Pre-orders start today (at 4 PM EDT/1PM PDT) for Twilight Time’s five-title Blu-ray slate hitting hi-def on November 10: Broken Lance, Fatherland (aka Singing the Blues in Red), Scorpio, Sense and Sensibility and Shadows and Fog. Two Oscar® winners for Writing, a clutch of veteran stars, international intrigue, family dysfunction and the breaking down of social and political barriers: all part of a cornucopia of great movies to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Great composers whose themes illuminate these five films include Patrick Doyle, Jerry Fielding, Leigh Harline and Kurt Weill. What a pleasant surprise to hear that the most beloved movie composer of our time – John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List) – will be the 2016 recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award next June, the first-ever honoree from the musical side of the medium. Two works by this maestro of our cinematic lifetimes have been showcased twice via isolated audio tracks on Twilight Time hi-def Blu-rays: the tender, nature-inspired simplicity of his sensitive score for director Martin Ritt’s Conrack (1974) and the thunderously ominous, goosebump-inducing contribution to Brian De Palma’s sold-out The Fury (1978). The prolific patriarch of soundtracks will triumphantly return to theatres this Christmas with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Twilight Time itself may have a pleasant surprise or two in the year ahead with less-heralded but nonetheless worthy vintage titles bearing his melodic imprint. The Williams Force endures.