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January 14th, 2020
Kino Lorber, B&W, 1967, 106 Minutes 1.66:1, Region A
From Bryan Forbes, the legendary writer/director of Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Wrong Box, The Stepford Wives and The Naked Face comes this gripping classic about an elderly woman who becomes increasingly ensnared by her own world of delusion and exploited by the very real world of morally corrupt people. Three-time Oscar nominee Dame Edith Evans received her final Oscar nomination (Best Actress in a Leading Role) for her performance as the eccentric Mrs. Ross, living alone in a meager apartment and hearing “whisperers” that plot against her. The whispering voices are right—but will anyone believe her? Gerry Turpin’s (Morgan: A Suitable Case of Treatment) stunning photography and John Barry’s (The Lion in Winter) haunting score are two of this powerful psychological drama’s best features.
December 10, 2019.
Scorpion Releasing, 1980, 113 min., Region A.
Scorpion Releasing: Restored Inside Moves Detailed for Blu-ray
Posted September 27, 2019 04:40 PM by
Scorpion ReleasingScorpion Releasing has detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Richard Donner's film Inside Moves (1980), starring John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright, and Tony Burton. The release, which will be distributed by Kino Lorber, will be available for purchase on December 10.
Synopsis: This poignant and offbeat dramedy follows Roary, a man who's been crippled by a recent suicide attempt. After resigning to spending most of his time in a bar full of down-trodden souls, Roary discovers that Jerry the Bartender has just been accepted to play basketball for the Golden State Warriors. As it turns out, helping Jerry train might just be the sort of transcendent therapy Roary and his fellow patrons need.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 434
Film Date: 1965
Album Date: 2019
World premiere of John Barry soundtrack plus remastered original album on CD!
"A tough act to follow for Barry fans. But one of my own most-played John Barry albums in my youth was King Rat, the Bryan Forbes WWII prisoner of war film with George Segal, written by James Clavell.
As part of our well-regarded series of Mainstream and Ava label CDs, mixed and mastered from the first generation master elements, we initially planned on just bringing out the best release of Barry’s classic re-recorded stereo Mainstream album.
Upon delivery of the masters, we made the incredible discovery of finding, amongst the many rolls of tape, the long-lost and never-before-released masters for the actual soundtrack itself, a darker and moodier musical masterpiece.Barry’s film soundtrack is an entirely different experience from his opened-up and thematically-expanded Mainstream album. Both musical experiences are terrific."
Liner Notes by Jon Burlingame.
- Original Songs Produced by Thomas Dolby - Additional Music by Sylvester Levay
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 426
Film Date: 1986
Album Date: 2019
Hugely expanded 3-CD release of action-packed John Barry score to early Marvel Superhero film!
"Over 100 minutes of original Barry music for Universal’s early Marvel superhero movie, Howard The Duck from executive producer George Lucas probably headlines for most listeners.
Literally packed with Barry at his best, from riveting sci-fi action music to smoky shades of film noir, from beautifully gentle romantic moods to the best of James Bond.
3-CDs offer all of Barry’s music, most of it never-before-released, his numerous alternates and re-scored cues plus replacement music scored by Sylvester Levay, also previously unreleased.
All of Thomas Dolby’s songs, performed in the movie by star Lea Thompson’s all-female band also appear, as does the premiere CD release of MCA’s original 40-minute album."
Liner notes by Jon Burlingame.
"Lionsgate will release Francis Ford Coppola’s recut of his 1984 film The Cotton Club in select theaters on Oct. 11, with a screening at the New York Film Festival prior on Oct. 5. The pic will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on Dec. 10 with exclusive new bonus material."
And Lionsgate website announcement here...
The really exciting part is that it will also contain, as an extra, John Barry's complete score, taken from the master tapes.
So, at long last we will get the opportunity to hear the entire score (and maybe a little more) officially, and in great quality!
All praise to Network who continue to try and bring us hard to find films and music at a very reasonable price.
