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Birdman is the Academy Award winning film by visionary Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros, Babel, Biutiful). Part comedy, part tragedy, part fantasy, Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero. He must now overcome his ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. Rounding out the wonderful cast is Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Amy Ryan. It was lensed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuael Lubezki (Gravity) in a way that gives the appearance that the entire film is one continuous shot. Music plays an important role in Birdman. The non conventional, drum-only score was composed by acclaimed drummer Antonio Sanchez - one of the players behind Pat Metheny in his new Pat Metheny Unity Group. It is the first time the score to a major motion picture features drums as the sole instrument. Sanchez’s music brings rhythm and movement to this unique visual experience. Alongside Sanchez’s evocative score is a selection of classical music pieces by composers such as Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Mahler and Tchaikovsky.
Nicolas Winding Refn and Milan Records are proud to announce the vinyl release to the soundtrack to Paul Verhoeven’s acclaimed 1987 classic, ROBOCOP – featuring the amazing score by composer Basil Poledouris. Original LP artwork designed by Jay Shaw. Remastered for vinyl at Warner Studios from the original tapes, this release features two 180 gm pressed silver colored vinyl in a double tip-on jacket printed on a metallic/silver stock! Robocop is a cult 80s action movie. Directed by “Enfant terrible”, Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Total Recall…), and starring Peter Weller, Robocop tells the story of a terminally wounded cop in a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit who returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. Robocop features an amazing score by Basil Poledouris (Conan The Barbarian, The Hunt For Red October…).
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Double colored 180gm LP housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket. Following on the success of the ROBOCOP reissue, Nicolas Winding Refn and Milan Records are proud to present the vinyl reissue of the original score to The Terminator supervised and mixed by composer Brad Fiedel himself!
The Neon Demon is the latest film from acclaimed director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives). Starring Elle Fanning (Maleificent, Trumbo), The Neon Demon follows Jesse, a young woman who moves to the neon-drenched city of Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion modeling. Soon thereafter a group of beauty-obsessed women begin to circle her, hungering for her youth and vitality. Before long, Jesse finds herself caught in the sinister world of Los Angeles’ unforgiving underbelly. Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick), Christina Hendricks (Drive) and Jena Malone (The Hunger Games series) round out the principal cast. Director Refn turned once again to his frequent collaborator Cliff Martinez (Drive, Traffic) for scoring duties. Martinez has created a powerful, modern tapestry of sound utilizing synthesizers as a framework for the dark corners and vibrant vistas that make the City of Angels. The soundtrack also features the dark electro piece “The Demon Dance” by Julian Winding, as well as “Mine” a pop track by Sweet Tempest.“Waving Goodbye“, an original song written by Australian singer Sia and produced by the Grammy Award-winning producer Diplo serves as a bookend to the album.
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“Rich Vreeland’s score deserves a mention all by itself – heavily John Carpenter-infuenced, the blaring atonal drones of ascending volume are so omnipresent and willfully overblowsn that it’s where the film’s two-sided ambition is most fully realized.” – THE PLAYLIST The acclaimed score to It Follows by Disasterpeace is receiving the vinyl treatment. This release, limited to 1,000 units, is pressed on colored, 180g vinyl and features original artwork by Midnight Marauder and a digital download card. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, It Follows has been a highly praised film on the festival circuit. The horror/thriller tells the story of 19-year old Jay who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind. Video game composer, Disasterpeace, composed the synth heavy and pulsating score. The electro, 80’s influenced score is a character itself in the film and has been praised wherever the film has been screening.
“Ninja Scrol is a champion of anime and belongs in the upper echelons of its history.” – Cine-Vue Ninja Scroll is the landmark 1993 anime film from Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodust, The Animatrix). Set in feudal Japan, the wandering ninja mercenary Jubei becomes drawn into the plot of eight demons plotting to overthrow the Shogun. Groundbreaking in its depictions of swordplay and animated action sequences, Ninja Scroll stands with Akira and Ghost in the Shell as a classic of the genre. Kaoru Wada’s timeless score frames Jubei’s adventure across a fantastical Japan with a stirring mix of brass, trembling strings, and traditional woodwinds. Milan Records is proud to give Ninja Scroll the vinyl treatment such a classic release deserves. Pressed on a single transparent red vinyl accented by black smoke and housed in a dress jacket with original artwork by Yuji Kaida, Kaoru Wada’s timeless score has never been presented more beautifully. This striking production is limited to 500 units!
