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Film & Blu-ray Reviews

Joseph Haydn: Orlando Paladino [Staatsoper Unter der Linden Berlin] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 24th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Joseph Haydn: Orlando Paladino [Staatsoper Unter der Linden Berlin] Blu-ray Review

An unusual staging of Haydn’s rarely performed opera receives strong vocal performances. There is some shrillness in the surround version soundtrack that is not noted in the two-channel option.

Lay The Favorite Blu-ray Review

Posted April 24th, 2013 by Brendan Surpless

Lay The Favorite Blu-ray Review

A lack of consistency from scene to scene, ultimately ends up hurting Anchor Bay’s Lay The Favorite.

Mr. Selfridge (Original UK Edition) Blu-ray Review

Posted April 24th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Mr. Selfridge (Original UK Edition) Blu-ray Review

Another lavish costume drama from the British that, one gets the feeling, is more soap than fact, Mr. Selfridge chronicles the early days of the famous Selfridge’s department store in London.

A Haunted House Blu-ray Review

Posted April 23rd, 2013 by Brendan Surpless

A Haunted House Blu-ray Review

Lacking quality laughs and instead replacing them with out of place humor, Marlon Wayans’ A Haunted House is a big disappointment.

Thale Blu-ray Review

Posted April 23rd, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Thale Blu-ray Review

Thale is a fairly well executed Norwegian fantasy-thriller based in old Nordic folklore that is at least worthy of a rental for fans of the genre.

Hanasaku Iroha — Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition Blu-ray Review

Posted April 23rd, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Hanasaku Iroha — Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition Blu-ray Review

A charming coming of age anime series with beautifully crafted animation, Hanusaku Iroha, in this premium edition from NIS America, is an easy series to recommend.

Gangster Squad Blu-ray Review

Posted April 23rd, 2013 by Brendan Surpless

Gangster Squad Blu-ray Review

An excellent cast helps to propel Warner’s Gangster Squad – an all around fun, entertaining film that never takes itself too serious.

Love Crime [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 22nd, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Love Crime [UK] Blu-ray Review

Love Crime is a guilty pleasure of revenge carried by its two strong leads in Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Blu-ray Review

Posted April 20th, 2013 by Chris Chiarella

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Blu-ray Review

Missing a couple of beats, adding some new secret sauce and wrapping it up in one of the funkiest packages we’ve ever seen, “Phase One” is a celebration of the Avengers saga thus far.

Bakumatsu taiyō-den [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 19th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Bakumatsu taiyō-den [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

An audacious comedy from Kawashima Yûzô, this 1956 Japanese classic will have you rolling in your seat.