From the Network website:
If there’s one thing we love to do at Network it's to take series and films that were roundly ignored (or pilloried) on their original release and make them available to appreciative new viewers – and you'll probably never find a better example of an overlooked gem than Follow Me. Even director Carol Reed's biography makes scant mention of this, his directorial swansong.
Hollywood ingénue Mia Farrow and stalwart character actor Michael Jayston star as a married couple in crisis – suspecting his wife of infidelity, the husband hires a private detective (Topol, then at the height of his Fiddler on the Roof fame) to follow her, only to set into motion an elaborate game of cat and mouse. Adapted from the popular play The Public Eye, by award-winning writer Peter Shaffer, Follow Me showcases its dazzling London locations to memorable effect, set to a haunting score by legendary composer John Barry.
With all these elements in play, Follow Me seemed assured of success, and yet it inexplicably underperformed on release. Disappearing into oblivion, it’s now fondly remembered as a much sought-after film, barely glimpsed on television and virtually unobtainable on home media.
Now, with everyone here at Network falling for its gentle-but-infectious humour, we’re setting the record straight and are proud to reintroduce Follow Me to viewers with this release – presented in its original Panavision widescreen aspect ratio from High Definition materials supplied by Universal. It includes a limited edition booklet by John Barry expert Geoff Leonard and Professor Laura Mayne and – in a world first – John Barry's original score as an isolated music track. Previously only available commercially as a re-recording – and edited down in the film itself – this will be the first time that Barry's original, full-length cues have been heard anywhere outside Universal's editing room in 1971.
Part whimsical romantic comedy, part dreamy London time capsule, this beguiling film deserves the wider audience that eluded it originally in theatres – it’s long past time for it to finally have its day in the sun.
Iranian composer and music researcher Nasrollah Davoodi, specialized in film music, will give an analytical speech on the life and personal composition style of the late maestro John Barry on Thursday, May 16th, 2019, in the most prestigious cultural centers of Iran called the NIAVARAN CULTURAL CENTER (in the capital Tehran).
The speech is called "John Barry, A Bridge Between Pop and Classical music in Film Scoring" and is a part of his monthly speeches on the greatest composers of cinema.
Q The Music Show
James Bond Concert Spectacular
Sunday 24nd November 2019
West Cliff Theatre
Guest Compere: Caroline Bliss – Moneypenny in The Living Daylights & Licence To Kill.
Q The Music Show
James Bond Concert Spectacular
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Wiltshire, SN1 1QN
Guest Compere: Caroline Bliss – Moneypenny in The Living Daylights & Licence To Kill.
Bringing the fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert, this show has been a huge success at theatres with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians. The show will be compered by the lovely Caroline Bliss who played Moneypenny in The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill.
Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies, you can hear the greats like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Licence To Kill amongst all the others.
With top musicians and a former Bond girl compering, this concert has everything you want for a fantastic night out – one that you will be talking about for many years to come.
Everybody loves James Bond, it is estimated that half the world’s population has seen a Bond film. Countless awards have been lavished upon the series and they have starred some of the best known actors and actresses of all time.
These fantastic films would not be complete without a theme tune. When you hear those opening bars of Monty Norman’s main Bond theme you know you’re in for thrills, exotic locations, wonderful gadgets, Bond Girls, fast cars and of course those iconic characters who are loved by millions, Miss Moneypenny, M and of course Q.
The Bond themes are a signature element of the franchise; of course every Spy needs his theme song. Written specifically to fit the new film and provide that extra helping of movie gold, this unique tradition has featured original performances from legends such as Shirley Bassey, Adele, Nancy Sinatra, Carly Simon, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Lulu and Alicia Keys to name but a few.
With this in mind, this amazing concert is brought to you by the cream of top musicians plucked from leading orchestras and West End shows gathering to perform all the Bond Themes. The orchestral sound is topped off by the stunning vocals of Kerry Schultz. Whether you’re a James Bond fanatic or just a concert fan, this show has something for everyone, outstanding songs, extraordinarily talented musicians, powerful vocals and top entertainment.
