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Funny Girl Blu-ray Review

Posted May 1st, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Funny Girl Blu-ray Review

Hello, gorgeous! Barbra Streisand’s classic musical comedy has arrived on Blu-ray in a shiny and new 4K restoration from Sony.

A Monster in Paris Blu-ray 3D Review

Posted April 14th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

A Monster in Paris Blu-ray 3D Review

A Monster in Paris is a delightful CG-animated film from Shark Tale director Bibo Bergeron. Returning to his native France, he feels revived, inspired, and has offered up an original, richly detailed tale for the family.

The Jazz Singer (1927) Blu-ray Book Review

Posted January 18th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Jazz Singer (1927) Blu-ray Book Review

A breakthrough film in many respects, The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length movie with synchronized sound. Based on the real-life story of legendary entertainer Al Jolson, the restoration of this 85 year-old film is superb. Be advised that most of the film is silent with titles and it does have a few scenes with Jolson in “blackface”.

The Blue Angel [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 10th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Blue Angel [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

The Blue Angel turned Marlene Dietrich into an international star, and now it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from the Masters of Cinema series in an elegant 1080p transfer.

Babes in Toyland (1961) Blu-ray Review

Posted December 17th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Babes in Toyland (1961) Blu-ray Review

This 1961 holiday musical from Disney is colorful and filled with memorable tunes, but lacks any real story or compelling characters. Despite that it looks great and kids will love it.

Gypsy [Warner Archive Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 4th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Gypsy [Warner Archive Collection] Blu-ray Review

Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood star in this splendid big screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical about the early life of Burlesque legend Gyspy Rose Lee. Warner Archive Collection’s first foray into Blu-ray is a good one, bringing this 1962 film to life with a rich high definition transfer.

Oklahoma! [Royal National Theater] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 30th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Oklahoma! [Royal National Theater] Blu-ray Review

This Royal National Theater 1998 revival of the classic musical Oklahoma! gives us some nice singing and dancing. Unlike most previous productions, it is uncut with updated choreography. However, this filmed version disappoints in both the sight and sound departments.

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.

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.