A delightful early 18th century romp through the worlds of misalliance, secret identity, and young love, Il Flaminio has been successfully resurrected by this recent Italian production.
Macbeth, a middle Verdi opera that has finally received its due, does not get a convincing performance in this Teatro Regio di Parma performance. With below the mark vocalism from its principals, even Verdi veteran conductor Bartoletti cannot bail out these proceedings.
These four Shakugan no Shana OVA episodes will be a must for fans of the anime series, but they are mostly stand-alone stories with no uniting story arc. Newcomers to the franchise would be better served starting with season one or the movie.
Cherubini’s operatic version of the Medea legend gets a serious update by several centuries in this Belgian production. Soprano Nadja Michael steals the show in the title role. Some of the stage and costume decisions might offend traditional opera goers.
Graham Vick and Trevor Nunn have created a major update of this Rossini classic. Transported to the modern middle East, the power of this opera seems extremely relevant to our times, and the cast seems to have caught the spirit, delivering terrific performances.
The third season of Downton Abbey is another strong, purely addictive, delightful series of episodes.
Disney’s classic animated adventure Peter Pan comes to Blu-ray with a new high definition restoration, lossless 7.1 soundtrack, and loaded with bonus materials.
The History Channel’s The Men Who Built America is another historical mini-series from the cable network that fails to live up to its ambitious title.
Fate/Stay Night is a beautifully animated series, but this first collection of episodes moves a bit too slowly.
Liam Neeson delivers a convincing performance as Bryan Mills in the sequel to Taken 2, now on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox.