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Film & Blu-ray Reviews

Zubin Mehta: Los Angeles Philharmonic — Dvorak, Mozart, Bartok Blu-ray Review

Posted March 2nd, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Zubin Mehta: Los Angeles Philharmonic —  Dvorak, Mozart, Bartok Blu-ray Review

This 1977 release features a great conductor, Zubin Mehta, leading a great orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, that he had made his own by the time of this filming. The concert features some staples of the orchestral repertory that receive topnotch performances. Audio and video properties are not at today’s level but still decent enough to provide enjoyment.

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 2nd, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Opera Australia scores a smash with this well recorded version of Puccini’s last opera. The stage may be minimally furnished but it is filled with the requisite large cast all of whom perform at a high level. An easy one to recommend to all opera lovers.

Hans Pfitzner: Palestrina [Bayerische Staatsoper] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 2nd, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Hans Pfitzner: Palestrina [Bayerische Staatsoper] Blu-ray Review

EuroArts gives us a rare glimpse of Hans Pfitzner’s masterpiece, Palestrina, with a no-holds barred production from the Bayerische Staatsoper. The huge cast and orchestra deliver as good a performance as we are likely to see of this large and often uneven opera that should set the standard for some time to come.

Hansel & Gretel Blu-ray Review

Posted March 2nd, 2013 by Brendan Surpless

Hansel & Gretel Blu-ray Review

A dreadful reinterpretation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Asylum’s Hansel & Gretel isn’t even worth a rental.

Why Stop Now Blu-ray Review

Posted March 1st, 2013 by Brendan Surpless

Why Stop Now Blu-ray Review

Highlighted by a funny, sometimes quirky performance by The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg, Why Stop Now is an interesting comedy worth checking out.

Penguindrum: 2 Blu-ray Review

Posted March 1st, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Penguindrum: 2 Blu-ray Review

This innovative and surreal sci-fi anime series takes unexpected twists in this second collection, but it still makes for an wholly satisfying journey.

Miles Davis with Quincy Jones and the Gil Evans Orchestra Live at Montreux 1991 Blu-ray Review

Posted March 1st, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Miles Davis with Quincy Jones and the Gil Evans Orchestra Live at Montreux 1991 Blu-ray Review

Miles Davis’ last performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991 is not one to be missed in this spectacular high definition recording from Eagle Rock.

Vamps Blu-ray Review

Posted February 28th, 2013 by Brendan Surpless

Vamps Blu-ray Review

Lacking real quality and substance, the reuniting of Alicia Silverstone and Director Amy Heckerling just doesn’t work.

Company of Heroes Blu-ray Review

Posted February 27th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Company of Heroes Blu-ray Review

Company of Heroes is a straightforward World War II action film with a somewhat contrived plot, but it will probably still appeal to folks who like all-out action flicks.

Holy Motors Blu-ray Review

Posted February 27th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Holy Motors Blu-ray Review

A surreal comedy explosion that defies interpretation, Holy Motors is a film that must be seen.