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From Kimmel's facebook:

Bruce Kimmel

is happy to announce two new limited edition soundtracks - a very special edition of Casino Royale by Burt Bacharach, and Genghis Khan, a grand, adventure-filled score by Dusan Radic from the 1965 film. Read all about them, hear audio samples, and see cover art at www.kritzerland.com

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If you are following this thread at FSM:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=75160&forumID=1&archive=0

It appears Kritzerland's next release will be James Horner's Gorky Park.

Possibly announced next Monday, Jan 24th.

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I like this one, but since:

There was no expanding anything, unfortunately. All we had was the album master - nothing else is around, at least that we could find. But having watched the film, the music that's on the CD covers mostly everything, and the handful of very short cues that are missing seem to be repetitions of other cues.

There doesn't seem to be a reason to buy this, since I've got the OST.

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The Gorky Park OST is one of the most commonly found soundtracks that I see in the used shops around here. Naturally I had to pick it up, and it's harmlessly enjoyable. Good thing it was cheap. Full price? No thanks.

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I've never heard it. Which other Horner scores share the same DNA?

"48 Hrs.", and "Red Heat" spring to mind. "Irina's Theme" sounds like an outtake from "Krull", but don't let that put you off. "Gorky Park" is one of my favourite Horner scores.

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DOING BUSINESS IN MOSCOW CAN BE MURDER

Kritzerland is proud to present a new limited edition soundtrack release:

GORKY PARK

Music Composed and Conducted by James Horner

Based on the 1981 novel by Martin Cruz Smith, the 1983 film adaptation of Gorky Park was a suspenseful, exciting thriller with an expert cast, including William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Ian Bannen, Brian Dennehy, Joanna Pacula, and Richard Griffiths. The screenplay was by Dennis Potter, and the director was Michael Apted.

The New York Times called the film “a taut, clever thriller throughout, with Mr. Apted’s direction establishing its intensity immediately and sustaining it well. Ralf G. Bode’s cinematography and James Horner’s score go a long way toward setting a hauntingly bleak mood, and the supporting players, particularly Brian Dennehy and Ian Bannen, are excellent.” The film’s screenplay won an Edgar Allen Poe award, and Pacula was nominated for a Golden Globe.

James Horner’s score is really integral to the film, helping establish its various moods and characters, and really notching up the tension and romance. It has some of Horner’s best themes, including a stunning one for Irina, the character played by Joanna Pacula. By 1983, Horner had only been writing film scores for five years, but he’d already built up a substantial body of work and was considered to be one of the best of the up-and-comers of that generation, thanks to his terrific work on films in every kind of genre, including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 48 Hrs, Wolfen, Deadly Blessing, The Hand, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Krull, The Dresser, Testament, Brainstorm, among others.

He would, of course, go on to be one of the most successful film composers in history, turning out scores for both blockbusters and more intimate films such as Cocoon, Uncommon Valor, The Journey of Natty Gann, Commando, An American Tail, Willow, Field of Dreams, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, Glory, The Rocketeer, Aliens, Braveheart, Apollo 13, The Mask of Zorro, as well as his scores for two of the most successful films ever made, James Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar – and that doesn’t even scratch the surface. Horner is both an Oscar and Grammy Award-winner.

Gorky Park was originally released on LP and CD by Varese Sarabande. For this release, we have completely remastered the sound and offer two presentations of the score – the first in film order, and the second in album order, two very different listening experiences. While there are a handful of additional cues in the film, most of them are very brief and are mostly reiterations of the cues that were assembled for the soundtrack album by Horner himself.

So, here is James Horner’s great score for Gorky Park, one of his finest from an especially rich time in his scoring career. It’s everything a thriller score should be – and more.

This release is limited to 1000 copies only. The price of the CD is $19.98, plus shipping. Additionally, we are offering a special deal with the purchase of this release. Go to the item page and click on the link to find out about it.

