017 | By

Review of John le Carre’s spy thriller and romance The Russia House, released on Blu by Twilight Time, and a fascinating time capsule of glasnost Soviet Russia circa 1990 + some random thoughts on visiting East Berlin in 1989.

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BR: Russia House, The (1990)

BR: Russia House, The (1990)

February 23, 2017 | By

It’s worth pondering whether this particular adaptation of John le Carré’s novel would’ve been produced today, given there is no gunfire, no a single foot chase, car chase, murder, any act of violence, and the hero’s a sixtysomething heavy drinker who describes himself as ‘a disappointment’…

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BR: Cassandra Crossing, The (1976)

BR: Cassandra Crossing, The (1976)

December 30, 2016 | By

Deliberately peppered with a star-studded international cast for global appeal, The Cassandra Crossing is a ludicrously implausible disaster film / virus thriller that nevertheless manages to entertain and transcended some standout boneheaded scripting and continuity gaffes…

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DVD: Matinee (1993)

DVD: Matinee (1993)

October 10, 2016 | By

Nestled between Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) and Small Soldiers (1998) is Matinee, director Joe Dante’s surprisingly reverent tribute to B-movie showmanship, and that other master of suspense, director William Castle. Castle’s forte wasn’t directing but creating escapism built on a hook, and giving thrills through gimmicks, be they ‘ghosts’ gliding over audiences…

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BR: Detective, The (1968)

BR: Detective, The (1968)

February 13, 2016 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer:  Excellent Extras: Very Good Label:  Twilight Time Region: All Released: December 8, 2015 Genre:  Crime / Detective / Thriller Synopsis: A senior detective is pressured by the department to solve the murder of a councilman’s son. Special Features:  Audio Commentary with film historians David Del Valle, Lem Dobbs, and Nick Redman / Stereo Isolated Music Track / 8-page colour booklet […]

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BR: Satan Bug, The (1965)

BR: Satan Bug, The (1965)

October 8, 2015 | By

John Sturges’ film version of Alistair MacLean’s novel (written under the pseudonym Ian Stuart) is a highly underrated and important entry in the virus or bio-thriller film, and finally makes its deserved Blu-ray release after being ignored on home video for far too long…

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Soundtrack Reviews

Soundtrack Reviews

August 6, 2015 | By

Reviews of 3 soundtrack releases: Joe Kramer’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (La-La Land), Carter Burwell’s Mr. Holmes (Lakeshore), and Jerry Goldsmith’s Warlock (Intrada).

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CD: Warlock (1989)

CD: Warlock (1989)

August 6, 2015 | By

When Intrada released their first LP and later CD editions of Jerry Goldsmith’s score, the film was already well-known as one of the last productions from Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, a great little indie company that specialized in a mix of B and occasional art house films, if not unconventional thrillers that would’ve been turned down by major studios…

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BR: Under Fire (1983)

BR: Under Fire (1983)

November 4, 2014 | By

  Film: Near-Perfect Transfer:  Excellent Extras: Excellent Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released:  October 14, 2014 Genre:  War / Drama / Action Synopsis: Three journalists encounter brutality and murder during the Nicaraguan Civil War in 1979. Special Features:  Audio Commentary #1: director Roger Spottiswoode, assistant editor Paul Seydor, photo journalist & film consultant Mathew Naythons, and film historian & producer […]

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The Sights & Sounds of The Blue Max on Blu + CD

The Sights & Sounds of The Blue Max on Blu + CD

March 26, 2014 | By

John Guillermin’s awesome WWI flying drama The Blue Max makes it to Blu-ray via Twilight Time, sporting new commentary and music tracks + Jerry Goldsmith’s score is released by La-La Land Records in a 2-CD set.

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