Q The Music Show is an award winning Tribute band - in the National Entertainment Awards 2013 both the band and Kerry won awards, Best UK Tribute Band & Best UK Female Vocalist. The band are a popular choice for corporate and private entertainment and have been booked all over the UK, Monte Carlo, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Guernsey, Majorca, Gibraltar, Cyprus and Czech Republic, establishing themselves amongst James Bond fan clubs around the world and are regarded as the world’s No.1 James Bond Concert & Tribute. In 2019, the show made its debut on the West End, selling out the Adelphi Theatre and receiving critical acclaim in The Times. The show will also be appearing at Piz Gloria in the Swiss Alps, as part of the fan celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The event will be attended by George Lazenby.
In 2017 they were asked to perform at Sir Roger Moore’s official memorial event in front of Royalty and the who’s who of the British film industry including Sir Michael Caine, Dame Joan Collins and David Walliams.
May 12 @ 15:00 - 16:30
St Mary’s Church
Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 United Kingdom
Jason Frederick Presents
The Music of John Barry
A Solo Piano Performance
Enjoy An Afternoon Of Music Written By Multiple Oscar winning Composer John Barry
Including Themes From Out Of Africa, Diamonds Are Forever, Born Free, Dances With Wolves, Goldfinger and Many More…
Tickets £6 On The Door
Jason Frederick Is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and award winning composer of music for films and television.
Shortly before he left EMI for Ember, John Barry appeared as himself in It's All Happening. This film musical was basically a vehicle for Tommy Steele and quite likely part of the lure to acquire him from his lengthy stay with the rival record label, Decca.
In the film, Barry is seen conducting an orchestra which accompanied fellow EMI artistes Johnny De Little (a Barry protege) and American visitor Dick Kallman in (mock) studio recording sessions.
Apart from this on-screen appearance, Barry also arranged and accompanied songs by Tommy Steele and Marion Ryan.
Also appearing in the film were EMI artistes Shane Fentone (later better known as Alvin Stardust), The Clyde Valley Stompers, Carol Deene, Russ Conway, Danny Williams and Geoff Love. Barry did work with Conway and Williams on record, but not on this occasion.
N.B. Both DVD and Blu-ray are available for pre-order, but are only available while stocks last!!
Shout Factory are releasing Boom! on Blu-Ray on May 28, 2019.
Info from the Shout Factory website:
113 min, 2.35:1, English, Region A, Subtitles: English
Taylor and Burton are explosive in this "heady serio-comic brew [from] Tennessee Williams ..." — Time Out
Cinema icons (and twice-married couple) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton light up the screen in what acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) described as the best film adaptation of his work he'd ever seen. Sissy Goforth (Taylor), the world's richest woman, has retired to her lavish island estate to dictate her memoirs. Her reclusive lifestyle is thrown into upheaval when roguish poet Chris Flanders (Burton) washes up on her beach. With the mysterious habit of calling upon a lady one step before the undertaker, Flanders has become known as "The Angel Of Death" — but an undaunted Goforth opts to tempt fate when she chooses to take Flanders as her next — and last — lover.
A notorious bomb on its initial release, Boom! has since built up a cult following for its one-of-a-kind mixture of camp, lyricism, and the highly combustible chemistry of its two leads. More than fifty years after Boom!'s debut, Shout! Factory invites you to light the fuse on a re-examination of this highly unusual drama.
NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker John Waters
NEW "The Sound Of A Bomb: Contextualizing Boom!" With Film Critic/Author Alonso Duralde
Original Theatrical Trailer
Vintage Photo Galleries
One More Time is a work in progress documentary which tells the story of the musicians who worked on studio sessions during the sixties and seventies. Several former members of The JB7 have taken part.
Project director Alan Boyd would very much appreciate it if you would check out the website at
and also visit, like, and share the facebook page at
We were extremely sad to hear that Les Reed O.B.E., passed away on Monday 15th April, aged 83. Les was a valued and influential member of The John Barry Seven between 1959 and 1962, and went on to a highly successful career as a composer/arranger, which included writing hit songs for such as Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Applejacks, The Fortunes, Lulu, Herman's Hermits and Des O'Connor.
