John Barry related news items in the current year - for news older than late 2019 please check our Archives, going back to 2001.
Coming soon from Windmill Records, The Stringbeat Years: Songs accompanied by John Barry, a 4-CD box-set comprising of 144 tracks, a 24-page booklet (replete with period photographs and comprehensive notes) and including ten bonus tracks (among them the CD debut of the first ever cover version of a John Barry instrumental composition).
Adam Faith fans will experience every song he recorded with John Barry, thereby featuring – for the first time – the film versions of ‘Mix me a Person’, ‘The Time has Come’, and ‘What a Whopper’ (slightly shortened). There’s also an unique opportunity to hear the original version of ‘Ah, Poor Little Baby’, making its premiere appearance on CD.The box-set is limited to 500 copies and is only £16.99 post-free in the UK, so don’t miss out!
Only available direct from us.
Recently published in the US is Crime and Spy Jazz on Screen, 1950–1970: A History and Discography, by the appropriately named Derrick Bang.
It has 312 pages, and, apparently, devotes more space to John Barry than any other composer in the book!
At $54 it is not exactly cheap, but when has that ever worried anybody who browses on here. :)
There's also a companion book entitled Crime and Spy Jazz on Screen Since 1971: A History and Discography.
News has just reached us that a previously unreleased outtake from the Polydor album The Concert JB will soon be released in the Universal Music France soundtrack series Ecoutez le cinéma! (Listen to Films!).
Let the guessing begin!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Coming October 27th on DVD & BD!
The Ipcress File 2K Restoration Blu-ray and DVD release
THE IPCRESS FILE (1965)
• 2K Restoration by ITV
• Audio Commentary by Director Sidney J. Furie and Editor Peter Hunt
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth and Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
• Interview with Star Michael Caine
• Interview with Production Designer Ken Adams (sic)
• TRAILERS FROM HELL with Howard Rodman
• 3:07 Theatrical Trailer in Newly Remastered in HD
• 1:07 Theatrical Trailer
• 4 Radio Spots
• Reversible BD Art
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles
Color 109 Minutes 2.35:1 Not Rated
From Harry Saltzman, the producer of James Bond classics Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, comes a film widely recognized as one of the greatest spy thrillers of all time. The Ipcress File is the first film in the series of Harry Palmer mysteries, based on the bestsellers by Len Deighton (Funeral in Berlin), that made Michael Caine (Gambit, The Black Windmill) a star. It is the height of the cold war, and ex-thief Harry Palmer (Caine), now reluctantly working as a secret agent, has been called in to investigate a strange occurrence among a number of leading scientists. It seems the scientists have been kidnapped, but reappear only days after the kidnapping, brainwashed and useless. During the course of the investigation, a tape is uncovered with the word “Ipcress” on it. This stylish classic was directed by Sidney J. Furie (The Appaloosa), shot by Otto Heller (Peeping Tom) and edited by Peter R. Hunt (From Russia with Love), with production design by Ken Adam (Dr. Strangelove) and music by John Barry (Diamonds Are Forever). The great cast includes Nigel Green (Let’s Kill Uncle), Guy Doleman (Billion Dollar Brain), Sue Lloyd (The Bitch) and Gordon Jackson (The Great Escape).
28 Oct 2020; pre-order at imprintfilms.com.au on July 31.
Australian label Via Vision Entertainment has announced from the recently launched Imprint Collection: The Day of the Locust (1975).
by Dan Barrett
May 31, 2020
"I could not have been more pleased when Mike Zirpolo contacted me, and asked me to share my memories about having played for the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Cotton Club. I was able to tell Mike that I happily recall many of the details about that special episode in my life..."
Dan Barrett is a professional trombonist/ cornetist, arranger, and composer.
