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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Sorry for the lack of reviews for the best part of a week, but I have been unwell again. Hopefully, I am on the mend and some reviews should start appearing in the next day or two. In the meantime, here are a couple of news items:-

From Top Dollar PR:-

In-Game Soundtrack Immerses Players Into Barcelona Setting With Flamenco Orchestrations

Raleigh, North Carolina - March 17th, 2009 - Today composer Rod Abernethy and Rednote
Audio ( announce their involvement in the production of the authentic
and edgy score for the highly-anticipated driving game starring action-film megastar
Vin Diesel as an expert driver for hire. Wheelman is developed by Midway Studios
- Newcastle Ltd in close association with Vin Diesel's video game production company
Tigon Studios and is being published worldwide by Ubisoft® and Midway.

Combining spectacular Hollywood-style stunts with a gripping storyline, Wheelman
provides an adrenaline-fueled, cinematic thrill ride through the winding streets
of Barcelona, Spain. To enhance the experience of over-the-top car chases in this
stylish setting, Rod Abernethy and Rednote Audio created the majority of the game's
intense hybrid score blending Flamenco guitars, modern electronica and hi-octane
orchestral music into a heart-pounding audio experience that matches the gameplay
and on-screen sequences.

"Working on Wheelman was a very rewarding experience," said composer Rod Abernethy.
"My goal with Wheelman was to create a cinematic, hard-hitting score that has a
traditional Spanish feel with a powerful, modern style."

Wheelman is expected to ship to retailers March 24, 2009, in North America and has
a scheduled street date of March 27, 2009, in Europe. Wheelman will be available
for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3
computer entertainment system, and for Windows PC. For more information on Wheelman,
please visit

About Rod Abernethy

Rod is known worldwide for his cutting-edge approach to composition, placing him
at the top of the interactive composer A-list. He has created award winning scores
for over 50 video games including Blacksite: Area 51, Star Trek: Legacy, Blazing
Angels I & II, Transformers, Dead Head Fred, Silent Hunter 4 and The Hobbit
that won G.A.N.G.'s Best Soundtrack of the Year Award in 2003. Most recently Rod
helped develop the music and co-produced the live orchestral sessions for EA's sci-fi
survival horror opus, Dead Space. His video game work includes collaboration with
Harry Gregson-Williams on Flushed Away and veteran film composer Elmer Bernstein
on the Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin. Rod has recorded in major studios around
the world for record industry giants Warner Bros., Elektra, Atlantic, and MCA Records
and collaborated with legendary producers Paul Rothchild (The Doors, Bonnie Raitt),
John Anthony (Roxy Music, Queen) and David Lord (Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, Tears
for Fears, The Pretenders). For more information visit

About Wheelman

Action film megastar Vin Diesel and his Tigon Studios are again blurring the lines
between entertainment mediums, this time collaborating with Midway in the design
and production of Wheelman to ensure an edge-of- your-seat gaming experience. Diesel's
voice and likeness will appear as the game's main character, expert Wheelman Milo
Combining spectacular Hollywood-style stunts with a gripping storyline, Wheelman
provides an adrenaline-fueled, cinematic thrill ride guaranteed to leave you breathless.
Weave in and out of traffic, engaging in intense vehicular warfare through the winding
streets of Barcelona. Your vehicle is your weapon, leaving wreckage in your wake
as you take out anything or anyone that gets in your way. Wheelman is slated for
a March 24, 2009, ship date in North America and a March 27, 2009, street date in
Europe for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and for Windows