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The Witch is a horror film directed by newcomer Robert Eggers. Set on the edge of a dark forest in 17th-century New England, The Witch is a tale of only family’s terrifying unraveling under the specter of black magic, possession and an unknown evil. When an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation and relocates his family to a remote plot of land, strange and unsettling occurrences begin happening immediately – animals become vicious, crops wilt and one of the children disappears. Paranoia grips the family as they accuse one of their own of witchcraft. Any great horror film has an equally impressive composer. The Witch is no different. Mark Korven has created a one-of-a-kind spine-chilling score by employing obscure instrumentation from hurdy gurdys to nyckelharps. The result is a discordant, spectral affair that draws the listener into the misty world of the family’s farm as horror permeates throughout.
Jackie is the upcoming biographical film from Chilean director Pablo Larraín. Starring Natalie Portman (Black Swan) in the title role, the movie follows Jacqueline Kennedy from the days when she was First Lady of the White House to the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Critically lauded since its debut at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Best Screenplay Award, Jackie also received the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a heavy favorite going into awards season. The score to Jackie was composed by experimental British musician Mica Levi, best known for her ethereal score to 2013’s sleeper hit “Under the Skin”. Mournful and eerie with a touch of the surreal, Levi has delivered an unmistakable musical tapestry every bit as iconic as Jackie O herself.
Directed by David Mackenzie Hell or High Water is a heist film starring Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Based on the infamous 2012 Black List script, the film is set in West Texas, in an area formerly known as Comancheria, and tells the story of two brothers who plan a bank robbery to save their family farm. The film was extremely well-received during its Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Critics praised and applauded the film's archetypal Americana, along with the memorable performances of its main protagonists and the composers' moody and minimalist score. Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds and his musical partner Warren Ellis deliver a ravishing score perfectly fitting the dry and arid landscape in which the characters strive to survive. The soundtrack album also includes Sleeping On The Backtop (Colter Wall), Outlaw State Of Mind (Chris Stapleton) and many more country music infused titles.
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Now nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Score, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's survival epic is getting the vinyl treatment. Mastered for vinyl and limited to 3,000 units, this landmark release is handsomely packaged in a matte tip-on gatefold jacket with each of the two 180 gram pearlescent vinyl (one translucent blue, one cloud white) coming in their own euro sleeve. A download card for a digital version of the album is also included. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and shot in the frozen Canadian wilderness with only natural lighting, The Revenant is a story of loss, revenge and resilience in the face of impossible odds against the furies of man and nature itself. A film of this magnitude deserves a composer who understands creative artistry and unbridled passion. Japanese master and Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor) fits the bill perfectly. Along with fellow Yellow Magic Orchestra member and frequent collaborator Alva Noto, Sakamoto has created a gripping soundtrack that is sure to be a treat for the winter crowds. Bryce Dessner (writer for Kronos Quartet and the LA Phil) also supplies additional music.
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Plankton is a unique artistic collaboration between biologist Christian Sardet, Shiro Takatani and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto.In 2016 at the Kyoto, Japan 2016, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, the three men created an art installation showcasing Sardet's unbelievable images of microscopic plankton paired with a video installation by Takatani and music composed by Sakamoto. Elegant and astral, Ryuichi Sakamoto's contribution is now available as a standalone release courtesy of Milan Records.
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Music from the movie Attack on Titan, available for the first time on 2LP green vinyl.
Deadpool is the 2016 superhero adventure film based on the popular Marvel comic book character of the same name. Directed by newcomer Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds (Smokin’ Aces, Safe House) as the titular protagonist, Deadpool follows irreverent mercenary Wade Wilson into Vancouver’s seedy underbelly. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wade is subjected to sadistic experiments in an attempt to cure himself. The treatment hideously deforms him and leaves his mind unhinged. Enraged by betrayal, Wade adopts the moniker of Deadpool and begins hunting down the men responsible for his transformation. Junkie XL (Mad Mad: Fury Road, Divergent) delivers a robust, pulsing score that is as energetic and relentless as Deadpool himself. It ties in seamlessly with the eclectic mix of songs featured prominently in the film, including tracks by DMX, Wham!, and Salt-N-Pepa.
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