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Varèse Sarabande celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

In the 25 years since 1978, Varèse Sarabande Records has released well over 1000 albums. Of those, nearly 900 are film scores. Averaging over fifty new soundtrack releases a year, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog features virtually every great name in film music: Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, John Barry, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, Mark Isham, Graeme Revell, Trevor Rabin, Georges Delerue, Henry Mancini, Patrick Doyle, James Horner, Carter Burwell, Rachel Portman, Randy Edelman and Marc Shaiman along with countless others and all the legendary composers of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

There are far too many titles to assemble any compilation even remotely comprehensive, but we did want to pause in our release schedule to take a moment to remember just a few of our favorites. This four CD set features a total of five hours of music and becomes the biggest compilation we’ve ever assembled.

• Included are cues from such blockbuster film series as Star Wars, Die
Hard, Back to the Future and Scream …

• Some of the biggest blockbusters of the last few years are here …
Cast Away, The Sixth Sense, The Matrix, Shrek, Ice Age and
The Last of The Mohicans…

• Classics from Varèse Sarabande’s long history of horror film soundtrack
releases like Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Crow…

• Family classics like Father of the Bride, City Slickers, The Secret Garden, Babe and Rudy…

• Action blockbusters like Air Force One, XXX, Rush Hour 2 and Gone In 60 Seconds…

• Great romantic comedies like You’ve Got Mail, Green Card and While You Were Sleeping…

• Critically acclaimed films such as In The Bedroom, LA Confidential and Far From Heaven…

• Best Picture Oscar winners Driving Miss Daisy and Unforgiven…

• Best Score Oscar winners The Right Stuff, The Omen, Emma and others! …

• A few all-time classics like Sunset Boulevard, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Vertigo! And there’s so much more!

• 4 CDs priced for little more than a single — it’s almost a giveaway!

Catalog #: 302 066 460 2
Scheduled release Date: 04/22/03

Disc One:
1. The Man from Snowy River (Bruce Rowland) (3:54) 2. The Winds of War (Bob Cobert) (2:22)
3. Blue Velvet (Angelo Badalamenti) (2:09) 4. Witness (Maurice Jarre) (4:57) 5. Raising Arizona (Carter Burwell) (1:54) 6. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Danny Elfman) (2:36) 7. Halloween (John
Carpenter) (2:54) 8. A Nightmare On Elm Street (Charles Bernstein) (3:33) 9. The Fly
(Howard Shore) (2:49) 10. RoboCop (Basil Poledouris) (3:42) 11. The Empire Strikes Back (John
Williams) (3:20) 12. The Right Stuff (Bill Conti) (5:11) 13. The Final Conflict (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:26) 14. The Abyss (Alan Silvestri) (3:13) 15. Brainstorm (James Horner) (6:48) 16. Peggy Sue Got Married (John Barry) (3:25) 17. My Left Foot (Elmer Bernstein) (3:37) 18. The Dead (Alex North) (2:58) 19. Stanley & Iris (John Williams) (3:25) 20. The Milagro Beanfield War (Dave Grusin) (3:57) 21. Driving Miss Daisy (Hans Zimmer) (4:51)

Disc Two:
1. Steel Magnolias (Georges Delerue) (8:06) 2. Unforgiven (Lennie Niehaus and Clint Eastwood) (5:41) 3. Raggedy Man (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:34) 4. The Grifters (Elmer Bernstein) (3:34)
5. Green Card (Hans Zimmer) (4:03) 6. City Slickers (Marc Shaiman) (2:40) 7. Father Of The Bride (Alan Silvestri) (2:27) 8. While You Were Sleeping (Randy Edelman) (2:20) 9. Babe (Nigel Westlake) (1:47) 10. The Adventures Of The Great Mouse Detective (Henry Mancini) (1:38)
11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Erich Wolfgang Korngold) (4:42) 12. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (Laurence Rosenthal) (5:56) 13. The Secret Garden (Zbigniew Preisner) (2:00) 14. A Little Princess (Patrick Doyle) (4:19) 15. Rudy (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:34) 16. Iron Will (Joel McNeely) (2:57) 17. Memphis Belle (George Fenton) (3:53) 18. Eye Of The Needle (Miklós Rózsa) (3:19) 19. Total Recall (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:33) 20. Back To The Future Part III (Alan Silvestri) (4:02)

Disc Three:
1. To Die For (Danny Elfman) (4:10) 2. The Player (Thomas Newman) (3:06) 3. Black Robe (Georges Delerue) (4:49) 4. Medicine Man (Jerry Goldsmith) (6:01) 5. 2001 (Alex North)
(2:21) 6. Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire (Joel McNeely) (4:37) 7. The Crow (Graeme Revell) (6:17) 8. Blade (Mark Isham) (4:50) 9. The Omen (Jerry Goldsmith) (2:31) 10. Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann) (4:39) 11. Scream (Marco Beltrami) (1:37) 12. The Sixth Sense (James Newton Howard) (2:21) 13. Xena: Warrior Princess (Joseph LoDuca) (1:15) 14. Air Force One
(Jerry Goldsmith) (5:21) 15. Starship Troopers (Basil Poledouris) (4:29) 16. The Matrix (Don Davis) (3:53) 17. The Iron Giant (Michael Kamen) (2:27) 18. You’ve Got Mail (George Fenton) (2:49) 19. A Little Romance (Georges Delerue) (3:12) 20. Pleasantville (Randy Newman) (4:31)

