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Trumbo, Blu-ray (2016)

Trumbo, Blu-ray (2016)

A fine film about Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood Ten screenwriters who were blacklisted by the anti-communists. Trumbo, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Helen Mirren Director: Jay Roach Studio: Universal 57174826 (2/16/16) Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: Spanish, English for the hearing impaired All regions Extras: “Who is Trumbo?,” “Bryan Cranston Becomes Trumbo” Length: 125 min. Rating: ***** The actor who got a lot of attention for his primary role in the TV series Breaking Bad, Cranston really captures the personality of the Hollywood top screenwriter who was jailed and blacklisted for his political beliefs. The slow progression of the UnAmerican Committee and its awful effect on the screenwriters is clearly shown. Trumbo fights for his civil rights and is very good at stating his views with plenty of wit, such as non-cooperation with the committee and their injustice in attacking the writers in the first place. Hedda Hopper (played by Helen Mirren) was a leader of the UnAmerican group, and even called the head of MGM a kike while blackmailing him into firing all of the scriptwriters. John Wayne was another strong Hollywood supporter of the […]

Film Score Roundup – 21 Recent Soundtrack CDs

Film Score Roundup – 21 Recent Soundtrack CDs

In the June round up we have some recent releases like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Thomas Newman, Far From the Madding Crowd by Craig Armstrong, and Exodus Gods and Kings by Alberto Iglesias, along with reissues and compilation scores. Howe records has released a few collector’s edition scores by Howard Shore, Crash and Dead Ringers featuring nice artwork and packaging. The sweeping score by Alexandre Desplat to The Imitation Game is the highlight of this film score roundup and should not be missed. HOWARD SHORE – Naked Lunch – Collector’s Edition Vol. 6 – Howe Records HWR-1017 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] This music has been released on CD before. The 1992 version on Milan Records has only the first 18 tracks, whereas this new reissue has six additional bonus tracks. Seven of the tracks were composed by Ornette Coleman and and Thelonious Monk’s “Misterioso” is also heard. One of the CDs featured William Burroughs on its cover because this is about his seamy drugged-out underworld and based on his 1959 novel. The film is full of sinister centipedes, living typewriter bugs, and “mugwumps,” and the music might best be described as beatnik jazz. Coleman contributes some lovely […]