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Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

James Bond Theme at 60

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Vic Flick holding the Clifford Essex Paragon DeLuxe at an Oscar Bond music tribute evening in 2013

Vic Flick holding the Clifford Essex Paragon DeLuxe at an Oscar Bond music tribute evening in 2012

It was 60 years ago today when The John Barry Seven leader/guitarist Vic Flick arrived at CTS studios, Bayswater, London, for what on the face of it might have appeared to be just another routine recording session. By June 1962, Vic was combining his JB7 duties with a more lucrative sideline as a session guitarist. The increase in this work coincided neatly with a drop-off in work for the Seven, following John Barry's split from working with Adam Faith. In this particular working week, commencing Monday 18th, Vic had sessions booked on every day, with JB7 concert appearances at the weekend in Buxton & Bristol.

These sessions were at various London studios such as Phillips, Olympic, EMI, and the aforementioned CTS, and could be for one, two or three-hour sessions.  The Musicians Union agreed rates varied depending on the length of the session, the type of recording involved – record company or film company, for example – and occasionally if extras such as ‘porterage’ was involved, when a musician might have had some heavy equipment to lug around.

A standard three-hour session for a record company at that time brought in £7.50, but for the three-hour CTS film session, Vic’s diary appears to record £7.25, and he was requested to bring an electric and acoustic guitar.  There were strict union rules about the amount of music that could be recorded during a session, and typically this would not exceed four titles, and was often fewer.

This session was scheduled to run between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., though it’s not known if the entire three hours was required for what was just one piece of music, albeit as it turned out, a very important piece!  For this was the first recording of The James Bond Theme, heard (in part) during the opening credits of Dr. No, and re-used liberally throughout the rest of the film, and thereafter forever associated with the fictional spy.

A month later, Vic was on the Columbia (EMI) recording at Abbey Road Studios, which resulted in a hit single credited to The John Barry Seven & Orchestra, which was essentially the same arrangement as the CTS original.  This three-hour session paid £6.90, an odd amount, meticulously logged by Vic.

For both sessions, Vic used an f-hole Clifford Essex acoustic guitar with a DeArmond pickup plugged into his faithful Fender Vibrolux amplifier. He had purchased the Clifford Essex from his fellow guitarist, Diz Disley, who was short of cash at the time.  "The guitar was played with a plectrum for that very hard, clacky tone, and fairly near the bridge, but not so near that the tone of the string died. I hit it very hard for an urgent, almost over-played sound."

The size and composition of the orchestra for the CTS session isn’t known, but it’s unlikely to have differed greatly from the EMI session, which consisted of 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, bass trombone, 2 French horns, 5 saxes/4 doubling flutes, 2 electric guitars, piano, bass, 2 percussion, drums = 23 musicians costing £166.

However, two titles were recorded during this session and it’s highly likely the flutes only played on the other title – The Lolly Theme.

Barry saw The James Bond Theme as an amalgam of disparate styles – in-effect, jazz locking horns with rock 'n' roll. "It was very Dizzy Gillespie, a be-bop phrase. The bridge of the James Bond Theme – it's totally be-bop. It was this crazy mixture of stuff that filtered through one entity and came out like it did; and the funny thing was it all held together. It sounded like it all came out the same hole – you know, complete, but it was really a ragbag of ideas when you come to think of it."

Vic continued to combine session work with leading the JB7 until September 1963, when the pressure became too much. Realising something would have to go in order for him to retain his sanity, he chose session work full-time. He played on several more Bond scores throughout the remainder of the sixties.

Playing on the recordings of this famous film theme may not have made a fortune for Vic or for arranger/conductor John Barry, but its longevity and popularity is a fitting tribute to them both.

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Vic Flick holding the Clifford
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John Barry conducting You Only Live Twice at CTS Studios   Vic Flick's James Bond Theme guitar, the Clifford Essex Paragon DeLuxe (ca. 1950)
John Barry conducting
You Only Live Twice
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  Vic Flick's James Bond Theme guitar,
the Clifford Essex Paragon DeLuxe
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Mary, Queen Of Scots is being shown on the big screen, NFT3, at BFI SouthBank, London on 3rd July 18.15 and 20th July 20.30.
Part of a Glenda Jackson season.
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    Director; Charles Jarrott

  • With Glenda Jackson, Vanessa Redgrave,  Timothy Dalton

  • UK-USA 1971. 127min

  • Digital

  • Certificate 12A

‘They used every passion in their incredible duel and every man in their savage games of intrigue,’ boasted the publicity for the film. It tells of the threat posed to the English throne by Protestant Queen Elizabeth I’s younger Catholic cousin and, packed full of British acting talent, provides its best moment when the two women meet (something that never happened in reality). Jackson is on towering form as the determined, intelligent queen, a role she had recently portrayed in TV’s Elizabeth R.

Mary, Queen of Scots will be released on BFI Blu-ray on Monday 11 July.

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CDTOP 1615 John Barry the more things changeAce Records
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"In the late 1960s and early 70s, John Barry was at his creative peak, writing both his greatest Bond music for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the score for the Oscar-winning Midnight Cowboy within a few months of each other. As one decade melted into the next, Barry would provide a host of haunting, highly atmospheric scores: The Appointment, Deadfall, Mary Queen Of Scots, Follow Follow, with possibly his finest ever saved for Nicolas Roeg’s masterpiece Walkabout. He also found time to write the deathless theme for TV series The Persuaders.

