Back from my holiday vacation with the entire family in Colorado. Snow, ice, blizzards galore! Everything outside was freezing but the Thanksgiving celebration was as warm as they come.
Getting back on track with CD releases. Up this Tuesday are soundtracks to Disney’s Return From Witch Mountain and Paramount’s Dora And The Lost City Of Gold. Lalo Schifrin pens the former, John Debney & Germaine Franco pen the latter. Artwork, contents and sound samples will be posted on our site this evening at approximately 5pm. Orders begin shipping tomorrow.
As most folks are aware, California has seen the fiery wrath of Mother Nature quite a bit lately. Thing are still ablaze in places but improvements in the weather have mercifully aided firefighting efforts. Activity at our end has been slowed due to power outages but people here are safe and things are getting back on track. I’ve just finished editing and mastering a major Disney title and the resulting 2-CD release will be one of our early releases for 2020. Another Disney release is scheduled for next month, alongside one from Paramount, albeit workloads at the major film studios - many of them now busy establishing streaming services or settling in from mergers and whatnot - are slowing down the final approval processes. As much as I’d like to imagine otherwise, getting sign-offs on the latest Intrada releases isn’t at the top of the studio to-do lists, nor even in the middle of them. Hopefully not at the bottom, however.
Our upcoming release of Dial M For Murder progresses rapidly. Simon Rhodes mixed everything and I’ve edited and mastered the album already. We’re amidst the liner note and artwork/packaging phase now. In my humble opinion this is one of the most vibrant and authentic re-recordings of a classic film score as has been so far released. In tandem with Simon’s peerless contributions in the booth of this amazing new venue in Glasgow, the credit goes to William T. Stromberg for his bravura work on the podium and all those fabulous players of the RSNO that brought Tiomkin’s florid music to life. So there’s plenty of cool stuff coming up ahead.
In time for Halloween and the new blu-ray release, Crawl. Max Aruj & Steffen Thum get their say with the score for the recent Paramount horror thriller. It’s lean and mean with little distractions. A fierce storm and killer alligators vs two people you actually care about. The score does triple duty. It makes you cringe at those killer gators, seek shelter from the terrifying storm and floods and - through everything - feel emotional about daughter and father trying to connect under the most intense of circumstances. In the canon of nature vs people thrillers, this is a good one. Orders for the CD begin shipping this Tuesday, October 22. Contents and sound samples will be available here tomorrow eve.
Those who appreciate Elmer Bernstein’s singular talents are in for a treat this week with Tuesday’s first ever release of the charming and dramatic score he wrote for The Amazing Mr. Blunden. The 1972 film, directed by famous British character actor Lionel Jeffries, involves an old cottage, new caretakers, two children who meet ghosts of yet another pair of children from 100 years earlier, murder and a terrible fire, all of which are terrific inspiration for Bernstein to fashion music anchored in charming simplicity and surrounded with vivid orchestral dramatics. This is an amazing one! Listen to samples and peruse the artwork and contents this coming Monday evening. Orders begin shipping on Tuesday.