Les Troyens, one of the grandest of all operas, is given an off-the-wall futuristic presentation by Valencia’s La Fura del Baus. While visually striking, Carlus Padrissa’s dramatic concept frequently goes awry, canceling out some good music-making by maestro Gergiev and his vocalists.
Archives for July 2011
Living piano legend Martha Argerich holds sway at this 2010 Verbier Festival video, featuring piano works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Scarlatti. The superb performances are somewhat undermined by PCM 2.0 channel sound only.
Universal is hosting special launch events in New York City to coincide with the release of The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray and actor Jeff Bridges’ self-titled album on August 16, 2011
He’s rude, he’s crude, and now he’s in Mexico — washed up ballplayer Kenny Powers moves south of the border for the second season of the HBO comedy series Eastbound & Down.
A classic British madcap crime caper, directed by Charles Crichton, who would go on to direct another such film, A Fish Called Wanda, The Lavender Hill Mob arrives in a wonderfully spruced up and feature rich 60th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition from Optimum Home Entertainment.
The epic anime series comes to its conclusion with the release of Part 5 on Blu-ray from Funimation.
Todd Solondz’ Life During Wartime revisits the characters from his 1998 success Happiness with an all-new cast with not-so-convincing results, but the beautifully shot film is rendered with the usual Criterion panache in a typically reference release on Blu-ray.
Lionsgate and Miramax are finally bringing two of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s most sought after releases to Blu-ray with the releases of Pulp Fiction alongside Jackie Brown in October.
It’s an exciting beginning to the Sixth season of Doctor Who ending with a nail-biting cliffhanger that DW fans are sure to enjoy.
Akira Kurosawa’s 1962 thriller High and Low arrives in a Blu-ray package touched by the Criterion wizardry that will be a prize for film buffs, fans of classic noir, and Asian Cinema alike.