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Sparkle (2012) Blu-ray Review

Posted November 27th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Sparkle (2012) Blu-ray Review

Sparkle doesn’t bring anything new at all to this genre, but the musical performances, visual style, and sizzling hot performance by Carmen Ejogo make it a reasonably enjoyable film to watch.

Stephen Sondheim’s Company Blu-ray Review

Posted November 24th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Stephen Sondheim’s Company Blu-ray Review

Company has been given a 21st century make over in this semi-staged concert version, well cast and well directed. One of Sondheim’s signature musicals, this is a delight from ambiguous start to finish.

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Rock of Ages: Extended Edition Blu-ray Review

Posted October 2nd, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Rock of Ages: Extended Edition Blu-ray Review

This jukebox musical attempts to recreate the glitzy, Reagan-era excesses of the hair metal days, but a lackluster central story and banal humor keep it from being effective.

Annie: 30th Anniversary Sing-Along Edition Blu-ray Review

Posted September 27th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Annie: 30th Anniversary Sing-Along Edition Blu-ray Review

Classic musical Annie receives an excellent Blu-ray makeover from Sony Pictures in this 30th anniversary edition. Get ready for two hours of fun and all of those perky songs that you cannot get out of your head.

Glee: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Posted September 6th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Glee: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Melodrama, comedy, teen angst, and West Side Story — it must be the third season of Glee arriving on Blu-ray.

Mad Monster Party Blu-ray Review

Posted September 4th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Mad Monster Party Blu-ray Review

This stop-motion classic arrives with an average transfer to Blu-ray from Lionsgate, but good enough to appeal to those who remember this from their childhoods.

Where Do We Go Now? Blu-ray Review

Posted August 29th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Where Do We Go Now? Blu-ray Review

Where Do We Go Now? from Nadine Labaki tackles important issues of civil war over religion in Lebanon by delicately balancing humor, drama, and music.

Dirty Dancing Collection Blu-ray Review

Posted May 26th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Dirty Dancing Collection Blu-ray Review

The Dirty Dancing 2-Film Collection celebrates the silver anniversary of the original Dirty Dancing film with iconic performances by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Attempting to recreate the magic, two decades later, the Havana Nights version comes up short on nearly every count except for choreography.

Camelot (1967) Blu-ray Book Review

Posted April 23rd, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Camelot (1967) Blu-ray Book Review

This 1967 musical starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave is flawed and nowhere near as memorable as classics like The Sound of Music or West Side Story, but its gorgeous visuals and A-list cast make it worth renting nonetheless.

Treme: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Treme: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

Season Two of HBO’s hit series, Treme, isn’t quite up to the same level as the first, but it’s still rather enjoyable for its music and overall celebration of the NOLA culture.