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    July Preorders / Summertime Scores

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Where else can you can find in one place a majestic Arabian horse, a tuneful Busby Berkeley fruit cavalcade, a sensuous screen siren in three fully fleshed-out dimensions, romantic John le Carré spycraft and the remarkable adventures of chameleon man? Opening up for preorder today (at 4 PM EDT/1PM PDT) are five standout new-to-Blu-ray titles slated for a July 12 unveiling: The Black Stallion Returns, The Gang’s All Here, Miss Sadie Thompson 3D/2D, The Russia House and Zelig. Courtesy of Twilight Time, summertime living – and home entertainment – are easy.

    If great music also provides the occasion for a summertime high, there’s no loftier practitioner of the film scoring art that can transport you there than Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975), who would have turned 105 today. His richly rumbling and truly influential melodic gifts can be heard on the soundtracks (and more precisely, the Isolated Score Tracks) of the Twilight Time hi-def Blu-rays Jane Eyre (1943, available here: http://screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/26254/JANE-EYRE-1944-SPECIAL-PROMOTION/), Garden of Evil (1954), Mysterious Island (1961) and The Bride Wore Black (1968), with the last-named featuring a terrific Bonus CD of an extensive interview with the legendary composer. Speaking of master practitioners, the special effects genius Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013), born 96 years ago today, also proudly belongs in the TT fold, courtesy of the aforementioned Mysterious Island as well as First Men in the Moon (1964, available here: http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28647/FIRST-MEN-IN-THE-MOON-1964-SPECIAL-PROMOTION/). Continuing in a musical vein, Tony® and two-time Academy Award® winner Ralph Burns (1922-2001), best known for Cabaret (1972) and All That Jazz (1979), is also a member of the TT tribe via his third screen collaboration with director Bob Fosse, the great biopic Lenny (1974). Worthy movies – and noteworthy scores all.