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Film & Blu-ray Reviews

At the Gate of the Ghost Blu-ray Review

Posted April 16th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

At the Gate of the Ghost Blu-ray Review

Thai filmmaker M.L. Bhandevanop Devakul’s recreation of the Kurosawa Akira classic Rashomon is visually stunning, but a classic should never be fooled around with. This remake misses all the nuance of the Kurosawa original.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion [Fischer/Netherlands Radio Choir/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion [Fischer/Netherlands Radio Choir/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and its assembled soloists and choirs gives us an inspired performance, directed by Ivan Fischer. Excellent visual and audio recording makes this a disc worth owning.

Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Blu-ray Review

This entry in Marvel’s Iron Man franchise from anime powerhouse Madhouse is visually stunning, with a fantastic Japanese voice cast, but the story is bit of a letdown and the English cast just doesn’t work.

Girl$ Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Girl$ Blu-ray Review

An erotic drama from Hong Kong, Girl$ explores the world of online prostitution in an often stylish and touching way.

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

A beautifully performed and filmed Opera Australia production of a classic opera is undermined by less than ideal recorded balance between soloists on stage and orchestra in the pit. Still worth a watch, given the otherwise high performance values.

Shadow People Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2013 by Brendan Surpless

Shadow People Blu-ray Review

Supposedly scary, yet not really so, Anchor Bay’s Shadow People is just a bore.

Delhi Safari [Walmart Exclusive] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 14th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Delhi Safari [Walmart Exclusive] Blu-ray Review

This environmentally-oriented CG-animated film completely misses the mark as sound family-friendly entertainment, and as high quality HD.

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.

Paul Anka: Live in Switzerland Blu-ray Review

Posted April 14th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Paul Anka: Live in Switzerland Blu-ray Review

Pop legend Paul Anka puts on a show at the Basel AVO Sessions that belies his 71 years. Well recorded, this is an excellent document of a fabulous entertainer.

Deadball Blu-ray Review

Posted April 14th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Deadball Blu-ray Review

Another whacky entry into the comedy splatterfest genre from the folks at Sushi Typhoon arrives on Blu-ray from Well Go USA.

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