A well written and animated teen romantic drama that gives a somewhat realistic look at coming of age, Ef- A Tale of Memories is at once heartbreaking and uplifting. It arrives in a beautiful reference Blu-ray release from Sentai Filmworks.
Archives for January 2012
Paramount Home Entertainment is set to release the hit children’s fantasy special effects extravaganza Hugo on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD February 28
The Carmen theme is taken back to its flamenco roots in this Teatro Real de Madrid production. Antonio Gades and Carlos Saura give the dancers free rein to create an earthy yet compelling realization of this tale of fatal love.
Another Disney animated classic arrives in a Diamond Edition with sparkling picture and sound and packed to the brim with compelling extras.
An outstanding survey of Chopin’s two piano concertos is rendered by international star soloist Garrick Ohlsson and the Warsaw Philharmonic, ably led by Antoni Wit.
Woody Allen’s groundbreaking romantic comedy comes to Blu-ray from MGM.
Opera Australia offers an updated version of its classic production of the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece, The Mikado. A strong cast, aided by superb music and stage direction makes for a most enjoyable watch.
Hideo Gosha’s chambara classic Three Outlaw Samurai gets the Criterion Collection treatment in this fine Blu-ray edition that is light on extras, but big on reference video and sound.
An astonishing performance of a rarely heard opera, Pergolesi’s Adriano in Siria offers a showcase for exceptional voices and musicians.
Verdi’s La Forza del Destino receives an updated and somewhat controversial staging by director Poutney in this generally well played Wiener Staatsoper production.