“The More Things Change” collects Barry’s finest work from this period, including the whole of 1970’s classic “Ready When You Are, J.B.” album, released on CD for the very first time. In addition, it collects loose ends from the period (including selections from 1968’s lost Richard Lester classic Petulia), then follows Barry into the early 70s.

It has been compiled by music writer and John Barry superfan Bob Stanley, with extensive sleeve notes and a gorgeous selection of ephemera."

You can order the CD from the Ace Records website.

Sunday, 16 January 2022 11:58

Our new book ‘Music by John Barry' now available

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A near five-hundred page, fully-illustrated (often with rarely seen images), chronological exploration of key landmarks underpinning John Barry’s illustrious career. Written in the form of extensively researched essays concentrating on one specific score, over forty are represented, from the first, Beat Girl, to the last, Enigma. Whether highly acclaimed or lower key films, each chapter sets out, clearly and accurately, the circumstances surrounding the inception and completion of the score under scrutiny and in doing so, provides fresh insights into John Barry’s remarkable legacy.

Please note that inclusive of packaging this book weighs around 2 kg and the cost of posting it varies enormously depending upon location. So, when placing your order, please provide us with your full address. You will then receive an email detailing costs inclusive of postage to your country, and how to pay. Thank you!

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ZULU1From the Quartet Records website:

Quartet Records presents a completely restored, remastered, slightly expanded edition of the magnificent score by John Barry (THUNDERBALL, THE LAST VALLEY, BODY HEAT, OUT OF AFRICA) for Cy Enfield’s classic epic ZULU (1964), starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Lilla Jacobsson and Michael Caine. The film is about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, an heroic moment for the British army in the aftermath of a massacre that had occurred just hours earlier at nearby Isandlwana, a British outpost near the Natal-Zululand border in eastern South Africa.

For one of his earliest blockbuster efforts for the big screen, John Barry provided an exemplary score based on a single theme, introduced in the opening title sequence, with stirring brass and powerful percussion figures. Despite being a 138-minute epic, the film contains no more than 20 minutes of original music, carefully spotted and cleverly scored. For the album released by Ember Records in 1964, Barry decided to include practically the entire underscore on Side A, augmenting it with six contemporary songs and arrangements on Side B. Barry turned his main Zulu theme into “Monkey Feathers,” with electric guitar and some exotic-sounding piccolo, and one of the Zulu wedding songs, heard during the early part of the film, into “Zulu Stamp.”

ZULU2The successful original album, released by Ember in the UK and United Artists Records in the USA, has been reissued multiple times on LP and CD. Interestingly, the stereo and mono versions of the LP present alternate mixes and even different takes of many cues. For this new Quartet release, we have included both versions from first-generation album masters provided by Cherry Red Records from the Ember Records vaults, all painstakingly remixed, restored, assembled and mastered by Chris Malone. Also, after an extensive search through the film’s many different owners through the years, we were able to find (thanks to Paramount Pictures) a D/M/E track from which we can offer the Main and End Titles without Richard Burton’s narration, as well as one minute of original Barry music not included in the Ember album.

The lavishly designed full-color 24-page booklet includes an in-depth essay by film music writer and Barry expert Jon Burlingame.

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The biggest story of the year so far is the news that 'Music by John Barry', a new book in praise of more than forty of his film scores, is close to publication!

Sources close to the project tell us that this near 500-page book is the best work so far from the three scribes. OK, technically it's also the first, but you get the idea!  You can see more details on this cunningly constructed flyer by the artist, Ruuders.

Now, in view of how poorly the previous book, 'Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven' sold, it seems highly likely that copies of this new book will be in limited supply. So, do yourself a favour and indicate your interest immediately by contacting the writers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Details of price and publication date will be sent to you as soon as possible, and anybody who then orders it is *guaranteed* a copy.  In fact, if requested, at least one, maybe two of the authors will sign your copy. They might even do so even if you don't request it. :)

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Thursday, 07 October 2021 11:20

The Tamarind Seed on Silva CD

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During John Barry’s 40 years of creating memorable film scores and theme songs, most of these have resulted in soundtrack album releases, with the one notable exception being the 1974 romantic spy thriller The Tamarind Seed. Silva Screen Records is pleased to release The Tamarind Seed, the first official release, in physical and digital formats.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 12:32

The James Bond Concert Spectacular

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The James Bond Concert Spec

18 Dec 2021
St. George’s Hall, Bradford (with Caroline Munro)
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20 Feb 2022
Princes Hall, Aldershot (with Madeline Smith)
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3 Jul 2022
Cheltenham Town Hall (with Caroline Bliss)
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29 Aug 2022
Buxton Opera House (with Caroline Bliss)
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The James Bond Concert Spectacular is widely regarded across the world as the best tribute to the music of James Bond!

Formed in 2004 as the world’s first dedicated tribute to the music of 007, they have gone on to establish themselves amongst every Bond fan club as the finest performers of the songs since the originals.

Their stirring emotional and adrenaline-fueled performances, mixed in with superb musicianship and flair, have been met by critical acclaim wherever they have gone.

The show has become the go-to provider for all the top events in the world when it comes to James Bond. In 2017 they were asked to perform at Sir Roger Moore’s official memorial event at Pinewood Studios in front of the who’s who of the British film and TV industry including Sir Michael Caine, Dame Joan Collins and David Walliams. In 2019 they performed at an event with George Lazenby: the 50th anniversary event for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, held at Piz Gloria in the Swiss Alps.

The show features all the Bond songs such as Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and Nobody Does It Better, performed with the most authentic and dedicated arrangements to the originals ever heard, but with such passion, enthusiasm and flair: you can’t help but be wowed.