CD will ship the first week of March – however, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

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AUDREY ROSE
Music Composed and Conducted by Michael Small

The problem was The Exorcist. In trying to sell the 1977 film Audrey Rose, the posters for the film made it look like it was going to be yet another ripoff of William Friedkin’s shocking and terrifying 1973 film. But the fact is, Audrey Rose has nothing whatsoever to do with The Exorcist. It is, in fact, about as far removed from that kind of visceral terror as you can get. Based on the 1975 novel by Frank De Felitta (who also wrote the screenplay), Audrey Rose is not about possession by a demon of any sort – it is about reincarnation. Director Robert Wise was certainly no stranger to making atmospheric films of this nature, starting at the beginning of his career when he worked with the master of understated terror, Val Lewton, directing The Curse of the Cat People and The Body Snatcher. Years later, he would direct the brilliant horror film The Haunting, which was very much in the Lewton style. Wise also had an uncanny ability to pick the perfect composers for his projects, and a major part of the film’s atmosphere is its musical score by the gifted Michael Small.

Born in 1939, Small began scoring films in the late 1960s, but it was his masterful score to the 1971 Alan Pakula film Klute that announced him as a unique voice in film scoring. From that point on, he was a familiar name, providing some of the best scores for some of the best films of the 1970s, including The Parallax View, The Stepford Wives, Night Moves, The Drowning Pool, Marathon Man, The Driver, Comes A Horseman, The China Syndrome – there was no mistaking a Michael Small score, you knew it was his instantly, the minute the music began playing. He went on to score many other films, such as Going In Style, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Rollover, The Star Chamber, Target, Dream Lover, Jaws: The Revenge, as well as working in television.

Small’s score for Audrey Rose is one of his best. It is filled with his unique music, emphasizing character and drama and never playing for cheap effects. It is at times haunting, at times lyrical, at times downright creepy and scary, but always in service of the story and the characters. Right from the get-go, with his engaging and beautiful main title, right through to the film’s somewhat downbeat ending, Small’s music is simply and unerringly right.

The source material for Audrey Rose consisted of only two reels of tape in the MGM vaults. These mono tapes, made from the music stem (which means the volume shifts up and down repeatedly, as it does in the film), were in good shape for what they were. While it is not always easy to master from an up and down source, our mastering engineer, James Nelson, working his usual magic, got it to sound as good as it probably can. The result is that we finally have one of Michael Small’s best scores on CD.

This release is limited to 1000 copies only. The price of the CD is $19.98, plus shipping. Additionally, we are offering a special deal with the purchase of this release. Go to the item page and click on the link to find out about it.

CD will ship the first week of April – however, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

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Kritzerland is on an every 2 weeks release schedule for the most part. We missed an Elmer Bernstein title (FEAR STRIKES OUT/THE TIN STAR) in between Gorky Park and Audrey Rose.

So the next release will be the week of March 7th. Normally on a Monday morning.

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Never heard it before and I can't listen to the samples right now...but I ordered it anyway based on the description on the product page. Kimmel has good taste in music, so I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

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I'm going to try and keep this thread updated. Unless you are at FSM the Kritzerland releases tend to fall by the wayside.

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Well we missed one due to board outage, Philippe Sarde's score to Polanski's Pirates was released.

http://www.kritzerland.com/rppirates.htm

It appears to be sold out at most sites.

However it appears Lex Baxter's Black Sunday, which is a highly requested title amongst his fans, will be the next Kritzerland release.

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I will definitely be buying Black Sunday.

I picked up Pirates on a whim. Good buzz. Pirate movie. Don't have any Sarde other than Manhattan Project, but I really enjoy that one.

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Black Sunday... stylish 60s gothic horror. Just a really cool sound. Love the film too.

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Well we missed one due to board outage, Philippe Sarde's score to Polanski's Pirates was released.

http://www.kritzerland.com/rppirates.htm

It appears to be sold out at most sites.

What! I didn't expect this to go so quickly.

Just placed an order for it at MM.com. Fabulous score.

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Tomorrow morning's release (Monday morning in the US) will be David Grusin's Mulholland Falls.

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Looks like Monday's (June 6th) release could be the US scored version, by Les Baxter, of Marco Polo (1962). The film was an Italian production originally scored by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.

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