Soundtrack News / misc.

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Additional soundtrack releases were announced at the end of this week, including today’s latest offering from Varese Sarabande’s CD Club:

DigitMovies (Italy):

Il medaglione insanguinato + Voci dal profondo + Malacchio (Stelvio Cipriani)

Intrada (USA):

The Beast Within (Les Baxter) – Limited To 1000 copies

99 and 44/100% Dead (Henry Mancini) – Limited To 1200 copies

Rocky IV (Vince DiCola)

Kritzerland (USA):

Boy and the Pirates, The / Attack of the Puppet People suite (Albert Glasser) – Limited To 1000 copies

Lionsgate (USA):

Killers (Rolfe Kent)

Prometheus (Belgium):

Epic 3-disc set featuring digital re-recording of Dimitri Tiomkin’s The Alamo (1960)

Varese Sarabande (USA):

Oscar: The Color of Destiny (Diego Navarro) – Limited To 1000 copies

Passchendale (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek) – Limited To 1000 copies

Star Trek (Michael Giacchino) – 2-CD set. Limited To 5000 copies

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And wholly unrelated to soundtracks are a series of articles that just seemed too intriguing to miss:

One enterprising photographer felt the images of Iceland’s Eya-whatever volcano wasn’t being properly covered by photographers. (From a film standpoint, I beg to differ only because of those shots of massive ash clouds belching up from Eya, not to mention the geysers of lava, ice, and rock seen behind a helicopter that didn’t get ensnared.) His solution was to head over to the volcano, set up his camera, and shoot enough stills to create this time-lapse short.

Christopher Bird at wrote a piece not so much about MuchMusic’s continuing disintegration as a music station (if not the pioneering music video station in Canada) but of it’s destruction at the hands of corporations wanting it’s brand recognition for other purposes. It’s kind of like the fate of MGM (which is back up for sale because the value of its assets – including the Bond franchise – has plummeted): MM was part of Moses Znaimer’s CHUM City corporation, which was sold and bough and sold and re-bought, and its current owners (CTV) want changes to their broadcast licence which will effectively turn it into a dumping ground of reality and non-music materials. MM’s mandate changed when it lost its music content, and apparently what’s left is being shown after hours.

Lastly, two urban explorers were arrested by police for sneaking into Toronto’s sewer system to take photographs. One half of the team, Montrealer Andrew Emond, wrote a personal account of the day that started normal and went a bit scary when the pair was surrounded by police after a resident figured the two men entering the street through a manhole might be up to no good. The sewers are dangerous and off-limits, but man, those photos… Emond’s site, Under Montreal, showcases his own photography, as does co-explorer Michael Cook’s The Vanishing Point. Haunting, striking, and wholly filmic. Those finding the pair’s endeavours a bit mad might also want to remember David Lynch’s own fascination with giant boiler rooms in his 1994 collection Images (Hyperion Books), as well as this equally striking video of massive industrial complexes abandoned by the rest of the world. One of the reasons Session 9 (2001) was so damned creepy was its use of a massive abandoned loony bin.

Mark R. Hasan, Editor


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