• Brand New HD Master – 2K Scans of Multiple 35mm Prints
• Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
• Optional English Subtitles
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
Color 125 Minutes 2.35:1 Rated PG
From acclaimed writer/director James Clavell (Shogun, The Great Escape, To Sir, with Love, The Satan Bug), the stirring war epic The Last Valley stars screen greats Michael Caine (The Ipcress File, Kidnapped) and Omar Sharif (Juggernaut, Doctor Zhivago). As the Thirty Years’ War rages through 17th-century Germany, a fierce captain (Caine) lays waste to any village his army encounters. But when he arrives in an undisturbed valley where he meets a beautiful peasant girl (Florinda Bolkan, Flavia the Heretic), his long-dead memories of peace and happiness are reawakened. As war closes in, will he heed its call... or fight for the new life he has found? This powerful film is both a magnificent spectacle and an intensely personal story of love, friendship and loss. Co-starring Nigel Davenport (Mary, Queen of Scots), Per Oscarsson (Endless Night) and Arthur O’Connell (Anatomy of a Murder), with a rousing score by the great John Barry (The Lion in Winter) and top-notch cinematography by Norman Warwick (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and John Wilcox (Dr. Who and the Daleks).
The Century Club,
61 - 63, Shaftesbury Avenue,
Soho Series at the Century
18:30 - 20:30
Wed, 27th May 2020 @ 18:30 - 20:30
Tickets from £12.00
"This salon is part of the Soho Series at London's exclusive Century Club.
Anticipating the release of the latest Bond movie, ‘No Time to Die’, pop culture commentator Travis Elborough joins us to explore the London life and loves of John Barry. Barry was the composer who has done as much as anyone else to establish the 007 brand and whose signature scores still inform the soundscape and themes of each new film - including the latest haunting title song by Billie Eilish..."
The Concordia Theatre & Community Guild Proudly Present...
Billy- The Musical
Monday 17th February 2020 - Saturday 22nd February 2020 at 7:30 PM
The Hinckley Concordia Theatre,
The musical based on Billy Liar
Billy Fisher, a Walter Mitty fantasist, lives with Mum, Dad and Gran in Stradhoughton and is an undertaker’s clerk – but in his mind he is President of Ambrosia, a film star, a scriptwriter – and anything else glamorous that happens to occur to him! BILLY is a fast-paced brassy, Broadway-style musical, with outstanding songs such as Ambrosia and Some of Us Belong to the Stars which were famously sung by Michael Crawford who starred in the title role at Drury Lane.
A musical based on “Billy Liar” by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Book by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe
Discs: Blu-ray Disc, Two-disc set (1 BD-25, 1 DVD)
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell, together with guest vocalist Matthew Ford, will perform a special concert entitled ‘A Night at the Oscars’ next Thursday, 30th of January, at the National Concert Hall in Dublin (Ireland).
When: Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 20:00h
Where: National Concert Hall (Dublin, Ireland)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/445922976057038/
"There are no available seats for the selected event."
The concert will include Academy Award-winning music from Star Wars, Schindler’s List, The Incredibles, Beauty and the Beast, Gravity and lots more, and to mark the anniversary of John Barry’s death on this date, 30 January 2011, it will also pay tribute to the legendary five-time Oscar winner with music from The Ipcress File, Born Free, and Out of Africa.
The program will be the following:
Network have released a Blu-Ray and DVD of Seance of a Wet Afternoon, 13 January 2020
Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough give outstanding performances in this classy British thriller, with Attenborough winning a BAFTA for Best British Actor and Stanley scoring an Oscar nomination. Written and directed by Bryan Forbes - who also won a Writers Guild award, an Edgar and a BAFTA nomination - Seance on a Wet Afternoon is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.
Myra Savage, a highly-strung spiritual medium, convinces her weak-willed husband to fake a child kidnapping so she can offer her services to the parents when all seems lost. Though horrified at the prospect, he reluctantly goes along with the plan - but becomes more convinced than ever that Myra is losing her grip on reality...
Memories on a Wet Afternoon – an interview with Bryan Forbes
audio commentary with Bryan Forbes
13 August 2019
Disney Movie Club Exclusive Disney / Buena Vista, 1979, 95 min, Region free
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1, Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), Subtitles