Disc Four:
1. Sunset Boulevard (Franz Waxman) (3:50) 2. L.A. Confidential (Jerry Goldsmith) (2:51)
3. Rounders (Christopher Young) (3:46) 4. The Score (Howard Shore) (3:49) 5. The Replacements (John Debney) (5:48) 6. Gone In 60 Seconds (Trevor Rabin) (4:47) 7. The Bourne Identity
(John Powell) (2:14) 8. Rush Hour 2 (Lalo Schifrin) (2:21) 9. XXX (Randy Edelman) (1:52) 10. Die Hard (Michael Kamen) (3:47) 11. The Last of the Mohicans (Trevor Jones) (1:51) 12. Moby Dick (Christopher Gordon) (2:05) 13. The Mists Of Avalon (Lee Holdridge) (6:25) 14. Cleopatra (Alex North) (2:51) 15. Life As A House (Mark Isham) (3:37) 16. Emma (Rachel Portman) (2:55)
17. In The Bedroom (Thomas Newman) (4:21) 18. Cast Away (Alan Silvestri) (3:44) 19. One True Thing (Cliff Eidelman) (2:18) 20. Unfaithful (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek) (2:35) 21. Far From Heaven (Elmer Bernstein) (3:08) 22. Ice Age (David Newman) (1:15) 23. Shrek (Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell) (3:26)


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Christopher Lennertz to score MEDAL OF HONOR - April 8, 2003



(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Film composer Christopher Lennertz scores the highly-anticipated sequel videogame - Medal of Honor Rising Sun for Electronic Arts. This marks the first time the videogame company has hired a film composer and scored with a Hollywood orchestra (77 musicians) on a major scoring stage (street date Fall 2003). The game's producers sought out a film composer and desired to record with a Hollywood orchestra to achieve a true cinematic sound and further expand the integrity of this game series.

Set for the first time in the Pacific Theatre of Operations from 1941-1944, Medal of Honor Rising Sun gives players a sense of the courage it took to fight the Japanese from Pearl Harbor to the shores of the Philippine Islands. MOHRS will allow gamers to step into the boots of a Marine Corporal, survive the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, and drive the Japanese Army from the Pacific. Developed by EA's Los Angeles Studio, Rising Sun creates an immersive and authentic WWII experience in either
single-player or multi-player modes. The game will be available for the PlayStation®2, the Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox.

As with the original Medal of Honor(tm), the producers sought council from numerous outside sources to make certain the game is as historically authentic and realistic as possible. EALA continues to work closely with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to ensure Medal of Honor Rising Sun reflects the ideals and integrity of the prestigious Medal of Honor.

At only 30 years old, Lennertz has scored 17 features including the film festival favorite Art House, three network series, spent weeks on Billboard's top 100 charts with MTV's Tough Enough along with Papa Roach and Alien Ant Farm, and contributed to countless productions including The Jungle Book, and Disney's 101 Dalmatians. Lennertz recently scored the Franchise Pictures/Warner Bros. comedy The Fourth Tenor, as well as the telefilm Clive Barker's Saint Sinner that incorporated an 80 piece orchestra and full choir. Clive Barker described the score as "Truly brilliant...Chris Lennertz has the kind of talent which will quickly put him in the major league of film composers."

The composer is as comfortable in front of an orchestra as he is producing a rock or electronica record and successfully mixes a classical training with a contemporary upbringing. After studying composition, jazz arranging and theory in high school, Lennertz moved to California to study music at USC under film music luminaries Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Baker, Christopher Young and David Raksin.

Click here for Christopher Lennertz official site

Caption Contest News - January 23, 2003

Congrats to humanerror (1st place winner) and ajfuller (2nd place winner) of the Movie Caption Contest #37!  Each will win great prizes from the film Narc!

And stay tuned as Contest #38 will launch on Monday, January 27th!

Click here to view the winning captions

Composer Billy Martin News - January 17, 2003

Composer Billy MartinFilm/TV Composer Billy Martin Elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (Jan. 17, 2003) - Billy Martin, the award-winning composer whose outlets include such media icons as Walt Disney Pictures, Universal, Fox, the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and ABC, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists. The SCL Advisory Board and Board of Directors contain many of the top industry professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the interesting and pressing issues of the film music industry today. The new Board of Directors were announced at the SCL annual membership meeting on Wednesday, January 15th 2003.

The Board oversees and coordinates all of the activities of the SCL including seminars, educational events, the Mentor program for young composers, and the annual State of the Art Conference. Billy, who has been a member of the SCL for 5 years, is currently Chairman of the Website Committee, and is responsible for all aspects of the SCL website at

"The website is one of our most valuable means of communication to our members and to the world. By serving on the board, I can stay in the loop on all of the issues that affect the SCL, be a more effective Website Chairman, and broaden my service to other areas. It's an honor to serve in an organization whose advisory board includes legendary figures like Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, and Hans Zimmer."

Martin has written for numerous film and television productions including Steven Spielberg Presents Toonsylvania, Land Before Time VIII (Universal), Cinderella II (Disney), Silent Predators (TBS), American Tail IV (Universal), and Land Before Time VI (Universal). He is a winner of several film music awards including A Song For Jade (Calfeye Films) - Winner, 2001 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, and Requiem (Ungerfilm) - Winner, 1999 Cine Golden Eagle Award. His most recent work includes composing additional music for the Charlotte’s Web movie sequel due for release on DVD later this year. As a songwriter, he has contributed songs to feature films including Outside Providence and Selena while television series from Touched by an Angel to Murphy Brown have also featured his lyrics and music.

In addition, Billy created the original orchestral music for a trio of animated games centred on Disney’s feature film Treasure Planet, released on PC and Mac, to coincide with the movie based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel. Other titles for which Martin has written music for game animation include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jungle Book Rhythm and Groove, and Lion King II. He also composed the music for Ubisoft’s Tarzan Untamed and Disney’s Phonics Quest which were nominated by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for 2002 Console Children's Game of the Year and 2002 Computer Educational Title of the Year, respectively. More information on Billy Martin is available online at