The musicians in the show are taken from the UK’s leading orchestras, sessions and shows, combined with a former Bond girl compering. Caroline Bliss, who played Moneypenny in The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill, will guide you through the concert sharing the odd anecdote about her time working in this legendary series.

With stunning singing, exquisite musicianship, an informative compere, and a show full of iconic tunes, it really is a night guaranteed of the highest quality. Don’t miss it.

  • ‘They do a phenomenal job’

  • ‘When our thoughts turned to Sir Roger Moore's Memorial event at Pinewood Studios, one of our first calls was to Q The Music. They helped make a wonderful day an extraordinary day.' 

  • ‘They did John Barry proud’

  • 'This band are simply stunning. It's hard to imagine this music being served better.'  

  • ‘They did my Dad proud’
    STEVEN SALTZMAN (son of former producer Harry Saltzman)

  • 'A fabulously entertaining evening. The James Bond Concert Spectacular lived up to its name in every regard.'
    007 MAGAZINE
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 16:04

Somewhere in Time: Limited Edition

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Music by John Barry
Limited Edition of 5000 Units


Order yours starting July 13 at 12 noon (pst) at

La-La Land Records, Universal Pictures, and Geffen proudly present a Limited Edition remastered and expanded CD reissue of renowned composer John Barry’s (GOLDFINGER, OUT OF AFRICA, DANCES WITH WOLVES) original motion picture score to the beloved 1980 big screen romantic fantasy-drama SOMEWHERE IN TIME, directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. Barry’s rich, gorgeous orchestral score perfectly embodies this heartfelt and heartbreaking romantic classic, enriching it with a resonating melodic and thematic timelessness that is vital to the film’s powerful sentimental allure. As the director himself states, “John’s music gave the film everything it needed. I still think it’s his most beautiful score – and one of the most beautiful scores in the history of film.”

Produced, mastered and edited from studio vault elements by Mike Matessino, this expanded CD is limited to 5000 units and features never-before-released score cues and additional music, including the music box arrangement of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody, Barry’s original music for Elise’s stage show, two previously unheard arrangements of the Somewhere In Time theme, and more! The exclusive, in depth liner notes are by journalist and author Jon Burlingame and the timeless art design is by Jim Titus.


1 Theme From Somewhere In Time 3:26
Performed by Roger Williams;
Produced by Michael Lloyd
2 The Grand Hotel* 2:04
3 Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini 2:54
Piano Solo by Chet Swiatkowski
4 The Old Woman (Film Version) 2:49
5 June 27th* 2:03
6 Room 417 * 1:11
7 The Journey Back In Time 4:29
8 Is He The One? (Film Version) 3:13
9 A Day Together (Film Version) 2:31
10 Rowing* 1:15
11 The Man Of My Dreams 1:42
12 That’s It * :40
13 Razor * 1:05
14 Total Dismay ** 3:21
15 Coin * :37
16 Return To The Present * 4:10
17 A Day Together (End Credits) 6:08

18 After Party * 2:03
19 Car Jazz * 2:00
20 Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Alternate) 3:03
Piano Solo by Chet Swiatkowski
21 Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Music Box) 2:11
22 Is He The One? (Alternate Excerpt) * 2:21
23 My Melancholy Baby* 2:02
24 Oh, You Beautiful Doll * 3:30
25 In The Good Old Summer Time * :37
26 I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)* 1:53
27 Wisdom Of The Heart * 1:09
28 Somewhere In Time (Piano Theme)* 1:59
29 Rowing (Alternate)* 1:18
30 Razor (Alternate)* :51
31 Coin (Alternate) * :32
32 Somewhere In Time (Theme Variation)* 1:46
33 Finale And End Credits (From The Motion Picture Somewhere In Time)* 4:57

* previously unreleased
** contains previously unreleased music

This release is CD format


Tuesday, 22 June 2021 12:10

Tommy Pearson's new John Barry Project

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Broadcaster and concert producer Tommy Pearson has revealed via Facebook that he is currently working on a new double CD of John Barry music:

"So proud and excited that a project I've been working on for the last few months with my dear friend Pirmin Zängerle has finally - at the 3rd attempt (thanks to Covid) - started recording!

A new double-CD of music by John Barry, played by the City Light Symphony Orchestra and Anthony Gabriele in the fabulous acoustic of the KKL, Lucerne.

I am co-producing the CD with Pirmin and I edited, digitised and prepared the vast majority of the music with final prep done by the amazing Lillie Harris. Acres of fabulous music, of course, mostly taken from the JB originals plus orchestrations/arrangements via Nick Dodd and Nic Raine. Liner notes will be by Jon Burlingame and there will be a special introduction written by Laurie Barry.

We are also recording some extra James Bond tracks by the 'other' Bond composers, including David Arnold, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Kamen and John Altman that will be available as download extras.

I'm gutted that I can't actually be at the sessions (because of Covid restrictions, of course). But everything is in the best hands."

