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We’ve got three new CDs from La-La Land Records heading your way!

First up is the next edition in La-La Land’s Expanded Archival Collection, lets all return to Gotham for this two disc remastered and expanded presentation of Danny Elfman’s magnificent score to the 1992 Warner Bros. motion picture blockbuster Batman Returns, starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito, and directed by Tim Burton. Composer Danny Elfman (Batman, Mars Attacks, Wanted, Alice in Wonderland) revisits his iconic theme and expertly weaves it into a sumptuous musical experience, bringing to life the film’s breathtaking action and rich emotional and psychological underpinnings. Produced by Neil S. Bulk, Dan Goldwasser and MV Gerhard and mastered by James Nelson from Shawn Murphy’s first generation three-track digital mixes, this limited edition release features more than 30 minutes of previously unreleased music, including alternate cues. The in-depth, exclusive liner notes are by John Takis and the art direction is by David C. Fein. This release is limited to only 3,500 copies, so get them while you can.

Next up is the world premiere release of acclaimed composer James Horner’s (Aliens, Glory, Titanic, Avatar) score to the 1995 Paramount Pictures feature film Jade, starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino and Chazz Palminteri, directed by William Friedkin. Previously unavailable in any format, this release of Horner’s erotically charged, Asian-tinged score finally takes its place in his soundtrack canon of notable 1990’s works. 1995 proved to be an especially successful year for Horner, having released scores to such films as Casper, Braveheart, Apollo 13, Jumanji and Balto. This release of Jade now fills the hole in one of his most important years as a composer! Produced for La-La Land Records by Dan Goldwasser and mastered by Mike Matessino from ½ inch Paramount vault materials, this release contains bonus tracks that include Loreena McKennitt’s “The Mystic’s Dream” and the classical piece “Le Sacre du Printemps,” both of which are featured in the film’s score. Exclusive, in-depth liner notes by Daniel Schweiger feature comments from the film’s director, William Friedkin. Art direction is by Mark Banning.

Finally we have another premiere release from composer John Morris’ (Blazing Saddles, Clue, Young Frankenstein) sumptuous orchestral score to the 1986 Orion Pictures feature flim, Haunted Honeymoon, starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner and Dom DeLuise, and directed/co-written by Gene Wilder. Produced by Ford A. Thaxton and digitally edited and mastered by James Nelson, this release finally makes available one of John Morris’ most technically spectacular and evocative scores, that’s brilliantly performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Limited to 1,200 copies, this release features exclusive, in-depth liner notes are by film music writer Jeff Bond.

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Our friends over at La-La Land Records have announced three special releases, available at their booth at this years San Diego’s Comic Con. The first of which is John Debney‘s Predators, which skillfully incorporates Alan Silvestri’s iconic themes from the original Predator film. Next is a special two disc set of Danny Elfman‘s Batman, this a Limited Edition of 5,000 units, and features the previously unreleased film version of Elfman’s score, as well as a remastered presentation of the original 1989 soundtrack score, and never-before-released Bonus Tracks. Last but not least, is a Limited Edition of James Horner‘s Krull, which is limited to only 3,000 units, so act fast! All three recordings will be available at www.lalalandrecords.com on July 27th, after Comic Con, but those of you at the Con will be able to get first dibs. In addition to these premiere releases, there will also be special appearances and signings, as well as great deals on other La-La Land Records soundtracks available at their booth, which is located with the Toy Hungry booth, in space #429.

Guest composers will be stopping by the La-La Land booth to greet fans and sign CDs. Newly Emmy Award nominated composer Bear McCreary (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Human Target) will kick things off from 4-5PM on Thursday. Visit the La-La Land gang at Comic-Con to find out who will be appearing to sign autographs and when. Also, be sure to  follow La-La Land Records & Darby’s Secret Stash on Twitter for breaking news at Comic Con, including information about special composer guests and signing times!

Hey everybody, I wanted to let you all know about this great company that releases limited edition CDs of film scores. They’re called La-La Land Records and have been bringing hard to find, and never before released movie & television scores to the masses for the last seven years! Each CD features a wonderful booklet with photos and original art, as well as personal notes from the composers, directors, producers, actors and historians.

Here are a few of their current releases:

I’m happy to say that we will be announcing all the upcoming La-La Land Record releases here at the Stash, and also possibly doing a few giveaways as well. So, be sure to keep an eye out for those!

Until then head over and check out their full catalog here.

“9”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Well, it’s official. The machines will kill us all. But at least it’s going to be fun to watch. I truly haven’t seen an animated movie like this in quite sometime. The visuals are mind blowing. You could get lost for hours in the details alone. The story is dark, and the action is intense, but most of all 9 reminds us that even an animated movie can entertain audiences of all ages.

The story of 9 takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, but not one of the future, like you would think, but rather an alternative future of the 1940’s. This was a really smart move on the filmmaker’s part. They could have easily made it all futuristic, but by limiting the technology available at the time (with some artistic license of course); they really give the film a unique look that just adds to its magic. But I digress. The story follows the journey of 9, a mechanical patchwork doll that awakens to find himself in a world seemingly void of life. He quickly discovers he’s not alone and stumbles upon the other eight patchwork dolls that came before him, and together they must face the reawakened doomsday machine that now threatens their very survival. The visuals in this film are outstanding! They really are. I can’t say it enough. Even though Tim Burton was only a producer on this project, his influence can clearly be seen throughout the film. Much like Neill Blomkamp’s District 9Shane Acher’s 9 also stems from an award winning short. It’s great that in this day and age, Hollywood can see the potential in these small shorts, and give the filmmakers a chance to tell their stories properly. It’s hard to believe that this is the same Hollywood that made G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

The voice talent in this film is fantastic, and not just big names for the sake of having big names either. Don’t get me wrong they are big names, but their voices are not only fitting for their characters, but they also work brilliantly as an ensemble, which is hard to pull off in an animated movie. Especially when the voice talent cast doesn’t get to meet each other till the night of the premiere in most cases. And what Tim Burton project would be complete without Danny Elfman? Well, Elfman many not have composed the full score, but he did compose the theme for 9. Which, I have to say is better than nothing. You know, just this past weekend, I was talking about how much Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas just blew me away, and changed the way I thought of animated movies. I’m glad to say that 9 will most likely raise the bar for animated films yet again.

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