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Film & Blu-ray Reviews

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera National de Paris/Jordan] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 14th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera National de Paris/Jordan] Blu-ray Review

Le Nozze di Figaro gets a revival of the classic Giorgio Stehler staging from Paris. Musical production values are top-notch, but the video quality yields a bit of ground to the current competition.

The Samaritan Blu-ray Review

Posted November 14th, 2012 by Brendan Surpless

The Samaritan Blu-ray Review

IFC’s The Samaritan is not perfect in the slightest sense, but the film does mostly work thanks to Samuel L. Jackson’s performance.

Lost Girl: Season Two Blu-ray Review

Posted November 14th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Lost Girl: Season Two Blu-ray Review

Lost Girl heats up with more wit, deeper characters and lots of action for an even sexier, more enjoyable second season arriving in a solidly transferred Blu-ray set from Funimation Entertainment.

The Castle of Cagliostro [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 13th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Castle of Cagliostro [UK] Blu-ray Review

Miyazaki’s first feature film arrives on Blu-ray in a less than moving transfer from StudioCanal.

My Neighbor Totoro [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 13th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

My Neighbor Totoro [UK] Blu-ray Review

A joyous slice of family life and childhood imagination, Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is a wonderful film for the whole family and arrives in a solid release from StudioCanal.

Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

Posted November 12th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

The One Where Every Episode of Friends Arrives on Blu-ray from Warner, but without the extended editions available on DVD and with middling HD video quality.

Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 Blu-ray Review

Posted November 10th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 Blu-ray Review

Pixar collects their family-friendly animated shorts in this second volume guaranteed to bring the family together for lots of long-lasting entertainment.

The Muppet Christmas Carol: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Posted November 10th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Muppet Christmas Carol: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

The Muppet’s classic holiday rendition of Dickens’ tale arrives on Blu-ray in this 20th Anniversary Edition with a solid transfer from Disney.

Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Posted November 10th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Lawrence of Arabia, a much awarded and critically acclaimed epic, receives its stunning Blu-ray makeover in this 50th anniversary two-disc edition. A top of the list film if ever there was one with superb direction, casting, and cinematography.

The Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich Blu-ray Review

Posted November 9th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich Blu-ray Review

The Reichsorchester is a compelling documentary about the Berliner Philharmoniker during the Hitler regime. Historical still and film footage of the era are well blended with interviews of surviving players, their descendants, and current members of the orchestra.

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