Sunday, 30 May 2021 12:28

Pure Desmond Plays James Bond Songs

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Mit seinem dritten Album greifen Pure Desmond einen Themenkosmos auf, der an Variationen zwar von Anfang an ungeheuer reich war, dem aber ein derart kammermusikalisch abgestimmter Zugang bisher fehlte: James Bond. Der Filter, durch den die ikonischen Big-Band-Arrangements der 1960er Jahre ebenso betrachtet werden wie die Popsongs, die seit den 70ern in unterschiedlichster stilistischer Ausrichtung verwendet wurden, ist Paul Desmonds unverkennbarer Cool-Jazz- Sound. Ihn beherrscht das Hamburger Jazzquartett Pure Desmond um Lorenz Hargassner, Johann Weiß, Christian Flohr und Sebastian Deufel wie niemand sonst. Trotz eines Entstehungszeitraums von mittlerweile fast 60 Jahren und stilistisch völlig unterschiedlicher Entwicklungen schaffen es Pure Desmond, allen Stücken einen bisher unvermuteten Facettenreichtum zu entlocken. Und immer auch eine wunderbar subtile Seite mit Witz und Raffinement, gediegenem Glamour und spätabendlicher Entspanntheit, die dennoch keine Sekunde lang verhehlt, dass der nächste Schurke jederzeit auf den Plan treten und den Zustand höchster Spannung im Handumdrehen zurückbringen kann – oder der nächste Flirt schon an der Bar darauf wartet, Teil einer legendären Sammlung zu werden. Der Querschnitt des Albums reicht von Monty Normans originalem Thema über John Barrys Variationen und neue Stücke bis zu den Songs der Gegenwart: Durch den Desmond-Filter gewinnt man so nicht nur eine neue Perspektive auf Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan und Daniel Craig, sondern auch auf Matt Monro, Nancy Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Shirley Bassey, Sheryl Crow, Madonna oder Billie Eilish. Bemerkenswert sind nebenbei auch die Locations, in denen die Aufnahmen entstanden sind: im Versteck des Oberschurken – dem Alpine Room im Piz Gloria, Blofelds Hauptquartier in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, an Bord eines Militärtransporters – im Laderaum eines Airbus A400M Atlas des LTG62 in Wunstorf und in einem dunklen, versteckten Gewölbekeller – dem Würzburger Keller Z87. Audio-CD mit Booklet.

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Tracklisting: The James Bond theme, From Russia with love, We have all the time in the world, Die another day, Diamonds are forever, Licence to kill, Nobody does It better, You know my name,  Tomorrow never dies, No time to die, You only live twice

jpc allows to listen at least a little bit:

Pure Desmond: Filmmusik: Pure Desmond Plays James Bond Songs (CD) – jpc

But youtube treats us with a full Diamonds are Forever:

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This August there will be a concert fully devoted to John Barry at the Film Music Festival in Kraków, Poland.

Sunday 29 August 2021


From Russia with Love / 007 Theme
Somewhere in time
The Black hole
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Mary, Queen of Scots
Diamonds are Forever - a song from the movie Diamonds are Forever
You Only Live Twice - a song from the movie You Only Live Twice
Dances with Wolves
Out of Africa
Raise the Titanic
Indecent Proposal

Marcin Maciejczak - vocal
FMF Youth Orchestra
Monika Bachowska - conductor

Details here:

and the page in English:

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 11:46

King Kong - "Region A" Blu-ray Release

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king kong bluray regionA sMay 11, 2021 • Available in US & Canada
Scream Factory
Product Note: Extras in progress and will be announced at a later date.
Region A, 2 discs, 136 / 182 min, 2.35:1, color, English

More information on the Shout Factory / Scream Factory website

Monday, 01 February 2021 13:57

The MIT Awards Dinner 1999 - web page with photos

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The MIT Awards Dinner 1999.

The Music Industry Trusts award has two aims: to raise money for the nominated charities, and to honour an individual who has  made a significant contribution to the UK music industry.

Originating in 1992, the winner in 1999 was John Barry OBE, who joined an exclusive band which now includes Andrew Lloyd Webber; Alan “Fluff” Freeman; Sir George Martin; Sir Elton John and his partner in song, Bernie Taupin; Sir Michael Parkinson; Kylie Minogue OBE; Sir Tom Jones; Annie Lennox OBE; and that bastard Michael Eavis CBE.

Held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London, where John Barry and his group, The John Barry Seven, had entertained New Year revellers in the late 1950s, many photos of the occasion were taken and can be seen here, courtesy of .........      :

Attended by Adam Faith, Sir Michael Parkinson, Don Black and Bill Kenwright with performances by David McCalmont and David Arnold.
Friday, Oct.22, 1999.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 13:36

The Dove to be released on Blu-ray

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The Dove
5 April 2021

1974, 1080p HD 2.35:1, Mono / English, subtitles  English, Region  B,  105 mins.

"An uplifting family drama based on the real life experiences of Robin Lee Graham who, at the age of sixteen, began a solo circumnavigation of the world in his small boat – the youngest person ever to do so."

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020 11:16

Kritzerland Records release Lolita, My Love 2-CD set

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"Kritzerland is proud to present a new 2-CD set, a live soundboard recording of the infamous musical:
LOLITA, MY LOVE - Music by John Barry Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner.

Back in the 1970s, producer Bruce Kimmel came into possession of a complete soundboard tape in pretty decent sound. And it is from that tape, possibly first generation, from which this CD has been mastered. For this release, all the major songs have separate tracks and all the dialogue has separate tracks. That way, one can program the CD however they like � just the score or hearing it all. Mastering engineer, James Nelson, has worked his magic, smoothing out the levels and making it all of a piece."

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"Quartet Records, in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Capitol Records, Universal Music Enterprises and the Phil Ramone estate, present an expanded 2-CD edition of the iconic score for the landmark film MIDNIGHT COWBOY, directed by John Schlesinger in 1969, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, and winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

For this new Quartet release, the classic 1969 soundtrack album has been mastered from first-generation master tapes on Disc 1 and supplemented with new mixes made from recently discovered multi-track tapes, that includes some alternate song versions, different vocals of the Nilsson song, and alternate and single versions prepared by John Barry of his famous original theme. On Disc 2 we have included the music (both songs and score) as it appears in the film, mastered from mono elements vaulted at MGM. Score and album were in part different recordings; the harmonica solos, played by Toots Thielemans in the film, were played by Tommy Reilly on the album.

