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From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come): Three Soundtracks by Michael Small Are Collected On A New 2-CD Set

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The Driver OSTKritzerland offered a Memorial Day surprise yesterday when the label announced its latest release, a three-for-the-price-of-one soundtrack special from composer Michael Small.  Small (1939-2003) was a major voice of 1970s film scoring, with such films as Klute, The Parallax View, Marathon Man and The China Syndrome under his belt.  A favorite of such acclaimed directors as Alan J. Pakula and Bob Rafelson, he continued to be a major presence in Hollywood writing for both television (Alex Haley’s Queen) and film (Jaws: The Revenge) right up until his untimely passing.  Kritzerland has previously tapped the Small ouevre for releases like Audrey Rose, and its most recent offering from the composer brings together the scores to three Twentieth Century Fox films: The Driver (1978), The Star Chamber (1983) and Black Widow (1987).  All three scores are being presented as one 2-CD set and sold for the price of one disc.

All three of these seminal scores were previously released by Intrada and have been long out-of-print and fetching high prices secondhand.  Black Widow was a standalone release, while that label paired The Star Chamber and The Driver together on one disc. For Kritzerland’s reissue, all three have been newly remastered by Mike Matessino.  The label confirms that Matessino has “carefully [removed] numerous small dropouts and ticks and pops, most especially on The Driver.Black Widow and The Star Chamber are presented in stereo, while The Driver is in mono.  The timing couldn’t be better for this all-Small package, as both The Star Chamber and The Driver are due to make their Blu-ray debuts.  The three-for-one set is limited to 1,000 copies only, and it’s scheduled to ship the first week of July.  That said, preorders placed at Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks early (with an average of four weeks).

After the jump: we fill you in with more details via Kritzerland’s press release, plus we have pre-order links and complete track listings! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 28, 2013 at 09:23