The Woodstock Diaries is an enthralling ''fly on the wall'' documentary about the creation of Woodstock, and of the actual three day event itself. It contains drama, humour and even pathos, and recaptures those heady days of the hippie movement when young people really believed that they could change the world. And yet incredibly this historic event almost never happened. A series of near-catastrophes conspired to derail the Woodstock Festival and, but for the sheer perseverance and chutzpah of several key characters, the whole course of rock music could have been drastically different.
John Carpenter s 1980 follow-up film to his smash hit Halloween featured ghost sailors terrorizing a Californian coastal community as a dense fog descends on their homes. The multi-talented filmmaker not only directed and wrote his films but also created his own unique brand of atmospheric synthesiser scores. This updated version of Silva Screen s long deleted and sought after 2000 reissue brings together not just the original album which featured 20 minutes of newly released music but a second 20 track disc of the entire score, drawn from the original tapes, remastered by long-time Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth.
Cameron Carpenter, an American in his early thirties who’s been living in Berlin for the last three years, is definitely the most eccentric musician ever to take the organist’s seat. He’s self-confident, combative and controversial and he plays Bach’s toccatas with the same virtuosity as his pop-song arrangements. Since March this year, he has been playing a self-designed "international touring organ” worth a million Euros. Three trucks are needed to transport this digital masterpiece, which has made him independent of churches and concert halls. The organist introduced it to Berlin’s public at an open-air spectacle at the city’s Kulturforum.
Christine, based on Stephen King's novel about an unusual kind of car repossession, was taken by John Carpenter from book to screen in a blazingly short time. Rather than bypassing his usual methods, as he did with The Thing, Carpenter once again chose to do the score. The original soundtrack released from the movie was a brief affair indeed, offering up a small selection of rock & roll tunes used in the movie, plus a short selection ("Christine Attacks," here with the subtitle "Plymouth Fury") from Carpenter's score. As it is, this Tangerine Dream-influenced, mechanically pounding number is probably the best thing in the score, highly visual, threatening, and relentless. As with the best of Carpenter's work, it's enough to haunt your dreams for a few days – a property shared by the scores for Halloween and The Fog (both on Varese Sarabande).
The first volley in the never-ending "Presley movie" blitzkrieg, the made-for-TV Elvis: The Movie stars Kurt Russell as the King, Season Hubley as Priscilla, Pat Hingle as Col. Parker, Shelley Winters as Elvis' mom, and Bing Russell (Kurt's real-life father) as Elvis' dad. The film recounts Presley's life from age ten to his 1969 Vegas comeback.