This collection has been produced, restored, mixed and mastered by Chris Malone, and the 24-page booklet includes authoritative and exclusive in-depth liner notes by Jon Burlingame."

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 11:48

Broadway to Main Street - John Barry

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Broadway to Mainstreet - John BarryLaurence Maslon has produced and hosted a radio program/podcast in the United States called "Broadway to Main Street" that celebrates theater music in all its various incarnations.

Occasionally, he does a throw to music from the cinema. He wanted to do a John Barry episode for a long time, where he could share some of Barry's stage music with his audience.  

This episode can be found on various platforms at:

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Sunday, 15 November 2020 15:23

The Stringbeat Years: Songs accompanied by John Barry

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The Stringbeat Years Songs accompanied by John Barry

Now available!

The Stringbeat Years: Songs accompanied by John Barry

Now available, a 4-CD box-set comprising of 144 tracks, a 24-page booklet (replete with period photographs and comprehensive notes) and including ten bonus tracks (among them the CD debut of the first ever cover version of a John Barry instrumental composition).

Featuring – for the first time – the film versions of ‘Mix me a Person’, ‘The Time has Come’, and ‘What a Whopper’ (slightly shortened). There’s also an unique opportunity to hear the original version of ‘Ah, Poor Little Baby’, making its premiere appearance on CD.

The box-set is limited to 500 copies and is only £16.99 post-free in the UK, so don’t miss out! It is available direct from this website!

£16.99  post-free in the UK
£19.99  anywhere else in the world

Order now!

Let us know if you aren’t able to do this and we’ll work out another way.


