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Film & Blu-ray Reviews

Country Roads: The Heartbeat of America Blu-ray Review

Posted October 30th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Country Roads: The Heartbeat of America Blu-ray Review

Country Roads: The Heartbeat of America is an introspective documentary on the country music scene by German director Marieke Schroeder that features new artists and recollections from some giants of the genre.

The Vanishing [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 29th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Vanishing [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

The Vanishing is brilliant, yet disturbing film that weaves a spell-binding tale of abduction, pursuit, and resolution although not necessarily in that order. Criterion’s Blu-ray release is of typically high quality.

Yu-Sibu Blu-ray Review

Posted October 28th, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Yu-Sibu Blu-ray Review

Yu-Sibu, or I couldn’t become a hero so I reluctantly decided to get a job (yes, that’s really the name) is a pleasant and funny anime series about magic and unlikely friendship.

La Dolce Vita [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

La Dolce Vita [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

La Dolce Vita is a landmark film with a terrific cast led by the iconic filmmaker Federico Fellini that exposes the seamier side of Roman society in the 1960s.

The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray Review

Posted October 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray Review

Vincent Price was a king of the B-movie and this second collection of his biggest horror films from Shout! Factory more than justifies his position at the top of the pedestal.

Yes: Songs From Tsongas — The 35th Anniversary Concert Blu-ray Review

Posted October 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Yes: Songs From Tsongas — The  35th Anniversary Concert Blu-ray Review

A pop music legend, Yes delivers an anniversary concert for the ages in Songs from Tsongas available on Blu-ray from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century Blu-ray Review

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century Blu-ray Review

A triumphant return to the musical capital of central Europe, Renée Fleming gives us a superb lieder recital that is a standard bearer for the 21st century in this Arthaus Musik concert release.

Nyman: Make It Louder, Please! [Concert and Portrait] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Nyman: Make It Louder, Please! [Concert and Portrait] Blu-ray Review

Make it Louder, Please! is a dual-program disc that features a full-length concert by The Michael Nyman Band and a documentary on this leading contemporary composer’s life and career in the arts that is a fascinating watch.

Verdi: La Traviata [Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: La Traviata [Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

In spite of a gripping performance of the title role from Ermanela Jaho, the rest of this production of La Traviata is somewhat of a disappointment in staging and supporting cast.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) Blu-ray 3D Review

Posted October 25th, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) Blu-ray 3D Review

A few previous featurettes have gone missing, but this superior extended version of Desolation of Smaug and the over 9-hours of HD extras make this 5-disc set a must have collection.