Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol marks an awesome return for the franchise with its fourth installment and the live-action directorial debut for Ratatouille director Bran Bird.
Archives for March 2012
Jean Renoir’s wartime classic, La grande illusion, gets a solid restoration for Blu-ray in this StudioCanal Collection edition.
Christoph Loy’s production of Mozart’s comic opera is long on vocalism and musicianship and short on sets. Still an enjoyable watch of a rarely performed masterpiece.
Madonna’s classic concert film/documentary, Truth or Dare, strikes a pose on Blu-ray, poised to show the Lady Gagas of the world how it’s truly done.
A supernatural/gothic mystery anime series set in Victorian England, Black Butler arrives on Blu-ray from FUNimation with an up-scaled-to-HD video presentation that looks reasonably presentable, offering a decent upgrade over DVD.
A Rossini Festival performance in Pesaro, this rarely performed opera is well conducted with a vocal mixed bag. Definitely worth watching but with reservations.
Fellini, Jazz & Co. is a delightful hour and a half of varied musical fare from Shostakovich to Rota. The atmosphere of an outdoor concert is well captured by video and audio engineers.
An enjoyable Opera Australia production of Puccini’s La Boheme is presented. The young singers in the cast look their parts and deliver some fine singing.
Verdi’s Aida is given a visually satisfactory but musically and dramatically mediocre production in this Maggio Musicale Fiorentino performance. Sets are on a grand scale while the voices are not at that level
A new and “updated” Die Zauberflöte by La Scala offers both visual and audio appeal. The youthful cast and clever special effects contribute to a very enjoyable watch.