  1. Tall Paul (Roberts-B & D Sherman) – The Three Barry Sisters 1959  

  2. Till then (Seiler, Marcus, Wood) – The Three Barry Sisters 1959  

  3. Jo-Jo the dog-faced boy (D & B Sherman-Roberts) – Three Barry Sisters 1959

  4. I ay ove-lay oo-yay (Brout-Lasky) – The Three Barry Sisters 1959

  5. Nowhere in this world (Hart) – Derry Hart and The Hartbeats 1959

  6. Come on baby (Baldock-King) – Derry Hart and The Hartbeats 1959

  7. Ah, poor little baby! (Falk-Koury) – Adam Faith 1959

  8. I vibrate (Twitty) – Adam Faith 1959

  9. She said yeah (Jackson) – Roy Young 1959

10. Baby talk (Schwartz) – Bill & Brett Landis 1959

11. Say mama (Earl-Meeks) – Adam Faith 1959

12. C’mon everybody (Cochran-Capeheart) – Adam Faith 1959

13. Believe what you say (J & D Burnette) – Adam Faith 1959

14. I go ape (Sedaka-Greenfield) – Roy Young 1959

15. It’s late (Burnette) – Vince Eager 1959

16. Fallin’ (Sedaka-Greenfield) – Sylvia Sands 1959

17. Slippin’ & slidin’ (Penniman-Bocage-Collins-Smith) – Roy Young 1959

18. It doesn’t matter anymore (Anka) – Vince Eager 1959

19. Good rockin’ tonight (Brown) – Roy Young and Company 1959

20. What do you want? (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1959

21. From now until forever (Nesbitt-Venis) – Adam Faith 1959

22. Moonbird (Barry) – Des Lane 1959

23. The Clanger march (Braden) – Des Lane 1959

24. Big blon’ baby (Roberts-Jacobson) – Larry Page 1959

25. I vibrate (Twitty) – Larry Page 1959

26. Throw all your lovin’ my way (Barry) – Larry Page 1959

27. How’m I doing, hey, hey (Fowler-Redman) – Larry Page 1959

28. Little old fashioned love (Barry) – Larry Page 1959

29. Marilyn (White) – Larry Page 1959

30. Poor me (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1959

31. The reason (Barry) – Adam Faith 1959

32. Be mine (Menke-Panas-Luth-Stellman) – Lance Fortune 1959

33. Action (Barry-Peacock) – Lance Fortune 1959

34. Made you (Barry-Peacock) – Adam Faith 1959

35. I did what you told me (Barry-Peacock) – Adam Faith 1959

36. Can’t forget (Hawker-Shakespeare) – Johnny Gavotte 1960

37. It’s not too late (Sheridan) – Johnny Gavotte 1960

38. Boston Tea Party (Vandyke) – The Five Dallas Boys 1960

39. Ramona (Wayne-Gilbert) – The Five Dallas Boys 1960

40. The Beat Girl song (Barry-Peacock) – Adam Faith 1960

41. It’s legal (Barry-Maccoby) – Shirley Anne Field 1960

All tracks in mono


  1. Someone else’s baby (Vandyke-Ford) – Adam Faith 1960

  2. Big time (Bart) – Adam Faith 1960

  3. Youthful years (Napper) – Danny Williams 1960

  4. It doesn’t matter (Raysor-Barrett) – Danny Williams 1960

  5. You’re my only girl (O’Mahoney) – Danny Davis 1960

  6. Love me (Stoller-Leiber)- Danny Davis 1960

  7. Johnny comes marching home (Trad. arr. Barry-Maitland) – Adam Faith 1960

  8. Carve up (Bart) – Adam Faith 1960

  9. Little child (Cowen) – The England Sisters 1960

10. Heartbeat (Montgomery-Petty) – The England Sisters 1960

11. How about that! (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1960

12. With open arms (Bacharach-David) – Adam Faith 1960

13. Wonderful time (Howard Guyton) – Adam Faith 1960

14. Diamond ring (J & R Isle) – Adam Faith 1960

15. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyward) – Adam Faith 1960

16. Piper of love (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1960

17. A girl like you (Bacharach-Croswell) – Adam Faith 1960

18. Turn me loose (Pomus-Schuman) – Adam Faith 1960

19. So many ways (Stevenson) – Adam Faith 1960

20. Singin’ in the rain (Freed-Brown) – Adam Faith 1960

21. Fare thee well my pretty maid (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1960

22. I’m a man (Pomus-Schuman) – Adam Faith 1960

23. Hit the road to dreamland (Mercer-Arlen) – Adam Faith 1960

24. Lonely pup (in a Christmas shop) (Alexander) – Adam Faith 1960

25. Greenfinger (Lewis) – Adam Faith 1960

26. Pepe (Wittstart) – Russ Conway 1960

27. Matador from Trinidad (Boyd-Stanford) – Russ Conway 1960

28. Not guilty (Peacock) – Johnny De Little 1960

29. They (Barry-Russell) – Johnny De Little 1960

30. Who am I? (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

31. This is it (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

32. Big wheel (Vandyke) – Gerry Dorsey 1961

33. Over and over (Bart) – Bobby Shafto 1961

34. I want my bed (Bart) – Bobby Shafto 1961

35. Django’s Castle (Reinhardt) – Diz Disley and The Downbeats 1961

All tracks in stereo, apart from nos. 3-6, 9, 10, 28, 29, 32-35


  1. Where you are (Ornadel-West) – Dennis Lotis 1961

  2. Love’s a secret game (Wakley-Inman) – Dennis Lotis 1961

  3. Easy going me (Bart) – Adam Faith 1961

  4. Wonderin’ (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

  5. What a Whopper (Vandyke) (film version) – Adam Faith 1961

  6. The Time has Come (Vandyke) (film version) – Adam Faith 1961

  7. Don’t you know It? (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

  8. My last wish (Barry-Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

  9. I haven’t got you (Bart) – Anita Harris 1961

10. Mr. one and only (Lordan) – Anita Harris 1961

12. I’ve just fallen for someone (Askew) – Adam Faith 1961

12. I’m coming home (Johnson-Rado) – Adam Faith 1961

13. All these things (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

14. It’s all over now (Whyton) – Adam Faith 1961

15. Come to me (Cenci-Carr) – Adam Faith 1961

16. If I had a hammer (Hays-Seeger) – Adam Faith 1961

17. Sho’ know a lot about love (Mize-Paxton) – Adam Faith 1961

18. Second time (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

19. I’m gonna love you too (Maudlin-Sullivan-Petty) – Adam Faith 1961

20. Little yellow roses (Peacock) – Adam Faith 1961

21. As long as you keep loving me (Peacock) – Adam Faith 1961

22. You and me and the gang (Peacock) – Adam Faith 1961

23. The time has come (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1961

24. A help-each-other romance (Singleton) – Adam Faith 1961

25. Lonesome (Pellish) – Adam Faith 1961

26. Watch your step (Parker) – Adam Faith 1961

27. You’re following me (Hilliard-Bacharach) – Peter Gordeno 1962

28. I got eyes (Smith-Jones-Dixon-Keyes) – Peter Gordeno 1962

29. You know what I mean (Vandyke) – Johnny Worth 1962

30. All these things (Vandyke) – Johnny Worth 1962

31. Stalemate (Martin-Rocco) – Tony Rocco 1962

32. Keep a walkin’ (Sedaka-Greenfield) – Tony Rocco 1962

33. As you like It (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1962

34. Face to face (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1962

All tracks in stereo apart from nos. 1, 2, 5-8, 23, 25, 27-30, 32-34


  1. Uptown (Mann-Weil) – Peter Gordeno 1962

  2. The makings of a man (Stallman-Jacobson) – Peter Gordeno 1962

  3. My tears will turn to Laughter (Askew) – Darren Young 1962

  4. I’ve just fallen for someone (Askew) – Darren Young 1962

  5. Opposites (Bart) – Bill Cotton and Kathie Kay 1962

  6. If the young ones can be happy (Bart) – Bill Cotton 1962

  7. The coffee grinder (Manzo) – Van Doren 1962

  8. La Bamba (Valens) – Adam Faith 1962

  9. You can do it if you Try (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1962