In particular, songs such as Delilah, It's Not Unusual (Tom Jones), The Last Waltz (Engelbert Humperdinck), and There's a Kind of Hush (Herman's Hermits and The Carpenters) were huge sellers and known worldwide.
On a personal note, Les was so patient and helpful in answering our many questions during the writing of the book about the JB7, and we were looking forward to reciprocating regarding his own book on which he had been working for some time.
A wonderfully talented, kind and generous man, he will be badly missed by his family and all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to his sister Celia, daughter Donna, and grandsons Alex and Dom.
Coming soon from Network is a DVD/blu-ray of It's All Happening, the 1963 film musical in which John Barry is seen conducting recording sessions by Johnny de Little and Dick Kallman.
The blu-ray is apparently only available while stocks last, which makes it a limited edition of a sort, so probably best to order now if interested.
11 June 2019
Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Color, 91 Minutes 1.85:1, Rated G, Optional English subtitles
• Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Harvey and Film Archivist Robert A. Harris
• Madness… It's Beautiful - Featurette
• Special expanded version, featuring additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release.
• Theatrical Trailereaturing additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release. • Theatrical Trailer
British label 101 Films has officially announced that it will release a Collector's Edition of Willard Huyck's film Howard The Duck (1986), starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale, and Chip Zien. The release will be available for purchase on April 22, 2019.
Director Emily Maltby and Actress Caitlin Cohn talk about "Lolita, My Love" and their new vision of the story and character for the NY Premiere. Performances are February 23rd-March 3rd.
February 11, 2019
1.33:1 / Colour, Mono / English, Subtitles None, Region 2 / PAL, 317 mins
The legendary Orson Welles hosts thirteen mysterious tales from this much sought-after anthology series.
Showcasing a haunting theme by John Barry, these macabre – often supernatural – dramas feature an astonishing array of talent, including Rupert Davies, Eli Wallach, Michael Kitchen, Patrick Magee, Donald Pleasence, Peter Cushing, Susannah York, Michael Gambon, Julie Dawn Cole, Kenneth Haigh, Harry Andrews, Dinsdale Landen, Christopher Lee, Jane Seymour and Ian Holm.
The episodes featured on this set – including classic tales from Wilkie Collins, W.W. Jacobs, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle – are:
A Terribly Strange Bed
Compliments of the Season
The Ingenious Reporter
The Monkey's Paw
For Sale - Silence
La Grande Breteche
An Affair of Honour
In the Confessional
The Furnished Room
The Leather Funnel
Trial for Murder
The York's Acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series Returns January 26th Celebrating the Centennial of Legendary Librettist/Lyricist ALAN JAY LERNER (Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life, My Fair Lady).
LOLITA, MY LOVE
FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 3, 2019
Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by JOHN BARRY
Edited by Erik Haagensen
Directed by EMILY MALTBY
Based on the Novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
619 Lexington Avenue
(enter on 54th Street)
NY, NY 10022
Based on the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, My Love, which originally closed in Boston in 1971, closely follows the legendary novel: A college professor named Humbert Humbert becomes fascinated by and starts to seduce his landlady's young daughter, Dolores 'Lolita' Haze. The fascination quickly turns into obsession, and soon a whirlwind race across the US begins. For this Mufti presentation, Erik Haagensen (Darling of the Day and The Day Before Spring in Mufti) has edited together a new script from Lerner's assorted drafts, each vastly different from the others. Haagensen said, “Now audiences will have a chance to hear Lolita, My Love on stage and decide for themselves what they think of this unquestionably daring musical that begins as a black comedy and ends in tragedy.” Vladimir Nabokov himself said, “Mr. Lerner is most talented and an excellent classicist. If you have to make a musical of 'Lolita', he is the man to do it.”
11 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. • Sunday, at 2:30 and 7 p.m. (first weekend of each Mufti only) • Wednesday at 7 p.m. • Thursday at 2:30 & 7 p.m. • Friday at 8 p.m.