About Tigon Studios

Based in Los Angeles, California, TIGON STUDIOS was founded in 2002 by Vin Diesel
with the goal of breaking new ground in interactive franchise entertainment by bringing
strong story, high production value and interesting and intelligent characters which
can exist in multiple mediums, simultaneously to the gaming and film & television
industries. TIGON focuses on creating properties that can be launched in both mediums.
The only game production company founded by a major motion picture star, TIGON combines
a film industry style business model with veteran talent from the gaming industry
to produce the highest quality of interactive entertainment. In its unique role,
TIGON works closely with both the developer and the publisher of its games to ensure
clear creative vision and quality in each title. By combining the strengths of traditional
film development with the innovations of the video game world, TIGON is in an exclusive
position to ensure streamlined production across various platforms.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment
products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up
of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has teams in 28 countries and distributes
games in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering
high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2007-08 fiscal
year, Ubisoft generated sales of 928 million euros. To learn more, please visit

About Midway

Midway Games Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: MWYGQ), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois,
with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive
entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More
information about Midway and its products can be found at

WHEELMAN is a trademark of Midway Home Entertainment Inc. "PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION"
and "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries. Ubisoft,, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft
Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.


THE BIONIC WOMAN: DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW PART II / THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, THE MARTIANS ARE COMING – ORIGINAL TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK RECORDING - FEATURING MUSIC COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY JOE HARNELL AVAILABLE FROM WWW.JOEHARNELL.COM.] presents THE BIONIC WOMAN: DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW PART II / THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, featuring music composed and conducted by Joe Harnell for the 1970’s cult television show, THE BIONIC WOMAN, created and developed by Kenneth Johnson (THE BIONIC MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, V – The Original Mini-Series) and starring Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Ford Rainey, Martha Scott and Jennifer Darling.
DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW was a two part episode that aired during the second season of THE BIONIC WOMAN, while the show was still on ABC. The plot of DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW is focused on Dr. Elijah Cooper (Lew Ayres), an aging scientist who threatens the release of a doomsday device unless world peace is maintained. Cooper has created a cobalt bomb, more powerful than any existing nuclear weapon and capable of rendering all life on Earth extinct if detonated. The bomb is located in the center of Cooper’s research facility and is guarded by the ALEX 7000, a sentient computer created by Dr. Cooper.
THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, THE MARTIANS ARE COMING was an episode broadcast during the third and final season of the show on NBC. While working on a project to track UFOs, Oscar Goldman watches helplessly as Rudy Wells and Ray Fisk are abducted by a flying saucer. While tracking the flight path of the UFO, Jaime discovers that the UFO is, in fact, a helicopter, masked by holographic projectors that have been mounted to the helicopter.
THE BIONIC WOMAN: DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW PART II / THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, THE MARTIANS ARE COMING features music composed and conducted by Joe Harnell, continuing his successful creative collaboration with Writer/Director/Producer Kenneth Johnson, a relationship that includes fondly remembered television projects such as THE INCREDIBLE HULK, HOT PURSUIT, CLIFFHANGERS, V – The Original Mini-Series and ALIEN NATION. The first part of DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW contained music tracked in from previous episodes of THE BIONIC WOMAN such as KILL OSCAR, PARTS I & III and RETURN OF BIGFOOT PART II. Joe Harnell has been nominated for an Emmy Award on three occasions for Best Dramatic Score. During his career, Harnell composed over 400 hours of original music for motion pictures and television. His scores for THE BIONIC WOMAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK heavily influenced the scoring of all Universal television programs in the late 1970’s. His scores used a traditional orchestral approach (influenced by his Jazz roots) using a 32 piece orchestra. He frequently conducted scores from the piano during recording sessions and he performed all the piano and keyboard solos in all of his scores. presents the original television soundtrack recording to THE BIONIC WOMAN: DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW PART II / THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, THE MARTIANS ARE COMING in loving memory of the great Joe Harnell. THE BIONIC WOMAN: DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW PART II / THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, THE MARTIANS ARE COMING is an Exclusive release, professionally mastered by Digital Outland, factory manufactured and limited to 1500 units.

THE BIONIC WOMAN: DOOMSDAY IS TOMORROW PART II / THE MARTIANS ARE COMING, THE MARTIANS featuring music composed and conducted by Joe Harnell is available for pre-orders at and starts shipping on March 31, 2009.


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