10. The river’s run dry (Vandyke) – Adam Faith 1962

11. I know what I want (Unknown) – Adam Faith 1962

12. That’s what love will do (Peacock) – Adam Faith 1962

13. Mix Me a Person (Vandyke) (film version) – Adam Faith 1962

14. Someone nice like you (Newley-Bricusse) – Kathie Kay and Bill Cotton 1962

15. No love but your Love (Scharfenberger-West-Busch) – Marion Ryan 1962

16. Caravan of lonely men (Jeff Barry-Pretlow) – Mark Tracey 1962

17. Never ending (Carr-Newell) – Mark Tracey 1962

18. Down by the riverside (Trad. Arr: Barry) – Peter Gordeno 1962

19. Lover (Rodgers-Hart) – Johnny De Little 1962

20. You made me love you (Monaco-McCarthy) – Johnny De Little 1962

21. White Christmas (Berlin) – Nina and Frederik 1962

22. Silent night (Gruber) – Nina and Frederik 1962

23. Away in a manger (Kirkpatrick) – Nina and Frederik 1962

24. Santa Claus is coming to town (Coots) – Nina and Frederik 1962

Bonus tracks composed by John Barry

25. Rock-A-Billy Boogie (Barry) – The Rock’n Rollers 1958

26. Rodeo (Barry) – Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra 1958

27. Bee’s knees (Barry) – John Barry Seven & Bob Miller and The Millermen 1959

28. Arrivederci Baby (Barry-Good) – Little Tony and his Brothers 1959

29. Made you (Barry-Peacock) – Fabian 1960

30. Easy beat (Barry) – Bert Weedon 1960

31. Made you (Barry-Peacock) – Don Duke 1960

32. Black stockings (Barry) – Stu Phillips and his Orchestra 1961

33. Trouble shooter (Barry) – Bob Miller and The Millermen 1961

34. Sweet talk (Barry) – Van Doren 1961

All tracks in mono apart from nos. 9-12

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Bang tRecently published in the US is Crime and Spy Jazz on Screen, 1950–1970: A History and Discography, by the appropriately named Derrick Bang.

It has 312 pages, and, apparently, devotes more space to John Barry than any other composer in the book!

At $45 it is not exactly cheap, but when has that ever worried anybody who browses on here. :)

There's also a companion book entitled Crime and Spy Jazz on Screen Since 1971: A History and Discography.

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News has just reached us that a previously unreleased outtake from the Polydor album The Concert JB will soon be released in the Universal Music France soundtrack series Ecoutez le cinéma! (Listen to Films!).

Let the guessing begin!

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Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Coming October 27th on DVD & BD!
The Ipcress File 2K Restoration Blu-ray and DVD release

• 2K Restoration by ITV
• Audio Commentary by Director Sidney J. Furie and Editor Peter Hunt
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth and Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
• Interview with Star Michael Caine
• Interview with Production Designer Ken Adams (sic)
• TRAILERS FROM HELL with Howard Rodman
• 3:07 Theatrical Trailer in Newly Remastered in HD
• 1:07 Theatrical Trailer
• 4 Radio Spots
• Reversible BD Art
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 109 Minutes 2.35:1 Not Rated
From Harry Saltzman, the producer of James Bond classics Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, comes a film widely recognized as one of the greatest spy thrillers of all time. The Ipcress File is the first film in the series of Harry Palmer mysteries, based on the bestsellers by Len Deighton (Funeral in Berlin), that made Michael Caine (Gambit, The Black Windmill) a star. It is the height of the cold war, and ex-thief Harry Palmer (Caine), now reluctantly working as a secret agent, has been called in to investigate a strange occurrence among a number of leading scientists. It seems the scientists have been kidnapped, but reappear only days after the kidnapping, brainwashed and useless. During the course of the investigation, a tape is uncovered with the word “Ipcress” on it. This stylish classic was directed by Sidney J. Furie (The Appaloosa), shot by Otto Heller (Peeping Tom) and edited by Peter R. Hunt (From Russia with Love), with production design by Ken Adam (Dr. Strangelove) and music by John Barry (Diamonds Are Forever). The great cast includes Nigel Green (Let’s Kill Uncle), Guy Doleman (Billion Dollar Brain), Sue Lloyd (The Bitch) and Gordon Jackson (The Great Escape).

Thursday, 30 July 2020 15:52

The Day of The Locust released on Blu-ray

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The Day of The Locust Blu-ray
28 Oct 2020; pre-order at on July 31.

Australian label Via Vision Entertainment has announced from the recently launched Imprint Collection: The Day of the Locust (1975).

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 12:52

The Deep on 101 Films Blu-ray, August 3

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Aug 3, 2020
101 Films


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Walkabout 4K Second Sight Films bluray release"Limited Edition Blu-ray box set released July 27th. Brand new4K scan and restoration, new extras and 3 books!!

Full details shortly, here's the gorgeous new artwork by Michael Boland..."

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The Cotton Clubby Dan Barrett
May 31, 2020

"I could not have been more pleased when Mike Zirpolo contacted me, and asked me to share my memories about having played for the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Cotton Club. I was able to tell Mike that I happily recall many of the details about that special episode in my life..."

Read the article here (external link) ...

Dan Barrett is a professional trombonist/ cornetist, arranger, and composer.

Thursday, 09 April 2020 11:45

The Last Valley Blu-ray

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The Last Valley - blu-rayJun 23, 2020
Kino Lorber
1971, Color 125 Minutes 2.35:1, Region A

• Brand New HD Master – 2K Scans of Multiple 35mm Prints
• Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
• Optional English Subtitles
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Trailers

Color 125 Minutes 2.35:1 Rated PG
From acclaimed writer/director James Clavell (Shogun, The Great Escape, To Sir, with Love, The Satan Bug), the stirring war epic The Last Valley stars screen greats Michael Caine (The Ipcress File, Kidnapped) and Omar Sharif (Juggernaut, Doctor Zhivago). As the Thirty Years’ War rages through 17th-century Germany, a fierce captain (Caine) lays waste to any village his army encounters. But when he arrives in an undisturbed valley where he meets a beautiful peasant girl (Florinda Bolkan, Flavia the Heretic), his long-dead memories of peace and happiness are reawakened. As war closes in, will he heed its call... or fight for the new life he has found? This powerful film is both a magnificent spectacle and an intensely personal story of love, friendship and loss. Co-starring Nigel Davenport (Mary, Queen of Scots), Per Oscarsson (Endless Night) and Arthur O’Connell (Anatomy of a Murder), with a rousing score by the great John Barry (The Lion in Winter) and top-notch cinematography by Norman Warwick (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and John Wilcox (Dr. Who and the Daleks).

