Vertigo (1958) (Vinyl) - Soundtrack review

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Varèse Sarabande Records has revisited the original analogue tapes and remastered Bernard Herrmann's memorable score for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). The LP has been pressed at RTI on to 180 gm vinyl, and slipped into a classic tip-on jacket from Stoughton Press. The American Film Institute’s list of the greatest films of all-time, (The AFI 100), places Vertigo at #9, and is one of only six entries to note the importance of the film score in the film’s ranking... [click here...]

 

 

Irma la Douce (1963) - Blu-ray review

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Irma La Douce is the last great Billy Wilder film that was a smash box-office success. The film is 147 minutes long and plays like something running way under two hours. It’s packed with eye candy: colour, set design detail, texture, fast pace, kinetic body comedy, character, funny dialogue, narrative irony and edgy vulgarity. This latter component is a Wilder speciality, never going too far but further than lecherous Hollywood could confidently venture without being cheesy and sophomoric... [click here...]

 

BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Music review

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Silva Screen Records reissue the 1968 BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s hugely influential 10th anniversary album, featuring remastered early electronic works of John Baker, David Cain and Delia Derbyshire... [click here...]

 

 

The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Music review

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter, an original story with original music, is set in the fictional Irish town of Spindlewood. Like most towns of age, Spindlewood has its traditions. But no practice, custom or old wives’ warning is so firmly adhered to as ‘The Turning of the Key’. Every year, on the last night of winter, as the first day of spring unfolds, the townsfolk gather to take part in a strange ritual... The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a beautiful story built around themes of prejudice, discrimination, animosity and a fear of the unknown - a folk musical with a specific, yet timeless, feel... [click here...]

 

Delicious: Series Three - DVD review

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Passionate cook Gina was once married to Leo Vincent, a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner in Cornwall. Leo owes much of his success to Gina's exceptional cooking, but since leaving her for the glamorous Sam, his business has continued to thrive. When Sam has suspicions that Leo is having an affair, she confides in Gina but the secrets and scandals that spill out are proof that sleeping with another woman's husband is never a good idea even if he was your husband first. After Leo dies the two women go into business together, Gina running the kitchen while Sam is front of house... [click here...]

 

Lost West End Revues - Music review

CoverLost West End Revues celebrates London's forgotten revue shows of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, compiling songs from 35 West End productions and showcasing these unique musical works from the golden age of British theatrical entertainment. Ranging from 1940 to 1962, the recordings featured include a broad range of musical styles and genres, from witty songs satirising topical issues of the era to dramatic ballads and entertaining comedy numbers. Musical theatre composers featured on the album include Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, Charles Zwar, Alan Melville and more... [click here...]

 

Ion8 Leak Proof Vacuum Flask / Water Bottle

CoverIon8 release a range of 100% leak proof BPA free reusable refillable insulated stainless steel water bottle/flask. For those that don't need, or want a large, cumbersome flask taking up valuable room in their rucksack, this drinking vessel is perfect. The ridged cap opens with just one twist, and the wide mouth provides a smooth, rapid flow... [click here...]

 

Dynasties: BBC Earth Soundtrack - review

CoverSilva Screen Records release Benji Merrison and Will Slater's score to BBC Earth's innovative documentary series Dynasties. The five part programme follows on from the breathtaking Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II to explore the lives of different tribes from the animal kingdom. Presented by Sir David Attenborough and produced over a period of four years, the big theme of the series is allowing animals space. Throughout the series and in every episode, except the Antarctic, long shots show the encroachment of the human population... [click here...]

 

Buddy Holly: True Love Ways - Music review

CoverDecca Records release True Love Ways, a brand-new orchestral recording of Buddy Holly's most-loved hits, featuring Holly's original vocals. The album features Holly’s distinctive original vocals and guitar playing set to arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It celebrates the 60 year anniversary of Holly’s last ever recording session and is the poignant realisation of a dream the star first explored just four months before his tragic death in a plane crash at the age of 22... [click here...]

 

Joe Kraemer (composer) - Sunrise - Interview

CoverJoe Kraemer studied film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Over the years, he has carved out an eclectic career, writing music for over 100 films in a variety of genres. Highlights include his scores for John Putch’s The Poseidon Adventure and A Time To Remember, as well as the Mystery Woman series. Kraemer’s close partnership with writer-director-producer Mark Altman led to him scoring the TV series Femme Fatales. In 2012, he was commissioned to score Jack Reacher by producer and star Tom Cruise. He worked again with Cruise in 2014 when the actor hired him to score Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. In 2016, his new score for the 1927 silent film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans was performed to rave reviews. 2017 saw the release of the television series Comrade Detective and Creeped Out, as well as another performance of Sunrise, this time in Austria and conducted by Kraemer. Darren Rea caught up with him as Caldera Records released his soundtrack to Sunrise on CD... [click here...]

 

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