This week we have a new pre-order, this time for one of our favorite films of the year so far, a loving tribute to cinema itself with an all around excellent soundtrack: The Coen Brothers newest film Hail, Caesar! We're also bringing you a distributed title from Milan Records: The Revenant.
As always, all releases go on sale on Wednesday (2/24) at 12:00PM CST at mondotees.com.
Hail, Caesar! - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Carter Burwell
Pressed on 180 gram Roman Marble colored vinyl OR 180 gram Black vinyl
Housed in a period accurate tip-on style single sleeve jacket
Artwork by BLT Communications, Layout by Alan Hynes
Pre-order, expected to ship in late April
Mondo is beyond honored to present our very first Coen Brother's soundtrack (as well as our first Carter Burwell score), the magnificent soundtrack for the Coen's latest farce Hail, Caesar! which marks Burwell's 16th collaboration with the brothers. Prior collaborations include...*deep breath*...Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man and True Grit.
Hail, Caesar! is a absolute delight, and like all of the best Coen brothers films, an intense meditation on a theme that lends itself to repeat viewing and encourages a magnifying glass to spot all of the fine detail within. On the surface, a romp through the golden age of the studio system as seen through the eyes of the fictional version of a real studio "fixer" Eddie Mannix (played by Josh Brolin). But underneath Mannix's journey lies the a Christlike story of a martyr who is seeking religious affirmation, of a man willing to die (figuratively) for the sins of his studio. It's a perfectly constructed film, and of course, as is expected from Coen Brother's films, it's full of lived-in characters with stories you would watch entire narratives about if only you could.
A good part of the magic of this movie comes from the music of Carter Burwell, who dove deep into the period of the film, and the multiple film genres that it explores in each of its many tangents (including a musical number performed by Channing Tatum). Also, drawing heavy on the red-scare, bringing selections performed by the Red Army Choir to add bombast to the scenes with would be antagonists of this story.
Discussing his work on Hail, Caesar!, Burwell says: “The challenge and the fun of composing the score to Hail, Caesar! is that the it contains scenes from many films-in-the-making, and each of those was scored in a manner authentic to the period— basically MGM in the 1950s. There is an Esther Williams water ballet, a Hopalong Cassidy Western, a Roman Christ epic, and all of these are subsumed by a kidnapping mystery, which is itself subsumed by a studio executive’s crisis of faith. Melodies are shared between these bits of bright cloth to tie them together into a whole, and some of the recording was even done on the same stage where the MGM classics were recorded.”
The Revenant - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP
Released on Milan Records
Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
Just in time for the Academy Awards, of which we are certain this film will sweep, we are proud to distribute a limited number of copies of the soundtrack to Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant.
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto teamed up for the score along with The National’s Bryce Dessner. The three composers were recently nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ at the 2016 Golden Globes. This marks Noto & Nakamoto fifth collaboration together.
HAIL, CAESAR! & THE REVENANT will be released on Wednesday (2/24) at 12PM CST via mondotees.com.