Saturday, 04 April 2020 08:22

Mary, Queen of Scots - Blu-ray release

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Jun 09, 2020
Kino Lorber
1971, 132 min., Region A

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The Century Club,
61 - 63, Shaftesbury Avenue,

John Barry

Soho Series at the Century
18:30 - 20:30     
Wed, 27th May 2020 @ 18:30 - 20:30
Tickets from £12.00

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"This salon is part of the Soho Series at London's exclusive Century Club.
Anticipating the release of the latest Bond movie, ‘No Time to Die’, pop culture commentator Travis Elborough joins us to explore the London life and loves of John Barry. Barry was the composer who has done as much as anyone else to establish the 007 brand and whose signature scores still inform the soundscape and themes of each new film - including the latest haunting title song by Billie Eilish..."


Saturday, 15 February 2020 08:17

Billy- The Musical performed in Hinckley, Leicestershire

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The Concordia Theatre & Community Guild Proudly Present...
Billy- The Musical
Monday 17th February 2020 - Saturday 22nd February 2020 at 7:30 PM

The Hinckley Concordia Theatre,
Stockwell Head,
LE10 1RE.

The musical based on Billy Liar

Theatre website...

Billy Fisher, a Walter Mitty fantasist, lives with Mum, Dad and Gran in Stradhoughton and is an undertaker’s clerk – but in his mind he is President of Ambrosia, a film star, a scriptwriter – and anything else glamorous that happens to occur to him! BILLY is a fast-paced brassy, Broadway-style musical, with outstanding songs such as Ambrosia and Some of Us Belong to the Stars which were famously sung by Michael Crawford who starred in the title role at Drury Lane.

A musical based on “Billy Liar” by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Book by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe

Saturday, 01 February 2020 08:37

Love Among the Ruins Blu-Ray and DVD, April 21, 2020

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April 21, 2020
Kino Lorber
From George Cukor, the legendary director of A Bill of Divorcement, Dinner at Eight, Holiday, The Women, The Philadelphia Story, Adam’s Rib and My Fair Lady!
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Robin and Marian Blu-Ray Region BRobin and Marian
February 3, 2020
HMV Exclusive Premium Collection Blu-ray + DVD
Sony Pictures, 1976, 107 min
1080p, 1.85:1 (Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1), English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French: Dolby Digital 2.0, Subtitles:English SDH, French

Discs: Blu-ray Disc, Two-disc set (1 BD-25, 1 DVD)
DVD copy
Region B

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The RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell, together with guest vocalist Matthew Ford, will perform a special concert entitled ‘A Night at the Oscars’ next Thursday, 30th of January, at the National Concert Hall in Dublin (Ireland).

When: Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 20:00h
Where: National Concert Hall (Dublin, Ireland)

Tickets: 15-42 € –

Facebook Event:

"There are no available seats for the selected event."

The concert will include Academy Award-winning music from Star Wars, Schindler’s List, The Incredibles, Beauty and the Beast, Gravity and lots more, and to mark the anniversary of John Barry’s death on this date, 30 January 2011, it will also pay tribute to the legendary five-time Oscar winner with music from The Ipcress File, Born Free, and Out of Africa.

The program will be the following:

  • John Williams – Devil’s Dance (The Witches of Eastwick)
  • Alan Menken – Beauty and the Beast
  • Sam Smith – arr. Nic Raine – Spectre: Writing’s on the Wall
  • John Barry – arr. Nic Raine – The Ipcress File
  • Steven Price – Gravity
  • Cole Porter – arr. Riddle – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • John Williams – Theme from Schindler’s List
  • Michael Giacchino – The Incredibles
  • Arthur Schwartz – arr. Bissill – That’s Entertainment! Overture
  • Frederick Loewe – On the Street Where You Live
  • John Williams – Star Wars Suite: Yoda’s Theme
  • John Williams – The Force Awakens: Rey’s Theme
  • ohn Barry – Born Free
  • John Barry – arr. Tate – Out of Africa
  • Maurice Jarre – arr. Nic Raine – Lawrence of Arabia
  • Danny Elfman – Batman Suite
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Network have released a Blu-Ray and DVD of Seance of a Wet Afternoon, 13 January 2020

Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough give outstanding performances in this classy British thriller, with Attenborough winning a BAFTA for Best British Actor and Stanley scoring an Oscar nomination. Written and directed by Bryan Forbes - who also won a Writers Guild award, an Edgar and a BAFTA nomination - Seance on a Wet Afternoon is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Myra Savage, a highly-strung spiritual medium, convinces her weak-willed husband to fake a child kidnapping so she can offer her services to the parents when all seems lost. Though horrified at the prospect, he reluctantly goes along with the plan - but becomes more convinced than ever that Myra is losing her grip on reality...

Memories on a Wet Afternoon – an interview with Bryan Forbes
audio commentary with Bryan Forbes
Theatrical trailer
Image gallery

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Network website DVD page


Tuesday, 24 December 2019 08:31

The Black Hole on Blu-ray Disney Movie Club Exclusive

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the black hole BD s13 August 2019
Disney Movie Club Exclusive Disney / Buena Vista, 1979, 95 min, Region free
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1, Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), Subtitles
English SDH

Article: Sci-Fi Disney Style: Remembering “The Black Hole” on its 40th Anniversary

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